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* In ''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' this is averted by the protagonist who frequently interrupt monologues to attack people and has done death blows on opponents who otherwise had the upper hand but then stopped [[EvilGloating to gloat]].
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*** Subverted in ''Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger'' episode 29. The MonsterOfTheWeek, Sugoroku Ninja Ikkakusai, sets up a city-wide board game once he goes big, but then prattles on about the history of board games. This bores the Ninningers so much that they go ahead and kill him.
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* Used to a ridiculous extent in ''Manga/{{Needless}}''. A common occurrence involves the main group fighting two or more enemies, only for the enemy that is currently being focused on to actually be doing anything, with the others apparently standing completely still as if waiting for their turn. On top of that, the heroes will often involve themselves in lengthy speeches to each other while in the middle of battle with all of the surrounding enemies seeming to have nothing better to do than politely wait for them to finish speaking.

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* Used to One episode of ''Manga/AirGear'' had several people carry on a ridiculous extent full length conversation (including a character's arrival) in ''Manga/{{Needless}}''. A common occurrence involves the time it took the main group character to fall down two floors.
* 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.
* ''[[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 [[SuperSpeed supersonic speed]] (which [[FridgeLogic makes you wonder]] how they can hear each other).
** The
two or more enemies, only {{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.
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Then again, if a person is spouting a speech about how good his troops are, or how screwed his
enemy that is, or whatever, this marks him as important right in front of our protagonist, nicknamed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hundred Man Slayer]] -- he probably deserves to be cut off in mid-sentence.
* The subversion
is currently being focused on 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 be doing anything, 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.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** During Ichigo's second fight
with Grimmjow, his hollow mask stays active for around eleven seconds, but it lasts the others apparently standing completely still whole fight. The dialogue alone during the fight would take much longer than eleven seconds; the fight as if waiting a whole easily lasts a few minutes, even taking into account the characters' superhuman speed.
** During Ichigo's final fight with Byakuya, he proves to be much too fast
for their turn. On top of that, Byakuya -- and he uses this advantage to taunt him rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just stab him in the heroes will often involve themselves in lengthy speeches back]]. Fortunately, Byakuya is too stunned to each other while react until he's finished taunting.
** D-Roy tries to subvert this by attacking Rukia
in the middle of battle her introductory speech, but he waited five minutes before doing even that, and it gave him no advantage anyway.
** [[FunctionalMagic Kido]] uses spells
with all obscenely long incantations, even for basic things like fireballs. More advanced users can get away without them, but the resulting spell is much less powerful. The only way to truly master this art is to be a MotorMouth.
** The first half
of the surrounding Soifon-Vega fight started out well, but eventually lapsed into this trope -- as the fighters {{lampshade|hanging}} the trope and spend all their time talking about how they ''don't'' do this.
** Some fighters have been known to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope and attack their opponents in the middle of their exposition. Ichigo did this to Ishida on two separate occasions, and Love did this to his only ally Visored Rose to get him to shut up and focus on the battle. The BigBad of the Soul Society arc is impervious to this, though; he just {{No Sell}}s the attempt and continues talking.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', when during a kendo sparring session between Muto and Shusui, four people comment on Shusui's reverse-dou strike between the time he starts swinging and the time it connects.
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'''s adaptations, especially the original 1994 anime, characters spend so much time monologuing 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.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' frequently had minutes-long conversations in improbable timeframes, including one in the span of a character running across a room no more than twenty feet wide. The light novel (but [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication not the anime]]) [[JustifiedTrope explains]] the room as being much larger than it seemed thanks to a magical optical illusion.
* This occurs quite a bit in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. The characters will face off against [[EldritchAbomination
enemies seeming that can bring them to have nothing better to do than their knees within seconds]] (and they do). Instead of killing them, though, their opponent will politely wait for them while they discuss how they were beaten and how they might be able to finish speaking.turn the fight around.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often does this in a ''Gundam''-like manner, especially with [[WarriorTherapist pilots talking during Knightmare battles]] -- Urabe's sacrifice is probably the best example. Lelouch also has a habit of making dramatic remarks even when his opponents are standing there pointing guns at him, as they never take the opportunity to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]].



* 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}}''; most characters can spout off exposition in the middle of a fight. Lee in particular has a habit of kicking his opponent into the air, jumping after him, and expositing for 30 seconds before 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 finishes his exposition.
** Sasori, when fighting Sakura, injects herself with an antidote that will protect her from poison for three minutes. They then spend the next ''five'' minutes talking, but this apparently doesn't count against this limit.
** The fight between [[spoiler:Kisame, Killer Bee, and Sabu]] sees a lot of banter and exposition of this sort between the fighters, including characters expositing on attacks being thrown at them less than two feet away. What's amazing is that they're doing this ''underwater''.
** Itachi [[spoiler:or rather his underling-clone-thing]] stays completely still while Kakashi and Chiyo have a long discussion of how to defeat him. He was sort of counting on this, as he only needed to delay them.
** Characters have been known to get in perfect position for a surprise attack -- and then exposit for several seconds about how awesome the attack will be before actually launching it. The victim could presumably hear them (and thus 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 [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this to an extent; the enemies are CameBackWrong ninja whose bodies are being manipulated but whose mouths are not. Since they're often acquainted with the ninja on the other side of the war, this leads to a lot of friendly or emotional conversations in the middle of the fight. All sorts of ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy, almost-surprise attacks, and even a lampshade from Kabuto when he allows (and sarcastically thanks his opponents for) discussing strategy on how to beat him right in front of him.
** Naruto himself, despite being an IdiotHero, {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in chapter 642 when he devises a strategy to defeat his opponent while he's in the middle of a HannibalLecture.
** Parodied in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'', where 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!
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** In Volume 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.
** Father Anderson reels off whole Bible passages before he actually starts fighting his opponent. Said opponent usually waits patiently for him to walk over and engage them.

