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->''"[[AC:Screw this quandary with a fucking jackhammer. Let us just talk about whatever we were discussing before this shitstorm started flailing about the room.]]"''
-->-- '''The God-Emperor of Mankind''', ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice''

Some characters feel a current line of discussion is really inappropriate, and they make it clear they should move on to something else. Sometimes they say "moving on" or "I'd rather not talk about it", or just leap into another topic.

Reasons the current subject isn't working can vary. It may be too {{Squick}}y for the character's comfort, TooSoon, or even something like a {{Metaphorgotten}} line.

There's a hand gesture that shows up frequently in {{anime}} and {{manga}} that means basically this.

Compare StunnedSilence and ShuttingUpNow. Contrast DiggingYourselfDeeper (trying to talk your way out of an uncomfortable subject, and utterly failing).



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Luca is the main instigator of this, knowing that relating mutinous sentiments is very dangerous under the tyrannical rule of Zeus. Pandora also tries to guide Judas away from defiance at the end of the prequel series, but Judas indicates that he's done silencing himself and intends to openly defy Zeus' rule.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfSpyroANewDawn'': Sparx mentions to Spyro that their father insisted on giving him "the talk" before they left the swamp.
-->'''Sparx:''' Change of subject, ''now''.\\
'''Spyro:''' But...\\
'''Sparx:''' NOW!!
* In the ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' fic ''Fanfic/KunoichisLikeUs'', when [[OriginalCharacter Alex]] asks Kasumi exactly why she was attacked by her own clan, Kasumi calmly tells him that she would rather not talk about it.
* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' fic ''Fanfic/DirtySympathy'', when Trucy tries to ask why Klavier was kissing Apollo in the middle of their kitchen he tries to distract her by asking why she got up so early for donuts.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fic ''Fanfic/{{Symbiosis}}'' when Misty and Brock ask Aaron/Ash why he doesn't [[DeathByOriginStory call his parents]] more often, Ash immediately asks why they never call ''their'' parents. This immediately shuts them up.
* In ''Fanfic/AMeetingByMoonlight'', Luna and Twilight do this after Luna's [[spoiler:AbortedDeclarationOfLove]] is cut off by their discovery that Spike is listening to them. Back to the original topic of their conversation: Pony spaceflight -- which was actually very relevant to what Luna was trying to tell her.
* In ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged'', Serena called Raye "emo", and everyone else {{Gasp}}ed, likely because that was a running joke about Sasuka in ''WebVideo/NarutoTheAbridgedSeries''. Then Luna said this line.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', Freeza pulls this trope off in the most [[MurderIsTheBestSolution Freeza]] manner possible.
-->'''{{Mook}}:''' Lord Freeza, Vegeta's broken out of the healing [[KilledMidSentence taaaeegh!]]\\
'''Freeza:''' Oh no, that minion died. Could you go fix that? We'll continue this conversation never.
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', when Misa cheers that Light's plan must have worked perfectly and then the show jumps to a DescriptionCut that shows it most definitely did ''not'':
-->'''Light:''' [[IMeantToDoThat Yeah... everything went exactly... according to plan...]] ''listen...''
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11805613/18/A-Change-in-Destiny A Change in Destiny]]'' Harry briefly mentions his abusive relatives and several of his friends give speculative looks.
-->'''Hermione:''' Oh, look at that cloud! Doesn't it [[ThatCloudLooksLike look like a bird]]?

