Created By: aerojockey on August 28, 2011 Last Edited By: aerojockey on October 1, 2014
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Nap-Inducing Speak

Someone is so boring that people around them can\'t stay awake

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Sometimes a speaker, be it a speaker delivering a speech, or just a person conversing, is so boring or unintersting that the people listening to them can't stay awake.

This trope is used to drive home just how boring the speaker is being. It's often played for laughs, especially when the speaker fancies herself to be interesting or profound. It usually, but not always, occurs when the speaker is delivering a long monologue.

In general, the speaker isn't aware that people are falling asleep on her at first. Sometimes this fact will be revealed to the audience but not to the speaker, as a way to clue the audience into the irrelevance of what the speaker is saying. Other times, the speaker and the audience will discover the listeners' sleepy state together (often in the form of a sudden loud snore).

Upon discovering what has happened, the speaker may magnanimously cover his sleepy victim with a blanket or tuck them into bed.

Oftentimes the speaker is Windbag Politician. Can result in Asleep in Class. Related to Long Speech Tea Time, but this trope is about characters unintentionally falling asleep on the speaker rather than deliberately ignoring them.

This trope is not the same thing as a lullaby, which is a deliberate attempt to lull someone to sleep (and thus carries none of the embarrassment for the singer that this trope carries for the speaker).


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece, when Jinbe tells Luffy and co a 7-chapters long Exposition, Luffy (in his usual fashion) is revealed to be sleeping at the end.
  • In Jormungand, this happens to Tojo when he tries to explain to his comrades the significance of the Defense Intelligence Headquarters' SR unit. Unfortunately, his talk made Jonah fall asleep. He was later criticized for the long speech that also tried to make the others doze off.
  • In Scrapped Princess, this happens when Zeferis tries to explain the reasoning behind her and Natalie's actions against Shanon and the others, and her resulting conflict of interests, to Pacifica who just doesn't get it. This is because her explaination consisted of Techno Babble set to holographic imagery, so Pacifica fails to understand any of it. Instead, it causes her to nod off and fall asleep. Zeferis even has to tell her to wake up so she can repeat it; this time, in simpler terms that Pacifica can understand.
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog OVA, Dr. Robotnik's long-winded speech about how the Robot Factory in The Land of Darkness needs to be shut down or there will be a massive explosion puts everyone (The President, Princess Sara, Sonic, Tails, even his own robots) to sleep. He wakes them up by popping his demonstration orb.

Film
  • In After Hours, Kiki falls asleep and starts snoring while Paul is rubbing her shoulders and telling her a story about being burned.
  • Inverted in The Big Green: During one of Miss Montgomery's lessons, the class decides to show her she's wasting her time trying to teach them by all of them faking snoring sounds.
  • Blazing Saddles. After Bart finishes telling Jim his life story, Jim snores because he's fallen saleep. Bart says "Always like to keep my audience riveted."
  • In A Goofy Movie, some of the students start dozing off while Principal Mazier gives his speech, particularly when he says "we don't want to waste our vacation sleeping..."
  • The stinger in Iron Man 3 revealed that Tony Stark had been unburdening himself by narrating the entire story to Bruce Banner—and that Bruce had been asleep through most of it.
  • In Mrs. Doubtfire, a cameraman filming a children's television show begins nodding off (and the screen shifts for a second) because the host is so boring.
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear:
    • Near the end, Dr. Meinheimer finally presents his environmentally-friendly recommendations for an energy policy... and promptly causes everyone to fall asleep.
    • Inverted a little later, when he's given a trashy romance novel to read, and everyone promptly wakes up.
  • Michael Jordan delivers a never-say-die speech to the morose Looney Tunes at halftime of the Ultimate Game in Space Jam. The result puts every 'toon to sleep except Bugs Bunny, who remarks, "Great speech, Doc. You had them riveted."

Literature
  • Bored of the Rings. When Frito and Spam first meet Goddam, he starts telling them a boring hard luck story. Spam immediately falls asleep and Frito has to keep himself awake by slapping himself in the face. Goddam continues with his story and Frito falls asleep too.
  • Harry Potter: Professor Binns, the History of Magic teacher, is so boring that students routinely sleep during his class. He can't remember his students' names, and he doesn't even seem have noticed that he's dead, continuing to lecture as a ghost. He's thus really surprised when Hermione actually asks him a question in the second book, as it's the first time in a while that he's seen a student react to anything he's said.

