I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU WON'T SHUT UP.
"They've got allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters, trash compactors, juice extractors, shower rods and water meters,
Walkie-talkies, copper wires, safety goggles, radial tires, BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers,
Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters, paint removers, window louvers, masking tape and plastic gutters,
Kitchen faucets, folding tables, weather stripping, jumper cables, Hooks and tackle, grout and spackle, power foggers, spoons and ladles,
Pesticides for fumigation, high-performance lubrication, metal roofing, water proofing, multi-purpose insulation,
Air compressors, brass connectors, wrecking chisels, smoke detectors, tire gauges, hamster cages, thermostats and bug deflectors,
Trailer hitch demagnetizers, automatic circumcisers, tennis rackets, angle brackets, Duracells and Energizers,
Soffit panels, circuit breakers, vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, calculators, generators, matching salt and pepper shakers..."
A character who speaks if not constantly then often so quickly that it's hard to make out individual words and with the appearance of not having to stop for breath which sometimes makes it sound as though the audio track has been set to Fast Forward, this is often a facet of the Genki Girl
or The Ditz
who seems to be able to redirect the oxygen destined for their brain to their mouth whereas if smart characters do this they often fall victim to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
usually this counts as the specific subtrope Gibbering Genius
and it is also a trait of a character who is panicking upset afraid angry worked up or excited and launches into rapid-fire babble because of their emotional state although in a few cases characters who do this anyway end up going into a weird state and start doing it even more BECAUSE OFTHESTATEMENTIONEDABOVEORMAYBEJUST
this is Rattling Off Legal
and in Music
it becomes a Patter Song
and can lead to Something Something Leonard Bernstein
while for the absurd comic book examples where this is explicitly not
addressed see Talking Is a Free Action
. Characters may do this during a Character Filibuster
to prevent others interrupting. If your Motor Mouth character tends to talk like they're in an infomercial
(and they're not actually selling anything), then they probably Speaks in Shout-Outs
as well. In comics, Wall of Text
and Wall of Blather
Contrast... Dramatic... Ellipsis... AND! PUNCTUATED! FOR! EMPHASIS!
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- The cast of Galaxy Angel sometimes goes into Motor Mouth mode, often during the Post Episode Trailers where they argue at a hundred miles an hour.
- Megumi Hayashibara's characters tend to have stints of Motor Mouthery. She's not the only Japanese voice actress to accomplish it on a regular basis, but she's arguably one of the best.
- Kotono Mitsuishi, Excel's voice actress in Excel Saga, is quite good at this, and Excel's English voice actress was almost as capable; however, Jessica Calvello nearly destroyed her voice after thirteen episodes (though that could have also been because of Excel's hoarse screech in Calvello's rendition). She was also the VA for Sailor Moon, and was able to showcase her talent in later seasons, usually during comedic episodes.
- Speaking of Ms. Calvello, she also did the voice for one of the younger sisters in Kare Kano. In both the original and the dub, the voice actresses for the sisters would do the "Next Episode" previews in live action, with Motor Mouth that necessitates subtitles.
- Jessica Calvello also would use Motor Mouth agin for the 2014 English dub of Maria†Holic, in which she plays the show's main character, Kanako Miyame.
- The main character Poemi, in the Excel Saga spinoff Puni Puni Poemi sometimes managed to be even faster. Fan translation subtitles would stack to the point where they cover half the screen. The English voice actress managed to survive the ordeal, though she blew her voice out on the second day of recording, according to the DVD commentary.note
- Sana Kurata of Kodomo no Omocha can be a Motor Mouth Supreme when the mood strikes, far exceeding even Megumi Hayashibara's characters. When your subtitles come in entire paragraphs...
- Haré, the main character of Haré+Guu, is prone to motormouthery when things just get too weird for him.
- In the second season, Haré+Guu Deluxe, the opening of each episode includes Haré spouting out of a rapid-fire stream of chatter, which varies from time to time while Guu dances.
- Haré's seiyuu, Rikako Aikawa, seems to specialize in this.
- Ichiko from Otome wa Boku ni Koishiteru. ("Oneesamaoneesamaoneesamaoneesamaoneesama....")
- In Futari wa Pretty Cure, one of Nagisa's two "normal" friends is a Motor Mouth who occasionally punctuates her rapidfire speech with a triple repeat of a word.
- In a Post-Episode Trailer for Tokyo Mew Mew, Ichigo is so in shock that she starts speaking quickly, repeating words, and eventually reminding herself of the thing she was trying to distract herself from in the first place. "DaiiiiiiiisukisukisukisuKISU!!?"
- Kyouka in Kyouran Kazoku Nikki speaks very fast very often, especially her dialogue in the show's opening theme.
- The art teacher in Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu.
- Elf Princess Rane has several examples of the blue-haired guy speaking very quickly in gibberish (once humorously translated by the subbers as "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck..." Backwards).
- Everyone in Gag Manga Biyori.
- If you're going to watch the subtitled version of s-CRY-ed, make damn sure you can speedread. Straight Cougar's dialogue approximates a blur at points.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion. Apparently Misato (yet another Kotono Mitsuishi role) was like this in her college days; Ritsuko thinks she's "making up for lost time" (after spending her childhood years mute from the trauma of witnessing Second Impact). We don't get to hear her though, just see the stunned look on Ritsuko's face as she babbles on and on.
- Graham Spector from Baccano!!. Just... Graham.
- Kira Yamato from Gundam SEED mentally does this whenever he goes into programming a mobile suit, to demonstrate just how fast a Coordinator's mind works.
- Normally quiet Miyako pulls off two notable instances of this. The contrast between her normal personality and these makes them stand out.
- Pokémon: Hara-Hara Relay and Hara-Hara-Hara-Hara Relay. As for a character related example, Barry/Jun would likely fit this trope.
- Ahiru can be like this in Princess Tutu, particularly when she's flustered. It's part of her "duck like" personality that she quacks out her words—since she's actually a duck magically transformed into a girl.
- Akane Mitamura from Kono Aozora Ni Yakusoku Wo.
- Filler Villain Daphne in Fairy Tail. Bonus points for frequently swinging from a cheerful and childish voice to a creepy deep one frequently.
- Technically Anime and Singing, but the opening themes of K-On! season two have Yui (and the other main characters, if they actually sing) sing so quickly that it's been commented that they sound like chipmunks, doesn't help that the pacing of the band behind them is even faster. The character talk at normal speed during the show, but the songs...
- Mika from Morita-san Wa Mukuchi has her own episode dedicated to the fact that this is her real defining trait.
- The main character of Yojo-han Shinwa Taikei speaks at such a rapid pace that the subs fly across the screen and reading them can be a little challenging.
- Speed Racer: Where to even begin?
- It's to the point that "Everybody talks a mile a minute" is about the only thing a lot of people remember about the series.
- Haiyore! Nyarko-san's title character Nyarko has this in spades; in the first episode alone, she spends about a solid minute rambling about breakfast and her favorite Tokusatsu show, talking right over Mahiro, to his growing annoyance — he implies she's been doing this since last night. It isn't until he threatens her with a fork that she shuts up, and even then, her explanation of why she's on Earth turns a Fast-Forward Gag, because in the original light novel, she literally rambled on for several pages.
- Nanami Momozono from Kamisama Kiss does this, not all the time, but it tends to be a Running Gag when she does it.
- In Kill la Kill, Senketsu delivers a recap of the series up to that point in about a minute and a half, barely even pausing for breath. Mako also regularly does this when giving her lectures that are filled to the brim with Insane Troll Logic.
- In the "Happy Happy Clover" anime, Clover would mostly talk very fast when she is excited,very happy or worried.◊
- The Amazing and the Ultimate Spider-Man are sometimes portrayed as this, quipping through and through during a battle, which often more than not, annoys a LOT his enemies. More the Ultimate, as he's a teenager who won't shut up at all sometimes. It is heavily implied that this is Spidey's form of coping with his fear during a battle. However, beware when he's silent...
- Comics characters with Super Speed sometimes do this when excited; Impulse and his cousin XS are notable examples.
- The Flash once broke the sound barrier with his motor mouth.
- On the Marvel side, Quicksilver gets quieter when this happens.
- Maxine Hunkel, alias Cyclone, is a Motor Mouth, to the sometimes annoyance of her teammates in the JSA. She is not a speedster, instead she can create tornadoes.
- In fact, when Power Girl extended her a JSA invitation, she threatened to immediately revoke it if Maxine didn't shut up for a minute.
- Me, Deadpool; made clear by the fact that I'm sometimes called the 'Merc With A Mouth'.
- Delight in The Sandman: Endless Nights.
- Harley Davidson a.k.a Motormouth, from Marvel Comics.
- Pixie of the X-Men drifts into this when she gets excited, nervous, or scared.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Swerve, who always loves to talk, and his nickname in the academy was Shut the Hell Up. The Decepticons have Misfire, who accidentally took a Fantastic Drug and has ADHD, he's easily distracted and won't stop, makes him the go to guy for an InfoDump.
- In Marvel 1602, Hal McCoy describes himself as "a creature of few words", but once he starts talking it's difficult to get him to stop.
- In the area of commercials, the definitive Motor Mouth is no doubt actor John Moschitta, Jr, best known for his FedEx and Micro Machines commercials. He is (according to Wikipedia) listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fastest speaker. Kids might remember him for the Micro Machines ads, but those who remember their childhood TV shows more clearly than the commercials may remember him as Blurr from the Transformers (listed below). In fact, he voiced both versions of Blurr. He's even worked with Robot Chicken in a parody of his own Micro Machines ads where he laments his failed marriage and describes his decided method of suicide... while Micro Machines cars drive about in playsets.
- The dvd commentary for that Robot Chicken episode shows that he talks like that normally.
- Mr. Testaverde, the downright sadistic history teacher on Saved by the Bell.
- Tropers of a certain age may even remember his FedEx, er, Federal Express ad (1981).
- Moschitta claims he developed this skill from growing up with five sisters, as the only way he could ever get a word in.
- Fun fact: this was initially a promotional stunt, where anyone that recited the full thing in a certain amount of time won a free burger.
- In some countries, the medicine commercials usually have a notice how it's said that it's a medicine commercial, instructions should be read before using it and consulting the doctor in need is suggested. The speaking will be done within a few seconds.
- This is especially infamous in Italy, to the point of getting a Lampshade Hanging more than once. In one commercial, for example, there's a woman reacting to the fast delivery of the notice with "Hey... take it slowly". The speaker then remarks "Uh, sure" in an audibly awkward tone of voice.
- Often heard at the end of radio commercials for automotive dealerships to slip in what would be, in visual advertisements, the fine print.
- In any radio ad requiring a disclaimer these days.
- Lampshaded in one radio commercial where the announcer was interviewing the guy who rattles off disclaimers in commercials, while said guy's contribution to the interview is blisteringly-fast attacks of disclaimer speak. At the end of the commercial the announcer asked the disclaimer guy if his lips ever caught on fire. The latter admitted, "Occasionally."
- UK example for the 1970s: "Lipsmackinthirstquenchinacetastinmotivatingoodbuzzincooltalkinhighwalkinfastlivinevergivincoolfizzin... Pepsi!"
- At the end of government ads and Public Service Announcements in Australia: "Authorisedbytheaustraliangovernmentcanberra"
- Nintendo wasn't left out of the loop, either.
- A 1960s commercial for "The Barbie Look" has been described by some as this.
- The woman on the Walmart Savings Catcher commercials played in the stores: "Saveyourre CEIPT it could save you money!"
- Kwebbel from Studio 100's popular Belgian children's show "Kabouter Plop".◊ She talks very fast preventing the other gnomes to talk. There was even a song called "Jin Praat Teveel" (You Talk Too Much) where the male gnomes criticizes her habit of telling various embarrassing moments that she witness from the other gnomes.
- Andy briefly takes on this role while smitten with Maria in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series.
- Braeburn from The New Six, a fanfic based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. He's even more of a Motor Mouth than he is in the show.
Braeburn: So, you see, we decided that everypony would really benefit if we started a new orchard. And I have seven siblings, of course, so I wasn't really needed at my home, so I wanted to be the one to go start this new settlement. But with the Apples, we almost always have families go to start these things. I was all set to start this new town and orchard, and I was going to name it Aaaaaaappleloosa! Doesn't that have a nice ring to it? Aaaaaappleloosa! But then when Big Macintosh was married, he decided to go, at least to start it and then come back to Sweet Apple Acres, 'cause of the family thing, so I came to Ponyville to take his place at this orchard. But he didn't even keep the name Appleloosa!
- Harmony Theory: Blaze really seems to like talking.
- In System Restore, Ibuki gets into this at one point, while trying to tell Togami the history of punk rock in half an hour.
- Gossipette Smurfette from Raven Child's The Smurfette Village series has a habit of speaking like this.
- Dustin Hoffman playing Dick Tracy's Mumbles. (His confession of "Big Boy did it!" is rendered "Beebeedit!" until the police play his testimony back in slow motion.)
- George in George of the Jungle babbles rapidly about "java" when he has coffee for the first time.