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* Abused Invoked inconsistently 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}}''; most characters can spout off exposition in the middle of a fight. Lee in particular has a habit of kicking his opponent into the air, jumping after him, and expositing for 30 seconds before 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
''LightNovel/DateALive'' anime. The protagonist's date occasions are often steered by dialogues with both his kunai, partner and they all remain still while Naruto finishes his exposition.
** Sasori, when fighting Sakura, injects herself with an antidote that will protect her from poison for three minutes. They then spend the next ''five'' minutes talking, but this apparently doesn't count against this limit.
** The fight between [[spoiler:Kisame, Killer Bee, and Sabu]] sees a lot of banter and exposition of this sort between the fighters, including characters expositing
prompter ([[EarpieceConversation via discreet headset]]). Sometimes he gets called out on attacks being thrown at them less than two feet away. What's amazing is that they're doing this ''underwater''.
** Itachi [[spoiler:or rather his underling-clone-thing]] stays completely still while Kakashi and Chiyo have a long discussion of how to defeat him. He was sort of counting on this, as he only needed to delay them.
** Characters have been known to get in perfect position for a surprise attack -- and then exposit for several seconds about how awesome the attack will be before actually launching it. The victim could presumably hear them (and thus 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 [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this to an extent; the enemies are CameBackWrong ninja whose bodies are being manipulated but whose mouths are not. Since they're often acquainted with the ninja on the
distracted, other side of the war, this leads to a lot of friendly or emotional conversations in the middle of the fight. All sorts of ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy, almost-surprise attacks, and even a lampshade from Kabuto when he allows (and sarcastically thanks his opponents for) discussing strategy on how to beat him right in front of him.
** Naruto himself, despite being an IdiotHero, {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in chapter 642 when he devises a strategy to defeat his opponent while he's in the middle of a HannibalLecture.
** Parodied in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'', where 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!
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** In Volume 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.
** Father Anderson reels off whole Bible passages before he actually starts fighting his opponent. Said opponent usually waits patiently for him to walk over and engage them.
times things go quite smoothly.



* 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 nine or so minutes during the anime -- even though they clearly state in the next episode that the fight only lasted 37 seconds.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The manga is full of lengthy situational analyses, often spoken out loud, and often delivered in the time it takes for a bullet to travel less than a dozen feet. But the anime takes the ridiculousness even further:
** Jojo, Dio, and Zepelli manage to have a full conversation while two of them are hanging in 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]].
** [[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.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga just loves doing this, especially [[WarriorTherapist during epic 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 type of exposition.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue shows up and introduces her squad with a LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM Akihiro]] has other ideas:
-->'''Akihiro:''' ''(With a confused look complete with sweatdrop)'' [[CombatPragmatist It was... okay to shoot, right?]]
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Mikazuki:''' [[LampshadeHanging Of course]].
** Done again during Tekkedan's 2nd encounter with Carta Issue. Mikazuki sees the opportunity to attack her during all her LargeHam boasting. Carta's men call him out on it.
* 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 he rattles off the percentage chance of any particular event happening during the 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 necessary, as the show's protagonists are perhaps the single most hesitant gaggle of mooks in all of 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 an arm and part of his head taken off mid-conversation]].
* ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does this quite often, both with the standard talking and occasional 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, perhaps because it was just ''that boring''.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has fun with this trope. In one chapter, a 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 death. Zoom out to reveal the guy he's fighting, all set to beat the shit 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. Or at least 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.

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* Happens all While ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' at one point lambasts the time in ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'' "CallingYourAttacks" trope, and ''Ultimate Muscle''. One of while it explicitly states the most blatant examples is digivice 01 was created specifically for non-verbal communication, the match between [[spoiler:the newly-returned Ramenman]] and Motorman in the Throne arc. Although one of the shorter fights in the arc, it characters are still goes able to hold conversations in situations where they logically shouldn't be able to understand one another (''e.g.'' while submerged) or even be able to vocalize (''e.g.'' [[BreathWeapon with their mouths full of energy attacks]]).
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', when Beelzemon shoots his bullets
on for a solid nine or so Takato and Megidramon, the others, who try to warn Takato, suddenly talk in slow-motion, as do the flying bullets. During this time, Takato and the de-volved Guilmon have apparently an extremely fast talk which takes about two minutes of screen-time.
* 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.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''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 the anime -- even though they clearly state in the next episode that the fight only lasted 37 seconds.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The manga is full of lengthy situational analyses, often spoken out loud, and often delivered in the time it takes for a bullet to travel less than a dozen feet. But the anime takes the ridiculousness even further:
** Jojo, Dio, and Zepelli manage to have a full conversation while two of them are hanging in 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]].
** [[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.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga just loves doing this, especially [[WarriorTherapist during epic 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 type of exposition.
* Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue shows up
Goku and introduces her squad with a LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM Akihiro]] has other ideas:
-->'''Akihiro:''' ''(With a confused look complete with sweatdrop)'' [[CombatPragmatist It was... okay to shoot, right?]]
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Mikazuki:''' [[LampshadeHanging Of course]].
** Done again during Tekkedan's 2nd encounter with Carta Issue. Mikazuki sees
gives the opportunity to attack her during all her LargeHam boasting. Carta's men call him out on it.
* 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 he rattles off the percentage chance of any particular event happening during the 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 necessary, as the show's protagonists are perhaps the single most hesitant gaggle of mooks in all of 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 an arm and part of his head taken off mid-conversation]].
* ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does this quite often, both with the standard talking and occasional flashbacks. Apparently, it takes less time to revisit all your motivations for becoming a fighter (taking
planet five minutes before it blows up. Infamously, it took ten episodes, about 300 hours of screen time) than it does for a fist to cross a foot or two. At one point, Ueki pole vaults onto someone, screentime, and they manage a four-line over 300 lines of dialogue explaining his move before he even gets close for those "five minutes" to landing. On happen. This made ''Dragon Ball Z'' a by-word for 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, perhaps because it was just ''that boring''.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has fun with
InactionSequence. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' mocks this trope. In one chapter, a character thinks several paragraphs' worth of stuff, then realizes that by having Goku ask Frieza if he's thought entirely too much even sure what a minute ''is''.
** In spite of its reputation, though, ''Dragon Ball'' has more than its share of GenreSavvy fighters who will take advantage of this tendency:
*** Goku attacks Jeice mid-sentence during the Namek arc. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' parodies this by having him get hit like this eight times
in so a single conversation.
*** In Goku's fight with Piccolo Jr., he takes advantage of Piccolo's monologuing to rest up for the next phase of the fight.
*** Piccolo lets Cell yammer on about himself, where he came from, and his end goal, while he buys time to recover his strength (with the added bonus of learning everything there is to know about Cell).
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', 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!'''
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''. The [[LivingWeapon Eden Raids]] transform and can be commanded to perform various actions only after singing
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 death. Zoom out songs. Coud goes into an extended piece to reveal the guy he's fighting, all set to beat the shit 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
unlock Ren's power against hers. Or at least that's a foe, when the sentiment he was ''trying'' enemy moves to express -- he got as far as "She's good. I'll g-" before she smashed his face attack him in mid-song. [[SmallGirlBigGun Cisqa]] keeps the enemy back with her wooden sword.a warning shot, saying, "When someone sings, listening until the end is good manners."



* Poked fun at in ''Manga/KotaroMakariTooru'': During 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?"

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* Poked fun ''Manga/FairyTail'' has been known to {{subvert|edtrope}} the trope:
** As the QuirkyMiniBossSquad 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.]]
** In Chapter 81, [[spoiler: One of the other slaves tries to confess his love for Erza]]. He happened to be doing that
in ''Manga/KotaroMakariTooru'': the middle of a violent revolt and [[KilledMidSentence gets violently gunned down]] for his trouble.
**
During a martial arts tournament, one of the contenders launches a mid-air attack, whereupon "[[CurbStompBattle battle]]" between [[spoiler:[[SmugSuper Wizard Saint/Spriggan Twelve God Serena]] and [[TheDreaded Dragon King Acnologia]]]] in Chapter 470, the surprised announcer proceeds latter [[NoNonsenseNemesis doesn't even give the former time to exclaim finish boasting]] before [[KilledMidSentence tearing a massive hole in his shock, admiration, expectations, exposition of side and leaving him to die]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** During
the move, CurbStompBattle between [[spoiler:Roy Mustang and prediction Envy]], [[spoiler:Roy]] almost never lets [[spoiler:Envy]] finish a complete sentence.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime]], Basque Grand is killed by Scar
in the same panel. A little pop-up head in middle of his speech explaining just how outmatched the corner of the panel quips, "How much time does he have to say this much anyway?"latter is against him.