Live-Action TV
  • Invoked in Leverage: In one episode where the team gets arrested by Col. Vance, and old acquaintance of Eliot's, he starts going down everything he could charge them with until he gets to Parker, who he finds asleep. Eliot comments that she gets bored easily. Turns out a minute later that she wasn't actually asleep, she was just getting out of her handcuffs.
    Col. Vance: (while arresting the team) Parker here...
    Parker: *Snore*
    Vance: Is she asleep?
    Eliot: She bores easy.
  • Inverted on at least two occasions on M*A*S*H:
    • In, "Henry, Please Come Home", Henry gives an impromptu acceptance speech after being awards the Special Citation of Merit for the efficiency rate at the 4077th cracking 90%. Hawkeye pretends to nod off during Henry's speech, though Trapper still nudges him.
  • Mr. Bean:
    • In one episode Mr Bean tries desperately to stay awake during a sermon at church.
  • Rowan Atkinson Live: In "It Started With a Sneeze" Atkinson plays a church parishioner who tries to stay awake. Reused in the Mr Bean sketch mentioned above.** In, "O.R.", Frank goes into another one of his little mini-rants, to which Trapper remarks, "Keep talking, Frank. I could use the sleep."
  • In one episode of Scrubs, a patient keeps getting light-headed and passing out, but it only happens when he yawns. Dr Cox, trying to prove a point, orders JD to tell him a story. Halfway through the first sentence the patient falls over. Halfway through the second sentence, Dr Cox falls over.
  • Played with on Sesame Street regarding Professor Hastings. His lectures are so boring that he himself falls asleep while giving them.
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Schisms", Riker interrupts Data's poetry reading "Ode to Spot" with a snore.

Newspaper Comics
  • Inverted in one Calvin and Hobbes strip. Calvin decides to count all the rocks he can find. Next panel he's up to a billion and one. Then he wakes up since it was All Just a Dream.
    Calvin: Wow, I bored myself awake.
  • Invoked in a Muppet comic strip, when Statler can't sleep at night so he asks Fozzie for a video of his last monologue.

VideoGames
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics, there is a talk skill called "Mimic Daravon" which puts the target to sleep. Daravon is the NPC who narrates the game's tutorials and tells the backstory to the player, and it is implied that he is an instructor with a tendency to give long boring lectures.
  • Played for Laughs in Grand Theft Auto IV. Roman is so disinterested in Niko's talking about the war and the old country in the opening cutscene he falls asleep.
    Niko: Roman! Are you sleeping you fat fuck? Wake up!
  • There is an old woman in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask who tells Link one of two stories, but Link is not able to remain awake for it unless he is wearing the All-Night Mask. This can be used by the gamer to quickly jump ahead a day or two.
  • In Neverwinter Nights 2, when you first travel to the Old Owl Well, you encounter Grobnar Gnomehands, a recruitable gnome bard who is first seen singing and dancing in the middle of an open field in an attempt to get the attention of so-called "Wendersnavens", creatures that - according to him - are invisible and immaterial, and are "everywhere and nowhere". He then goes on to introduce himself, eventually trailing off into a long-winded story from his past. As you can guess, as soon as he gets into the details, the entire party falls asleep and wakes up a couple of hours later, just in time to see Grobnar finish his story. He remarks that you seemed very concentrated on the story, although the sounds you were making were rather strange, almost like snoring...
  • A Running Gag in the Paper Mario series, where Mario will always fall asleep during the extended explanation of some plot critical detail (the player always hears the important parts). To date, only one speaker actually realized he fell asleep.

Webcomic
  • In this A Modest Destiny strip, an intruder is momentarily bored to sleep by an evil snake god's "who dares" speech.
    Zonkafth: I am all knowing! All powerful! All...hey, are you listening to me?
  • Order Of The Stick
    • Happens early when Vaarsuvius is telling a roomful of goblins how powerful she is and how thoroughly she will destroy them. The other members of his party actually decided that she must have been casting an extremely powerful area-effect sleep spell.
    • After Redcloak finishes his long explanation of his battle strategy he finds Xykon has fallen asleep -though it's largely implied Xykon was faking it to make a point.
    Xykon: Oh, sorry I just fell asleep right in the middle of that.
    Redcloak: You're a lich. You're actually physically incapable of sleeping.
    Xykon: Which should just emphasize how boring that was!

