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12th Jun '18 7:48:40 PM nombretomado
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* Generally averted in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', another ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' 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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* Generally averted in ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'', ''Fanfic/{{Game Theory|LyricalNanoha}}'', another ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' fanfic. People trying to hold a conversation in the middle of a fight [[RealityEnsues are likely to get smacked in the face.]]
24th May '18 2:36:43 PM TrendingToon1
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* ''WesternAnimation/BlazeAndTheMonsterMachines'' has this happen almost every time when there’s a situation where Blaze has to hurry to get it done. For example, in “Runaway Rocket” as Crusher and Pickle are blasting toward a garbage dump and are getting very close, Blaze has time to ask the viewer to help him transform into a pogo stick so he can catch up with them and save them. It takes Crusher and Pickle about three minutes for them to reach the dump before they jump to safety.



* Played Straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents: WesternAnimation/SchoolsOutTheMusical''. When Cosmo and Wanda are fleeing Fairy World, there is a rapidly approaching wave of Pixie Magic just behind them and the bridge to Earth is rapidly dwindling. However, Cosmo and Wanda can still discuss the situation for two minutes.

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* Played Straight straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents: WesternAnimation/SchoolsOutTheMusical''. When Cosmo and Wanda are fleeing Fairy World, there is a rapidly approaching wave of Pixie Magic just behind them and the bridge to Earth is rapidly dwindling. However, Cosmo and Wanda can still discuss the situation for two minutes.
5th May '18 5:33:29 PM merotoker
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** The Tournament of Power in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' constantly uses this trope. Since the characters move in superhuman speed even while having a normal conversation, it's somewhat justified. The whole tournament lasts 48 minutes. The first episode of the tournament alone (which is about 20-25 minutes long) took only 1 minute in-universe, and by that time, two of the 80 contestants were knocked off the ring.

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** The Tournament of Power in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' constantly uses this trope. Since the characters move in at superhuman speed even while having a normal conversation, it's somewhat justified. The whole tournament lasts 48 minutes. The first episode of the tournament alone (which is about 20-25 minutes long) took only 1 minute in-universe, and by that time, two of the 80 contestants were knocked off the ring.



* Manga/WorldTrigger had fun with this trope. When [[ChildSoldiers Miwa and Yoneya]] fought against an enemy, they started to talk to the enemy when the fight was stuck in a stalemate. The enemy lampshaded that talking to enemy mid-fight was foolish. Cue both sides incapacitating each other mid-talk. Turns out that both sides used the talk just to earn a few seconds to set up sneak attacks.

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* Manga/WorldTrigger ''Manga/WorldTrigger'' had fun with this trope. When [[ChildSoldiers Miwa and Yoneya]] fought against an enemy, they started to talk to the enemy when the fight was stuck in a stalemate. The enemy lampshaded that talking to enemy mid-fight was foolish. Cue both sides incapacitating each other mid-talk. Turns out that both sides used the talk just to earn a few seconds to set up sneak attacks.



* An all-time prize-winner happens at the start of Tales to Astonish #53 (published 1964), where the Porcupine knocks [[AntMan Giant-Man]] and ComicBook/TheWasp off a not-very-tall roof. During a fall that should take less than 3 seconds, Hank and Jan have a back-and-forth conversation totaling '''163''' words, including Hank reminding a forgetful Jan that she could shrink down and fly away and Jan complimenting Hank on his quick thinking.

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* An all-time prize-winner happens at the start of Tales to Astonish #53 (published 1964), where the Porcupine knocks [[AntMan [[ComicBook/AntMan Giant-Man]] and ComicBook/TheWasp off a not-very-tall roof. During a fall that should take less than 3 seconds, Hank and Jan have a back-and-forth conversation totaling '''163''' words, including Hank reminding a forgetful Jan that she could shrink down and fly away and Jan complimenting Hank on his quick thinking.



* Brutally subverted in the final duel in ''Film/RobRoy''. Neither Cunningham nor MacGregor speaks a single word during the fight -- even though for much of it, Cunningham is toying with MacGregor, enjoying drawing out his death. Then, at the end, when he has MacGregor unarmed and on his knees, a sword at his throat, Cunningham pauses for a moment to speak just four words -- which is enough of a pause for MacGregor to rally, [[BarehandedBladeBlock trap his sword]], and strike a single, deadly, blow.

