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-> '''Mona Simpson''': ''[singing]'' 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'', "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E8MotherSimpson Mother Simpson]]"

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. Sometimes, when played for drama, the answer can be an ArmorPiercingResponse.

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. Similar to IWasJustJoking where one makes a comment that wasn't meant to be taken seriously.

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



* 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.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* 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?
--> '''Byakuya''': Cheap.
--> '''Kenpachi''': Nuisance.
--> '''Kyoraku''': 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 ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'' film after saving D's life.
-->What would you do without me? *{{Beat}}* Don't answer that.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' has this conversation in the final battle:
-->'''Wufei:''' "How many people do you think have died for you?"\\
'''Treize:''' "Do you really want to know? As of yesterday, 99,822 people."\\
'''Wufei:''' "[[FlatWhat What?!]]"\\
'''Treize:''' "Lady, how many fatalities today?"\\
'''Une:''' "We have confirmed reports of 82 White Fang soldiers and 105 of our own."\\
'''Treize:''' "I see. [[TheDeadHaveNames Give me their names later today.]]"
* At one point in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', after Homura casually notes that one should be careful disposing of a corpse in front of a middle school girl weeping over her best friend's lifeless body, her fellow MagicalGirl Kyoko blows her stack.
-->'''Kyoko''': How do you even call yourself human?!\\
'''Homura''': [[IAmAMonster I don't, of course.]] [[OurLichesAreDifferent And neither should you.]]
* In ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemistBrotherhood'' after encountering the Elric Brothers, [[SmallNameBigEgo Yoki]], [[UnknownRival who's held a grudge against them for years]], [[ButForMeItWasTuesday is shocked to see that his presence elicits no response from them.]]
-->'''Ed:''' "And who are you?"\\
'''Yoki:''' "Don't act like you don't know me! How could you have forgotten Yoki, The Great Proprietor of Youswell?"\\
'''Ed:''' "Rather easily. Are you sure we've actually met?"

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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 ComicBook/NewAvengers:
-->'''Namor:''' When were you going to tell me about this?\\
'''ComicBook/IronMan:''' It just happened yesterday.\\
'''Namor:''' I thought [[TheIlluminati we]] had an arrangement here.\\
'''Iron Man:''' [[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:''' Oh, I, uh...I thought you were really 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."

[[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 ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6529947/8/Harry-Potter-and-the-New-Chance Harry Potter and the New Chance]]'' Tonks brings Sirius to see her parents after Veritaserum questioning by Madame Bones reveals his innocence and they react with shock and hostility.
-->'''Tonks:''' Do you think I'd bring a dangerous criminal home for supper? On second thought, scratch that.
* ''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 Kukaku 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.
* While teaching Supergirl swordsmanship in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10486210/6/Trolling-the-League Trolling the League]]'', Naruto tells her to deflect instead of block when facing a stronger opponent, causing her to irritably ask what the odds are of her coming across a swordsman stronger than her. Since Naruto's been knocking her around the entire time, he snarks that they clearly aren't zero.
* A nonverbal one in ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins The Keening Blade]]''. When trying to curb the heroine's [[KleptomaniacHero kleptomaniac tendencies]], Loghain points out that stealing from her allies is troublesome [[AndThatWouldBeWrong and also wrong]]. After all, she didn't go stealing things when she was seeing the king of the dwarves...
-->'''Loghain:''' You did, didn't you? You absolutely did. You totally looted the palace of the dwarven king!
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9919523/6/Code-Geass-Redo-of-the-Rebellion Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion]]'' Cornelia responds to Zero chiding her for being so rude to him by asking how he'd react to the man that killed his brother. Zero quips that he'd buy the man a beer and share a laugh.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7798790/11/Promises-of-a-Wandering-Hero Promises of a Wandering Hero]]'', Naru tries to warn Kitsune about how her snooping might get her into trouble someday.
-->'''Kitsune''': "What would life be without a little risk?"
-->'''Naru''': "[[DeadpanSnarker Longer]]."
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross wonders during an [[spoiler: SBS broadcast]] who came up with the Davy Back Fight, only for someone to call and tell him: ''[[spoiler: [[WorldsStrongestMan Whitebeard]]]]''.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/35/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'', Tonks has trouble coping with the idea of not just being in a four-way relationship but Harry potentially sleeping with random women on the side as well. When she asks if Harry would be fine with her sleeping with another man, Harry says that not only is he fine with it but if he was bisexual, he'd be suggesting she bring the man into their bed to share.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10365073/13/Dragons-speak-Parseltongue-too-you-know Dragons Speak Parseltongue Too, You Know]]'' Hermione complains about the lack of a search aide for the Hogwarts library.
-->'''Harry:''' Accio![[note]]A summoning spell.[[/note]] That's what we've been missing- that's how we can locate things.\\
'''Hermione:''' Of course, how could we have been so oblivious?\\
'''Luna:''' Well, you see Hermione, we've all been very preoccupied and-\\
'''Hermione:''' That was a rhetorical question, Luna.\\
'''Luna:''' So?\\
'''Hermione:''' That means you aren't supposed to answer.\\
'''Luna:''' Well, that's very silly. Why ask a question if you don't want an answer?

