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8th Sep '16 10:13:24 AM Chabal2
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* A medieval European folktale has a man everyone believes to be a scholar through bizarre circumstaces. He tries to keep up the pretense, but on learning that other scholars are coming to interrogate him, he fakes a bad cough and receives them in his bed. One scholar starts his dissertation by lifting one finger, the man shows him three. The scholar is amazed that the man pointed out that while yes, there is one God, he is the Holy Trinity as well. Whereas the man thought the scholar was going to poke his eye out, so he countered by threatening to remove both his eyes and his nose.
1st Jun '16 1:08:09 PM lavendermintrose
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* Remember in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' when Suzaku transfers into Lelouch's school and Lelouch pulls his collar, and Suzaku understands it to mean "meet me on the roof"? Well, [[AllThereInTheManual in the audio dramas]]about when they met and became friends as children, Lelouch, a CrazyPrepared super-nerd even at that age, created an entire language of over a hundred hand signals for them to communicate with. Of course, Suzaku couldn't remember them all, since he's the brawn where Lelouch is the brains, so Lelouch had to simplify it.
25th Mar '16 8:58:15 PM Kartoonkid95
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* In ''Film/LtRobinCrusoeUSN'', Robin, thinking that his girl Wednesday doesn't speak English, gets her to explain her situation through charades, leading to this. It then turns out she speaks fluent English, but was enjoying their little game.



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12th Nov '15 8:22:17 AM bjkatcher
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* ''Series/NightCourt''. A friend of Mac's cannot communicate that he is choking on a hot dog and is forced to write a plea for help on the table in ketchup. "'Mac, I'm cooking'?"
25th Aug '15 3:51:41 AM Docduggery
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** Interstingly, this is a similar case to the problem with different cultures: Animals who share the same environment need to understand each other, even if they aren´t of the same species. Dogs and cats couldn´t understand each other - but not because they are not related, but because their ancestors lived so far apart. Desert foxes and egyptian wild cats can understand each other, while wolves share part of their body language with lynxes and brown bears. Also, when cats and dogs live together long enough, they start understanding each other.
27th Jun '15 8:08:04 PM merotoker
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* Pretty much the entire premise of ''{{Mitsudomoe}}''.
* In one of the ''OnePiece'' movies, the villain captain and one of his underlings attempt to communicate through eye contact and subtle gestures. It fails.

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* Pretty much the entire premise of ''{{Mitsudomoe}}''.''Manga/{{Mitsudomoe}}''.
* In one of the ''OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' movies, the villain captain and one of his underlings attempt to communicate through eye contact and subtle gestures. It fails.



* A similar incident to the above happens in ''ElementalGelade'', wherein poor [[ButtMonkey Rowen]], across the ship from his TriggerHappy boss Cisqua, tries frantically to signal to her not to intervene in his battle with the opponent of the day (for fear that her bullets will damage the ship). Cisqua cheerfully misinterprets this as a plea for assistance and breaks out the guns. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Panther finally finds Shin, but then remembers that he can't speak Japanese. So he tries to motion that he wants to test his skills against him. Shin concludes that Panther's hungry.

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* A similar incident to the above happens in ''ElementalGelade'', ''Manga/ElementalGelade'', wherein poor [[ButtMonkey Rowen]], across the ship from his TriggerHappy boss Cisqua, tries frantically to signal to her not to intervene in his battle with the opponent of the day (for fear that her bullets will damage the ship). Cisqua cheerfully misinterprets this as a plea for assistance and breaks out the guns. HilarityEnsues.
* In ''{{Eyeshield ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', Panther finally finds Shin, but then remembers that he can't speak Japanese. So he tries to motion that he wants to test his skills against him. Shin concludes that Panther's hungry.



** The above gag is inveted in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' - Hobbes misinterprets a hand signal to get evidence as a friendly wave.

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** The above gag is inveted inverted in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' - Hobbes misinterprets a hand signal to get evidence as a friendly wave.



