Created By: Wheezy on March 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Wheezy on August 18, 2013
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Offing the Annoyance

A character kills someone for annoying them.

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Our villain's had a bad day.

Maybe The Hero stole his girl, killed his favorite Giant Mook, or blew up his third Elaborate Underground Base this month. Or maybe he's just an angry guy in general.

But whatever the reason, the bottom line is that he's in no mood to be fucked with. So, of course, here comes some pitiable fool along to do just that. The unfortunate loudmouth shows up just at the villain's most irate moment and immediately starts pissing him off even further.

...And the villain, being a villain, responds the only way he knows how.

Killing people for being annoying is an interesting way to Kick the Dog: for the audience, it can be either horrifying or cathartic, depending largely on how much of an asshole the victim was being.

The "cathartic" side of this trope is usually used in more lighthearted shows, where the victim will have been bad enough to almost make you think they deserved it. They may even be a reflection of a common real-life annoyance, such as someone loudly talking on their cell phone during a movie or screaming at a waiter. The most extreme examples of this type overlap heavily with Bullying a Dragon - in other words, the victim was intentionally harassing his killer to the point where almost any sane person would've wanted to Kick the Son of a Bitch too.

The "horrific side" sees more use among towards the cynical side of the sliding scale, to show that the villain is a Complete Monster who will kill anyone for the pettiest of reasons, such as speaking without permission or accidentally scuffing their shoes. In the most depressing examples, this trope begins to overlap with Shoot the Messenger: the victim was the Only Sane Man, genuinely trying to provide some very valid advice, and the villain just shot him in the face because he didn't want to hear it.

It also says a lot about the perpetrator. It's usually used to show that a character's Jumping Off the Slippery Slope or suffering a Villainous Breakdown. If a ruler does it, he just might be The Caligula.

Offing the Mouth is a Sub-Trope which deals specifically with characters who die for their snark. Compare Very Punchable Man, Shut Up, Hannibal!, Shoot the Messenger, and You Have Outlived Your Usefulness, which are often more situation-specific examples of this trope in action.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • In One Piece, Eustass Kidd and his first mate Killer do not like being argued against and will immediately use lethal force against anyone who disagrees with them. Demalo Black attempts to kill the bartender with his flintlock for not serving drinks fast enough and then at Nami when she refuses to sit next to him. The most extreme case are the Celestial Dragons. These guys not only aim their guns at anyone who doesn't bow down and do everything that they're told to do quickly (and often unreasonably so), but will shoot immediately, up to and including firing a cannon and sinking a little boy whose boat happens to cross the path of one of their ships. At least Demalo just hovers his gun without shooting to give the victim another chance.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Frieza fatally wounds Vegeta out of annoyance when the latter gloats over Goku beating up the former.