[[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...
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] after Leroy has reported that all of Jumba's experiments (except Stitch and Reuben) have been caught:
-->'''Hämsterviel''': It has taken Leroy a few paltry hours to succeed while you took three years to fail. What is wrong with you?!
-->'''Gantu''': Well, I have a bad knee.
-->'''Hämsterviel''': No! That was a rhetorical question, you don't answer it! Now will you get me down from this chair!
-->'''Gantu''': Uh...was that a rhetorical question?
-->'''Hämsterviel''': [[{{Angrish}} No! That one was not!]] Get me down! Get me down!
** ...And then the roles are reversed when Gantu turns on Hämsterviel in 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 15 second pause, then Master Oogway says, "''I'' don't know."
* Twice in the ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDameII'' Pheobus asks two of these to his SilentSnarker horse Achilles
** First when Phoebus is getting reports on robberies involving the Circus
-->'''Phoebus''': A string of robberies begins the moment a circus comes to town. Coincidence? ''I don't think so.'' How many times have I ever been wrong?\\
'''Achilles''' [''counts on his hoof *Tap. *Tap* *Tap*'']\\
'''Phoebus''': Achilles, that was a rhetorical question.
** The second time he reports that the circus is responsible for robberies, which does not delight Quasi or his family (Quasi due to being romantically in love with Madellaine, Esmeralda due to believing that Phoebus still holds prejudice views towards gypsies, and their son Zephyr due to admiring the circus), and they all angrily leave.
-->'''Phoebus''': Achilles, do you believe this? ''Everybody'' is mad at me! How often does ''that'' happen?\\
'''Achilles''': [''counts on his hoof *Tap*. *Tap* *Tap*'']\\
'''Phoebus''': ''Rhetorical!''
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', when Sid is on the playground that Manny built for his yet unborn child.
-->'''Manny''': I don't want you touching anything. This place is for kids. Are you a kid?
--> '''Sid''': [''opens his mouth, is about to answer'']
-->'''Manny''': Don't answer that!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', when Joaquin rides in to confront Chakal the Bandit King.
-->'''Joaquin:''' Hey, Chakal! Why don't you pick on someone your own size?\\
(''Overhead shot showing Chakal [[LargeAndInCharge towering over his mooks]], and pretty much every other character'')\\
'''Bystander:''' 'Cause no-one's that big, man!
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' does this with the lead-up to "[[VillainSong Be Prepared]]," while Scar is criticizing the hyenas for their failure to kill Simba and Nala:
-->'''Shenzi''': Well, it's not like they were alone, Scar.\\
'''Banzai''': Yeah, what are we supposed to do? Kill Mufasa?\\
'''Scar''': [''gives a SlasherSmile''] ''Precisely.''
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' after Kuzco fires Yzma for trying to rule behind his back.
-->'''Kuzco:''' Sooooo, who's in my chair?\\
'''[[TheDitz Kronk]]:''' Oh, oh! I know! Yzma. Yzma's in your chair, right?\\
'''Kuzco:''' Very good, Kronk! Here. Get the snack.
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatiansIIPatchsLondonAdventure'': When Lars learns Cruella wants to turn the puppies into canvases for his art work, he asks her and her henchmen how they can do something like that. Each bad guy gives a suggestion.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'':
-->'''Marty:''' (while Alex [[MeatOVision sees him and the lemurs as steaks]]) Come on, do I look like a steak to you?\\
'''Alex:''' Yeah!

