Created By: neoYTPism on March 25, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on June 24, 2011

Dialogue Interruption Timing

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Alien: I bring you peace.
Homer: As a representative of planet Earth, let me be the first to say... AAAAAHH!
- The Simpsons (It Makes Sense in Context; sort of; Homer stepped in fire before screaming.)

Do We Have This One?? Also, I'm open to title suggestions.

This is when a piece of dialogue is interrupted in a way that makes the interruption seem almost like part of the dialogue. Sometimes this can confuse other characters.
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  • March 25, 2011
  • March 28, 2011
    Dialogus Interruptus?
  • March 28, 2011
  • March 28, 2011
    In the movie Black Sheep, the governor says this to her constituents:

    "I have heard the voice of the voters and the voters said...: *sees protagonist hanging from an antenna* holy shit!"
  • March 28, 2011
    I've got one for Troper Tales- In one of my high school society and environment classes, the poor teacher was trying to talk abput saving water while two noisy boys chattered away in front of her: "And you can ask your parents about ways to save water, too. So, you might go up to your parents and say- RIGHT! THAT's IT! I'm splitting you two up in a minute!"
  • March 28, 2011
    In The Fuller Brush Man, during the climactic fight at the army surplus store, the heroes' distress signal cuts in on some radio programs while they're barricading the door with inflatable rafts:

    Announcer: And now we shall hear the Senator from Massachusetts, who will speak on what the government should do about big business-
    Red Jones: Blow 'em up, blow 'em up! Hurry, blow them up!


    Announcer: And this is what a satisfied user of Simon's Sausage has to say about Simon's Sausage-
    Red Jones: Help, they're killing me!
    Ann: We can't hold out much longer!
    Listener: That's right, they always give me heartburn.

    And so on, and so on...
  • March 28, 2011
    I am all for Dialogus Interruptus as the title. Was just about to suggest something similar.
  • March 28, 2011
    my friend and I used to mock the 90s X Men cartoon for doing this a lot. "But you said -- AUGH!" Or "Wait! We mean you no -- [gets attacked] ungh!"

    Also happens in Space Balls: "... to join this man and this woman in the bonds of holy -- [spaceship roars past overhead] MOLEY!"
  • March 28, 2011
    Captain Mainwaring: I tell you, Wilson, if Hitler's troops come knocking at our door, we shall be the first to say... (knock on door) come in!
  • March 28, 2011
    I don't like Dialogus Interruptus for clarity reasons. How about "Dialogue Interruption Timing?"
  • March 28, 2011
    ^How is Dialogus Interruptus not clear? And both the original title and your suggestion come off sounding like a badly named manga.
  • March 28, 2011
    Dialogus Interruptus sounds like "someone stopped talking mid-sentence" rather than "someone said something unrelated to the dialogue that could be interpreted as part of the dialogue." It's a title I'd interpret as something other than the trope meaning.

    My suggestion was just a thought. If you have something better, feel free to suggest it.
  • March 28, 2011
    • Played With/Discussed in Monty Python And The Holy Grail.
      Brother Maynard: reading from some carved words in a cave wall "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathia. He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the Castle of...aargh."
      King: What?
      Brother: "The castle of aargh."
      Bevedere: What is that?
      Brother: He must have died while carving it.
      Lancaulot: Oh, come on.
      Brother: Well, that's what it says.
      King: If he was dying he wouldn't bother to carve "aargh," he'd just say it.
      Brother: Well that's what's carved in the rock.
      Galahad: Perhaps he was dictating.
      King: Oh, shut up.
    Turns out there really is a "Castle Aargh."
  • March 28, 2011
    Forced Dialogue Change? If not I like Dialogue Interruption timing better.
  • March 29, 2011
    How about something along the lines of Interrupting Yourself?
  • June 22, 2011
    Interrupting Yourself removes examples that make it seem like one character is interrupting the dialogue of another. Dialogus Interruptus is just confusing.
  • June 22, 2011
    Dinosaurs: one of the duties of the Chief Elder is to name all babies. When the Sinclairs bring Baby Sinclair in for naming, as the CE is doing the naming he has a Hollywood Heart Attack.
    Chief Elder: I decree that from henceforth, this child be called...Ugh! Ugh!
    Clerk: writing down the name "Ugh Ugh."
    Chief Elder: I'm dying, you idiot!
    Clerk: "I'm dying you idiot." Chief Elder collapses Ugh Ugh I'm dying you idiot. stamps form Next!
  • June 24, 2011
  • June 24, 2011
  • June 24, 2011
    Are You Being Served: Young Mr. Grace's secretary hands YMG the phone, with an open line to Mr. Rumbolt. YMG starts flirting with his secretary, asking her out to dinner. Mr. Rumbolt accepts and asks if he should bring his wife.
    YMG: What are you babbling about?
    Rumbolt: I was asking if you wanted my wife.
  • June 24, 2011
    We do have this -- it's called Appropriate Conversation Interruption -- and it does need a better name -- for instance so that people making YKTTWs will be able to find it when they search. It's a tough one.