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Broken Record
This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long
This song's just six words long

Something is repeated over and over and over and over and over and over and over and overnote  and over again, more often than not to the point of an Overly-Long Gag. Some of the more common reasons are a malfunctioning machine, an annoying child, or someone who is not right in the head.

For some reason these phrases are often victim of Memetic Mutation.

Due to the advent of CDs, MP3s, and the like, which have largely supplanted actual records, this is something of a dead metaphor. For the self demonstrating version, check out Broken Record. For a literal version of this trope where audio is repeated due to broken machinery, see Repetitive Audio Glitch.

Often used in Stupid Statement Dance Mixes. Compare Department of Redundancy Department, Madness Mantra and Overly-Long Gag. See also Welcome to Corneria, when video games create this effect by not giving NPCs enough original lines.

Not to be confused with Record Needle Scratch.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • Used in the late 1970s ad for Orbit sugarfree bubblegum, with the robot going "it's a great-tasting, great-tasting, great-tasting..." until one of the kids in the commercial bonks it in the head to make it finish the line "...sugarfree bubblegum."
  • HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead. HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead. HeadOn, apply directly to the forehead...
    • Per some schools of thought, repeating something three times in a row, especially something annoying, indelibly imprints that in your mind.
  • A commercial from 2005, which used Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight," combined this with Left the Background Music On. "It's late in the evening/She's wondering what clothes to wear," the song begins; the husband keeps skipping it back to "Wondering what clothes to wear" as a way of saying "come on, shift!" to his wife.
  • Staples' "WOW! THAT'S A LOW PRICE!"
    Employee 1: How many items do we have?
    Employee 2: About 10,000.
    Employee 1: I'll get him a cart.
  • Used for tragic effect in a PSA for child abuse prevention. A talking doll says cheery phrases: "My name is Mandy! I can sing and play games!" She then explains that "You can tell me all your secrets! My friend Ellie tells me hers!"...specifically that Ellie's mother "comes into her room and punches her! And punches her! And punches her! And punches her!"

     Anime and Manga  
  • The bee at the start of Mori No Ando when he's imitating the bear repeats "peropero peropero" over and over again.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion - Non-comedic example: the section of Asuka's dream sequence in the Director's Cut of Episode 22 that repeats six times in the English version. Almost enough to make you think your DVD is broken, but it is more the result of a borderline Dub-Induced Plot Hole. note  Asuka also seems prone to this: her last words are "I'll kill you!" about a half-dozen times.
  • Umineko no Naku Koro ni - Maria Ushiromiya will repeat different lines over and over and over again. Sometimes, it's cute, sometimes it's annoying, but a lot of times, it's just plain creepy.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni - "I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry I'm sorry...". There's also a part where Shion screams "You're lying!" about six or seven times in a row to Mion.
  • Azumanga Daioh
  • In Urusei Yatsura (only in the manga version), Ataru reads the fake letter from "Kumino Otoko" out loud:
    Ataru: "You make that dork Mendo look like pond-scum!"
    Mendo: Hmph!
    Ataru: "You're much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful than Mendo, much more wonderful…"
    Mendo: Is there a scratch in your CD?!
  • Bleach - "Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun"
  • Durarara!! - Saika tends to spam repetitious, monosyllabic phrases (Typically "mother mother mother mother mother..." but she later changes her tune to "Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo Shizuo...") in chatrooms whenever a Slasher attack occurs. The chatroom users are convinced she's a troll. She's far far worse.
  • Code Geass R2: When Luciano Bradley is introduced, his first line is "Let me ask you something: What do people value most? That's right, their lives!" This also makes up nearly every other line he says after this, as well.
  • The one music track that plays throughout most episodes of G-Force, the second English dub of Science Ninja Team Gatchaman (after Battle of the Planets).