[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* ''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 ''Film/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 "[[WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately 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!"
* In ''Film/TheProducers'', Max Bialystock likes to ask rhetorical questions. It frequently doesn't go well.
** Right after Bloom meets Bialystock at the beginning of the movie:
---> '''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 ''Film/{{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:''' ...''[[BluntYes 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 (and is stuck on this planet because he and Davidge shot each other's ships down), just answers honestly:
--> ''"Back home."''
* ''Film/{{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.
* A back-to-back 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?
* ''[[Film/{{Scream 1996}} Scream]]'', when everyone's in shock from Casey and Steve's deaths:
-->'''Sidney:''' How do you gut someone?\\
'''Stuart:''' You take a knife a cut them from groin to sternum.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse''
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the AI in Nick Fury's car is a little too LiteralMinded. In the middle of an attack, Fury keeps asking it to do things, and it keeps responding that the relevant equipment is damaged. Finally:
-->'''Fury:''' What's ''not'' damaged?\\
'''Car A.I.:''' Air conditioning is fully operational.
** In ''Film/TheAvengers2012''.
--> '''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 above [humans]?" Loki's response is a confused "[[BluntYes Well, yes]]" as though that's obvious.
** ''Film/BlackPanther2018'': When Ross sees Klaue with his bodyguards, he snarks that they look like a boy band, and asks when their next single is coming out. Klaue eagerly says that they finished it recently, and offers him a link to the file.
-->'''Ross:''' Please don't make me listen to your music.
* ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'':
-->'''First Spy''': Now, then. Where are we?\\
'''Second Spy''': I have here a map!\\
'''First Spy''': I know ''where'' we are, stupid! We are in England. And when we are in England, what do we do?\\
'''Second Spy''': We play cricket.\\
'''First Spy''': "We play cricket." No! We dress like Englishmen!
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'':
--> '''Han Solo''': Boys, you're both gonna get what I promised. Have I ever not delivered for you before?\\
'''Bala-Tik''': Yeah!\\
'''Tasu Leech''': Twice!\\
'''Han Solo''': .... [[NoodleIncident What was the second time]]?
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRockyAndBullwinkle'', after Fearless Leader learns that Moose and Squirrel have followed them to the real world.
-->'''Fearless Leader''': How many times in the past have they stood between me and my dreams of glory? How many times have they foiled my plans with their bungling interference?\\
'''Boris''': Er... 28?\\
'''Fearless Leader''': Quiet, idiot!


* Jesus comes across a mob stoning an adulteress. He steps between them, and says: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." When he hears a clack and the adulteress whimper in pain, he sighs, turns around, and says "Mom, please! I'm trying to work here!"
** A similar joke happens in a WesternAnimation/RobotChicken sketch, where he himself hits the person being stoned and says "Blammo!"
** A variation, featured in a round of "Scenes We'd Like To See" on ''Series/MockTheWeek''; Peter asked Jesus, "Why do you always leave the door open when you enter a room? Were you born in a barn?" And Jesus answered, "Yes, actually, I was."

