->What we've got here is failure to communicate.
-->-- '''The Captain''', ''Film/CoolHandLuke'', 1967

->''You said "I'm gonna run you down",''\\
''I heard "I'm an orangutan"'''
-->-- '''Music/TheyMightBeGiants''', "Broke In Two"

->''Communication breakdown''\\
''It's always the same,''
-->-- '''Music/LedZeppelin''', "Communication Breakdown"

->a> I think we need to work on our communication.. one guy is talking crap, one just goes "lol" and the other one doesn't understand what's going on\\
b> lol\\
c> what?
-->-- '''''qdb.us'''''

->'''[=SpannerGO0=]:''' HEY BICTHES\\
*** '' '''[=SpannerGO0=]''' was kicked by '''sam88''' '' (don't be a douche)\\
'''[=BicThes=]:''' he was talking to me i think\\
'''sam88:''' whoops
-->-- '''''qdb.us''''' [[http://qdb.us/78919 #78919]]

->Iíd always hated those parts in the TV shows and movies, where everything could be resolved with the simple truth. It was why Iíd never been able to watch romantic comedies. It grated: the sitcom-esque comedic situations which would be resolved if people would only sit down, explain, and listen to one another, the tragedies which could have been prevented with a few simple words.\\\
I didnít want to be one of those tragedies.
-->-- '''Skitter''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}''

->'''Hawke:''' Your mage-templar group was conspiring to overthrow [[KnightTemplar Meredith]].\\
'''Orsino:''' I have a sudden, deep regret I interfered...
-->-- ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''

->''(The characters are outside of a slaughterhouse with the word "Slaughterhouse" clearly visible over the door)''\\
And that says bank?\\
It does?\\
Yes it does.\\
It does.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''

->'''Frylock:''' Say, Carl, do you have any idea whatís in these candy bars?\\
'''Carl:''' No I do not.\\
'''Frylock:''' Well, would you like to look through this scope and just see what youíve been eating?\\
'''Carl:''' No. Itís South Bronx Paradise, baby!\\
'''Frylock:''' Itís South Bronx Para'''site!'''\\
'''Carl:''' Yeah, whatever.\\
'''Frylock:''' Did you even read the wrapper?\\
'''Carl:''' Itís typical, liberal media, parasite, paradise. Youíre guaranteed to shed pounds within hours, I know that.\\
'''Frylock:''' Yeah, because thereís larva inside of you feeding on your flesh!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''

->'''Javik:''' You found one [of our beacons]... You saw it all! Our ''destruction''! Our ''warnings''! Why weren't they heeded?! Why didn't you prepare for the Reapers, human?!\\
'''Shepard:''' It's ''Commander''. And ''nobody'' could understand your warnings. Your beacon nearly ''killed'' me.\\
'''Javik:''' Hmph. Then communication is still ''primitive'' in this cycle...
-->-- ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''

-> ''"Noooo! It's a tragic misunderstanding that could have been easily avoided if he just finished his sentence in time!!"''
-->-- '''Richard''', ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', [[Recap/TheAmazingWorldOfGumballS3E20TheShell "The Shell"]]

->'''Trunks:''' But seriously, what ''is'' that?\\
'''Piccolo:''' That's the android.\\
'''Trunks:''' No it's not!\\
'''Piccolo:''' Yes it is.\\
'''Trunks:''' No, it's not!\\
'''Dr. Gero:''' Yes, I am.\\
'''Trunks:''' You stay out of this!\\
'''Tien:''' Wait, so you're saying that that's not [[BadFuture the android that kills us]]?\\
'''Trunks:''' No, I've never even--\\
'''Krillan:''' But you ''said'' two androids.\\
'''Tien:''' And we've been fighting two.\\
'''Trunks:''' Yes but ''that's not one of them''!\\
'''Vegeta:''' Well why didn't you tell us what they looked like?!\\
'''Trunks:''' I only ever met the two!\\
'''Vegeta:''' Well look at that, so did we!\\
''[Bulma's flying car appears over the cliff ridge]''\\
'''Bulma:''' Hey guys!\\
'''Vegeta:''' And now the woman's here!
-->-- ''WebVideo/DragonballZAbridged''

->'''Cathy:''' How could you abandon me?\\
'''Heathcliff:''' I was coming back for you but [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder you betrayed me]]!\\
'''Cathy:''' Well you never said anything!\\
'''Heathcliff:''' We have an ''unspoken bond''.\\
'''Cathy:''' Sometimes a spoken bond is '''handy'''!
-->-- ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'' pastiches ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' ([[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=401 link]])

