Created By: Agent0042 on February 26, 2011 Last Edited By: ParadiscaCorbasi on February 23, 2012
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The Quiet Game

Game in which people see who can be quiet the longest

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Wichita: Let's play the quiet game.
Columbus: I've actually been meaning to ask you, have you been to Columbus, because I've been trying to...
Wichita: Have you never played the quiet game?
- From Zombieland

Children (and some teens and adults) are naturally talkative. The Fun Personified type can share this trait.

For children, it's because they're learning so much about the world, and their minds are racing as they process all the information they encounter. For older people, this may also be true.

Unfortunately, this tendency to talk, non-stop, stream of consciousness and rapid fire, is annoying, frustrating and aggravating to many people -- among them the Child Hater and the Badly Battered Babysitter. Often such Elders will resort in desperation, when they feel nothing else has worked to get someone to stop talking for a minute -- they propose The Quiet Game.

The idea of proposing it as a game is supposed to make it "fun", but a talkative character rarely considers it so. Proposing it as a game is also supposed to be preferable to the honest and direct route of just saying "please be quiet for a little while," or exploding with "SHUT UP ALREADY", but usually the one asked to play the game either blithely misses the point, or sees it for what it is and refuses to play along.

See The Other Wiki for more information.


Examples

Comic Books
  • In Young Justice during a game of Truth Or Dare, Impulse is dared to keep quiet for 5 minutes. He barely lasts 5 seconds.

Film
  • In Zombieland, Witchita proposes it to Columbus, who proceeds to talk anyway.

Newspaper Comics
  • In a strip of Get Fuzzy, Rob gets tired of Bucky and Satchel's chatter on a road trip and says "Let's play the quiet game."

Live-Action TV
  • McKay proposed this in an episode of Stargate: Atlantis.
  • Will proposed this to Nathan in an episode of Will and Grace, with the prize being a cookie.
  • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "The Silence". Colonel Taylor bets a talkative man named Tennyson half a million dollars that he can't stay quiet for an entire year. Tennyson accepts the bet and spends a year locked up in a glass cage. After Tennyson wins the bet, Taylor says that he's bankrupt and can't pay up. The Twilight Zone Twist? Before Tennyson went into the cage he had surgery to render himself mute so he couldn't lose the bet.
  • In one episode of Friends, Phoebe is dating a guy who is getting obnoxious about how passionate he is about everything, so she suggests that they play the quiet game for a little while. After about ten seconds, he says, "I lose! Let's play Jenga."

Web Comic
  • In 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage convinces Fighter to play the quiet game. For a few months' worth of pages, Fighter is completely silent, and Black Mage simply forgets that he's there. When Fighter finally does speak, he proceeds to rapidly say everything that he wanted to say during the game.

Western Animation
  • In "Stare Master" on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Fluttershy proposes this as a game to the Cutie Mark Crusaders, telling them that she's a champion. They all immediately say that they've lost.
  • In Up!, Carl proposed this game to Russell. Russell replied that his Mom loves that game.
  • Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse try this on Daisy in the Mickey Mouseworks cartoon "Daisy's Road Trip". Daisy wins after launching them screaming out of the car and back again.
  • Raven pulls this on Melvin, Timmy and Teether in the Teen Titans episode where she has to babysit them.

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • February 27, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • The Twilight Zone TOS episode "The Silence". Colonel Taylor bets a talkative man named Tennyson half a million dollars that he can't stay quiet for an entire year. Tennyson accepts the bet and spends a year locked up in a glass cage. After Tennyson wins the bet, Taylor says that he's bankrupt and can't pay up. The Twilight Zone Twist? Before Tennyson went into the cage he had surgery to render himself mute so he couldn't lose the bet.
  • February 27, 2011
    Lysythe
    Young Justice: During a game of Truth Or Dare, Impulse is dared to keep quiet for 5 minutes. He barely lasts 5 seconds.
  • February 27, 2011
    MetaFour
    • In Eight Bit Theater, Black Mage convinces Fighter to play the quiet game. For a few months' worth of pages, Fighter is completely silent, and Black Mage simply forgets that he's there. When Fighter finally does speak, he proceeds to rapidly say everything that he wanted to say during the game.
  • March 29, 2011
    SNES
    • From Zombieland:
      Wichita: Let's play the quiet game.
      Columbus: I've actually been meaning to ask you, have you been to Columbus, because I've been trying to...
      Wichita: Have you never played the quiet game?
  • March 29, 2011
    Duckay
    In one episode of Friends, Phoebe is dating a guy who is getting obnoxious about how passionate he is about everything, so she suggests that they play the quiet game for a little while. After about ten seconds, he says, "I lose! Let's play Jenga."
  • March 29, 2011
    Chariset
    In a strip of Get Fuzzy, Rob gets tired of Bucky and Satchel's chatter on a road trip and says "Let's play the quiet game."

    Definitely Truth In Television
  • March 30, 2011
    AFP
    There's even an article for it at The Other Wiki. It doesn't get much more legit than that.
  • October 15, 2011
    ClockClockClock
    • Mickey and Minnie try this on Daisy in the Mickey Mouseworks cartoon "Daisy's Road Trip". Daisy wins after launching them screaming out of the car and back again.
  • November 30, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    It was "Stare Master", not "Cutie Mark Crusaders" that had Fluttershy asking for them to play the quiet game.

    This trope is also the hallmark of Child Hater and Badly Battered Babysitter.

    • Raven pulls this on Melvin, Timmy and Teether in the Teen Titans episode where she has to babysit them.

    Ready for launch?

  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    This is a workable idea for a trope, but it isn't ready for launch.
  • February 19, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Ok, what else do you think it needs other than more examples?
  • February 19, 2012
    Catbert
    A better description.
  • February 19, 2012
    Prfnoff
    In my experience, the "Needs A Better Description" prayer has rarely been answered on YKTTW.
  • February 20, 2012
    Catbert
    I improved the description, sorted the examples, and moved the quote to being a page quote. I think it could launch as is, but it would be nice to keep this going a bit longer to get more examples. Paradisca Corbasi, would you like to adopt this draft?
  • February 23, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Okay, I'll adopt it. Sorry for the delayed response. Laptop problems.
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