* Mel Brooks' ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' features a scene where the monster grabs and chokes Frankenstein. Since he cannot talk, he frantically uses Charades to communicate to his assistants that they should sedate his monster. They take a long time about it before Igor finally guesses "Sedagive!". Frankenstein is not pleased.
** In the Broadway version, it is 'Flying Down to Rio', which may be a reference to [[Film/TheProducers another Mel Brooks movie turned Broadway musical.]]
* Partial example in the film ''Film/MenInBlack'' where the attractive female medical examiner attempts to signal to Agent J that there's a hostile alien in the room with them, and he thinks she's flirting with him, and while she is talking most of her indications of the alien are nonverbal.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame Jason Nesmith]] signals [[CaptainObvious Gwen DeMarco]] with a throat-slashing gesture while talking to [[BigBad Sarris]] on a comm channel, then turns to the crew and explains his plan to trick Sarris-- oblivious, despite gestures, to the fact that the channel is still wide open.

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* Mel Brooks' ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' features a scene where the monster grabs and chokes Frankenstein. Since he cannot talk, he frantically uses Charades to communicate to his assistants that they should sedate his monster. They take a long time about it before Igor finally guesses "Sedagive!". Frankenstein is not pleased.
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pleased. In the Broadway version, it is 'Flying Down to Rio', which may be a reference to [[Film/TheProducers another Mel Brooks movie turned Broadway musical.]]
* Partial example in the film ''Film/MenInBlack'' where the attractive female medical examiner attempts to signal to Agent J that there's a hostile alien in the room with them, and he thinks she's flirting with him, and while she is talking most of her indications of the alien are nonverbal.
* In ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame Jason Nesmith]] signals [[CaptainObvious [[CommunicationsOfficer Gwen DeMarco]] with a throat-slashing gesture while talking to [[BigBad Sarris]] on a comm channel, then turns to the crew and explains his plan to trick Sarris-- oblivious, despite gestures, to the fact that the channel is still wide open.



* ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy''. The natives shake their heads to say yes, so when one character asks them to back his story that rhinos stomp out fires they look like they're disagreeing with him.
* Happens from time to time in TheMarxBrothers' movies, when [[TheVoiceless Harpo]] tries to communicate something to Chico in pantomime. For example, as they try to buy a train ticket in ''Go West'':

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* ''TheGodsMustBeCrazy''.''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''. The natives shake their heads to say yes, so when one character asks them to back his story that rhinos stomp out fires they look like they're disagreeing with him.
* Happens from time to time in TheMarxBrothers' Creator/MarxBrothers' movies, when [[TheVoiceless Harpo]] tries to communicate something to Chico in pantomime. For example, as they try to buy a train ticket in ''Go West'':



* Gymnasia's life story in ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. HighClassCallGirl, occasionally CuteMute, known as ''Gymnasia the Silent''. No one even bothered to make sense of what she tried to say... until Pseudolous started acting as her LoveInterest and TranslatorBuddy.
* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', KelseyGrammer's character is the captain of an old diesel submarine pitted in a training exercise against the nuclear navy. During one engagement, they hide on the bottom of the ocean, while a nuclear submarine is right above them. Trying to get the other sub to leave, he tries to get Sonar to make whale-like noises, like the ones he recorded on tapes. He tries, unsuccessfully, for about a minute with only gestures, which results in another crewmember making completely different gestures, completely confusing Sonar.
* In ''Film/RushHour 2'', [[JackieChan Lee]] takes [[ChrisTucker Carter]] to a massage parlor in Hong Kong because Lee wants to have a talk with the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss Ricky Tan (also a friend of his late father's [[spoiler:and his murderer]]). When Carter finds out, he takes his "LA cop" image a little too far and tries to strongarm Tan into going with them to the police station, not realizing that nearly every other client in the partlor is a Triad member. When Lee half-winks and nods to the side, he's trying to get Carter to leave before it's too late. Unfortunately, Carter assumes Lee wants him to grab Tan and drag him out of the parlor. Cue dozens of henchmen getting up to defend Tan.

