Created By: Themanwithplan on September 15, 2011

talking paralysis exception

paralyzed people can still talk, even when they are "completely unable to move"

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a character who is "completely unable to move", but is able to move their mouth just fine to talk. this is because talking is a free action
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  • September 15, 2011
    Generality
  • September 15, 2011
    KingZeal
    • Dragon Ball Z: If you played this is as a Drinking Game, you'd be dead after one fight scene.
  • September 15, 2011
    PaulA
  • September 15, 2011
    Themanwithplan
    This happens in the Last Story of Shadow The Hedgehog, where Black Doom uses some sort of nerve gas to paralyze Shadow, Sonic, and all of the other heroes. Of course, they can all still talk.
  • September 16, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Hudson Hawk. Eddie and Tommy Five-Tone are paralyzed with curare but can still talk just fine.
  • September 16, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Parodied/Lampshaded one Calvin And Hobbes strip. Hobbes lands on top of Calvin, who complains that he's probably paralysed from the impact. Hobbes replies "All except your mouth, I see."
  • September 16, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Something should be said for the cause/nature of the paralysis. Spinal chord injuries at a certain point are one thing, drugs are another. Also, how well can the victim speak? Is the drugged person slurring words, or curiously articulate?
  • September 16, 2011
    Stratadrake
    ^ I was going to say the same thing, as paralysis isn't always total.
  • September 16, 2011
    Acacia
    Currently, this is under Can Only Move The Eyes. I don't have an opinion either way on whether it should be split, but if it's not, that trope badly needs a rename.
  • September 16, 2011
    LeeM
    Used in the erotic story "Great Gift of Sleep". The paralyzed girl is completely at the mercy of the other girl's sexual advances, but she can still talk, and she doesn't tell her "tormentor" to stop...
  • September 16, 2011
    Themanwithplan
    respopnding to 69bookworm69, this was originally concieved as when a character is supposedly completely unable to move anything at all, whether it's from magic, being frozen alive, or whatever, but hey can still manage to talk just fine, as though their lungs, mouth, etc. were completely unaffected
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