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Dispense With The Pleasantries
: Lord Vader, this is an unexpected pleasure. We're honored by your presence.
Let's say a conversation that's supposed to be about a particular subject is starting up. Perhaps it's part of a meeting at work. Perhaps you're being confronted about something you did in the past. Perhaps you're just chatting with a friend who is hell-bent on quickly discussing that subject.
One side of the conversation will start it with flattery and/or small-talk, perhaps out of fondness for such things, or perhaps simply as a way to put off addressing the relevant subject. The other side, however, will have none of it; they want to get straight to the point, and won't let flattery or small talk distract or delay them. They tell the other side to dispense with the pleasantries
and get down to business right away.
Often overlaps with Don't Call Me Sir
. Shut Up, Hannibal!
/Shut Up, Kirk!
moments may qualify as this if the corresponding Breaking Speech
or Kirk Summation
is polite in tone.
Truth in Television
, of course.
Sister trope to Hates Small Talk
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- In Haruhi Suzumiya: Remote Island Syndrome, Haruhi starts out extremely polite to the owner of the mansion. He then mentions that he's surprised since he has heard she's rather... direct. At this point she dispenses with the pleasantries and launches a barrage of questions about how many mysterious events, murders, etc. have taken place there.
- Dragon Ball: When a squadron from the Red Ribbon Army comes to recruit Master Roshi, thinking he is a scientist, The Leader of the group utters this phrase word for word after an extended conversation where Roshi is mocking the organization.
- As implied by the page quotation, Vader's blunt dismissal of Jerjerrod's flattery in Return of the Jedi provides the trope name.
- Downplayed in Pretty Woman, where it at first seems to be this, but turns out to be about redirecting the flattery to someone else.
[After Edward informs salesclerk Hollister that he will be spending an obscene amount of money buying clothes for Vivian at Hollister's shop]
Hollister: Mr. Lewis? How's it going so far?
Edward: Pretty well, I think. I think we need some major sucking up.
Hollister: Very well, sir. You're not only handsome, but a powerful man. I could see the second you walked in here, you were someone to reckon with...
Hollister: Yes, sir?
Edward: Not me. Her.
- God to King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
GOD: Arthur! Arthur, King of the Britons! Oh, don't grovel! If there's one thing I can't stand, it's people groveling.
GOD: And don't apologize. Every time I try to talk to someone it's "sorry this" and "forgive me that" and "I'm not worthy". What are you doing now!?
Arthur: I'm averting my eyes, oh Lord.
GOD: Well, don't. It's like those miserable Psalms— they're so depressing. Now knock it off!
- D.E.B.S. Ms. Petrie (the team's boss) arrives for a visit.
Max: I just want to say what a pleasure it is to meet you.
Ms. Petrie: No time for pleasantries.
- In Oliver & Company, when Fagin is visited by a mafia loan shark named Sykes; one whom Fagin owes money to and is implied not to be able to pay it back in time; he tries to put off admitting this by talking about the weather and about Sykes' dogs.
Fagin: Oh, lovely evening, I was just saying this to your two lovely pure-bred...
Sykes: ... the money, Fagin.
- From the 1997 Leave It to Beaver movie:
Eddie Haskell Jr.: You looked as though you just walked out the runway.
June Cleaver: Eddie?
Eddie Haskell Jr.: Yes Mrs. Cleaver?
June Cleaver: Cut the crap.
- In Lean on Me, Clark makes abundantly clear at a teachers' meeting that flattery isn't going to work on him.
Mr. O'Malley: We want to welcome Mr. Clark to Eastside; we've heard so much about you; and tell you what we have done in anticipation of your arrival. Mrs. Levias, your other vice principal, and I, have appointed an executive committee to oversee certain areas where we have noted a need for improvement, and Mr. Zirella, for example...
Joe: You may sit down, Mr. O'Malley.
- In The Fifth Element, Korben asks the President to stop thanking him and tell what the problem is now.
- Used in The Naked Jungle. It's a bad sign when this happens at your first meeting.
- Inverted by Agatha Christie in The Pale Horse where Mr. Bradley is shocked at Mark Easterbrook dispensing with the pleasantries.
- In The Count of Monte Cristo, this is a typical trait of the Baron Danglars's conversations; he's a very strict man with little tolerance for small talk.
- In Pyramids, Pteppic keeps asking Dios to say something without prefacing it with all of his titles.
Live Action TV
- From the Magic: The Gathering novel Agents Of Artifice:
Tezzeret: You do us great honor with your presence. It is my hope, Nicol Bolas, that together we can come to a mutually beneficial—
Nicol Bolas: Shut up. I hate you, artificer, and I find rare cause to bother hating anyone anymore. The only reason I'm not currently picking your spine out from between my teeth is because you were smart enough to arrange these wards ahead of time. More to the point, I know full well you feel the same about me, no matter how you choose to doll up your words and trot them out like perfumed trollops. So perhaps we can save the pleasantries for those who actually care about them, and simply tell me what you propose?
- In Twelfth Night, Olivia will not allow Viola to continue with Orsino's declaration of love to her. In her case it's that the message is nothing but pleasantries, and nothing she hasn't heard from Orsino's messengers a hundred times before.
Viola: Most sweet lady, —
Olivia: A comfortable doctrine, and much may be said of it.
- In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Act Two's first song is "Strike That, Reverse It", in which Willy Wonka is determined to greet each of his guests and get the adults to sign an incomprehensible contract as quickly as he can so he can start the tour. Since most of the participants are obnoxious kids and coddling parents, what little small talk he is willing to make in the process of this is peppered with teasing, Stealth Insults, Ice Cream Koans, etc. Typical example:
Mr. Salt: Wonka! Sir Robert Salt! Salt's Salty Nuts!
Willy Wonka: (very quickly) Pleased to meet you, Bob. Peanut business treating you well?
Mr. Salt: Well, actually...
- From Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Dracula responds to Richter's Shut Up, Hannibal! with this:
Dracula: What is a man?! A miserable little pile of secrets! But enough talk, have at you!
- From Kingdom Hearts II, Luxord begins his battle saying, "I'd rather we just skip the formalities."
- In Mass Effect 1, one sidequest, "Our Own Worst Enemy," involves Shepard coming across the aggressively pro-human political party Terra Firma. Their party leader, Charles Saracino, comes up to greet Shepard, with the brusque Renegade response as follows...
Saracino: Commander Shepard? I'm Charles Saracino of the Terra Firma party. It's an honor to meet you. (reaches out to shake his hand)
Shepard: (swats his hand away) Cram your honor. What's this riot about?
- The World of Warcraft dungeon "Trial of the Champion" makes the player party fight a series of encounters on a tournament arena. Normally, when you say "I am ready" to the announcer, he will start introducing each of the enemy champions separately in colorful expressions, in a scripted scene that takes about two minutes to play out. Naturally, since players tend to run the same dungeons over and over for loot, they quickly got bored from listening to the same announcements for several times in a row. Eventually, Blizzard added the option to tell the announcer to "skip the pageantry", letting the party proceed straight to the combat.
- Justice League Unlimited S 2 E 4 Task Force X: After seeing Sans Souci doing The Tease to Lawton, Captain Boomerang and Clock King want to talk business:
Harkness: Enough of this talk, let's get talk of out the business at hand, will ya?.
Fugate: Agree, time is of the essence.