Created By: SomeRandomMook on January 12, 2012 Last Edited By: DaggerQuill on March 8, 2017


"I've had ENOUGH of this! Everyone shut up and listen!!"

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A character is having their patience pushed to its absolute limits. Maybe they're fed up with everyone else goofing off. Perhaps they just want to get everyone's attention, but they're being ignored (or everyone else is panicking and they can't speak over the crowd.)

So, they take command. ENOUGH!!!!

Usually, everyone else present will shut up immediatly, and the speaker is now the center off attention. Expect the speaker to have an intimidating voice, or at least a loud one. May also serve as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner if the speaker is in combat. May also preceed a monologue that get's everyone's act together.

Typically used for dramatic effect, and by authority figures (usually kings or generals).

Part of what makes this so effective is the connotation of authority: while a call for silence may have the same effect, it can also be used by normal folks to restore order. For someone to just shout 'Enough!', and expect everyone else to can it imples that they're used to having their orders followed. (Or, that they just have the hubris to do so.)

Something worth noting: The 'Enough!' doesn't necessarily have to be dramatic or loud. If shouting the word shuts everyone else up, or at least makes it so the speaker can get everyone's attention, then it works. —



Web Original
  • The Nostalgia Chick does this a lot, mostly when she's watching/reveiwing something that annoys her.

Western Animation
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: In Op: G.R.O.W.U.P., Sector V discover that Father's powers are neutralized by ice cream, and begin pelting him with the frozen treats. It works...for a while.
    Father (on the ground, his fires going out:) Enough...Enough...I said... (Suddenly releases a massive explosion that blows everyone back), ENOUGH!!!

  • My Litte Pony: Friendship is Magic: Celestia cuts off Discord's rambling with a sharp "Enough!" Notable for being the very first time we see Celestia genuinely angry.

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • January 12, 2012
    The Nostalgia Chick does this a lot, especially when something she's watching just keeps on annoying her.
  • January 12, 2012
    Added your example.
  • January 12, 2012
    In the season 2 finale of The Walking Dead, Rick has several over the span of the last few minutes.
  • January 12, 2012
    Also in MLP, Luna uses "Be Still!" to the same effect.
  • January 12, 2012
    You should expand the description to make it clear its not just a stock phrase, as those get shot down.
  • January 12, 2012
    • In the opening cinematic for the Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, the eponymous Baal says this in response to the Barbarian emissary's You Shall Not Pass speech, loud enough to send birds flying away and make the emissary cover his ears.
      "ENOUGH!!! I will consider your position."
  • January 12, 2012
    I am such a dork, but there is a Klingon equivalent word. I think it's "Mev yep!", and a couple of times, it is used this way. I think even Picard uses it when he's among some Klingons arguing.
  • January 12, 2012
    Nevermind, they are not related.
  • January 12, 2012
    Dolores Umbridge in the film version of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
  • January 12, 2012
    From The Heralds Of Valdemar, Savil does this when Tylendel and Vanyel are fighting.
  • January 12, 2012
    This is just a line of dialog. What's the trope?
  • January 12, 2012
    I am pretty sure we do not do stock phrases anymore...
  • January 13, 2012
    Yup, there are big banners about it everywhere. It's a big deal, for some reason.
  • January 13, 2012
    Yeah, this needs tyo be expanded a bit. Explaining why it cathes everyone's attention would be a nice start.

  • January 13, 2012
    Take a look at No New Stock Phrases to see why.
  • January 13, 2012
    I would call this Daddy Voice or Voice Of Authority. I think a tropeable trope would be one that describes the obvious authority figure finally deciding to assert his/her authority after his/her patience has run out. It's marked by a change in tone of the character's voice that makes everyone shutup and take notice

    This is common in a lot of Bollywood family dramas. They start off with a happy family, and there is a change in the family dynamic (a new marriage, a new baby or whatever) that causes strife. Pretty soon, everyone is scheming against the other while the "dad" sits there in the corner behind his newspaper. Eventually, the dad loses patience and goes "Enough!" (or an equivalent) and tells exactly what everyone needs to hear. Everyone does a Heel Face Turn and then they are an happy family again. Sometimes, the Daddy Voice isn't used by the dad. Sometimes, it's the youngest child who has been growing up observing drama in the household, finally grows up and asserts authority. Sometimes, if the dad is portrayed as overly controlling, the mom has to step in and use her Mommy Voice on Dad.

    I'm pretty sure there would be several examples of this in Western media in Leave It To Beaver kind of works.
  • January 13, 2012
  • January 13, 2012
    I Thought It Meant sufficiently large.