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[[caption-width-right:280:[[AlasPoorYorick A Dane and his Pal]]]]

Your character is alone, but (if literature) you're not using a first-person POV. If a dramatic medium, no one else is in view. On stage, you can get away with a soliloquy (if you're Creator/WilliamShakespeare) because the audience is, you know, right there. If you don't mind BreakingTheFourthWall you can even do it on screen. You could use InnerMonologue...but for whatever reason, you don't want to go there. So how does one get a lone character to talk without making it look as if they are TalkingToThemself?

They talk to ''something'', making it TheConfidant. An EmpathyPet. A CompanionCube. The mirror (but that's [[MirrorMonologue a special case]]). They ask rhetorical questions of things that are conveniently incapable of answering. They do dialog-based exposition that no one capable of repeating it can hear...but you, the reader/viewer, DO. Unlike TrickDialogue, it's generally played straight up, but the two can shade into each other. Note that if you are in fact the aforementioned Creator/WilliamShakespeare, you can pull this off with others on stage, if you just ignore them and concentrate on the object at hand (see picture adjacent).

Convenient for when you don't want to bring on another character for whatever reason but still want to make them spill their guts.

A common variation of the trope involves the speaker using the object as a substitute for a particular person, whether a love interest around whom they CannotSpitItOut or [[TalkingToTheDead a deceased relative]] (here a picture or the grave/tombstone itself is often the patient listener).

Another variant: the "object" happens to be both invisible and godlike, i.e., the soliloquy is actually a ''prayer''.

Compare ThinkingOutLoud, where a character ''is'' in fact voicing their thoughts to the open air, or CompanionCube, where the object is treated as an actual character, sometimes for a good chunk of the story (think Wilson in ''Film/{{Castaway}}''); also CaptainsLog, where the object is a recording device of some sort (electronic or journal), and they're expected to relate to it. SuperTrope of TalkingToTheDead.



* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has Tohru talking to a picture of her dead mother to think things through.
* Subverted in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''; Akane frequently talks to her pet pig P-Chan without knowing that P-Chan is really Ryoga.
* Graveside version also used extensively in ''Anime/MaisonIkkoku''. Although half the time there would be another character hidden in the bushes, eavesdropping.
* Yuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' addresses a photo of her mother as though it were her deceased mother.
* Both the anime and manga finales of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' have a character speaking to [[spoiler:Rosette]]'s grave.
* Kanako and Father Kanae from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' both give monologues to their deceased mothers.
* The various Duel Spirits for their duelists in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', particularly Jaden's Winged Kuriboh.