- Twitchy of Hoodwinked fame. Coffee only makes him faster.
- Mink from Miller's Crossing.
- The french-speaking coroner on Bon Cop, Bad Cop.
Martin: I'm sorry but I didn't get half of what he said...
David: (In French) Don't worry, me neither, but as long as we got different halves we're good.
- The comedian who plays the part, Louis-Jose Houde, is exactly this. Incredibly hilarious too.
- Key to Groucho Marx's style in Duck Soup.
- When Mr Hair-Trigger Temper Joe Pesci and Chris Rock meet up in Lethal Weapon 4, Pesci starts off with his usual "They fuck you with..." rant and Chris Rock responds in kind, leading to an unceasing tirade by both characters on their pet hates while the protagonists look on in disbelief.
- Br'er Fox in Song of the South.
- The mail room orienter in The Hudsucker Proxy
Orienter: You punch in at 8:30 every morning, except you punch in at 7:30 following a business holiday, unless it's a Monday, then you punch in at 8 o'clock. Punch in late and they dock you. Incoming articles get a voucher, outgoing articles provide a voucher. Move any article without a voucher and they dock you! Letter size a green voucher, oversize a yellow voucher, parcel size a maroon voucher. Wrong color voucher and they dock you! 6787049A/6. That is your employee number. It will not be repeated!
- Last Action Hero when Lt. Dekker is yelling at Arnold in his office the second time. Steam comes out of his ears.
- In the movie adaptation of Hogfather, Violet the Tooth Fairy is played as this, chattering on and on through a gag until Teatime threatens unspeakable consequences if she doesn't shut up.
- Carl Showalter from Fargo. Can't even pull off total silence.
"I don't have to talk, either, man! See how you like it. Just total fricassee'n silence. Two can play at that game, smart guy. We'll just see how you like it. Total silence."
- Actor James Lorinz plays this role in Frankenhooker and Street Trash.
- One of Mark Wahlberg's favorite acting moves; when his character is upset, angry, or scared, he starts to babble.
- Walter from His Girl Friday fast talks his way out of most problems and can get anyone to go along with anything. Hildy punctuates an especially rapid rant with "Sold American!" like an auctioneer.
- Wilhelm Burgdorf from Downfall. The way he talks and rants throughout the film became a subject of a joke among those who make Downfall parodies, which earned him the nickname "fast-ranting boozing Burgdorf".
- Motor Mouth is a common symptom among characters in 1930s/40s movies. Films like Green For Danger feature characters who rapidly bounce back and forth in conversations with one another, rattling off dialogue without ever stumbling over their words or having to pause for thought. It never noticed by the other characters (who often speak with equal velocity).
- Ace Ventura has a tendency to go into Motor Mouth mode, especially when giving The Summation. You can tell when it starts: he takes a huge breath.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off: "My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who..."
- Another John Hughes example occurs in Weird Science. When Wyatt's brother comes home and finds the house a total wreck, Wyatt desperately tries to explain what happened with a rapid-fire summation of all of the movie's plot up to that point, delivered as one long run-on sentence.
- Jordan in Real Genius.
- Wendy briefly goes through this when she first meets Peter Pan, and doesn't stop talking until Peter finally comments "Girls talk too much."
- Toy Story 2, with the marionette version of Woody in the Show Within a Show Woody's Roundup.
"What's that? (in one breath) Jessie and Prospector are trapped in the old abandoned mine and Prospector just lit a stick of dynamite thinkin' it was a candle and now they're about to be blown to smithereens?"
- In Iron Man 2 Hammer babbles incessantly throughout most of his scenes; moreover, a lot of his impressive-sounding techno-jabber is pure bullshit. It's not entirely clear if it's a case of Obfuscating Stupidity or Hammer just being a schmooze who tries too hard. He's a foil to Tony, who also chatters, but usually has a point to everything he says, or to Vanko, who is highly intelligent but barely says anything.
- Vanko expressly calls him out on it during one of Hammer's angry rants, where Vanko's only response (in unsubtitled Russian) is "You talk too much."
- In Shine, David, from his teenage years but worse after he suffers his mental breakdown, speaks very fastly and disjointly.
- Esteban in the film adaptation of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. He's a Spanish revolutionary who constantly tries to rouse his comrades to raise arms against Franco, and during the short time he is onscreen, he literally never stops talking, extremely rapidly to boot. It's implied he keeps this up for months before finally getting killed in his first battle.
- Robert Downey, Jr.'s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes does this a lot.
- While it doesn't come across nearly as well in the printed word, Betsy the Vampire Queen in the works of Mary Janice Davidson is a definite Motor Mouth. At least once, another character noted that not needing to breathe helped Betsy immensely on that score.
- The Dragonlance setting of Dungeons & Dragons featured the tinker gnomes, a race of Motor Mouths. A gnome's full name consists of his entire family tree and a list of accomplishments by his relations, and can take months to fully pronounce — though they usually refer to themselves by shortened versions that only take about half an hour. Three guesses as to why they call their ancestral home "Mount Nevermind"...
- Also, a Second Edition fey race called Quicklings were apparently on fast forward all the time, to the point that they had to consciously slow down their speech to be intelligible to humans. Not that they cared.
- In Animorphs The Garatron was talking like this- "Iamconductinganinspectionon TV Tropes - andamquitedisappointedthatIhavenotyetbeenmentionedonthispage... Iwillreportthisdefeciencytomysuperiorsandbepromotedformyefforts."
- Codex Alera: Tavi doesn't really come across as one to the reader, but Kitai does complain "do you ever stop talking?" after kissing him near the end of the second book.
- Sherlock Holmes does this A LOT.
- Hermione Granger from Harry Potter was so excited to be going to Hogwarts in her first year, she talked very fast indeed.
- The entire sparrow race in Redwall talks like this.
- Marlfox's Burble has them beat, to the point that his tribe say the river will stop burbling before Burble does.
- Eilonwy from the Chronicles of Prydain is so talkative, that in a scene where the other protagonists were simply tied up, she ends up Bound and Gagged
- Rupert Psmith in P. G. Wodehouse's novels. "I'm a man of few words myself."
- In Good Omens, the Chattering Order of Saint Beryl is a satanic covenant of Motormouth nuns. Their namesake was blessed with the miraculous ability to chatter continuously without pause for breath or food, as a way to preserve her virtue in an unwilling arranged marriage. She lasted three days before her husband strangled her.
- In Maximum Ride, Nudge is the perfect example.
- La Falvine from Malevil is guilty of this. At best it's vocal white noise.
- In Men at Arms, Detritus gets this when his brain cools down enough.