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* Brutally subverted in the final duel in ''Film/RobRoy''. Neither Cunningham nor MacGregor [=MacGregor=] speaks a single word during the fight -- even though for much of it, Cunningham is toying with MacGregor, [=MacGregor=], enjoying drawing out his death. Then, at the end, when he has MacGregor [=MacGregor=] unarmed and on his knees, a sword at his throat, Cunningham pauses for a moment to speak just four words -- which is enough of a pause for MacGregor [=MacGregor=] to rally, [[BarehandedBladeBlock trap his sword]], and strike a single, deadly, blow.



*** [[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.

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*** [[DoubleSubversion Double-subverted]] DoubleSubversion 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.



** ZigZagged in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. This trope is played straight in cutscenes, but averted when conversing with [=NPCs=] outside of towns and sanctuaries; if you draw aggro from a monster and they attack you in mid-conversation, the conversation will be cancelled and you'll need to start the dialogue over after dealing with the monster.

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** ZigZagged ZigZaggingTrope in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''. This trope is played straight in cutscenes, but averted when conversing with [=NPCs=] outside of towns and sanctuaries; if you draw aggro from a monster and they attack you in mid-conversation, the conversation will be cancelled and you'll need to start the dialogue over after dealing with the monster.



* ZigZagged in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Unlike in previous games, conversing with [=NPCs=] does not pause the game, and if you and the people you are talking to are attacked, the conversation will be cut short. Hacking and lockpicking, on the other hand, pauses the action.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''

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* ZigZagged ZigZaggingTrope in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Unlike in previous games, conversing with [=NPCs=] does not pause the game, and if you and the people you are talking to are attacked, the conversation will be cut short. Hacking and lockpicking, on the other hand, pauses the action.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':



** Subverted when Vaarsuvius ends up [[MisterExposition taking twelve seconds to]] [[ExpospeakGag explain that the remaining duration of a spell was three turns]]. Well, one turn now.[[note]]For those not in the know, a turn in D&D is roughly six seconds.[[/note]]

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** Subverted when Vaarsuvius ends up [[MisterExposition [[MrExposition taking twelve seconds to]] [[ExpospeakGag explain that the remaining duration of a spell was three turns]]. Well, one turn now.[[note]]For those not in the know, a turn in D&D is roughly six seconds.[[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' though a very [[YouFightLikeACow talky]] series by nature, has a notable {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. When a net is launched at Spider-Man from behind, he takes the time to say "Woah! My SpiderSense is tingli--!" only to be caught in the net before he can finish. Afterwards, his sense is shown, but never announced again.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderman,'' though a very [[YouFightLikeACow talky]] series by nature, has a notable {{subver|tedTrope}}sion. When a net is launched at Spider-Man from behind, he takes the time to say "Woah! My SpiderSense is tingli--!" only to be caught in the net before he can finish. Afterwards, his sense is shown, but never announced again.
21st Apr '18 6:27:38 AM Thranx
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* An all-time prize-winner happens at the start of Tales to Astonish #53 (published 1964), where the Porcupine knocks [[AntMan Giant-Man]] and ComicBook/TheWasp off a not-very-tall roof. During a fall that should take less than 3 seconds, Hank and Jan have a back-and-forth conversation totaling '''163''' words, including Hank reminding a forgetful Jan that she could shrink down and fly away and Jan complimenting Hank on his quick thinking.
16th Apr '18 6:40:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* Averted in an episode of ''Series/CSIMiami'', where Horatio is facing off against a bad guy with a MoreDakka weapon. While the guy is going on about how he can fire a thousand rounds before Horatio can shoot a single- BoomHeadshot.
--> '''Horatio Caine:''' [[BondOneLiner Turns out, you only need one]].
9th Apr '18 8:14:22 PM MeaJae97
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': When Will and Elizabeth ask Barbossa to marry them during the final battle, Barbossa is constantly interrupted by Davy Jones's crew. He finally has enough and yells, "[[SkipToTheEnd Just kiss!]]" Funnily enough, Will and Elizabeth kiss for several seconds, and no one tries to kill them during that time.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'': When Will and Elizabeth ask Barbossa to marry them during the final battle, Barbossa is they are constantly interrupted by Davy Jones's crew. He finally has enough and yells, "[[SkipToTheEnd Just kiss!]]" Funnily enough, Will and Elizabeth kiss for several seconds, and no one tries their enemies are too preoccupied to kill them during that time.
6th Apr '18 3:46:54 PM Ninja857142
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** Volume 5 uses this a lot. One of the most notable examples occurs in "A Perfect Storm." Blake uses an [[NinjaLog ice substitution]] to immobilize Corsac and Fennec. She then converses with her father and Sun, who tell her they can finish them off alone, while standing a few feet away from them. Corsac and Fennec don't break out for thirty seconds.
26th Feb '18 11:31:43 AM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'':
-->"All that you hear is less than I hear! I heard footsteps coming towards us. Silence yourself that we may find out whom we are being brought into contact with. I doubt that any would have thought as yet of searching this passage for us. The advantage of surprise will be upon our side." Grignr warned.
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's novel ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' the main characters, while fighting for their lives during surprise attacks from never-before-seen HumongousMecha, basically have a full conversation, complete with sarcastic political commentary.

