troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
X
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Interrupting Meme
Yo, TV Tropes! I'm really happy for you, I'mma let you finish, but Know Your Meme has the best page on "Imma Let You Finish" of all time! OF ALL TIME!

Knock Knock.

Who's there?

Interrupting Article.

Interrupti—
A particular form of Memetic Mutation, generally taking the form of an article, video or similar, in which the subject at hand gets flipped, turned upside-down, so I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, I'll tell you how--

...er, sorry. The subject at hand is overtaken by the meme, to the surprise and chagrin of the viewer. Sometimes these memes go as far as interrupting other memes. (One assumes that should any of these memes face off against each other, the universe would end.)

See also Bait and Switch. The original topic may be left with No Ending. If the original topic was boring anyway, the interruption may serve as a Drop the Cow moment.


Examples

    open/close all folders 

    Advertising 

  • MORNING RESCUE! (Especially combined with Puella Magi Madoka Magica. And especially in the role of Big Damn Heroes.)
  • The first Energizer Bunny ad campaign had the drumming toy rabbit, who was still going, march his way through other (fake) commer—"Still going! Nothing outlasts the Energizer. They keep going, and going...".
  • Old Spice similarly interrupts other (fake) commercials, claiming that it's too powerful to let an ad-break end. (It's probably supposed to run in conjunction with another Old Spice ad, but sometimes it's played in isolation.)

     Anime and Manga  

     Card Games  

  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Time Stop! note 
    • The Scornful Egotist is a creature spell that, despite its flagrantly bad effect, has gathered something of a ALL HAIL THE GREAT LORD EGOTIST.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! interrupting me—"Not so fast! You've activated my trap card!"

    Comics 

  • Final Crisis: Due to The Anti-Life Equation running through all of humanity, some fans have beguALL IS ONE IN DARKSEID.

    Film 

  • Superman Returns: Superman will nev-''WROOOOOONNNG!!!!''
  • Sometimes, when talking about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, people tend tWE ARE SEX BOB-OMB, ONE TWO THREE FOUR!!!
  • Inception's BWOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNGGG
  • It's more obscure, but The Terminator seriWHERE IS SARAH CONNOR
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show: I see you shiver with antici—SAY IT!—pation!
  • The much maligned horror film The Devil Inside has its infamous lack of en- The events of this entry have never been fully explained. Visit tvtropes.org or more information on the ongoing investigation.
  • After the scene in Wreck-It Ralph where the audience learns the origin of the Arc Words "going Turbo" Explanation , animated pictures started popping up of Turbo interrupting other video games involving vehicles, driving by with his smug grin and his catch-phrase "Turbo-tastic!"

    Jokes 

  • This is used in the Interrupting Cow joke, as follows:
    Knock knock.
    Who's there?
    Interrupting cow.
    Interr-
    MOO!
  • Made popular by The Office:
    Knock knock.
    Who's there?
    KGB
    KGB w-
    *slap* WE WILL ASK THE QUESTIONS!

     Live-Action TV  

    Music 

  • A Rickroll can occasionally take this form. This includes a certain Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade appearance.
  • As the current page image shows, the Kanye West "Imma let you finish" meme is sometimes used in this-Yo Troper! I'm real happy for ya, and imma let you finish, but this is one of the greatest pages of all time! ONE OF THE GREATEST PAGES OF ALL TIME!!!!-fashion.
  • Was (Not Was): Sometimes, people will start to write a post, but then their parents will open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur.
  • The Monster Mash is occasionally used as an alternative to the Bel-Air theme song.
  • MC Hammer: STOP! HAMMER TIME!
  • Vanilla Ice: STOP! Collaborate and listen!'

     Professional Wrestling  

  • Dwayne Johnson, as the The Rock, would often bait people by asking them: "What do you think of that?"
    • Well, I-
      • It doesn't MATTER what you think!!
  • After his debut in the WWE, Muhammad Hassan would often interrupt other wrestlers promos and whatnot, with his distinctive theme music. This spread to YTMND, and became what is now referred to as "Hassaning," where his music would oftAN ALIEN, ALIEN, ALIEN, ALAYLEE....
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, also known as Stone WHAT Cold WHAT Steve '''WHAT''' Austin '''WHAT'''? Usually done by his fans when a rival talks trash about him. Hilariously transformed into a massive Take That by The Undertaker in this instance.
    • This eventually became a problem as audiences began interrupting any heel promo, drowning out the dialogue for home viewers. On the plus column, it started teaching wrestlers not to rely on the overdone "portentous statement followed by dramatic pause" style of promo delivery.
  • Number Four: "Chris Jericho's ARMBAR!"
  • X has just completed/defeated (insert REALLY difficult feat/opponent here) and is tired, exhausted, and badly beaten, savoring his hard-fought victory. ''You think you know me...'' * guitar riff* '''ON THIS DAY! I SEE CLEARLY! EVERYTHING HAS COME TO LIFE!'''
    Edge: [Running down the ramp with the Money In The Bank briefcase] I'M CASHING IT IN! I'M CASHING IT IN! RING THE DAMN BELL!
  • The Wyatt Family's entrance starts with a Jump Scare that blacks out the arena and bombards the TV viewer's screen with a quick jumble of disturbing images before they enter.
  • Actually, this happens fairly often. A guy's in the ring cutting a promo, only to be cut off by another wrestler's entrance music. (Especially effective if the wrestler's entrance music starts with an attention getting soundbyte, catchphrase, or Epic Riff.) The interrupted wrestler's reaction to this, depending on the context, can range from obvious annoyance to full-blown Oh, Crap. The resounding BONG and consequent darkness that preludes the entrance of The Undertaker being a prime example.