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': In the opening, Kuzco asks for a flashback to where the story began, but the flashback goes back too far:
-->'''Kuzco:''' See, this is a little too far back. Ooh, look at me! That's me as a baby!\\
''[Baby Kuzco throws a fit on breaking his toy, only to cheer up when off-screen servants offer him [[SpoiledBrat several replacement toys]]]''\\
'''Kuzco:''' OK, moving on...
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', throughout the anniversary party, Felix tries to keep the peace between Ralph and the Nicelanders through avoidance and subject changing, but to no avail.
* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', after Nick Wilde opens up to Judy about a traumatic childhood event that shaped who he decided to be, he decides to change the subject to the traffic after Judy tries to physically comfort him, [[spoiler:which he then realizes is a lead on their case.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Ripley and Clemens both do this in ''Film/Alien3''.
** Clemens asks Ripley several times why she is inspecting Newt's corpse and her reasons for wanting to cremate both her and Hicks's body, and her need to retrieve Bishop to check the flight data. Ripley continually deflects the question (one time by sleeping with Clemens) because he probably won't believe her.
** Ripley asks Clemens several times how he came to Fury 161, but he deflects the question repeatedly. Eventually he does tell her -- he was previously an inmate.
* ''Film/JamesBood'': The uncomfortable look on his face, slight shifting of posture, and invoking of this trope was a dead giveaway to any long-term, die-hard Bond fan. In ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', he's initially amused and impressed as Agent XXX recites his dossier -- until she mentions his late wife and he immediately ends the conversation. And in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'':
-->'''Elektra King:''' Have you ever lost a loved one, Mr. Bond?\\
'''Bond:''' ''[pauses]'' M sent me because your life might be in danger.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier Crane does this a lot.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E3TheIceWarriors The Ice Warriors]]":
-->'''Jamie:''' You see how those lassies were dressed?\\
'''Victoria:''' Yes, I did. [[AllMenArePerverts And trust you to think of something like that]].\\
'''Jamie:''' What? [[ImAManICantHelpIt Couldn't help thinking about it]].\\
'''Victoria:''' Well, I think it's disgusting, wearing that kind of thing.\\
'''Jamie:''' ''[mocking]'' Oh, aye, so it is, so it is. You er, you don't see yourself dressed like that then?\\
'''Victoria:''' Jamie!\\
'''Jamie:''' Oh, I'm sorry; it was just an idea.\\
'''Victoria:''' We will now change the subject, please.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', George and Jerry do ''not'' like it when someone does this; they prefer to let conversations continue until they reach a natural end. There's a reason this show's the TropeNamer for SeinfeldianConversation.
* In ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', David constantly does this when the council meetings go off topic. "Moving on..."
* Ross in ''Series/{{Friends}}'' does this when other people have raised the subject. "The word you're looking for is 'Anyway...'"
* Happens a couple of times in ''Series/CriminalMinds''
** While the team was eating in a Chinese restaurant in "A Real Rain", they were talking about the case and then Elle asks to change the subject. Hotch asks if she's seeing anyone and then Elle begs for them to talk about the case again.
** A case of RightBehindMe in "The Bittersweet Science".
--->'''Garcia:''' ''[via webcam]'' Okay, Rossi, out with it. Is Hotch dating anyone?\\
'''Rossi:''' ''[leans in to the webcam]'' I. Don't. Know.\\
'''Reid:''' You know, statistically, widowed men start dating much faster than females, but Hotch is refuting the data. It's been two years and 19 days.\\
'''Garcia:''' Venus has aligned with Mars, which means love is in the air and maybe we will have weekends off.\\
'''Morgan:''' ''[sees Hotch and clears throat to warn Garcia]''\\
'''Garcia:''' What? [[RightBehindMe Is he standing there? He's standing there, isn't he?]]\\
'''Hotch:''' Hello, Garcia.\\
'''Garcia:''' Hello. Someone talk about the case.
* A hilarious version in one episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' where Penny is desperately trying to break up an uncomfortable fight between Bernadette and Amy about their respective boyfriends' careers and sex lives by switching to a more comfortable subject: Brazilian Waxes.
* Frank Reagan of ''Series/BlueBloods'' nearly always does this if asked to take sides in family arguments at the dinner table, bluntly shutting down others' queries for his opinion by complimenting the food or asking someone to pass him a dish.
* On ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', it's a minor RunningGag for Sisko to change the subject whenever Dax mentions a NoodleIncident involving him and Curzon.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A homie conversation in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'' between [[RobotBuddy CID]] and Creator/KeithDavid has CID casually revealing that he's "done research" on Keith. Keith shuts CID up by threatening to reveal the details Kinzie uncovered about [[NoodleIncident the other, "very specific" simulations CID has made]]. Cue an awkward "How about that sports team?" from CID.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'': Joel makes it clear to Ellie that she is not to bring up his personal life or past, particularly his lost loved ones and friends.