Film
  • If it wasn't just For the Evulz, this was the reason Captain Vidal killed those two farmers in Pan's Labyrinth. He'd told them to be quiet and take their hats off a few times beforehand.
  • In Jackie Brown, Louis kills Melanie because she is constantly heckling him for forgetting where he parked their van.
Broken Arrow, when Big Bad Deakins kills the panicking Pritchett with a heavy flashlight smacked across the throat. - "Hush!"
  • In City of God, a Motor Mouthed gang member called Tuba gets killed by Lil' Ze for talking to much. It may be a case of Too Dumb to Live. When your boss is a noted Complete Monster who kills people for fun, praising the skills of the guy who just killed a few of his mooks, then shot him in the arm, isn't the best idea.
  • The Joker in Batman kills one of his henchmen for standing there while Joker was upset about Batman.
  • Similarly in Batman Returns the Penguin kills a henchman for questioning the morality of his plans.
    Henchman: Killing innocent children? Isn't that a little...hmmm?
    *BANG*
    Penguin: It's a lot "hmmm"!
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
    John Bigboote: We've had our chance! Your overthruster's for shit! We're lost!
    Lord John Whorfin: One more word out of you, Bigbooty...
    John Bigboote: [screaming] BIG-BOO-TAY! TAY! TAY!
    [Whorfin shoots him]
  • In the Flash Gordon parody Mom and Dad Save the World, Emperor Spengo is portrayed as a comedic version of The Caligula.
    Spengo: "Hey you. What do you think - mutton chops or goatee? Be honest."
    Mook #1: "Mutton chops, my lord?"
    Spengo: (considers for a moment) "No. No, I like the goatee better. Shoot yourself in the head." (after a momentary pause, annoyed) "NOW."
    (Mook #1 complies with the order with a blaster pistol to his own head)
    Spengo: (to a second mook): "Well? How about you?"
    Mook #2: (a beat, then brightly) "Mutton chops!"
    (Spengo glares at him. Mook #2 sighs, then shoots himself.)
  • In Time Bandits the character Evil does this twice.
Evil: What sort of Supreme Being created such riff-raff? Is it not the workings of a complete incompetent?
Minion 1: But He created you, Evil One.
Evil: What did you say?
Minion 1: Well, He created you, so He can't be totally...
Evil: [blasts Mook 1 out of existence] Never talk to me like that again! No one created me! I am Evil! Evil existed long before Good. I made myself. I cannot be unmade. I am all-powerful!
Minion 2: But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?
Evil: [blasts Mook 2 out of existence] That's a good question.
  • Almost invoked in Mel Brook's Robin Hood- Men In Tights, when a mime annoys the Sheriff to the point that he just shouts 'Kill him!', before he's stopped by Prince John, who says 'You know, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.'

Fan Fic

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • One of the most infamous scenes in Breaking Bad is when Tuco Salamanca beats one of his most trusted right-hand men to death with his bare hands for talking out of turn. It turns out to have been an accident - what was supposed to be a nonlethal beating sent him into a fatal seizure - but Tuco doesn't show any remorse either way.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus. In the Cheese Sketch, John Cleese shoots Michael Palin after he discovers that the cheese shop has absolutely no cheese at all.
  • In the Xena: Warrior Princess episode "Been There, Done That" at one point Xena takes advantage of the "Groundhog Day" Loop to kill Joxer, knowing he'll be alive and well the next time she wakes up.
  • Averted in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode The Harsh Light of Day. Spike stakes Harmony after becoming annoyed with her babbling but she happens to be wearing a ring that makes vampires indestructible at the time.
  • Attempted by Yvonne Criddle from Mad TV, who wanted to buy a shovel to brain her neighbour's dog for making her car wet, and then tried to kill an entire family by running them off a cliff after they took her parking space in front of the store.
  • I, Claudius: 10 (or so) year old Gemellus dies of an Incurable Cough of Death - which is to say, Caligula has him killed because he won't stop coughing.
  • Supernatural, episode "Two Minutes To Midnight". During Death's character-defining intro, he takes a stroll in Chicago looking like a normal human and a rude guy too busy with his phone makes the mistake of bumping into him and scolding him. Grim barely glances back, slightly brushes his coat as if getting rid of a pesky fly, and the guy immediately drops dead right on the street.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • In Disney's Peter Pan, Hook kills one of his henchmen for loud singing.
  • In the beginning of the Looney Tunes short Rhapsody Rabbit, Bugs Bunny's attempts to start the concerto keeps getting interrupted by a guy coughing, which Bugs silences with a gun in his coat.

Comics
  • In The Sandman Cain kills Abel for annoying him over and over again, since they're immortal.
  • In Hero Squared supervillainess Caliginous has one, very obsequious, henchbeing. Whenever he annoys her too much she kills him and activates another clone.
  • In the comic version of Wanted, the hero (once he's found out about his new powers) kills (among others) his neighbor, who annoyed him by always repeating the same mindlessly optimistic message every morning.

Web Original

  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Vegeta kills Nappa for annoying him, after finally being pushed too far. And then Nappa's ghost continues to annoy him.

