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Alice cites a statistic of some sort. Bob, however, believes this is untrue and asks Alice to give one example of this statistic. And Alice gives an example.

Occasionally, she will give more than one. Bob may say "Alright, enough already!" or "I said one!" Sometimes Bob will move the goalposts and ask for more than one afterward. Or, perhaps, a more Genre Savvy Bob will ask for more than one from the get-go, which is more likely (but not guaranteed) to stymie Alice.


Alternatively, Alice says "Um... there must be a million!" in a desperate effort to cover up the fact that she can't actually think of any.

May lead to a list of Everything Except Most Things.

This is a recurring pattern in media? Name one example.

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  • In Supernatural fanfic dean winchester is not a nicholas sparks protagonist Dean tries to excuse his five-minute long Cas-ogling trance as "nature gazing." Sam doesn't buy it:
    Sam: Name like, one plant ever, Dean.
    Dean: Oak. Maple. Marijuana.
  • No Mouth But Some Serpent's:
    James: Remus. There are so many things that you don't understand, so many things that have to come true.
    Remus: Name one.
    James: You know about the prophecy.
  • Freedom and Not Peace:
    Harry: But most of the tasks I have are ones that only I can do. Either because of strength of magic, or because they're serving people who will only trust me.
    Millicent: Name one.
    Harry: My duties as vates, for instance. Most of the magical creatures won't see or converse with anyone but me.
  • In A Day Trip To Grimmauld Place Hermione refuses to tell Harry the distraction she arranged for Umbridge so he has plausible deniability when they go back to Hogwarts.
    Sirius: You can tell me though. I can definitely keep a secret, can't I Moony?
    Remus: Were you not the one who spilled to the whole school that James and Lily were dating after they specifically told you to keep quiet about it?
    Sirius: That doesn't count Moony, that was news the school deserved to know. I've kept loads of other secrets.
    Remus: Name one.
    Sirius: I never revealed the secret about being an animagus.
    Remus: You were constantly telling everyone that you were a dog, they just never took you literally.
  • In Foundations a dying Romilda makes Harry give a Deathbed Promise to find a good home for her four-year-old son.
    Hermione: There are other options, you know. Lots of options...
    Harry: Name one.
    Hermione: Well, you could... look, Harry, I'm not for a moment suggesting you should, or are in a position to, raise someone else's child. But you have to remember that you always have a choice.
  • Lines Crossed:
    Hermione: Have you ever heard of a wizards or witch turning themselves purposely into a bat!?
    Ron: Yeah. Loads of times.
    Hermione: Name one.
    Ron: I... I'm... I'm going to bed!
  • Attraction:
    Tracey: I take it one of the Gryffindors upset you?
    Daphne: They're all insensitive gits!
    Tracey: Now, you know that's not true. Just because they're brave and brash doesn't mean that all of them are insensitive...
    Daphne: Name one! No, wait... why am I asking you? You'll just go into another one of your 'Gryffindors are so noble and bold' rants!

  • In Undercover Brother, they're discussing what party a prominent black general might run for President under. One character suggests he might go Republican:
    Conspiracy Brother: Name one thing the Republican party has ever done for us!
    Smart Brother: They're the party of Lincoln. He freed the slaves.
    Conspiracy Brother: Okay, name two things lately!
  • "Apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the freshwater system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
    • Brought peace.
      • Oh, peace? Shut up!
  • Major League (in the commercial but not the movie) and its sequel (in the actual movie):
    Jake: That ball wouldn't have been out in a lot of parks.
    Ricky: Name one.
    Jake: Yellowstone.
  • In The Santa Clause 2, Lucy, Scott's ex-wife's daughter by her current husband and to whom Scott is an Honorary Uncle (correctly) thinks he's Santa because he owns a reindeer. He tries to dissuade her by saying plenty of people own reindeer, and she challenges him to name five. He can't, but covers by saying that all of those people live in Finland, and he can't pronounce their names (neither Lucy nor the reindeer are convinced by this).
  • Dr. Dolittle: Used when the good doctor and his dog Lucky try to convince a suicidal tiger that there are popular tigers in pop culture.
    Tiger: Okay. Name one.
    Dolittle: ...
    Lucky: How 'bout Tony?
    Dolittle: ...Tony the cereal tiger?
    Lucky: What? I didn't hear you come up with anything.
  • Cars: "When was the last time you cared about something except yourself, hot rod? You name me one time, and I will take it all back."

