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** With the development of second screen technology, however, this trope is averted. Action can and does continue during the commercial break, and people watching on the second screen through the WWE App (now the WWE Network) can see it all. This leads to a different manner of confusion for the TV audience, where a wrestler who was dominating the match before it went to commercial can suddenly end up being the one dominated when it comes back from commercial. Fortunately, the TV Broadcast usually shows an instant replay of the major events that took place during the break so the TV Audience is brought up to speed on how the other wrestler took control.
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* Mocked by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' whenever an egregious example appears, with the riff "Oh, he got away" or "Oh, he's dead now" being uttered because the hero or villain [[EvilGloating monologued]] too long.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor often lapses into long mocking speeches that get his enemies stunned by his sheer audacity. Subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern "The Idiot's Lantern"]], when he starts: "Hold on a minute! There are three important, brilliant, and complicated reasons why you should listen to me. One--" and is promptly [[TalkToTheFist KO'd with a punch to the face]].
** Inverted with the Daleks, who usually take time to shout "[[AC:Exterminate!]]" before actually shooting at the Doctor, which gives him time to get away. [[spoiler: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth Or Not.]]]]
** Played with in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]], where a group of Daleks get in a shoot-out with a robot that's designed to spout a catchphrase before firing.
** Played with in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "The Vampires of Venice"]]. The Doctor attempts to stall the pursuing vampires by yelling "Tell me the whole plan!" They don't even pause, causing him to turn and run, saying "One day, that will work..."
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]], the Ood pursuing the crew through the ventilation shafts stops several feet out of range of killing the security chief, apparently, for no other reason than to let the captain and the chief of security finish their goodbyes.
** Lampshaded, Subverted and PlayedForLaughs all at once in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime "Partners in Crime"]], the Series 4 opener, where the Doctor and Donna, while spying on Ms. Foster detailing her plan to a captive reporter, spot each other from their vantage points, and begin to mouth at each other. Foster goes conspicuously silent as they prattle on, and when Donna eventually looks at her again, she's just standing, hands on hips, waiting for them to finish.

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* Mocked by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' whenever ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': Whenever an egregious example appears, with the riff characters riff, "Oh, he got away" away," or "Oh, he's dead now" being uttered because now," when the hero or villain [[EvilGloating monologued]] monologues]] for too long.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The
In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the Doctor often lapses into long long, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech mocking speeches that get speeches]] during battle; he usually gets away with it because his enemies are stunned by his sheer audacity. Subverted in It doesn't always go as you'd expect, though:
** In
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E7TheIdiotsLantern "The Idiot's Lantern"]], when he the Doctor starts: "Hold on a minute! There are three important, brilliant, and complicated reasons why you should listen to me. One--" and is promptly [[TalkToTheFist KO'd with a punch to the face]].
** Inverted with the Daleks, who The Daleks usually take time to shout "[[AC:Exterminate!]]" before actually shooting at the Doctor, which gives him time to get away. [[spoiler: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth Or Not.not, as the case may be.]]]]
** Played with in In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays "The Parting of the Ways"]], where a group of Daleks get in a shoot-out shootout with a robot that's designed to spout a catchphrase before firing.
** Played with in In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E6TheVampiresOfVenice "The Vampires of Venice"]]. The Venice"]], the Doctor attempts to stall the pursuing vampires by yelling yelling, "Tell me the whole plan!" They don't even pause, causing him to turn and run, saying "One day, that will work..."
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E9TheSatanPit "The Satan Pit"]], the Ood pursuing the crew through the ventilation shafts stops several feet out of range of killing the security chief, apparently, apparently for no other reason than to let the captain and the chief of security finish their goodbyes.
** Lampshaded, Subverted and PlayedForLaughs all at once in In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E1PartnersInCrime "Partners in Crime"]], the Series 4 opener, where the Doctor and Donna, while spying Donna spy on Ms. Foster detailing her plan to a captive reporter, spot each other from their vantage points, and begin to mouth at each other. Foster goes conspicuously silent as they prattle on, and when Donna eventually looks at her again, she's just standing, hands on hips, waiting for them to finish.



** Justified in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], when it's revealed that the Doctor has the power to accelerate his consciousness, experiencing hours or days mentally in a second or less- the secret source of his ability to always come up with a plan or idea in a pinch.
* In a similar vein, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' all have lengthy morphing, zord summoning and weapon invocation scenes. The giant-sized monsters never seem able to step on the Rangers in the minute or so it takes them to summon and assemble their Megazord.
** Double subverted in an episode of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', where an enemy monster attempts to fire on the heroic mecha as it's going through the motions invoking its final attack. We discover that the graphics superimposed over the motions actually function as an energy shield, and divert the attack.
** Subverted in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', where the Rangers finish morphing only to discover their opponents have vanished, and then have to track them back down.
*** And again in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', when the Red Ranger is attacked by the 'monster of the week' while he's doing all the action poses that normally accompany transformation.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' embraced the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' version of this trope fully, almost all the fights in the series are filled to the brim with snarky dialogue, LampshadeHanging, and YouFightLikeACow.
*** And in Lord Zedd's first appearance, when his monster used that time to attack and take control of the Zords before the Rangers could get into them and actually start foiling him.
*** This isn't just limited to the good guys; [[TheDragon Tenaya 7]] of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had an early gag where people would [[TalkToTheFist interrupt her monologues with attacks or quips]].
** One of the more egregious examples of this being played straight is in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' (Hmm {{Irony}}) when they first get the Rescue Zords. Between the time taken to get the Zords out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, alter the Zord modes and all the time they spend talking back and forth to one another (particularly Joel), it's a wonder the people stuck in the elevator weren't already dead by the time they got there. Later episodes aren't so bad.
** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', itself an AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', spoofed this with the series' [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]], the Zokurangers. [=ZokuRed=] attempts to use his FinishingMove...which has a name that is '''at least''' fifteen words long[[note]]He gets as far as "Great Galaxy Blitzkrieg Science Darkness Sword: Lightning Blitzkrieg Plasma Cyber Aurora Centrifugal Gravity Super Thunder..." It's actually a homage to many past mecha finishers. The villain got as far as ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman,'' with its Super Thunderbolt.[[/note]], only to get KilledMidSentence by the Carrangers' HumongousMecha.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' whenever using the ''Power of Three'' the demons always remain motionless or nearly so, awaiting their destruction for no obvious reason, during sometimes-long rhymes.
** Though if you notice, a lot of the time the Demons are kind of vibrating/shuddering while the spell is being recited, which indicates that a Power of Three spell is not one that instantly blows the demon up once it has finished being said, but proceeds to destroy the Demon throughout the duration of the spell being spoken, climaxing at the end.
** But not when they first defeated The Source, where the destruction chant was so ridiculously long that they did have to find a way to bind it while they spoke.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', Ami invokes her first [[TransformationSequence transformation into Sailor Mercury]] during a 20-foot-fall -- and she does it by reciting a trigger phrase that takes about three or four times longer to say than she should have taken to fall.
** Also averted at several points. For instance, one episode has the MonsterOfTheWeek taking out Rei by striking her in the stomach while she's trying to utter her transformation phrase.
** One early episode showed Usagi, Rei, and Ami trying to sync their attacks to the beat of a pop song in order to defeat a monster that could split into three parts and had to have all three copies destroyed at the same time to finish it off. The monster just sort of stands there and taunts them as they keep trying to sync their attack three or four times over (this takes awhile). Semi-justified, however, in the monster really didn't think the senshi could sync-up properly, and was probably waiting for the three to waste their energy trying.
* Inverted in the Season 7 opener of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', where Tony babbles on for several minutes to the terrorist villain, even stopping him from shooting [=McGee=] so he could explain his plan for escaping (borrowed from ''Film/TrueLies''). The point of his monologue was actually to spend as much time as possible talking [[spoiler: to give Gibbs enough time to set up a sniper's nest and shoot the terrorist through the window]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Zeppo" where Xander starts making a speech and the other guy runs off. 'I wasn't finished!'
** And subverted before that, too.
--> '''Xander''': Now listen close, because I'm going to ask you a question, and you'd better pray you get the answer
--> '''Other Guy''': [[spoiler: Head gets knocked off by a mailbox]]
** And played straight at the climax. Apparently, a scary, manly stare-off has nothing to do with that timer over there, no sir.

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** Justified in In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E11HeavenSent "Heaven Sent"]], when it's revealed that the Doctor has the power to accelerate his consciousness, experiencing hours or days mentally in a second or less- less. It's the secret source of his ability to always come up with a plan or idea in a pinch.
* In a similar vein, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' all have lengthy morphing, zord summoning summoning, and weapon invocation scenes. The giant-sized giant monsters never seem able to step on the Rangers in the minute or so it takes them to summon and assemble their Megazord.
** Double subverted ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' embraces the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' version of this trope fully. Almost all the fights in the series are filled to the brim with snarky dialogue, LampshadeHanging, and YouFightLikeACow.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', when the characters first get the Rescue Zords, it takes forever for them to get the Zords out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, alter the Zord modes, and finish their conversations; it's a wonder the people stuck in the elevator weren't already dead by the time they got there.
** Sometimes you come across {{subver|tedtrope}}sions:
*** In ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the Rangers finish morphing only to discover their opponents have vanished, and then have to track them back down.
*** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', the MonsterOfTheWeek attacks the Red Ranger while he's in the middle of his TransformationSequence.
*** [[DoubleSubversion Double-subverted]]
in an episode of ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', where an enemy monster attempts to fire on the heroic mecha as it's going through the motions invoking its final attack. We discover that the graphics superimposed over the motions actually function as an energy shield, and divert the attack.
** Subverted in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', where the Rangers finish morphing only to discover their opponents have vanished, and then have to track them back down.
*** And again in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', when the Red Ranger is attacked by the 'monster of the week' while he's doing all the action poses that normally accompany transformation.
*** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' embraced the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' version of this trope fully, almost all the fights in the series are filled to the brim with snarky dialogue, LampshadeHanging, and YouFightLikeACow.
*** And in Lord Zedd's first appearance, when his monster used that time to attack and take control of the Zords before the Rangers could get into them and actually start foiling him.
*** This isn't just
It's not limited to the good guys; guys, either; [[TheDragon Tenaya 7]] of ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' had an early gag where people would [[TalkToTheFist interrupt her monologues with attacks or quips]].
** One of the more egregious examples of this being played straight is in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' (Hmm {{Irony}}) when they first get the Rescue Zords. Between the time taken to get the Zords out of the Lightspeed Aquabase, alter the Zord modes and all the time they spend talking back and forth to one another (particularly Joel), it's a wonder the people stuck in the elevator weren't already dead by the time they got there. Later episodes aren't so bad.
**
*** ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', itself an AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', spoofed this with the series' [[ThePsychoRangers Psycho Rangers]], the Zokurangers. [=ZokuRed=] attempts to use his FinishingMove...which has a FinishingMove, whose name that is '''at least''' at least fifteen words long[[note]]He gets as far as "Great Galaxy Blitzkrieg Science Darkness Sword: Lightning Blitzkrieg Plasma Cyber Aurora Centrifugal Gravity Super Thunder..." It's actually a homage to many past mecha finishers. The villain got as far as ''Series/DengekiSentaiChangeman,'' with its Super Thunderbolt.[[/note]], only to get long before getting KilledMidSentence by the Carrangers' HumongousMecha.
HumongousMecha. The name appears to be an homage to other series' mecha finishers, and there are a ''lot'' of them.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' whenever using the ''Power of Three'' Three'', the demons always remain motionless or nearly so, awaiting their destruction for no obvious reason, during sometimes-long rhymes.
** Though if you notice, a lot of the time the Demons are kind of vibrating/shuddering while
rhymes. There's some evidence to suggest that the spell can affect the demon while it is being recited, which indicates that a Power of Three spell is not one that instantly blows said (only blowing the demon up once it has finished being said, but proceeds to destroy the Demon throughout the duration of the spell being spoken, climaxing at the end.
** But not
end), and when they first defeated The the Source, where the heroes needed a destruction chant was so ridiculously long that they did have needed to find a way to bind hold it down while they spoke.
said it.
* In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'':
**
Ami invokes her first [[TransformationSequence transformation into Sailor Mercury]] during a 20-foot-fall 20-foot fall -- and she does it by reciting a trigger phrase that takes about three or four times longer to say than she should have taken to fall.
** Also averted Usagi, Rei, and Ami have to defeat a monster that can split into three parts, all of which must be destroyed at several points. For instance, the same time. To accomplish this, they try to sync their attacks to the beat of a pop song. They don't get it right the first (or second, or third) try, but the monster just stands there and taunts them until they get it right. It probably didn't think they could pull it off.
** Averted at other points in the series;
one episode has the episode's MonsterOfTheWeek taking out hits Rei by striking her in the stomach while she's trying to utter her transformation phrase.
** One early episode showed Usagi, Rei, and Ami trying to sync their attacks to the beat of a pop song in order to defeat a monster that could split into three parts and had to have all three copies destroyed at the same time to finish it off. The monster just sort of stands there and taunts them as they keep trying to sync their attack three or four times over (this takes awhile). Semi-justified, however, in the monster really didn't think the senshi could sync-up properly, and was probably waiting for the three to waste their energy trying.
* Inverted in the Season 7 opener of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', where Tony babbles on for several minutes to the terrorist villain, even stopping him from shooting [=McGee=] [=McGee=], so he could explain his plan for escaping (borrowed from ''Film/TrueLies''). The point of his monologue was actually to spend as much time as possible talking [[spoiler: to give HoldTheLine for Gibbs enough time to set show up [[spoiler:in a sniper's nest and shoot the terrorist through the window]].
* Subverted in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Zeppo" where Xander starts making a speech and the other guy runs off. 'I "I wasn't finished!'
** And subverted before that, too.
--> '''Xander''': Now listen close, because I'm going to ask you a question, and you'd better pray you get the answer
--> '''Other Guy''': [[spoiler: Head gets knocked off by a mailbox]]
** And played straight at the climax. Apparently, a scary, manly stare-off has nothing to do with that timer over there, no sir.
finished!"



* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Tsukasa loves making big speeches and people love standing around to listen to them. Pulling out cards, swiping them, and using the K-Touch, however, is blatant off the clock action.
** Subverted twice in episode 14 of ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''. [[LargeHam Kamen Rider Mach]] gets attacked by the {{monster of the week}} while doing his pose-tastic pre-asskicking routine ("Come on man, at least let me finish!"). Then he fights back and subdues the monster long enough just to go back and do the speech again, which is uninterrupted this time, but at the end Mach realizes the enemy just used the opportunity to run the hell away from there and is long gone. The next time Mach transforms he starts doing his catchphrase then just goes "eh, you know the rest." to cut straight to the point and avoid losing the enemy again.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'': Tsukasa loves making big speeches and people love standing around to listen to them. Pulling out cards, swiping them, and using the K-Touch, however, is blatant off the clock off-the-clock action.
** Subverted twice in episode 14 of ''Series/KamenRiderDrive''. [[LargeHam Kamen Rider Mach]] gets attacked by the {{monster of the week}} while doing his pose-tastic pre-asskicking routine ("Come on on, man, at least let me finish!"). Then he fights back and subdues the monster long enough just to go back and do the speech again, which is uninterrupted this time, but at the end Mach realizes the enemy just used the opportunity to run the hell away from there and is long gone. The next time Mach transforms transforms, he starts doing his catchphrase then just goes "eh, you know the rest." rest" to cut straight to the point and avoid losing the enemy again.



* In the season 3 mid-season finale of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', there's a terrible curse about to descend on the town, with clouds billowing through the streets to indicate its arrival...and our heroes are still perfectly fine taking 20 minutes or so to discuss how they can stop it, what the result of stopping it will be, and anything else they feel like talking about.
** The curse in question gets cast multiple times over the course of the series. It always takes effect as soon as the characters have finished their conversations and done any other things they need to do before it takes effect. Even worse, the curse is often right next to them at the time.
* Franchise/StarTrek: in various episodes, the Captains are somehow able to record a log (worded in the present tense) in the midst of a dramatic incident. In reality the log is a justification for a voice-over to bring viewers up to speed on events, often after a commercial break. Within the episode however, it often appears that the Captain records a log despite apparently having no opportunity to do so, often with no recording equipment and without moving his lips.
** In ''By Any Other Name'', as the Enterprise approaches the Energy Barrier, Kirk records a log detailing a plan to defeat the Kelvans - while the Kelvans are on the Bridge with him.
** In ''Encounter at Farpoint'', Q makes his first appearance before a commercial break. Returning from the break, Picard somehow manages to record a log summing up the current situation and wondering whether to oppose Q, while Q is stood right in front of him.

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* In the season 3 mid-season finale of ''Series/OnceUponATime'', there's a terrible curse about to descend on the town, with clouds billowing through the streets to indicate its arrival...arrival -- and our heroes are still perfectly fine taking 20 minutes or so to discuss how they can stop it, what the result of stopping it will be, and anything else they feel like talking about.
** The
about. This curse in question gets cast multiple pops up again several times over the course of the series. It always series, and the same thing happens, leading one to suspect that it only takes effect as soon as when the characters have finished their conversations and done any other things they need to do before it takes effect. Even worse, conversations.
* Throughout ''Franchise/StarTrek'',
the curse famous CaptainsLog is often right next to them at recorded in the time.
* Franchise/StarTrek: in various episodes, the Captains are somehow able to record
middle of a log (worded dramatic incident (or at least in the present tense) tense). This even in situations where the midst of Captain has no time or equipment to actually record a dramatic incident. In reality the log is a justification log. The real reason for a voice-over this is to bring viewers up to speed on events, often events after a commercial break. Within the episode however, it often appears that the Captain records a log despite apparently having no opportunity to do so, often with no recording equipment and without moving his lips.
Specifically:
** In ''By "By Any Other Name'', Name", as the Enterprise approaches the Energy Barrier, Kirk records a log detailing a plan to defeat the Kelvans - -- while the Kelvans are on the Bridge with him.
** In ''Encounter the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' episode "Encounter at Farpoint'', Farpoint", Q makes his first appearance before a commercial break. Returning from the break, Picard somehow manages to record a log summing up the current situation and wondering whether to oppose Q, while Q is stood right in front of him.



* In the "Motorcycle Song," Arlo Guthrie accidentally goes off the road on his motorcycle, 500 feet up a mountain. As he starts falling has a great idea for a song, so he gets out paper and a pen to write it down. Still falling, he finds out the pen is dry, so he replaces the ink cartridge.
* In the opera ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' Papageno and Pamina sing an entire aria about how they must hurry to escape Sarastro's palace.
** That's hardly unusual. Either Ed Gardner or Robert Benchley said this:
--> "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of dying, he sings."
** Later on, when they're being initiated into the order, Tamino and Papageno are all singing in a test of silence.
-->'''Papageno''': "Immer stille und immer stille und immer stille und immer still!"
** LampShaded in Terry Pratchett's novel of the opera, ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}, in the length of time it takes the villain to die onstage.