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WesternAnimation
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Card Wars", Finn can't quite stay awake through Jake's explanation of the rules of Card Wars. Understandable since this takes hours.
  • In the Arthur episode, "Dear Adil", Arthur gets a Turkish penpal named Adil, however, after their first exchange of letter, Arthur has an Imagine Spot, where he believes his response letter to Adil will be so boring that not only does Adil fall asleep, but so does his father, his camel, and the entire city of Istanbul (to be fair, Arthur is under the wrong assumption that life in Turkey is like depicted in fiction, and that Adil owns a camel and lives in a tent). In fact, at one point, Arthur reads over a draft of one of his letters to Adil, and remarks, "Even I'm boring myself to sleep!" D.W. even cruely remarks that Arthur read her one of the letters he was writing, and it put her to sleep.
  • In the Dexter's Laboratory episode, "Last But Not Beast", Dexter and his family have difficulties figuring out what to do to stop a giant monster from destroying Tokyo. Toshi (whom Dexter was part of a foreign exchange student program with) appears before them to tell them the story of a boy who defeated a giant monster, not be fearing it, but because of the power of his heart, which brought other people together in love, repelling the monster away. Dexter, Mom, and Dad are moved by Toshi's story, and decide they need to work together to rid Tokyo of the giant monster... all the while Dee Dee had fallen asleep.
  • In the The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Future Lost", Timmy and Cosmo fall asleep whenever Wanda tries to teach them a lesson about doing the right thing. She does this to herself at the end of the episode after Timmy and Cosmo both fall asleep again.
  • Played with in an episode of The Garfield Show where Jon, in an attempt to find a solution for his insomnia, gets asleep whenever Odie barks because of an accidental mistake during a hypnotic process. When Liz Wilson reads a scripted speech to him and Jon pays attention to it, he falls asleep when Odie barks; so when Liz notices nobody else is hearing her speak, she mistakenly thinks Jon got too bored due to the speech and quits out of anger.
  • A framing device in the I Am Weasel episode, "I.R. Wild Baboon" has Weasel defending himself with a reporter over a prison phone about how he was trying to film a documentary on Baboon's peculiar and constant migration habits (it turns out Baboob was annoyed by Weasel following him and was trying to get away from him). After Weasel finishes his story, Red Guy, as the reporter, wakes up.
    Red Guy: Huh? Oh, I'm so sorry, I FELL ASLEEP! (Starts jotting notes) Now, you say it all started seventeen years ago?
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Happens quite a few times, but a couple of specific examples are as follows:
    • At one point in the, "Jet Fuel Formula" story arc, Boris, (posing as a hypnotist), manages to put Bullwinkle under in order to get from him the recipe for Grandma Moose's Fudgecake recipe, which also happens to be the world's most powerful rocket fuel, however, Boris makes the mistake is asking Bullwinkle to tell him everything he knows... Bullwinkle does just that, and tells him everything he knows, nonstop for twelve hours; Boris, Natasha, and Rocky fall asleep while listening.
    • In the, "Topsy Turvey World" story arc, Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Captain Peachfuzz are in a plane that's losing fuel, and altitude, that is until Rocky finds a particular book on a shelf, "Hokey smokes! I'm looking a the Congressional Record! We have enough gas in here to fly us around the world!" Sure enough, a makeshift microphone is connected to the fuel line, and Bullwinkle basically reads the entire book into the mic, refueling the plane, and in the process, putting everyone in the plane - including the narrator - to sleep.
  • In The Simpsons, Principal Skinner's morning PA announcements have been shown on one occasion to put the kids in class to sleep. Mrs. Krabappel uses firecrackers to wake them up.
  • In South Park, the test for determining whether a child has ADD is to read The Great Gatsby to them, aloud, and then ask questions about it. Everyone who listens falls asleep, so they're diagnosed with ADD and get put on Ritalin to "cure" it.
    In Chapter 12, what kind of bottles did Miss Van Campen talk about? Anybody? Anybody?? My God, these children all have ADD! [scribbles onto his notepad quickly]
  • Exaggerated on the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", when Squidward plays his clarinet for Patrick. Patrick falls instantly asleep after the first note.
  • Taz-Mania: After running out of orange juice, Hugh drives himself, Taz, and Uncle Drew to the store to get some more; along the way, he goes into detail about how orange juice is made, complete with a visual aid. Taz and Uncle Drew have fallen asleep by the time Hugh finishes his story.
  • Tuff Puppy
    • A Running Gag in the episode "Bored of Education" has Kitty putting everyone to sleep whenever she talks about proper health. At one point, Keswick uses this on a bear neighbor of his so she can hibernate and he can use her pool.
    • Another episode has Keswick continually putting the other agents to sleep with his long boring technobabble speeches. Taken Up to Eleven when Keswick starts to give a long speech about why he isn't boring and promptly puts himself to sleep.

