Alice and Bob are fighting. Carol enters with a message for Alice, who calmly carries on a conversation just as if Bob weren't trying to kill her. Usually used to demonstrate just how much better Alice is than Bob, but if she ''kills'' Bob without taking notice, it can also show [[KickTheDog disregard for life]].

SubTrope of ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask. Related to DissonantSerenity. For a "make love, not war" version, see CoitusUninterruptus. Compare KindaBusyHere, when the messenger is on a phone.

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* A GEICO commercial during their "it's what you do" campaign has a spy being chased by mooks when his mother calls. He fights them off while talking to her and asks if he can call her back.

* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': King Kai and Guru are telepathically discussing a plan to move everyone on Namek to Earth. Then Goku, in the middle of his fight with Frieza, interrupts ''them'', telling them to leave him on Namek to defeat Frieza.

* Done in ''ComicBook/{{Zot}}''. Zot is fighting two thugs while Jenny berates him for selling out.
* A RunningGag in ''ComicBook/PS238'' is that, whenever almost anyone phones The Revenant, he is busy fighting some supervillain or other and calmly carries on the conversation while fighting.

* ''Film/UnderSiege'': The hero is in a ferocious firefight with the villains when he gets a satphone call. He takes the call while blasting the baddies. This example does use the trope to add humour to the proceedings by having Ryback's SideKick initially take the call as though she were a bad PA: "Is Ryback there?" "I'm sorry he's in a gun fight right now. I'll have to take a message."
* Used brilliantly in ''Film/GrossePointeBlank'', with John Cusack blasting a houseful of assassins to death one by one, while conversationally exploring the meaning of his own existence and declaring his love for Minnie Driver's character.
* Played for laughs by Cary Elwes in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'', from Creator/MelBrooks.
* In ''[[Film/WaynesWorld Wayne's World 2]]'', Wayne takes a phone call in the middle of his fight with Jeff Wong, without any break in the KungFoley sound effects or the HongKongDub.

* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', in the first part of season 3's [[SeasonFinale finale]], Buffy hands Giles a newspaper article about a murder while he's practicing fencing with Wesley. Giles effortlessly parries all of Wesley's advances with one hand and almost no attention.

* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': All of the posters. Not only can people respond to others while taking on massive fights, but they can also charge up attacks and summons and direct troops at the same time.

* [[MemeticMutation If there were such a thing]] as [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} White Veil Style]], it would have this as one of its central abilities.

* Used in the first ''VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan'' game in the Salaryman stage. Our hero receives a phone call in the midst of battle with a giant mouse. Failing to perform well here actually means he gets his ass kicked, while passing this portion plays the trope straight.

* [[ This]] ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' page is particularly illustrative--one character does it and, seconds later, another one does something that ''would'' be it if he hadn't only just arrived.
* In ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'', Dr. [=McNinja=] does a variation of this at one point; the Doc calls Gordito and the clone of Ben Franklin on his cellphone while fighting ninjas, and at one point one of the ninjas grabs the phone from him.