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* Gymnasia's life story in ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''.''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. HighClassCallGirl, occasionally CuteMute, known as ''Gymnasia the Silent''. No one even bothered to make sense of what she tried to say... until Pseudolous started acting as her LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} and TranslatorBuddy.
* In ''Film/DownPeriscope'', KelseyGrammer's Creator/KelseyGrammer's character is the captain of an old diesel submarine pitted in a training exercise against the nuclear navy. During one engagement, they hide on the bottom of the ocean, while a nuclear submarine is right above them. Trying to get the other sub to leave, he tries to get Sonar to make whale-like noises, like the ones he recorded on tapes. He tries, unsuccessfully, for about a minute with only gestures, which results in another crewmember making completely different gestures, completely confusing Sonar.
* In ''Film/RushHour 2'', [[JackieChan [[Creator/JackieChan Lee]] takes [[ChrisTucker Carter]] to a massage parlor in Hong Kong because Lee wants to have a talk with the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad]] boss Ricky Tan (also a friend of his late father's [[spoiler:and his murderer]]). When Carter finds out, he takes his "LA cop" image a little too far and tries to strongarm Tan into going with them to the police station, not realizing that nearly every other client in the partlor is a Triad member. When Lee half-winks and nods to the side, he's trying to get Carter to leave before it's too late. Unfortunately, Carter assumes Lee wants him to grab Tan and drag him out of the parlor. Cue dozens of henchmen getting up to defend Tan.



** In DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.

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** In DavidLynch's Creator/DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.



* In the ''XWingSeries'' this trope is mentioned when it is explained to Dia that charm-signing, a body language/gestures thing, is, like flowers, another way people communicate.

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* In the ''XWingSeries'' ''Comicbook/XWingSeries'' this trope is mentioned when it is explained to Dia that charm-signing, a body language/gestures thing, is, like flowers, another way people communicate.



* In ''[[HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'', Wedge Antilles, two other Rogues, and Lando Calrissian all meet somewhere in a marketplace, and while the other two Rogues know the local language and customs, at least to some extent, Wedge and Lando do not. Wedge barely makes it past a very pushy melon seller to see Wes.

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* In ''[[HandOfThrawn ''[[Literature/HandOfThrawn Specter of the Past]]'', Wedge Antilles, two other Rogues, and Lando Calrissian all meet somewhere in a marketplace, and while the other two Rogues know the local language and customs, at least to some extent, Wedge and Lando do not. Wedge barely makes it past a very pushy melon seller to see Wes.



* "The Unicorn and the Wasp", an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a similar situation of Charades under pressure. [[spoiler:As the Doctor tries to flush cyanide out of his system, he has to silently ask for a list of seemingly random things to help detoxify himself. Donna has a great deal of trouble with this, interpreting "salt" (represented with a shaking fist, ie. sprinkling salt on food) as a cocktail shaker ("What do you want, a Harvey Wallbanger?") and "a shock" as a song (for which she suggests "Camptown Races?")]]

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* "The Unicorn and the Wasp", an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', has a similar situation of Charades under pressure. [[spoiler:As the Doctor tries to flush cyanide out of his system, he has to silently ask for a list of seemingly random things to help detoxify himself. Donna has a great deal of trouble with this, interpreting "salt" (represented with a shaking fist, ie.i.e. sprinkling salt on food) as a cocktail shaker ("What do you want, a Harvey Wallbanger?") and "a shock" as a song (for which she suggests "Camptown Races?")]]



* Parodied in a sketch on ''TheState'' where a choking restaurant customer putting his hands to his neck -- the international signal for "I'm choking" -- sets in motion a train of weird nonverbal gesticulations by his fellow diner, their waiter, the maitre d', and the busboy, while a {{Narrator}} explains the various misunderstandings caused by their failure to recognize each other's signals. The sketch ends with the choking victim recovering after having a year's supply of radishes dumped on him, and the audience realizing that the whole mess could have been averted if anyone had thought to ''speak''.
** Other than the guy who was choking, of course.
* An entire episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'' is built around this trope: George, with a piece of pulp in his eye, gets one of his co-workers fired and accidentally sells George Steinbrenner's birthday card to a sports memorabilia shop by way of some badly-timed winks.

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* Parodied in a sketch on ''TheState'' ''Series/TheState'' where a choking restaurant customer putting his hands to his neck -- the international signal for "I'm choking" -- sets in motion a train of weird nonverbal gesticulations by his fellow diner, their waiter, the maitre d', and the busboy, while a {{Narrator}} explains the various misunderstandings caused by their failure to recognize each other's signals. The sketch ends with the choking victim recovering after having a year's supply of radishes dumped on him, and the audience realizing that the whole mess could have been averted if anyone had thought to ''speak''.
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''speak''. Other than the guy who was choking, of course.
* An entire episode of ''{{Seinfeld}}'' of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' is built around this trope: George, with a piece of pulp in his eye, gets one of his co-workers fired and accidentally sells George Steinbrenner's birthday card to a sports memorabilia shop by way of some badly-timed winks.