Community Feedback Replies: 90
  • September 2, 2011
    dalek955
    • Happens early in Order Of The Stick, when Vaarsuvius is telling a roomful of goblins how powerful he is and how thoroughly he will destroy them. The other members of his party actually decided that he must have been casting an extremely powerful area-effect sleep spell.
  • September 2, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Scrapped Princess: This happens when Zeferis tries to explain the reasoning behind her and Natalie's actions against Shanon and the others, and her resulting conflict of interests, to Pacifica who just doesn't get it. This is because her explaination consisted of Techno Babble set to holographic imagery, so Pacifica fails to understand any of it. Instead, it causes her to nod off and fall asleep. Zeferis even has to tell her to wake up so she can repeat it; this time, in simpler terms that Pacifica can understand.
  • July 28, 2013
    Aubri
    I think this should be slightly broader, because it's not necessarily that the speaker is boring -- the listener may be tired, drunk, injured, whatever. A common form is for Alice to explain why she loves Bob even though he infuriates her... only for Bob to let out a snore a moment after she finishes.
  • July 28, 2013
    Chabal2
    See also Windbag Politician, a common cause of sleep-by-boredom.
  • July 29, 2013
    DAN004
  • July 29, 2013
    robbulldog
    In the Star Trek TNG episode "Schisms", Riker interrupts Data's poetry reading "Ode to Spot" with a snore.
  • July 29, 2013
    Exxolon
    An early Order Of The Stick comic has this - Vaarsuvius puts a bunch of goblins to sleep with a monologue about his/her magical abilities and intent to cast a Sleep spell (that is never actually cast) - http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0010.html
  • August 24, 2013
    PaulA
    The stinger in Iron Man 3 revealed that Tony Stark had been unburdening himself by narrating the entire story to Bruce Banner -- and that Bruce had been asleep through most of it.
  • August 24, 2013
    Orcaalien
    • In the Adventure Time episode "Card Wars", Finn can't quite stay awake through Jake's explanation of the rules of Card Wars. Understandable since this takes hours.
  • August 26, 2013
    Gamermaster
    • A Running Gag in the Paper Mario series, where Mario will always fall asleep during the extended explanation of some plot critical detail (the player always hears the important parts). To date, only one speaker actually realized he fell asleep.

  • August 28, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Notable alleged subversion: J.I. Rodale appeared on The Dick Cavett Show and died while another guest was being interviewed. Accoring to legend, when Rodale's Death Rattle came out of him it sounded like a snore and Cavett quipped "Are we boring you?"
  • August 28, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Michael Jordan delivers a never-say-die speech to the morose Looney Tunes at halftime of the Ultimate Game in Space Jam. The result puts every 'toon to sleep except Bugs Bunny, who remarks, "Great speech, Doc. You had them riveted."
  • August 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    South Park: the test for determining whether a child has ADD is to read The Great Gatsby to them, aloud, and then ask questions about it. Everyone who listens falls asleep, so they're diagnosed with ADD and get put on Ritlan to "cure" it.
    In Chapter 12, what kind of bottles did Miss Van Campen talk about? Anybody? Anybody?? My God, these children all have ADD! [scribbles onto his notepad quickly]
  • August 29, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • In the ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' OVA, Dr. Robotnik's long-winded speech about how the Robot Factory in The Land of Darkness needs to be shut down or there will be a massive explosion puts everyone (The President, Princess Sara, Sonic, Tails, even his own robots) to sleep. He wakes them up by popping his demonstration orb.

    • In the The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Future Lost", Timmy and Cosmo fall asleep whenever Wanda tries to teach them a lesson about doing the right thing. She does this to herself at the end of the episode after Timmy and Cosmo both fall asleep again.
  • August 29, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: Principal Skinner's morning PA announcements have been shown on one occasion to put the kids in class to sleep. Mrs. Krabappel uses firecrackers to wake them up.
  • August 30, 2013
    Arivne
    Edit: Example deleted.
  • August 30, 2013
    kjnoren
    Related tropes: Music Soothes The Savage Beast. We seem to lack a page about bedtime stories. Hmm...
  • January 2, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    If the monologue in question is a teacher teaching, it's a case of Asleep In Class.
  • January 2, 2014
    aerojockey
    It looks like this YKKTW saw some action two years after I posted it, and I didn't see that for several month. I should've added a watch....

    Arivne, I appreciate your input but I see this trope as being about the embarrassment of the speaker. A listener who passes out makes the situation more about the listener, which serves a different purpose altogether.
  • January 2, 2014
    dalek955
  • January 2, 2014
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • A Running Gag in the Tuff Puppy episode, "Bored of Education" is Kitty putting everyone to sleep whenever she talks about proper health. At one point, Keswick uses this on a bear neighbor of his so she can hibernate and he can use her pool.
  • January 2, 2014
    Larkmarn
    I feel like Boredom Induced Nap might be a better idea. A little bit broader, but still gets the spirit and covers a bit more.
  • January 2, 2014
    aerojockey
    Maybe something like Youre Boring Me To Sleep. It doesn't require a speech necessarily (it could be something like "Hey let's play chess" "ZZZZZ") but it still conveys that one person is being super boring to another.
  • January 2, 2014
    ZuTheSkunk
    • In Neverwinter Nights 2, when you first travel to the Old Owl Well, you encounter Grobnar Gnomehands, a recruitable gnome bard who is first seen singing and dancing in the middle of an open field in an attempt to get the attention of so-called "Wendersnavens", creatures that - according to him - are invisible and immaterial, and are "everywhere and nowhere". He then goes on to introduce himself, eventually trailing off into a long-winded story from his past. As you can guess, as soon as he gets into the details, the entire party falls asleep and wakes up a couple of hours later, just in time to see Grobnar finish his story. He remarks that you seemed very concentrated on the story, although the sounds you were making were rather strange, almost like snoring...
  • January 2, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 3, 2014
    dalek955
    ^To me, that fails to convey the subtle difference between simply being bored and actually having another person boring you.

    Bored To Sleep?
  • January 3, 2014
    Arivne
    The first two paragraphs are an Example As A Thesis (the Alice And Bob references gives this away). It needs to be re-written as a simple description of the trope.
  • January 3, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Does it have to be boredom? I mean, how about when Alice has just gone through a long and arduous adventure, then Bob starts telling her about something and she falls asleep just because she's so very very tired?
  • January 3, 2014
    dalek955
    ^The point of this trope is to illustrate how boring the speaker or subject is, not simply to note people falling asleep during speeches.
  • January 3, 2014
    darthcaliber
    Another Tuff Puppy episode has Keswick continually putting the other agents to sleep with his long boring Technobabble speeches. Taken Up To Eleven when Keswick starts to give a long speech about why he isn't boring and promptly puts himself to sleep.

    Another example from Order Of The Stick- After Redcloak finishes his long explanation of his battle strategy he finds Xykon has fallen asleep -though it's largely implied Xykon was faking it to make a point.
    Xykon: Oh, sorry I just fell asleep right in the middle of that.
    Redcloak: You're a lich. You're actually physically incapable of sleeping.
    Xykon: Which should just emphasize how boring that was!
  • January 3, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    X Induced Nap implies someone naps because of boredom/the speech, yet the trope is about someone's speech being so boring it puts someone to sleep, these are two different but overlapping tropes.

    this is a problem as the trope claims to be a Super Trope to Asleep In Class, which is about "someone who falls asleep in class for various reasons". if you want a supertrope to that, then this one should be about someone sleeping in the most inappropriate time.

    if this is about "someone's speech is so boring it puts people to sleep", then why not call it Lullaby Speech or Boring Speech Lullaby?

    also, for the record "someone sleeps during the most inopportune time" is an actual illness called Narcolepsy.
  • January 4, 2014
    dalek955
    • In this A Modest Destiny strip, an intruder is momentarily bored to sleep by an evil snake god's "who dares" speech.
      Zonkafth: I am all knowing! All powerful! All...hey, are you listening to me?
  • January 14, 2014
    aerojockey
    I was thinking maybe, since the trope is largely about the boring person's embarrassment, the trope should be named after the person, so something like Human Sandman or Sandman Effect? Boring someone is pretty much the main way to induce sleep so maybe it does not need to be in the title.

