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One character is arguing with another who (s)he thinks is being stupid, when the other makes a point which renders the first momentarily speechless. Related to Dumbass Has a Point. In comics, as per the Webcomics example, signified by '...'. In live action, usually signified by character 1 pausing open-mouthed, possibly with a finger in the air.

Related to Shutting Up Now and Sarcasm Failure. Compare Giving Up on Logic.

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    Comic Books 
  • In a Gaston Lagaffe comic, Prunelle has some work to give to Gaston, only to find the lazybones with his cat sleeping on his lap, whispering that he can't work right now because he doesn't dare waking up the poor cat. To which Prunelle roars, making the cat jump awake in fright, before pushing a busload of stuff in Gaston's arms.
    Prunelle: If everybody in this redaction had a sleeping cat on their lap, the Spirou journal wouldn't publish very often!
    Gaston: Oh yeah? Well, if every general and head of state, whatever their flags, had a cat on their lap, then I'd be feeling much better, myself!
    Prunelle: [thinking] How can you respond to a guy who's right?

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Distant Relations Tonks accidentally walks in on Harry naked and turns around, telling him to let her know when he's decent.
    Harry: I'm decent now.
    Tonks: You're still starkers!
    Harry: Well, yes, but I'm still decent. The fact I'm not wearing anything doesn't change the content of my character.
    Tonks: I have no answer to that.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Tootsie:
    Sandy: A guy named Les is sending you flowers?
    Michael Dorsey: Yes. He's a friend of mine. He can't eat candy; he's diabetic.
    Sandy: Why is he thanking you for a lovely night in front of the fire?
    Michael Dorsey: [long pause] My mind's a blank.
  • In Old School the fraternity members are set up in a debate against James Carville. Frank (Will Ferrell, playing his usual Manchild character) opts to take the first question. His answer is surprisingly intelligent, and Carville's team frantically whispers among themselves for a long time before finally replying, "We... have no response".
  • From Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Will and Jack wake up Gibs, who's sleeping with the pigs, by throwing a bucket of water on him. Then Will throws a second bucketful at him, to which he angrily responds "Blast it! I'm already awake!". Will replies "That was for the smell." There's a pause, then Gibbs shrugs and nods his head.
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    Live-Action TV 
  • In one episode of Stargate SG-1, the team hesitates at the prospect of getting to the gate, which is guarded by a legion of Jaffa. O'Neill is arguing with a scientist about how to go about it, when the scientist just goes, "But you're SG-1!" O'Neill has no response to that except to shrug, and go ahead and kick some ass.
  • In an episode of The West Wing, Sam Seaborn gets his ass verbally handed to him by Blonde Republican Sex Kitten Ainsley Hayes, who then heads off for a snack. He's quite speechless until after she's left, at which point he says "...I could have countered that, but I'd already moved on to other things in my head."

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    Western Animation 
  • In Justice League Unlimited Lex Luthor is trying to shut up Tala so he can concentrate on reviving Brainiac. Tala says "Transmutation of matter is what you want, right?" It takes a bit of time for this to sink in, but Lex is finally taken aback. "Do it then!"
  • Parodied by Peggy in King of the Hill, where she goes on a thirty second rant of how she cannot say anything to that.
    Peggy: Hank Hill, I am speechless. I literally have nothing to say. Not one word. Nada. Zilch. Zero. (beat) I don't know what you're waiting for.
  • From Regular Show:
    Mordecai: But if there is one thing you can trust us with, it's perfecting pointless skills on company time.
    Benson: Wow... I really don't have an answer to that.
  • In The Simpsons, when Homer insists on finishing a dead trucker's delivery and Bart wants to come along:
    Homer: Don't you have school?
    Bart: Don't you have work?
    Homer: Ah, touché!
  • Kaeloo: When Kaeloo suddenly breaks down crying in the middle of a conversation, Stumpy thinks it must be a psychological issue, and suggests asking Mr. Cat to help Kaeloo sort it out. Quack Quack thinks this is a horrible idea, since Mr. Cat is, well, Mr. Cat, eliciting this response from Stumpy:
    Stumpy: Do YOU know anything about psychology?
    Quack Quack: Stares in silence
    Stumpy: No? Exactly.

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