Created By: neoYTPismApril 12, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPismJuly 24, 2011

Later Never Comes

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You pay for nothing. You're always like "Ohh, I'll get you later," but later never comes.
- Quagmire to Brian, from Family Guy

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This is for cases where one character claims they will do something later, but later never comes. This could be in the case of a Ridiculous Procrastinator, or someone who owes money, but they are not the only contexts this concept could be presented in.

Examples:

  • The above page quotation from Family Guy, of course.
  • Wimpy's "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" on Popeye.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Someday never Comes"
  • Annie's "Tomorrow". It's always a day away.
  • The running gag in Doctor Who spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death", where the Doctor handwaves every plot hole and bit of technobabble with "I'll explain later".
  • After mission 3 of Ace Combat 5, Chopper is very excited about telling your commander/instructor, who has been shot down earlier, about your victory. However, Captain Bartlett never returns to the Sand Island. And Chopper dies long before you meet Bartlett again.
  • Buckaroo Banzai. While Reno and New Jersey are going through a laboratory, New Jersey sees a watermelon in a piece of machinery. He asks Reno "Why is there a watermelon there?" and Reno replies "I'll tell you later". He never does. Watch it here.
  • Through The Looking Glass:
    Queen: The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam to-day.
  • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve", SpongeBob and Patrick are taking care of a baby scallop. Patrick as the "daddy" goes to work, while SpongeBob stays at home taking care of Junior and doing all the chores. He asks Patrick to help out and take the baby for one day, and Patrick keeps saying "tomorrow for sure"... but he never does.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • April 12, 2011
    TonyG
    Wimpy's "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today" on Popeye.
  • April 12, 2011
    Acebrock
    Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Someday never Comes"
  • April 12, 2011
    Tableau
    Annie's "Tomorrow". It's always a day away.
  • April 13, 2011
    PaulA
    The running gag in Doctor Who spoof "The Curse of Fatal Death", where the Doctor handwaves every plot hole and bit of technobabble with "I'll explain later".
  • July 20, 2011
    Koveras
    After mission 3 of Ace Combat 5, Chopper is very excited about telling your commander/instructor, who has been shot down earlier, about your victory. However, Captain Bartlett never returns to the Sand Island. And Chopper dies long before you meet Bartlett again.
  • July 20, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Buckaroo Banzai. While Reno and New Jersey are going through a laboratory, New Jersey sees a watermelon in a piece of machinery. He asks Reno "Why is there a watermelon there?" and Reno replies "I'll tell you later". He never does. Watch it here.
  • July 20, 2011
    LeeM
    Joke example: the pub sign that says "Free beer tomorrow". Just like it did yesterday.
  • July 20, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Through The Looking Glass:
    Queen: The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam to-day.
  • July 20, 2011
    TonyG
    • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Rock-A-Bye Bivalve", SpongeBob and Patrick are taking care of a baby scallop. Patrick as the "daddy" goes to work, while SpongeBob stays at home taking care of Junior and doing all the chores. He asks Patrick to help out and take the baby for one day, and Patrick keeps saying "tomorrow for sure"... but he never does.
  • July 21, 2011
    Lumpenprole
    "Later" is exactly halfway between "not right now" and "never". :D

  • July 24, 2011
    katiek
    Gone With The Wind: Scarlett O'Hara says a few variations on this. It rather defines her character. Here are two: "I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow." "Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all... tomorrow is another day."

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