* In ''Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward'', to evade ThePromise to never tell a person what the steward had done to him, the lord addresses his complaints to a horse. Ignoring the lady sitting there listening; that could be passed off as ExactEavesDropping.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The first half of [[Comicbook/CivilWar The Confession]] is done this way, but an affecting variation: the reader doesn't immediately know who or what [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] is talking to; the realisation dawns as the monologue progresses and Tony breaks down, ending with a splash page revealing that he has, indeed, been addressing [[spoiler:[[TearJerker the bullet-ridden corpse]] of [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]]]].
* Similarly, in ''Marvel: The End'', ComicBook/{{Thanos}} has destroyed the whole universe, killed everyone else, and, alone in the emptiness, recites how it happened for the benefit of the reader. [[spoiler: In the last issue, we discover he was talking with the other survivor, his nemesis ComicBook/AdamWarlock]].
* At one point in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse was separated from Tulip and Cassidy for a long stretch. Fortunately, he adopted a dog to talk to.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheGooseGirl'', the princess forced into a goose girl job laments her fate to an iron stove, since she has made ThePromise not to tell a living soul.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'': Even though Snow White has the typical FriendToAllLivingThings critters to talk to, she also talks to her reflection in the well from time to time.
** As does ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'', using a fountain.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'': Jasmine, ditto.
** ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': Belle has a book discussion with some sheep and later complains about Gaston to some goats. However, unlike with most princesses, they don't seem to be able to understand her at all.
** ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Esmeralda's song "God Help the Outcasts" is delivered to the image of Christ hanging on the cross inside the cathedral.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', whether its because he's not all together there in his own head, or just because Supreme Leader Snoke and General Hux have no patience for his {{Wangst}}, Kylo Ren has highly disturbing, one-sided conversations with Darth Vader's half-melted helmet. Worse, he appears to be hoping for a response from it.
* Creator/CharltonHeston has a strange mannequin in ''Film/TheOmegaMan''.
* In ''Film/IAmLegend'', the protagonist often talks to his dog, and sometimes to mannequins.
* In another last-man-on-earth movie, ''Film/TheWorldTheFleshAndTheDevil'', Harry Belafonte has a mannequin which he names "Snodgrass".
* The prayer-as-soliloquy version: Conan's prayer to Crom before the big battle in the first ''Film/{{Conan|TheBarbarian1982}}'' flick.
* Graveside version is used in ''Film/SheWoreAYellowRibbon''.
* Peter Parker calls Mary-Jane on a pay phone in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', but she doesn't answer. His quarter runs out, but he doesn't hang up, and spills the beans about his SecretIdentity and how ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to [[strike:her]] the dead phone.
* ''Film/CastAway'': Creator/TomHanks spends four years talking to his Wilson-brand volleyball, which he names Wilson. The screenwriter took the idea from his own experience, when he stranded himself for a week as research and began chatting with a volleyball that washed ashore.
* ''[[Film/OhGod Oh, God! You Devil]]'' opens with the protagonist's father praying.
* Parodied in the movie ''Film/TheBigBus'' where the hero's graveside monologue keeps getting drowned out by all of the ''other'' people in the cemetery delivering graveside monologues. Eventually he has to shout.
* ''Film/AboutSchmidt'': Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, has a hard time dealing with his mandatory retirement from his mundane job as an insurance actuary. Feeling useless, he responds to a TV ad by "adopting," for a few dollars a month, an African foster child named Ndugu Umbo to whom he writes a series of frank letters describing his many problems, humiliations and misadventures. Schmidt's voice-over narration of these letters, which must make little sense to Ndugu in far-away Tanzania, reveals his troubled inner life with tragic-comic directness to the film's audience.
* Done in ''Film/JoeDirt''. Clem practices giving a threatening line to a fire-extinguisher, and later repeats the line to a bully trying to mock the main character.
* TheAntichrist Damien Thorn's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to a statue of crucified Jesus in ''Film/OmenIIITheFinalConflict''.

