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Basic Trope: A philosophical response to a literally asked question.

  • Straight: Sam asks his friend Tyler why they're here, and Tyler proceeds to go into philosophical insight. Sam responds with "I meant why did we come to this store?"
  • Exaggerated: Sam asks his friend Tyler why they're here, and Tyler tells a story that began with the Big Bang. Of course, Sam meant why they're hiding in the girl's bathroom.
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  • Downplayed: Sam asks his friend Tyler how they got here, and Tyler tells a story of how they met. Sam responds with "I meant how did we arrive in France?"
  • Justified: Tyler has a habit of answering things from a philosophical perspective.
  • Inverted: Sam and Tyler are fighting a war, and when Tyler asks Sam why they're in the war, Sam answers from a literal viewpoint, instead of a philosophical one like Tyler expected.
  • Subverted: Tyler goes into philosophical insight and finishes his response with the literal answer to Sam's question.
  • Double Subverted: ...After which he continues with his insight.
  • Parodied: "Why are we here right now?" "The creation of the universe is a difficult subject to tackle." "I mean, why are we in this store?" "Like I was saying, nobody truly knows how our universe came into being." "Why are you like this?" "I suppose it all started with the Big Bang..."
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Tyler answers Sam's question literally, or Sam asks a philosophical question and receives such a response.
  • Enforced: The people who write the story want to show what sets Sam and Tyler apart.
  • Lampshaded: "Why do I bother asking you anything?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Sam words his question carefully so Tyler can't possibly misinterpret it.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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