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Asking if a question is rhetorical to be snarky

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
Willbyr on Sep 20th 2018 at 7:00:55 AM
Last Edited By:
Willbyr on Oct 12th 2018 at 11:55:43 AM
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Page Type: trope

There are a lot of ways to give a saucy reply to someone that's asked a seemingly obvious question, one of which is to ask if the question was meant to be rhetorical.

Sister Trope to Is the Answer to This Question "Yes"?. Subtrope of Ask a Stupid Question....

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Feedback: 10 replies

Sep 20th 2018 at 7:07:32 AM

I didn't get any responses to my Trope Finder request on this one. It feels like a Sister Trope to at least one other "smart-alecky reply" trope whose name is escaping me ATM.

Sep 20th 2018 at 7:11:07 AM

So would "Are you being sarcastic?" question fall here?

Sep 20th 2018 at 7:44:50 AM

^ No, I'd intended this specifically for the "rhetorical question" retort. There may be a Missing Super Trope to both, or they both may be The Same But More Specific of something else.

Sep 20th 2018 at 10:14:51 AM

I tossed in a temporary bomb in an attempt to offset the hats that appeared despite the need for examples and a better description.

Sep 20th 2018 at 10:58:10 AM

^^ There's times I wish mods had the power to strike hats and bombs, this isn't anywhere close to hat-worthy.

^ Yes, it's a subtrope, and I found the trope I was thinking of as the Sister Trope and added it to the definition.

I know I've seen other examples of this, I just can't think of any off the top of my head.

Sep 20th 2018 at 1:52:44 PM

The Dabbler example might need a slightly more obvious warning that the link to the comic is NSFW.

Oct 12th 2018 at 4:03:55 AM

Bump to try to get some more examples.

Oct 12th 2018 at 4:46:08 AM

Would "Is this a trick question?" count as this trope?

Oct 12th 2018 at 11:55:43 AM

^ It'd be a variant; the original intent was the specific asking if the original questioner was being rhetorical or not.