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* In the "Motorcycle Song," Arlo Guthrie Music/ArloGuthrie accidentally goes off the road on his motorcycle, 500 feet up a mountain. As he starts falling falling, has a great idea for a song, so he gets out paper and a pen to write it down. Still falling, he finds out the pen is dry, so he replaces the ink cartridge.
* In the opera ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' Papageno and Pamina sing an entire aria about how they must hurry to escape Sarastro's palace.
** That's hardly unusual. Either Ed Gardner or Robert Benchley said this:
--> "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of dying, he sings."
** Later on, when they're being initiated into the order, Tamino and Papageno are all singing in a test of silence.
-->'''Papageno''': "Immer stille und immer stille und immer stille und immer still!"
** LampShaded in Terry Pratchett's novel of the opera, ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}, in the length of time it takes the villain to die onstage.
cartridge.



* A hilarious, played-completely-straight variant (more like "''Fighting'' is a Free Action") occurred at the 2002 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''. Maven pulls off a huge upset by eliminating Wrestling/TheUndertaker from the ring when 'Taker has his head turned. Ordinarily the match would continue with new entrants coming out every 90 seconds or so, but this time the match ''stops dead for several minutes'' just so 'Taker can dish out some DisproportionateRetribution (attacking Maven and dealing him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that takes them out of the ring, into the crowd, and all the way up to the concession area surrounding the arena where 'Taker slams Maven into an old-fashioned popcorn cart, breaking the glass and spilling popcorn everywhere, before [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking scooping up a handful of popcorn]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments munching on it]]). Then - and ''only'' then - does the TV camera cut back to the actual ring, where the next scheduled entrant (Scotty 2 Hotty) is ''only starting'' to make his way toward the ring, [[MediumAwareness as if he were waiting for the camera to finish filming up in the concession area]]. [[CaptainObvious (Which, of course, he was.)]]
* WWE also frequently uses commercial breaks as a free action. Sometimes a wrestler will start posing or spouting his catchphrase at they cut away and be shown doing the same thing when the show resumes, leaving the TV audience wondering if they have just been standing there doing the same thing for several minutes. In reality the audience at the live shows tend to get some smack talk, promos or kiss cam features to keep them entertained. If the show cuts to commercial in the middle of a match then it is guaranteed that the match will not feature any interesting spots while the TV audience are watching adverts, and the match will most certainly never reach its conclusion during that time.

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* A hilarious, played-completely-straight variant (more like "''Fighting'' is a Free Action") occurred at At the 2002 ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble''. ''Wrestling/RoyalRumble'', Maven pulls off a huge upset by eliminating Wrestling/TheUndertaker from the ring when 'Taker has his head turned. Ordinarily Ordinarily, the match would continue with new entrants coming out every 90 seconds or so, but this time time, the match ''stops stops dead for several minutes'' minutes just so 'Taker can dish out some DisproportionateRetribution (attacking Maven and dealing him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that takes (which culminates in them out of leaving the ring, Maven getting slammed into the crowd, and all the way up to the a concession area surrounding stand on the arena where concourse, and 'Taker slams Maven into an old-fashioned popcorn cart, breaking [[PassThePopcorn stealing some of the glass and spilling popcorn everywhere, before [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking scooping up a handful of popcorn]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments munching on it]]). Then - and ''only'' lying around). Only then - does the TV camera cut back to the actual ring, where the next scheduled entrant (Scotty 2 Hotty) is ''only starting'' only starting to make his way toward the ring, [[MediumAwareness as if he were waiting for the camera to finish filming up in the concession area]]. ring. [[CaptainObvious (Which, of course, he was.)]]
It's almost as if it were scripted for TV.]]
* WWE also frequently uses commercial breaks as a free action. Sometimes Sometimes, a wrestler will start posing or spouting his catchphrase at they cut away and be shown doing the same thing when the show resumes, leaving the TV audience wondering if they have just been standing there doing the same thing for several minutes. In reality reality, the audience at the live shows tend tends to get some smack talk, promos promos, or [[CaughtOnTheJumbotron the kiss cam features cam]] to keep them entertained. If the show cuts to commercial in the middle of a match then it is You're pretty much guaranteed that the match will not feature any nothing interesting spots while the TV audience are watching adverts, and the match will most certainly never reach its conclusion happen during that time.a match, nor will it end, during a commercial break.



* ''Podcast/CriticalHit'', a real play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' podcast, follows the {{Trope Namer|s}} as per the game rules. The characters do not usually abuse it in combat and restrict themselves to a few short sentences. The [[InAndOutOfCharacter players]], however, are another matter, with quips, pop-culture references and tactics discussions spanning the majority of combat time.

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* ''Podcast/CriticalHit'', a real play ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' podcast, follows the {{Trope Namer|s}} as per the game rules. The characters do not usually abuse it in combat and restrict themselves to a few short sentences. The [[InAndOutOfCharacter players]], however, are another matter, with quips, pop-culture references references, and tactics discussions spanning the majority of combat time.



* The {{trope name|rs}} comes from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in which most talking requires neither time nor effort, so requests to "[[ShutUpAndSaveMe stop talking and get fighting]]" aren't necessary... in the game world. But in the real world, players debating each move can slow combat to a crawl.
** In the early editions combat rounds were ''one minute'' long - it was assumed that most of the round was taken up with other actions with only one chance to actually use an actual in game ability - plenty of time to talk there. (Nowadays, one round is about 6 seconds, so how much information you can relay on your turn will depend on the DM.)
** As of 3.5, it was suggested players could get in a "few sentences" during a free action, but the books also suggested several caveats (such as limiting talking to your turn only, or not at all if you were caught flat-footed). House rules occasionally crop up to limit it further, such as only allowing six words as a free action and only allowing a single free action devoted to talking per round.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', the original superhero roleplaying game, and its generic outgrowth ''HERO System'' after that, originated the rule in the 1980s and is the most explicit example of encouraging people to use this trope for genre reasons in the present day. The in-game term for it is "Soliloquy."
** The {{Superhero}} roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'', published shortly before ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' in the early 1980s, explicitly defines speech as a "free action" and allows characters unlimited dialogue in combat because it is appropriate to the genre.
** So did the old Marvel Superhero Game.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a mechanic called "Monologuing" in which you trick the villain into talking on and on for several rounds, thereby giving your characters a chance to escape. Beyond using this trick however, the villain can monologue as much as he wants as talking is a free action, and Monologuing is a full round action.
* Talking is technically ''not'' a free action in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' (with its ''one-second'' combat rounds), but the Basic Set points out that unless you're going for hyper-realism it's usually best to use this trope.

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* The {{trope name|rs}} comes from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in which most namer|s}} is ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Most talking requires neither time nor effort, so requests is a "free action", which can be performed freely within the normal limit of a turn. Requests to "[[ShutUpAndSaveMe stop talking and get fighting]]" aren't necessary... necessary -- in the game world. But in the real world, players debating each move can slow combat to a crawl.
** In the
crawl. The rules have also shifted in this regard; early editions had combat rounds were ''one minute'' long - it was assumed that most of the round was taken up with other actions with to a minute, whereas these days they're only one chance to actually use an actual in game ability - plenty of time to talk there. (Nowadays, one round is about 6 seconds, so how much information you can relay on your turn will depend on the DM.)
** As of 3.5, it was
around six seconds long. Some books suggested players could get in a "few sentences" during a free action, but the books also suggested several caveats (such as limiting talking to your turn only, or not at all if you were caught flat-footed). House rules occasionally crop up to limit it further, additional caveats, such as only allowing six words as a free action and only allowing a single free action devoted to talking per round.
during one's own turn, or no talking if you're caught flat-footed. HouseRules might restrict this even further.
* ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'', though, was the first to actually have this mechanic, explicitly calling talking a "free action" in the early 1980s. It was then popularized by ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', the original superhero roleplaying game, and its generic outgrowth ''HERO System'' after that, originated the rule in the 1980s and is the most explicit example of encouraging people to use this trope for genre reasons in the present day. The in-game term for it is "Soliloquy."
** The {{Superhero}} roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/VillainsAndVigilantes'', published shortly before ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' in the early 1980s, explicitly defines speech as a "free action" and allows characters unlimited dialogue in combat because it is appropriate to the genre.
** So did the old Marvel Superhero Game.
that.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a mechanic called "Monologuing" in which you trick the villain into [[EvilGloating talking on and on on]] for several rounds, thereby giving your characters a chance to escape. Beyond using this trick trick, however, the villain can monologue as much as he wants as as, talking is a free action, and Monologuing is a full round action.
* Talking is technically ''not'' a free action in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' (with its ''one-second'' combat rounds), but the Basic Set points out that unless you're going for hyper-realism hyper-realism, it's usually best to use this trope.



* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} recommends the Game Master limit players to somewhere around 25 words in a round (though, as [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Nale]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0337.html demonstrates]], that can be a bit restrictive) and no more than one gesture as a free action.
* Occurs in ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader''. You can even play an Astropath and have "mindtalk" as a free action.
** In ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'', it specifically says that the GM should place limits on how much one can say without it being a Half-Action or Full Action.
* The rules for the Swedish ''Drakar och Demoner'' explicitly says that during battle, each 5-second interval can only be used for one action, where speaking is one possible action. Short interjections like "Attack!" are free actions though.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' states that while talking is a free action on your turn, you need to wait for another's response until their turn. "Talking may be free, but a conversation is not".
* Unintentionally subverted in the Western RPG ''TabletopGame/AcesAndEights'' due to combat time being tracked in tenths of a second. In the time it takes to yell "Stop!" the typical gunfighter has already opened fire.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'': you have stats for both average talking speed and maximum talking speed (and, being FATAL, it's entirely possible for your maximum to be less than your average).

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* TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}} ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' recommends the Game Master limit players to somewhere around 25 words in a round (though, as [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Nale]] [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0337.html demonstrates]], that can be a bit restrictive) and no more than one gesture as a free action.
* Occurs in ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader''. You In ''TabletopGame/RogueTrader'', you can even play an Astropath and have "mindtalk" as a free action.
** In
action. ''TabletopGame/OnlyWar'', it though, specifically says that the GM should place limits on how much one can say without it being a Half-Action or Full Action.
* The rules for the Swedish game ''Drakar och Demoner'' explicitly says are explicit that during battle, each 5-second five-second interval can only be used for one action, where speaking is one possible action. Short interjections like "Attack!" are free actions though.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Ironclaw}}'' states that while talking is a free action on your turn, you need to wait for another's response until their turn. "Talking may be free, but a conversation is not".
not."
* Unintentionally subverted in the Western RPG ''TabletopGame/AcesAndEights'' due to ''TabletopGame/AcesAndEights''; combat time being is tracked in tenths of a second. In second, so in the time it takes to yell "Stop!" the typical gunfighter has already opened fire.
* Averted in ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{FATAL}}''; you have stats for both average talking speed and maximum talking speed (and, being FATAL, it's entirely possible for your maximum to be less than your average).



* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': When [[spoiler:Eponine]] gets shot, she still has enough time to sing a full song with Marius before dying. She dies fairly slowly in the book too, though, and it could be handwaved as musket balls then not being as effective at killing.
* Robert Burns described {{opera}} as, "...where a guy gets stabbed in the back, and instead of dying, he sings."

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* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': When [[spoiler:Eponine]] gets shot, she still has enough time to sing a full song with Marius before dying. She dies fairly slowly in the book too, though, and it could be handwaved as musket balls then not being as effective at killing.
* Robert Burns described {{opera}} as, "...where
Opera is notorious for its use of this trope. As Ed Gardner put it, "Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back, and [[DyingSpeech instead of dying, he sings."]]" ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' is particularly funky with this, as Papageno and Pamina sing an entire aria about how they must hurry to escape Sarastro's palace, and Tamino and Papageno later sing about [[MindScrew how good they are at staying silent.]]
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* At the climax of ''Film/PointBreak1991'', Creator/KeanuReeves's and Creator/PatrickSwayze's characters fall out of an airplane at four-thousand feet and have a ninety-second shouting match which, as ''Series/MythBusters'' demonstrated, is about three times as long as it would take to actually fall that distance. And that's not getting into the problems with being able to [[AcousticLicense hear someone in free fall]].
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'' takes the above shouting match and cubes it by having a character fall out of a helicopter (at what looked like a relatively low altitude), have a fight to the death, and still have time to pull out his phone, connect to an answering machine, ''wait through the message'', leave one of his own, and '''hang up.'''

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* At the climax of ''Film/PointBreak1991'', Creator/KeanuReeves's and Creator/PatrickSwayze's characters fall out of an airplane at four-thousand four thousand feet and have a ninety-second shouting match which, as ''Series/MythBusters'' demonstrated, is about three times as long as it would take to actually fall that distance. And that's not getting into the problems with being able to [[AcousticLicense hear someone in free fall]].
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'' takes the above shouting match and cubes it by having has a character fall out of a helicopter (at what looked like a relatively low altitude), have a fight to the death, and still have time to pull out his phone, connect to an answering machine, ''wait through the message'', listen to a whole message, leave one of his own, and '''hang up.'''''hang up''.



* Subverted in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. A bounty hunter who tried unsuccessfully to kill Tuco right at the beginning of the movie locates him again much later, in the bath, naked. He's clearly got the jump on him, but can't resist going into a speech about how glad he is to have finally cornered him. Tuco immediately whips out the revolver around his neck and kills him, [[LampshadeHanging saying]] to the corpse, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZXlhSgq7us If you have to shoot, shoot! Don't talk!]]". A memorable ThrowItIn.
* Both parodied and played straight in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when Will and Elizabeth ask Barbossa to marry them during the final battle. Barbossa tries to deliver the "Do you (insert name here) wish to" -speech, but has to constantly stop to fight Davy Jones's crew. Played straight in that when he finally gets enough and yells: "Just kiss!", Will and Elizabeth kiss for several seconds and not a single pesky enemy tries to kill them during that.
* Completely straight in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. John Cusack's character is given a pretty short ExactTimeToFailure before going to unjam some machinery, but the time he takes to speak to his family doesn't count.
* Also done straight in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''. Creator/BruceWillis knows that he has only a few minutes to press the detonator that will destroy the giant asteroid and [[HeroicSacrifice kill him in the process]]. So naturally he finds a camera and spends several of those minutes giving a tearful goodbye to his daughter, still managing to press the button at the last second.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. A bounty hunter who tried unsuccessfully to kill Tuco right at the beginning of the movie locates him again much later, in the bath, naked. He's clearly got the jump on him, but can't resist going into a speech about how glad he is to have finally cornered him. Tuco immediately whips out the revolver around his neck and kills him, [[LampshadeHanging saying]] to the corpse, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZXlhSgq7us If you have to shoot, shoot! Don't talk!]]". talk!]]" A memorable case of ThrowItIn.
* Both parodied and played straight in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'', when ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': When Will and Elizabeth ask Barbossa to marry them during the final battle. battle, Barbossa tries to deliver the "Do you (insert name here) wish to" -speech, but has to is constantly stop to fight interrupted by Davy Jones's crew. Played straight in that when he He finally gets has enough and yells: "Just kiss!", yells, "[[SkipToTheEnd Just kiss!]]" Funnily enough, Will and Elizabeth kiss for several seconds seconds, and not a single pesky enemy no one tries to kill them during that.
that time.
* Completely straight in ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''. In ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'', John Cusack's character is given a pretty short ExactTimeToFailure before going to unjam some machinery, machinery -- but the time he takes to speak to his family doesn't count.
* Also done straight in ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''. In ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', Creator/BruceWillis knows that he has only a few minutes to press the detonator that will destroy the giant asteroid and [[HeroicSacrifice kill him in the process]]. So naturally naturally, he finds a camera and spends several of those minutes giving a tearful goodbye to his daughter, still managing to press the button at the last second.



* At the end of ''Film/FightClub'' when Tyler, [[spoiler: who is really the narrator]] is holding the narrator at gunpoint and there are only sixty seconds before the [[spoiler: bombs wrapped around the bases of the buildings explode via a pre-programmed detonation sequence]]. Yet Tyler starts monologuing for at least five minutes and nothing explodes until [[spoiler: after the narrator has shot himself in the head to remove the delusions of Tyler ''and'' has had time to give the Space Monkeys orders ''and'' has had a touching scene with Marla Singer]]. Honestly, watch the movie and start counting to see when the explosion ''should'' have happened.
** It is the entire point of the movie that the whole conversation with Tyler was [[spoiler: his imagination]] and that he came to the conclusion that he needs to [[spoiler: shoot himself]] in a few seconds.

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* At the end of ''Film/FightClub'' ''Film/FightClub'', when Tyler, [[spoiler: who Tyler [[spoiler:who is really the narrator]] is holding the narrator at gunpoint and there are only sixty seconds before the [[spoiler: bombs wrapped around the bases of all the buildings explode via a pre-programmed detonation sequence]]. Yet explode]], Tyler starts monologuing for at least five minutes and minutes. In fact, nothing explodes happens until [[spoiler: after the [[spoiler:the narrator gives the Space Monkeys orders, has shot a touching scene with Marla Singer, ''and'' shoots himself in the head to remove the delusions of Tyler ''and'' has had time to give the Space Monkeys orders ''and'' has had a touching scene with Marla Singer]]. Honestly, watch the movie and start counting to see when the explosion ''should'' have happened.
** It is the entire point of the movie that the
Tyler.]]. But since [[spoiler:that whole conversation with Tyler sequence was [[spoiler: just part of his imagination]] and that he came to imagination]], all the conclusion that he needs narrator really had to [[spoiler: shoot himself]] in do was [[spoiler:shoot himself]], which would only take a few seconds.



* In ''The Backup Plan'', the main character goes into labor, but miraculously stops having contractions to have some important dialogue with the lead male.
* Spoofed in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', where Ramona has enough time to tell Scott about Roxy's AchillesHeel while Roxy is throwing a kick at his face. The lines are ''slightly'' slowed down, which mostly just makes them sound drunk.
** It's also deconstructed in the [[spoiler:first attempt of the]] final battle with Gideon, where Scott manages in-between the fight to tell both Ramona & Knives that he cheated on both of them. [[spoiler:Only for Gideon to sneak up on Scott and stab him from behind, killing him. However, Scott did get better, thanks to the 1-Up.]]