     Tabletop Games  

  • I was going on TV Tropes, thinking about how to add to the Warhammer 40,000 article, when suddenly I heard a rumbling sound. I looked around a bit, and concluded it must be coming from underneath the table my monitor was sitting on. I stood up and looked underneath the table, when, out of nowhere, a frakking Baneblade came out from under my computer, smashed it and the table, then shot up my modem and entire Chaos Space Marine army. How the hell did a 300 ton tank sneak underneath my computer? It would have to take some kind of tactical genius t- CREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDD!
    • It's also damn near impossible to discuss the Imperial Guard, and especially Commissars, witho-"HERESY!" *BLAM*
    • Squats (essentially Space Dwarves) are infamous among the fandom. It is alleged that Games Workshop employ assassins to make their removal from canon stick, and merely bringing up their name ca
    • There is an infamously terrible unit which shall not be named because otherwise you'll turn into one and being a Chaos Spawn suck-OH GOD I DIDN'T MENAW0RWHIOEFEFER9IGHERGVJKR
  • The Truly Immovable Rod from Dungeons and Dragons, which, when interpreted as a rod that stays immobile as the world rotates around it, would frequentl- *CLANG* WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?
    • Or, for the more extreme version, activating it leaves it motionless on a Universal scale. The *CLANG*, in that case, is when a space station collides with it.

     Video Games  

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

     Real Life  

  • We'd talk about the vuvuzelas at World Cup 2010, but BZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZZBZZZBZZZZ
  • The ZX Spectrum USENET newsgroup often has particularly embarrassing statem3w587fuN^NO&*IULYBviluŁ%b6viaby5i+++NO CARRIER+++
    • This is most certainly a remnant of the era of Fido Net and similar messaging networks, conected via BB Ses before the advent of the Internet. Users usually connected to a BBS via a phone line (one phone line, one user) and they could usually write messages on forums directly on their terminal emulation software instead of using an off-line, separate program. When they were typing the message and the line got suddenly noisy, the software interpreted the line noise as random characters. The "NO CARRIER" was the standard modem response after an interrupted connection; whether the text ended being part of the message or not depended on the software, but it always appeared in the console of the interrupted user; hence the meme.
    • This was later picked up by Slashdot
  • Attention Deficit Disorder, and the jokes about it like for example "They say I have ADD, but they don't understa- SQUIRREL!" and its varia- Ooh Shiny!.
  • This probably has happened to most people when they were kids.
    Kid 1: Knock Knock
    Kid 2: Who's There?
    Kid 1: Interupting Cow.
    Kid 2: Interupting Cow w-
    Kid 1: MOO!
  • Windows is known by many users for periodically having programs ha..........................tvtropes.exe has stopped working...
  • Any and all TV broadcasts have been subject to this whenever a major or otherwise serious news event- "We interrupt our regularly scheduled trope entry to bring you this special report"..."This concludes our special report. We now resume our regularly scheduled trope entry." -occurs.
  • CONNELRAD and its successors, the Emergency Broadcast System, and the Emergency Alert System whenever they are tested. Originally occurring (usually) during commercial breaks, these days, the tests can happen at any...........*BZZZZZZZZZZ!* *BZZZZZZZZZZ!* *BZZZZZZZZZZ!*note  *A required weekly / monthly test of the Emergency Alert System has been issued for the following areas / counties [list of areas / counties is shown] until [cutoff time].*note  *BZZZ!" *BZZZ!* *BZZZ!*
  • Telemarketers may as well be...
    [phone rings]
    "Uh, hello?"
    "Hello! Is this the troper editing this entry?"
    "Uh, yes..."
    CONTRATULATIONS, YOU MAY HAVE JUST WON A MILLION DOLLARS...!!note 
    [hangs up phone]
    • ...examples.
    • Their spiritual predecessors...
    [doorbell rings]
    "Oh, I'll get it!"
    "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • ...door-to-door salespeoplenote .

--ng Article who?
Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!Memetic MutationJ'accuse
Kanye WestImageSource/MusicWu-Tang Clan
Interrupted by the EndSelf-Demonstrating ArticleIn Which a Trope Is Described

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
67365
6