"Be Quiet!" Nudge
The Ditz or a Cloudcuckoolander, can't help giggling or indulging in snarky remarks about the situation at hand. Or is about to tell too much, to reveal a secret or to let slip some important tidbit that better should stay unsaid. Or to express surprise at some statement, thus potentially ruining any chance of making a lie believable. Or just to comment about something at the inappropriate time and place, typically making a social situation awkward. Cue the "Be Quiet!" Nudge in some form of slapstick violence upon the offender: an elbow/punch to the gut, a kick under the table, a stomp to the foot, a Dope Slap, etc. If the offender is exceptionally clueless, expect them to complain: "Ow! What was that for, and what does 'ixnay' mean?" Thus eliciting another, harder, punch, stomp or kick. May induce Agony of the Feet. Contrast with Footsie Under the Table. Related to Prompting Nudge.
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- There's an ad campaign for Chef Boyardee which is this same idea, except the harm comes to a display pyramid of cans instead of the woman who won't stop talking about the full serving of vegetables in the product.
Anime & Manga
- In the Star Trek: Voyager Slash Fic "The Relevance of Discretion", B'Elanna Torres has to resort to increasingly desperate means to stop Seven of Nine from telling the entire crew about the latest step in her "exploration of humanity".
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged has a Running Gag on Namek that Krillin can't shut up when he is scared and will wind up blabbing whatever the bad guy of the moment wants to know when questioned. Eventually, during the fight between Goku and Freeza, when Krillin is in danger of alerting Freeza to Goku's plan to use the Spirit Bomb, Piccolo gives Krillin a Dope Slap in the middle of yet another of his outburst to make sure he doesn't ruin everything for the good guys. Link.
Films — Animation
- In something of a role reversal, The Ditz Miguel does this to The Smart Guy Tulio in The Road to El Dorado.
- Scar from The Lion King hates hearing Mufasa's name, so Shenzi nudges Banzai when he almost blurts out the former king's name. So he opts to go for "Que pasa?"
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks:
- Adagio Dazzle emphatically urges Sonata Dusk to shut up as she almost blows their whole plan to Sunset Shimmer when they're being shown around the school.
- Rainbow Dash has to elbow Pinkie Pie when the latter is questioning Principal Celestia's decision of letting the Rainbooms participate in the finals instead of Trixie and the Illusions.
Films — Live-Action
- Tweedledee nudges Tweedledum — or was it the other way around? — in the Tim Burton rendition of Alice in Wonderland to keep him from blurting out that the Red Queen's new favorite, Um from Umbridge, was really the fugitive Alice.
- Clue, when the policeman inspects the body of the Motorist and says he's in no shape to drive:
Miss Scarlet: Oh, we'll— we'll— we'll get him a car!
Professor Plum: A long black car!
Miss Scarlet: (punches him in the stomach) A limousine!
- In The Great Race, Leslie administers the elbow-to-ribs version to Hezekiah when Hezekiah laughs too long at a joke the Crown Prince made.
- In His Girl Friday, Hildy Johnson keeps kicking Walter Burns under the table as he repeatedly insults her dull new fiancé, Bruce Baldwin (who doesn't notice). She ends up kicking the waiter.
- In Spider-Man 2, Aunt May kicks Peter under the table when he responds with surprise to her announcement that she's resumed giving piano lessons as she tries to get a loan at the bank, but she misses and gets the loan officer instead.
- The same subversion happens in Good Burger, when Roxanne is trying to get Ed to spill the beans about the secret sauce. Before Ed can talk, Dexter kicks under the table, hitting Roxanne's foot.
- In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when the party is captured by trolls, Bilbo tries to stall and avoid them being eaten by claiming the dwarves have parasites. To which Kíli protests, until Thorin (despite being tied up in a bag) kicks him so that he changes his tune.
- Referenced in Patton when he asks to be reminded to shut up if he says something that can get him in trouble:
Bradley: I'll give you a gentle nudge in the ribs.
Patton: Give me a swift kick in the ass.
- Happens in one Animorphs novel, where Ax is narrating. He's posing as Jake and is kicked by Cassie before he blows his cover ("Why has your father removed the hair from the top of his head?")