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* In ''The Backup Plan'', ''Film/TheBackupPlan'', the main character goes into labor, but miraculously stops having contractions to have some important dialogue with the lead male.
male lead.
* Spoofed in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', where ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'':
**
Ramona has enough time to tell Scott about Roxy's AchillesHeel while Roxy is throwing a kick at his face. The lines are ''slightly'' slowed down, which mostly just makes them sound drunk.
** It's also deconstructed in In the [[spoiler:first attempt of the]] final battle with Gideon, where Gideon [[spoiler:well, its first attempt]], Scott manages in-between the fight to tell both Ramona & and Knives that he cheated on both of them. [[spoiler:Only for Gideon to sneak up on Scott and stab him from behind, killing him. However, Scott did get better, thanks to the 1-Up.]]



** Averted when Coulson confronts Loki. He talks about how the gun he's holding is a SuperPrototype, but is cut off by [[spoiler: Loki stabbing him. He still manages to monologue about Loki's eventual downfall while dying, however]].
** Averted again [[spoiler: when Loki begins to give a dramatic monologue, the Hulk, well, smashes]].
* Exploited in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' in which [[spoiler: uploaded!Zola ]] only keeps talking to allow a missile to hit his position and prevent Cap and Natasha from escaping.
* Also averted in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler:when Talia's EvilGloating over a wounded Batman allows Gordon time to attach a jammer to the fusion bomb, preventing her from triggering it remotely]].
* In the opening scene of ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', while the space ship is under attack and the core is about to explode, the crew still finds time to debate on their best course of action with no interruption by further bombardment or alarm signals.
* Played with in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. When clinging onto a structure falling from a 54-story building, Raphael makes a long-winded speech to his brothers about how he loves them despite being hard on them... while the structure and accompanying debris falls in slow motion. Right as he's caught up in the speech, however, he discovers that they have made it safely to the ground in the time that he's taken to make the speech.

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** Averted when When Coulson confronts Loki. He Loki, he talks about how the gun he's holding is a SuperPrototype, but is cut off by [[spoiler: Loki stabbing him. He still manages to monologue about Loki's eventual downfall while dying, however]].
** Averted again [[spoiler: when Loki begins to give a dramatic monologue, the Hulk, does this himself later, in LargeHam fashion, before [[spoiler:The Hulk... well, smashes]].
smashes.]]
* Exploited in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', in which [[spoiler: uploaded!Zola ]] uploaded!Zola]] only keeps talking to allow a missile to hit his position and prevent Cap and Natasha from escaping.
* Also averted Averted in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' [[spoiler:when Talia's ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': [[spoiler:Talia's EvilGloating over a wounded Batman Batman]] allows Gordon time to attach [[spoiler:attach a jammer to the fusion bomb, preventing her from triggering it remotely]].
* In the opening scene of ''Film/GalaxyQuest'', while in an episode of the space [[ShowWithinAShow original show]], the ship is under attack and the core is about to explode, but the crew still finds time to debate on their best course of action with no interruption by further bombardment or alarm signals.
* Played with in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014''. When clinging onto a structure falling from a 54-story building, Raphael makes a long-winded speech to his brothers about how he loves them despite being hard on them... them -- while the structure and accompanying debris falls in slow motion. Right as he's caught up in the speech, however, he discovers that they have made it safely to the ground in the time that he's taken to make the speech.



** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is notable because of the absence of this trope. There is no dialogue whatsoever during the lengthy duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul.

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** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' is notable because of the absence of this trope. There is no dialogue whatsoever during the lengthy duel between Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, and Darth Maul. This wound up with the opposite problem, as it was hard to remember why they were fighting to begin with.



** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Dooku taunts Anakin which just angers him and drives him to defeat Dooku. Also, General Grievous tries verbal intimidation on Obi-Wan during their duel, but it doesn't work. Finally, Obi-Wan and Anakin exchange words during their duel with Obi-Wan trying to reason with Anakin, but it doesn't work in that case either.

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** In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Dooku taunts Anakin Anakin, which just angers him and drives him to defeat Dooku. Also, Dooku [[OffWithHisHead particularly brutally]]. General Grievous tries verbal intimidation on Obi-Wan during their duel, but it doesn't work. Finally, Obi-Wan and Anakin exchange words during their duel with Obi-Wan trying to reason with Anakin, but it doesn't work in that case either.



** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Vader tries psychological warfare on Luke, which Luke resists at first. But then the famed IAmYourFather speech leads Luke into a HeroicBSOD.
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke turns this trope around by [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight trying to convince Vader to return to the Light Side]] while Vader tries to do the opposite to him. Ultimately, Luke is successful.
** All of this is disregarding the multiple instances of CasualDangerDialogue during the many firefights in the series.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Rocket, standing on Groot's shoulders in the open, has enough time to cock a machine gun dramatically and exclaim "Oh... ''yeah''." ... despite hovering drones blasting at Groot with automatic weapons mere inches away from his feet. Somewhat justified, given that the drones don't seem to be particularly GenreSavvy and were only targeting Groot in the first place.
** Wonderfully averted later in the film when Nebula, confronting Gamora for her betrayal, begins to deliver a scathing insult [[spoiler: only for Drax to blow her across the room with a rocket launcher before she can finish]].

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** In ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', Vader tries psychological warfare on Luke, which Luke resists at first. But then the famed IAmYourFather speech leads Luke into a HeroicBSOD.
HeroicBSOD
** In ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', Luke turns this trope around by [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight trying to convince Vader to return to the Light Side]] Side]], while Vader tries to do the opposite to him. Ultimately, Luke is successful.
** All of this is disregarding the multiple instances of CasualDangerDialogue during the many firefights in the series.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'':
**
Rocket, standing on Groot's shoulders in the open, has enough time to cock a machine gun dramatically and exclaim "Oh... ''yeah''." ... " This despite hovering drones blasting at Groot with automatic weapons mere inches away from his feet. Somewhat justified, given that the drones don't seem to be particularly GenreSavvy and were only targeting Groot in the first place.
feet.
** Wonderfully averted later in the film when Nebula, confronting Gamora for her betrayal, begins to deliver a scathing insult [[spoiler: only for Drax to blow her across the room with a rocket launcher before she can finish]].



* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's novel ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' the main characters, while fighting for their lives during surprise-attacks-in-peacetime with never-before-seen giant [[HumongousMecha mecha]], basically have a full conversation, complete with sarcastic political commentary.
* In the Japanese play ''Chusingura'', the character of Kanpei commits sepukku (suicide by splitting his diaphragm with a sword). Before his death, his companions arrive with news. Kanpei proceeds to have several pages worth of dialogue before he finally succumbs.
* Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' ([[MyNaymeIs sic]]) parodies the use of Singing is a Free Action common in opera, when the villain [[spoiler: with a stage sword between his arm and chest]] takes five minutes to die, while repeatedly jumping up and delivering yet another InfoDump each time.

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* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's novel ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' the main characters, while fighting for their lives during surprise-attacks-in-peacetime with surprise attacks from never-before-seen giant [[HumongousMecha mecha]], HumongousMecha, basically have a full conversation, complete with sarcastic political commentary.
* In the Japanese play ''Chusingura'', the character of Kanpei commits sepukku (suicide by splitting his diaphragm with a sword).{{seppuku}}. Before his death, his companions arrive with news. Kanpei proceeds to have several pages worth of dialogue before he finally succumbs.
* Terry Pratchett's ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' ([[MyNaymeIs sic]]) ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}'':
** ''Literature/{{Maskerade}}''
parodies the use of Singing is a Free Action common in opera, when the villain [[spoiler: with a stage sword between his arm and chest]] takes five minutes to die, while repeatedly jumping up and delivering yet another InfoDump each time.



** Later invoked by Tiffany in Discworld/IShallWearMidnight.
---> "[[LampshadeHanging Did you know that people very seldom start screaming while someone is talking to them]]? I don't know why. [[PolitenessJudo I suppose it's because we are brought up to be polite]]."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'', with his wand in his hand, failed to stop Lockhart from using the Memory Charm, despite Lockhart gloating for four lines before activating that Memory Charm. Luckily for him, Ron's busted wand [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfired]].
** Happens again in ''Half-Blood Prince'', where Draco manages to get out "Cruci-" but, faster than he can say "-o!", Harry shouts "Sectumsempra!".
* ''Lampshaded'' in, of all places, ''Literature/TheIliad.'' Played straight in that Patroclos stopped to give the lampshade in the middle of battle.
--> '''Patroclos''': My good man, why do you bandy words like this? You are wasting time. Taunts and jibes will not drive the Trojans away from that dead body. Many a man will fall before that! Words are potent in debate, deeds in war decide your fate. Then don't go on piling up the words, but fight!
** Also, just before Hector is killed king Priam sees Achilles charging toward Hector as fast as he can. In the time to takes the two of them to meet Priam gets out a 45 line speech about what he would do to save his son, how much he hates Achilles, how great his wife is and why it's going to suck when he dies of old age rather than in a fight.

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** Later invoked by Tiffany in Discworld/IShallWearMidnight.
--->
Discworld/IShallWearMidnight:
-->
"[[LampshadeHanging Did you know that people very seldom start screaming while someone is talking to them]]? I don't know why. [[PolitenessJudo I suppose it's because we are brought up to be polite]]."
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'', with his wand in his hand, failed ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets Chamber of Secrets]]'', Harry fails
to stop Lockhart from using the wiping his brain with a Memory Charm, despite in spite of the fact that he has a wand in his hand and Lockhart gloating has been [[EvilGloating gloating]] for four lines before activating lines. He lucks out that Memory Charm. Luckily for him, Ron's busted wand [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfired]].
backfired on him]].
** Happens again in In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince ''Half-Blood Prince'', where Draco manages to get Prince]]'', we see a different problem; in a duel between Harry and Malfoy, Malfoy gets his "Crucio" out "Cruci-" but, first, except that Harry can yell "Sectumsempra!" faster than he Malfoy can say "-o!", Harry shouts "Sectumsempra!".
the last syllable.
* ''Lampshaded'' in, of all places, ''Literature/TheIliad.'' Played straight in that ''Literature/TheIliad'':
** {{Lampshade|hanging}}d, which is not what you'd expect from the ''Iliad''. Then again,
Patroclos stopped stops to give the lampshade in the middle of battle.
--> '''Patroclos''': '''Patroclos:''' My good man, why do you bandy words like this? You are wasting time. Taunts and jibes will not drive the Trojans away from that dead body. Many a man will fall before that! Words are potent in debate, deeds in war decide your fate. Then don't go on piling up the words, but fight!
** Also, just before Hector is killed killed, king Priam sees Achilles charging toward Hector as fast as he can. In the time to it takes the two of them to meet meet, Priam gets out a 45 line 45-line speech about what he would do to save his son, how much he hates Achilles, how great his wife is is, and why it's going to suck when he dies of old age [[MartyrdomCulture rather than in a fight.fight]].



* The [[MagicAIsMagicA Magical Rule]] of Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' series is that magic is controlled by spoken verse—meaning you can make someone feel suicidal by quoting the "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} To Be Or Not To Be]]" monologue at them, or basically any poem by Creator/RobertFrost. This becomes {{egregious}} when characters spout off long passages during battle situations, despite the debut novel demonstrating that rhymed couplets work just fine ("He's going for [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the extra point]]! / Throw his kneecap out of joint!").
** Supposedly the power of the spell is influenced by both the quality and quantity of the poetry, with old spells and languages gaining a bonus through repetition and tradition. You'll generally want to go with the longest and most specific spell you can. The fact that (shown in one book) it's possible to get off a couplet in time to stop an already-cast ''lightning bolt'' is explained by mages having an innate resistance which suppresses and slows down magic weaker than they are. The use of physical force to shut up a spellcaster often does work in the series.
* The sundry supernatural menaces of the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' series seem remarkably polite about waiting for the trio of heroes to speculate, plan, and/or snark off to one another before actually attacking them. Sometimes justified by said menaces merely toying with the heroes, but even mindless entities seem to do the same.
* In ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain The Emperor's Finest]]'', an "editor's" footnote on the main account from the protagonist's journal: "I suspect a little exaggeration may be creeping in here, as close combat against a creature as formidable as a purestrain genestealer is hardly likely to leave enough time for defiant speeches."
* This trope is lampshaded, subverted, and played completely straight over the course of a few pages in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Last Hope''. When the [=StarClan=] cats show up to help in the FinalBattle, Graystripe is overjoyed to see Whitestorm again. However, Whitestorm points out that stopping to talk isn't the best idea, because "this is a battle, not a reunion". Then, on the next page, [[spoiler:a random Dark Forest mook offs Mousefur when she stops fighting to talk with Longtail]]. And then, when [[BigBad Tigerstar]] shows up, he stands around talking with [[TheChosenOne Firestar]] for a few pages before they actually fight.

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* The [[MagicAIsMagicA Magical Rule]] of Christopher Stasheff's ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'' series is that In ''Literature/AWizardInRhyme'', magic is controlled by spoken verse—meaning you can make someone feel suicidal by quoting verse. Although rhyming couplets will usually work, longer ([[TrueArtIsAncient and older]]) poetry tends to work the "[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} To Be Or Not To Be]]" monologue at them, or basically any poem by Creator/RobertFrost. This becomes {{egregious}} when best, which leads characters spout off to spouting long passages during battle situations, despite in the debut novel demonstrating that rhymed couplets work just fine ("He's going for [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball the extra point]]! / Throw his kneecap out middle of joint!").
** Supposedly the power of the spell
battle. Despite this, talking is influenced by both the quality and quantity of the poetry, with old spells and languages gaining ''not'' always a bonus free action in this verse, as people have been known to stop spellcasters [[TalkToTheFist through repetition and tradition. You'll generally want to go with the longest and most specific spell you can. The fact that (shown in one book) it's possible to get off a couplet in time to stop an already-cast ''lightning bolt'' is explained by mages having an innate resistance which suppresses and slows down magic weaker than they are. The use of physical force to shut up force]] -- or even just a spellcaster often does work in the series.
faster poem.
* The sundry supernatural menaces of the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' series seem remarkably polite about waiting for the trio of heroes to speculate, plan, and/or or snark off to one another before actually attacking them. Sometimes justified by said menaces merely toying with the heroes, but even mindless entities seem to do the same.
* In {{Lampshade|hanging}}d in ''[[Literature/CiaphasCain The Emperor's Finest]]'', in an "editor's" footnote on the main account from the protagonist's journal: "I journal:
-->"I
suspect a little exaggeration may be creeping in here, as close combat against a creature as formidable as a purestrain genestealer is hardly likely to leave enough time for defiant speeches."
* This trope is lampshaded, subverted, and played completely straight over the course of a few pages in In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Last Hope''. When the [=StarClan=] cats show up to help in the FinalBattle, Hope'', Graystripe is overjoyed to see Whitestorm again. However, again when the [=StarClan=] shows up for the FinalBattle, but Whitestorm points out that stopping to talk isn't the best idea, because "this cuts him off, saying, "This is a battle, not a reunion". reunion." Then, on the next page, [[spoiler:a random Dark Forest mook offs Mousefur when she stops fighting to talk with Longtail]]. And then, However, when [[BigBad Tigerstar]] shows up, he stands around talking with [[TheChosenOne Firestar]] for a few pages before they actually fight.



* {{MaryJanice Davidson}}'s QueenBetsy series has the titular character frequently having internal monologues and musings, only to find she's completely checked out and missed something important. NOT justified since thoughts flash by a lot faster than dialogue. Possibly actually a commentary on Betsy's questionable state of mind.
* Averted in Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse when ThePollyanna April has a moment of enlightenment and starts philosophizing while Duff and Lucas yell at her to shut up and help them fight off the zombie horde.

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* {{MaryJanice Davidson}}'s QueenBetsy series has In Creator/MaryJaniceDavidson's ''Literature/QueenBetsy'' series, the titular eponymous character frequently having has internal monologues and musings, only to find she's completely checked out and missed something important. NOT justified since thoughts flash by a lot faster than dialogue. Possibly actually It's possibly a commentary on Betsy's questionable state of mind.
* Averted in Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse when ''Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse'': ThePollyanna April has a moment of enlightenment and starts philosophizing philosophizing, while Duff and Lucas yell at her to shut up and help them fight off the zombie horde.




--> '''François''': Welcome back, miss. If you haven't realized it yet, [[DeadlyEuphemism we are in serious troubles]]. Now, what do you think about stopping crying for the dead ones and helping the ''living'' ones? Perhaps, they need it the most, don't they?

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\n--> '''François''': '''François:''' Welcome back, miss. If you haven't realized it yet, [[DeadlyEuphemism we are in serious troubles]]. Now, what do you think about stopping crying for the dead ones and helping the ''living'' ones? Perhaps, they need it the most, don't they?
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->''"[Wolverine] says much during one leap, no?"''
->''"Excellent observation, Ilaney... I believe lengthy speeches in mid-leap are a form of mutant power."''

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->''"[Wolverine] ->'''Ilaney:''' [Wolverine] says much during one leap, no?"''
->''"Excellent
no?
->'''Doctor Bong:''' Excellent
observation, Ilaney... I believe lengthy speeches in mid-leap are a form of mutant power."''



* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' has a reputation for having panels over half-full of him talking. Justified artistically during action scenes when Spidey is drawn in 3 or 4 different places in the same panel to highlight the maneuver of him leaping from one spot to the next, using his agility and witty banter to annoy the hell out of the enemy, who is drawn in a still shot in the same panel.
** In fact, some gamers even refer to this phenomenon as "Marvelling", referencing ol' Web-Head himself. One of the reasons Spider-Man came off as more emo in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy the films]] is because they couldn't logically work any of his usual in-battle joking into live-action fight scenes.
** In early Marvel, this was a characteristic of many characters, including Daredevil and the Thing, as well. This became significantly muted as other writers took over for Stan Lee.
*** The introduction of the InnerMonologue also contributed to this becoming something of a DeadHorseTrope (unfortunately it is ''not'' one). So, when Spidey is swinging through the city, loudly proclaiming about his problems at work, with girls, and his Aunt May's health, and saying "If only I could tell them that Peter Parker is Spider-Man!", we can probably assume that he's not really saying these things ''[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud out loud]]''.
* Spoofed/lampshaded in an issue of Keith Giffen's ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'', where General Glory is falling from a height and spends several paragraphs describing the improbable maneuver he is performing as he performs it. It prompts one of the other characters to ponder how he can say so much so quickly.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and justified in a scene in the Creator/DCComics mini-series ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' where a BadassNormal hero from [[TheFuture the far future]] delivers, in the space of a single flying kick, an implausibly large infodump ''about'' the fact that he's delivering an implausibly large infodump in the space of a single flying kick:

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' has a reputation for having panels over half-full of him mostly dedicated to the protagonist talking. Justified Sometimes it's done artistically during action scenes when -- Spidey is will be drawn in 3 or 4 different several places in the same panel to highlight showcase his agility, so presumably he has more time to say all that. Other times it's really an InnerMonologue But one way or another, that's a ''lot'' of talking. Fortunately, it works for the maneuver of him leaping from one spot to the next, character; Spiderman [[YouFightLikeACow is known for using his agility and witty banter banter]] to annoy the hell out of the enemy, who is drawn in a still shot in the same panel.
**
his enemies (and hide his own insecurities) during battle. In fact, some gamers even refer to this phenomenon as "Marvelling", referencing ol' Web-Head himself. One of the reasons Spider-Man he came off as more emo "emo" in [[Film/SpiderManTrilogy [[Film/SpidermanTrilogy the films]] is movies]] because they couldn't logically it's hard to work any of his usual in-battle joking this battle tactic into a live-action fight scenes.
** In early Marvel, this was a characteristic of many characters, including Daredevil and the Thing, as well. This became significantly muted as other writers took over for Stan Lee.
*** The introduction of the InnerMonologue also contributed to this becoming something of a DeadHorseTrope (unfortunately it is ''not'' one). So, when Spidey is swinging through the city, loudly proclaiming about his problems at work, with girls, and his Aunt May's health, and saying "If only I could tell them that Peter Parker is Spider-Man!", we can probably assume that he's not really saying these things ''[[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud out loud]]''.
scene.
* Spoofed/lampshaded Spoofed in an issue of Keith Giffen's ''Franchise/{{Justice League|OfAmerica}}'', where General Glory is falling from a great height and spends several paragraphs describing the improbable maneuver he is performing as he performs it. It prompts one of the other characters to ponder how he can say so much so quickly.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and justified in a scene in the Creator/DCComics mini-series ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' where a ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'': A BadassNormal hero from [[TheFuture the far future]] delivers, in the space of a single flying kick, an implausibly large infodump {{infodump}} ''about'' [[MindScrew the fact that he's delivering an implausibly large infodump infodump]] in the space of a single flying kick:



* Parodied in an issue of ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} gives a long speech during a single leap, making Ilaney (a friend of Deadpool's at the time) wonder how that's even possible. Former supervillain (and current therapist) Doctor Bong then puts forward the hypothesis that lengthy mid-air speeches are some kind of mutant power.
* One member of the [[Characters/XMen X-Men Banshee]] will frequently talk to himself or others while flying. To the unaware, in order to fly Banshee has to scream constantly.
* Mostly justified in ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'' with a clever plot device: the main characters communicate via telepathy in combat, not speech.
** Although opponents who think Midnighter's [[AwesomenessByAnalysis lengthy]] BadassBoast leaves him open to attack are in for a serious disappointment: He paralyzes them, then finishes his speech, [[SociopathicHero then kills them.]]
* Occurs in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', most notably in the climactic fight, where [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] manages to get in an entire JustBetweenYouAndMe [[EvilGloating Monologue]] revealing all the twists and turns of the mystery plot while dodging attacks by Rorschach and Nite Owl using a dinner plate and fork... without even interrupting his dinner!
** Also any scene where Rorschach's journal is read while the "camera" zooms in and out. This is made more obvious in the Motion Comic, which is made up of animated panels of the book, where the zoom-out is done rather slowly, even though barely half of the dialog in that scene is shown.
* Parodied in a ''[[Comicbook/TheSimpsons Radioactive Man]]'' comic, during which a character is standing next to a huge mainframe when it topples toward him. His reaction: "No time to leap out of the way! Only time to '''talk''' about it!"
** Humorously subverted, however, in the scene in the first issue where RM is punching out a Communist sympathizer.

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* Parodied in an issue of ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}''. ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} gives a long speech during a single leap, making Ilaney (a friend of Deadpool's at the time) friend Ilaney wonder how that's even possible. Former supervillain (and current therapist) Doctor Bong then puts forward the hypothesis posits that lengthy mid-air speeches are some kind of mutant power.
* One Characters/XMen member of the [[Characters/XMen X-Men Banshee]] will frequently talk Banshee has to scream constantly in order to fly. This often manifests itself as talking to himself or others while flying. To the unaware, in order to fly Banshee has to scream constantly.
flying.
* Mostly justified {{Justified|trope}} in ''Comicbook/TheAuthority'' with a clever plot device: the main characters communicate via telepathy in combat, not speech.
** Although
speech. And opponents who think Midnighter's [[AwesomenessByAnalysis lengthy]] BadassBoast leaves him open to attack are in for a serious disappointment: He he paralyzes them, then finishes his speech, [[SociopathicHero then kills them.]]
* Occurs in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', most notably in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** During
the climactic fight, where [[spoiler:Ozymandias]] manages to get in an entire JustBetweenYouAndMe [[EvilGloating Monologue]] revealing all the twists and turns of the mystery plot plot, while dodging attacks by Rorschach and Nite Owl using a dinner plate and fork... -- without even interrupting his dinner!
dinner.
** Also any Any scene where Rorschach's journal is read while the "camera" zooms in and out. This is out comes off like this. It's made more obvious in the Motion Comic, which is made up of animated panels of the book, where the zoom-out is done rather slowly, even though barely half of the dialog in that scene is shown.
* Parodied in a ''[[Comicbook/TheSimpsons Radioactive Man]]'' comic, during which a Man]]'':
** A
character is standing next to a huge mainframe when it topples toward him. His reaction: "No time to leap out of the way! Only time to '''talk''' ''talk'' about it!"
** Humorously subverted, however, subverted in the a scene in the first issue where RM Radioactive Man is punching out a [[DirtyCommies Communist sympathizer.sympathizer]]:



* In a 1960s Franchise/TheFlash comic (Barry Allen), a villain tells Flash "I'm hitting you with a beam traveling at light speed, and nothing moves faster than light." Flash responds "Nothing except the Flash," while running across the room, apparently at double the speed of light, to grab the villain and drag him in front of his own beam-weapon.
* Pointedly averted by Max Allan Collins in Wild Dog and elsewhere, since Collins never had people talk during fight scenes. In an interview in Amazing Heroes #119, Collins noted that he found this an annoying cliche, and DC editors would describe his scripts as lean since he never had people talk during fight scenes.
* In a Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}} Sunday comic (October 1956) Snoopy gets a scrap of hot dog. He has an entire monologue between the throw and the catch about the little scrap, while the scrap flies as in slow motion between panels. Then Snoopy lampshades this by remarking "Its funny how much can pass through your mind between the toss and the gulp...".
* In the climax of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, ''Comicbook/ADeathInTheFamily'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker releases a deadly gas at a UN meeting. Franchise/{{Superman}} saves everybody by inhaling the gas and then, with his mouth securely shut to prevent any gas from escaping his lungs, ''shouts some instructions to Batman'' before flying off. Yes.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Image comics miniseries ''Meltdown'', when Caliente (aka. "[[PlayingWithFire The Flare]]") monologues how, [[ThisIsReality unlike in comic books]], in real fights you're too busy trying not to die to engage in witty banter.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': An old man who can beat up ninjas and talk while doing a flip. [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3251498.html?#cutid1 here]]
* At one point in the second issue of the original ''Comicbook/{{Cyberforce}}'' ongoing, Ripclaw said enough to fill five speech bubbles in the time it took him to pounce on Velocity from a tree; 1-1.5 seconds at the most, a paragraph of dialogue. (And somehow this was simultaneously enough time for him to say all this and ''not'' enough time for Velocity, whose power is super-speed, to avoid his attack.) It used to be the page image, but the text wasn't large enough to read at the maximum allowed image size.
* Averted in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story ''The Crab With The Golden Claws'' -- Tintin needs a cab to follow a car, but firs tneeds to convince another man to get out of the cab. The short conversation allows the car to get away, so there's nothing left to follow.

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* In a 1960s Franchise/TheFlash comic (Barry Allen), ''Franchise/TheFlash'' comic, Flash and a villain tells have a badass conversation, even though the Flash "I'm hitting you with a beam traveling at light speed, and nothing moves faster than light." Flash responds "Nothing except the Flash," while running across the room, is apparently at double travelling ''faster'' than the speed of light, to grab the villain and drag him in front of his own beam-weapon.
light.
* Pointedly averted by Max Allan Collins in Wild Dog and elsewhere, since Collins Creator/MaxAllanCollins; he never had has people talk during fight scenes. In an interview in Amazing Heroes ''Amazing Heroes'' #119, Collins noted notes that he found finds this an annoying cliche, and DC editors would describe his scripts as lean since just because he never had people talk during fight scenes.
* In a Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}} ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'' Sunday comic (October 1956) 1956), Snoopy gets a scrap of hot dog. He has an entire monologue between the throw and the catch about the little scrap, while the scrap flies as in slow motion between panels. Then Snoopy lampshades this by remarking "Its funny how much can pass through your mind between the toss and the gulp...".
"
* In the climax of the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline, storyline ''Comicbook/ADeathInTheFamily'', SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker releases a deadly gas at a UN meeting. Franchise/{{Superman}} saves everybody by inhaling the gas and then, with his mouth securely shut to prevent any gas from escaping his lungs, ''shouts some instructions to Batman'' before flying off. Yes.
off.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Image comics miniseries ''Meltdown'', when Caliente (aka. (''a.k.a.'' "[[PlayingWithFire The Flare]]") monologues how, [[ThisIsReality unlike in comic books]], in real fights you're too busy trying not to die to engage in witty banter.
* ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'': An old man who can beat up ninjas and talk while doing a flip. flip, as seen [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/3251498.html?#cutid1 here]]
* At one point in the second issue of the original ''Comicbook/{{Cyberforce}}'' ongoing, ''Comicbook/{{Cyberforce}}'', Ripclaw said says enough to fill five speech bubbles in the time it took takes him to pounce on Velocity from a tree; 1-1.5 seconds at the most, a paragraph of dialogue. (And tree. And somehow this was simultaneously enough time for him to say all this and ''not'' enough time for Velocity, whose power is super-speed, to avoid his attack.) It used to be the page image, but the text wasn't large enough to read at the maximum allowed image size.
* Averted in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' story ''The Crab With The Golden Claws'' -- Tintin needs a cab to [[FollowThatCar follow a car, car]], but firs tneeds first needs to convince another man to get out of the cab. The short conversation allows the car to get away, so there's nothing left to follow.



* Action Comics #367 ó Supergirl: "Superman, STOP! If you break through this force shield, Stanhope College instantly blows up!" Superman, inches away: "TOO LATE! One power I DON'T have is to stop on a dime when I'm flying at such terrific velocity!"

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* Action Comics #367 ó Supergirl: "Superman, has this nonsensical exchange:
--> '''Supergirl:''' Superman,
STOP! If you break through this force shield, Stanhope College instantly blows up!" Superman, inches away: "TOO up!\\
'''Superman:''' ''(inches away)'' TOO
LATE! One power I DON'T ''don't'' have is to stop on a dime when I'm flying at such terrific velocity!"velocity!



* Averted in ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]''. Characters often lampshade that this trope is ''not'' in effect, as battles that started while they were talking have kept going, or them talking actually takes them ''away'' from something they need to be doing.
* Sometimes played straight, sometimes averted/subverted in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.
** Played straight: [[spoiler: Crow]] took time out to explain how a certain spell was possible during a duel with Luso.

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* Averted in ''FanFic/{{Fractured}}'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]'']] [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover crossover]] crossover]], and its sequel ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]''.''FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins''. Characters often lampshade that this trope is ''not'' in effect, as battles that started while they were talking have kept going, or them talking actually takes them ''away'' from something they need to be doing.
* Sometimes played straight, sometimes averted/subverted in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire.
FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire:
** Played straight: straight when [[spoiler: Crow]] took takes time out of a duel with Luso to explain how a certain spell was possible during a duel with Luso.possible.



-->'''Luso''': I still can't believe you blew up our wagon...
-->'''Adelle''': Well...I'd like to think of it more as...saving a life...
-->'''Sir Loin''': IF YOU GUYS DON'T MIND, WE COULD USE SOME HELP HERE!
* FanFic/InTheService takes the Franchise/LyricalNanoha tendency to talk a lot and subverts it: usually if somebody is talking or allowing their opponent to talk, they're doing it to buy time for more serious firepower to arrive.
* Also generally averted in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', another ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic. People trying to hold a conversation in the middle of a fight [[RealityEnsues are likely to get smacked in the face.]]

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-->'''Luso''': -->'''Luso:''' I still can't believe you blew up our wagon...
-->'''Adelle''': Well...
wagon.
-->'''Adelle:''' Well...
I'd like to think of it more as...as... saving a life...
life.
-->'''Sir Loin''': Loin:''' IF YOU GUYS DON'T MIND, WE COULD USE SOME HELP HERE!
* FanFic/InTheService ''FanFic/InTheService'' takes the Franchise/LyricalNanoha ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'''s tendency to talk a lot and subverts it: usually it; usually, if somebody is talking or allowing their opponent to talk, they're doing it to buy time for more serious firepower to arrive.
* Also generally Generally averted in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', another ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' fanfic. People trying to hold a conversation in the middle of a fight [[RealityEnsues are likely to get smacked in the face.]]



* Played straight, reconstructed, and averted in ''FanFic/ANewOrder''. Anime/SailorMoon occasionally indulges in her InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches, but she's been attacked in the middle of a few of them, and consequently sometimes skips the speech, or uses it to stall and distract.
** Once a youma attacks Tuxedo Kamen in the middle of speech and begins mocking him for talking, only for Moon to cut it off mid-sentence with an attack of her own.
* Played straight and Averted in ''FanFic/KyoshiRising''; during most fights both combatants have enough time to say a few things, but they usually keep it simple. The aversion comes when Kyoshi gets into a fight with a FakeUltimateHero, who stops fighting briefly to try and make a BadassBoast. Unfortunately, Kyoshi keeps attacking him, wearing him down until she is able to knock him out.

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* Played straight, reconstructed, and averted in ''FanFic/ANewOrder''. Anime/SailorMoon occasionally indulges in her InTheNameOfTheMoon speeches, but she's been attacked in the middle of a few of them, and consequently sometimes skips the speech, or uses it to stall and distract.
** Once a
distract. A youma also attacks Tuxedo Kamen in the middle of speech and begins mocking him for talking, only for Moon to cut it off mid-sentence with an attack of her own.
* Played straight and Averted in ''FanFic/KyoshiRising''; ''FanFic/KyoshiRising'': during most fights fights, both combatants have enough time to say a few things, but they usually keep it simple. The aversion comes Averted when Kyoshi gets into a fight with a FakeUltimateHero, who stops fighting briefly to try and make a BadassBoast. Unfortunately, Kyoshi keeps attacking him, wearing him down until she is able to knock him out.



** [[StarterVillain The Brother and Sister of the Gemini]] just stand there and watch as Maka, Soul, Caius, and Claudia settle on using Chain Resonance. Itís somewhat mitigated by the fact that the Brother said itís better to counter their attack and kill them in the ensuing chaos, but stillÖ
** Happens again with they confront Project Omega in Venice. The thing justÖ stops advancing and decides to listen to everything like itís watching a soap opera. This is lessened by the fact Project Omega was just in a [[FlawedPrototype prototypical state]], but realistically, it had them dead to rights.

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** [[StarterVillain The Brother and Sister of the Gemini]] just stand there and watch as Maka, Soul, Caius, and Claudia settle on using Chain Resonance. Itís somewhat mitigated by the fact that the Brother said itís better to counter their attack and kill them in the ensuing chaos, but stillÖ
still.
** Happens again with they confront Project Omega in Venice. The thing justÖ just stops advancing and decides to listen to everything like itís watching a soap opera. This is lessened by the fact Project Omega was just in a [[FlawedPrototype prototypical state]], prototype]], but realistically, it had them dead to rights.



-->'''Syndrome:''' "You sly dog, you got me [[EvilGloating monologuing]]!"

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-->'''Syndrome:''' "You You sly dog, you got caught me [[EvilGloating monologuing]]!"monologuing]]!



* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic''. The female lead finds out she can communicate with dolphins, who jump out of the water to the level of the ship's deck to speak with her. They can apparently fly, because whenever the dolphins jump they conveniently pause in mid-air for several seconds while they say what they wanted to, sometimes getting out ''multiple sentences'' at a time.

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* Played straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTheTitanic''. The female lead finds out she can communicate with dolphins, who jump out of the water to the level of the ship's deck to speak with her. They can apparently fly, because whenever the dolphins jump they conveniently pause in mid-air for several seconds while they say what they wanted to, sometimes getting out ''multiple sentences'' multiple sentences at a time.
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-->-- '''''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} number 27'''''

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-->-- '''''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} '''''SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}'' number 27'''''
27'''



While the {{Heroes}} OutrunTheFireball, MrExposition might explain why the EvilOverlord's death [[LoadBearingBoss caused the explosion]]. The ActionGirl can deliver impressive lectures on why the monster's AchillesHeel will work, while still engaging in WaifFu. The {{Superhero}} can [[YouFightLikeACow quip]] to his heart's content and [[ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy explain his abilities]] while dueling one insignificant mobster, or deliver a KirkSummation during the course of a single FinishingMove. Sometimes even apparent mere mortals can give a lecture on what is happening when it would be a much better idea to simply ''run like hell''.

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While the {{Heroes}} OutrunTheFireball, MrExposition might explain why the EvilOverlord's death [[LoadBearingBoss caused the explosion]]. The ActionGirl can deliver impressive lectures on why the monster's AchillesHeel will work, while still engaging in WaifFu. The {{Superhero}} can [[YouFightLikeACow quip]] to his heart's content and [[ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy explain his abilities]] while dueling one insignificant mobster, or deliver a KirkSummation during the course of a single FinishingMove. Sometimes Sometimes, even apparent mere mortals can give a lecture on what is happening when it would be a much better idea to simply ''run like hell''.



This has become less common in the era of {{Decompressed Comic}}s, possibly because it was taken to silly degrees at times, but has [[UndeadHorseTrope never really gone away]].

This is mostly found in comics and WebComics, as it compares time to talk with time to do. If a comic is translated to a medium where time is a factor, [[InactionSequence then this can become obvious]]. A slightly less unbelievable example is often found when CallingYourAttacks. However, those also have a tendency to become Free Actions, particularly with those with long names and explanations attached.

Anime versions of Manga, for example, sometimes end up having [[InactionSequence Midstrike Monologues]], where it almost seems like TimeStandsStill for the purpose of attacks, but not for the hero to deliver an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech. CharacterFilibuster can also be another, albeit less extreme, version of Monologing Is A Free Action.

Another variant can occur in roleplaying video games, where battle can stop for dialogue scenes, either for CharacterDevelopment or [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits rules description]]. Sometimes this is with enemies present, but refusing to attack. Maybe they're caught up in the romance or wonder of the moment. Or maybe they realise they're [[{{Mooks}} doomed cannon fodder]] and think it best to savour their last moments of life.