- Within the Discworld universe, Moist Von Lipwig appears to be the king of this. In Making Money he comments on it both in internal monologue ("I wish I could write this down, I don't think I'll remember it all") and in dialogue. Then it gets dialed Up to Eleven under the influence of the herbal drink Splot, which makes his speech sound like every syllable is attempting to escape his mouth at the same time.
- In The Pale King, Garrity haunts Post 047 by randomly appearing before examiners and talking non-stop.
- Meredith, once she gets going. Some of her coworkers prefer examining tax returns to listening to her talk.
- Shulamith Ploni in one story by Ephraim Kishon. Combined with No Punctuation Period.
- In the Warrior Cats book Crookedstar's Promise, Crookedstar's apprentice Sagepaw.
- Tahiri in the Star Wars Expanded Universe was like this as a kid and young teenager; her best friend Anakin Solo even noted that her presence in the Force felt like someone talking very fast without pausing for breath. Following a Split Personality Merge and becoming a Half-Human Hybrid of sorts (long story) she became somewhat quieter, albeit still with a playfully snarky sense of humor.
- Mac from the Wayside School books would often tell long, pointless stories in class that had little to do with what Mrs. Jewels' lecture was about. It would get so bad, Mrs. Jewels would run out of time, forcing her to assign the lesson as homework. Mac would later complain that she assigned more homework than any teacher at the school.
- Sigfried Smith from Rachel Griffin tends to ramble on verbosely when the topic is fighting, fire, blowing stuff up, having his dragon blow stuff up, mounting rocket bays on one's Flying Broomstick, etc.
- In The Babysitters Club book "Claudia and the Perfect Boy", one of the boys that Claudia fizzles out on a date with ends up happily dating a girl nicknamed "Motor Mouth Montey". (Turns out that he dislikes making small talk so much that a girl who can communicate at the speed of light is his ideal.)
- In the Rainbow Magic series, Amber the Orange Fairy is this.
- Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which ties in well with her gum chewing habit (i.e., her mouth won't quit moving). Adaptations that seize on this are the 1971 film version and the 2013 stage musical; in the latter her introductory song is a Boastful Rap that notes that her chewing habit started because her mom was desperate to keep her quiet by putting something in her mouth.
- This is Aaron Sorkin's preferred dialogue style, as seen throughout shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom.
- On Selfie Eliza tends to talk quicker than normal, on average, but just enough to be noticeable. When she really ramps it up, its like there are no spaces between her words.
Eliza: Yeah, I'm gonna try to bump into some celebrities maybe hit a gifting suite, kick it with guerreche, yadhop, bingedrink till I'm white girl wasted...
Henry: That sounds...
Eliza: Hop by this pop-up party, get my grind on, swing by In-N-Out, kiss a hamburger full-make up, no filter, David Guetta.
- Both Six (Jenna von Oy) and Blossom (Mayim Bialik) on Blossom could rev up their speech to extraordinary speeds — and on at least one occasion did so in perfect unison. This is a trait that Six apparently inherited from her mother Sharon (Gail Edwards). (A transcript of the latter link can be found here.)
- One of Vanessa's friends in the later seasons of The Cosby Show could — and did — talk so fast and without stopping for breath that Cliff referred to her as "Turbo Tongue", and responded to every outburst she made with the same non-comprehending, "Thank you."
- Jim Cornette, manager of The Midnight Express. Once he got going there was no shutting him up, compounded by the fact that he yells at about two hundred decibels or so. He had to be either a former auctioneer, or he missed his calling with it. Observe this promo about the varsity club and see if you can keep up...
- Fun fact: He developed the motormouth shtick because he got used to having more interview time before switching promotions in '85.
- In Ring of Honor, Cornette would meet his match in The Briscoe Brothers and Delirious.
- Mike Mizanin. This is a sped-up version of it, but you can still hear the regular version plenty of times on WWE programming.
- Elliot in Scrubs occasionally communicates at "the speed of light", as J.D. puts it, mostly when she is angry about something. It's played for laughs, and other females are capable of understanding her, if not being able to talk just as fast.
- Sarah Chalke has said in interviews that speaking incomprehensibly rapidly was one of the first of the character's traits listed on the audition script.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Picard describes someone who does a variation on this:
"He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence moving from topic to topic so that no one had a chance to interrupt ... it was really quite hypnotic
- Data was also known to drone on, especially in earlier episodes, until Picard interrupted with "Thank you, Mr. Data." In the ST:TNG pinball game, if you gutter a ball without scoring during a Bonus Round, and you hear Data's voice, press both flipper buttons simultaneously, and you'll hear Picard's "Thank you, Mr. Data" and get an additional 10,000,000 points. Picard occasionally used this to his advantage, getting Data to chat up people he didn't want to deal with.
- Pushing Daisies: Ned is prone to babbling like this whenever he's nervous. And he is nervous a lot.
Ned: I was bored and snooping really just bored and trying to entertain myself so it was more really ipso facto snooping like when you go into the bathroom and read all the magazines and go through the medicine cabinet and I found this!
- Generally everybody speaks rapidly, including guest stars, and conversational replies and rejoinders have little if any gaps in-between speakers.
- Doctor Who
- David Tennant's incarnation of the Doctor (the Tenth) has a tendency to speak at a blurring pace when thinking or just generally excited which, combined with an equally prominent tendency for Expo Speak and Technobabble, makes his speech nearly impenetrable to those without a pause button and/or a script; or are auditory-first.
- This little moment from the episode "42" is a great example. Just try to see if he takes a breath during any of it.
"Any number that reduces to one when you take the sum of the square of its digits and continue iterating it until it yields 1 is a happy number, any number that doesn't, isn't. A happy prime is both happy and prime
. Now type it in
"With you, did he do that thing where he'd explain something at, like, ninety miles an hour, and you'd go, 'What?' and he'd look at you like you'd just dribbled on your shirt?"
- The Fifth Doctor had a milder version of this trait.
- Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor also gets in on the action, so much so that fans couldn't believe it when The Powers That Be said new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman could out-motor mouth Smith. She can.
- Amy has her moments, especially during the first "Meanwhile Back in the TARDIS" short, where, somewhat in shock from seeing the TARDIS interior, starts rattling off several questions, ranging from "What is a Police Box, did police come in boxes?" to "The bow tie, is it a cry for help?"
- Brad's girlfriend Angela on Home Improvement in season 5.
- Stephen Colbert from time to time, especially when reciting from the Bible. The actor has said that he learned to do it quickly because he thought church would go by faster that way.
- Monk's upstairs neighbor Kevin Dorfman.
