Created By: Hero_Gal_2347 on March 28, 2014 Last Edited By: Hero_Gal_2347 on June 23, 2014
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Prompting Nudge

One character nudges, elbows, or kicks another to get him/her to say or do something.

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Every so often, one character just has to apply a little force to another to get him to start talking. There can be numerous reasons for this:

  • The other person is shy
  • He's staring at something (often something that would be awkward if someone notices him looking at it)
  • He's reluctant to say the particular thing he's supposed to say
  • He appears to be dying or dead.

The reasons are different, but the remedy is the same — a good solid nudge to get him to speak up. The "nudge" need not exactly be a "nudge". It can come in other forms, such as a kick under the table. It may be accompanied by the nudger clearing his/her throat.

This trope can occur in a number of places. Some of the most common non-dramatic ones are in conversation or at a play when one actor has Stage Fright.

Supertrope to "Be Quiet!" Nudge. It is a subtrope of Hint Dropping and in cases where it is Played for Drama, may overlap with Please Wake Up.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In the first-season Pokémon episode "Showdown at Dark City", Misty suggests making up pseudonyms so the group won't blemish their reputation by essentially taking sides in a gang war. Ash and Misty come up with names fairly quickly, but Misty has to nudge Brock to make him speak since he's too busy gawking at the female recruiter.
  • In the anime adaptation of Super Robot Wars: Divine Wars, Aya is responsible for doing this to Ryusei in order to remind him to stick to military protocol, which is justified since he had enlisted with the Earth Federation Army recently under pressure from Major Ingram so that he wouldn't be arrested.

Fan Work
  • In the Star Trek fanfic Insontis, McCoy, who is playing a role-play game with the de-aged Kirk, kicks the biobed he has strapped Spock to in order to get the Vulcan to say his lines.

Film

Literature
  • Near the end of Artemis Fowl book The Arctic Incident, Butler gives Artemis a nudge to prompt him to thank Holly for saving his parents.

Live-Action TV
  • The Benny Hill Show. During a big production number by the Volunteer Fireman's Brigade the Captain pushes a dimwitted member out in front so he can introduce the Captain. The Captain ends up Playing Cyrano, feeding him the introduction phrase by phrase, then acts surprised when he "discovers" that he's the one being talked about.

Music
  • The premise of the chorus for the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal", The character finds "Annie" assaulted, so he goes "Annie, are you OK, would you tell us, that you're OK?" to the girl.

Western Animation
  • In one of the Ice Age films. Manfred just seemingly pulled a Heroic Sacrifice and is down for the count. Sid approaches him and urged him to "say something, anything!" to confirm he's okay. He mutters something, and is told to clarify by Sid, so clarifies after that and says Sid is stepping on his trunk and unintentionally choking him.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "A Bird in the Hoof", Twilight gives Fluttershy a "make noise" nudge, to get her to help in covering up the sound of Philomena's coughing so the Royal Guards don't hear.
  • In the Wallace & Gromit short A Matter of Loaf and Death, one of the first signs that Piella is evil is that the spoiled character's nudge to their dog was too hard.
  • The Simpsons. During a school assembly introducing new principal Ned Flanders, he asks if there are any questions. Jimbo nudges Kearney, telling him to ask a question or else they'll all have to go back to class. Kearney asks what the new principal's policy is on lunch.
  • At the beginning of the VeggieTales episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
  • In the second episode of Ultimate Spider-Man Luke Cage nudges Sam Alexander so he can introduce himself.