The Trope Namer is ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in which certain actions (most notably talking) are designated "free actions" and can be taken in addition to any other actions within the normal limit of a turn. Talking does not distract the player from any other actions and there is no word count limit on how much the player can say. This is a case of RuleOfFun - spouting a BondOneLiner during combat is awesome but no one would do it when it would impair combat performance.

Compare InactionSequence, ComicBookTime, WebcomicTime, {{Expolabel}}, WallOfText. Compare ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction or TransformationIsAFreeAction for the apparel equivalent. TalkToTheFist is this trope's feared enemy, and KilledMidSentence is the biggest subversion/aversion. Contrast DistractingDisambiguation, where there is some amount of cooperation on the enemies' part that enables this, and HoldingTheFloor, where a character talks to deliberately buy time. See also ExpositionBeam, which bypasses this. And see MagicCountdown, which can be an example of this if the characters are talking during an artificially slow countdown. Compare also AcousticLicense, where the noise around the characters is ignored rather than shortness of time.

See also YearInsideHourOutside and PlotTime. Often overlaps with LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe.

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This has trope is mostly found in comics and similar visual media: ComicBooks, NewspaperComics, {{Manga}}, and WebComics. It's become less common in the era of {{Decompressed Comic}}s, possibly because it was taken to silly degrees at times, but it has [[UndeadHorseTrope never really gone away]].

This is mostly found in comics and WebComics, as it compares time to talk with time to do. If a comic is translated to into a medium where time is a factor, [[InactionSequence then this the trope can become obvious]]. A slightly less unbelievable example This is often found when CallingYourAttacks. However, those also have a tendency to become Free Actions, particularly common with those with long names and explanations attached.

Anime versions
{{anime}} adaptations of Manga, for example, sometimes end up having [[InactionSequence Midstrike Monologues]], {{manga}}, where it almost seems like TimeStandsStill for the purpose action -- or even [[TimeStandsStill time itself]] -- might stop in the middle of attacks, but not for the action just so that the hero to can deliver an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech. CharacterFilibuster can also be another, albeit less extreme, version a speech of Monologing Is A Free Action.

some sort.

Another variant can occur in roleplaying video games, where battle can stop for dialogue scenes, either for CharacterDevelopment or [[HeKnowsAboutTimedHits rules description]]. Sometimes this is with enemies Enemies will often be present, but refusing to attack. Maybe they're caught up in the romance or wonder of the moment. Or maybe they realise they're [[{{Mooks}} doomed cannon fodder]] and think it best to savour their last moments of life.

they'll hold off on attacking for this purpose.

The Trope Namer is ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', in which certain actions (most notably talking) are designated "free actions" and can be taken in addition to any other actions within the normal limit of a turn. Talking does not distract the player from any other actions actions, and there is no word count limit on how much the player can say. This is a case of RuleOfFun - RuleOfFun; spouting a BondOneLiner during combat is awesome awesome, but no one would do it when it would impair combat performance.

Compare InactionSequence, ComicBookTime, WebcomicTime, {{Expolabel}}, WallOfText. Compare ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction or TransformationIsAFreeAction for the apparel equivalent. WallOfText, ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction, and TransformationIsAFreeAction. TalkToTheFist is this trope's feared enemy, and KilledMidSentence is the its biggest subversion/aversion.subversion, and ExpositionBeam can bypass it. Contrast DistractingDisambiguation, where there is some amount of cooperation on the enemies' part that enables this, and HoldingTheFloor, where a character talks to deliberately buy time. See also ExpositionBeam, which bypasses this. And see MagicCountdown, which can be an example of this if the characters are talking during an artificially slow countdown. Compare also YearInsideHourOutside, LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe, PlotTime, AcousticLicense, where the noise around the characters is ignored rather than shortness of time.

See also YearInsideHourOutside
and PlotTime. Often overlaps with LuckilyMyPowersWillProtectMe.MagicCountdown.



* An ad for Red Bull subverts this for laughs when two people are falling from the plane. One of the people took too long to give exposition on how Red Bull could save them (by giving them wings, of course) that by the time he's finished, they have already crash landed into the ground, prompting the other to say "Too late." (They only survived due to ToonPhysics, but even then, they're seriously injured).

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* An ad for Red Bull subverts this for laughs when two laughs. Two people are falling from the plane. One of the people took too long to give a plane, and one is giving exposition to the other on how Red Bull could save them (by giving them wings, of course) course). But he takes so long that by the time he's finished, they have they've already crash landed crashed into the ground, prompting the other to say say, "Too late." (They only survived They survive anyway due to ToonPhysics, but even then, they're seriously injured).ToonPhysics.



* At least once every episode in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', Honey goes into a long speech, with a formula, for crying out loud. It typically goes like this: (Ha! Ha! Ha!) Sometimes I'm (some form she took earlier in the episode), sometimes I'm (another shape from earlier), and Sometimes I'm (whatever shape she's in now) but the truth is... HONEY FLASH! (Goes through her transformation sequence to her fighting form) Lovely warrior! Cutey Honey! - Subverted and lampshaded in one episode, where the villain, instead of waiting for her to finish her speech, runs off and Cutey honey says "Hey! It's not polite to run off while the hero is talking!"
* Abused in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' when Ranger is introduced -- Ginrai is able to give him a tutorial on transformation while Ranger is falling from a cliff.
* Frequent in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The worst offender is Lee, who can kick his opponent into the air, jump after him and deliver a 30 seconds exposition before performing a finisher.
** Naruto is a rather bad offender of this as well. He'll somehow manage to spout of a speech while dodging/delivering attacks. When he finishes his speech, he'll usually use clones or [[spoiler:Rasengan]] to finish off his opponent (or both).
** Then there is the wonderful fight between Sakura and Sasori, where the former injects herself with an antidote that will protect her from poison for the next three minutes. The characters then proceed to spend five minutes talking before they resume fighting (another half hour), all before the three minutes manages to expire.
*** The anime offers a justification for the beginning of the fight, where Sasori is willing to stand around while Chiyo and Sakura discuss their strategy to defeat him. Chiyo explains that's because she has a lot more combat experience than him, so he is wary of making a rash attack.
** While fighting [[spoiler:Kisame, Killer Bee and Sabu]] manage to easily talk to each other even when they ''are underwater''.
*** Not to mention that while Kisame is fighting them, he's able to analyze Killer Bee's attacks even when said attacks are being thrown at him from less than ''two feet away'', and he gives lengthy explanations on all of them!
** In chapter 257, Itachi[[spoiler:'s underling-clone-thing]] stays completely still while Kakashi and Chiyo have a nice long conversation about how best to defeat him without getting caught in the Sharingan, and what to do if someone does get caught.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that he was only trying to delay them.
** This happens in the same way at least twice when Jiraiya fights Pain and [[spoiler:Sasuke fights Danzo]]. In both cases, the latter was behind the former for a total surprise attack, and first taunts the person they are about to attack. Instead of the victim TURNING AROUND as soon as they hear a voice behind them, they wait until AFTER their attacker finishes before reacting, thus allowing themselves to get owned.
** Now being a DeconstructedTrope in the Fourth Shinobi War, with one side made up of CameBackWrong ninja whose bodies are being manipulated by Kabuto but their mouths are not, and who are often acquainted or friends with ninja on the other side of the war. The ninja often try to have friendly conversations or at least the manipulated ninja try to tell their opponents how to fight them...all while the two sides are fighting each other. HilarityEnsues.
*** Also important, dramatic emotional moments unhindered by the 'why the hell are you doing this in the middle of a fight' problem. Such as Gaara's reconciliation with his dead father. Also note: a large number of hated bastards, like Hanzou of the mist and the Fourth Kazekage, acquire {{Freudian Excuse}}s and sympathetic character development here.
*** The best in this trope include several ex-kage who are very ''detailed'' about their powers and who should avoid what they're about to do and how to stop them, and Uchiha Itachi who keeps attacking from behind while announcing "behind you," and this time it's not for RuleOfCool.
*** Kabuto himself {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the series' tendency: Itachi and Sasuke discuss what to do with Kabuto while he stands eight feet in front of them. Kabuto sarcastically thanks them for the "play-by-play" and hopes that it'll go as they planned.
*** In Chapter 642, ''[[IdiotHero Naruto]]'' of all people ends up exploiting this trope, figuring out that his [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] can bypass the BigBad's {{AntiMagic}}, [[TransformationIsAFreeAction charging up Sage Mode]] and formulating a strategy with the Second Hokage all while [[spoiler: [[BigBad Obito]] is]] in the middle of a HannibalLecture.
** A hilarious example comes early in the series, during the Land of Waves arc. Naruto's plan to release Kakashi from Zabuza's water prison succeeds, which infuriates Zabuza. As he is about to slash his sword to kill Naruto, Kakashi blocks it with his kunai. They both remain still in this position until Naruto has finished explaining his plan, and resume their immediately after the said explanation is done.
** Parodied in [[WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries the Abridged Series]], attacking someone mid-sentence or mid-flashback is considered rude or dishonorable.
--> '''Hokage''': "He attacked during a flashback! He's not going to become hokage that way! He's just fine as a genin."
--> '''Naruto''': "Damn you old man!"
* In Volume 7 of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', a vampire manages to explain how he can tell the difference between bloodtypes by taste all the while a shell from Harkonen II floats ominously over his shoulder before impact in the next panel.

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* ''Anime/CutieHoney'' does this OnceAnEpisode when Honey [[TransformationIsAFreeAction transforms]], usually with a speech that [[MadLibsDialogue follows the same formula]]. At least once every episode in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', Honey goes into a long speech, with a formula, for crying out loud. It typically goes like this: (Ha! Ha! Ha!) Sometimes I'm (some form she took earlier in the episode), sometimes I'm (another shape from earlier), and Sometimes I'm (whatever shape she's in now) but the truth is... HONEY FLASH! (Goes through her transformation sequence to her fighting form) Lovely warrior! Cutey Honey! - Subverted and lampshaded in one episode, where the villain, instead villain tried to take advantage of waiting for this to escape, prompting her to finish her speech, runs off and Cutey honey says yell, "Hey! It's not polite to run off while when the hero is talking!"
* Abused in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' when Ranger is introduced -- introduced; Ginrai is able to give him a tutorial on transformation while Ranger is falling from a cliff.
* Frequent in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. The worst offender is Lee, who ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; most characters can kick spout off exposition in the middle of a fight. Lee in particular has a habit of kicking his opponent into the air, jump jumping after him him, and deliver a expositing for 30 seconds exposition before performing a finisher.
finishing him off. Specifically:
** Zabuza tries to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope early in the series when he tries to interrupt Naruto's explanation of how he broke Kakashi out of his water prison; Kakashi blocks his sword with his kunai, and they all remain still while Naruto is a rather bad offender of this as well. He'll somehow manage to spout of a speech while dodging/delivering attacks. When he finishes his speech, he'll usually use clones or [[spoiler:Rasengan]] to finish off his opponent (or both).
exposition.
** Then there is the wonderful fight between Sakura and Sasori, where the former when fighting Sakura, injects herself with an antidote that will protect her from poison for the next three minutes. The characters They then proceed to spend five the next ''five'' minutes talking before they resume fighting (another half hour), all before the three minutes manages to expire.
***
talking, but this apparently doesn't count against this limit.
**
The anime offers a justification for the beginning of the fight, where Sasori is willing to stand around while Chiyo and Sakura discuss their strategy to defeat him. Chiyo explains that's because she has a lot more combat experience than him, so he is wary of making a rash attack.
** While fighting
fight between [[spoiler:Kisame, Killer Bee Bee, and Sabu]] manage to easily talk to each other even when they ''are underwater''.
*** Not to mention that while Kisame is fighting them, he's able to analyze Killer Bee's
sees a lot of banter and exposition of this sort between the fighters, including characters expositing on attacks even when said attacks are being thrown at him from them less than ''two two feet away'', and he gives lengthy explanations on all of them!
away. What's amazing is that they're doing this ''underwater''.
** In chapter 257, Itachi[[spoiler:'s Itachi [[spoiler:or rather his underling-clone-thing]] stays completely still while Kakashi and Chiyo have a nice long conversation about discussion of how best to defeat him without getting caught in the Sharingan, and what to do if someone does get caught.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] given that he
him. He was sort of counting on this, as he only trying needed to delay them.
** This happens Characters have been known to get in the same way at least twice when Jiraiya fights Pain and [[spoiler:Sasuke fights Danzo]]. In both cases, the latter was behind the former perfect position for a total surprise attack, attack -- and first taunts the person they are then exposit for several seconds about to attack. Instead of how awesome the attack will be before actually launching it. The victim TURNING AROUND as soon as they could presumably hear a voice behind them, they wait until AFTER their attacker finishes before reacting, them (and thus allowing themselves to get owned.
** Now being a DeconstructedTrope in
easily turn around and avoid the attack), but this never happens, so such attacks always work anyway. In particular, Pain does this to Jiraiya, and [[spoiler:Danzo to Sasuke]].
** The
Fourth Shinobi War, with one side made up of War [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this to an extent; the enemies are CameBackWrong ninja whose bodies are being manipulated by Kabuto but their whose mouths are not, and who are not. Since they're often acquainted or friends with the ninja on the other side of the war. The ninja often try war, this leads to have a lot of friendly or emotional conversations or at least the manipulated ninja try to tell their opponents how to fight them...all while the two sides are fighting each other. HilarityEnsues.
*** Also important, dramatic emotional moments unhindered by the 'why the hell are you doing this
in the middle of a fight' problem. Such as Gaara's reconciliation with his dead father. Also note: a large number of hated bastards, like Hanzou of the mist fight. All sorts of ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy, almost-surprise attacks, and the Fourth Kazekage, acquire {{Freudian Excuse}}s and sympathetic character development here.
*** The best in this trope include several ex-kage who are very ''detailed'' about their powers and who should avoid what they're about to do and how to stop them, and Uchiha Itachi who keeps attacking
even a lampshade from behind while announcing "behind you," and this time it's not for RuleOfCool.
***
Kabuto himself {{lampshade|Hanging}}s the series' tendency: Itachi and Sasuke discuss what to do with Kabuto while when he stands eight feet in front of them. Kabuto allows (and sarcastically thanks them for the "play-by-play" and hopes that it'll go as they planned.
*** In Chapter 642, ''[[IdiotHero Naruto]]''
his opponents for) discussing strategy on how to beat him right in front of all people ends up exploiting him.
** Naruto himself, despite being an IdiotHero, {{exploit|edtrope}}s
this trope, figuring out that his [[SuperMode Sage Mode]] can bypass the BigBad's {{AntiMagic}}, [[TransformationIsAFreeAction charging up Sage Mode]] and formulating trope in chapter 642 when he devises a strategy with the Second Hokage all to defeat his opponent while [[spoiler: [[BigBad Obito]] is]] he's in the middle of a HannibalLecture.
** A hilarious example comes early in the series, during the Land of Waves arc. Naruto's plan to release Kakashi from Zabuza's water prison succeeds, which infuriates Zabuza. As he is about to slash his sword to kill Naruto, Kakashi blocks it with his kunai. They both remain still in this position until Naruto has finished explaining his plan, and resume their immediately after the said explanation is done.
HannibalLecture.
** Parodied in [[WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries the Abridged Series]], ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'', where attacking someone mid-sentence or mid-flashback is considered rude or dishonorable.
--> '''Hokage''': "He '''Hokage:''' He attacked during a flashback! He's not going to become hokage that way! He's just fine as a genin."
genin.
--> '''Naruto''': "Damn you '''Naruto:''' Damn you, old man!"
man!
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
**
In Volume 7 of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', 7, a vampire manages to explain how he can tell the difference between bloodtypes by taste -- all the while a shell from Harkonen II floats ominously over his shoulder before impact in the next panel.



* The final volume of ''Manga/DeathNote'' features an entire chapter of infodumping which supposedly takes less than 30 seconds. Even more blatant in the anime, in which the monologuing takes a good nine minutes of screentime to deliver but still is portrayed to be confined to a less than 30 second timeframe. In one case, time even appears to stop while said infodumping takes place.
* Happens all the time in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''Ultimate Muscle''. One of the most blatant examples is the match between [[spoiler:the newly-returned Ramenman]] and Motorman in the Throne arc. Although one of the shorter fights in the arc, it still goes on for a solid 9 or so minutes during the anime...even though they clearly state in the next episode that the fight only last 37 seconds.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The lengthy situational analyses in the manga (often spoken out loud, often in the time it takes a bullet to travel less than a dozen feet) are egregious enough, but the anime managed to extend nine seconds (the canonical duration of [[spoiler:Dio's time-freezing ability]], as explicitly stated in both manga and anime) into nearly a minute of gloating. The 2015 adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, true to form, ''does it again'', even when [[spoiler:Dio's limit is five seconds]], he ends up really taking his sweet time when he's actually moving in for the kill, and even counts down the last second of one of these sequences with absolutely no irony.
** This is also evident in the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 game ''Golden Whirlwind''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVZRfkQZk4M Here]] we see Bucciarati, who has no time-slowing powers, thinking really, ''really'' fast.
*** That is actually fully appropriate, if the incident depicted match their train fight in the manga. If Gold Experience's main power is used on a living being, they perceive themselves as having been sped up, but the body cannot keep up with the hastened mind, and loses control as a result. It doesn't come up any time afterwards as this is a pretty lame power, all in all, but Bruno gets to analyse it in detail when it happens to him.
** In the 2012 anime, Jojo, Dio and Zepelli manage to have a full conversation while two of them are ''hanging in midair.''

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* The final volume of ''Manga/DeathNote'' features an entire chapter of infodumping {{infodump}}ing which supposedly takes less than 30 seconds. Even It's even more blatant in the anime, in which the monologuing takes a good nine minutes of screentime to deliver deliver, but it's still is portrayed to be confined to a less than 30 second 30-second timeframe. In one case, time even appears to stop while said infodumping infodump takes place.
* Happens all the time in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' and ''Ultimate Muscle''. One of the most blatant examples is the match between [[spoiler:the newly-returned Ramenman]] and Motorman in the Throne arc. Although one of the shorter fights in the arc, it still goes on for a solid 9 nine or so minutes during the anime...anime -- even though they clearly state in the next episode that the fight only last lasted 37 seconds.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The manga is full of lengthy situational analyses in the manga (often analyses, often spoken out loud, and often delivered in the time it takes for a bullet to travel less than a dozen feet) are egregious enough, but feet. But the anime managed to extend nine seconds (the canonical duration of [[spoiler:Dio's time-freezing ability]], as explicitly stated in both manga and anime) into nearly a minute of gloating. The 2015 adaptation of Stardust Crusaders, true to form, ''does it again'', takes the ridiculousness even when [[spoiler:Dio's limit is five seconds]], he ends up really taking his sweet time when he's actually moving in for the kill, and even counts down the last second of one of these sequences with absolutely no irony.
further:
** This is also evident in the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 game ''Golden Whirlwind''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVZRfkQZk4M Here]] we see Bucciarati, who has no time-slowing powers, thinking really, ''really'' fast.
*** That is actually fully appropriate, if the incident depicted match their train fight in the manga. If Gold Experience's main power is used on a living being, they perceive themselves as having been sped up, but the body cannot keep up with the hastened mind, and loses control as a result. It doesn't come up any time afterwards as this is a pretty lame power, all in all, but Bruno gets to analyse it in detail when it happens to him.
** In the 2012 anime,
Jojo, Dio Dio, and Zepelli manage to have a full conversation while two of them are ''hanging hanging in midair.''midair.
** Although [[spoiler:Dio's time-freezing ability]] explicitly only lasts nine seconds, it can easily turn into nearly a minute of gloating. The 2015 'adaptation of ''Stardust Crusaders'' does the same, even when [[spoiler:the limit is reduced to five seconds]].



