Playing With / Blunt "Yes"

Basic Trope: A person asks a question expecting a no or a vague answer, but instead gets a yes.
  • Straight:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Yes.
  • Exaggerated:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone besides yourself is just pond scum that you can do what ever you want to do with?
    Emperor Evulz: Yes, Isn't it obvious?
  • Downplayed:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: …it is a bit more complex that. But let's keep it simple and say: Yes.
  • Justified: To Evulz, the answer to the question is so obvious it seems pointless to ask in the first place.
  • Inverted:
    • A person asks a rhetorical question and gets an answer they didn't expect.
    • A person asks a question expecting a yes or a vague answer, but instead get a rather blunt no.
    • A person asks a question, excepting a simple yes or no, get a vague answer instead.
  • Subverted:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Yes! Well… no of course not!
  • Double Subverted:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Yes! Well… no of course not! Some people die to serve me.
  • Parodied:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Hmm, let me think about—yes.
  • Zig Zagged:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Yes… wait, no… wait, that means it's a yes… but then what about…
  • Averted:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: No, just my Five-Bad Band.
  • Enforced: The writer wanted to establish Emperor Evulz as a Deadpan Snarker, and this was the quickest and most potent way to do it.
  • Lampshaded: "You really don't care about your people? I should have expected something from a Tyrant like you!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Someone tries to get the conversion on tape to show how little Emperor Evulz cares for their followers.
    • Bob previously set the MacGuffin's self-destruct activation code to "Yes".
  • Defied:
    Alice: Do you think that everyone lives to serve you?
    Emperor Evulz: Of course not! What do you think I am, some kind of monster?!
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I really expected Evulz to simply say 'yes'—a villain like him wouldn't care about his people."

"Do you think this link leads back to Blunt "Yes"?"
"Yes."

Alternative Title(s): Flat Yes

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