Web Comics

Mythology
  • The Mesopotamian Flood myth had the gods attempting to kill all people (several times) because they are making too much noise.
Community Feedback Replies: 62
  • March 2, 2012
    Mozgwsloiku
    In Disney's Peter Pan Hook kills one of his henchmen for loud singing.
  • March 2, 2012
    ThePope
  • March 2, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The Joker in Film/Batman1989 kills one of his henchmen for standing there while Joker was upset about Batman.
  • March 2, 2012
    Psi001
    • Similarly in Batman Returns the Penguin kills a henchman for questioning the morality of his plans.
    Henchman: Killing innocent children? Isn't that a little...hmmm?
    *BANG*
    Penguin: It's a lot "hmmm"!

    May need a better title (eg. It Annoyed Me or Kill The Irritance).

    Naturally overlaps with Disproportionate Retribution.
  • March 2, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    It looks like this only applies to the bad guy's henchmen for calling something out. Would it count if a villain kills someone not related to him or her in any way and/or if the person killed was doing something independent of the villain's business that the villain simply found annoying?

    For instance, in One Piece, Eustass Kidd and his first mate Killer do not like being argued against and will immediately use lethal force against anyone who disagrees with them. Demalo Black attempts to kill the bartender with his flintlock for not serving drinks fast enough and then at Nami when she refuses to sit next to him. The most extreme case are the Celestial Dragons. These guys not only aim their guns at anyone who doesn't bow down and do everything that they're told to do quickly (and often unreasonably so), but will shoot immediately, up to and including firing a cannon and sinking a little boy whose boat happens to cross the path of one of their ships. At least Demalo just hovers his gun without shooting to give the victim another chance.
  • March 2, 2012
    Wheezy
    Yes it does.
  • March 2, 2012
    JonnyB
  • March 2, 2012
    Rainbow
    This is the basic premise of the gory My Little Pony fanfic Sweet Apple Massacre, where Big Macintosh rapes, tortures and kills the Cutie Mark Crusaders for being noisy.
  • March 2, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Nuke the Example As A Thesis (those never work out) and get to the point up front. This is about a Big Bad arbitrarily killing off a minion just because he can? (And the minion did something stupid, albeit trivial, to provoke them.)
  • March 2, 2012
    JohnDiFool
    Monty Python: In the Cheese Sketch, John Cleese shoots Michael Palin after he discovers that the cheese shop has absolutely no cheese at all.
  • March 2, 2012
    Damr1990
    Killing The Annoyance , perhaps?, it's not very clever, but gets to the point IMO
  • March 2, 2012
    TBeholder
    But There Is Shoot In "Shut Up"?
  • March 3, 2012
    Psi001
    • Played with in A Bugs Life Hopper becomes enraged by his brother, however having sworn to his mother on her death bed he wouldn't kill him, he instead attacks a nearby soldier.
  • March 3, 2012
    Jordan
    In Daredevil, Bullseye is annoyed by the incessant talking of an elderly woman seated next to him on a plane. So, he casually tosses a peanut into the back of her throat, causing her to choke to death.
  • March 3, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In The Silence Of The Lambs one of theother inmates offends Hannibal Lector by throwing some of his semen on Clarice as she's walking by, so Hannibal talks him into swallowing his tongue, killing him.
  • March 3, 2012
    TrustBen
    In The Crow, Top Dollar runs a sword through Gideon for whining about the store that Eric Draven has destroyed.
  • March 3, 2012
    nitrokitty
  • March 4, 2012
    JoeG
    • Daredevil: Bullseye kills the annoying old woman sitting on the plane next to him by making her choke on a peanut.
  • March 4, 2012
    StevenT
    On Family Guy, Stewie killed a guy in an elevator because he was talking kind of loudly on his cell phone.
  • March 5, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Philadelphia Experiment 2. The Big Bad (William Mailer) has a subordinate who is constantly telling him he's making mistakes. Eventually Mailer has had all he can take and just shoots him dead.
  • March 5, 2012
    TheWanderer
    Early in Timecop, Big Bad Senator McComb smashes the head of one of his advisers against the side of a car for annoying him with news about his apparently failing presidential bid.
  • March 10, 2012
    Wheezy
    I want to remove the Example As A Thesis, but I have no idea how to describe this trope beyond "dude kills another dude for annoying him."
  • March 11, 2012
    robbulldog
    Broken Arrow, when Big Bad Deakins kills the panicking Pritchett with a heavy flashlight smacked across the throat. - "Hush!"
  • March 20, 2012
    Wheezy
    Anyone willing to help fix the example?
  • March 20, 2012
    Mauri
    Not sure but it feels under the <a_href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/SurroundedByIdiots">Surrounded by idiots</a> reference and <a_href="http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness">You have outlived your usefulness</a>... Maybe it is a mixture of both...
  • March 20, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Is Shoot The Messenger a subtrope?
  • March 21, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV

    Description idea:

    Writers often want to show their villain is more than just an opponent for their hero, but has an "everyday" side as well. Of course, for particularly vile villains, that side of them will be evil as well. Perhaps the easiest way to show that is through a Kick The Dog moment, in which the villain does something cruel for fun or to relieve stress. A common variant of this is for a villains to mistreat someone on their own side, typically as a form of Disproportionate Retribution for some very minor offense.

    In Killing The Annoyance, a villain kills one of their own henchmen, simply because they were being annoying. In some cases this will overlap with Shoot The Messenger or The Uriah Gambit.

    This can be used to reveal a number of things about the villain depending on how the scene is played.

    Compare Shut Up Hannibal. If the dead guy was intentionally harassing his killer, he was probably Bullying A Dragon.

    Examples:

    • In the Flash Gordon parody Mom And Dad Save The World, Emperor Spengo is portrayed as a comedic version of The Caligula.
      Spengo: "Hey you. What do you think - mutton chops or goatee? Be honest."
      Mook #1: "Mutton chops, my lord?"
      Spengo: (considers for a moment) "No. No, I like the goatee better. Shoot yourself in the head." (after a momentary pause, annoyed) "NOW."
      (Mook #1 complies with the order with a blaster pistol to his own head)
      Spengo: (to a second mook): "Well? How about you?"
      Mook #2: (a beat, then brightly) "Mutton chops!"
      (Spengo glares at him. Mook #2 sighs, then shoots himself.)
  • March 21, 2012
    TropeEater
  • March 21, 2012
    Duncan
    In The Sandman Cain kills Abel for annoying him over and over again, since they're immortal.
  • March 21, 2012
    Omeganian
    The Mesopotamian Flood myth had the gods attempting to kill all people (several times) because they are making too much noise.
  • April 3, 2012
    StevenT
  • April 3, 2012
    azul120
    • Dragonball Z: Frieza fatally wounds Vegeta out of annoyance when the latter gloats over Goku beating up the former.
  • April 3, 2012
    chico
    Averted in the Buffy The Vampire Slayer episode The Harsh Light of Day. Spike stakes Harmony after becoming annoyed with her babbling but she happens to be wearing a ring that makes vampires indestructible at the time.
  • April 4, 2012
    KTera
    In Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Mr. Scratch kills a man for partying too loudly outside his motel room.
  • April 4, 2012
    chicagomel
    Seems to me this can sadly be Truth In Television from time to time. Bullying may not count as annoying so much as torment and humiliation, but there are almost certainly examples of annoyance leading to killing out there. Anyone know of one?
  • May 28, 2012
    Wheezy
    People seem to think this trope only applies to villains who kill their henchmen. It doesn't. It applies to anyone killing anyone just for annoying them.
  • May 29, 2012
    MarkThis
    I don't think we need that fanfic example. It's creepy and weird. And OOC.
  • May 29, 2012
    Noah1
    In the benning of the Looney Tunes short Rhapsody Rabbit, Bugs Bunny's attempts to start the concerto keeps getting interrupted by a guy coughing, which Bugs silences with a gun in his coat.
  • May 30, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    Evil: What sort of Supreme Being created such riff-raff? Is it not the workings of a complete incompetent?
    Minion 1: But He created you, Evil One.
    Evil: What did you say?
    Minion 1: Well, He created you, so He can't be totally...
    Evil: [blasts Mook 1 out of existence] Never talk to me like that again! No one created me! I am Evil! Evil existed long before Good. I made myself. I cannot be unmade. I am all-powerful!
    Minion 2: But why, if that's the case, [Other minions edge away from him] are you unable to escape from this fortress?
    Evil: [blasts Mook 2 out of existence] That's a good question.
  • May 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Hero Squared supervillainess Caliginous has one, very obsequious, henchbeing. Whenever he annoys her too much she kills him and activates another clone.
  • May 31, 2012
    Surenity
    In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Vegeta kills Nappa for annoying him, after finally being pushed too far. And then Nappa's ghost continues to annoy him.
  • May 31, 2012
    NESBoy
    A Running Gag in one-shot comics in Neglected Mario Characters has Kirby do nothing but sleep, which eventually drives Fred the Spanyard into obliviating him with one of his rays.
  • July 31, 2013
    DracMonster
    Offing The Mouth is a very close Sister Trope. I think this is distinct in that the character may be unintentionally annoying, and not necessarily verbally.
  • August 1, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • August 1, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work examples, alphabetized examples media sections.
  • August 3, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    [deleted].
  • August 3, 2013
    Chabal2
    See also Take That Scrappy.