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  • Acapulco H.E.A.T. episode "Code Name: Frame-Up"
    Mike Savage: Who'd want to work with you?
    Ashley: I can think of lots of people.
    Mike: Name one.
    Ashley: Mike Savage.
    Mike: You got me there, didn't you.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210 episode "Beach Blanket Brandon"
    Scott Scanlon: Name one thing fun about Oklahoma.
    David Silver: I'll betcha not one girl there has ever met a California stud before.
  • Bewitched episode "A Change of Face"
    Samantha: He's got very good features.
    Endora: Name one.
    Samantha: Well, he has a nice firm jaw.
  • Boy Meets World
    Gloria: Name one thing you got me that ever made me feel special.
    Harley: Tires. Steel belted.
  • Cheers episode "Someday My Prince Will Come"
    Sam Malone: There was only one reason why you ever went out with me and that was because of my looks.
    Diane Chambers: Not entirely.
    Sam: Yes entirely. Name one other reason why anyone would go out with me? Come on, name one. You can't, can you?
    Diane: [mockingly] No Sam, I can't.
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Lacey Borrows":
    Oscar Leroy: Horror movies are stupid. Name one good horror movie you've seen.
    Brent Leroy: I can't.
    Oscar: See? They're all stupid.
    Brent: No. I just haven't seen one.
    • Also:
    Oscar: Give me one good reason why I can't build my own coffin.
    Emma: Okay.
    (Montage of shoddy woodworking projects Oscar has done)
    Oscar: I said one.
  • Extras episode "Orlando Bloom"
    Keith Chegwin: Black people aren't funny.
    Andy Millman: Black people are funny, Keith.
    Keith: Name one black person that's funny.
    Andy: I can name you loads of black people that are funny... Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy.
    Keith: British.
    Andy: Don't change the rules halfway through.
  • Firefly episode "War Stories"
    Mal: [about Zoe] There's plenty orders a'mine that she didn't obey.
    Wash: Name one!
    Mal: She married you!
  • Frasier: Roz says she doesn't want to sit with Niles, as he always has some snide remark to make.
    Niles: Name one!
    Roz: Well, last week, you told me my bedroom was easier to get into than a community college.
    Niles: [sheepish grin]...I was hoping that would be the one you'd name.
  • Friends
    Chandler: Maureen Rosilla.
    Ross: "'Cause she doesn't hate Yanni" is not a real reason.
    • When Phoebe becomes a surrogate mother of triplets, he wants to name one of the babies Joey or Chandler:
      Joey: You gotta pick Joey! I mean, name one famous person named Chandler.
      Chandler: Raymond Chandler.
      Joey: Someone you didn’t make up!
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
    Det. John Munch: Name one miracle that's happened in your lifetime.
    Det. Stan Bolander: How 'bout the fact that I haven't killed you yet?
  • Hollyoaks
    Declan: Name me one band with two singers.
    Steph Dean: The Beatles.
    Declan: Apart from The Beatles.
    Steph: Oasis. Oh, and Abba!
    Declan: Do we look like Abba?