- In her narration for the Tie-In Novel Mr. Monk Goes to the Firehouse, Natalie says that she starts talking faster when she gets nervous.
- The whole cast of Gilmore Girls, especially Lorelai and Rory. The show's scripts were apparently twice the size of your standard television script due to this characteristic. Jared Padalecki once joked that the main requirement to work on that show was the ability to speak very fast.
- Peter Scolari's Michael Harris on Newhart.
- Hawkeye from M*A*S*H had a tendency to do this once in a while. Particularly in the last episode.
- Averted, big time, in the "Slow Talkers of America" skit by Bob & Ray.
- Tyres on Spaced, presumably a symptom of his somewhat excessive speed habit, which has also left him with Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!.
- Willow, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer's earlier seasons, had a tendency toward going into what fanfics call "babble-mode".
- Fred on Angel has a tendency towards this, usually in combination with Techno Babble.
- Abby, of NCIS. Perhaps it's her prodigious Caf-Pow intake.
- Adam Savage is prone to this, especially in the 2009-2010 season.
- David Hewlett is known for how fast he can belt out pages and pages of dialogue, especially as Rodney in Stargate Atlantis.
- Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson does the same thing in Stargate SG-1. As a result, the writers predicted the Atlantis season 5 two-parter with Michael Shanks as a guest star would have a much longer script than usual since Jackson and McKay would spend a lot of scenes together spouting Technobabble. According to the commentaries, they were right.
- And then there's the time McKay gets high on Wraith enzyme.
- Carly from iCarly tends to do this, especially when she's feeling hammy. The best example would be her long rant about why she kissed bad boy Griffin in "iDate a Bad Boy".
- The titular character in Sherlock has a tendency to do this when he goes into Sherlock Scan mode, spitting out his findings at incredibly high speed. Most notably in the "The Great Game", when Moriarty gives him ten seconds to prove his solution before he kills a child, immediately after solving a puzzle in Bullet Time in in "A Scandal in Belgravia", and in "The Reichenbach Fall" to prove he's fine after encountering the hound.
- Martin Querly of Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is this. In fact, he gets so into talking that someone's able to put a cardboard cutout in front of him and he won't even notice.
- This trait apparently runs in the family, since his sister is the same exact way.
- A frequent gag on Monty Python's Flying Circus would involve a rambling TV host or guest speaking, undistracted, into camera as something loud and absurd happens right next to them. The motormouth in question was usually Eric Idle or Michael Palin.
- Rachel in Glee whenever she is feeling outraged about something. Taken up to
Eleven Fifteen in Vitamin D when she was hooked on Sudafed.
[rattled out in under 20 seconds, while hyper-ventilating] Thank you so much, it really is a pleasure. While the Boys chose a selection of songs that cast an eye inwards on the irresponsible life choices and sexual hunger of today's modern teens, we have chosen a selection of songs that speaks to the nation as a whole during these troubling times filled with economic uncertainty and unbridled socially - because if there is two things America needs right now, it is sunshine and optimism. Also angels... (Okay.)
- Emma Pillsbury, of all people, manages to pull off a flawless rendition of the impossibly fast patter from (Not) Getting Married.
- Corporal Ray Person of Generation Kill, due to an addiction to legal stimulants.
- In the first Day In The Life episode of Night Court, lecherous DA Dan Fielding, his nookie threatened by an obstinate defendant, rattles off an extensive list of charges in a manner that would make an auctioneer envious, stunning the judge and court, to the point where he had to yell "My God, man, gavel!" just to get their attention.
- From his very first conversation in the "Pilot", Abed in Community is shown to have a habit of unloading a bit too much information unless someone stops him.
- Having taken some "energy pills", Morwena in Doc Martin develops a bad case of this. The energy pills turned out to be methamphetamine.
- Kelly from The Office (US) is well known at Dunder-Mifflin for being one. When she's plotting revenge on Jim and Dwight, Pam figures out she's up to something because she says hello to Jim without talking his ears off for 15 minutes. There is also a hilarious scene where the office has a gambling pool going involving Kelly explaining Netflix to Ryan in a single breath for over two minutes.
- Brook, from The Amazing Race 17, at one point she talked through a boxing Roadblock.
- Tom Servo can talk so fast at times he could give Radio a run for his money (if either of them had, respectively, feet or hands)
- Miley Cyrus as Missi in Two and a Half Men, and on occasion on Hannah Montana (especially the "Say What" catchphrases). The Series Finale features the ultimate "Say What" in the cold open.
- Though not normally prone to this trope, Barney sums up the entire romantic history of a seven season show in 55 seconds:
Seven years ago when Marshall and Lily got engaged Ted saw Robin across a crowded room and I said "oh yeah you just know she likes it dirty," but Ted really liked her so we played "Haaave You me Ted?" They went to dinner, he walked her home, should have kissed her, didn't, lame. So he stole the Smurf penis, went back to her place, should have kissed her, didn't, lame. He threw three parties, they kissed on the roof but decided to be friends, lame. Then Ted wanted to take Robin to a wedding, she couldn't go, he went alone and met Victoria. Didn't kiss her either, lame. Not a great closer Ted. Then he finally kissed her, they started dating, she went to Germany. Ted kissed Robin, lost Victoria, Ted did a rain dance, got Robin. Ted and Robin broke up, Robin moved to Brazil came back with a Latin stud. Ted got jealous, got a tramp stamp, not really relevant to the story I just like mentioning it as much as possible. I hooked up with Robin, Ted and I stopped being friends, Ted got hit by a bus we made up...Robin and I started dating and I got fat her hair fell out. We broke up, Robin dated Don, I dated Nora. I cheated on her with Robin, I dumped Nora. Robin dated Kevin but not for long and then I met you and you took my Grandpa's watch, but I fell in love with you anyway and you let me fart in front of you and I asked you to marry me and you said yes so we came over here to meet little Marvin and that's everything. Also I went on the Price Is Right and I won a dune buggy.
- Sir Humphrey Appleby of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister has a tendency to turn into one of these whenever he starts on one of his brain-mangling, tounge-twisting speeches.
- Spencer Reid of Criminal Minds is this. He repeatedly goes off into rambles on subjects such as the relative lack of factual inaccuracies in Star Trek, the written differences between two serial killers and, perhaps most memorably, a thirteen minute non-stop off-the-top-of-his-head profile of a serial killer in order to stop the guy from killing him and Hotch.
- In the season six finale of The Big Bang Theory, Raj FINALLY overcomes his selective mutism and is able to talk to the girls without alcohol. Penny, Bernadette, and Amy find themselves just wanting him to shut up while he goes on an on about his (lack of a) love life.
- Frasier: Poppy, who's treated as The Scrappy by the other characters.