- Happens several times in Harry Potter. It's noted that it's a lot more discreet when you're wearing robes rather than Muggle trousers.
- Happens a lot in Piers Anthony's works, most often in the form of a kick.
- Done by Ridcully in Soul Music, to Ponder, who can't understand why he should keep his mouth shut about their "sound-trap" in front of sausage-inna-bun vendor turned music producer C.M.O.T. Dibbler.
- Ridcully does it to Ponder before in Lords and Ladies, when Ponder asks how a man twenty years old could have a father who died thirty years ago. The answer is that the man's mother is Nanny Ogg.
- Done by Granny Weatherwax to Nanny Ogg in Maskerade when it's obvious that Enrico Basilica has reasons to hide that he speaks Morporkian, but Nanny won't let go of the fact he asked her for a pie.
- Rincewind does it to the title character in Eric, when Eric is about to let slip that they were the ones who let the Ephebian army into Tsort.
Eric: You didn't have to kick me!
Rincewind: You're quite right. It was an entirely voluntary act on my part.
- In The Elenium, Elhana attempts this with her husband. Of course, since he's wearing plate armour, all she gets out of it is a bruised elbow.
- In one of the Dragon Jousters novels, Ari is about to say something that would ruin his relationship with Nofret. Kiron kicks Ari before foot-in-mouth ensues.
- Happens several times in Septimus Heap, including an example from Syren where Jenna yanks at Lucy Gringe's cloak to tell her to be quiet while they are deciding upon how to take the ship Cerys' back.
- Gibbs prefers the Gibbs Slap.
- Kate typically prefers the elbow-to-the-ribs whenever Tony is, well, being Tony.
- Used in a Thanksgiving episode of Home Improvement. Twice. After Al has explained — at great length — why he's thankful for his girlfriend:
Brad: I'm thankful that Al's done being thankful! (Ow!)
Randy: And I'm thankful that Brad said that instead of me. (Ow!)
- Used a handful of times on The Nanny, often with an addition to it.
- Once, Fran continually corrects Max by smacking his hand with a spoon. When he finally gets it right, she smack a water glass, creating a game-show "Correct!" ding sound.
- Used again on Max when he is trying to comfort Fran after another failed date saying she didn't need a man. Sylvia silences him.
Sylvia: (holding a carving fork) Oh, I'm sorry. Did this fork accidentally puncture your tuckus?
- Occurs in the Season 2 episode "Ted" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when Willow nearly slips up about Buffy liking Angel (to Ted and Joyce) and Buffy has to nudge her. Willow then uses a replacement word instead.
- In the Zorro TV series, Sergeant García and Corporal Reyes once exchange shut-up kicks with each other when either of them is about to let slip to Don Alexandro that they know what happened to Don Diego (whom they knocked out and sequestrated to save him from fighting in a duel).
- On M*A*S*H, Henry does this to Hawkeye in "The General Flipped at Dawn" in General Steele's court martial preliminary.
Steele: Thought I'd forgotten that bit in the supply tent!
Hawkeye: It's a night I'll never forget! (Henry nudges him)
- Shows up a few times in Friends, too.
Joey: Yeah, we were just talking about that! Richard is so much cooler than our dads! He ow ow ow! Would you quit kicking me? This guy!
Richard: You guys see as a dad?
Joey: Yeah! + Chandler: No!
- Happens in the first season finale of Sports Night:
Dana: We have a name for people like you back home in Cedar Rapids. It's called sourpuss.
Jeremy: We have a name for people like you back home in Boston, too. It's called— (Natalie pulls on his ear) —ow, ow, pain, pain, pain!
- Used in Les Guignols de l'info during an interview of Roselyne Bachelot and Xavier Bertrand (former and then-current Health Ministers, respectively). Roselyne, who's very much The Ditz, is about to tell everything about the scandalous links between the French government and the "Big Pharma", forcing Xavier to stomp on her foot. Twice. And when it's not enough to silence her, he upgrades to a "Be Quiet!" Shovel to the Face.
- The Team Fortress 2 Mann vs Machine Mecha-Engineer update comes with a comic; in it, the Heavy elbows Miss Pauling to stop her from mentioning his Russian heritage within earshot of the Soldier, who thinks the whole team is Americans.