* ''Literature/{{Haunted}}'' by Creator/ChuckPalahniuk. After [[spoiler:her daughter]] is killed, Mrs. Clark goes to the place her body was found to talk to "her" [[spoiler: and that's how the police know that she was the murderer]].
* [[Comicbook/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]] performs the graveside variant. Apparently it is an Alderaanian ritual called "The Return". Something of a {{Tearjerker}}.
--> "I am Tycho Celchu, son of Alderaan, now orphan of the galaxy. I have come to this place of my birth to pay homage to who I was and those I knew. And those I loved and love still. It is my wish that when life abandons me, I am returned here to be among you, so that for eternity we may be together as we should have been in life. These gifts are but insufficient tokens of the love for you all that still burns within me. This fighter is another. It bears the colors of the Alderaanian Guard and transmits their code. It is my pledge to you—not of vengeance but of vigilance. I hope you rest well knowing you will rest alone, because it is my life's work to see to it that no one else suffers as you have. I won't rest until this quest is complete. Rest easy. I miss you all."
** It also has Holocaust overtones, making it that more depressing.
* Glenda in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'' talks to the crab she rescued from becoming someone's dinner. She also talks to her teddy bear.
* Sophie in ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' likes to converse with hats, mannequins, sticks, scarecrows, and pretty much anything else. But, [[spoiler:little does she know that her conversing with inanimate objects actually brings them to life]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Very commonly used in ''{{Series/Deadwood}}.'' Jane and Charlie frequently talk to Wild Bill's gravestone, and Ellesworth speaks to his dog. Most notably, Swearengen speaks to an Indian's head in a box, which he refers to as "Chief," and this becomes a minor plot point when Dan Dority begins doubting his sanity and confronts him on the issue. Sometimes characters will deliberately address people who have no hope of responding or even understanding what they're talking about. Farnum frequently addresses his thoughts to the borderline-retarded Richardson, and Swearengen often talks to the prostitute giving him a blow-job, snapping at her if she ever tries to respond.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Sometimes it involves an inanimate object being used as a stand-in for someone real--there's an episode where Giles asks a chair out on a date. That scene could be interpreted as TrickDialogue as well.
** There's also the episode where Spike uses a mannequin to practice confessing his feelings to Buffy, eventually getting mad and beating the crap out of it. And then there was the Buffybot...
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}''--In the episode "Prayer," the former Peacekeeper Aeyrn Sun (whose people dispensed with religion centuries ago), imprisoned on an enemy ship, recounts a story to ''herself'' about a vengeful goddess who punished her ancestors for no reason, and arbitrarily chooses this goddess to pray to for the rest of the episode.
* Connor from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' talked to Cordelia - who was in a coma.
** Does Lorne telling an entire episode to an empty theatre count?
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Fraser tells a sleeping Ray V about a woman he once loved. ("You Must Remember This")
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has a variation of this in Season 4's "Hawkeye": Hawkeye gets in a jeep accident and walks to the home of a Korean farm family. Finding that he has a concussion, he conducts an episode-long running commentary to keep from falling asleep, addressing the various family members (none of whom speak English), the family dog, even some oxen in the farmyard. Not ''objects'', true, but none of them can talk back.
* In the infamous ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In the Pale Moonlight," Sisko narrates the story by composing a CaptainsLog entry alone in his quarters, shot in a way that makes it look like he's BreakingTheFourthWall.
* Captain Archer of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' does this with his dog, Porthos.
* Series/{{Dexter}} sometimes confesses his secrets to his son, Harrison, who isn't even a year old. At one point he remarks that he has to stop doing this before the baby is able to understand him. He also confessed to [[spoiler: Rita]] as she lay in her casket at her funeral.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock has [[AlasPoorYorick a skull]] ([[NightmareFetishist a real skull]]) lying around on his mantlepiece. He later reveals that he talks to it when he's trying to figure out a case by thinking out loud. When John Watson begins to fill the role of the listener, he no longer needs it.
* In ''Series/NewTricks'', Jack would often discuss the details of his current case with his wife's memorial stone.
* The eponymous protagonist of ''Series/CaitlinsWay'' would occasionally talk with her horse, Bandit, when she needed to work out a problem.
* In the ''Series/FullHouse'' episode "The Trouble with Danny", Danny is upset when he overhears his family ranting about how much of a NeatFreak he is. He then goes to the mountains to think and starts talking to the donkey he's riding on.
-->'''Danny:''' You should have been in that closet with me. The people I love most in the world think I'm nothing but a compulsive, neurotic, rambling jackass! No offense.
-->''(the donkey gestures as if to say "None taken")''

* The Dropkick Murphys' TearJerker "The Green Fields of France" is sung to a dead UsefulNotes/WorldWarI soldier, whilst sitting by his gravestone. Originally by Music/EricBogle.
* In "Bitchin' in the Kitchen" from ''Film/ShockTreatment'', Brad and Janet, in separate rooms, address a variety of household appliances.
* Neil Diamond's "I Am...I Said":
-->"I am", I said\\
To no one there\\
And no one heard at all\\
Not even the chair

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In the [[TearJerker raccoon story]] from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes,'' Calvin's mom uses Hobbes (in his normal stuffed animal form) to express her doubts about the little raccoon Calvin found making it. She then lampshades it by saying "...you can tell I'm upset when I start talking to ''you''..."
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip, camping with Jon and Odie gets on Garfield's nerves, and he tries to start a conversation with a rock.

* In ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' - The Tertiary Phase (based on the book ''Life, the Universe and Everything''), the story opens with Arthur living alone on a prehistoric Earth. Most of the story for this section is expressed through him talking about what's happening in a one-sided conversation with some trees, which he talks to in a desperate attempt to prevent himself from going mad. Ironically, his attempt to explain to Ford who he's been talking to all this time ends up with him forgetting the word 'trees' and explaining it as "those things people think you're mad if you talk to, like George III". Also, from the one-sided conversation, [[FantasticRacism it's implied that he's rather racist towards elms]].