* An episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' involved demons who stole everyone's ability to speak, forcing the heroes to communicate with each other through pantomime. While brainstorming on how they might slay the demons, Buffy shrugs and nonchalantly pumps her hand up and down in the air in front of her, drawing looks of startled disbelief from her friends. Embarrassed at their reactions, she pulls a wooden stake out of her bag and repeats the motion. Everyone gets it.
** Later, Buffy tries to signal to Riley that he needs to smash the box on a table that's holding all the voices inside it. Riley thinks she means the crystal next to it and hits that, then grins like a dope at her before an exasperated Buffy makes more specific gestures.
* In an episode of ''MadAboutYou'', the two main characters are told by a counselor to only communicate non-verbally for a set period of time. HilarityEnsues.

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* An episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' involved demons who stole everyone's ability to speak, forcing the heroes to communicate with each other through pantomime. While brainstorming on how they might slay the demons, Buffy shrugs and nonchalantly pumps her hand up and down in the air in front of her, drawing looks of startled disbelief from her friends. Embarrassed at their reactions, she pulls a wooden stake out of her bag and repeats the motion. Everyone gets it.
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it. Later, Buffy tries to signal to Riley that he needs to smash the box on a table that's holding all the voices inside it. Riley thinks she means the crystal next to it and hits that, then grins like a dope at her before an exasperated Buffy makes more specific gestures.
* In an episode of ''MadAboutYou'', ''Series/MadAboutYou'', the two main characters are told by a counselor to only communicate non-verbally for a set period of time. HilarityEnsues.



--> '''Director:''' [[LampShading You were supposed to be encouraging!]]

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--> '''Director:''' [[LampShading [[LampshadeHanging You were supposed to be encouraging!]]



* In an episode of ''{{Psych}}'', Shawn and Gus see a Bounty Hunter wink at them, and practically grow to HeroWorship him. It isn't until in their adult life, they find out said Bounty Hunter's wink was merely a facial tic.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', Chandler is on the phone with a girl and Joey starts a really strange pantomime that he assumes is related to something Joey wants him to say to the girl. After he hangs up, he asks Joey what the hell he was signaling and Joey just explains he wanted to know if Chandler wanted to [[BigEater order a pizza]].

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* In an episode of ''{{Psych}}'', of ''Series/{{Psych}}'', Shawn and Gus see a Bounty Hunter wink at them, and practically grow to HeroWorship him. It isn't until in their adult life, they find out said Bounty Hunter's wink was merely a facial tic.
* On ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Chandler is on the phone with a girl and Joey starts a really strange pantomime that he assumes is related to something Joey wants him to say to the girl. After he hangs up, he asks Joey what the hell he was signaling and Joey just explains he wanted to know if Chandler wanted to [[BigEater order a pizza]].



* Neatly subverted in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-16-2002/drugs-are-cool this]] ''[[Series/TheDailyShow Daily Show]]'' skit. Stephen Colbert proposes a reverse psychology advert campaign: Drugs are cool, kids! Jon Stewart asks if these ads will work better than the traditional ones.

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* Neatly subverted in [[http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-16-2002/drugs-are-cool [[http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/sbnihg/drugs-are-cool this]] ''[[Series/TheDailyShow Daily Show]]'' skit. Stephen Colbert proposes a reverse psychology advert campaign: Drugs are cool, kids! Jon Stewart asks if these ads will work better than the traditional ones.



* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': In the very first episode, Diane picks up the phone when the caller is trying to reach Sam, who doesn't want the call, so first he makes his fingers walk to indicate "Tell her I left" which Diane understands, but when looking for an excuse, he makes scissors with his fingers and makes hair-cutting motions. Diane's interpretation: "He had to go to mime class!"

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* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'': ''Series/{{Cheers}}'':
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In the very first episode, Diane picks up the phone when the caller is trying to reach Sam, who doesn't want the call, so first he makes his fingers walk to indicate "Tell her I left" which Diane understands, but when looking for an excuse, he makes scissors with his fingers and makes hair-cutting motions. Diane's interpretation: "He had to go to mime class!"



*** In yet another episode, Diane shows off her mime skills, while Cliff gives a running commentary of what he thinks she's doing.

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*** ** In yet another episode, Diane shows off her mime skills, while Cliff gives a running commentary of what he thinks she's doing.