- In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal Ratchet does this to Klunk who was disguised as Clank when he was about to say something very offensive at Qwark's funeral after everyone thought he died. "What a load of bull-" (Prompt nudge)
- Steve from Questionable Content uses this as a signal to Marten to leave Steve alone with his lady-friend of the evening.
- The Order of the Stick:
- Early on, in "Deep Thoughts", when Nale pretends that the Linear Guild had been sent to retrieve the Talisman of Dorukan by their "wise and benevolent king," he has to elbow Sabine when she starts saying "King? What ki—OWW!"
- In "It's Just Aphasia She's Going Through", Haley is struck with aphasia and so can't talk Belkar into shutting it as he's about to tell Elan her feelings. However, a boot to the face is enough to convey the message more clearly.
Belkar: Objection noted.
- In "Perform IS on the Aristocrat's Skill List", Roy kicks Belkar so that the halfling doesn't join the already-embarrassing conversation.
- Bridget shuts Alphonse up in a page of Far Out There, lest he should give away the fact that they were the ones who hired Skye. Of course, since neither of them can actually talk, one wonders what she's afraid of.
- Dhur the barbarian to Becky Sourbottom in MeatShield, with Agony of the Feet bonus.
- In Exterminatus Now, Virus elbows Eastwood while they're trying to hire mercenaries, as it wouldn't be a good idea to dwell on what happened to their previous hired guns. Those poor sons of— OW!
- Girl Genius:
- Dimo to Oggie, with a fist in the ribs. Higgs is still able to guess what Oggie was about to let slip, though.
- Krosp bites Dimo's finger to make him shut his trap about the presence of Agatha Heterodyne on the train. Not so surprising, though, since Krosp being a cat it's what comes most naturally, and Dimo being a Jäger it's doubtful he would have felt a mere nudge.
- The Zombie Hunters. Dr. Ellard to Dr. Mercer: cane to the foot.
- Leftover Soup:
- In Ménage à 3, Zii pinches DiDi's ear (link SFW, but NSFW webcomic) for this purpose, while trying to convince Kiley that the both of them are lesbians.
- In the first part of Suburban Knights, when The Nostalgia Critic tells Ma-Ti that "It's not that we don't want of you because your powers are completely and totally useless...", Bennett the Sage can't help but blurt out "It's not?!", and Lupa immediately elbows him in the chest.
- Done in Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends, except the recipient is doing the whole Totem Pole Trench routine, so is blissfully unaware of "his" foot being kicked.
- Wakfu, season 2 episode 8: After Sadlygrove blurts out that he'd already seen Evangelyne naked, Eva, while denying, casually chokes Grovy with an arm around his neck to stop him from adding a word.
- In The Problem Solverz episode "Badcat", the gang is in disguise to sneak into Bad Cat's casino. When they're allowed in, Roba keeps saying how he feels so loved and wanted, which causes Horace to shush him in order to stay incognito.
- Codename: Kids Next Door:
- Numbuh Five is usually the one to elbow her teammates when they need to shut it, like with Numbuh Four at the end of "Operation: R.O.B.B.E.R.S.", or Numbuh Three in "Operation: C.A.K.E.D.-F.I.V.E.". Note that it hardly ever works on the latter: if you truly want Kuki to shut up, you need to gag her. Even then, there's no guarantee.
- "Operation F.O.O.D.F.I.T.E." also has an example, as after they seemingly defeat Grandma Stuffums, she starts gearing up something big to attack the group, but Kuki is continuing on cheering while the others look on worried. Numbuh Five has to hit her in the arm to shut her up and get her to pay attention.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Rarity gives a few to Pinkie Pie in "Putting Your Hoof Down".
- Twilight Sparkle has to give one to Spike in "Hurricane Fluttershy" for him to stop being Innocently Insensitive toward Fluttershy.
- In "Inspiration Manifestation", Rarity slams into Spike rather hard to prevent him from revealing the existence of the spell.
- On Regular Show, Mordecai does this to Rigby all the time. Mostly when Rigby ridicules Mordecai's "relationship" with Margaret.