    In the comic version of Wanted, the hero (once he's found out about his new powers) kills (among others) his neighbor, who annoyed him by always repeating the same mindlessly optimistic message every morning.
  • August 3, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    The Harry Potter parody fic Harry Potter And The Something Something has Voldermont kill a series of Mary Sues that knock on his door for getting on his nerves. But of course, coming up with a list of ways to annoy the Dark Lord (and then reading it to him) was probably asking for it...
  • August 3, 2013
    henke37
    This is fun if death isn't very permanent.
  • August 3, 2013
    DracMonster
    I know you didn't know about Offing The Mouth, but this may run up against the snowclone rule. You might want to ask the mods in Ask The Tropers to be safe before you launch.
  • August 3, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Films

    • Almost invoked in Mel Brook's Robin Hood- Men In Tights, when a mime annoys the Sheriff to the point that he just shouts 'Kill him!', before he's stopped by Prince John, who says 'You know, a mime is a terrible thing to waste.'
  • August 3, 2013
    1774689
    Lon Suder. Right?
  • August 3, 2013
    yisfidri
    • Attempted by Yvonne Criddle from Mad TV, who wanted to buy a shovel to brain her neighbour's dog for making her car wet, and then tried to kill an entire family by running them off a cliff after they took her parking space in front of the store.
  • August 4, 2013
    Mauri
    Before launching this all the examples must be added in place. Still I guess that will save some time when it gets launched and people have to go and put the edit when it is already up.
  • August 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    TV:
  • August 5, 2013
    yisfidri
  • August 5, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Videogames

    • Happens near the end of Jagged Alliance 2, when Elliot informs the evil Queen Deidrenna that the rebels have breached Meduna's outer lines of defense. She goes on a rant how she should've hired the player character in the first place and Elliot doesn't pick up on her sarcasm, prompting her to finally snap and shoot Elliot in the head. Subverted, since Elliot, much to Deidrenna's shock, survives the lethal gunshot wound to the head.
  • August 6, 2013
    DAN004
    People who practices this trope is often a Hair Trigger Temper, Ax Crazy or in between.
  • August 8, 2013
    Morgenthaler
    • Supernatural, episode "Two Minutes To Midnight". During Death's character-defining intro, he takes a stroll in Chicago looking like a normal human and a rude guy too busy with his phone makes the mistake of bumping into him and scolding him. Grim barely glances back, slightly brushes his coat as if getting rid of a pesky fly, and the guy immediately drops dead right on the street.

  • August 8, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz?
  • August 17, 2013
    Wheezy
    Sorry, had my internet cut off for a while. I'll launch as soon as I'm done adding everyone's examples.
  • August 18, 2013
    casualobserver
    in video games:

    Mini Ninjas: The big bad gets the bad news after each boss is defeated and promptly offs the samurai that delivers the news (in a kid friendly way of course).
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