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' frequently had minutes-long conversations in improbable timeframes, including one in the span of a character running across a room no more than twenty feet wide. The light novel (but [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication not the anime]]) [[JustifiedTrope explains]] the room as being much larger than it seemed thanks to a magical optical illusion.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** During Ichigo's second fight with Grimmjow, his hollow mask stays active for around eleven seconds, but it lasts the whole fight. The dialogue alone during the fight would take much longer than eleven seconds; the 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 proves to be much too fast for Byakuya -- and he uses this advantage to taunt him rather than [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just stab him in the back]]. Fortunately, Byakuya is too stunned to react until he's finished taunting.
** D-Roy tries to subvert this by attacking Rukia in the middle of her introductory speech, but he waited five minutes before doing even that, and it gave him no advantage anyway.
** [[FunctionalMagic Kido]] uses spells with obscenely long incantations, even for basic things like fireballs. More advanced users can get away without them, but the resulting spell is much less powerful. The only way to truly master this art is to be a MotorMouth.
** The first half of the Soifon-Vega fight started out well, but eventually lapsed into this trope -- as the fighters {{lampshade|hanging}} the trope and spend all their time talking about how they ''don't'' do this.
** Some fighters have been known to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope and attack their opponents in the middle of their exposition. Ichigo did this to Ishida on two separate occasions, and Love did this to his only ally Visored Rose to get him to shut up and focus on the battle. The BigBad of the Soul Society arc is impervious to this, though; he just {{No Sell}}s the attempt and continues talking.
* During the climax of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Arabasta arc, the Straw Hats are able to call out to each other and execute an improvised plan in the course of less than a minute (three in the anime), in spite of the dialogue taking much longer. It's not like they're not aware of this, though; Luffy had taken advantage of it earlier in the arc when he attacked Crocodile mid-sentence:
-->'''Crocodile:''' No matter how hard you try, you will never def--''pppppp''\\
'''Luffy:''' "Defp"? Just what the hell are you trying to say?
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}!'' uses this to highlight an increase in the main character's reaction time. We see a punch fly at his head, he pauses to muse on the source of his new found strength for a couple of paragraphs, and then parries the attack without difficulty.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''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 the fight with Goku and gives the planet five minutes before it blows up. Infamously, it took ten episodes, about 300 hours of screentime, and over 300 lines of dialogue for those "five minutes" to happen. This made ''Dragon Ball Z'' a by-word for the InactionSequence. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' mocks this by having Goku ask Frieza if he's even sure what a minute ''is''.
** In spite of its reputation, though, ''Dragon Ball'' has more than its share of GenreSavvy fighters who will take advantage of this tendency:
*** Goku attacks Jeice mid-sentence during the Namek arc. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' parodies this by having him get hit like this eight times in a single conversation.
*** In Goku's fight with Piccolo Jr., he takes advantage of Piccolo's monologuing to rest up for the next phase of the fight.
*** Piccolo lets Cell yammer on about himself, where he came from, and his end goal, while he buys time to recover his strength (with the added bonus of learning everything there is to know about Cell).
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', 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}}'':
** 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 up against.
** Trainers have been known to give their Pokémon complex battle instructions. One even gave some very detailed maneuvers, complete with degree measurements, all in the heat of battle.
** The Team Rocket motto, which happens OncePerEpisode, is usually a free action; the Rockets will drop everything to introduce themselves, and the heroes will usually wait for them to finish (occasionally even being visibly bored waiting for that to happen). Some don't, though, especially Barry, who has never actually heard the entire motto for this reason. The biggest {{lampshade|hanging}}s are when the heroes take the opportunity to rescue Pokémon or people during this time.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' 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.
* ''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 necessary, as the show's protagonists are perhaps the single most hesitant gaggle of mooks in all of 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 an arm and part of his head taken off mid-conversation]].
* Used fairly
frequently had minutes-long conversations in improbable timeframes, including one ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion''. Basically, any time the focus is in the span of a character running across a room no more than twenty feet wide. Vector cockpit, you can rest assured that the MonsterOfTheWeek will wait patiently for the pilots to finish whatever strategic discussion, CharacterDevelopment, or general exposition may be going on.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Motoko Kusanagi {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in order to take down an assassin.
The light novel (but [[AdaptationExplanationExtrication not the anime]]) [[JustifiedTrope explains]] the room as being much larger than it seemed thanks assassin is hired to kill a magical optical illusion.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** During Ichigo's second fight with Grimmjow,
low-profile billionaire. She walks up to his hollow mask stays active for around eleven seconds, but it lasts the whole fight. The dialogue bed and points her gun at him, thinking that she's all alone during in the fight would take much longer than eleven seconds; room, and decides to monologue about the fight as a whole easily lasts a few minutes, even taking into account the characters' superhuman speed.
** During Ichigo's final fight
problems with Byakuya, he proves to be much too fast for Byakuya -- and he capitalism. Motoko uses this advantage time to taunt him rather than sneak up and arrest her.
-->'''Motoko:''' A ''smarter'' hitman
[[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just stab him in the back]]. Fortunately, Byakuya is too stunned to react until he's finished taunting.
** D-Roy tries to subvert this by attacking Rukia in the middle of her introductory speech, but he waited five minutes before doing even that, and it gave him no advantage anyway.
** [[FunctionalMagic Kido]] uses spells with obscenely long incantations, even for basic things like fireballs. More advanced users can get away without them, but the resulting spell is much less powerful. The only way to truly master this art is to be a MotorMouth.
** The first half of the Soifon-Vega fight started out well, but eventually lapsed into this trope -- as the fighters {{lampshade|hanging}} the trope and spend all their time talking about how they ''don't'' do this.
** Some fighters
would have been known to {{def|iedtrope}}y this trope shot first.]]
* Episode 3 of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' has a especially ridiculous example. Weed
and attack their opponents in the middle of their exposition. Ichigo did this to Ishida on two separate occasions, and Love did this to his only ally Visored Rose to get him to shut up and focus on the battle. The BigBad of the Soul Society arc is impervious to this, though; he just {{No Sell}}s the attempt and continues talking.
* During the climax of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Arabasta arc, the Straw Hats are able to call out to each
other dogs blabber on and execute an improvised plan in the course of less than a minute (three in the anime), in spite of the dialogue taking much longer. It's not like they're not aware of this, though; Luffy had taken advantage of it earlier in the arc when he attacked Crocodile mid-sentence:
-->'''Crocodile:''' No matter how hard you try, you will never def--''pppppp''\\
'''Luffy:''' "Defp"? Just what the hell are you trying to say?
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}!'' uses this to highlight an increase in the main character's reaction time. We see a punch fly at his head, he pauses to muse on the source of his new found strength for a couple of paragraphs,
on, and then parries the attack without difficulty.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''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
Kaibutsu even overhears some of it and sarcastically wishes them luck.
** Frieza destroys Namek's core during the fight with Goku and gives the planet five minutes before it blows up. Infamously, it took ten episodes, about 300 hours of screentime, and over 300 lines of dialogue for those "five minutes" to happen. This made ''Dragon Ball Z'' a by-word for the InactionSequence. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' mocks this by having Goku ask Frieza if he's even sure what a minute ''is''.
** In spite of its reputation, though, ''Dragon Ball''
has more than its share of GenreSavvy fighters who will take advantage of this tendency:
*** Goku attacks Jeice mid-sentence during the Namek arc. ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' parodies this by having him get hit like this eight times in a single conversation.
*** In Goku's fight with Piccolo Jr., he takes advantage of Piccolo's monologuing to rest up for the next phase of the fight.
*** Piccolo lets Cell yammer on about himself, where he came from, and his end goal, while he buys
time to recover his strength (with the added bonus of learning everything there is to know about Cell).
*** In ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', all the talking between Goku
turn around and the BigBad actually lasts long prepare to attack, while Weed is in mid-air. He was not near far 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}}'':
** 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 up against.
** Trainers have been known to give their Pokémon complex battle instructions. One even gave some very detailed maneuvers, complete with degree measurements, all in the heat of battle.
** The Team Rocket motto, which happens OncePerEpisode, is usually a free action; the Rockets will drop everything to introduce themselves, and the heroes will usually wait
away before he jumped for them to finish (occasionally even being visibly bored waiting for have done and said all that. He had to have just floated there or something, despite the action lines that seem to happen). Some don't, though, especially Barry, who has never actually heard indicate he's moving very quickly through the entire motto for this reason. The biggest {{lampshade|hanging}}s are air.
* Happens twice in ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka''
when the heroes take the opportunity to rescue Pokémon or Onizuka accidentally knocks people off the 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.
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%%* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. It is used to add more drama
during this time.fights.
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often does this in a ''Gundam''-like manner, especially with [[WarriorTherapist pilots talking during Knightmare battles]] -- Urabe's sacrifice is probably the best example. Lelouch also has a habit of making dramatic remarks even when his opponents are standing there pointing guns at 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.
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' often does ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'':
** In Volume 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.
** Father Anderson reels off whole Bible passages before he actually starts fighting his opponent. Said opponent usually waits patiently for him to walk over and engage them.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has fun with
this trope. In one chapter, a character thinks several paragraphs' worth of stuff, then realizes that he's thought entirely too much in so short a ''Gundam''-like manner, especially timeframe. He then realizes that the reason this is happening is because one's perception of time slows greatly in the seconds before death. Zoom out to reveal the guy he's fighting, all set to beat the shit out of him.
* Played
with [[WarriorTherapist pilots in one scene of ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' with Megane talking during Knightmare battles]] -- Urabe's sacrifice is probably to Shuuyou Meito, a team of {{Otaku}}. As he's kicking the best example. Lelouch also has a habit ball down the field, Megane starts with an annoyed lecture about Shuuyou Meito's reliance on dirty tactics. One of making dramatic remarks even when his the opponents are standing there pointing guns at him, as tries to steal the ball mid-speech; Megane's response directly mentions this trope:
-->'''Megane:''' How dare you attack in the middle of a stirring lecture or a fusion! As a robot otaku, you fail!
* 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 never take the opportunity talk to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot him]].
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%%* Current state of the plot in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. They've been
each other. 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.]]
* 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 final battle with action. The most extreme example is in the BigBad FinalBattle, when Sesshoumaru is in one panel about to get a faceful of CombatTentacles, he speaks a whole sentence about what's going on, and then effortlessly destroys the attacking tendrils before they hit.
* Taken to ridiculous extremes in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. The manga is full of lengthy situational analyses, often spoken out loud, and often delivered in the time it takes
for a bullet to travel less than a dozen chapters now, each of which seems feet. But the anime takes the ridiculousness even further:
** Jonathan, Dio, and Zepelli manage
to cover about have a full conversation while two seconds of them are hanging in 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]].
** [[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 eight pages of exposition.
%% Not familiar with this work, but I doubt this is still the case. ExamplesAreNotRecent
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decides to act within .002 seconds.



* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''. The [[LivingWeapon Eden Raids]] transform and can be commanded to perform various actions only after singing short songs. Coud 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 the 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.
* Used fairly frequently in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion''. Basically, any time the focus is in the Vector cockpit, you can rest assured that the MonsterOfTheWeek will wait patiently for the pilots to finish whatever strategic discussion, CharacterDevelopment, or general exposition may be going on.
* One episode of ''Manga/AirGear'' had several people carry on a full length conversation (including a character's arrival) in the time it took the main character to fall down two floors.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The action in any fight will typically pause so that the bad guy can listen to whatever Kamina has to say. For example, episode 4 has him delivering a speech on the true nature of combining, while individual mecha from the 16-part combiner just orbit Gurren Lagann rather than dare interrupting such a [[HoYay suspiciously homoerotic]] speech.
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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, 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.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', when during a kendo sparring session between Muto and Shusui, four people comment on Shusui's reverse-dou strike between the time he starts swinging and the time it connects.
* ''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.

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* 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 nine or so minutes during the anime -- even though they clearly state in the next episode that the fight only lasted 37 seconds.
* Poked fun at in ''Manga/KotaroMakariTooru'': During 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?"
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d early in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''. The [[LivingWeapon Eden Raids]] transform and can be commanded to perform various actions only after singing short songs. Coud goes into an extended piece to unlock Ren's power against a foe, when PlayedForLaughs in the enemy moves to attack him in mid-song. [[SmallGirlBigGun Cisqa]] keeps chapter 107 bloopers omake of ''Manga/KurokoNoBasuke'', where Kuroko misses 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 the 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
ball he's trying to finally reach a decision and run down the side pass because of the wall to catch them.
* Used fairly
speech he's making. But it's otherwise used frequently in ''Anime/GenesisOfAquarion''. Basically, any time the focus is in the Vector cockpit, you can rest assured that the MonsterOfTheWeek will wait patiently for the pilots to finish whatever strategic discussion, CharacterDevelopment, or general exposition may be going on.
* One episode of ''Manga/AirGear'' had several people carry on a full length conversation (including a character's arrival) in the time it took the main character to fall down two floors.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The action in any fight will typically pause so that the bad guy can listen to whatever Kamina has to say. For example, episode 4 has him delivering a speech on the true nature of combining, while individual mecha from the 16-part combiner just orbit Gurren Lagann rather than dare interrupting such a [[HoYay suspiciously homoerotic]] speech.
%%
%%* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. It is used to add more drama
anime, especially during fights.
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the last few seconds of a quarter in a basketball game, when players commentate on their own plays or make a lengthy explanation. (Admittedly, the last minute of real basketball games can be interminably long because of all the timeouts.)
* Somewhere between ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki'' does 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.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', when during a kendo sparring session between Muto and Shusui, four people comment on Shusui's reverse-dou strike between the time he starts swinging and the time it connects.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': During Saitou's fight
quite often, both with Usui, they jump the standard talking 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'':
occasional flashbacks. Apparently, there isn't enough it takes less time to revisit all your motivations for Rei becoming a fighter (taking five minutes of screen time) than it does for a fist to dodge 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 sixteenth Angel's attack other hand, in the incredible fast and agile EVA-00 during the 23rd one episode, but there's certainly enough time for Hyuga to point that out.Ueki defeats an opponent [[CurbStompBattle in one blow]] in the middle of his adversary's explanation about his powers, perhaps because it was just ''that boring''.



* This occurs quite a bit in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. The characters will face off against [[EldritchAbomination enemies that can bring them to their knees within seconds]] (and they do). Instead of killing them, though, their opponent will politely wait while they discuss how they were beaten and how they might be able to turn the fight around.
* Since a lot of the card game in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and its sequels involves somebody attacking and the other guy making a miraculous recovery, giant blasts of raw holographic energy must understandably be paused while the card is activated and its effects are explained. This gets especially obvious when the shot is drawn so that the attack is in view, like when Red Daemon's Dragon/Red Dragon Archfiend patiently waits with a glowing fist so that it can punch into the oddly named [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Scrum_Force Scrum Force]].
* 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. One of the opponents tries to steal the ball mid-speech; Megane's response directly mentions this trope:
-->'''Megane:''' How dare you attack in the middle of a stirring lecture or a fusion! As a robot otaku, you fail!
* Subverted in ''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]], 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 [[SuperSpeed supersonic speed]] (which [[FridgeLogic 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 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, and 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 (''e.g.'' while submerged) or even be able to vocalize (''e.g.'' [[BreathWeapon with their mouths full of energy attacks]]).
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', when Beelzemon shoots his bullets on Takato and Megidramon, the others, who try to warn Takato, suddenly talk in slow-motion, as do the flying bullets. During this time, Takato and the de-volved Guilmon have apparently an extremely fast talk which takes about two minutes of screen-time.
* 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.
* Played with in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''. In an early episode, Raquel fights an enemy spellcaster, who never gets to complete his lengthy invocation because her own invocation is much shorter and the spell interrupts him. He even protests that there shouldn't be any spells that quick.
* {{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. But it's otherwise 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. (Admittedly, the last minute of real basketball games can be interminably long because of all the timeouts.)
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Motoko Kusanagi {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in order to take down an assassin. 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.
-->'''Motoko:''' A ''smarter'' hitman [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim would have shot first.]]
* 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. 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 whatever, this marks him as important right in front of our protagonist, nicknamed the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hundred Man Slayer]] -- he probably deserves 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 is in the FinalBattle, when Sesshoumaru is in one panel about to get a faceful of CombatTentacles, he speaks a whole sentence about what's going on, and then effortlessly destroys the attacking tendrils before they hit.