* Mostly averted in ''Manga/WorldTrigger''.Conversations between enemies mid battles are rare and are usually done to deceive, distract, or stall for time.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga just loves doing this, especially [[WarriorTherapist during epic battles]].
** To be exact, it varies by series. Gundam0083 had a reasonable balance between this and "Talking Will Get Your Ass Shot Off". ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', however, is a SHAMELESS follower of this trope.
** Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' thought this was the case and she often introduces her squad in a LargeHam, it takes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM a shot from Akihiro]] just to [[RealityEnsues remind her]] this is ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' the case.

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* Mostly averted in ''Manga/WorldTrigger''.Conversations between enemies mid battles are rare and are usually done to deceive, distract, or stall for time.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga just loves doing this, especially [[WarriorTherapist during epic battles]].
** To be exact, it varies by series. Gundam0083 had a reasonable balance between this and "Talking Will Get Your Ass Shot Off". ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', however, is a SHAMELESS follower
battles]]. It does vary series to series; some will have more pragmatic fighters than others. But ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' takes the cake with its shameless use of this trope.
type of exposition.
** Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' thought this was the case shows up and she often introduces her squad in with a LargeHam, it takes LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM a shot from Akihiro]] just to [[RealityEnsues remind her]] this is ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' the case.has other ideas:



** And her squadrons ''still'' haven't learnt the lesson yet when they're [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npi7r_CAoQk dueling Mikazuki]], who's going for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. [[spoiler: It cost her life to learn the lesson after being defeated for ''[[TooDumbToLive three times]]''.]]
* Inui of ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' defeats his opponents by memorizing the percent chances of any particular action occurring during a game. This can end in him rattling off a list of percentages in the middle of his through-swing.
** Heck, in almost every game in the series and certainly during every training exercise, someone will either manage to shout the name of a move about to be used, describe exactly how a certain move works, point out a forgotten fact, or generally manage to get in a good three minutes of talking, all before the ball manages to get to the other side of the net.
*** Somewhat {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when just as much(or less) talking can cover up to five games being won/lost.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''. To excess. Then again, ''everything'' in ''Gantz'' is a free action, and nothing happens unless directly caused by such a free action, in what can only be described as the anime equivalent of event-driven programming. This is vitally necessary, as the show's protagonists are perhaps the single most hesitant gaggle of mooks in all of anime.
** It's probably the only show where even ''sex'' is a free action.
** The aliens [[spoiler:OR ARE THEY?]] seem to be getting about as tired of this as us, with Inaba being [[spoiler: stomped to paste after his triumphant return]] and the [[spoiler: Hiroshima team member having and arm and part of his head taken off mid-conversation]].
* ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does this quite often, both with the standard talking and occasionally with flashbacks. Apparently it takes less time to revisit all your motivations for becoming a fighter (taking five minutes of screen time) than it does for a fist to cross a foot or two. At one point Ueki pole vaults onto someone, and they manage a four line dialogue explaining his move before he even gets close to landing.
** On the other hand, in one episode, Ueki defeats an opponent [[CurbStompBattle in one blow]] in the middle of his adversary's explanation about his powers. Ueki is apparently not interested in knowing what he can turn stones into.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has fun with this trope. In one chapter, one of the character thinks several paragraphs worth of stuff, then realizes that he's thought entirely too much in so short a timeframe. He then realizes that the reason this is happening is because one's perception of time slows greatly in the seconds before one is about to die. Zoom out to reveal the guy he's fighting, all set to beat the shit outta the first guy.
* Mocked in ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''. After Ryoko effortlessly takes out a powerful hood, his friends get angry. The leader is calmed by his [[TheDragon Dragon]], who wishes to test his sword skills against hers. Well, that's the sentiment he was ''trying'' to express. He got as far as "She's good. I'll g-" before she smashed his face in with her wooden sword.
* Happens ''all the time'' in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Football players and spectators can have entire conversations in the middle of plays that last five seconds.
** Put to its absolute limits in Deimon vs. Shinryuji game, where Agon is constantly demeaning Sena in the middle of just ONE chop. Within just ONE play, Sena manages to have roughly FIVE FLASHBACKS before scoring a touchdown. And boy, these outside spectators have a LOT of time to comment on it, too.
* Poked fun at in manga ''Kotaro Makari Tooru,'' where in a martial arts tournament one of the contenders launches a mid air attack, whereupon the surprised announcer proceeds to exclaim his shock, admiration, expectations, exposition of the move, and prediction in the same panel. A little pop-up head in the corner of the panel quips, "How much time does he have to say this much anyway?"
* Subverted in the final episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', where Tsubaki's [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre-Ass Kicking]] [[strike: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner One Liner]]]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Speech]]'' is long enough for Sousuke to calmly find his bag, take out his gun, load it with rubber bullets, carefully aim for his head, and shoot him.
** Subverted in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' itself, which also realistically includes the need to search for radio frequencies that can be easily lost during HumongousMecha battles.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Probably a side effect of having been adapted from light novels, but that does nothing to excuse the fact that several minutes of conversation happen while a character is running across a room no more than twenty feet wide. To its credit, this sort of thing becomes less common as it goes along, though.
** There actually was a justification for that in the novels [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication that was left out of the anime]]. Specifically, Touma's opponent had used magic to warp space inside the room, so he really was running across a significant distance.
* In Ichigo's second fight with Grimmjow in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', his hollow mask stays active for around 11 seconds, but the fight lasts for five minutes in the anime. Even if you do assume that the characters are moving at superhuman speed and can take more actions in 11 seconds than most people can, the dialogue that both characters say would easily take longer than 11 seconds combined.
** One of the better known cases is during Ichigo's final fight with Byakuya. He speed blitzes behind a shocked Byakuya, and instead of just stabbing him in the back, he TAUNTS Byakuya beforehand (who only turns around in shock after Ichigo is finished) and only moves to stab him after the taunt--when it's too late.
** Subversions are fairly common in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''- near the end of the Soul Society arc, the just-revealed BigBad is attacked in the middle of the twenty-minute explanation of his GambitRoulette. Being a BadAss, he just shrugs it off, sends his attacker reeling, and goes on talking. In a later episode, D-Roy attacks Rukia in the middle of some exposition, and then again in the middle of her introductory speech. Given the result, maybe [[MonsterOfTheWeek D-Roy]] should have just let her talk...
*** D-Roy's case is rather odd, in that he interrupts Rukia by attacking (and this is commented upon), but only after letting her talk for nearly 5 minutes straight.
*** But the original and by far the most widespread example is [[FunctionalMagic Kido]]. The incantations for these spells are so wordy, one is left wondering how they could ever realistically be used in a combat situation. Here's an example of one of the more basic bindings:
---> "Ye lord! Mask of blood and flesh, all creation, flutter of wings, ye who bears the name of Man! Inferno and pandemonium, the sea barrier surges, march on to the south!"
*** And that's the incantation for what is essentially a basic fireball spell. Is it any wonder the more powerful Soul Reapers have taken to learning how to cast without the incantations?
*** Even then, not using the incantations does have a downside; the spell will be a great deal weaker than it would have been if the whole incantation had been said. And even so, this ''still'' doesn't stop some Kido from being a mouthful. For example, the high-level Hado (offensive Kido) no. 88 is called "Hiryu Gekizoku Shinten Raiho", and even if you don't recite the full incantation, you still have to say "Hado" and the number of the specific spell before you even say the name. In short, the only way to be an effective Kido user in the Bleach universe is to be a MotorMouth.
** Starrk and Aizen do not appreciate Kyoraku's terribly rude habit of attacking them mid-sentence.
** Strangely, the first half of the fight between Soifon and Vega was spent subverting this. After a little pre-fight banter, they fight seriously, but exchange banter while slashing at each other. Then they start playing this totally straight, while viciously lampshading it, as the majority of their stopped-fight dialogue is about how they ''don't'' do this.
** Though guilty of this trope, Bleach makes fun of it quite a bit too. Both the Bount Mabashi and the Espada Baraggan have mocked their opponents for having "strategy meetings" in the middle of a fight. On two separate occasions Ichigo has hit Ishida when the other was taking too long explaining something. Also, the Visored Rose once gave a speech about enemies banding together in times of crisis, only for his ally Love to smack him in the head and tell him to concentrate on the battle.
** While most Shinigami have commands to release their Zanpakuto that is just a single word or a few words-long phrase (IE, "bite," "stab," "lower your head"), there are some that are quite a bit longer, such as Soifon ("sting all enemies to death") and Yamamoto ("reduce all things in the universe to ash"). But even they can't compete with Kyoraku and Ukitake, whose release commands are basically haiku.
* Averted in one episode of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. Doremi makes an attempt to stop an antagonist from escaping by trying to cast a spell. The spell requires a lengthy MagicalIncantation to cast, giving said antagonist plenty of MidSeasonUpgrade, though said upgrade had the MagicalIncantation simply took far less time to say in order to work rather than playing this trope straight.
* Like the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' example above, in the climax of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Arabasta arc, the Straw Hats are able to call out to each other while executing an improvised plan over the course of less than a minute, which lasts three minutes in the anime, and their dialogue also would have taken up the entire allotted time.
** However, it's also subverted earlier in the Alabasta arc: During Luffy's first fight with Crocodile, Luffy doesn't stop fighting once while Crocodile repeatedly tries to finish his statement that ''No matter how hard you try, you will never ''defp'' (See chapter 177)
-->'''Luffy:''' "Defp"? Just what the hell are you trying to say?!\\
(''Cue Crocodile face seething with rage'')

to:

** And her squadrons ''still'' haven't learnt the lesson yet * In ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', tennis players can not just [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]], but also fully describe their moves or deliver other exposition, during a single shot. Inui in particular is fond of this, especially when they're [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npi7r_CAoQk dueling Mikazuki]], who's going for a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. [[spoiler: It cost her life to learn he rattles off the lesson after being defeated for ''[[TooDumbToLive three times]]''.]]
* Inui of ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' defeats his opponents by memorizing the percent chances
percentage chance of any particular action occurring event happening during a game. This can end in him rattling off a list of percentages in the middle of his through-swing.
** Heck, in almost every game in the series and certainly during every training exercise, someone will either manage to shout the name of a move about to be used, describe exactly how a certain move works, point out a forgotten fact, or generally manage to get in a good three minutes of talking, all before the ball manages to get to the other side of the net.
*** Somewhat {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when just as much(or less) talking can cover up to five games being won/lost.
game.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}''. To excess. Then again, ''everything'' in ''Gantz'' is a free action, and nothing happens unless directly caused by such a free action, in what can only be described as the anime equivalent of event-driven programming. It's probably the only show where even ''sex'' is a free action. This is vitally necessary, as the show's protagonists are perhaps the single most hesitant gaggle of mooks in all of anime.
** It's probably the only show where even ''sex'' is a free action.
**
anime. The aliens [[spoiler:OR ARE THEY?]] seem to be getting about as tired of this as us, with Inaba being [[spoiler: stomped to paste after his triumphant return]] and the [[spoiler: Hiroshima team member having and an arm and part of his head taken off mid-conversation]].
* ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does this quite often, both with the standard talking and occasionally with occasional flashbacks. Apparently Apparently, it takes less time to revisit all your motivations for becoming a fighter (taking five minutes of screen time) than it does for a fist to cross a foot or two. At one point point, Ueki pole vaults onto someone, and they manage a four line four-line dialogue explaining his move before he even gets close to landing.
**
landing. On the other hand, in one episode, Ueki defeats an opponent [[CurbStompBattle in one blow]] in the middle of his adversary's explanation about his powers. Ueki is apparently not interested in knowing what he can turn stones into.
powers, perhaps because it was just ''that boring''.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has fun with this trope. In one chapter, one of the a character thinks several paragraphs paragraphs' worth of stuff, then realizes that he's thought entirely too much in so short a timeframe. He then realizes that the reason this is happening is because one's perception of time slows greatly in the seconds before one is about to die. death. Zoom out to reveal the guy he's fighting, all set to beat the shit outta the first guy.
out of him.
* Mocked in ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''. After Ryoko effortlessly takes out a powerful hood, his friends get angry. The leader is calmed by his [[TheDragon Dragon]], who wishes to test his sword skills against hers. Well, Or at least that's the sentiment he was ''trying'' to express. He express -- he got as far as "She's good. I'll g-" before she smashed his face in with her wooden sword.
* Happens ''all all the time'' time in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Football players and spectators can have entire conversations in the middle of plays that last five seconds.
** Put to its absolute limits in Deimon vs. Shinryuji
seconds. The pinnacle is the Deimon-Shinryuji game, where Agon is constantly demeaning demeans Sena in the middle of just ONE chop. Within just ONE play, during every block, and Sena manages to have has roughly FIVE FLASHBACKS before five flashbacks in the course of scoring a touchdown. And boy, these outside spectators have a LOT of time to comment on it, too.
single touchdown.
* Poked fun at in manga ''Kotaro Makari Tooru,'' where in ''Manga/KotaroMakariTooru'': During a martial arts tournament tournament, one of the contenders launches a mid air mid-air attack, whereupon the surprised announcer proceeds to exclaim his shock, admiration, expectations, exposition of the move, and prediction in the same panel. A little pop-up head in the corner of the panel quips, "How much time does he have to say this much anyway?"
* Subverted throughout ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', where not only do people not have time to talk in the heat of a big HumongousMecha battle, but they also lose more time searching for radio frequencies that they keep losing. In the final episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', where Tsubaki's [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Pre-Ass Kicking]] [[strike: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner One Liner]]]] ''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Speech]]'' pre-battle speech is so long enough for that Sousuke has time to calmly find his bag, take out his gun, load it with rubber bullets, aim carefully aim for his head, and shoot him.
** Subverted * ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' frequently had minutes-long conversations in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' itself, which also realistically includes improbable timeframes, including one in the need to search for radio frequencies that can be easily lost during HumongousMecha battles.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Probably a side effect
span of having been adapted from light novels, but that does nothing to excuse the fact that several minutes of conversation happen while a character is running across a room no more than twenty feet wide. To its credit, this sort of thing becomes less common as it goes along, though.
** There actually was a justification for that in the novels
The light novel (but [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication that was left out of not the anime]]. Specifically, Touma's opponent had used magic to warp space inside anime]]) [[JustifiedTrope explains]] the room, so he really was running across room as being much larger than it seemed thanks to a significant distance.
magical optical illusion.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** During
Ichigo's second fight with Grimmjow in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Grimmjow, his hollow mask stays active for around 11 eleven seconds, but it lasts the whole fight. The dialogue alone during the fight lasts for five minutes in the anime. Even if you do assume that the characters are moving at superhuman speed and can take more actions in 11 seconds than most people can, the dialogue that both characters say would easily take much longer than 11 seconds combined.
** One of
eleven seconds; the better known cases is during fight as a whole easily lasts a few minutes, even taking into account the characters' superhuman speed.
** During
Ichigo's final fight with Byakuya. He speed blitzes behind a shocked Byakuya, he proves to be much too fast for Byakuya -- and instead of he uses this advantage to taunt him rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just stabbing stab him in the back, he TAUNTS back]]. Fortunately, Byakuya beforehand (who only turns around in shock after Ichigo is finished) and only moves to stab him after the taunt--when it's too late.
stunned to react until he's finished taunting.
** Subversions are fairly common in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''- near the end of the Soul Society arc, the just-revealed BigBad is attacked in the middle of the twenty-minute explanation of his GambitRoulette. Being a BadAss, he just shrugs it off, sends his attacker reeling, and goes on talking. In a later episode, D-Roy attacks tries to subvert this by attacking Rukia in the middle of some exposition, and then again in the middle of her introductory speech. Given the result, maybe [[MonsterOfTheWeek D-Roy]] should have just let her talk...
*** D-Roy's case is rather odd, in that he interrupts Rukia by attacking (and this is commented upon),
speech, but only after letting her talk for nearly 5 he waited five minutes straight.
*** But the original
before doing even that, and by far the most widespread example is it gave him no advantage anyway.
**
[[FunctionalMagic Kido]]. The incantations for these Kido]] uses spells are so wordy, one is left wondering how they could ever realistically be used in a combat situation. Here's an example of one of the more with obscenely long incantations, even for basic bindings:
---> "Ye lord! Mask of blood and flesh, all creation, flutter of wings, ye who bears the name of Man! Inferno and pandemonium, the sea barrier surges, march on to the south!"
*** And that's the incantation for what is essentially a basic fireball spell. Is it any wonder the more powerful Soul Reapers have taken to learning how to cast
things like fireballs. More advanced users can get away without them, but the incantations?
*** Even then, not using the incantations does have a downside; the
resulting spell will be a great deal weaker than it would have been if the whole incantation had been said. And even so, this ''still'' doesn't stop some Kido from being a mouthful. For example, the high-level Hado (offensive Kido) no. 88 is called "Hiryu Gekizoku Shinten Raiho", and even if you don't recite the full incantation, you still have to say "Hado" and the number of the specific spell before you even say the name. In short, the much less powerful. The only way to be an effective Kido user in the Bleach universe truly master this art is to be a MotorMouth.
** Starrk and Aizen do not appreciate Kyoraku's terribly rude habit of attacking them mid-sentence.
** Strangely, the
The first half of the Soifon-Vega fight between Soifon and Vega was spent subverting this. After a little pre-fight banter, they fight seriously, started out well, but exchange banter while slashing at each other. Then they start playing eventually lapsed into this totally straight, while viciously lampshading it, trope -- as the majority of fighters {{lampshade|hanging}} the trope and spend all their stopped-fight dialogue is time talking about how they ''don't'' do this.
** Though guilty of Some fighters have been known to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope, Bleach makes fun of it quite a bit too. Both the Bount Mabashi trope and the Espada Baraggan have mocked attack their opponents for having "strategy meetings" in the middle of a fight. On their exposition. Ichigo did this to Ishida on two separate occasions Ichigo has hit Ishida when the other was taking too long explaining something. Also, the occasions, and Love did this to his only ally Visored Rose once gave a speech about enemies banding together in times of crisis, only for his ally Love to smack him in the head and tell get him to concentrate shut up and focus on the battle.
** While most Shinigami have commands
battle. The BigBad of the Soul Society arc is impervious to release their Zanpakuto that is this, though; he just a single word or a few words-long phrase (IE, "bite," "stab," "lower your head"), there are some that are quite a bit longer, such as Soifon ("sting all enemies to death") and Yamamoto ("reduce all things in {{No Sell}}s the universe to ash"). But even they can't compete with Kyoraku and Ukitake, whose release commands are basically haiku.
* Averted in one episode of ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''. Doremi makes an
attempt to stop an antagonist from escaping by trying to cast a spell. The spell requires a lengthy MagicalIncantation to cast, giving said antagonist plenty of MidSeasonUpgrade, though said upgrade had the MagicalIncantation simply took far less time to say in order to work rather than playing this trope straight.
and continues talking.
* Like the ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' example above, in During the climax of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Arabasta arc, the Straw Hats are able to call out to each other while executing and execute an improvised plan over in the course of less than a minute, which lasts three minutes minute (three in the anime, and their anime), in spite of the dialogue also would have taking much longer. It's not like they're not aware of this, though; Luffy had taken up the entire allotted time.
** However, it's also subverted
advantage of it earlier in the Alabasta arc: During Luffy's first fight with Crocodile, Luffy doesn't stop fighting once while arc when he attacked Crocodile repeatedly tries to finish his statement that ''No mid-sentence:
-->'''Crocodile:''' No
matter how hard you try, you will never ''defp'' (See chapter 177)
-->'''Luffy:'''
def--''pppppp''\\
'''Luffy:'''
"Defp"? Just what the hell are you trying to say?!\\
(''Cue Crocodile face seething with rage'')
say?



