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"Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?"This character never listens. Either due to hearing problems, vanity, rudeness, stupidity, inattentiveness or being in a different place as everyone else they'll barely or never get the message that someone else is trying to tell them. In the case of someone who's vain, a jerk or off in his own world this sometimes involves actively interrupting other people. Other times they'll have to be repeated to, their responses won't match what they're responding to, or they'll only be paying half-attention and have to be told things that have already been said in the conversation at a previous moment. This is a bad combination when paired with someone who's Berserk Button is having to repeat themselves. Of course, due to this person having terrible listening skills they probably won't recognize the pattern. Husbands and boyfriends in media are portrayed as not being able to listen to their significant others. An Absent-Minded Professor tends to be this. Compare Comically Missing the Point since this might be the reason and Stopped Reading Too Soon when it comes to reading something. Related to Won't Take "Yes" for an Answer. Not to be confused with Not Listening to Me, Are You?, which is a common reaction to this trope.
— R. Montgomery
- On How I Met Your Mother, whenever Barney claims to be Ted's best friend, Ted always corrects him that it's Marshall. Barney always bulldozes this by continuing "and as your best friend . . . "
- The Pointy-Haired Boss from Scott Adams' Dilbert is legendary in-universe for selective hearing. This can both frustrate his underlings, or in some cases, they can exploit this flaw.
- Middle Manager Kornada in Mark Stanley's Freefall is told by his robots that a raging hurricane necessitates an evacuation in the Friday 24 March 2000 strip. This hopeless Obstructive Bureaucrat won't budge, because "... it's not on the schedule." Florence has to trick him in order to get him to the evacuation point on the roof.
- Jason from Home Movies sometimes has this problem. In Season 4 "The Heart Smashers", after Brendon told him and Melissa how he's going to avoid Fenton after firing him and ending their friendship, Jason admits he wasn't listening. When Jason and Melissa are talking to Brendon about rehiring Fenton again, Jason thought they were going to hire Walter and Perry until Melissa corrects him.
Melissa: You have to pay attention better, Jason. Okay?Jason: Um... what?
- In The Weekenders, "Listen Up", this becomes a problem for Carver when he and his friends sign up to be helpers to help kids get over worrying about middle school and Carver doesn't help his kid by not listening to his problems. He eventually makes it up to him by the end.
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