* 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."
* In ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheNecromancer'' Cabal wonders, probably not expecting an answer, why his brother's similes were always sexual, noting that it always bothered him. His brother Horst tells him he's answered his own question.
* Several Literature/{{Discworld}} examples:
** ''Discworld/{{Mort}}'':
--> '''Albert''': Do you know what happens to lads who ask too many questions?
--> '''Mort''': ''[thinks for a while]'' No. What?
--> ''{{beat}}''
--> '''Albert''': Damned if I know. Probably they get answers, and serve 'em right.
** Shortly afterwards, Mort is trying to figure out how Albert can be Death's manservant and asks if he's dead. Albert says "Do I look dead?" but goes ahead and answers the question directly as Mort starts giving him a slow, critical look to determine the answer to the question.
** ''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?"
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''; at one point the squad is locked up by the enemy and Lt. Blouse is lamenting their position, saying "Oh, will I ever look my dear Emmeline in the face again?" Polly, normally a very sensible character, responds "I don't know, sir," forcing Blouse to point out "That was meant to be more of a rhetorical cry of despair than an actual question, Perks."
** 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 ''[[Literature/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.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry derails a Fey Queen's attempt to seduce him by reminding her that [[spoiler:he killed her cousin]].
--> '''[[TheVamp Maeve]]:''' Tell me, mortal. When was the last time flesh, new and strange to your hand, lay quivering beneath you, hmm? When was the last time you could taste and feel some little lovely's cries?
--> '''Harry:''' Technically? [[spoiler:[[MoodWhiplash When I killed Aurora]]]].
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Thomas Cromwell does this deliberately when Henry asks if he thinks "a king should huddle indoors like a sick girl," referring to a speech Cromwell once made as an MP which criticized Henry's wars in France as pointless and potentially financially disastrous if Henry were to be capture. Cromwell replies that would be ideal for fiscal purposes, and Henry is impressed that Cromwell sticks to his guns. Henry isn't the only one, though--it's just better ''not'' to ask rhetorical questions around Cromwell because he ''will'' answer them and rarely to the asker's liking. He even answers his own, as seen in his interview with Margaret Pole:
-->'''Cromwell:''' [referring to Plantagenet plotters to the throne] I wonder what they talked about.\\
'''Lady Margaret:''' I'm sure you do.\\
'''Cromwell:''' [[BigBrotherIsWatching Actually, I don't.]]
* In the Young Adult science fiction book ''Illuminae'', Ezra is undergoing a physcologial evalutaion before he can become a fighter pilot, something necessitated by the recent destruction of his home colony via BeiTech. Not very impressed with the interviewer, he snarkily asks if the real psychologist died and he's talking to a medical intern or something. Given how many people just got killed? Yup. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Callen drills a way under a lamp and meets up with Kensi, who was dressed up as the suspect's victim. She asks "What am I, a contortionist? Don't answer that, and you don't either, Deeks."
* 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.
* ''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, because he too needs help detecting sarcasm.
--->'''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....(Cue Leonard holding up a "Sarcasm" sign) [[LateToThePunchline Oh.]]"
* In ''Series/{{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 the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "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!'''''
* Common on ''Series/{{Bones}}'', due to the socially-challenged nature of the heroine:
--> '''Brady:''' Do you have any idea what you're doing?
--> '''Brennan:''' Yes, I'm blackmailing you.
--> '''Brady:''' Do you know what the penalty is for blackmailing a federal prosecutor?
--> '''Brennan:''' [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist I could receive 20 years in prison, civil forfeitures of real estate and personal property, and a fine of $250,000.]]
* A twist in the ''Series/SmartGuy'' episode "Big Picture," as T.J. creates one in a long rant about losing creative control over his music video project to the other students involved (the blunder happens again when T.J. makes the same rant to Floyd a couple of minutes later):
-->'''T.J.:''' Was it perfect? No, but it was fine just the way it was. Why couldn't they have left it alone?!
-->'''Yvette:''' Well, sometimes...
-->'''T.J.:''' That was rhetorical.
-->'''Xavier:''' What?
-->'''T.J.:''' A question that doesn't require an answer. (beat) If you're determined to find something wrong, you'll find it. Nothing's perfect, so why can't people just look at what's good?
-->'''Xavier:''' Why can't they?
-->'''T.J.:''' Still rhetorical. My point is people need to lighten up, they need to stop overthinking everything. Is that so hard? (Xavier and Yvette don't answer) Hey, this one's a real question!
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In "Bad Eggs:"
--->'''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 looks away)'' ...That wasn't supposed to be a stumper.
** In "Grave," Buffy cries TearsOfJoy that the world wasn't destroyed. Dawn mistakenly believes that Buffy ''wanted'' the world to end, leading to this:
-->'''Dawn''': Wait. Is... is that happy crying?\\
'''Buffy''': Yes, dummy. You think I ''wanted'' the world to end?\\
'''Dawn''': (uncertain) I don't know. ''Didn't'' you?
** 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 Angel 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 Gunn 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}}'':
** The shameless CardCarryingVillain Bela Talbot has zero qualms about getting rich on stolen artifacts, no matter how many people she has to ruin to get them, so when Sam asks her how she can sleep at night...
---> ''"On silk sheets, rolling naked in money."''