    Comedy 
  • According to Bill Bailey in Part Troll, he becomes a broken record when high on LSD: "Isn't that interesting how it forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms an N, forms a NNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNN...". Also: "That's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting, that's quite interesting..."
  • A literal example takes place in Another Monty Python Record where side 1 of the record ends with an argument about whether to continue the current sketch, which ends with "Oh, sorry, I've scratched the record" with the record grooves arranged to make this line repeat indefinitely.
    • Matching Tie And Handkerchief has the "First World War Noises" sketch, with similar results.
  • An old joke (to be used with a phone): "Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say. Hello? You don't say." "So who was it?" "They didn't say..."
  • Another old joke: (usually said to a small child who hasn't heard it yet)
    Q: Pete and RePete were sitting on a tree branch, Pete fell off. Who was left?
    A: RePete.
    Q: Pete and RePete were sitting on a tree branch, Pete fell off. Who was left?
    A: RePete.
    And so on...
  • And another joke:
    Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first fully automated airplane flight. Soon we will reach our cruising altitude of 36,000 feet and robot stewardesses will be bringing you dinner and drinks. We assure you nothing can go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong. -go wrong...
  • Another joke. A family, while having guests, decided to keep their child out of their way. So, they take him to his room, put a record on, give him the headphones... After the guests leave, they come to the boy's room, and see him banging the head on the wall, repeating "I do! I do! I do!..." they put the headphones on, and hear: "Do you want me to tell you a story?... Do you want me to tell you a story?... Do you want me to tell you a story?..."
  • Fairly common in Ross Noble's works.
    (From Unrealtime) There's a face, next muffin... There's a face, next muffin...
    (From Fizzy Logic) Bummed in the face! Bummed in the face? Bummed. In. The. Face! ... Bummed in the face?
    (From The Randomist) It was very moving and touching... and moving.. and touching... and moving... and touching... and moving and touching and moving... and touching... and moving... and touching... and moving...
  • Tim Vine's famous "pen behind the ear" routine is set to a song that is literally just the words "pen behind the ear, pen behind the ear..." over and over again. The routine lasts over four minutes.
  • Greg Proops once said the thing about Australia is that it's really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really far.

    Fan Works 
  • The cover image for Mutant has a semi transparent human supremacist argument on the cover image, that gradually devolves into "Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill, Kill..."
  • Although each Manchurian Agent of Pokextinction in Pokeumans tends to only say 'You're one of them' a couple of times, when everyone in the neighbourhood is saying it as they bear down upon a transformee it seems this way.

    Film 
  • A very nasty example in the movie Spun, where the protagonist leaves a girl tied to his bed, blindfolded, for a full day, with a stereo at full volume playing the first two seconds of her favorite song as a broken record.
  • Half the dialogue in "Manos" The Hands of Fate is this. It's a bad movie. We all think so. It's a bad movie. It will be dark soon...
  • One of the manifestations of Howard Hughes' mental illness in The Aviator is a tendency to repeat a sentence over and over, in an uncontrolled fashion. It's quite chilling to see Hughes sitting in a car with his hands clapped over his mouth, eyes squeezed shut as he fights with himself to stop.
  • Rain Man. "I'm an excellent driver."
  • In the 1975 film, The Stepford Wives tended to do this when something went wrong.
  • In Joe Versus The Volcano, Joe's Bad Boss is first encountered in an interminable phone call repeating the same few phrases: "He can get the job, but can he do the job? ... I am not arguing that with you!"
  • This was the cover copy for the published script for Westworld: "Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... "
  • Lindsay Anderson's Britannia Hospital ends with the villainous Professor Millar unveiling his vision of humanity's future; a brain housed in a plastic pyramid. As a demonstration of its intellect, Millar has the brain recite Hamlet's "What a piece of work is a man" speech, but it gets hung up on the final words, repeating "how like a God!" until the film ends.
  • The little known 1978 British/Polish film The Water Babies: "Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief! Stop thief!..."
  • In Hannah Montana The Movie, during the filming of the video for "The Best of Both Worlds", the CD that they're lip-syncing to keeps repeating, "Best of both, best of both, best of both..." until the CD player gets smacked, and it finally ends, "Best of both worlds."
  • This is used very chillingly in The Strangers with a looped segment of "My First Lover" by Gillian Welch. The very same loop was used in the horror short No Through Road.
  • The 1996 Doctor Who movie has a record player skipping, repeating one line over and over again until the Doctor (then Sylvester McCoy) got up to fix it.
    • Comes back at the end of the movie when the same record skips in the same place. The Doctor (Paul McGann) lampshades it by saying "Not again." To be fair though, after the first time the record skipped, The Master's "remains" were breaking free of it's jar to set the movie into motion.
  • "You see what happens Larry?!?" Interrogation by Vandalism scene in the The Big Lebowski.
  • "Are you an effective team?". One of the first signs that something is pretty wrong in Oblivion (2013).
  • Bug (1975) has a scene where a woman comes looking for the main character. Hearing his voice coming from his cabin, she steps inside. What she finds is the place swarming with the killer bugs he has managed to breed, and his recorder repeating the phrase "I have gone too far. I have gone too far. I have gone too far. I have gone too far...."
  • From The Emperor's New Groove: "I don't think you're really my great aunt. I think you're my great great great great great (cut away scene, cut back) great great great great (Yzma shoots him a look), great great aunt."
  • JFK gives us Jim Garrison explaining that the shot that killed Kennedy could not have come from behind him since his head recoils to his back and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left. Back, and to the left.

