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Mathematician's Answers in western animation TV.


  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Fred Fredburger once resolved a court case by saying "yes" to an either-or question, resulting in both parties winning. This was not on purpose.
  • Family Guy:
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    • A very funny example by the mayor of Quahog Adam West:
      Adam West: Will you answer one question for me?
      Medium: Yes.
      Adam West: Thank you so much.
    • West himself loves doing this:
      Tricia Takanawa: Mr. West, do you have any words for our viewers?
      Adam West: Box, toaster, aluminum, maple syrup... no, I take that one back. I'm gonna hold onto that one.
    • He has it done to him in "E Peterbus Unum'':
      (Peter is dancing in the park and generally causing a commotion.)
      Adam West: What in God's name is he doing?!
      Cleveland: I believe it's called the Worm.
    • In one episode, when filling out a hospital form, upon reaching "Sex", Peter wrote "No, thank you".
  • In one episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, Charlie Brown regains consciousness on a sidewalk as two little kids watch. Charlie gets up and asks one of the kids, "Where am I?" One of the kids points to him and says, "Right there!"
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  • In Infinity Train, after Tulip sees she's on the inside of a lengthy train filled with numerous rooms containing fascinating features along with One-One.
    Tulip: How does this door work? Are you like a real robot? Are there other people on here? Is this what trains are like?
    One-One: Yes!
    Tulip: Yes to what? Which?
    One-One: I dunno.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: In the Grand Finale, a conflicted Aang calls upon the spirits of his four most recent incarnation, Avatars Roku, Kyoshi, Kuruk and Yangchen, to advise him on whether he should kill Ozai. All of the Avatar spirits gave a Mathematician's Answer of one sort or another; Roku's advice is to "be decisive", Kyoshi said "only justice will bring peace", Kuruk said to "actively shape the fate of the world", and Yangchen said "do whatever it takes to protect the world". All of these apply equally accurately to either killing Ozai or any number of other options that might have been attempted, though Aang regards them as being implicit endorsements of killing. In the end, a Lion Turtle taught him Energybending, which Aang used to strip Ozai of his Firebending and render him powerless, instead of killing him.
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  • In The Legend of Korra, Korra's cousin Eska has this exchange with Bolin shortly after they meet.
    Eska: You amuse me. I will make you mine.
    Bolin: You mean like a boyfriend or a slave?
    Eska: Yes. Now win me prizes.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle provides us with another example. Boris, in one of his Paper Thin Disguises, needs Bullwinkle to go to a particular location. His scheme is to have Bullwinkle win a trip in a contest. The trick, then, is to get the exceedingly dense Bullwinkle to actually give the correct answer to a question, which he finally accomplishes with this exchange.
    Boris: Do you know who is buried in Grant's tomb?
    Bullwinkle: No.
    Boris: That's right, you don't!
  • In Total Drama World Tour while lost in a desert in Egypt:
    Heather: Does anyone know where we are?
    Izzy: Planet Earth, silly.
  • The Simpsons:
    • A variation on the theme, but still very much holds the original idea: In "Homer's Enemy", when Bart and Milhouse get their own warehouse, Milhouse is left behind as a night watchman. Bart comes back the next day to find the place destroyed.
      Bart: Milhouse, how could you let this happen? You were supposed to be the night watchman!
      Milhouse: I was watching. I saw the whole thing. First it started falling over, then it fell over.
    • Homer managed one of these accidentally in "Burns Verkaufen Der Kraftwerk":
      Horst: You've been safety inspector for three years. What initiatives have you spearheaded in that time?
      Homer: Uh... all of them?
      Fritz: You must have lots of ideas for the future?
      Homer: I sure do!
  • On an episode of Garfield and Friends in a U.S. Acres segment, Wade is being his usual cowardly self, this time about seeing a doctor. Orson tries to reassure him, but Roy can't miss an opportunity to have a laugh at his expense.
    Orson: What a minute. You're not a surgeon Roy.
    (Doctor)Roy: I operated on a man just yesterday.
    Orson: For what?
    Roy: For 900 dollars.
    Orson: No, no. What did the man have?
    Roy: 900 dollars.
    Orson: No, I mean what did you remove?!
    Roy(playing with a ball and paddle): The 900 dollars.
    Orson: No! What was his complaint?!
    Orson and Roy: The 900 dollars.
    Orson: OK Roy, you carve.
  • From The Real Ghostbusters, the episode No One Comes To Lupusville:
    Lita: (offers Egon a turnip) Turnip?
    Egon: Yes, it is.
  • The Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Customers Suck" has a customer in Burger World ask if the shakes are made from real milk and ice cream or shake mix. Beavis just says "Yeah."
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Culture Shock", SpongeBob asks Squidward which brand of soap he should use: Mr. Cleanser or Dr. Clean? Squidward's response: "Yes."
  • Fred the squirrel from The Penguins of Madagascar, being Literal-Minded incarnate, has a bit of a problem with this. If he's asked if he can read something, he'll say "yes". If someone asks him to show them the town, he'll just point to the nearest buildings.
  • Phineas and Ferb co-creator Dan Povenmire was asked by a fan on Twitter "What is Ferb short for?" He responded, "Brevity's sake."
    • Another episode has Candace giving this kind of answer when Irving stops by:
      Irving: (knocks on the door) Can I see [Phineas and Ferb]?
      Candace: Probably not from there. (closes the door)
    • "Crack That Whip":
      Phineas: (As an announcer) Hello, everyone, and welcome to today's main event. The "anything goes" grudge race of the century between Grandma Betty Jo and Grandma Hildegard. I'm Phineas Flynn, and I'll be your announcer for today's action, along with our color commentator, Grandpa Clyde!
      Clyde: Yellow, green, blue!
      Phineas: Excellent color, Grandpa.
  • Used to answer an actual math question in an episode of Little Bear when Little Bear and Emily rope the 4 local Playful Otters into playing school with them. After trying to teach them how to count, Emily asks the otters how many of them there are. They each answer "1" — because "each of us is 1 otter!" There's a beat before Little Bear admits, "That's true..."
  • In the 3-2-1 Penguins! episode "Trouble on Planet Wait-Your-Turn", when Jason asks where they're going, Kevin ponders briefly before answering "Up."
  • Danger Mouse gives us:
    Penfold: You mean, we're lost?!
    Danger Mouse: Nonsense, Penfold. If we were lost, we wouldn't know where we are. And we know we're here! Therefore, we can't be lost.
    Penfold: Oh! Thank goodness for that!
  • The Amazing World of Gumball gives a subjective mathematician's answer.
    Street Sign You are now approaching Elmore
    Population: Weird
  • X-Men makes its very first exposure to Gambit, right after he throws one of his exploding cards:
    Jubilee: How did you DO that?
    Gambit: With style, petite, with style.
  • In one episode of Recess, there is the following exchange:
    T.J.: Mr. Mayor, can I say something?
    Mayor Fitzhugh: I don't know, can you?
    T.J.(looking annoyed): Sorry, sir. May I say something?
  • The titular Dilbert gives us this when he, Alice, and Wally are crawling through the air ducts and inexplicably find a dry-erase marker in the shaft:
    Alice: Why would someone leave a dry-erase marker here?
    Dilbert: Maybe it's empty.
    Alice: That answer is like... so stupid.
  • During the Q&A episode of Villainous, Flug gets the question of how did he and Demencia arrive to Black Hat Organization.
    Dr. Flug: "Easy. I arrived by plane, and Dementia arrived barefoot."


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