* In ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', Pseudolus pretends to be a soothsayer telling an old man's fortune, while Hysterium gestures frantically behind the old man's back.

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* In ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'', Pseudolus pretends to be a soothsayer telling an old man's fortune, while Hysterium gestures frantically behind the old man's back.



* This KarateBears guy probably won't [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/attack-stance.html get any of these girls to go out with him.]] No matter what he actually says.

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* This KarateBears ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' guy probably won't [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/12/attack-stance.html get any of these girls to go out with him.]] No matter what he actually says.



* Drives the plot of a NoDialogueEpisode of ''CatDog'' that [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent parodied old, black-and-white silent works]].

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* Drives the plot of a NoDialogueEpisode of ''CatDog'' ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' that [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent parodied old, black-and-white silent works]].



* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In "Antics On Ice" Skipper and Rico leave their seats during an ice-skating show in order to deal with a security guard backstage, when Private questions their disappearance Kowalski tells him that they went to get popcorn. When the two return a few minutes later Kowalski tries to convey the original excuse to Skipper:

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* ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In "Antics On Ice" Skipper and Rico leave their seats during an ice-skating show in order to deal with a security guard backstage, backstage; when Private questions their disappearance Kowalski tells him that they went to get popcorn. When the two return a few minutes later Kowalski tries to convey the original excuse to Skipper:



* Before the end of an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' the director makes a stretching motion with his hands. June asks if that means he wants her to make taffy.



* This can happen pretty often when dealing with those with NLD and/or Asperger's Syndrome.
** Visually impaired people also have this to a lesser or greater extent, sometimes virtually incapable of picking up non-verbal cues.
* Nonverbal communication in general is something of a craps shoot. That little nod that carried a simple message in your mind could be completely incomprehensible to someone else.
** Even simple things like Eye Contact and looking away can mean different things to different people and flat out confuse whoever you're contacting. Moral: talk it out!

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* This can happen pretty often when dealing with those with NLD and/or Asperger's Syndrome.
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Syndrome. Visually impaired people also have this to a lesser or greater extent, sometimes virtually incapable of picking up non-verbal cues.
* Nonverbal communication in general is something of a craps shoot. That little nod that carried a simple message in your mind could be completely incomprehensible to someone else.
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else. Even simple things like Eye Contact and looking away can mean different things to different people and flat out confuse whoever you're contacting. Moral: talk it out!



* This trope is the reason behind a lot of what people consider baffling behavior on the part of cats. For one example, cats generally avoid eye contact unless they're trying to be assertive/threatening. They get unnerved when unfamiliar people look directly at them. This is why cats have a reputation for sitting on the laps of people who dislike them: those people are the ones not staring at the cat! Note: cats actually communicate via winking their eyes. It's dogs who interpret direct eye contact as a threat.
** This is also why cats and dogs often do not get along, since many signals for one animal mean the opposite in the other. For instance, a dog waving its tail is happy, while a cat doing the same is showing aggression or fear. Similarly cats "bow" to say hello; dogs do it to signal playtime. So the dog sees the cat bow and assumes it's time to play, whereupon the cat's startled because all it was trying to do was offer a greeting.

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* This trope is the reason behind a lot of what people consider baffling behavior on the part of cats. For one example, cats generally avoid eye contact unless they're trying to be assertive/threatening. They get unnerved when unfamiliar people look directly at them. This is why cats have a reputation for sitting on the laps of people who dislike them: those people are the ones not staring at the cat! Note: cats actually communicate via winking their eyes. It's dogs who interpret direct eye contact as a threat. \n** This is also why cats and dogs often do not get along, since many signals for one animal mean the opposite in the other. For instance, a dog waving its tail is happy, while a cat doing the same is showing aggression or fear. Similarly cats "bow" to say hello; dogs do it to signal playtime. So the dog sees the cat bow and assumes it's time to play, whereupon the cat's startled because all it was trying to do was offer a greeting.



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18th Jun '15 8:51:14 PM MCanter89
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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Devon needs to lie to his wife about where he was when he was doing spy work with Chuck, who is trying in vain to guide the story using hand gestures. Astonishingly, she doesn't buy it.
-->'''Ellie:''' Oh my God! You were attacked by a ''bear!''