->'''Aang:''' Why didn't you tell me about your dad's [[OmnicidalManiac crazy plan]] before?\\
'''Zuko:''' I didn't think I had to. I assumed you were still going to fight him before the comet. No one told ''me'' you decided to wait!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

->Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can fuckin' kill you.
-->-- '''Taylor Mali'''

->You can understand why Blake is playing underhanded tactics on Gouda Prime, to root out the Federation spies and to keep his skin wrapped comfortably all over. However, not trusting Tarrant turns out to be a fatal mistake on his part; [[FakeDefector pretending to have captured him]] to lure Avon out into the open was a dangerous move and one that he pays for with his life. It isn't Tarrant he has misjudged, but Avon. Blake failed to recognise how paranoid his friend has become without his influence and the mere mention of the only man Avon ever trusted turning against him is enough for him to [[YouWouldntShootMe pull the trigger]]...Gouda Prime is set to be the location of the launch of a new wave of resistance against the Federation, but the outcome is where one terrible, fatal misunderstanding leads to a massacre and a trap that Avon's crew cannot escape.
-->-- '''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.com/2015/04/extraordinary-pieces-of-television.html Joe Ford]]''' on ''Series/BlakesSeven'', "Blake"

->'''David:''' Really, thatís almost the problem with the show -- if the Kents werenít dicks, then you wouldnít have any real friction between Clark and his parents, which would take away a ton of drama.\\
'''Chris:''' Yes, but then all the drama could result from, you know, Lex, whose world-conquering super-villain master plans have involved a) Running for local government, and b) getting someone fired from a job.\\
'''David:''' Ahem. I believe you forgot providing children ó CHILDREN! ó with the devilís agent, [[AndThatsTerrible LIQUOR.]]\\
'''Chris:''' At this point, Lex is less of a super-villain and more [[CreepyUncle Your Dadís One Weird Friend.]]
-->-- Chris Sims and David Uzumeri [[http://http://comicsalliance.com/recap-smallville-episode-4-8-spell/ on]] ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' ("Spell")

->Almost any TV show, at some point you realize the whole problem is person A not talking to person B and solving the mystery/interpersonal conflict, and that's where TV shows come from. But man, if this whole show just sat down it would be so easy:"''\\
"I saw/fucked/became a bizarre creature, that's why I was acting so weird before."\\
"OMG me too! That's totally why I was acting weird!"\\
"It was all for nothing. How funny! Once again, communication has saved the day."
-->-- '''[[Website/TelevisionWithoutPity Jacob]]''', on ''Series/TrueBlood''

-> This was the most unprovoked and avoidable fight I've ever seen
-->-- [=ATLxCrew=] on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lxVfjfZjR4 Team Dark vs Team Chaotix]] in ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes''.

->"Dammit all, is this movie doing the whole 'Simple misunderstanding that real people would never have because they ask questions and have normal human conversations about it' thing?"
-->-- '''Jeremy Scott''' of ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'', on ''Frozen''

->"VideoGame/BravelyDefault is a game where every bad thing could have been avoided if the characters would have actually communicated with eachother during the numerous opportunities they're given to do so. I wish I could say this was uncommon for [=RPGs=], but HILARIOUS COMEDIES OF ERROR cause the end of the world surprisingly often."
-->-- '''[[Webcomic/AwkwardZombie Katie Tiedrich]]'''

->I feel that if a person can't communicate, the very least he can do is to ''shut up''.
-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas''

-> "Let's eat Grandma!"\\
"Let's eat, Grandma!"\\
'''Punctuation Saves Lives'''
-->-- ''Popular Grammar Joke''

->"Seriously, how many sitcom understandings could have been easily avoided if people would just let each other finish their fucking sentences?"
-->-- Blogger '''Billy Superstar''' summing up this trope in [[https://therealfullhousereviewed.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/season-4-episode-14-working-girl/ his review]] of an episode of ''Series/FullHouse''

->[[ShownTheirWork Canon, actually!]]\\
The ''very first time they meet'', at school, Rei is reading a book, and Asuka annoys her by blocking her light, remember? The book? ''Is in German.'' \\
Another tragic little hint that Asuka and Rei could easily have been friends. Rei is at the least literate in German, and probably speaks it. ''Asuka just never asks''. \\
Because This. Is. Eva. And people just communicating is somehow far more impossible than fighting [[EldritchAbomination giant alien monsters that laugh at physics]].
-->-- '''Strypgia''', when asked if Rei learned German off-screen in ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust''