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15th Jan '16 8:57:07 PM BURGINABC
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According to many anthropologists, one of the turning points in human development was a growing ability to communicate. In fiction, one of the turning points in dramatic development is the ability ''not'' to communicate.
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According to many anthropologists, one of the turning points in human development was a growing ability to communicate. In fiction, one of the turning points in dramatic development is the ability ''not'' ''inability'' to communicate.
15th Jan '16 3:02:12 PM Anddrix
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Or to summarize: Poor Communication Kills is when a misunderstanding is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief entirely implausible]] and [[CharacterDerailment against]] the characters' previously exhibited communication skills, personality, and relationship(s), and any [[ViewersAreMorons normal person]] could clear up the misunderstanding in less than 30 seconds and solve the plot. (However, those rarer instances when ''in-character'' poor communication kills can count, too.) This is a frequent companion trope of the IdiotBall and can often drive an IdiotPlot right off a cliff.
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Or to summarize: Poor Communication Kills is when a misunderstanding is [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief entirely implausible]] and [[CharacterDerailment against]] the characters' previously exhibited communication skills, personality, and relationship(s), and any [[ViewersAreMorons normal person]] person could clear up the misunderstanding in less than 30 seconds and solve the plot. (However, those rarer instances when ''in-character'' poor communication kills can count, too.) This is a frequent companion trope of the IdiotBall and can often drive an IdiotPlot right off a cliff.
5th Jan '16 11:36:55 AM zoop
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* ''Webcomic/BrokenTelephone'' may as well be titled "Poor Communication Kills: The Webcomic." ** For that matter, [[ButtMonkey Rick Rogers]] should just change his name to "Poor Communication Kills: The AnthropomorphicPersonification."
31st Dec '15 8:46:34 AM StFan
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!!Examples [[index]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.FanWorks Fan Works]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.{{Literature}} Literature]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionFilms Live-Action Films]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.VideoGames Video Games]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.WesternAnimation Western Animation]] * [[PoorCommunicationKills.RealLife Real Life]]
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!!Examples [[index]] !!Examples: * [[PoorCommunicationKills.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]] PoorCommunicationKills/AnimeAndManga * [[PoorCommunicationKills.FanWorks Fan Works]] PoorCommunicationKills/FanWorks * [[PoorCommunicationKills.{{Literature}} Literature]] PoorCommunicationKills/{{Literature}} * [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionFilms Live-Action Films]] PoorCommunicationKills/LiveActionFilms * [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]] PoorCommunicationKills/LiveActionTV * [[PoorCommunicationKills.VideoGames Video Games]] PoorCommunicationKills/VideoGames * [[PoorCommunicationKills.WesternAnimation Western Animation]] PoorCommunicationKills/WesternAnimation * [[PoorCommunicationKills.RealLife Real Life]]PoorCommunicationKills/RealLife

-->'''Richie Benaud''': Alright Security, take them out. -->'''Security''': With pleasure, Mr. Benaud. *cocks gun* -->'''Richie Benaud''': Not ''that'' kind of "take them out", Security! Take them out of the ''building''!
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-->'''Richie Benaud''': Benaud:''' Alright Security, take them out. -->'''Security''': out.\\ '''Security:''' With pleasure, Mr. Benaud. *cocks gun* -->'''Richie Benaud''': (''cocks gun'')\\ '''Richie Benaud:''' Not ''that'' kind of "take them out", Security! Take them out of the ''building''!

* In ''NineChickweedLane'', OfficialCouple [[TVGenius Amos]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Edda]] broke up mostly because [[CannotSpitItOut she wouldn't tell him what was upsetting her]] (his dreamy ramblings about the concert violinist they'd watched) and it never occurred to him A) [[YouDidntAsk to ask what was wrong]] or B) the answer might be him. They do reunite... without ever actually resolving the issue that split them up. This has become a running theme in Edda and Amos' relationship: Edda reacting to an emotional moment by freaking out and bolting, then cluing Amos in long after the fact (and then only when a third party points out the inappropriateness of her actions). * ''GIJoe'', late in the series. Cobra has captured a bunch of G.I.Joes. Cobra Commander, off-site, says to let them go. Unfortunately he conveys this as 'Get rid of them'. The officers on site dither and whine. Instead of calling back to ask 'You mean shoot them?' they agree to let a mook do it. Several Joes get their heads ventilated. GRAPHICALLY. Yikes. * In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', where Siryn is trying to tell Jamie she's pregnant and Jamie thinks she leaving the team. Following a brief argument after which Jamie storms off, Monet points out to Siryn that rather than Jamie being an insensitive ass, he obviously ''didn't'' know what she was trying to say.
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* In ''NineChickweedLane'', OfficialCouple [[TVGenius Amos]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Edda]] broke up mostly because [[CannotSpitItOut she wouldn't tell him what was upsetting her]] (his dreamy ramblings about the concert violinist they'd watched) and it never occurred to him A) [[YouDidntAsk to ask what was wrong]] or B) the answer might be him. They do reunite... without ever actually resolving the issue that split them up. This has become a running theme in Edda and Amos' relationship: Edda reacting to an emotional moment by freaking out and bolting, then cluing Amos in long after the fact (and then only when a third party points out the inappropriateness of her actions). * ''GIJoe'', ''Franchise/GIJoe'', late in the series. Cobra has captured a bunch of G.I.Joes. Cobra Commander, off-site, says to let them go. Unfortunately he conveys this as 'Get rid of them'. The officers on site dither and whine. Instead of calling back to ask 'You mean shoot them?' they agree to let a mook do it. Several Joes get their heads ventilated. GRAPHICALLY. Yikes. * In an issue of ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'', ''ComicBook/XFactor'', where Siryn is trying to tell Jamie she's pregnant and Jamie thinks she leaving the team. Following a brief argument after which Jamie storms off, Monet points out to Siryn that rather than Jamie being an insensitive ass, he obviously ''didn't'' know what she was trying to say.

