Created By: ilniaj on January 20, 2014 Last Edited By: Arivne on March 11, 2016

No Listening Skills

Someone who is terrible at listening to other people.

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"Are you really listening... or are you just waiting for your turn to talk?"
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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.

An Absent-Minded Professor tends to be this. Compare Comically Missing the Point since this might be the reason.

General
  • Husbands and boyfriends in media are portrayed as not being able to listen to their significant others.

Live-Action Television
  • 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 . . . "

Web Original

Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • January 21, 2014
    Arivne
    Someone who's an Absent Minded Professor is often also this trope.

    Bad Listener? Poor Listener?
  • January 21, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare the YKTTW "Bored To Sleep"
  • January 21, 2014
    Koveras
    This is an inversion of Poor Communication Kills, I'd guess?
  • January 21, 2014
    ilniaj
    ^ I was thinking a sub-trope of it since listening is part of communication.
  • January 22, 2014
    MetaFour
    Also overlaps with Comically Missing The Point.
  • March 2, 2014
    Lakija
    husbands and boyfriends in media are portrayed as not being able to listen to their significant others.
  • March 2, 2014
    Andygal
    lots of people on Not Always Right, Not Always Working, and their sister sites.
  • March 2, 2014
    sgamer82
    No examples to think of, but I think there's a quote that could relate to this. Don't know the source though.
    Are you actually listening or just waiting for your turn to speak?
  • March 3, 2014
    RedneckRocker
    • 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 . . . "
  • April 27, 2014
    ilniaj
    ^^Found the person who said it.
  • March 9, 2016
    notShemp
    • 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 does help his kid by not listening to his problems. He eventually makes it up to him by the end.
  • November 23, 2015
    bitemytail
  • November 23, 2015
    DAN004
    So this counts deaf people?
  • November 23, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ In the sense that 'listens' is synonymous with 'paying attention' I would say so.
  • March 9, 2016
    notShemp
    Bump.
  • March 9, 2016
    Chabal2
    Christina in Discworld/Masquerade is both dimwitted and self-centered, to the point where Agnes tells her her father is the Emperor of Klatch and her mother is a small tray of rasperry pastries without any of it registering.
  • March 9, 2016
    marcoasalazarm
    Example (Comics): A Running Gag throughout the Tintin series is Professor Calculus never hearing correctly what Captain Haddock has to say. To be fair to the Professor, he is hard of hearing, but his deafness seems to become stronger any time Haddock (and only Haddock) says something (even if he's yelling it aloud).
  • March 9, 2016
    ANTMuddle
    Survivor: Heroes Vs Villains: Russell Hantz. When his fellow Villains suggested getting rid of Sandra before the merge, he went after Courtney instead. When Parvati insisted Sandra would be more dangerous than Jerri in front of the jury, guess which of the two was the next one to go.
  • March 9, 2016
    Kartoonkid95
    • Exaggerated in the American Dad episode "Stan Goes on the Pill", where men can only hear a faint hiss when forced to listen to a woman talk. Stan takes am experimental CIA pill that allows him to bridge the barrier and listen to Francine, but because he couldn't listen to the female scientist's advice about the dosage, he ends up turning into a woman.

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