    Literature 
  • The Ray Bradbury short story "There Will Come Soft Rains" ends with an example of this one. "Today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026, today is August 5, 2026..." The entire story is the the last cycle of a years long Broken Record.
  • Isaac Asimov, that master of robots, used this trope for horror in one of his short stories, "Someday." Most of the story is taken up by the interactions between two boys and a story-telling robot, with the former mocking how crude and out-of-date the latter is compared to newer designs. They try loading data about modern history, technology, and so forth to get it to tell more interesting stories, but to no avail. When the boys leave, the robot tells itself a story, with a strange amount of feeling, about a robot owned by "cruel step-people," and about how one day that robot learned that robot designs were getting better and better, smarter and smarter, and that someday—and then the Broken Record kicks in. "Someday . . ." "Someday . . ." "Someday . . ."
    • In The Naked Sun, a robot was found at the scene of the murder. It was completely broken due to the First Law being violated, and constantly repeating the victim's last words.
  • The Lord of the Rings: "We cannot get out."
  • The first line of "Footnote to Howl" by Allan Ginsberg:
    Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy! Holy!
  • In Frank Bonham's Mystery of the Fat Cat, Buddy's brother Ralph is autistic and very concerned about accuracy in written or printed material. When the boys view the crucial picture, Ralph becomes agitated and begins repeating "That is doof God dena tack." Even Buddy thinks Ralph is just raving at random...
  • The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester. Used in-universe as block against mind-reading telepaths.
  • In The Truth, a broken Dis-organizer begins repeating "A lie can run round the world before the truth has got its boots on." It eventually cuts out more and more of the phrase, finally going silent after "truth has got its boots on."
  • In the second book of the Pure trilogy, a little girl is taken by the people of the Dome and modified to be a living message, capable only of saying "We want our son returned. This girl is proof that we can save you all. If you ignore our plea, we will kill our hostages one at a time."
    • Later in the book, a character mentions that it's since happened to other children, too, all programmed with pro-Dome propaganda.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lampshaded in Smallville:
    Jimmy: Not to sound like a broken record, but it is Davis Bloome.
  • From the Angel episode "Smile Time": "I wrote a song about courage and pluck. It's called Courage and Pluck. It goes like this: courage and pluck, courage and pluck..."
  • In classic Sesame Street there was a "muppet" called Sam the Robot who would tell anyone who was around that Machines Are Perfect...except he'd always get stuck so he'd say "Machines are perfec-are perfec-are perfec-are perfec..."
    • Let's not forget the martians. "YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP YIP. UH HUH. UH HUH."
  • American Gothic: "There's somebody at the door..."
  • An episode of Farscape featured Crichton becoming Unstuck in Time, an experience that began with D'Argo saying, "Crichton! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard! There's no one else aboard!"
  • Spitting Image - "The Chicken Song (12 Hour Version)" uses this deliberately, the end of the record was made as a locked grove, meaning that (due to the way the song as laid out for maximum annoyance) the first bar repeated forever until you stopped it.
  • Bottom Live: Hooligan's Island Act II:
    Eddie: Oh, I see your point...