** Dean catches himself in one in the episode "Bedtime Stories" with "[Sam], could you be more gay? ''({{Beat}})'' ...Don't answer that."
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' -- in "Competitive Wine-Tasting" Professor Sheffield, who teaches a class [[SeriousBusiness critically analysing]] ''Series/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 Series/WhatsHappening)
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** When Samantha Carter is introduced in the pilot, 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 [[LameComeback mumbling that traveling through the stargate is worse]].
** From "Wheel of Opportunity":
--->'''O'Neill''': What kind of archeologist carries a weapon?\\
'''Dr. Jackson''': Uh, I do. ''[holds up his pistol]''\\
'''O'Neill''': Okay... bad example.
** 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. Who am I to argue with history?\\
'''Rose''': [[DeadpanSnarker Usually the first in line.]]
** From "Boom Town":
--->'''Blon the Slitheen:''' This is persecution! Why can't you leave me alone? What did I ever do to you?\\
'''The Doctor:''' You tried to kill me and destroy this entire planet.\\
'''Blon:''' ''Apart'' from that!
** From "Hell Bent"
---> '''The President:''' Who the hell does he think he is?\\
'''The General:''' The man who won the Time War, sir.
* ''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?
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' Carla is upset that people tend to think that her daughter Izzy is African-American rather than African-American/Latina. In an attempt to demonstrate this she grabs a nearby doctor and asks him what ethnicity he thinks Izzy is, the doctor proceeds to give a very detailed and accurate breakdown of her ethnicity before revealing that he's the hospital's new genetic specialist and therefore probably not the best person to ask to make her point.
* In the ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' sketch "Scumbag", Stephen and Hugh are ineptly interrogating a woman about her husband, despite her repeated claims that she doesn't have a husband.
-->'''Stephen''': To business, Mrs Popey. Your husband has ...\\
'''Mrs. Popey''': For heaven's sake. How many times do I have to tell you? I haven't got a husband.\\
'''Hugh''': Twenty-five.\\
'''Stephen''': ''(to Hugh)'' ... What?\\
'''Hugh''': She's got to tell us twenty-five times that she hasn't got a husband.\\
'''Stephen''': Why?\\
'''Hugh''': Once for every day in the week.\\
'''Stephen''': Yeah, that doesn't quite work.
* In one ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode, Emily and Richard are having a fight while they, and Rory and Lorelei, are staying at a hotel. Emily asks to spend the night in Lorelei and Rory's room, but then goes to the lobby and meets Richard, and they make up. The next morning:
-->'''Lorelei''': Hey, Mom. You didn't make it back to the room last night. Did you get lucky?\\
'''Emily''': Could you be any cruder?\\
'''Lorelei''': Yeah, I could be cruder. Hey, Mom. Did you get lai-\\
'''Rory''': [[CurseCutShort Thanks for coming!]]
* In ''Series/NotGoingOut'' episode "Dads", Lee, complaining about his dad, asks Lucy if she has any idea what it's like to have someone constantly sponging off you. When she seems about to reply, he hastily adds it was rhetorical.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', Abby ask "how many people know how to build a homemade claymore mine?" and thinks that Eli has incriminated himself by admitting he knows how to make the murder weapon. A Mossad agent responds "In this room?" Abby concedes her mistake when it's clear that at least four other people present (including herself) ''do'' know how to make one.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony and co. are torturing a Jewish man, who brings up the story of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masada Masada]] to explain why he'll never budge. He ends his story with, "Where are the Romans now?" to which Tony responds, "You're looking at 'em." Cue OhCrap moment.
* On ''Series/WolfHall'', Cromwell does this to King Henry VIII, of all people, when taken to task for having opposed war in France. Henry seems impressed by his boldness.
-->'''Henry:''' I captured the town of Thérouanne, which you called \\
'''Cromwell:''' [unapologetic] - a 'dog-hole', majesty.\\
'''Henry:''' How could you say so?!\\
'''Cromwell:''' Uh--I've been there?\\
'''Henry''': You told me I could not lead my own troops! You told me if I was taken prisoner, the ransom would bankrupt the country! So, what do you want? You want a king to huddle indoors, like a sick girl?\\
'''Cromwell''': That would be ideal, for fiscal purposes. A strong man acts within that which constrains him.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': While Wendy is stitching up Kilgrave's stab wound, they vent about their [[YourCheatingHeart relationship]] [[VillainousCrush problems]].
-->'''Wendy Ross-Hogarth:''' Oh, sure. But how do you avenge {{death by a thousand cuts}}? [finishes the stitches, starts taking off the surgical gloves] All the little slices over the years, then the final stab, the secretary.
-->'''Kilgrave:''' That's nothing compared to Jessica. She's crueler than my parents. ''[in Jeri's direction]'' What does she want from me? ''[beat]'' That wasn't a rhetorical question! Tell me!
-->'''Jeri Hogarth:''' She wants you to pay for what you did to her.
-->'''Kilgrave:''' I treated her better than anyone ever has.
-->'''Jeri Hogarth:''' She wants you to pay for what you did to Hope Shlottman.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** In "The Soul Mate":
---> '''George''': What's with all these people having babies?
---> '''Jerry''': Perpetuation of the species.
** In "The Secret Code":
---> '''George''': Why does everything have to be 'us'? Is there no 'me' left? Why can't there be some things just for me? Is that so selfish?\\
'''Jerry''': Actually, that's the ''definition'' of selfish.
** In "The Non-Fat Yogurt", the doctor treating George's made-up elbow injury accuses him of faking it. George denies it, asking what kind of person would do that, and the doctor gives him an earful, pointed squarely at George, describing exactly what kind of person would.