  • In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode covering the film Hobgoblins, what starts as Crow's counterpoint to the film's portrayal of females turns into a conspiracy-ladden documentary where he wonders whether women even exist in the first place.
    Mike: Y'know, Crow, you do know women, what about Pearl?
    Crow: (beat) Okay, so one woman exists, does that mean all women exist?
    Mike: (to camera) We'll be right back.
    Crow: Name me one other woman, go ahead!
    Mike: Well, I... (trails off into confusion)
  • NCIS
    Caitlin Todd: Hmm. Well, I hate to break it to you, Tony, but Gibbs can be wrong sometimes.
    Anthony DiNozzo: Name one.
    Caitlin: The man's been married, like, four times.
  • NewsRadio episode "Movie Star"
    Dave Nelson: I'll have you know that a lot of intellectual people watch television.
    Lisa Miller: Oh, really? Name one.
    Dave: Dave Nelson.
  • Press Gang
    Kenny: There are lots of people I don't like. [snip]
    Lynda: Name one. [snip]
    Kenny: Oh, I don't like Mr. Cavendish the maths teacher.
    Lynda: Well, nobody likes him, he's a half-dead, senile, old psychopath!
    Kenny: Oh Lynda, he's not that bad.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    Gen. Hammond: Are you saying Colonel O'Neill has, somehow, regressed more than 30 years overnight?
    Dr. Jackson: Stranger things have happened.
    Teal'c: Name but one.
    Gen. Hammond: Thank you, Dr. Jackson, I get the point.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Civil Defense," Quark challenges Odo to name a more devious Ferengi than him. Odo responds with Grand Nagus Zek, Daimon Tye, Quark's brother Rom, his uncle Frin, his cousin Gaila...
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: "Terra Nova."
    Trip: Every school kid on Earth had to learn about the famous Vulcan expeditions.
    T'Pol: Name one.
    Trip: (beat) History was never my best subject.
  • Invoked in Yes, Prime Minister:
    Hacker: If he does say that lots of people want to know the answer to that question, say, "Name six." That'll fix him. He'll never be able to remember more than two.
  • Roseanne:
    Roseanne: I got plenty of reasons to dump you.
    Dan: Name one.
    Roseanne: You're a compulsive list-maker.
    Dan: Name two.
    Roseanne: Shut up.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    Leonard: (to Sheldon, when he's freaking out about Penny's unsanitary chair) You do this all the time. You fixate on some crazy idea and then blow it way out of proportion.
    Sheldon: Name one time I've ever done that.
    Leonard: (gives him a disbelieving look, as do Raj and Howard) How about when you put GPS trackers in your garbage because you were convinced North Korean spies were stealing your doodles? The chicken nuggets that you were sure were human nuggets? The strangely-shaped cloud that was following you around town? The time you put my shirt on by mistake and were sure you started growing again!
    Sheldon: (Beat) I said name one. You really need to work on your listening skills.
  • From Drake & Josh:
    Josh: There are more important things then kissing girls.
    Drake: Name two.
    Josh: (sadly) I can't!
  • An early Supernatural episode:
    Dean: I love kids!
    Sam: Name three children that you even know. (Dean scratches his head, Sam walks off)
    Dean: I'm thinking!