    I disagree that this trope is a lullaby per se, but maybe something like Unintentional Lullaby or Unwitting Lullaby (emphasizing that it's not deliberate) would be a good name.
  • January 14, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare The Bore.

    Sometimes the purpose of this trope is showing just how easily bored this sleeping guy is.
  • January 14, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • Harry Potter: Professor Binns, the History of Magic teacher, is so boring that students routinely sleep during his class. He can't remember his students' names, and he doesn't even seem have noticed that he's dead, continuing to lecture as a ghost. He's thus really surprised when Hermione actually asks him a question in the second book, as it's the first time in a while that he's seen a student react to anything he's said.
  • January 14, 2014
    TonyG
    Exaggerated on the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Naughty Nautical Neighbors", when Squidward plays his clarinet for Patrick. Patrick falls instantly asleep after the first note.
  • January 14, 2014
    surgoshan
  • January 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    According to Urban Legend when Jerome Rodale died on the set of The Dick Cavett Show, when he let out his Death Rattle it sounded like a snore and Cavett quipped "Are we boring you Mr. Rodale?"
  • January 14, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 14, 2014
    Alvin

    Sorry, I saw surgoshsn's post above mine just as I clicked the button to post.
  • January 14, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Bored To Sleep is not to be confused with Birth By Sleep.

    also, decide on what this one will be about:

    Bored To Sleep implies someone who has Narcolepsy or gets bored easily.

    Human Sandman (as one suggested) implies someone who is so boring he puts people to sleep.

    these are two different things. though lumpable, they're not really that similar.

    someone can be Bored To Sleep on a non-boring thing, and someone can be immune to a Human Sandman if he's interested enough.
  • January 14, 2014
    DAN004
    And I thought Human Sandman would count ppl like Sandman, Gaara, Crocodile etc.

    ^ Speaking of lumping, I think this can be soft-split into 2 types.
  • January 14, 2014
    oztrickster
    Human Sandman is already covered by The Bore. Some of the examples from The Bore fit on this trope as well.
  • January 14, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ then this trope as it is now is actually The Bore.
  • January 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Mr Bean once got so bored he fell asleep on a rollercoaster.
  • January 15, 2014
    oztrickster
    ^^ Yep,Sleepyhead covers Narcolepsy. This would have to change to be more of a reaction to The Bore and situations that could be considered boring.
  • January 15, 2014
    AgProv
    In Father Ted, consider the unfortunate Father Stone, a priest with the personality of a wet dishcloth, who has this effect on Ted and Dougal when he comes to stay.
  • January 15, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 15, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Western Animation
    • Rocky And Bullwinkle: Happens quite a few times, but a couple of specific examples are as follows:
      • At one point in the, "Jet Fuel Formula" story arc, Boris, (posing as a hypnotist), manages to put Bullwinkle under in order to get from him the recipe for Grandma Moose's Fudgecake recipe, which also happens to be the world's most powerful rocket fuel, however, Boris makes the mistake is asking Bullwinkle to tell him everything he knows... Bullwinkle does just that, and tells him everything he knows, nonstop for twelve hours; Boris, Natasha, and Rocky fall asleep while listening.
      • In the, "Topsy Turvey World" story arc, Rocky, Bullwinkle, and Captain Peachfuzz are in a plane that's losing fuel, and altitude, that is until Rocky finds a particular book on a shelf, "Hokey smokes! I'm looking a the Congressional Record! We have enough gas in here to fly us around the world!" Sure enough, a makeshift microphone is connected to the fuel line, and Bullwinkle basically reads the entire book into the mic, refueling the plane, and in the process, putting everyone in the plane - including the narrator - to sleep.
    • Taz Mania: After running out of orange juice, Hugh drives himself, Taz, and Uncle Drew to the store to get some more; along the way, he goes into detail about how orange juice is made, complete with a visual aid. Taz and Uncle Drew have fallen asleep by the time Hugh finishes his story.
  • January 15, 2014
    aerojockey
    ^^^^ Yes, this trope is about the event, whereas The Bore is about the character. Also, the speaker is not necessarily boring, per se, they could merely be uninteresting to the listener. Even if the speaker is being boring, it doesn't mean they are a boring character in general, they could just be boring in the momment. Finally, The Bore doesn't necessarily involve putting someone to sleep. I'd say there's room for both.