* 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!

[[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.

* 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."

[[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."
** From ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', team-member Jaal will respond to a question about his race's biology by asking Ryder if they know how their own eyes work. If the player has chosen Sara Ryder, she'll respond with an explanation, much to Jaal's bemusement.
-->'''Jaal:''' I see. You took my sarcasm as an excuse to show off.
*** In the aftermath of the game, Ryder can respond to a comment from a romanced [[GenkiGirl Peebee]] by saying "what am I going to do with you?" To which Peebee replies "I'm writing a list."
* 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.
* Exploited in one of the most difficult puzzles of ''VideoGame/ColossalCave'': [[YouCantGetYeFlask "With What? Your bare hands?"]] is the rhetorical question asked when you forget to specify a weapon in an attack. After a few weeks of utter frustration trying to find a weapon that will slay a dragon, the player [[BluntYes angrily types "Yes"]], more or less at random. Tada!
-->Congratulations, you just vanquished a dragon with your bare hands! ([[LampshadeHanging Unbelievable, isn't it?]])
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'': Batman and Catwoman are forced to go through one of Riddler's {{Death Trap}}s together, leading to this:
-->'''Catwoman''': *sigh* Another one? What's Eddie's problem?\\
'''Batman''': Fanatic [[{{Narcissist}} narcissism]], [[SmallNameBigEgo egocentricism]], and megalomania crossed with [[SuperOCD severe obsessive compulsion]].\\
'''Catwoman''': [[SarcasmMode ...Thanks.]]\\
'''Batman''': Don't mention it.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'': In the series' backstory, when Sol was training Sin, they had a discussion about what the latter's WeaponOfChoice would be. Sin said he wanted something flashy that would stand out and let the enemy know exactly who they were fighting; Sol [[DeadpanSnarker snarked]] "Why don't you just wave a giant flag around while you're at it?!" Sin took him seriously.
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxTheDevilsPlayhouse'': In episode 2, "The Tomb of Sammun-Mak", Sam and Max's {{Identical Ancestor}}s Sameth and Maximus observe some FantasticRacism, leading to the following exchange:
-->'''Maximus:''' Why can't we all get along, Sameth?\\
'''Sameth:''' Because most of us are (''[[SoundEffectBleep bicycle horn sound]]''), little buddy.

[[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.
* ''Webcomic/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.
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'': "Do I look like a masochist? [[http://www.gigaville.com/comic.php?id=124 Don't answer that.]]"
* ''Webcomic/{{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.\\
'''Tycho:''' That was... actually a joke. I was kidding. Before.\\
'''ChestBurster:''' [[ImplausibleDeniability We... too, were kidding.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BetweenFailures'', [[http://betweenfailures.com/comics1/874-stop-lying-to-yourself John commits one when he is trying to tell Thomas about having found a researcher for the team.]] Thomas' immediate immediate reply is pretty good, though.
* 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?"
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'' uses one [[http://xkcd.com/1170/ here]] in the JumpOffABridgeRebuttal, asking whether it's more likely all of his friends have gone insane or the bridge is on fire.
* Sara Peterson of ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'' gets one [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=454 here]]
--> '''Sara:''' Do you feel safer with like Lex Luthor having a million dollars - or with that cool million resting in the bank account of '''THIS GIRL RIGHT HERE'''?\\
[Beat panel]] Her roomates consider.\\
'''Sara:''' Fuck you lack-of-support-motherfuckers
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': During a mission, Sigrun seems to be asking Emil if Lalli looks scared to reassure him after he freaks out. It quickly turns out that she's really asking because she can't read Lalli as well as Emil can.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Literature/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.
* Randall does this to himself in the ''Blog/WhatIf'' about [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/144/ filling a swimming pool with saliva]]:
-->But it would all be worth it, because at the end of it all, you'd have an Olympic-size swimming pool full of saliva. And isn't that, deep down, all any of us really want?[[note]]No. It is not.[[/note]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'': In Episode 6:
-->'''Brittnay:''' ''(to Mackenzie)'' Wait, wait a minute, you ''lost'' control of the girls bathrooms? Where the fuck am I supposed to shit now?\\
'''Trisha:''' Oh, you can go to Jack in the Box across the street. You have to buy something, but I like their tacos.

[[folder:Web Video]]
* British Website/YouTube contributor Ben Loka dedicates a video ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HlNW6OhukA "Rhetorical Answers"]]) to doing this on purpose. For example:
-->'''Question:''' How would you like to win fifty thousand pounds?
-->'''Answer:''' By ''not'' entering your contest?
* Website/YouTube [[LetsPlay Let's-Player]] [[LetsPlay/HCBailly HCBailly]] often jokingly asks [[NonPlayerCharacter NPCs]] questions where the first answer to jump into most viewers' heads is often X-rated, and immediately follows up with "''Don't answer that, viewers.''" to discourage them from posting the naughty answers in the comments.
* In an episode of ''Content Cop'', WebVideo/IDubbbzTV repeatedly does this to demonstrate the fragility of Leafy's frequent "anti-insults," framing crude, insulting remarks as "honest" questions to implicitly plead ignorance and avoid backlash:
-->'''Leafy''': Yo, is this person fucking retarded?\\
'''Ian''': [[BluntYes Yes.]]\\
'''Leafy''': Yo, is this person fucking retarded?\\
'''Ian''': Yes, she's retarded. Is that the answer you're looking for, "She's retarded"?\\
'''Leafy''': [[ImplausibleDeniability I'm not trying to be a dick, like, I really can't tell]], like I know some people are going to be like "Aw, it's obvious!", [[BlatantLies I-I honestly have no idea.]]\\
'''Ian''': Hey, Leafy! She ''is'' retarded! [[SarcasmMode Oh no, I guess]] ''[[SarcasmMode I'm]]'' [[SarcasmMode the asshole here, because you were just asking the question! I had to answer it for you! You got me. You got me good, Leafster]].\\
'''Leafy''': [[RuleOfThree Yo, is this person fucking retarded?]]\\
'''Ian''': ''Yes.''

