Created By: zenonseth on February 26, 2011 Last Edited By: TomWalpertac2 on February 19, 2012

Please Listen To Me!

Character begs instead of just explaining.

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I'm new so this is going to look ugly. Do we already have this one? In short: A character is being gotten rid of (as in, is about to be thrown out of an airlock or something) by a person or a group of people, because they deem it necessary. However, he has some vital information that will completely change everything (may even save himself).

BUT instead of telling them this information on the spot, all he can do is scream something along the lines of "Please listen to me!!" or "Just let me explain!". This results in (duh) the others NOT listening to him, and the information he had NOT being brought up at all, or until later, at which point there might be some "Why didn't you say so?" "I was trying to" etc.

I know I've seen this a million times in different media, usually used to create drama/tension, but since we know it could've easily been avoided, it's just annoying.

Example: (SPOILERS!!!)

Dr. Who (new series), The Pandorica Opens part 1: The doctor is being put in the box, when one of the daleks says "only you can fly the tardis" implying that if they lock him up, the threat is neutralized. But, we know 1 other person (at least) can fly it, IS flying it right now , and is ABOUT TO CAUSE the thing they're trying to prevent... And all the doctor can do is cry "Please listen to me!" about 5 times, not even trying to convey any vital information about saving the freakin universe.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 26, 2011
    Sounds like a subtrope of Cassandra Truth
  • February 26, 2011
    No, not exactly. In Cassandra Truth, people won't believe the character. In the case I'm describing, people WOULD believe the character, if only he'd stop telling them that he can "explain everything", and start explaining instead.
  • February 26, 2011
  • February 26, 2011
    Very related to Conjunction Interruption
  • February 27, 2011
    It's not You Have To Believe me, though it does sound a lot like Conjuction Interruption. The main difference would be that the character who has important information isn't being interrupted but doesn't get around to telling this vital info, instead he keeps trying to tell them he has some vital info. Of course without actually telling them what it is, no one cares.
  • February 27, 2011
  • February 17, 2012
  • February 17, 2012
    Sounds like the inverse of Forgot To Gag Him.
  • February 17, 2012
    Happens several times in Sailor Moon. Whenever one of the villains discovers the identity of Sailor Moon, you know it will be followed by You Have Failed Me. It happens to Jadeite, Fisheye, and Sailor Aluminum Seiren. It only seems to apply to the anime though.
  • February 17, 2012
    Better title. If it looks like a stock phrase, it will get cut.
  • February 17, 2012
    If needed, a subtrope to Poor Communication Kills.
  • February 19, 2012
    • In the Babylon5 prequel, Sheridan inverts this and blurts out his critical secret info.