- Lisa Ruddy on You Cant Do That On Television.
- On Hawaii Five-0 Dr. Max Bergman is prone to do this when something, usually work, sets him off. Masi Oka has proven on the gag reel that he is capable of improvising whole speeches for Max if he has or wants to.
- London on Open Heart. She says she speaks out loud to sort out her thoughts when she's thinking too hard.
- Many songs by Tonedeff, though the current record stands with the following verse from "Most High," delivered at 13.5 syllables per second. If you blink, it becomes incomprehensible.
And that's the reason I figured I'd make an appearance, / I'm here to severely sear your hearing, so many curves it interferes with your steering. / Clearing the way for the viral decay, and I'm shearing away at the sneer on your face at a furious pace. / If you jeer in dismay, you’ll be tearing in pain till you’re fearing the Plague / and revering our place in history. Set up for destiny. This’ll be our seminal symphony. / Given to me, the mic'll be a symbol of victory, and that's whenever the T-o-n-e hits the beat. / Simply put: We’re sticking the hook into your foot, so when your crew steps, the flu sets / And you get tainted, it’s plain as day, the strain is The Plague, bitch!
- "Capital H" by Motion City Soundtrack: "Singing songs from the balcony as the city crumbles under the powers of an evil doctor rocket science monster with capabilities to destroy the entire universe."
- The Avett Brothers song "A Slight Figure Of Speech" starts out with perfectly intelligible lyrics, but after the second chorus, it descends into a blisteringly fast mishmash before slowing back down.
- Canadian musician Lights is known to be like this. For example, this line from her song, "Ice":
"I'm lookin' at you / lookin' at me / what can I do / but say sorry / It's a little late / but you just know I want you to be happy / what am I gonna have to say to get away with it, this time? / I know that you're upset, and you're happy just to sit and hate me / but I'll make a bet that you'll be better to forget about me / even better yet I'll little light melt that ice, ice, baby....."
- And that's said just barely under, what, 20 seconds?
- Barenaked Ladies: "One Week".
Gonna get a set of better clubs/you know the kind with tiny nubs/just so my irons aren't always flyin' on the backswing/ Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon/'Cause that cartoon has got the
boom anime babes/ that make me think the wrong thing
- It may be worth noting that there's at least one live version of the song which floats around on the filesharing networks which shows that the band themselves can't always get it right in their own performances.
- There's a verse to the song that appears in the CD booklet that is never actually sung in the song... So apparently, they didn't even get it right in the studio, either.
- The "Weird Al" Yankovic song "Hardware Store", which lists 62 items in 32 seconds, with a total of 258 syllables. It's why he refuses to do it in concerts.
- For that matter, the verses of "White and Nerdy" tend towards this, albeit due to the type of rap that Weird Al is parodying. Reportedly, the CD version was sped up, and Weird Al then spent several months getting up to speed before putting it in his concert lineup.
- Also "Jerry Springer" which is a parody of "One Week" above.
- A certain part of "Your Horoscope for Today".
- "Now you may find it inconceivable or at the very least a bit unlikely that the relative position of the planets and the stars could have a special deep significance or meaning that exclusively applies to only you, but let me give you my assurance that these forecasts and predictions are all based on solid, scientific, documented evidence, so you would have to be some kind of moron not to realize that every single one of them is absolutely true. WHERE WAS I?" (all typed in one breath, thankyouverymuch...)
- The issue with singing along here is not the speed, but rather that the cadence of the song makes it difficult to get the entire thing out in one breath - which you need to do, or else you miss words.
- All of the songs in his polka series are sung considerably faster than the original recordings.
- The snippet of "You Oughta Know" used in "The Alternative Polka" is sung really, really quickly.
- "Everything You Know Is Wrong" isn't particularly fast, but contains far too few places to stop for breath.
- hide did this quite often, but most notably in "Celebration" with X and specifically on the songs "Dice," "Bacteria," and "Doubt" from his solo works.
- Craig Finn of Lifter Puller and The Hold Steady, with a hefty dose of Added Alliterative Appeal and assonance in his songwriting.
- "I Don't Care" and "Hard Livin'" by Justin Townes Earle
- In The Nineties, midwestern rappers were known for using this style. Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Twista (who held the Guinness Record for Fastest Rapper), and Da Brat are the best known.
- Even Nas tries his hand at motor mouth rhyming, here: "Big Things".
- REM's "It's The End of the World As We Know It". "The other night, I dreamt of knives, Continental drift divide, Mountains sit in a line. LEONARD BERNSTEIN!"
- "It's The End of the World As We Know It" is then done even faster by Canadian band Great Big Sea, who shorten it by a minute and a half without skipping any of the words and adding an extra chorus at the start.
- And "Mari-Mac", which gets faster and faster and faster as the song progresses: even the instruments can hardly keep up with the hair-raising speed, let alone the singers.
- Serj Tankian of System of a Down is a serial offender; his most notorious one is "IEAIAIO".
- Tom Lehrer's "The Elements," which uses the same tune as the Major-General's Song, and "New Math".
- Busta Rhymes.
- Dizzee Rascal certainly qualifies.
- Blues Traveler's "Hook":
Suck it in Suck it in Suck it in/If you're Rin Tin Tin or Anne Boleyn/
Make a desperate move or else you'll win/And then begin/
To see what you're doing to me/This MTV is not for free/
It's so PC it's killing me/So desperately I sing to thee/Of love...
- The Red Hot Chili Peppers' version of "They're Red Hot", compressing a three-minute jazz ditty from the 1930s to less than a minute in length.
- In the Dead Kennedys' anti-consumerist rant "Drug Me", Jello Biafra delivers the lyrics at a breakneck pace.
- And in "I Kill Children", "Stealing People's Mail"... Really, just a lot of the time.
- "B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)" by Outkast.
- The country song "I've Been Everywhere", originally performed by Australian singer Lucky Starr and covered by Hank Snow and Johnny Cash among others, has the protagonist very quickly rattling off a Long List of the various locales to which he's traveled.
- The original Australian version goes "I've been to Tullamoreseymourlismoremooloolabanambourmaroochydore (dissolves into near-incomprehensibility)."
- Part of the reason for the near-incomprehensibility comes from the actual names of the towns. Yes, we Aussies have some rather strange town names.
- The Scared Weird Little Guys' version has a section talking about South-East-Asia:
I've been to Peking Nanking Chunking Hiroshima, Shengyang Kwaiyang Pyongyang Yokohama, Hang Chow Weng Chow Fu Chow the Gold Coast, Shanghai Samurai Lum Thai Fukiama, Hong Kong King Kong Yang Tong Sukiyaki, Nagasaki Hirosaki Takasaki I should be so lucky...