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* This occurs quite a bit in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. The characters will face off against [[EldritchAbomination enemies that can bring them to their knees within seconds]] (and they do). Instead of killing them, though, their opponent will politely wait while they discuss how they were beaten and how they might be able to turn the fight around.
* Since a lot of the card game in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and its sequels involves somebody attacking and the other guy making a miraculous recovery, giant blasts of raw holographic energy must understandably be paused while the card is activated and its effects are explained. This gets
''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' saga just loves doing this, especially obvious when [[WarriorTherapist during epic battles]]. It does vary series to series; some will have more pragmatic fighters than others. But ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' takes the shot is drawn so that the attack is in view, like when Red Daemon's Dragon/Red Dragon Archfiend patiently waits cake with a glowing fist so that it can punch into the oddly named [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Scrum_Force Scrum Force]].
* Played with in one scene
its shameless use 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. One of the opponents tries to steal the ball mid-speech; Megane's response directly mentions this trope:
-->'''Megane:''' How dare you attack in the middle
type of a stirring lecture or a fusion! As a robot otaku, you fail!
exposition.
* Subverted in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** During the CurbStompBattle between [[spoiler:Roy Mustang
''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue shows up and Envy]], [[spoiler:Roy]] almost never lets [[spoiler:Envy]] finish introduces her squad with a LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM Akihiro]] has other ideas:
-->'''Akihiro:''' ''(With a confused look
complete sentence.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 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 fighting at [[SuperSpeed supersonic speed]] (which [[FridgeLogic 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 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, and 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 (''e.g.'' while submerged) or even be able to vocalize (''e.g.'' [[BreathWeapon
with their mouths full of energy attacks]]).
* In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', when Beelzemon shoots his bullets on Takato and Megidramon, the others, who try
sweatdrop)'' [[CombatPragmatist It was... okay to warn Takato, suddenly talk in slow-motion, as do the flying bullets. During this time, Takato and the de-volved Guilmon have apparently an extremely fast talk which takes about two minutes of screen-time.
* 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.
* Played with in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''. In an early episode, Raquel fights an enemy spellcaster, who never gets to complete his lengthy invocation because her own invocation is much shorter and the spell interrupts him. He even protests that there shouldn't be any spells that quick.
* {{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. But it's otherwise used frequently in the anime, especially
shoot, right?]]
-->''{{Beat}}''
-->'''Mikazuki:''' [[LampshadeHanging Of course]].
** Done again
during the last few seconds of a quarter in a basketball game, when players commentate on their own plays or make a lengthy explanation. (Admittedly, the last minute of real basketball games can be interminably long because of all the timeouts.)
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Motoko Kusanagi {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in order to take down an assassin. 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
Tekkedan's 2nd encounter with capitalism. Motoko uses this time to sneak up and arrest her.
-->'''Motoko:''' A ''smarter'' hitman [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim would have shot first.]]
* 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. 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 whatever, this marks him as important right in front of our protagonist, nicknamed
Carta Issue. Mikazuki sees the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hundred Man Slayer]] -- he probably deserves opportunity to be cut off in mid-sentence.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', characters often explain what's going on
attack her during a FightScene or speak defiant lines to their opponent in the middle of the action. The most extreme example is in the FinalBattle, when Sesshoumaru is in one panel about to get a faceful of CombatTentacles, he speaks a whole sentence about what's going on, and then effortlessly destroys the attacking tendrils before they hit.all her LargeHam boasting. Carta's men call him out on it.



* 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.]]
* 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.
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'', characters sometimes manage to have long conversations in the time it takes to sprint from one end of the court to the other. Sakuragi and Rukawa once had a heated argument while attacking on a fast break, both insulting the other all the way down the apparently very lengthy basketball court.
* Happens all the time in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Particularly egregious examples include:
** 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.
** Toguro is running at Yusuke to punch him, Yusuke prepares to catch it, and Kuwabara has time to say "Are you crazy?! There's no way in heck you can block his straight-on punch!"
* 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 something, despite the action lines that seem to indicate he's moving very quickly through the air.

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* The subversion is a plot point Frequent in ''BlazingTransferStudent''. The delinquent villain wins every fight because he ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''; most characters can call spout off exposition in the middle of a fight. Lee in particular has a habit of kicking his attack, "Insect Punch", faster than opponent into the air, jumping after him, and expositing for 30 seconds before 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 opponents (who have elaborate names water prison; Kakashi blocks his sword with his kunai, and they all remain still while Naruto finishes his exposition.
** Sasori, when fighting Sakura, injects herself with an antidote that will protect her from poison
for their attacks) thus allowing him to get in his strike first. You're three minutes. They then spend the next ''five'' minutes talking, but this apparently not allowed doesn't count against this limit.
** The fight between [[spoiler:Kisame, Killer Bee, and Sabu]] sees a lot of banter and exposition of this sort between the fighters, including characters expositing on attacks being thrown at them less than two feet away. What's amazing is that they're doing this ''underwater''.
** Itachi [[spoiler:or rather his underling-clone-thing]] stays completely still while Kakashi and Chiyo have a long discussion of how
to actually do defeat him. He was sort of counting on this, as he only needed to delay them.
** Characters have been known to get in perfect position for a surprise attack -- and then exposit for several seconds about how awesome
the attack will be before you say actually launching it. [[spoiler:He is defeated in The victim could presumably hear them (and thus easily turn around and avoid the end when 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 [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this to an extent;
the {{Love Interest|s}} convinces him to adopt an extremely long-named attack, allowing enemies are CameBackWrong ninja whose bodies are being manipulated but whose mouths are not. Since they're often acquainted with the protagonist enough time to pronounce his own attack and do it.]]
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'',
ninja on 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 other side of the window, and they can levitate through the air horizontally at war, this leads to a constant speed, seemingly on cables that are thousands lot of feet long.
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'', characters sometimes manage to have long
friendly or emotional conversations in the time it takes to sprint from one end middle of the court to the other. Sakuragi fight. All sorts of ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy, almost-surprise attacks, and Rukawa once had even a heated argument lampshade from Kabuto when he allows (and sarcastically thanks his opponents for) discussing strategy on how to beat him right in front of him.
** Naruto himself, despite being an IdiotHero, {{exploit|edtrope}}s this trope in chapter 642 when he devises a strategy to defeat his opponent
while he's in the middle of a HannibalLecture.
** Parodied in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries'', where
attacking on someone mid-sentence or mid-flashback is considered rude or dishonorable.
--> '''Hokage:''' He attacked during
a fast break, both insulting flashback! He's not going to become hokage that way! He's just fine as a genin.
--> '''Naruto:''' Damn you, old man!
* Used to a ridiculous extent in ''Manga/{{Needless}}''. A common occurrence involves
the other all main group fighting two or more enemies, only for the way down enemy that is currently being focused on to actually be doing anything, with the others apparently very standing completely still as if waiting for their turn. On top of that, the heroes will often involve themselves in lengthy basketball court.
* Happens all the time in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Particularly egregious examples include:
** When the super-fast flier Jin is flying at Yusuke with his Tornado Fist, Hiei and the Masked Fighter take several seconds
speeches 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.
** Toguro is running at Yusuke to punch him, Yusuke prepares to catch it, and Kuwabara has time to say "Are you crazy?! There's no way in heck you can block his straight-on punch!"
* Episode 3 of ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed'' has a especially ridiculous example. Weed and the
each 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 the middle of battle with all of the surrounding enemies seeming to have nothing better to do than politely wait for them to have done and said all that. He had to have just floated finish speaking.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Apparently,
there or something, despite isn't enough time for Rei to dodge the action lines 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 seem to indicate he's moving very quickly through the air.out.