    Having said that, I don't think I'd have proposed this if I'd known The Bore exists.
  • January 15, 2014
    TheTitan99
    Would something being boring count? Like, I know of a Johnny Bravo episode, where to get a bear to go to sleep, he puts on, I think, the Tree channel, which is so boring the bear falls asleep. Would something like that count?
  • January 15, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^^huh? if this is about the event, then why is the description about the character? also, i'm not sure how "sleeping from boredom" makes a trope.
  • January 15, 2014
    aerojockey
    ^It isn't. It's describing an event, and different possibilities around that event. I used a name because I couldn't (at the time) think of a word to use for a person who's being boring, but that's obviously confusing people. It doesn't seem to be gaining much traction so I'll probably just discard it.
  • January 16, 2014
    dalek955
  • January 16, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ That's The Bore, not this.
  • January 16, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    just noticed: this is still tropable. Boring Lecture: someone(who is not The Bore) says something so boring it puts people to sleep. are you fine with that, aerojockey?
  • January 16, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 16, 2014
    StarSword
    Newspaper Comics:
    • Inverted in one Calvin And Hobbes strip. Calvin decides to count all the rocks he can find. Next panel he's up to a billion and one. Then he wakes up since it was All Just A Dream.
      Calvin: Wow, I bored myself awake.
  • January 17, 2014
    KarjamP
    If someone points that this is still tropable, I'd be willing to still go with it, despite the motion to discard, unless there's proof that the people complaining has a point.
  • January 17, 2014
    DAN004
    Please remove the Sandy part and give me a better description.
  • January 17, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Since this is now Up For Grabs, I took the liberty of adding the recent examples (that weren't cited as being The Bore) that were posted since the last time this YKTTW was updated.
  • January 17, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 18, 2014
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Not all of these are lectures, though...
  • January 18, 2014
    Mozgwsloiku
    Exaggerated in Discworld: one of the witches was an expert in breeding pigs, but also capable of being so boring, she employed boring them to death as a humane alternative to slaughter.
  • January 18, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ Ah, I see.
  • January 20, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The two MASH ones aren't inversions. Discussed, maybe.
  • July 7, 2014
    DAN004
    Buuuuuump
  • July 7, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Film Live Action
    • At the end of The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell Of Fear, Dr. Meinheimer finally presents his environmentally-friendly recommendations for an energy policy... and promptly causes everyone to fall asleep.
  • July 8, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Mr Bean
      • In one episode Mr Bean falls asleep out of boredom while on a rollercoaster.
      • In another he tries desperately to stay awake during a sermon at church.
    • Rowan Atkinson Live: In "It Started With a Sneeze" Atkinson plays a church parishioner who tries to stay awake. Reused in the Mr Bean sketch mentioned above.
  • July 8, 2014
    SpiderRider3
    Video Games
    • Played For Laughs in Grand Theft Auto IV. Roman is so disinterested in Niko's talking about the war and the old country in the opening cutscene he falls asleep.
      Niko: Roman! Are you sleeping you fat fuck? Wake up!
  • July 8, 2014
    Statzkeen
    It's definitely tropeable. It's a storytelling element that has a reasonable expectation in the listener/reader's mind. "Hey, obviously boring speech ... I wonder if it's going to cut to anyone in the audience/meeting/etc falling asleep."
  • July 8, 2014
    ropertroper
    • Played with on Sesame Street regarding Professor Hastings. His lectures are so boring that he himself falls asleep while giving them.

    • In A Goofy Movie, some of the students start dozing off while Principal Mazier gives his speech, particularly when he says "we don't want to waste our vacation sleeping..."

    • In a Muppet comic strip, Statler can't sleep at night so he asks Fozzie for a video of his last monologue.
  • July 9, 2014
    AgProv
    TV:
    • In Father Ted, the episode Entertaining Father Stone deals with the greyest, dullest, most boring, priest in all Ireland. Who invites himself to Craggy Island. And stays. And stays. And stays. And drives Ted and Dougal to distraction. Even Father Jack is bored to death.

