Fallacy:Attacking a strawman

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A Strawman is a form of argument and an informal fallacy.

It is when the party attempting to refute an argument, instead creates a new argument within their retort (usually superficial, non-sequitur or simple to refute) and goes on to rebut said replaced argument - avoiding the initial point altogether. This can be done through exaggeration, misrepresentation or complete fabrication of the persons argument into an absurdity.

Person A presents argument: X

Person B distorts argument X into argument: Y

Person B refutes argument Y


"Guavas have the highest Vitamin C content of any fruit."

"Limiting yourself to one fruit is ridiculous. You don't like limes or oranges? What about tangerines? You need other vitamins as-well."