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17th May '16 11:55:44 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Sometimes, this poor communication can be entirely legitimate. After all, miscommunication and misunderstanding are TruthInTelevision, and some stories are written with this point in mind. This often happens in mystery stories, such as where a murderer [[MurderByMistake kills an innocent victim]] [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot due to a misunderstanding]].

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Sometimes, this poor communication can be entirely legitimate. After all, miscommunication and misunderstanding are TruthInTelevision, and some stories are written with this point in mind. This often happens in mystery stories, such as where a murderer [[MurderByMistake kills an innocent victim]] [[CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot victim due to a misunderstanding]].
4th May '16 11:18:58 AM Grithalmur
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** Except the whole reason they see it as a betrayal was, because Jack did find Pitch's lair, he was away from the rest of them and the Easter Eggs at a point where Jack was the only one who could fight back if Pitch or his minions attacked, which they did while Jack was away. And with the eggs destroyed, there (to their knowledge,) wasn't anything left to rekindle humanity's belief in them. So even if Jack had told them what had happened on his end it was too late at this point; the damage had been done.
30th Mar '16 6:10:58 PM WanderingBrowser
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* In ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'', this drives the plot of issue #23; Cassie the Kelpie has friends who have been stranded behind the Ponyville dam. Does she A: go and politely ask Twilight Sparkle for help, allowing the super-powerful unicorn to telekinetically lift the stranded water-dwellers to join Cassie? Or B: use her MagicMusic to MindControl the entire population of Ponyville into tearing down the dam, flooding their village and causing immense property damage just to get her friends back? You guessed it, she goes with B, only to be foiled by the Mane Six's pets, which leads to her finally going with A. And somehow, only Rainbow Dash [[CantArgueWithElves thinks she deserves to be called out on this]].
5th Mar '16 4:48:40 PM Monolaf317
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* StoppedReadingTooSoon: A charatcer misses vital information stopping mid-paragraph.
5th Mar '16 5:54:50 AM Kakai
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* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'': When Kitten is forced to [[spoiler:exchange his caretaker post]] with the Fab Custodes, he leaves just before the Emperor wakes up and asks for explanation. [[spoiler:Dorn]] could've set things straight, but doesn't say a word, the Fab Custodes lie about the true reason, and when [[spoiler:Magnus]] go to ask Kitten about the truth, he tells the heartbroken Custodian that [[spoiler:the Emperor doesn't care for him]]. It was literally two seconds that ruined everything.
8th Feb '16 4:18:38 PM heroedify
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** In a particularly tragic example of this, Varsuuvius in the Battle of Azure City is inadvertently discovered by fleeing soldiers who stumble upon him while invisible. They ask hir to save them with hir magic, but since s/he fled the battle because s/he was out of spells, the soldiers stand around allowing the hobgoblins to catch up and slaughter them. V might have convinced them to continue running if s/he said "I am out of spells you fools! Flee for your lives!", though doing so might have made the hobgoblins aware of him as well. V spends the next few months in a sleep-deprived equivalent state so as not to relive that nightmare.
** It gets worse: when V [[spoiler:tells hir mate that s/he made a DealWithTheDevil to save hir and their children]], and s/he gets angry. S/he insists that s/he doesn't know the whole story. S/he admits this, but calls hir on [[spoiler:keeping the power she needed to save their family]], and asks hir to make a choice between hir power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify hirself and why s/he needs (or wants) to keep hir power a little longer, but instead s/he just says that s/he needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let hir do so. Though hir mental state may be justified.
** Roy's eagerness to [[spoiler:get resurrected]] and his father being a {{Jerkass}} cause him to miss a crucial piece of information -- namely, the details of V's brief defection to Evil. Since V is too ashamed to tell hir friends the details either, the combination of failed and missed communication places V in exactly the position desired by the IFCC in the first place: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0896.html to establish control of Girard's Gate for themselves.]]

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** In a particularly tragic example of this, Varsuuvius in the Battle of Azure City is inadvertently discovered by fleeing soldiers who stumble upon him hir while invisible. They ask hir V to save them with hir V's magic, but since s/he V fled the battle because s/he V was out of spells, the soldiers stand around allowing the hobgoblins to catch up and slaughter them. V might have convinced them to continue running if s/he V said "I am out of spells you fools! Flee for your lives!", though doing so might have made the hobgoblins aware of him V as well. V spends the next few months in a sleep-deprived equivalent state so as not to relive that nightmare.
** It gets worse: when V [[spoiler:tells hir V's mate that s/he V made a DealWithTheDevil to save hir V's mate and their children]], and s/he ze gets angry. S/he V insists that s/he ze doesn't know the whole story. S/he Ze admits this, but calls hir V on [[spoiler:keeping the power she V needed to save their family]], and asks hir V to make a choice between hir V's power and their family. V could have tried to explain more, if only to justify hirself and why s/he V needs (or wants) to keep hir V's power a little longer, but instead s/he V just says that s/he V needs to make everything right again. An ultimatum had been issued and time was slipping away, but for someone who wants to keep both, V certainly isn't acting in a manner that will let hir V do so. Though hir V's mental state may be justified.
** Roy's eagerness to [[spoiler:get resurrected]] and his father being a {{Jerkass}} cause him to miss a crucial piece of information -- namely, the details of V's brief defection to Evil. Since V is too ashamed to tell hir V's friends the details either, the combination of failed and missed communication places V in exactly the position desired by the IFCC in the first place: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0896.html to establish control of Girard's Gate for themselves.]]
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
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.FanWorks Fan Works]]
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.{{Literature}} Literature]]
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionFilms Live-Action Films]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.VideoGames Video Games]]
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.RealLife Real Life]]

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!!Examples:
* [[PoorCommunicationKills.AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.FanWorks Fan Works]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.{{Literature}} Literature]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionFilms Live-Action Films]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.LiveActionTV Live-Action TV]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.VideoGames Video Games]]
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* [[PoorCommunicationKills.WesternAnimation Western Animation]]
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* [[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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* 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).
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* ''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.




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* ''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.
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