* OlderThanSteam:
** ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'':
-->Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that.
* Also from Creator/WilliamShakespeare, Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'s "is this a dagger I see before me" soliloquy is in some productions addressed to the dagger itself.
* In Mascagni's opera ''Iris'', the eponymous protagonist sings to her doll about her fantasies of the great big world outside her rural home.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Giovanni often tells [=MechaMew2=] about his plans and how unstoppable it will be.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', Jade addresses her HeroicBSOD to her dog:
-->'''Jade:''' Poor Woof... I know how you are: you tried to help them. You told yourself that you wouldn't let them come to any harm. That you'd be there to protect them. I know, boy... But that isn't what actually happened. The kids are gone...and you? You couldn't do anything! Yet -- you're here, alive and well! Who do you think you are? Did you think that you'd actually be able to make a difference? Well, Woof, you were wrong, boy. Completely and utterly wrong. There's nothing anyone can do. There's nothing anyone can do...

[[folder:WebComics / WebOriginals]]
* [[http://fallout.bethsoft.com/eng/vault/pennyarcade.html One Man and a Crate of Puppets.]]
** That one kinda sidles towards CompanionCube land...or TalkingToThemself...or...or...''something'' similarly [[{{squick}} squickerific]]. I like it!
* ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Roy [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0162.html has an epiphany]] during a speech to his late father. Roy thinks his dad might actually be listening, but even if he was ([[spoiler:at the time, he was stuck in a summoning circle in Azure City]]), he couldn't or wouldn't reply.
** Later, Haley would [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0527.html hold these with]] [[spoiler:Roy]]'s corpse, completely unaware that he's there listening.
** Elan [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0598.html has a one-sided conversation]] with [[spoiler:Therkla]]'s grave.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Faye [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=605 at her father's grave]].
** Lampshaded by [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=293 Dora here]]
* In ''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha'', Kylier takes some time to sort out her emotions concerning Nessiah by talking to her griffon, Al, in a solo log.
* ''WbComic/SquidRow''. [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=344 A picture of Jesus]]+
* Woo, of ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' acts as this to Larissa in [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/2010/01/04/0126-secrets/ this strip]] from a longer story arc, revealing the fact that Larisa has a secret. Later revealed to be [[spoiler: that she has a rare genetic disease that will probably kill her before she's twenty years old. The medication she passes off as insulin is really just a treatment for early symptoms like extreme muscle fatigue and lethargy.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Aang does this with Momo.
--->'''Aang''': I know you can't really talk. Pretending you can just helps me think.\\
'''Momo''': *angry chitter*\\
'''Aang''': I'm going to pretend I didn't pretend to hear that!
** After Zuko's HeelFaceTurn, but before Aang has accepted him, Zuko spends a lot of time rehearsing what he's going to say to Aang in front of a large frog with markings that coincidentally resemble Aang's Air-tattoos.
* The Franchise/{{DCA|nimatedUniverse}}U:
** Graveside version in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm''.
** And in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', episode "Tantrum". Virgil's introductory chat with his mother's tombstone leads into a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
* In one episode of the 2000s ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' series, Raspberry Torte vents her frustrations with her friends to a nearby bird, eventually coming to the [[AnAesop appropriate conclusion]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Stewie often explains his thoughts and plots to his teddy bear, [[CompanionCube Rupert]]. [[HoYay Rupert's also a source for another trope]].
* Speaking of stuffed animals, Bubbles in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' would frequently converse with her stuffed octopus, Octi.
* In Season Three of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', [[BigBad Vlad]] is seen discussing evil plans with his new [[RightHandCat cat]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Kick Buttowski|SuburbanDaredevil}}'', the titular character does this with his goldfish (supposedly to make light of the fact that he's directing most lines to his computer screen) when he flips out over Kendall placing as number one on an internet site in "Rank of Awesome".