Community Feedback Replies: 40
  • March 28, 2014
    Omrega
    In the Star Trek fanfic Insontis, McCoy, who is playing a role-play game with the de-aged Kirk, kicks the biobed he has strapped Spock to to get the Vulcan to say his lines.
  • March 28, 2014
    martinthemess
    In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron has to nudge Harry during the Hippogriff lesson in order for him to go forward as Hagrid had asked.
  • March 28, 2014
    Lakija
    Does a kick under tha table, or an elbow to the ribs count too? Maybe expand!
  • March 28, 2014
    Omrega
    Sounds possible.
  • March 28, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: During a school assembly introducing new principal Ned Flanders, he asks if there are any questions. Jimbo nudges Kearney, telling him to ask a question or else they'll all have to go back to class. Kearney asks what the new principal's policy is on lunch.
  • March 30, 2014
    Arivne
    ^^^ Definitely add "elbow to the ribs" to this.
  • March 31, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Yes, it counts.
  • April 4, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Any more?
  • April 4, 2014
    randomsurfer
    The Benny Hill Show: During a big production number by the Volunteer Fireman's Brigade the Captain pushes a dimwitted member out in front so he can introduce the Captain. The Captain ends up Playing Cyrano, feeding him the introduction phrase by phrase, then acts surprised when he "discovers" that he's the one being talked about.
  • April 11, 2014
    Omrega
    I prompt nudge this YKTTW.
  • April 12, 2014
    Arivne
    • Added "Examples" to Examples section.
    • Re-formatted the Examples section.
    • Namespaced work names.
    • Corrected spelling (spoilered -> spoiled).
  • April 19, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Examples? Comments? Questions?
  • April 19, 2014
    DAN004
    No Example As A Thesis, if possible.
  • April 30, 2014
    Omrega
    Nudge.
  • April 30, 2014
    Duncan
    Janet nudges Brad to get him to speak in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • May 11, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • May 23, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Say Something Nudge (aka like Be Quiet Nudge). covers Stock Phrase usage while being a trope.

    there are quite a few Stock Phrase that would fit here.

    Western Animation
  • May 24, 2014
    CaveCat
    • At the beginning of the VeggieTales episode "King George And The Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
  • May 24, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Shanghai: I'm not sure whether that fits here. Yes, it's a "say something!" nudge, but I had envisioned it as being used in less dire situations. What does everybody think?
  • May 24, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    We have Played For Drama for a good reason.
  • May 26, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Okay.
  • May 28, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    More examples? Comments? Hats?
  • May 28, 2014
    isk2837
    Near the end of The Arctic Incident (the second book in the Artemis Fowl series), Butler gives Artemis a nudge to prompt him to thank Holly for saving his parents.
  • June 1, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • June 8, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Prompt nudge.
  • June 8, 2014
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Anime & Manga
    • In the first-season Pokemon episode "Showdown at Dark City", Misty suggests making up pseudonyms so the group won't blemish their reputation by what is essentially taking sides in a gang war. Ash and Misty come up with names fairly quickly, but Misty has to nudge Brock to make him speak since he's too busy gawking at the female recruiter.
  • June 10, 2014
    Ominae
    In the anime adaptation of Super Robot Wars: Divine Wars, Aya is responsible for doing this to Ryusei in order to remind him to stick to military protocol, which is justified since he had enlisted with the Earth Federation Army recently under pressure from Major Ingram so that he wouldn't be arrested.
  • June 18, 2014
    mr.whim
    Very often used to elicit a Grudging Thank You.
  • June 18, 2014
    Statzkeen
    It seems to me that this trope and Be Quiet Nudge are really the same trope and that one should just be incorporated into this one, since prompting someone to shut up is a type of, well, prompting.
  • June 18, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    It could be a supertrope.
  • June 19, 2014
    Statzkeen
    Possibly, but I think the best thing to do would be to just move all the Be Quiet Nudge stuff into this trope once this one is launched. And then the annoying thing is changing all the links (or just making Be Quiet Nudge into a redirect for Prompting Nudge?)
  • June 19, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ What about making Be Quiet Nudge a subtrope instead? We don't have to do anything to that page.
  • June 19, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Sounds okay to me.

    However, while I labelled it Prompting Nudge, I meant something akin to "Say Something!" Nudge, as suggested earlier in the YKTTW.
  • June 20, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^Yeah, I think I'm seconding Say Something Nudge.
  • June 20, 2014
    Statzkeen
    < What about making "Be Quiet!" Nudge a subtrope instead? We don't have to do anything to that page. >

    Well that's certainly easier, but these aren't really two different tropes. And if this is "Say Something" Nudge they are sister tropes, not parent-child tropes.
  • June 20, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Music

    • The premise of the chorus for the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal", The character finds "Annie" assaulted, so he goes "Annie, are you OK, would you tell us, that you're OK?" to the girl.
  • June 20, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    It's actually more "Say/Do Something!" Nudge, so maybe Prompting Nudge would be better anyway.
  • June 22, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Thoughts?
  • June 22, 2014
    Jess0312
    In The second episode of Ultimate Spider-Man luke cage gives One to Sam Alexander so he can introduce him self.
  • June 23, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Added.
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