[[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 "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder", when Homer is pulled over for speeding:
--->'''Chief Wiggum:''' All right, smart guy. Where's the fire?\\
'''Homer:''' Over there. (''points to the Springfield Police Station building on fire'')\\
'''Wiggum:''' Okay, you just bought yourself a 3-17: pointing out police stupidity. [[PoliceCodeForEverything Or is that a 3-14? Nah, nah. 3-14 is a dog, uh- No. Or is that a 3-15?]] You're in trouble, pal!
** "Homer the Vigilante", where Homer starts a neighborhood watch group.
--->'''Lisa:''' Dad, don't you see that you're abusing your power like all vigilantes? I mean, if you're the police, [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen who will police the police?]]\\
'''Homer:''' I dunno. Coast Guard?
** Rainier Wolfcastle is interviewed about his ''[=McBain=] movie by [[WesternAnimation/TheCritic Jay Sherman]].
--->'''Jay:''' How do you sleep at night?\\
'''Rainier:''' On top of a pile of money, with many beautiful ladies.\\
'''Jay:''' Just asking. Yeesh!
** The epilogue of "Simpsorama" with [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Lrrr and Ndnd]]:
--->'''Ndnd:''' What happened to the handsome man I married?\\
'''Lrrr:''' I ate him. Remember?
* In the FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', 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! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint 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:''' Oh? A Smart guy huh?\\
'''Edd:''' Only when ''you're'' around, Eddy.\\
'''Eddy:''' What could be more important than Master Eddy?\\
'''Ed:''' COOKIE DOUGH!! Yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum-yum!\\
'''Eddy:''' What would we do without you, Double D?\\
'''Ed:''' Live the life of Riley?.\\
'''Eddy:''' Will you ever cease to amaze me, Ed?\\
'''Ed:''' Yes I will!\\
'''Eddy:''' Those twerps will regret the day they messed with this brain power!\\
'''Edd:''' I believe we'll all be sorry for that, Eddy.\\
'''Edd:''' Ed! What in heaven's name were you thinking?!\\
'''Ed:''' Absolutely nothing, Double D.
** 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?\\
'''[[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!"[[note]]As the Looney Tunes Radar page points out, the answer Daffy doesn't want is "A statutory rape charge"[[/note]]
** In "WesternAnimation/KittyKornered", 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'':
** From [[ChristmasEpisode "A Very Possible Christmas]]:
--->'''Ron:''' What? I'm supposed to let you take over the world? \\
'''Drakken:''' In the spirit of the season, yes!
** From [[VillainTeamUp "A Sitch in Time"]]:
--->'''Monkey Fist:''' Can you two buffoons take this outside?\\
'''Killigan:''' At thirty thousand feet?\\
'''Monkey Fist:''' [[BluntYes Precisely.]]
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** In the FiveEpisodePilot 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.
** In the "Avalon" three-parter, when the Archmage learns that human sorcery (i.e the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Grimorum]]) isn't allowed on Avalon, [[MyFutureSelfAndMe his future self]] gives him [[IngestingKnowledge a surprising solution]].
-->'''Past!Archmage''': You mean we went to all that trouble to get the Grimorum, and now I can't even take it in with me?! What am I supposed to do, ''[[ExtremeOmnivore eat it?!]]''
-->'''Future!Archmage''': [[BluntYes You]] ''[[BluntYes are]]'' [[BluntYes learning]].
* 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!
* ''WesternAnimation/QueerDuck:'' 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}}!
** In ''The New Batman Adventures'' episode "Girl's Night Out", [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Livewire]] asks Harley if she's out of her mind, which she thinks about for a few seconds before answering "Yeah."
* 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!
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''
** From the first episode, "Star Comes to Earth", 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!
** In "Mathmagic", Star bursts out laughing in math class after Janna tells her the ChickenJoke. When Miss Skullnick angrily asks "What's so funny?", Star [[DontExplainTheJoke tries explaining what makes "Why did the chicken cross the road?"]] a piece of "classic AntiHumor".
* A variation in Livewire's introductory episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''. She is a radio shock jock being interviewed by Lois Lane and Clark Kent regarding her hatred and constant harassment of Superman. During the interview, Clark becomes distracted when his super senses realize that a construction crane is collapsing, and she sarcastically asks if she is boring him. Needing to leave to rescue the people in danger, Clark flatly responds [[BluntYes that yes, she is boring him]], and he gets up and walks out of the interview.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', Wirt and Greg have this exchange on first meeting [[TalkingAnimal Beatrice]]:
-->'''Wirt:''' What in the world is going on?!\\
'''Greg:''' Well, you're slapping yourself, and I'm answering your question, and...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'': "Lights Out" begins with Rabbit storming into Pooh's house after he allowed the bear to borrow his shovel, but Pooh forgot to return it.
-->'''Rabbit''': Pooh, I want my shovel back right now!\\
'''Pooh''': Your shovel?\\
'''Rabbit''': You promised you'd return it last week, you silly bear! If I don't begin planting my carrots at the stroke of 12, how will they grow up to be midnight snacks?!\\
'''Pooh''': I don't know, Rabbit. Uh... how?\\
'''Rabbit''': (''pulling his ears in frustration'') AAARGH!!!
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': After being busted canoodling by Gizmo (A super-genius five year old), Cyborg and Jinx try to convince him they were actually fighting over the ice cream cone they were sharing.
--> '''Gizmo:''' STOP! Do I look like I was born yesterday?\\
'''Jinx and Cyborg:''' "Yes." "A little." \\
(''Gizmo's face is replaced with a live action baby and SFX of a baby crying'')
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The It", Wander tries to get Lord Hater to play tag with him while Hater is planning his next big invasion, but Lord Hater assures his minions he's not going to let himself get distracted by Wander's antics again.
-->'''Lord Hater:''' Do you think I'm going to let some silly game ruin my chances at galactic superiority?\\
'''Watchdog:''' [[BrutalHonesty Uh, you do seem to do that a lot, so...]] (''gets zapped by Peepers'')
* ''WesternAnimation/CliffordTheBigRedDog'':
-->'''Cleo''': [[CatchPhrase Have I ever steered you wrong?]] \\
'''Clifford''': Well, as a matter of fact--\\
'''Cleo''': Never mind...
** another example from ''Clifford's Really Big Movie'':
-->'''Cleo''': We need a plan, guys!\\
'''T-Bone''': All right, who's got a plan?\\
'''Cleo''': I do.\\
'''Clifford & T-Bone''': You do?\\
'''Cleo''': Have I ever steered you wrong?\\
'''Clifford''': Well--\\
'''Cleo''': Don't answer that.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'': Played with in the episode "The Note":
-->'''Melissa:''' When we signed up to be Milo's friends, we knew it wouldn't be easy...\\
'''Zack:''' I don't remember signing anything.\\
'''Melissa:''' ...So are we going to find that note?\\
'''Milo:''' That's a good question.\\
'''Zack:''' You're supposed to say "yes", Milo.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** "[[AdventureTimeS5E8MysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]":
-->'''Finn:''' (''ruefully'') Who in this world is sadder than the Ice King?\\
'''Shelby:''' (''snarky'') Me, watching this.
** "[[AdventureTimeS8E14TheLightCloud The Light Cloud]]"
-->'''Finn:''' You think the outside world is scary. Well, you know what's really scary?\\
'''Bystander 1:''' Bees!\\
'''Bystander 2:''' Germs!\\
'''Bystander 3:''' Frogs! \\
'''Bystander 4:''' Crowds!\\
''(the last bystander [[ExplainExplainOhCrap looks around and shrinks away in a panic]])''
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker", it's Mr. Crocker's birthday and he's angrier than usual to his students. His method of torturing AJ, the resident InsufferableGenius, is by posing the question "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?", causing AJ to freak out when he can't answer it. Crocker later asks him "What is the sound of one hand clapping?", and when AJ can't answer that either the left side of his head collapses.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* ''The'' most notorious RealLife example in history: "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" Naturally, four of Henry II's knights mistook it for a contract on Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and did something that would make Henry regret that comment for the rest of his life.
* 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!"
* An old lawyer's maxim is, "Never ask a question you don't already know the answer to."
* It turns out if you leave a rhetorical question lying around in an example entry on Wiki/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.]]