So Was X

    Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

    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:

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    "Nothing can possibly go wrong. We're in love!"
    "So were Romeo and Juliet."

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    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,
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    Daveez: ...And smoking's still illegal, creep.
    Jack: (points to the martini glass on his desk) Yeah. Heh, so's alcohol.

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    Film

    • 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.
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    Jane: So is the Yakuza.

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    • In Matilda, Miss Honey tries to show Miss Trunchbull how smart Matilda is:
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    Miss Honey: She can multiply large numbers instantly in her head.
    Miss Trunchbull: So can a calculator.

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

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    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!

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    Literature

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

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    Live Action TV

    • From an episode of the last season of Monk, where the prosecutor is worried the Suspect of the Week will walk:
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    Stottlemeyer: Relax, the guy is clearly guilty.
    Prosecutor: So was OJ.

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    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.

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    Web Original

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    Professor X: You're The Chosen One.
    Spiderman: Yeah, so was Anakin Skywalker! And look how well that turned out!

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    Western Animation

    • In South Park in the episode "Weight Gain 4000" Cartman had won an essay contest and was going to appear on television and receive a reward. Wendy, thinking she would win, was not pleased.
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    Cartman: You guys, guess what? After I'm on television, I'm gonna be totally famous!
    Wendy: (walks by) Hitler was famous, too.

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    Real Life

    • Seen on various message boards:
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    Hemlock is both natural and organic.

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

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