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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.


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.


  • 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.

  • 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 Veggie Tales 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.

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