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[[folder:Comic Strips]] * In ''ComicStrip/NineChickweedLane'', OfficialCouple [[TVGenius Amos]] and [[{{Tsundere}} Edda]] broke up mostly because [[CannotSpitItOut she wouldn't tell him what was upsetting her]] (his dreamy ramblings about the concert violinist they'd watched) and it never occurred to him A) [[YouDidntAsk to ask what was wrong]] or B) the answer might be him. They do reunite... without ever actually resolving the issue that split them up. This has become a running theme in Edda and Amos' relationship: Edda reacting to an emotional moment by freaking out and bolting, then cluing Amos in long after the fact (and then only when a third party points out the inappropriateness of her actions). [[/folder]] [[folder:Films -- Animated]]Animation]]


* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': More than once Tiberius damages team members with his Fireball spell, which could have been avoided had he communicated better with the DM. Played for laughs when a fan sent him a set of area effect markers so that in the future he would be able to check his spell ranges properly, to make sure no one who's not supposed to is in the way.

[[folder:Web Video]] * ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'': More than once Tiberius damages team members with his Fireball spell, which could have been avoided had he communicated better with the DM. Played for laughs when a fan sent him a set of area effect markers so that in the future he would be able to check his spell ranges properly, to make sure no one who's not supposed to is in the way. [[/folder]]
17th Dec '15 4:27:50 AM Dravencour
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** The whole musical is based around a more tragic instance, though. If Billy had just [[spoiler:told Penny how he felt at the start, he may never have built the death ray, leading to her tragic death.]]
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** The whole musical is based around a more tragic instance, though. If Billy had just [[spoiler:told [[spoiler:[[CannotSpitItOut worked up the courage to tell Penny how he felt at the start, start]], he may never have built the death ray, Death Ray, leading to her tragic death.]]
17th Dec '15 4:26:02 AM Dravencour
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** ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was easily swayed by Iago to believe his wife had been cheating on him and kills her. Only later does he realize that if he had bothered to verify the truth with anyone other than Iago, the stories wouldn't have matched up. Emilia at least was smart enough to figure out what was going on.
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** ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' was easily swayed by ManipulativeBastard Iago to believe his wife had been cheating on him and kills her. Only later when it is too late does he realize that if he had bothered to verify the truth with anyone other ''other'' than Iago, the stories wouldn't have matched up. Emilia at least was smart enough to figure out what was going on.

** Lord Shojo's death is a literal example of this trope. While in some ways, his ObfuscatingInsanity and scheming served him well during his life, it comes to bite him in the ass when the [[KnightTemplar insanely overzealous]] Miko misinterprets his behavior as that of a traitor and kills him. This subsequently leads to the fall of Azure City to Redcloak's hobgoblin army, the deaths of nearly all of the paladins of the Sapphire Guard at Xykon's hand, and the destruction of the Gate that they were guarding.
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** Lord Shojo's death is a literal example of this trope. While in some ways, his ObfuscatingInsanity and scheming served him well during his life, it comes back to bite him in the ass when the [[KnightTemplar insanely overzealous]] Miko Miyazaki misinterprets his behavior as that of a traitor and kills him. This subsequently leads to Miko's fall from paladinhood, the fall of Azure City to Redcloak's hobgoblin army, the deaths of nearly all of the paladins of the Sapphire Guard at Xykon's hand, and the destruction of the Gate that they were guarding.

** To begin with, an escalation of distrust between Barry and Klaus. Barry and "Clays" let Beetle alone know that they're here and the heir is here too. Back on the airship, Klaus upon discovery who Agatha is immediately ordered to lock her up and keep sedated, and much the same for Punch and Judy.
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** To begin with, an escalation of distrust between Barry and Klaus. Barry and "Clays" let Beetle alone know that they're here and the heir is here too. Back on the airship, Klaus upon discovery who Agatha is immediately ordered to lock her locked up and keep kept sedated, and much the same for Punch and Judy.
9th Dec '15 7:56:42 PM Ninja857142
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9th Dec '15 7:56:41 PM Ninja857142
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** The trolls have no idea how to help Elsa gain control of her powers only that she shouldn't let fear control her.
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** The trolls have no idea how to help Elsa gain control of her powers only that she shouldn't let fear control her. her. Ironically, [[spoiler: they are coincidentally love experts, which is exactly what helps Elsa gain control of her powers.]]
27th Nov '15 6:27:05 PM nombretomado
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* The controversial "Ragnarok Now" arc of ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' ends with the ScarletWitch [[spoiler: being killed by Rogue, who thinks she betrayed the Avengers and sided with the Apocalypse Twins. In reality, Scarlet Witch had only pretended to sell out her friends, and was actively working to take down the Twins' plan from the inside]].
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* The controversial "Ragnarok Now" arc of ''Comicbook/UncannyAvengers'' ends with the ScarletWitch ComicBook/ScarletWitch [[spoiler: being killed by Rogue, who thinks she betrayed the Avengers and sided with the Apocalypse Twins. In reality, Scarlet Witch had only pretended to sell out her friends, and was actively working to take down the Twins' plan from the inside]].
18th Nov '15 4:57:31 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The end result of many communication breakdowns.
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: The end result of many communication breakdowns.When it's acknowledged InUniverse that this trope happened.
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