- Quite a few songs by Sublime, notably their first hit "Date Rape" and the duet "Saw Red" between Bradley Nowell and No Doubt's Gwen Stefani.
- Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind. This trope helped them so blatantly get away with Lyrical Dissonance.
- Several of Lady Sovereign's songs on Public Warning show off her ability to do this. The title song even has her just saying huge incomprehensible sentences.
- Big Punisher was known for this in his earlier material. Not only did his Puerto Rican accent easily lend itself to this trope, his lyrics were positively tongue twisting. The song "Twinz" (a remake of "Deep Cover") is particularly memorable:
I'll rub your face off the Earth and curse your family's children, like Amityville and drill the nerves in your cavity filling, insanity's building a pavilion in my civilian, the cannon be the anarchy that humanity's dealing...
- Big Pun is definitely no slouch: "Dream Shatterer" is also a good example of fast rhyming.
- Savage Garden's "I Want You". The lyrics are sung at full speed and only slow down when they hit the bridge.
- Relient K's "The Only Thing Worse Than Beating a Dead Horse Is Betting On One" starts out this way.
- Jason Mraz does this in a lot of his songs.
- Streetlight Manifesto does this in "Everything Went Numb". In fact, the only words that aren't spoken at amazing speeds in the entire song are "Na na na na [bunch more na's] na.")
- The dissertation-for-lyrics style Kalnoky is (in)famous for added another degree to this, as there's so little repetition to the song (even the chorus, sometimes). And don't get me started on Point/Counterpoint...
- If you want to listen to a new Streetlight Song, for the Love of God, look up the lyric sheet first. You will NOT get it on your own. Ever. Case in point.
- This gets turned Up to Eleven during live shows, when the band will play songs 30-50% faster.
- Scatman John
- Vocaloid: Miku Hatsune's "The disappearance of Hatsune miku -DEAD END-", where the chorus is so fast that it's impossible to hear a single word.
- Aided greatly by the fact that "Miku Hatsune" is simply the name for a specific setting on a singing voice synthesizer...
- And justified by the fact the lyrics are about the character/program trying to say its last words as it's uninstalled.
- Many Vocaloid and Utauloid songs do this like Soune Taya's Passion
- She's shown almost pushing it here in her concert with "Ura-Omote Lovers".
- Incredibly, this cover of The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku by an ordinary human singer who somehow could actually keep up with the insanely fast tempo.
- The Singing Passion of Hatsune Miku, which is rated 9 red stars Project Diva 2nd. One must try to play it in the hardest difficulty to understand the intensity.
- Singing so fast is not so unusual for Vocaloids these days, but making them rap at such speeds takes it to a whole new level. Case in point: Miku and Luka doing so in Rin-chan Nau!.
- John Michael Montgomery's "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" is sung with the tempo of a livestock auctioneer, as the entire song is about the narrator meeting and "bidding" on a pretty woman he saw there.
- The chorus of "Be My Baby Tonight" is also extremely fast, though not as fast as "Sold".
- Garth Brooks' "Ain't Goin' Down til the Sun Comes Up" is at least as fast as "I've Been Everywhere" mentioned above.
- The Offspring, who usually sing pretty swiftly, pushed it up to eleven with their eighth album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. In the song "Stuff is Messed Up", they list off roughly twenty-three things wrong with the world today. IN 14 SECONDS. Must be heard to be believed.
- Thrash Metal often has a rapid-fire vocal delivery delivery, but few come close to the tongue-twisting, run-on insanity of Sean Killian of Vio-Lence, who sounded like he was delivering the lyrics while hyped up on a mixture of caffeine, cocaine, and speed and bouncing off the walls. Observe.
- Older Slayer is a particularly relevant example (especially 'Jesus Saves').
- Dark Angel also deserves a special mention, especially "The Burning of Sodom," which contains quite possibly the fastest vocal delivery of any thrash song ever.
- Strapping Young Lad does this a fair bit, but no where is it better represented than "Oh My Fucking God". Let's just say the title is apt...
- John Gallagher from Dying Fetus gives this a try on "Fornication Terrorists". Combined with Gallagher's very low grunt, it's more or less completely incomprehensible without a lyric sheet and some SERIOUS concentration. Oh, and he pulls it off live without a hitch, too.
- Guns N' Roses, "Garden of Eden". And they had the guts to make a Follow the Bouncing Ball video.
- I feel very sorry for that ball...
- Underground rapper The Jokerr
- Mariah Carey isn't as extreme as some of the other examples here, but her song "We Belong Together" is sung pretty quickly; the words tend to blur together if you're not paying very close attention.
- Freddie Mercury sings "Stone Cold Crazy" and "Dead On Time" in this fashion.
- The Monkees' "Goin' Down" does this in its first couple of verses.
- To those not familiar with the genre, any reggae/dancehall song could be perceived as this trope, especially the ones with chatting/toasting (and especially ones involving "patois").
- A key facet of Japanese avant-gardist Daisuke Inoue's performances as Mazeru na Kiken is his tendency to speak so rapidly that he becomes impossible to understand without subtitles, and those tend to flash by at seizure-inducing rates.
- Bandleader and comedian Phil Harris sang a lot of songs this way, especially his signature "That's What I Like About The South".
- The Dead Milkmen have done this, most notably on the song "Moron."
- A large section of Bartolo's aria "A un dottor della mia sorte" from The Barber of Seville.
- Reunion's 1974 hit "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)", where the singer rattles off names of popular musical figures (and in one line a few record labels) at a breakneck pace during the verses.
- Rubber Biscuit, by The Chips (and later covered by The Blues Brothers, with Elwood performing the vocals). Most of it is all nonsensical scat singing, but for Elwood, it plays to a strength Dan Aykroyd has — his ability to motormouth off massive screeds of lyrics or words. The scat singing is interspersed with just as nonsensical stories from the author's week, e.g., "the other day, I had a coooool water sandwich, and a sunday go to meeting bun. Bow bow bow."
- The Meat Puppets' "Sam", where each verse is one run-on sentence without any pauses for breath.
- Jason DeVore, lead singer for Authority Zero, has a reputation for one of the fastest deliveries in their genre, Carpe Diem Drunken Sailor. Many of their slower songs even have periods of extremely fast vocals for seemingly no other reason than for him to show off Movement, it starts at about 3:12.
- The World/Inferno Friendship Society's lead singer, Jack Terricloth, does this in many of their songs.
- City of Cold by Raised Fist and a few others of theirs, what's more impressive is that, being Swedish, english isn't their native language.
