Fallacies in Comics

Comic strips are a great place to find examples of informal fallacies. It seems that we tend to find improper reasoning funny. In the “Peanuts” comic strip below, Lucy is ad baculum incarnate.


Note that the fallacy is not really made by Lucy making the threat, but by Charlie Brown, who is convinced by her “argument.”

Here is another example, where Lucy persuades Linus to memorize his lines using “five good reasons”:

Here is an example of Calvin falling for his father’s ipse dixit :

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For the ad populum, consider this classic bandwagon example from “Zits”:


There are many more examples of informal fallacies in the funnies. See what you can find!


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