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* ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'':
-->"All that you hear is less than I hear! I heard footsteps coming towards us. Silence yourself that we may find out whom we are being brought into contact with. I doubt that any would have thought as yet
One of searching this passage for us. the characters in ''[[Literature/TheAlloyofLaw Mistborn: The advantage Alloy of surprise will be upon our side." Grignr warned.
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's novel ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]''
Law]]'' has the main characters, while fighting for their lives during surprise attacks from never-before-seen HumongousMecha, basically ability to create bubbles of slowed-down time; it's repeatedly used to create moments where the characters can have a full conversation, complete with sarcastic political commentary.quick chat in the middle of combat.



* Subverted in ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Confessor]]'', when Snakeface, as Richard is approaching him with a sword, launches into a speech about how he's been looking forward to the throw down. Or tries to. Five words in, [[spoiler:[[KilledMidSentence he loses his head]], and Richard barely breaks his stride]]. Apparently, he [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he was the good guy]].



--> "You know what ''really'' gets me down is [[LampshadeHanging the way everyone takes such]] a ''long''!!!!! time!!!!! ... to!!!!! ... argh ... argh ... argh ..."

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--> ---> "You know what ''really'' gets me down is [[LampshadeHanging the way everyone takes such]] a ''long''!!!!! time!!!!! ... to!!!!! ... argh ... argh ... argh ..."



--> "[[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]]."

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--> ---> "[[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]].""
* Averted in Literature/{{Distortionverse}} ''Chapter 5 - Rumori di Fondo''. When the BigBad [[spoiler:kills Akima]], Michelle starts speaking with her, completely neglecting the EldritchAbomination which is going to devour her as well. When Michelle exits her {{Heroic BSOD}}, she realizes she's still alive only thanks to François's intervention. Obviously, François yells at her in anger:
--> '''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?
* The damned and penitents from ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' can fire off whole poetic speeches to the protagonists even as they're being sent flying in the air by a lust-hurricane or having the pride crushed out of them by the boulders of humility. The only exception might be the Slothful in Purgatory, who say little because they're too busy running off sloth to have long dialogues.
* {{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 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."
* In Creator/OrsonScottCard's novel ''[[Literature/OrsonScottCardsEmpire Empire]]'' the main characters, while fighting for their lives during surprise attacks from never-before-seen HumongousMecha, basically have a full conversation, complete with sarcastic political commentary.
%%* ''Literature/TheEyeOfArgon'':
%%-->"All that you hear is less than I hear! I heard footsteps coming towards us. Silence yourself that we may find out whom we are being brought into contact with. I doubt that any would have thought as yet of searching this passage for us. The advantage of surprise will be upon our side." Grignr warned.
* The sundry supernatural menaces of the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' series seem remarkably polite about waiting for the trio of heroes to speculate, plan, 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.
* Subverted in the first ''Literature/GuardiansOfTheFlame'' book, ''The Sleeping Dragon.'' Karl Cullinane attempts a BondOneLiner in the middle of a fight, only to get attacked from behind in mid-sentence. Lampshaded immediately after when he mentally tells himself "You know better than to talk while a fight's going on!"