* ''Manga/DragonBall'' of course, where every villain has the urgent need to talk a lot. It usually is necessary to talk about evil plans or the like.
** When Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin were fighting Nappa they went into detail about their plan to grabbed Nappa's tail, rendering him defenseless, while Gohan blasted him. All this while Nappa was only a few feet away. Vegeta heard some of the plan and wished them luck.
** Taken to insanity in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' during Goku's fight with Freeza. Freeza destroys the core and gives the planet five minutes until implosion. Ten episodes (approximately three hours of screentime for each of the scenes that are playing out simultaneously) and over three hundred lines of dialog for the two fighters later the planet finally collapses.
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d snarkily in the dub. With ten episodes to go, Freeza has a line to the effect that the planet is "a tough one... it'll probably last another two minutes."
*** Also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' when, at the culmination of their fight, Goku asks Freeza if he has a watch because he doubts that Freiza knows what a minute is.
** {{Averted|Trope}} in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v2ITi3KX7o this]] encounter between Goku and Jeice during the Namek saga. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' parodies this by having Jeice get punched again when talking or thinking, a total of eight times.
** As pointed out by Master Roshi, Goku [[GenreSavvy took advantage of this]] during the Piccolo Jr. fight; he used the time Piccolo spent talking to rest.
** Exploited by Piccolo later on. He lets Cell talk about who he is, where he came from, his end goal, and such while Piccolo recovers his strength with the added bonus of learning everything there is to know about Cell.
** Super Buu actually lampshaded it once when he got sick of Gotenks' conversations with Piccolo, before averting it himself.
-->'''Buu''': ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS '''TAAAAAAAALLLK!'''
** Averted in the movie ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', when all the talking between Goku and the BigBad actually lasts long enough to [[spoiler:run out the time limit on the Super Saiyan God transformation]].
** Frequently the fighters will even talk to each other mid attacks, which since these fighters move faster than the speed of sound on a routine basis, they actually shouldn't even be able to hear each other.
* Not exactly talking but, in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', flashing your Pokédex at an unknown Pokémon causes all other activities to cease. Even if said Pokémon is hellbent on the protagonist's destruction, it will politely wait until said protagonists know exactly what they're facing up against.
** Subverted in one filler which started off with a VERY random [[OlympusMons Giratina]] attack (caused by a Murkrow's illusion).
** Taken UpToEleven in one episode featuring a trainer who gave her Pokémon complex maneuvering instructions (complete with degree measurements) during battle.
** The Team Rocket motto is usually a free action. For some reason, Ash & co will wait for them to finish before defeating them, and the Rockets drop anything else to introduce themselves. However, on occasion people will interrupt the trio, especially Barry (who has never actually heard the entire motto for this reason).
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Orange Island episode "The Wacky Watcher", where the protagonists are visibly bored, waiting for Team Rocket to finish their motto so they can say "Team Rocket?!"
*** Also subverted in the Battle Frontier episode "Off the Unbeaten Path!" when the gang freed all the captured Pokémon during the motto.
** Some episodes have the heroes rescue Pokemon or people while Team Rocket recites their motto, which offends them greatly
** Paul also followed Barry's example, not waiting to hear the full motto before ordering Chimchar to blow Team Rocket away.
** Subverted in a ''Best Wishes'' episode, where Cilan's [[LetsGetDangerous evaluation time]] speech is interrupted by Stephan, who has his Sawk Karate Chop Cilan's Pansage and fling it into Cilan.
* Parodied in a later chapter of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. During a {{Flashback}} chapter that explained the first meeting between Nagi and Tama (in [[DarkestAfrica the African jungle]], by the way), Nagi had to save the then-baby Tama from a group of wild animals ready to pounce on and eat it... and also Nagi and Jenny, as well. Her resolution to protect Tama, complete with her saying as much, was interrupted by said animals closing the distance with them. Jenny even [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] that they caught up while she was talking.
** Subverted much earlier than then, at the time of the Hakuou Gakuin marathon. Nagi is getting cold feet, so [[TheHero Hayate]] gives her the typical DareToBeBadass speech that would be expected of such a moment... only for the starter to interrupt them to tell them that the race has already started, with all the other contestants no longer in sight.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often uses this in a ''Gundam''-like manner, especially with [[WarriorTherapist pilots talking during Knightmare battles]] (a good example would be during Urabe's sacrifice in R2 episode 2) and Lelouch making dramatic remarks even when his opponents just stand there pointing guns at him.
* Current state of the plot in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. They've been in the middle of the final battle with the BigBad for a dozen chapters now, each of which seems to cover about two seconds and eight pages of exposition.

to:

* ''Manga/DragonBall'' of course, where every villain has the urgent need to talk a lot. It usually is necessary to talk about evil plans or the like.
** When Piccolo, Gohan,
and Krillin were fighting Nappa they went into detail about their plan to grabbed Nappa's tail, rendering him defenseless, while Gohan blasted him. All this while Nappa was only a few feet away. Vegeta heard some of the plan and wished them luck.
** Taken to insanity in
''Anime/DragonBallZ'' abuse this trope frequently; every villain has an urgent need to exposit or otherwise yammer at the heroes.
** Piccolo, Gohan, and Krillin openly discuss how to attack Nappa -- only a few feet away from him. Vegeta even overhears some of it and sarcastically wishes them luck.
** Frieza destroys Namek's core
during Goku's the fight with Freeza. Freeza destroys the core Goku and gives the planet five minutes until implosion. Ten episodes (approximately three before it blows up. Infamously, it took ten episodes, about 300 hours of screentime for each of the scenes that are playing out simultaneously) screentime, and over three hundred 300 lines of dialog dialogue for those "five minutes" to happen. This made ''Dragon Ball Z'' a by-word for the two fighters later the planet finally collapses.
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d snarkily in the dub. With ten episodes to go, Freeza has a line to the effect that the planet is "a tough one... it'll probably last another two minutes."
*** Also {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in
InactionSequence. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' when, at the culmination of their fight, mocks this by having Goku asks Freeza ask Frieza if he has a watch because he doubts that Freiza knows he's even sure what a minute is.
''is''.
** {{Averted|Trope}} in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v2ITi3KX7o this]] encounter between In spite of its reputation, though, ''Dragon Ball'' has more than its share of GenreSavvy fighters who will take advantage of this tendency:
***
Goku and attacks Jeice mid-sentence during the Namek saga. arc. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' parodies this by having Jeice him get punched again when talking or thinking, a total of hit like this eight times.
** As pointed out by Master Roshi, Goku [[GenreSavvy took
times in a single conversation.
*** In Goku's fight with Piccolo Jr., he takes
advantage of this]] during Piccolo's monologuing to rest up for the next phase of the fight.
***
Piccolo Jr. fight; he used the time Piccolo spent talking to rest.
** Exploited by Piccolo later on. He
lets Cell talk yammer on about who he is, himself, where he came from, and his end goal, and such while Piccolo recovers he buys time to recover his strength with (with the added bonus of learning everything there is to know about Cell.
** Super Buu actually lampshaded it once when he got sick of Gotenks' conversations with Piccolo, before averting it himself.
-->'''Buu''': ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS '''TAAAAAAAALLLK!'''
** Averted in the movie
Cell).
*** In
''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', when all the talking between Goku and the BigBad actually lasts long enough to [[spoiler:run out the time limit on the Super Saiyan God transformation]].
*** Super Buu gets sick of Gotenks' conversations with Piccolo and responds by [[StuffBlowingUp blowing stuff up]].
--->'''Buu:''' ALL YOU PEOPLE DO IS '''TAAAAAAAALLLK!'''
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Frequently the fighters will even talk to each other mid attacks, which since these fighters move faster than the speed of sound on a routine basis, they actually shouldn't even be able to hear each other.
* Not exactly talking but, in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', flashing
Flashing your Pokédex at an unknown Pokémon causes all other activities to cease. Even if said Pokémon is hellbent on the protagonist's destruction, it will politely wait until said protagonists know exactly what they're facing up against.
** Subverted in one filler which started off with a VERY random [[OlympusMons Giratina]] attack (caused by a Murkrow's illusion).
** Taken UpToEleven in one episode featuring a trainer who gave her
Trainers have been known to give their Pokémon complex maneuvering instructions (complete battle instructions. One even gave some very detailed maneuvers, complete with degree measurements) during measurements, all in the heat of battle.
** The Team Rocket motto motto, which happens OnceAnEpisode, is usually a free action. For some reason, Ash & co action; the Rockets will drop everything to introduce themselves, and the heroes will usually wait for them to finish before defeating them, and the Rockets drop anything else (occasionally even being visibly bored waiting for that to introduce themselves. However, on occasion people will interrupt the trio, happen). Some don't, though, especially Barry (who Barry, who has never actually heard the entire motto for this reason).
*** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the Orange Island episode "The Wacky Watcher", where the protagonists
reason. The biggest {{lampshade|hanging}}s are visibly bored, waiting for Team Rocket to finish their motto so they can say "Team Rocket?!"
*** Also subverted in the Battle Frontier episode "Off the Unbeaten Path!"
when the gang freed all heroes take the captured opportunity to rescue Pokémon during the motto.
** Some episodes have the heroes rescue Pokemon
or people while Team Rocket recites their motto, which offends them greatly
** Paul also followed Barry's example, not waiting to hear the full motto before ordering Chimchar to blow Team Rocket away.
** Subverted in a ''Best Wishes'' episode, where Cilan's [[LetsGetDangerous evaluation time]] speech is interrupted by Stephan, who
during this time.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''
has his Sawk Karate Chop Cilan's Pansage and fling it into Cilan.
* Parodied in a later chapter of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
been known to poke fun at this trope:
**
During a {{Flashback}} chapter that explained the first meeting between Nagi and Tama (in [[DarkestAfrica the African jungle]], by the way), Nagi had to save the then-baby Tama from a group of wild animals ready to pounce on and eat it... and also Nagi and Jenny, as well. Her resolution to protect Tama, complete with her saying as much, was interrupted by said animals closing the distance with them. Jenny even [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] that they caught up while she was talking.
** Subverted much earlier than then, at the time of
the Hakuou Gakuin marathon. marathon, Nagi is getting cold feet, so [[TheHero Hayate]] Hayate gives her the typical a DareToBeBadass speech that would be expected of such a moment... to encourage her -- only for the starter to interrupt them to tell them that the race had started in the interim.
** A {{flashback}} chapter showing Nagi and Tama's first meeting
has already started, with all Nagi saving the other contestants no longer then-baby Tama from a group of wild animals in sight.
[[DarkestAfrica the African jungle]]. She makes a dramatic resolution to protect Tama, only to see that the animals had closed in on them while she was doing so.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often uses does this in a ''Gundam''-like manner, especially with [[WarriorTherapist pilots talking during Knightmare battles]] (a good example would be during -- Urabe's sacrifice in R2 episode 2) and is probably the best example. Lelouch also has a habit of making dramatic remarks even when his opponents just stand are standing there pointing guns at him.
*
him, as they never take the opportunity to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]].
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Current state of the plot in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. They've been in the middle of the final battle with the BigBad for a dozen chapters now, each of which seems to cover about two seconds and eight pages of exposition.exposition.
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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''. The Eden Raids (living weapons) transform and can be commanded to perform various actions only after singing short songs. Coud begins going into an extended piece to unlock Ren's power against a foe, when the enemy moves to attack him in mid-song. [[SmallGirlBigGun Cisqa]] keeps the enemy back with a warning shot, saying, "When someone sings, listening until the end is good manners."
* Happens twice in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' when Onizuka accidentally knocks people off ledges on top of high buildings. Somehow there's enough time in midair for several paragraphs of internal monologue, lots of screaming from astonished bystanders, and for him to finally reach a decision and run down the side of the wall to catch them.
** Well, with the bystanders, it's probably that they're all supposed to be talking ''at once''.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''. The [[LivingWeapon Eden Raids (living weapons) Raids]] transform and can be commanded to perform various actions only after singing short songs. Coud begins going goes into an extended piece to unlock Ren's power against a foe, when the enemy moves to attack him in mid-song. [[SmallGirlBigGun Cisqa]] keeps the enemy back with a warning shot, saying, "When someone sings, listening until the end is good manners."
* Happens twice in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'' when Onizuka accidentally knocks people off ledges on the top of high buildings. Somehow Somehow, there's enough time in midair for several paragraphs of internal monologue, lots of screaming from astonished bystanders, and for him to finally reach a decision and run down the side of the wall to catch them.
** Well, with the bystanders, it's probably that they're all supposed to be talking ''at once''.
them.



** Then again, this is a series where Epic Speeches can ''actually destroy enemy armadas''.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. It is used to add more drama during fights.
* Somewhere between this and ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction is Luke from ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith'' and his magical sword forging. The first time he does it he tells Cecily to hold off the giant crystal spider that's attacking them and she instead watches him. The spider is happy to wait.

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** Then again, this is a series where Epic Speeches can ''actually destroy enemy armadas''.
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''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. It is used to add more drama during fights.
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* Somewhere between this and ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction is Luke from ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith'' and his magical sword forging. The first time he does it it, he tells Cecily to hold off the giant crystal spider that's attacking them them, and she instead watches him. The spider is happy to wait.



* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - During Saitou's fight with Usui, they jump and meet each other in midair. Saitou tries to use a stab, but Usui deflects it with his shield. In between deflection and counterattack, ''while still midair'', Usui gets off a couple lines about how round his shield is.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' - Apparently, there isn't enough time for Rei to dodge the sixteenth Angel's attack in the incredible fast and agile EVA-00 during the 23rd episode, but there's certainly enough time for Hyuga to point that out.
** Note: He takes about two seconds to say his line after Rei is told to dodge.
--->'''Misato''': "Rei! Evasive action!"
--->'''Hyuga''': "She can't! There's not enough time!"
*** Slightly more believable than in most such situations, because the Evas are so damn big they need to cover a lot more distance to dodge anything.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi has at least once spouted out a two-sentence declaration before launching an attack that was supposed to only be fast enough to attack because he effectively teleported to his opponent beforehand. Otherwise it's averted; since Negi has to speak in order to use magic, he has to strategically plan out his spellcasting so he's doing it while not in danger of being cut off. He found out very, very early in the series that talking is NOT a free action; in his first fight with Evangeline he was easily dealt with by Chachamaru punching him in the face every time he started to recite a spell.

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* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' - ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': During Saitou's fight with Usui, they jump and meet each other in midair. Saitou tries to use a stab, but Usui deflects it with his shield. In between deflection and counterattack, ''while still midair'', Usui gets off a couple lines about how round his shield is.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' - ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Apparently, there isn't enough time for Rei to dodge the sixteenth Angel's attack in the incredible fast and agile EVA-00 during the 23rd episode, but there's certainly enough time for Hyuga to point that out.
** Note: He takes about two seconds to say his line after Rei is told to dodge.
--->'''Misato''': "Rei! Evasive action!"
--->'''Hyuga''': "She can't! There's not enough time!"
*** Slightly more believable than in most such situations, because the Evas are so damn big they need to cover a lot more distance to dodge anything.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi has at least once spouted out talking is explicitly ''not'' a two-sentence declaration before launching an attack that was supposed to only be fast enough to attack because he effectively teleported to his opponent beforehand. Otherwise it's averted; since free action; Negi has to speak in order to use magic, and he has to strategically plan out his spellcasting so he's doing it while as not in danger of being to be cut off. He found out very, very early off in the series that talking is NOT a free action; in middle of it. In his first fight with Evangeline Evangeline, he was very easily dealt with by when Chachamaru punching punched him in the face every time he started to recite a spell. That said, he has at least once been able to teleport to an opponent to gain a surprise advantage -- only to negate that advantage by spouting a two-sentence declaration before attacking.



* Played with in one scene of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' with Megane talking to Shuuyou Meito, a team of {{Otaku}}. As he's kicking the ball down the field, Megane starts with an annoyed lecture about Shuuyou Meito's reliance on dirty tactics. In mid-speech, one of the Shuuyou Meito players try to steal the ball from him. Megane's response directly mentions this trope:

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* Played with in one scene of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' with Megane talking to Shuuyou Meito, a team of {{Otaku}}. As he's kicking the ball down the field, Megane starts with an annoyed lecture about Shuuyou Meito's reliance on dirty tactics. In mid-speech, one One of the Shuuyou Meito players try opponents tries to steal the ball from him. mid-speech; Megane's response directly mentions this trope:



* Subverted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where, during the CurbStompBattle between [[spoiler:Roy Mustang and Envy]], [[spoiler:Roy]] almost never lets [[spoiler:Envy]] finish a complete sentence.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Basque Grand is killed by Scar in the middle of his speech explaining just how outmatched the latter is against him.
* ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'', especially in the ''Last Order'' sequel. Characters can exchange threats or discuss each other's every move ''while fighting at [[FridgeLogic supersonic]] [[SuperSpeed speed]]''.
** The two {{Combat Commentator}}s of the television network are an odd example. On the one hand, they frequently have to resort to slow-motion replays, as the actual attacks were way too fast for them to even see. But on the other hand, they watch and comment those replays ''while the combat is still going on''. Presumably the characters take a minute's break between each series of blows to allow the commentators to catch up.
* While ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' at one point lambasts the "CallingYourAttacks" trope, while it explicitly states the digivice 01 was created specifically for non verbal communication, the characters are still able to hold conversations in situations where they logically shouldn't be able to understand one another(submerged) or even be able to vocalize ([[BreathWeapon with their mouths full of energy attacks]]).

