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A Stock Phrase that uses an analogy to make a point. Someone has tried to make a point about something; in response, someone points out something obvious that contradicts it in this fashion:

 "Nothing can possibly go wrong. We're in love!"

"So were Romeo and Juliet."

Often makes correct use of something commonly used in an Analogy Backfire and/or Lampshades Tempting Fate. Thus, it is usually the territory of the Genre Savvy and Deadpan Snarkers.

Super-Trope to Hitler Ate Sugar. Hitler Ate Sugar is supposed to argue that doing something is evil because someone else who was evil did it, too. So Was X is supposed to argue that someone or something could be incorrect or just as dangerous as something else (the X).

See also Appeal to Obscurity.

Examples of So Was X include:

Comic Books

  • In Watchmen, an astonished Nite Owl doesn't understand how Ozymandias could be involved with the nefarious plot against costumed superheroes, when he's such an incredibly good person as well as a vegetarian. Rorschach points out that Hitler was a vegetarian, too.
  • In the Judge Dredd Spin-Off The Simping Detective, Jack Point lights up a cigar in Sector Chief Daveez's office and makes it clear that he knows Daveez played a significant role in a criminal case he was investigating and covered it up. Daveez responds by grabbing Point by his jacket lapels and threatening him to drop the case, the exchange ends,

 Daveez: ...And smoking's still illegal, creep.

Jack: (points to the martini glass on his desk) Yeah. Heh, so's alcohol.


  • In Johnny Mnemonic, Johnny insists that trying to make a deal with the evil corporation is a good idea, explaining that they'd be willing to make a deal because they're corporate.

 Jane: So is the Yakuza.

  • In Matilda, Miss Honey tries to show Miss Trunchbull how smart Matilda is:

 Miss Honey: She can multiply large numbers instantly in her head.

Miss Trunchbull: So can a calculator.

  • In Stripes, when thinking of how to rescue their platoon from Czech soldiers:

 Russell Ziskey: Do the words "Act of war" mean anything to you?

John Winger: I have a plan.

Russell: Great. Custer had a plan, too.

 The Metatron: I am to charge you with a holy crusade.

Bethany Sloan: For the record, I work in an abortion clinic.

The Metatron: Noah was a drunk, and look what he accomplished--and no one's asking you to build an ark!


 "Don't do it." said Mr McKinnon, a stout bachelor. "You're too young to marry."

"So was Methuselah," said James, a stouter.

Live Action TV

  • From an episode of the last season of Monk, where the prosecutor is worried the Suspect of the Week will walk:

 Stottlemeyer: Relax, the guy is clearly guilty.

Prosecutor: So was OJ.

 Hurley: Do not open that! There's dynamite and it's mega-unstable.

Richard: I know that.

Hurley: Well, so did Dr. Arzt. And I was wiping him out of my shirt two days later.

Web Original

 Professor X: You're The Chosen One.

Spiderman: Yeah, so was Anakin Skywalker! And look how well that turned out!

Real Life

  • Seen on various message boards:

  Hemlock is both natural and organic.

  Heroin is natural. Nicotine is natural. A pack of wild wolves is natural! Natural doesn't mean safe!

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