* Invoked inconsistently in ''LightNovel/DateALive'' anime. The protagonist's date occasions are often steered by dialogues with both his partner and his prompter ([[EarpieceConversation via discreet headset]]). Sometimes he gets called out on being distracted, other times things go quite smoothly.

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* Invoked inconsistently During the climax of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Arabasta arc, the Straw Hats are able to call out to each other and execute an improvised plan in ''LightNovel/DateALive'' anime. The the course of less than a minute (three in the anime), in spite of the dialogue taking much longer. It's not like they're not aware of this, though; Luffy had taken advantage of it earlier in the arc when he attacked Crocodile mid-sentence:
-->'''Crocodile:''' No matter how hard you try, you will never def--''pppppp''\\
'''Luffy:''' "Defp"? Just what the hell are you trying to say?
* ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}!'' uses this to highlight an increase in the main character's reaction time. We see a punch fly at his head, he pauses to muse on the source of his new found strength for a couple of paragraphs, and then parries the attack without difficulty.
* ''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 date occasions are often steered by dialogues destruction, it will politely wait until said protagonists know exactly what they're up against.
** Trainers have been known to give their Pokémon complex battle instructions. One even gave some very detailed maneuvers, complete
with both degree measurements, all in the heat of battle.
** The Team Rocket motto, which happens OncePerEpisode, is usually a free action; the Rockets will drop everything to introduce themselves, and the heroes will usually wait for them to finish (occasionally even being visibly bored waiting for that to happen). Some don't, though, especially Barry, who has never actually heard the entire motto for this reason. The biggest {{lampshade|hanging}}s are when the heroes take the opportunity to rescue Pokémon or people during this time.
* 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 he rattles off the percentage chance of any particular event happening during the game.
* Mocked in ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool''. After Ryoko effortlessly takes out a powerful hood,
his partner friends get angry. The leader is calmed by his [[TheDragon Dragon]], who wishes to test his sword skills against hers. Or at least 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.
* ''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.
* Somewhere between this and ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction is Luke from ''LightNovel/TheSacredBlacksmith''
and his prompter ([[EarpieceConversation via discreet headset]]). Sometimes magical sword forging. The first time he gets called out on being distracted, other times things go quite smoothly. 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.



* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'''s adaptations, especially the original 1994 anime, characters spend so much time monologuing 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'' has been known to {{subvert|edtrope}} the trope:
** As the QuirkyMiniBossSquad 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.]]
** In Chapter 81, [[spoiler: One of the other slaves tries to confess his love for Erza]]. He happened to be doing that in the middle of a violent revolt and [[KilledMidSentence gets violently gunned down]] for his trouble.
** 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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* Played with in ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''. In an early episode, Raquel fights an enemy spellcaster, who never gets to complete his lengthy invocation because her own invocation is much shorter and the spell interrupts him. He even protests that there shouldn't be any spells that quick.
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'''s adaptations, especially the original 1994 anime, ''Manga/SlamDunk'', characters spend so much sometimes manage to have long conversations in the time monologuing it takes to sprint from one end of the field seems twice as long as it should be. The newer adaptations use slow motions court to the other. Sakuragi and abridged matches, which causes another problem where everybody is capable of thinking illogically fast.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has been known to {{subvert|edtrope}} the trope:
** As the QuirkyMiniBossSquad 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.]]
** In Chapter 81, [[spoiler: One of
Rukawa once had a heated argument while attacking on a fast break, both insulting the other slaves tries to confess his love for Erza]]. He happened to be doing all the way down the apparently very lengthy basketball court.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The action in any fight will typically pause so
that the bad guy can listen to whatever Kamina has to say. For example, episode 4 has him delivering a speech on the true nature of combining, while individual mecha from the 16-part combiner just orbit Gurren Lagann rather than dare interrupting such a [[HoYay suspiciously homoerotic]] speech.
* 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.
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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 violent revolt dozen chapters now, each of which seems to cover about two seconds and [[KilledMidSentence eight pages of exposition.
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* Since a lot of the card game in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and its sequels involves somebody attacking and the other guy making a miraculous recovery, giant blasts of raw holographic energy must understandably be paused while the card is activated and its effects are explained. This
gets violently gunned down]] for his trouble.
** During
especially obvious when 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
shot is drawn so that the creature of evil return to the darkness from whence it came ends -- to the revelation attack is in view, like when Red Daemon's Dragon/Red Dragon Archfiend patiently waits with a glowing fist so that it can punch into the creature of evil oddly named [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Scrum_Force Scrum Force]].
* Happens all the time in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Particularly egregious examples include:
** 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 run off while they were talking.time to say, "Let's see who can take a bigger ass-kicking" and call out his attack.
** Toguro is running at Yusuke to punch him, Yusuke prepares to catch it, and Kuwabara has time to say "Are you crazy?! There's no way in heck you can block his straight-on punch!"



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Roger (disguised as a Russian exchange student) is wrestling Barry and gets pinned. The referee starts doing a 3-count and Stan tells him to use is super leg strength to get free, but it's apparently opposite day. The two go back and forth until Stan tells Roger to quit screwing around before the ref stops politely waiting for them to finish the conversation and says "3".