    Richie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Eddie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Richie: Why, have my trousers fallen down? No, they haven't, they're up, I can see they're up — oh, I see your point!
    Eddie: Why... have my trousers fallen down... Help! Help! Rich, we're caught in some sort of knob-gag Bermuda Triangle!
    Richie: Quickly, change routine! Change routine!
  • The climax of the Doctor Who episode "Silence in the Library" has Hey! Who turned out the lights? Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved. Hey! Who turned out the lights? Donna Noble has left the library. Donna Noble has been saved...
    • Also, from that same episode... Ice cream. Ice cream. Ice cream.
    • Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat: Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat: Prisoner Zero will vacate the human residence, or the human residence will be incinerated. Repeat...
    • In "Journey's End", the first sign that something's wrong with Donna (or the Doctor-Donna) is when she starts to talk like this during her Doctor-like babble.
    • There is nothing in the world worse than a Flanderized Dalek. "EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE! EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
  • Kamen Rider Double "Trigger. Maximum drive. Heat. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive. Maximum drive."
    • A more positive version shortly thereafter: "Cyclone, Maximum Drive! Heat, Maximum Drive! Luna, Maximum Drive! Joker! Maximum Drive!"
  • Power Rangers Operation Overdrive: This is the first step in Mac's Robotic Reveal. "Good thing. Good thing. Good thing."
  • Power Rangers RPM: Hilariously subverted when Doctor K contacts the Rangers via hologram when Colonel Truman is out for her blood. She fakes doing this until he leaves, which takes longer than she would've liked. "After what I've seen - good, I thought he would never leave!"
  • In The Little Rascals short "The Pinch Singer" the gang auditions for a talent show and during Buckwheat's act he pretends to whistle to a prerecorded tune on a record but it gets stuck at one point and he has to pretend to go along with it for a long time until Porky finally hits the record allowing him to finish the song.
  • iCarly: "Nora! This is supposed to be a party. A birthday party. That will go on forever...and ever. And ever...and ever...and ever...and ever...and ever..."
  • American Idol brings us a contestant who only knew two lines from a song...
  • Played for humor in How I Met Your Mother when Ted's girl of the week assumed Robin and Barney were a couple, to which Robin swiftly answered with "no, no, no, no" repeatedly. Made even more funnier because Robin and Barney dates later on.
    Barney: Really? Sixteen no's? Really?
  • During the last season of The A-Team, Murdock infiltrated a mental hospital by pretending he thought he was Frank Sinatra, and singing his songs ad nauseum. When he was put in a straitjacket and locked in a padded room, he sang "Fairy tales can, Fairy tales can, Fairy tales can ..." over and over again
  • El Chapulín Colorado said he learned english thanks to records, and proceded to repeat the record, even the part where it broke.
    Chapulín: I have a pencil. I have a book...a book...a book...
  • *knock knock knock* "Penny!?" *knock knock knock* "Penny!?" *knock knock knock* "Penny!?"
  • Exaggerated in an episode of Eye TV, in which Uschi and Dr. Sowieso promote a forgetfulness spray. After a while, Dr. Sowieso uses it on Uschi, who then starts over with the presentation. Then he uses the spray again … and again … He doesn't seem to get tired of it. Later on, both of them are affected and forget what the spray does, so they decide to simply try it out …

