Created By: justanotherrandomlurker on November 27, 2012 Last Edited By: justanotherrandomlurker on January 5, 2013

Don't Interrupt the Argument

When someone wants to add to a conversation, only be cut off with a no.

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You've seen it happen many times before, your friends, or your family, or your co-workers end up getting into an argument that soon starts to escalate into a rather ridiculous fight; you have something you would like to add, but when you ask to say something, in their own fit of peak, they just simply turn to you and shout, "NO!", and resume their argument, without letting you speak your own peace of mind.

Sometimes, there isn't an argument going on, but a rather interesting conversation you'd like to join in on, but still, you're met with a big "NO!" when you ask to contribute to the conversation.


Film
  • Happens in both Lethal Weapon 3 and 4, with Leo Getz, who is constantly annoying Riggs and Murtaugh and frequently told to shut up in unison whenever he asks them something or makes a suggestion.
  • In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Pete is overwhelmed with the numerous characters in his kitchen, all asking for jobs in his luncheonette.
    Pete: Rats want jobs! Frog wants job! What next, penguins?
    Penguin: (Enters) Do you have any jobs available?
    Others: NO!
  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas: During a confrontation at the casino, between Fred and Chip Rockfeller, a joker keeps interrupting, with his plan to wipe out the entire population of dinosaurs; he is continually brushed off, until finally:
    Joker: Hey! Doesn't anybody care about what I'm gonna do to the dinosaurs?!
    Everybody in casino: NO!!!
    (Joker sadly trudges out)
Live-Action TV
  • In the Everybody Loves Raymond episode "Robert Needs Money", Ray and Debra confront Robert about him using their $1,000 hand-out to go to Las Vegas; two different points in an argument between Ray and Robert, Debra asks to say something... they let her the first time, but the second time?
    Debra: Can I say some thing?
    Ray: No! Last time you did, it cost me $1,000!
  • In an episode of Hogan's Heroes, Hogan and Kinchloe become wrapped up in trying to figure out how to get out of a sticky situation involving Kinch masquerading as an African prince, until LeBeau tries to calm them down by offering them more champaign, only to be met with a no.
  • In an episode of M*A*S*H, an argument escalates in Post-Op between Hawkeye and Trapper, and Margaret and Frank; Henry enters to put a stop to the commotion, but when Frank asks to say something, Henry cuts him off with a no.
    • In another episode, when the staff is pinned down by sniper fire, Margaret begins to ask Henry to go on record, but before she can even finish her statement, Henry yells, "No!", and leaves the room.
Western Animation
  • One Animaniacs cartoon short had the Warner siblings doing this to Dr. Scratchensniff when they were his lawyers in court over a traffic ticket.
  • Averted in an episode of Arthur, when Arthur gets into an argument with his parents about his putting off his chores, during which D.W. repeatedly asks to say something, only to initially be ignored.
    • In another episode of Arthur, Arthur is deep in conversation with his friends, when D.W. pops in to ask them something, only to be met with big "NO!" from Arthur. "I didn't even say anything yet!" D.W. points out.
  • In Ice Age: The Meltdown, Diego in on the receiving end of this, when he tries to come between an argument between Manny and Ellie, in regards to which direction they should take to get to the boat before the flood waters reach them.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: A variation, in which, during a rainy day, the girls try to amuse themselves with roleplaying, only for an argument to escalate between Blossom and Buttercup over who isn't going to play Bubbles.
    Bubbles: I'll be Bubbles!
    Both: You keep outta this!
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut: During the debate with Mrs. Brovlovski and the Canadian Prime Minister, she repeatedly interrupts his trying to say "Can I finish?". When she finally lets him speak, it's just to say "I'm finished."
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • November 27, 2012
    PsiPaula4
  • November 27, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Can anybody suggest a better name? Admittedly, this wasn't my first choice, but it seemed like the least wordy.
  • December 5, 2012
    Chabal2
    South Park The Movie: During the debate with Mrs. Brovlovski and the Canadian Prime Minister, she repeatedly interrupts his trying to say "Can I finish?". When she finally lets him speak, it's just to say "I'm finished."
  • December 5, 2012
    StarSword
  • December 5, 2012
    MaxWest
    One Animaniacs cartoon short had the Warner siblings doing this to Dr. Scratchensniff when they were his lawyers in court over a traffic ticket.
  • December 6, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Name changed to Argument Interruption Refusal, unless other people have other ideas for new names we can choose from.
  • December 6, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    That is extremely clinical and not clear.
  • December 6, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    What, the name, or the basis for this YKTTW? If it's the name, it's the only other suggestion any one has made, because the original name ("Can I Say Something?") was rejected, and I haven't been able to come up with a better name myself.
  • December 6, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    The name.
  • December 6, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Do you have any suggestions for a better name? I'm open to anything.
  • December 6, 2012
    StarSword
    Argument Interruption Refusal. Refusal of interrupting an argument. How is that not clear, rodney?
  • December 6, 2012
    rodneyAnonymous
    ^^ No.

    ^ That is three consecutive nouns; it is unclear which ones are supposed to act like adjectives. The first two modify the third, in that interpretation, but there are other ways to parse it. Perhaps it's the first and last that are supposed to be modifiers, and it is interrupting an argument with a refusal. Or the second and third, and it's an argument about refusing interruptions. I didn't get it, exactly, until reading what you wrote. It is awkward.
  • December 6, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Again, if any body wants to make suggestions for other names, please do so, maybe some troper out there has the perfect name for this YKTTW.
  • December 6, 2012
    jbrecken
    "Arguers Reject Interrupters," perhaps?
  • December 6, 2012
    StarSword
    @rodney: Okay, I'll buy that.

    @jbrecken: Nice.
  • December 7, 2012
    DracMonster
    This feels like it should also get a mention under Logical Fallacies, it's cousin to Argumentum Ad Lapidem, Argumentum Ad Nauseam and Argument Of Contradictions. I wouldn't be surprised if there's an "official" name for this too.

    EDIT: Argument By Dismissal seems to fit.
  • December 7, 2012
    MorganWick
  • December 7, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Actually, I kind of like both of those... I think I would probably go with the former, because the latter is a bit more wordy (though it's clever, I must say).
  • December 7, 2012
    MorganWick
    And now seeing it in the title, I see how easy it is to mistake what it is that's being dismissed. Dont Interrupt The Argument?
  • December 7, 2012
    DracMonster
    Or Dont Interrupt The Ad Nauseum, although they sound like dialogue.
  • December 7, 2012
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Okay, I think I'm going to settle on Dont Interrupt The Argument: it's simple, and gets the point across.
  • December 7, 2012
    Chernoskill
    This trope applies to Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 with Leo Getz who is constantly annoying Riggs and Murtaugh and frequently told to shut up in unison whenever he asks them something or makes a suggestion.
  • January 5, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    I agree that the name Dont Interrupt The Argument is not the strongest but is fine.
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