* Some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' may be contenders for the crown, though: when Baby Gorilla falls out of a tree, Dora has time to [[FakeInteractivity ask the viewer for help]]. "Will you help us catch baby gorilla? <2 second pause> Great! We have to hold out our hands like this! Can you hold out your hands?". The gorilla takes about 20 seconds to fall 3 meters.
* 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.
* Deconstructed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University". Gunther the super-intelligent monkey is sitting on a log attached to a vine which is breaking. He is suspended over a waterfall, and begins to debate with himself whether to climb up the vine or not. After listing reasons why he shouldn't bother, he says "On the other hand-" and the vine snaps. [[spoiler: He survives, though.]]
* People in ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' can hold incredibly long conversations before releasing their titans... all while an enemy titan is rushing toward them.
* On and off in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', but the episode "The Twin Factor" has plenty of examples of characters visibly hanging about waiting for others to finish their lines instead of taking advantage of the moment.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Subverted when Rainbow Dash lets her reputation as a hero go to her head. She insists on making grandiose speeches before she actually does anything to save ponies in danger, until they ask her to just save them already. Ironically, the request to stop screwing around took far longer than the remainder of her catchphrase.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', after Twilight surrenders her alicorn magic to Tirek, Tirek immediately grows to [[OneWingedAngel monstrous proportions]] and should be able to easily squash the heroes...yet Discord has plenty of time to explain his sincerity in giving the medallion to Twilight as a sign of their friendship.



* Some episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'' may be contenders for the crown, though: when Baby Gorilla falls out of a tree, Dora has time to [[FakeInteractivity ask the viewer for help]]. "Will you help us catch baby gorilla? <2 second pause> Great! We have to hold out our hands like this! Can you hold out your hands?". The gorilla takes about 20 seconds to fall 3 meters.
* On and off in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', but the episode "The Twin Factor" has plenty of examples of characters visibly hanging about waiting for others to finish their lines instead of taking advantage of the moment.
* Deconstructed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Mars University". Gunther the super-intelligent monkey is sitting on a log attached to a vine which is breaking. He is suspended over a waterfall, and begins to debate with himself whether to climb up the vine or not. After listing reasons why he shouldn't bother, he says "On the other hand-" and the vine snaps. [[spoiler: He survives, though.]]
* 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.
* Talking most definitely seems to be a free action for WesternAnimation/WordGirl when she stops in the middle of a pitched battle to define a word.
* People in ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' can hold incredibly long conversations before releasing their titans... all while an enemy titan is rushing toward them.



* ''{{My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic}}'':
** Subverted when Rainbow Dash lets her reputation as a hero go to her head. She insists on making grandiose speeches before she actually does anything to save ponies in danger, until they ask her to just save them already. Ironically, the request to stop screwing around took far longer than the remainder of her catchphrase.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', after Twilight surrenders her alicorn magic to Tirek, Tirek immediately grows to [[OneWingedAngel monstrous proportions]] and should be able to easily squash the heroes...yet Discord has plenty of time to explain his sincerity in giving the medallion to Twilight as a sign of their friendship.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Roger (disguised as a Russian exchange student) is wrestling Barry and gets pinned. The referee starts doing a 3-count and Stan tells him to use is super leg strength to get free, but it's apparently opposite day. The two go back and forth until Stan tells Roger to quit screwing around before the ref stops politely waiting for them to finish the conversation and says "3".

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* ''{{My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic}}'':
** Subverted
Talking most definitely seems to be a free action for ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'' when Rainbow Dash lets her reputation as a hero go to her head. She insists on making grandiose speeches before she actually does anything to save ponies in danger, until they ask her to just save them already. Ironically, the request to stop screwing around took far longer than the remainder of her catchphrase.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilights Kingdom Part 2]]'', after Twilight surrenders her alicorn magic to Tirek, Tirek immediately grows to [[OneWingedAngel monstrous proportions]] and should be able to easily squash the heroes...yet Discord has plenty of time to explain his sincerity in giving the medallion to Twilight as a sign of their friendship.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', where Roger (disguised as a Russian exchange student) is wrestling Barry and gets pinned. The referee starts doing a 3-count and Stan tells him to use is super leg strength to get free, but it's apparently opposite day. The two go back and forth until Stan tells Roger to quit screwing around before the ref
stops politely waiting for them to finish in the conversation and says "3".middle of a pitched battle to define a word.
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* Used to a ridiculous extent in ''Manga/{{Needless}}''. A common occurrence involves the main group fighting two or more enemies, only for the enemy that is currently being focused on to actually be doing anything, with the others apparently standing completely still as if waiting for their turn. On top of that, the heroes will often involve themselves in lengthy speeches to each other while in the middle of battle with all of the surrounding enemies seeming to have nothing better to do than politely wait for them to finish speaking.
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* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a mechanic called "Monologuing" in which you trick the villain into [[EvilGloating 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.

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* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a mechanic called "Monologuing" in which you trick the villain into [[EvilGloating 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, wants, as talking is a free action, and Monologuing is a full round action.
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** Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue shows up and introduces her squad with a LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM Akihiro]] has other ideas:

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** * Subverted in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans''. Carta Issue shows up and introduces her squad with a LargeHam monologue, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16sekiULIxM Akihiro]] has other ideas:


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** Done again during Tekkedan's 2nd encounter with Carta Issue. Mikazuki sees the opportunity to attack her during all her LargeHam boasting. Carta's men call him out on it.
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-->'''Akihiro:''' ''(With a confused look complete with sweatdrop)'' [[CombatPragmatist I'm allowed to shoot, right?]]

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-->'''Akihiro:''' ''(With a confused look complete with sweatdrop)'' [[CombatPragmatist I'm allowed It was... okay to shoot, right?]]
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* Hilariously subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. While you're fleeing from Undyne, you get a phone call from Papyrus, who talks about how he thinks you and Undyne would be great friends and should hang out sometime. Somehow you manage to do this without being attacked. After befriending Undyne and calling her from the same place you received the phone call, you find out that Undyne ''saw you were on the phone and waited for you to finish''.

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* Hilariously subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. While you're fleeing from Undyne, you get a phone call from Papyrus, who talks about how he thinks you and Undyne would be great friends and should hang out sometime. Somehow Somehow, you manage to do this without being attacked. After befriending Undyne and calling her from the same place you received the phone call, you find out that Undyne ''saw you were on the phone and waited for you to finish''.
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* Hilariously subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''. While you're fleeing from Undyne, you get a phone call from Papyrus, who talks about how he thinks you and Undyne would be great friends and should hang out sometime. Somehow you manage to do this without being attacked. After befriending Undyne and calling her from the same place you received the phone call, you find out that Undyne ''saw you were on the phone and waited for you to finish''.
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* You have to do a ''lot'' of talking in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' before it uses up any actions, even if you just delivered a filibuster in the middle of a battle.
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