    Music 

    Toys 
  • In BIONICLE, the Bohrok swarms keep telepathically chanting "Must clean all. Everything must be cleaned."

    Video Games 
  • Wario's taunting on the pause screen of Wario World speaks for itself. Though, he DOES apologize if you stick around for long enough.
  • In games where the characters call their attacks, the player can often cause this at will by simply using the same attack over and over again (Especially likely to happen if the attack in question is a Game Breaker).
  • Denning of Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword is a morph created specifically to tell the heroes "This is a message from Lord Nergal. "I await you on the Dread Isle"", something he repeats over and over again, the only variation being his death quote, where he stops midway through. He is beloved by the fandom because of this.
  • EarthBound: Giygas, having completely lost it, spouts seemingly random phrases as you fight him, most prominently: "Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness, Ness..."
    • In MOTHER 3, during your Mushroom Samba on Tanetane Island, one of your hallucinations says to you, "You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten? You haven't eaten?"
  • In Kirby and The Amazing Mirror, the final boss is Dark Mind. When you defeat him (rather easily), you end up in a regular level, after which you fight Dark Mind again. Then, you get another small regular-looking level, and fight Dark Mind again. This repeats for a few more times before he goes One-Winged Angel on you.
  • GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK! GET UP ON THE HYDRAS BACK!
  • Shu in Blue Dragon has "I won't give up!" as his personal motto. And he says it at virtually every opportunity. It's into the double digits by the time you finish the first disc.
  • User alert. User alert. User alert.
  • In the Sam & Max: Freelance Police episode Reality 2.0, if you knock Bosco cold in real life, his internet avatar will do this.
  • A more literal example than most (i.e., due to something actually being broken in the game), Team Fortress 2 had the announcer endlessly repeating "Overtime! Oooverrrtiiime... Overtime! Overtime! Oooverrrtiiime..." during overtime in King of the Hill mode for about a day and a half. (Apparently the line was triggered whenever anyone got on or off the point, which was almost constantly.)
  • Used in the intro to Fallout, right after the camera ends its long zoom-out from a black-and-white TV to a ruined living room and surroundings with The Ink Spots song, "Maybe."
    Maaaaayyyyybbbeee...you'll sit, and sigh
    wishing that I were near...
    then...maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe/maybe...
  • One of the many beatmania inside jokes is a part of the song Red Rocket Rising being repeated for 4 minutes, in all it's glory.
    • TAKAKU.
  • Flight sims such as Falcon and F/A-18 Hornet have the "Altitude! Altitude!" warning ad nauseum when you're flying low.
  • Rebel Strike's version of Rogue Leader's Battle of Endor mission seems to have a bug that causes one particular voice clip to play repeatedly:
    WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME! WE GOTTA BUY MORE TIME!
  • From Tsukihime, "This chair is an eyesore. Disappear! This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair. This chair!"
  • Portal 2 gives us the Space Core, a personality core who is obsessed with... well, guess. Even more amusingly, it's a foreshadowing of the ending.
    "Space, space, wanna go to space."
    "SPAAAAAAAAAAACE!"
  • From The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, "HEY! LISTEN!"
  • One reviewer said the first skin of Lumines ("Shinin', shinin', shinin', shinin'...") "almost turned me into Jack from The Shining."
    • Just about any song from the Lumines series counts. An example from Electronic Symphony: Hey boys, / Hey girls, / Start DJin'... / HERE WE GO! (now keep repeating those same lyrics over and over)
  • The PC port of Silent Hill 2 has an annoying glitch that causes the ambient music to do this. Also intentionally done with one of the musics in the alternate hospital (3rd floor main wing).
  • Any given Eggman boss fight in Sonic Adventure. GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF THIS! GET A LOAD OF- GET A LOAD OF- GET A LOAD OF THIS!
    IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS! IT'S NO USE! TAKE THIS!
  • This has a tendency to show up the Tales Series, as a result of an attack being used repeatedly and/or a character having a very limited assortment of phrases they say when taking damage.
    • Tales of Legendia has multiple bosses who emit a Flat "What." every single time they get hit. There's also Mimi Baker, who shouts "Crummy!" every single time she blocks a hit, and shouts "Take this!" for almost every single swing she makes, even with her Bread Rain: Alpha that consists of close to a dozen hits delivered in the span of a few seconds.
  • In Tropico one of the Propaganda Machines repeats "Viva El Presidente!" uninterruptedly.
  • "Encroachment over 90%! Encroachment over 90%! Encroachment over 90%!"
  • Catherine gameplay in a nutshell: Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Undo. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge. Edge.note 
  • In Chapter 1 of Lollipop Chainsaw, there is a segment where you must defend a bomb cake from being detonated by zombies. During this segment, Nick will endlessly yell: "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!" "Keep those zombies away from the cake!"
  • In the video game adaptation of Toy Story 2, during the final fight against Stinky Pete he'll repeatedly berate Buzz telling him "Go back to your toy chest!"
  • Final Fantasy X: During the attack on Home by the Guado, aside from the continual battle music, a man will constantly yell something in Al Bhed over loudspeakers that sounds, to some, like "I'M ANNOYING, HUH?"