      Father Dougal: How did you meet him in the first place?
      Father Ted: He was introduced to me by Father Jim Dougan, we were at a conference. Dougan came up and said "This is Father Stone", and ran out of the building.
  • July 9, 2014
    QuestionMarker
    TV example:
  • July 10, 2014
    FerrousFaucet
    Video Game:
    • In Final Fantasy Tactics, there is a talk skill called "Mimic Daravon" which puts the target to sleep. Daravon is the NPC who narrates the game's tutorials and tells the backstory to the player, and it is implied that he is an instructor with a tendency to give long boring lectures.
  • July 19, 2014
    Tallens
    • Leverage: In one episode where the team gets arrested by Col. Vance, and old acquaintance of Eliot's, he starts going down everything he could charge them with until he gets to Parker, who he finds asleep. Eliot comments that she gets bored easily. Turns out a minute later that she wasn't actually asleep, she was just getting out of her handcuffs.

    That might actually make a good page quote.

    Col. Vance: (while arresting the team) Parker here...
    Parker: *Snore*
    Vance: Is she asleep?
    Eliot: She bores easy.
  • July 19, 2014
    AtlasJan
    How Did We Miss This One? HOW DID WE MISS IT?
  • July 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Asleep In Class, which may or may not be caused by this trope.
  • July 19, 2014
    DAN004
    And Example As A Thesis needs to go away.
  • July 20, 2014
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Bored Of The Rings. When Frito and Spam first meet Goddam, he starts telling them a boring hard luck story. Spam immediately falls asleep and Frito has to keep himself awake by slapping himself in the face. Goddam continues with his story and Frito falls asleep too.
  • August 20, 2014
    aerojockey
    So it looks like this YKTTW is moving along after all. Sandy has been removed, and I added the latest examples (except a few where there was either no speaker or no sleep).

    Since this trope is about a speaker being boring moreso than about a listener being bored, I motion to rename Nap Inducing Monologue or Nap Inducing Speech. Or, if we want to get playful (and Greek) Hypnogenic Monologue. The name really needs to reference both the speaking aspect and the sleep aspect.
  • August 21, 2014
    DAN004
  • August 23, 2014
    aerojockey
    On further thought, I think Nap Inducing Speech might be misleading. It's always speech, but not always A Speech, it could be a story or one-sided conversation or something like that. I think a lot of people would take the title to mean A Speech. Monologue would be better (since a monologue could be a speech or one-sided conversation) except it's not necessarily a single person speaking. I really can't think of a great term. Maybe just Nap Inducing Talk: that's like Nap Inducing Speech except not as likely to be taken to mean A Speech.
  • August 23, 2014
    DAN004
  • August 24, 2014
    JonnyB
    • A snarky reply in the Doctor Who episode, "Deep Breath" insinuated that everyone made the Doctor do this.
      The Doctor: I never bother with sleeping. I just do standing up cat naps.
      Vastra: And when do you do that?
      The Doctor: Generally when somebody else starts talking. I like to skip ahead to my bits.
  • August 24, 2014
    StarSword
    TV:
    • One episode of Mr Bean has Bean go to church on Sunday and struggle to stay awake during the sermon (rendered as an unintelligible drone).
  • August 24, 2014
    MyFinalEdits
    Played with in an episode of The Garfield Show where Jon, in an attempt to find a solution for his insomnia, gets asleep whenever Odie barks because of an accidental mistake during a hypnotic process. When Liz Wilson reads a scripted speech to him and Jon pays attention to it, he falls asleep when Odie barks; so when Liz notices nobody else is hearing her speak, she mistakenly thinks Jon got too bored due to the speech and quits out of anger.
  • September 11, 2014
    aerojockey
    Bump... it has five hats and so it could be launched, but I can't bring myself to support these names for it. Two things have to come together for this trope, sleep (or at least unbearable sleepiness) and someone being boring causing it. I can't think of a good name. Any last suggestions?
  • September 11, 2014
    DAN004
    The name's good already.
  • September 11, 2014
    Ominae
    • In Jormungand, this happens to Tojo when he tries to explain to his comrades the significance of the Defense Intelligence Headquarters' SR unit. Unfortunately, his talk made Jonah fall asleep. He was later criticized for the long speech that also tried to make the others doze off.
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