* Hilariously occurs during the party in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''s Citadel DLC, where EDI, being an AI new to this social interaction thing, queries Traynor on why she found her AI voice sexually attractive to the point of arousal, [[CallBack referring to a line mentioned early in the main game]]. Tali meanwhile tries to talk to Shepard about the cheese and eventually tries a sample, realizing [[OhCrap almost too late that she was eating cheese meant for a different chirality]], which can potentially have fatal results..
-->'''Tali:''' I [[ItMakesSenseInContext practically poisoned myself with cheese]] trying to change the subject.
* Crops up quite memorably during the mission intro to "Contract Killers" in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld,'' when {{Oni}} mercenary Inbeda of the House-In-Exile spoils his own introduction by encouraging players to [[DirtyOldMan strip naked and go for a swim in the pool]] - much to the disgust of the enchanted mask that's translating for him. After several seconds of horrified silence, the mask changes topics with a loud ''"Aaaaanyway..."''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheDreadful'':
-->'''Liz:''' Where did that beam go, anyway?\\
'''Kit:''' Let's not dwell on questions about how [[WaveMotionGun the Dreadful]] works!
* ''Webcomic/BicycleBoy'': Poet quickly decides to talk about something else when Machk attempts to make conversation about his cyborg body.
* In ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'', [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Relm and Celes]] do this after Terra mentions that she saw her parents conceiving her in a vicarious flashback.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'':
-->'''Anpu:''' What happened to you? You've always been close with Asir's family, but this? If I had to guess... it had to with a woman.\\
'''Sobek:''' ''ANYWAY''...
* Done in a recent (at the time of this writing) ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' story, when everyone is trying to decide what to do during a rainy day. Resident ubergeek Pip suggests a complicated tapletop RPG ([[LoadsAndLoadsOfRules Its rules only span three books!]]), but Kat shuts him down. GeniusDitz [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Scarlet]] suggests "''[[TabletopGame/{{Monopoly}} Monopolop]]''", but Art points out she cried last time they played because she was told to "Go Directly to Jail" ([[TheWoobie No-one told her what she did wrong...]]). So Art suggests ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity''. They all set up to play, when Scarlet, looking at her cards, innocently asks "What's a Fleshlight?" They decide to play ''Monopolop'' instead.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Linkara of ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' said this after his [[StunnedSilence horrified expression]] of seeing a comic start with [[HarsherInHindsight the top of the World Trade Center]] blown off.
* Donnie [=DuPre=] in ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' obviously has issues with his mother, as anyone who asks about her gets blown off. All he divulges is that she was an actress. And because Donnie was the character that shared the most [[Creator/DougWalker Doug]] qualities, it's only fair that Doug in "The Review Must Go On" dodges uncomfortable questions just as hard.
* Done in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-0VfOoA5n0 this review]] by ''WebVideo/ClassicGameRoom'' of ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting 3'', when the reviewer lost his train of thought.
* During a Creator/TeamFourStar podcast, Kaiser [[{{Squick}} goes too far with a comment about eggnog]]. After a StunnedSilence, Lani loudly begins to talk about his holiday.
* After playing several losing rounds of "Hunting Pack" in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', [[Creator/AchievementHunter Geoff]] has this to say:
-->'''Geoff:''' I liked it better when, uh, [-when I was winning.-]\\
'''Gavin:''' Say it! SAY IT! You liked it better when you were on ''my'' team! ''Say it!''\\
'''Geoff:''' LET'S STOP!
* Often on ''WebVideo/HonestTrailers'', the Narrator will find himself in an awkward position and whisper "Go to 'Starring'! ''Go to 'Starring'!"''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the [[TheStinger very last scene]] of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Professor Dementor]] is taunting Dr. Drakken about his success at ''saving'' the world after [[HarmlessVillain failing miserably]] in his attempts to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer it]].
-->'''Dementor:''' You must admit that it is exquisitely amusing.\\
'''Drakken:''' Okay, Dementor, I'd really rather not talk about it.\\
'''Dementor:''' But the irony! As a mad scientist, you have been a total failure your entire career!\\
'''Drakken:''' New topic please!
:: The "new topic" turns out to be Dementor asking how Drakken's skin turned blue, which Drakken starts to explain [[TheUnreveal just as the show ends]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Brobot", Hugh Neutron asks "Who wants pie?" after [[TheTalk his son starts to explain how he and Judy could conceive a sibling.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Babel" begins with Bruce describing an incident from his days as Batman. When Terry notes that he would have been trapped with no way out if Robin hadn't shown up in time, Bruce changes the subject to the damaged Batsuit they're working on. At the end, Bruce asks Terry if he would have [[HeroicSacrifice sacrified himself]] if he hadn't found another way to save Gotham City, and Terry [[BookEnds uses the same ploy to dodge the question]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Kaeloo manages to drag Mr. Cat into going on a date with her, but he doesn't seem interested in talking to her and starts reading the news. Kaeloo asks him if she can talk to him, and he quickly changes the subject by reading an article from the newspaper.