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Playing With: Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer
Basic Trope: A character asks a question of another and, not expecting "yes" as an answer, launches into a spiel to convince them to change their mind.
  • Straight:
    Son: "Hey, dad, can I go see Alice and The Tropers downtown? I can take the train."
    Dad: "Absolutely, son. Have a good time!"
    Son: "But, but I'm old enough, and I've saved up money, and I won't get lost, and...wait, what?"
  • Exaggerated: As above, but the son asks several more times before accepting "yes".
  • Downplayed:
    Son: "Hey, dad, can I go see Alice and The Tropers downtown? I can take the train."
    Dad: "Absolutely, son. Have a good time!"
    Son: "But, but, I'm...oh, ok. Thanks!"
  • Justified: The son is expecting the answer "no", so he has his rebuttal prepared in advance.
  • Inverted:
    Son: "Hey, dad, can I go see Alice and The Tropers downtown? I can take the train."
    Dad: "Absolutely not. You're too young."
    Son: "Oh, ok, cool! I'll be back by ten, don't wait up, and...wait, what?"
    —> Another Possibility for an Inversion of the usual way it's done;
    Dad: "Son, why don't you go see Alice and the Tropers downtown. You can take the train."
    Son: "Yeah, that's a good idea!"
    Dad: "Now son you really need to get out mo... Oh you said yeah, never mind."
  • Subverted:
    Son: "Hey, dad, can I see Alice and The Tropers downtown?"
    Dad: "Sure!"
    Son: "Ok, thanks!"
  • Double Subverted:
    Son: (beat) "Wait, did you say no? But, but, I'm old enough, and I won't get lost, and I've saved up money, and..."
  • Parodied: The son keeps asking the dad's permission (and the dad keeps giving it) long after the event, and even when the men are well into old age.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    Son: "Hey, dad, can I go see Alice and The Tropers?"
    Dad: "Sure! And keep in mind...I'm saying yes, so you don't need to argue..."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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