* Averted in ''Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse'': 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.



* Subverted in ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Confessor]]'', when Snakeface, as Richard is approaching him with a sword, launches into a speech about how he's been looking forward to the throw down. Or tries to. Five words in, [[spoiler:[[KilledMidSentence he loses his head]], and Richard barely breaks his stride]]. Apparently, he [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he was the good guy]].

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* Subverted In Creator/MaryJaniceDavidson's ''Literature/QueenBetsy'' series, the eponymous character frequently has internal monologues and musings, only to find she's completely checked out and missed something important. It's possibly a commentary on Betsy's questionable state of mind.
* This is the only way Jon-Tom's magic could possibly work
in ''[[Literature/SwordOfTruth Confessor]]'', the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novels. He's got to sing while playing an instrument, and it usually takes an entire song in order to cast a spell. And he can cast spells while in a melee fight without getting attacked.
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Last Hope'', Graystripe is overjoyed to see Whitestorm again
when Snakeface, as Richard is approaching the [=StarClan=] shows up for the FinalBattle, but Whitestorm cuts him off, saying, "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 a sword, launches into a speech about how he's been looking forward to the throw down. Or tries to. Five words in, [[spoiler:[[KilledMidSentence Longtail]]. However, when [[BigBad Tigerstar]] shows up, he loses his head]], and Richard barely breaks his stride]]. Apparently, he [[WrongGenreSavvy thought he was the good guy]].stands around talking with [[TheChosenOne Firestar]] for a few pages before they actually fight.



* The sundry supernatural menaces of the ''Literature/GhostFinders'' series seem remarkably polite about waiting for the trio of heroes to speculate, plan, 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.
* {{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 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."
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel ''The Last Hope'', Graystripe is overjoyed to see Whitestorm again when the [=StarClan=] shows up for the FinalBattle, but Whitestorm cuts him off, saying, "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]]. However, when [[BigBad Tigerstar]] shows up, he stands around talking with [[TheChosenOne Firestar]] for a few pages before they actually fight.
* One of the characters in ''[[Literature/TheAlloyofLaw Mistborn: The Alloy of Law]]'' has the ability to create bubbles of slowed-down time; it's repeatedly used to create moments where the characters can have a quick chat in the middle of combat.
* In Creator/MaryJaniceDavidson's ''Literature/QueenBetsy'' series, the eponymous character frequently has internal monologues and musings, only to find she's completely checked out and missed something important. It's possibly a commentary on Betsy's questionable state of mind.
* Averted in ''Literature/HowToSurviveAZombieApocalypse'': 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.
* Averted in Literature/{{Distortionverse}} ''Chapter 5 - Rumori di Fondo''. When the BigBad [[spoiler:kills Akima]], Michelle starts speaking with her, completely neglecting the EldritchAbomination which is going to devour her as well. When Michelle exits her {{Heroic BSOD}}, she realizes she's still alive only thanks to François's intervention. Obviously, François yells at her in anger:
--> '''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?
* Subverted in the first ''Literature/GuardiansOfTheFlame'' book, ''The Sleeping Dragon.'' Karl Cullinane attempts a BondOneLiner in the middle of a fight, only to get attacked from behind in mid-sentence. Lampshaded immediately after when he mentally tells himself "You know better than to talk while a fight's going on!"
* This is the only way Jon-Tom's magic could possibly work in the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novels. He's got to sing while playing an instrument, and it usually takes an entire song in order to cast a spell. And he can cast spells while in a melee fight without getting attacked.
26th Feb '18 11:16:25 AM DustSnitch
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This 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]].

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This trope is mostly found in comics and similar non-audio 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]].
25th Feb '18 6:28:57 PM intastiel
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* Parodied in ''Film/TheGamers'', which chronicles a TabletopRPG session: one character repeatedly tries to shoot a side villain in the middle of his EvilGloating, only for the DungeonMaster to RetCon it and insist on finishing the villain's speech first.
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