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This Stock Phrase gets used in at least two contexts:

  • Mercenary types either use it to offer to do missions without asking why their employers want them done, or their employers insist on not explaining themselves. In the latter case, often costs extra.
  • Also seen on reward posters when someone suspects that a missing item has been stolen; in that case it specifically implies "will pay the reward, and not go to the cops, even if we're pretty sure we're paying the thief".

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  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    Han Solo: I'm captain of the Millennium Falcon. Chewie here tells me you're lookin' for passage to the Alderaan system?
    Obi-Wan: Yes indeed, if it's a fast ship.
    Han: [snip bragging] What's the cargo?
    Obi-Wan: Only passengers. Myself, the boy, two droids... and no questions asked.
    Han Solo: What is it? Some kind of local trouble?
    Obi-Wan: Let's just say we'd like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.
    Han: Well, that's the trick, isn't it? And it's going to cost you something extra. Ten thousand, all in advance.

  • Deep Rising
    [Hanover's goons are beating up Pantucci]
    Finnegan: We got a contract: 20 hours out and back. You beat my engine man to death, it's gonna take a hell of a lot longer - which is ok by me since overtime'll cost you double rate!
    Hanover: He was nosing around in my cargo!
    Finnegan: Ok, so he's nosy.
    Hanover: Contract was "no questions asked."
  • Carnage On Graves Farm
    Farmer Graves: My buyers pay me five thousand dollar per film, no questions asked.


  • Used in Hogfather when the Auditors are trying to hire an assassin to inhume the title character:
    Lord Downey: No questions asked, I assume?
    Auditor: No question answered.
  • In Dragaera, this is standard operating procedure for the Professional Killers of the Jhereg Syndicate, with one exception: if someone's to be rendered Deader than Dead with a Soul Eating Morganti weapon, they require a convincing explanation and a huge bonus.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Discussed between Tyrion and his hired sword Bronn:
    Tyrion: Tell me, Bronn. If I told you to kill a babe ... an infant girl, say, still at her mother's breast ... would you do it? Without question?
    Bronn: Without question? No. I'd ask how much [I'm getting paid].

Live-Action TV

  • Malcolm in the Middle
    Hal: [enters room] Who wants to make 5 bucks?
    Malcolm: How?
    Lois: [outside] Oh my God!
    Malcolm: What did you do?
    Hal: Yes or no? No questions asked!
    Lois: [outside] Oh my GOD!
    Malcolm: Make it 10.
    Hal: OK. You're a good son.
    Lois: [outside] OH MY GOD!
    Hal: [grabs Malcolm and opens the door] Don't worry honey. I got him!
  • Cheers episode "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Bar"
    Carla: [about getting someone to do some kidnapping and torture work] Leave this to me, Sammy. I happen to know some people who can handle this kind of thing, no questions asked. It might cost us a little, but they do good work. [Dials the telephone] Hi. It's Mommy. Wake up your brothers.
  • In the namesake episode from the final season of How I Met Your Mother, the gang is revealed to have a similar rule, which began when Ted asked Marshall to help him escape being trapped inside a mailbox with no questions about his predicament, leading to the gang stacking up similar rules to repay previous favors.


  • Darths & Droids parodies the Star Wars example above. Note that Han Solo's character is named Greedo in this one.
    Greedo: Chewie here-a says you-a wanna go to Naboo-a.
    Obi-Wan: Yes indeed. Myself, the boy, two droids, and no questions asked.
    Greedo: Whatta is it? Some-a kinda local-a trouble?
    Chewbacca: My apologies. Greedo, that was two questions. He did say "no questions asked".
    Obi-Wan: Let's just say we'd like to avoid any Imperial entanglements.
    Greedo: That'sa da trick, no?
    Chewbacca: Three questions...
    Greedo: It'sa gonna cost-a you. Tenna thousand. In advance-a.
    Obi-Wan: We haven't that much with us. But we could pay you two thousand now, plus fifteen when we reach Naboo.
    Obi-Wan: Less one per additional question.
    Greedo: Seventeen-a, huh?
    Chewbacca: Sixteen.
    Greedo: You gotta youselves-a ship!
    Greedo: You wanna board-a now?
    {Chewbacca gives Greedo an annoyed look}
  • Sanctum Adriot gives its customers the option of a "Stop Asking Questions" surcharge.

Western Animation

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  • In Expiration Date by Tim Powers, after Kootie Parganas's parents are killed and he goes on the run, advertisements start appearing that offer a large reward for his whereabouts, no questions asked. In this case, the significance is that the person behind the advertisements has an ulterior motive and no actual relationship to Kootie, and would prefer that no questions be asked on either side.
Live Action TV
  • From the "Crackpot Religions" sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus featuring a wide-boy gangster type:
    In our church we try to help people to help themselves—to cars, washing machines, lead piping, no questions asked. We are the only church, apart from the Baptists to do respray jobs.

Western Animation

  • Family Guy episode "420"
    Quagmire: I am offering a $50 reward about James to anyone who knows what happened to him, no questions asked.
    Peter Griffin: [taking the money] I killed your cat.

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Fan Works
  • In Thieves Can Be Heroes!, store owner Munehisa Iwai usually doesn't care wherever his customers get his loot. If he can buy it to sell someone else, he'll do it without question. Then it's subverted when he reveals that he runs background checks on all of his buyers to make sure they aren't using his hyper-realistic airsoft guns for anything shady. He gets suspicious of Izuku's unusual insistence on buying them, asking what he's using them for because he looks like he's far more interested in Heroes than firearms.


  • Gone with the Wind. The overseer placed in charge of the plantation slaves makes it clear he doesn't want any questions asked about how he gets results.

Live-Action TV

  • The Mandalorian. In "The Prisoner", the title character is hired for a Caper Crew, and he's told it's a "no questions asked" job. When the Mandalorian returns without the others he's asked what happened to them. The Mandalorian responds: "No questions asked, that was the deal."


  • Artemis Fowl: In "The Artemis Fowl Files", Commander Julius Root delivers this line during Holly Short's initiation into LEPRecon. The test is like a game of paintball, where Root and the initiates 'hunt' one another in a certain area. The initiates are evaluated by how hard they make it for Root to hunt them as he's obviously much more experienced. The only way to get in immediately is: "You tag me before I tag you and you're in. No questions asked." After Holly fails her test because of a run-in with Julius's brother Turnball in the same area, Root gives her one chance to do something to change his mind. She shoots three paintballs at him, delivering an Ironic Echo.