  • In the John Finnemores Double Acts episode "The Wroxton Box", Percy tries to downplay the fact he's taking a train to Oxford as entirely normal. Alec challenges him to name one time he's done it before. He comes up with one ... only it was years ago.
    Alec: All right, name another.
    Percy: Well, if you're going to be like that, we'll be here all day.
    Alec: You see, I'm not sure we would.

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • George Carlin, after wondering why when it's a human it's an abortion, and when it's a chicken it's an omelette, posits that "chickens are decent people", then challenges the audience:
    Name six ways we're better than chickens! (Beat) See, nobody can do it! Y'know why? 'Cuz chickens are decent people!

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  • Variation: in Red vs. Blue: Reconstruction, Washington asks the Red and Blue teams to name just one thing that ever happened to them that wasn't preceded by a call to command, or getting a new team member or piece of equipment. The difference here is that no one says anything, because nothing ever did happen.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged, Jotaro notes that the reason Dio's so mean is because he doesn't have any friends.
    Dio: I got friends... I got lots of friends.
    Jotaro: Oh, yeah?
    Dio: Yeah!
    Jotaro: Oh, really?
    Dio: Yeah! Yeah, that's right!!
    Jotaro: Okay, name one.
    Dio: I can name seven!! There's... there's Stan... and... and Gavin... Muhammad... another Muhammad... Bro Josh... Robocop...
    Jotaro: (interrupts) You're not friends with Robocop.
    Dio: (angry) Yes I am! It says so on Facebook!!
    Jotaro: Facebook doesn't count!
    Dio: Yes it does!!
  • From the Bum Review of The Secret Life of Arrietty while Chester A. Bum is pretending to be two separate people:
    Not always.
    Name five!
    Okay. (counts on hand) Shut the hell up, Bitch.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • One Exterminatus Now strip subverts it. Lothar asks Virus and Harry to give them five reasons they should help them out. They start to answer, then after a beat ask why five. Lothar says because it's less likely they can come up with that many reasons.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy
    • From "Ocean's Three and a Half"
    Brian: Wow, a song named after a girl. There aren't a million of those already.
    Stewie: Name twenty.
    Stewie: Name six more.
    Stewie: Name five more.
    Stewie: Go [bleep] yourself.
    • From "Fresh Heir"
    Brian: Look, Carter. I suppose you're entitled to do what you want, but, you know, I'm just saying if it were me, I would give all the money to charity.
    Carter: Oh yeah? Which charity?
    Brian: Well, there are just so many that do such great work.
    Carter: Name just one.
    Brian: Um... well, you know. Poor... Green... Whale... Guns... Books?
    Carter: You are such a fraud. [Cut to a green whale holding a gun and a book]
    Whale: Why won't anyone help us?
  • The Simpsons
    • From "Lisa's Sax"
    Homer: Marge, name one successful person in life who ever lived without air conditioning.
    Marge: Balzac!
    Homer: No need for potty mouth just because you can't think of one.
    • Also from "Bart the Lover":
    Homer: Can you believe it!? Pretty soon, I'll be able to quit my job and live off the boy!
    Marge: What? Name me one person who's gotten rich by doing yo-yo tricks!
    Homer's Brain: Donald Trump? ... No. Arnold Palmer? ... No. Bill Cosby! ... No.
    Homer: D'oh!
    • From "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
    Marge: You miss way too many precious moments in the children's lives.
    Homer: What?! Name 12.
    Bart: Well, just this week, there's been field day, picking me up from the airport...
    Lisa: And the Father/Daughter Dance...
  • Daria:
    Upchuck: You'll be back. They all come back.
    Jane: Name two.
    Upchuck: ....I could!
  • From the Futurama Superhero Episode:
    Leela: Are you crazy? We have to keep our secret identities secret.
    Fry: From everybody?
    Leela: Especially from everybody.
    Fry: Give several reasons why.
    Leela: For one, superheroes cause a lot of collateral damage, and we don't wanna get our butts sued.
    Fry: Or do we? No, I guess not.
    Leela: Also, if our identities get out, every crook in the city will be after us. Or, God forbid, our loved ones.
    Bender: Superking has no need for loved ones. *kicks an orphan who asks him for an autograph*
  • In The Magic School Bus episode on recycling:
    Phoebe: But Wanda, think about all the good things that recycling does.
    Wanda: Okay Phoebe, name three.
    Phoebe: Well, um, I just know there's lots! note 
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik challenges Sonic to name one mistake he's made. Sonic names two: Scratch and Grounder, who pop out when they hear their names being called. Robotnik concedes the point.
  • In Aqua Teen Hunger Force Shake and Meatwad are reminiscing. Frylock asks them if they remember the time he saved their asses. Shake says "Name one time! One!". Cue a montage of Frylock saving them dozens of times set to Andrew W.K.'s "Party Party Party".
  • In an episode of Rugrats, Chuckie is complaining about his red hair, but Tommy tries to cheer him up saying lots of famous people have red hair. Chuckie says, "Name one." Tommy has to think for a second before finally saying Bozo the Clown. Chuckie isn't satisfied with that answer.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "She's All Yak", Yona the yak causes a disaster at the Fetlock Fete. When she's confronted by Sandbar, who accompanied her to the Fete, she calls herself "Worst Pony Ever".
    Sandbar: That's not true.
    Yona: Really? Sandbar, name two ponies worse than Yona.
    Sandbar: Cozy Glow and Sombra.

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