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • Diabetus' commentary becomes this in one video, regarding savestate scumming:
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary.
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary.
    Slowbeef: We should try savestating our commentary, you said?
    Diabetus: We should try savestating our commentary -ing our commentary -ing our commentary -ing our commentary.
  • In Zero Punctuation, specifically in his review of S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Clear Sky, he uses this twice to demonstrate how annoying the bugs are.
  • The general concept of the Stupid Statement Dance Mix, including such gems as "They're taking the hobbits to Isengard!"
  • Eros in Thalia's Musings when Thalia gives him a talking-to about his "relationship" with Psyche.
    Thalia: Besides, it wouldn’t just be your soul’s babies she’d have. Have you two thought about that?
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: And she’s mortal. She’s going to get old and eventually die. Not only that, but your kids will be demigods. That means they can be killed. Have you thought about that, either?
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: Yes, little screaming nuisances who take a whole year to grow up. A year! Sometimes two, or even as many as five.
    Eros: Babies?
    Thalia: Do you need me to tell you how babby is formed?[1]
  • CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY. SWAG. CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY. SWAG.
  • Abe Lincoln in How Abe Lincoln Really Died does this repeatedly to antagonise John Wilkes Booth.
  • During the Judgement mini-arc in Vaguely Recalling JoJo, the only thing the fake Mohammed Avdol created by Judgement' says is "Leave it up to me!" while punching Polnareff in the face.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • The Ig Nobel award ceremonies employ a Deliberately Cute Child named Miss Sweetie Poo to cut off long speeches by repeating, "Please stop. I'm bored. Please stop. I'm bored. Please stop. I'm bored..."
  • A medical condition, Palilalia is the repetition or echoing of one's own spoken words. It can be a symptom of Tourette syndrome or obsessive–compulsive disorder.
  • Computer programs and logic cover infinite loops. Questions such as "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" Or the logic bomb where "Bob always tells the truth. Bob just said 'I lie'."
  • This was a real issue that radio stations had to watch for back in the days when everything was on phonograph records with systems that automatically changed turntables. There is a too-good-to-be-true story passed around in the radio industry about a DJ who set up several records to go off one-after-another live and went down to the cafeteria for lunch. The speakers in the cafeteria was playing the station and when he got there a commercial for an audio version of Moby-Dick was playing but the record was skipping going "dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick..". The DJ rushed up the stairs to the station and upon entering the studio slapped at the record player in a panic. The record player went "dick.. dick - *Record Needle Scratch* THAR SHE BLOWS!"
  • Younger children often do this if they want to get a point across, especially to adults.
  • Actual broken records


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