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* Subverted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where, during ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** During
the CurbStompBattle between [[spoiler:Roy Mustang and Envy]], [[spoiler:Roy]] almost never lets [[spoiler:Envy]] finish a complete sentence.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], anime]], Basque Grand is killed by Scar in the middle of his speech explaining just how outmatched the latter is against him.
* ''[[Manga/{{Gunnm}} Battle Angel Alita]]'', especially in the ''Last Order'' sequel. Characters can exchange threats or discuss each other's every move ''while while fighting at [[SuperSpeed supersonic speed]] (which [[FridgeLogic supersonic]] [[SuperSpeed speed]]''.
makes you wonder]] how they can hear each other).
** The two {{Combat Commentator}}s of the television network are an odd example. On the one hand, they frequently have to resort to slow-motion replays, as the actual attacks were way too fast for them to even see. But on the other hand, they watch and comment those replays ''while while the combat is still going on''. Presumably on. Presumably, the characters take a minute's break between each series of blows to allow the commentators to catch up.
* While ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' at one point lambasts the "CallingYourAttacks" trope, and while it explicitly states the digivice 01 was created specifically for non verbal non-verbal communication, the characters are still able to hold conversations in situations where they logically shouldn't be able to understand one another(submerged) another (''e.g.'' while submerged) or even be able to vocalize ([[BreathWeapon (''e.g.'' [[BreathWeapon with their mouths full of energy attacks]]).



* Exaggerated in an episode of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' - Zamielmon can FlashStep, but after doing so he freezes for a split second. When Taiki realises this after he does so for the last time, it takes him a good ten seconds to explain it to the audience before Shoutmon DX actually gets in there and kills him, but Zamielmon is still frozen.

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* Exaggerated in an episode of ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' - ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': Zamielmon can FlashStep, but after doing so he freezes for a split second. When Taiki realises this after he does so for the last time, it takes him a good ten seconds to explain it to the audience before Shoutmon DX actually gets in there and kills him, but Zamielmon is still frozen.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and PlayedForLaughs in the chapter 107 bloopers omake of ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', where Kuroko misses the ball he's trying to pass because of the speech he's making. Used frequently in the anime especially during the last few seconds of a quarter in a basketball game when players commentate on their own plays or make a lengthy explanation.
* Motoko Kusanagi ''exploits'' this trope in order to take down an assassin in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. The assassin is hired to kill a low profile billionaire. She walks up to his bed and points her gun at him, thinking that she's all alone in the room, and decides to monologue about the problems with Capitalism. Motoko uses this time to sneak up and arrest her. She even lampshades it.
-->'''Motoko:''' "A ''SMARTER'' hitman would have shot first."
* Similarly, this trope is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in episode 4 of ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''. While fighting a rogue [=IS=] that interrupted their match, Rin and Ichika realize that it stops attacking every time they talk to each other. Gee, it's almost as if it's ''curious'' about their conversation. [[{{Foreshadowing}} The fact that it is, is a pretty big clue to its creator's identity.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Then again, if a person is spouting a speech about how good his troops are, or how screwed his enemy is, or... thus marking him out as important or high ranking right in front of our protagonist nicknamed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hundred Man Slayer]], he probably deserved to be cut off in mid sentence.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', characters often explain what's going on during a FightScene or speak defiant lines to their opponent in the middle of the action. The most extreme example (probably not unmatched) might be in the FinalBattle when Sesshoumaru is in one panel about to get a faceful of CombatTentacles, these about half a metre off and coming in fast, and he speaks a whole decent-length sentence about what's going on in the next panel, and ''then'' effortlessly destroys the attacking tendrils in the panel after that before they hit.
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' played this trope so straight it could be a parody at episode 2B: Kankuro and Miki are ''less than ten meters apart'' before their fight. Then Kankuro begins to run towards Miki to attack her, and [[CallingYourAttacks he manages to imitate the voice over of a local train before fighting]]. Miki stays immobile while [[ToThePain she begins to imitate the voiceover of a bullet train]] and adopts an AssKickingPose. Then she begins to run towards Kankuro. [[CombatCommentator Akihiko desperately cries to Kankuro to stop]]. Kankuro manages to answer that [[UpToEleven he will increase the power]]. [[InactionSequence Miki and Kankuro take one minute and ten seconds running into themselves a distance of less than ten meters]]. [[RuleOfCool And itís epic]].
* The subversion is a plot point in ''BlazingTransferStudent''. The delinquent villain wins every fight because he can call his attack, "Insect Punch" faster than his opponents (who have elaborate names for their attacks) thus allowing him to get in his strike first. You're apparently not allowed to actually do the attack before you say it. [[spoiler:He is defeated in the end when the {{Love Interest|s}} convinces him to adopt an extremely long-named attack, allowing the protagonist enough time to pronounce his own attack and do it.]] Note that these are normal Japanese students without superpowers or anything like that.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the characters use grappling devices to swing rapidly between buildings or trees, and must retract and re-launch their cables every few seconds as they fly past each grapple point. They can also blast themselves along, jetpack-style, but only for very short periods. When they need to have a lengthy in-flight conversation, though, all these rules go out the window and they can levitate through the air horizontally at a constant speed, seemingly on cables that are thousands of feet long.

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* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and PlayedForLaughs in the chapter 107 bloopers omake of ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', where Kuroko misses the ball he's trying to pass because of the speech he's making. Used But it's otherwise used frequently in the anime anime, especially during the last few seconds of a quarter in a basketball game game, when players commentate on their own plays or make a lengthy explanation.
explanation. (Admittedly, the last minute of real basketball games can be interminably long because of all the timeouts.)
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Motoko Kusanagi ''exploits'' {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in order to take down an assassin in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. assassin. The assassin is hired to kill a low profile low-profile billionaire. She walks up to his bed and points her gun at him, thinking that she's all alone in the room, and decides to monologue about the problems with Capitalism. capitalism. Motoko uses this time to sneak up and arrest her. She even lampshades it.
her.
-->'''Motoko:''' "A ''SMARTER'' A ''smarter'' hitman [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim would have shot first."
]]
* Similarly, this This trope is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in episode 4 of ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''. While fighting a rogue [=IS=] that interrupted their match, Rin and Ichika realize that it stops attacking every time they talk to each other. Gee, it's It's almost as if it's ''curious'' about their conversation. [[{{Foreshadowing}} The fact that it is, is a pretty big clue to its creator's identity.]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Then again, if a person is spouting a speech about how good his troops are, or how screwed his enemy is, or... thus marking or whatever, this marks him out as important or high ranking right in front of our protagonist protagonist, nicknamed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hundred Man Slayer]], Slayer]] -- he probably deserved deserves to be cut off in mid sentence.
mid-sentence.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', characters often explain what's going on during a FightScene or speak defiant lines to their opponent in the middle of the action. The most extreme example (probably not unmatched) might be is in the FinalBattle FinalBattle, when Sesshoumaru is in one panel about to get a faceful of CombatTentacles, these about half a metre off and coming in fast, and he speaks a whole decent-length sentence about what's going on in the next panel, on, and ''then'' then effortlessly destroys the attacking tendrils in the panel after that before they hit.
* Being ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' played plays this trope so straight it could be a parody at in episode 2B: 2B. Kankuro and Miki are ''less less than ten meters apart'' apart before their fight. Then Kankuro begins to run towards Miki to attack her, and [[CallingYourAttacks he manages to imitate the voice over sound of a local train before fighting]]. train]]. Miki stays immobile while [[ToThePain she begins to imitate the voiceover sound of a bullet train]] and adopts an AssKickingPose. Then she begins to run towards Kankuro. [[CombatCommentator Akihiko desperately cries to Kankuro to stop]]. Kankuro manages to answer that [[UpToEleven he will increase the power]]. [[InactionSequence Miki and Kankuro take one minute and ten seconds running into themselves themselves]] a distance of less than ten meters]].meters. [[RuleOfCool And itís epic]].
* The subversion is a plot point in ''BlazingTransferStudent''. The delinquent villain wins every fight because he can call his attack, "Insect Punch" Punch", faster than his opponents (who have elaborate names for their attacks) thus allowing him to get in his strike first. You're apparently not allowed to actually do the attack before you say it. [[spoiler:He is defeated in the end when the {{Love Interest|s}} convinces him to adopt an extremely long-named attack, allowing the protagonist enough time to pronounce his own attack and do it.]] Note that these are normal Japanese students without superpowers or anything like that.
]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', the characters use grappling devices to swing rapidly between buildings or trees, and must retract and re-launch their cables every few seconds as they fly past each grapple point. They can also blast themselves along, jetpack-style, but only for very short periods. When they need to have a lengthy in-flight conversation, though, all these rules go out the window window, and they can levitate through the air horizontally at a constant speed, seemingly on cables that are thousands of feet long.



** When the super-fast flier Jin is flying at Yusuke with his Tornado Fist; Hiei and the Masked Fighter take several seconds to explain what will happen if Yusuke fires his Spirit Gun point blank into the tornado fist. Then Yusuke has time to say, "Let's see who can take a bigger ass-kicking" and call out his attack.

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** When the super-fast flier Jin is flying at Yusuke with his Tornado Fist; Fist, Hiei and the Masked Fighter take several seconds to explain what will happen if Yusuke fires his Spirit Gun point blank into the tornado fist. Then Yusuke has time to say, "Let's see who can take a bigger ass-kicking" and call out his attack.



* Episode 3 of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' has a especially ridiculous example. Weed and the other dogs blabber on and on, and Kaibutsu even has time to turn around and prepare to attack, while Weed is in '''mid air.''' He was not near far enough away before he jumped for them to have done and said all that. He had to have just floated there or flew slowly or something, despite the action lines that seem to indicate he's moving at a fast speed through the air.

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* Episode 3 of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' has a especially ridiculous example. Weed and the other dogs blabber on and on, and Kaibutsu even has time to turn around and prepare to attack, while Weed is in '''mid air.''' mid-air. He was not near far enough away before he jumped for them to have done and said all that. He had to have just floated there or flew slowly or something, despite the action lines that seem to indicate he's moving at a fast speed very quickly through the air.



-->'''Yukine:''' Is it just me, or is this a ''really'' long fall?
* Invoked inconsistently in ''LightNovel/DateALive'' anime. Protagonist's date occasions are often steered by dialogues with both his partner and his prompter (via discreet headset). Sometimes he gets called out on being distracted, other times things are as if quite smooth.
* While its [[Manga/SailorMoon source material]]'s panel blocking is ambiguous, Act 1 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' has Tuxedo Mask fully introducing himself and assuring Sailor Moon he'll remember her in ''mid jump,'' while looking over his shoulder at her, almost suggesting full power of {{Flight}}.
** Averted for laughs in ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon Super S]]'', when Cere Cere summons a MonsterOfTheWeek named Toge Toge Jo. While Toge Toge Jo is arguing with Cere Cere, Sailor Moon and Chibi Moon then attack Toge Toge Jo and defeat her, The "defeated monster" screen then shows with Toge Toge Jo saying, "I haven't even ''DONE'' anything!"
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'''s adaptations, especially the original 1994 anime, characters spend time monologuing so much half of the field seems twice as long as it should be. The newer adaptations use slow motions and abridged matches, which causes another problem where everybody is capable of thinking illogically fast.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Averted. As the QuirkyMiniBossSquad is introducing themselves in Chapter 32, [[http://www.mangareader.net/135-7147-11/fairy-tail/chapter-32.html Natsu hurls two giant fireballs at them mid-sentence.]]
** A vicious subversion in Chapter 81 in Erza's childhood. [[spoiler: One of the other slaves tries to confess his love for Erza only to be gunned down viciously.]] It should be noted that this took place during the middle of a violent REVOLT so this was to be expected. Seriously the [[spoiler: slave]] was holding the IdiotBall in that case.
** Another vicious subversion occurred during the "[[CurbStompBattle battle]]" between [[spoiler:[[SmugSuper Wizard Saint/Spriggan Twelve God Serena]] and [[TheDreaded Dragon King Acnologia]]]] in Chapter 470. The latter [[NoNonsenseNemesis doesn't even give the former time to finish boasting]] before [[KilledMidSentence tearing a massive hole in his side and leaving him to die]].
* In one episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', the girls' post-transformation-sequence demand that the creature of evil return to the darkness from whence it came ends - to the revelation that the creature of evil has run off while they were talking.

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-->'''Yukine:''' Is it just me, or is this a ''really'' [[IFellForHours long fall?
fall]]?
* Invoked inconsistently in ''LightNovel/DateALive'' anime. Protagonist's The protagonist's date occasions are often steered by dialogues with both his partner and his prompter (via ([[EarpieceConversation via discreet headset). headset]]). Sometimes he gets called out on being distracted, other times things are as if go quite smooth.smoothly.
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
**
While its [[Manga/SailorMoon source material]]'s panel blocking is ambiguous, Act 1 of ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' has Tuxedo Mask fully introducing himself and assuring Sailor Moon he'll remember her in ''mid jump,'' jump'', while looking over his shoulder at her, almost suggesting full power of {{Flight}}.
** Averted for laughs in ''[[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Moon Super S]]'', when Cere Cere summons a MonsterOfTheWeek named Toge Toge Jo. While Toge Toge Jo is arguing with Cere Cere, Sailor Moon and Chibi Moon then attack Toge Toge Jo and defeat her, her. The "defeated monster" screen then shows shows, with Toge Toge Jo saying, "I haven't even ''DONE'' ''done'' anything!"
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'''s adaptations, especially the original 1994 anime, characters spend so much time monologuing so much half of the field seems twice as long as it should be. The newer adaptations use slow motions and abridged matches, which causes another problem where everybody is capable of thinking illogically fast.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Averted. ''Manga/FairyTail'' has been known to {{subvert|edtrope}} the trope:
**
As the QuirkyMiniBossSquad is are introducing themselves in Chapter 32, [[http://www.mangareader.net/135-7147-11/fairy-tail/chapter-32.html Natsu hurls two giant fireballs at them mid-sentence.]]
** A vicious subversion in In Chapter 81 in Erza's childhood. 81, [[spoiler: One of the other slaves tries to confess his love for Erza only Erza.]] He happened to be gunned down viciously.]] It should be noted doing that this took place during in the middle of a violent REVOLT so this was to be expected. Seriously the [[spoiler: slave]] was holding the IdiotBall in that case.
revolt and [[KilledMidSentence gets violently gunned down]] for his trouble.
** Another vicious subversion occurred during During the "[[CurbStompBattle battle]]" between [[spoiler:[[SmugSuper Wizard Saint/Spriggan Twelve God Serena]] and [[TheDreaded Dragon King Acnologia]]]] in Chapter 470. The 470, the latter [[NoNonsenseNemesis doesn't even give the former time to finish boasting]] before [[KilledMidSentence tearing a massive hole in his side and leaving him to die]].
* In one episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', the girls' post-transformation-sequence demand that the creature of evil return to the darkness from whence it came ends - -- to the revelation that the creature of evil has run off while they were talking.
6th Aug '16 12:22:34 AM JMQwilleran
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** Averted in one [[GuideDangIt hair-pulling instance]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. In order to get the InfinityPlusOneSword you have to make it to a certain area near the end of the game before someone else does. If they reach it first, all you find is a note about the sword. The time limit for reaching it? 12 hours. Seems normal, right? Except that it's 12 hours of play time, the area is near the END of the game, and the timer starts from the moment you hit New Game, including every single conversation, battle, and yes, cutscene you've ever seen. You have to pull a SpeedRun to get the sword. This can be mitigated by the fact that [=FMVs=] are skipped if you open the console's disc cover, but this is impossible if playing a digital version of the game, such as the one available for download on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3. The only saving grace is that you can pause at pretty much any time except when an FMV is running and, unlike some ''Final Fantasy'' titles, pausing the game ''will'' stop the clock.

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** Averted in one [[GuideDangIt hair-pulling instance]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. In order to get the InfinityPlusOneSword you have to make it to a certain area near the end of the game before someone else does. If they reach it first, all you find is a note about the sword. The time limit for reaching it? 12 hours. Seems normal, right? Except that it's 12 hours of play time, the area is near the END of the game, and the timer starts from the moment you hit New Game, including every single conversation, battle, and yes, cutscene you've ever seen. You have to pull a SpeedRun to get the sword. This can be mitigated by the fact that [=FMVs=] are skipped if you open the console's disc cover, but this is impossible if playing a digital version of the game, such as the one available for download on the UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation3}}S3. The only saving grace is that you can pause at pretty much any time except when an FMV is running and, unlike some ''Final Fantasy'' titles, pausing the game ''will'' stop the clock. On the other hand, you can take almost all of the challenge out of it with the mobile/Steam release, which not only allows you to skip [=FMVs=], but also to stat-boost your characters to max-levels and speed-play the game without affecting the internal clock.
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** [[InsufferableGenius Rohan Kishibe,]] a supporting character in Part 4, has an internal monologue to weigh his options as an attack is speeding toward his head. An [[PaintingTheMedium onscreen stopwatch]] determines that Rohan analyzes his foe, estimates his success rate, and decides to act within .002 seconds.
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*** And in Lord Zedd's first appearance, when his monster used that time to attack and take control of the Zords before the Rangers could get into them and actually start foiling him, something my 10 year old self had been yelling at the bad guys to do since the 2nd episode.

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*** And in Lord Zedd's first appearance, when his monster used that time to attack and take control of the Zords before the Rangers could get into them and actually start foiling him, something my 10 year old self had been yelling at the bad guys to do since the 2nd episode.him.
29th Jul '16 1:02:33 PM Morgenthaler
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-->'''Syndrome:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "You sly dog, you got me]] [[EvilGloating monologuing]]!"

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-->'''Syndrome:''' [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "You sly dog, you got me]] me [[EvilGloating monologuing]]!"
16th Jul '16 10:36:32 AM mario0987
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** The curse in question gets cast multiple times over the course of the series. It always takes effect as soon as the characters have finished their conversations and done any other things they need to do before it takes effect. Even worse, the curse is often right next to them at the time.
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