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* In ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Devon needs to lie to his wife about where he was when he was doing spy work with Chuck, who is trying in vain to guide the story using hand gestures. Astonishingly, [[SarcasmMode Astonishingly]], she doesn't buy it.
-->'''Ellie:''' Oh ''(sarcastically)'' Oh, my God! You were attacked by a ''bear!''''bear''?!



-->''(Chuck facepalms)''
-->'''Devon:''' Yeah, babe, I... I had to decapitate the bear. In self defense! In order to survive! I'm just glad you weren't there to see it. [[IncrediblyLamePun It was really grisly.]]
* ''TheMiddle'': When Sue is at the meeting listing all the activities she tried (and failed) at in a speech, Frankie gives her a 'hurry up' gesture from the audience. Sue sees this and concludes "Oh, yes, and tumbling."

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-->''(Chuck facepalms)''
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-->'''Devon:''' Yeah, babe, I... I had to decapitate the bear. In self defense! self-defense! In order to survive! I'm just glad you weren't there to see it. [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} It was really grisly.]]
* ''TheMiddle'': ''Series/TheMiddle'': When Sue is at the meeting listing all the activities she tried (and failed) at in a speech, Frankie gives her a 'hurry up' gesture from the audience. Sue sees this and concludes "Oh, yes, and tumbling."



* On ''{{Friends}}'', Chandler is on the phone with a girl and Joey starts a really strange pantomime that he assumes is related to something Joey wants him to say to the girl. After he hangs up, he asks Joey what the hell he was signaling and Joey just explains he wanted to know if Chandler wanted to [[BigEater order a pizza.]]

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* On ''{{Friends}}'', Chandler is on the phone with a girl and Joey starts a really strange pantomime that he assumes is related to something Joey wants him to say to the girl. After he hangs up, he asks Joey what the hell he was signaling and Joey just explains he wanted to know if Chandler wanted to [[BigEater order a pizza.]]pizza]].
10th Jun '15 3:00:41 PM StFan
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* In ''{{Kemonozume}}'' Toshihiko and Yuka are hiding from the enemy. They try to discuss what to do via hand gestures (subtitled on screen). HilarityEnsues.

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* In ''{{Kemonozume}}'' ''Anime/{{Kemonozume}}'' Toshihiko and Yuka are hiding from the enemy. They try to discuss what to do via hand gestures (subtitled on screen). HilarityEnsues.



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* A variation is used in an old comic of ''TheMoomins'' where the Moomins are being held by pirates. A pirate orders them to work "or else", and makes a cutting gesture across his throat. The Moomins are appropriately horrified: "We must do what he says or he'll commit suicide!"
* {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} has a subversion: Garfield successfully mimes a message to Jon ("You're standing in my food"), but Jon doesn't get that he is, in fact, ankle-deep in Garfield's food bowl.

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* A variation is used in an old comic of ''TheMoomins'' ''Literature/TheMoomins'' where the Moomins are being held by pirates. A pirate orders them to work "or else", and makes a cutting gesture across his throat. The Moomins are appropriately horrified: "We must do what he says or he'll commit suicide!"
* {{ComicStrip/Garfield}} has a subversion: Garfield successfully mimes a message to Jon ("You're standing in my food"), but Jon doesn't get that he is, in fact, ankle-deep in Garfield's food bowl.
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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} has a subversion: Garfield successfully mimes a message to Jon ("You're standing in my food"), but Jon doesn't get that he is, in fact, ankle-deep in Garfield's food bowl.
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8th Jun '15 7:42:21 PM Kid
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* In DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.

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* ** In DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.



* ''Literature/BoredOftheRings''. When the "tall, dark Ranger" tries to use HandSignals to tell Frito to meet him in the men's room in five minutes, several onlookers think he's trying to play a game of Charades and start calling out "Famous saying?" and "Sounds like!"

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* ''Literature/BoredOftheRings''.''Literature/BoredOfTheRings''. When the "tall, dark Ranger" tries to use HandSignals to tell Frito to meet him in the men's room in five minutes, several onlookers think he's trying to play a game of Charades and start calling out "Famous saying?" and "Sounds like!"
8th Jun '15 7:41:18 PM Katsuhagi
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** In DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.

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** * In DavidLynch's version of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' the Fremen leader Liet-Kynes spits on the table in front of Duke Lete Atreides. Duke Leto recognizes the gesture as being friendly and stops Gurney Halleck from stabbing Liet-Kynes.
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