- The mostly unintelligible chorus to Letters To Cleo's "Here And Now". For the record it's actually "The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above could never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the here and now".
- Ayumi Hamasaki in Evolution, especially the Time is Pop and Eurobeat remixes, as well as some of the concerts in which she sung the song fast. Even those familiar with Japanese have commented on their inability to keep up with the chorus lines of the song.
- Kendrick Lamar. He tends to show off this when featuring on other artists (especially rappers who aren't motormouths) tracks. Notable examples in his own catalogue are the "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" remix with Jay-Z, "Westside, Right on Time", "Backseat Freestyle" and, of course, "Rigamortus", which takes it Up to Eleven (and has a remix featuring the previously mentioned Busta Rhymes).
- A lot of Hardcore punk bands tend to have this going on, Toxic Narcotic is a good example (he gets progressively faster as the song goes)
- Travis Ryan does this a lot. Case in point, "The Ripe Beneath the Rind" (all within the span of roughly eight seconds):
And like a wild boar your head is hunted, and like a cantaloupe your head is opened, and like a pork belly your skin is seared sterile, and underneath it lie the lies, the man, the murder, the meat.
- Ministry's "TV II" and its sequel/Spiritual Successor "WTV". Gibby Haynes' guest vocals on "Jesus Built My Hotrod" combine this with Scatting.
- Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo has his moments, particularly in "Goodbye Goodbye":
You're always puttin' the make on my friends always giving them eyes and the dirty lies 'bout me and you well I'm through it's the end of the line for you babe here's a ticket one way Cincinnati I'm sendin' you home to your ma and your daddy so don't try to call me you'll only be wastin' your time!
- Any Patter Song singer becomes per se a motormouth, for the duration of the song.
- This is a trademark of Disturbed's output. Notable songs include "Voices" and "Liberate".
- French 60s band Les Double Six.
- Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood" has a famously quick, slurry rap solo, leading to a wide variety of Mondegreens.
- Early one, the ska-punk band The Flatliners made a significant use of this trope. The best example is their song ''There's A Problem''. Yes, it has lyrics. Yes, it makes sense.
- Tally Hall, particularly red tie Joe Hawley, is prone to this, especially the stunning bridge to Ruler of Everything (which peaks with three people singing the Motor Mouth line simultaneously).
- Eminem seems to have this down to an art. Not only does he sometimes get very fast, he combines it with complex rhymes and obtuse lyrics. You hardly ever hear him audibly breathe. Case in point: "Rap God", from The Marshall Mathers LP 2.
- And after "Rap God" came out, Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (as mentioned earlier on this page) released "Clash of the Titans", taking the "God of Rap" metaphor and running with it, and displaying motor mouth rapping throughout almost the whole song.
- Coming straight in the same model as Eminem, Yelawolf.
- Josh Gracin's "Nothin' to Lose" has a very fast set of verses, while "Favorite State of Mind" has a rapid-fire chorus. Both songs were co-written by Marcel Chagnon, whose solo work sometimes exemplifies this as well.
- The chorus to Stone Temple Pilots' "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" involves Scott Weiland singing "So keep your bankroll lottery eat your salad day deathbed motorcade" with no pauses whatsoever.
- The Deathray Davies "Plan to Stay Awake". Possibly it's referenced with the line: "Never though I'd get this far". Take a listen
- היא התיישבה ליד פסנתר (she sat next to a piano) a song by the Israeli band Gazoz is sang entirely in Motor Mouth, just listen
- An even better Israeli example will be Mashina's הכל התחיל בנאצר (It All started In Nazer), the fact it's a Word Salad Lyrics doesn't make it easier to understand
- Emilie Autumn 's interviews, She just knows her stuff and can explain it in DETAIL
- That's nothing. Try listening to "I Know Where You Sleep." It's difficult to keep up on the album, if you're singing along. When she's singing live, though, she goes faster.
- The Veronicas, Untouched as an example of this trope.
- The conclusion of the studio version of "Une Valse à Mille Temps" by Jacques Brel, which has to be heard to be believed. Even during concerts he was unable to match the speed of this studio delivery.
- We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel.
- The songs "Emancipate Myself" by Thirsty Merc:
Every breath you t..
As if I'd sing that song to you, you probably think you deserve it at the present time. But if only you knew how you treated me when we were together then you might understand.
Remember the time you made me wait for a month when you had exams, which I was cool about but then the night you finished you barred me from all your plans and you went out with other people.
Now I'll always give you the benefit of the doubt and I think there's enough natural maturity floating around for the tension and release time to even out between two people like you and me.
And I've been thinking and since we've broken up I've realised things were mostly in your favour and a normal person wouldn't put up with this but for some stupid reason I don't wanna move on.
- "Someday, Someday" by the same band, while not as fast as the above, crams a lot of lyrics into individual lines:
So we've already established the fact that things are gonna be different in the future baby.
And you've reiterated the fact that you don't want to get into something that's just gonna have to end later.
Now I know our lives are changing and I've seen it coming for a while too, don't get me wrong.
And I've been going outta town baby it's gonna happen more, we gotta be strong but now
- Emilie Autumn in her interviews in particular. She just knows her stuff, but also I Know Where You Sleep and Opheliac would be the best examples of this trope.
- Tech N9ne in general, but "Worldwide Choppers" takes it over the top - aside from Tech N9ne himself, it features eight other rappers (including the previously mentioned Busta Rhymes and Twista) who use this style. Twisted Insane's verse in particular is so fast it's almost incomprehensible.
- This list of rappers ranks them not only by their speed, but also by their flow, skill, and consistency. Aforementioned rappers Busta Rhymes, Tech N9ne, Twista, and Twisted Insane make up the top four.
- Brazilian musician Rodolfo had his moments playing for Raimundos.
- Walk Off The Earth: Gianni does this in "Magic"
- Ice MC, the speed of whom rivals Scatman John.
- Nicki Minaj, although she's laid off of this recently (opinion of this move is very much YMMV).
- Amy Heidemann from Kamrin might be one of the fastest white-girl hipster rappers with a burlesque hairdo ever (see "Brokenhearted").
- Another female who does this - Snow tha Product (who has collaborated with the previously mentioned Tech N9ne).
- Slip Knot's Corey Taylor does this frequently on the band's Self Titled album, notably the chorus of "(sic)" ("FUCKTHISSHITIMSICKOFITYOURGOINGDOWNTHISISAWAR!") and the opening verse of Hidden Track "Eeyore" and Bonus Track "Get This".
- Steve Taylor pulled off a minor version of this on the verses of "Since I Gave Up Hope I Feel A Lot Better," although not to the extent that he's unintelligible.
- Ennio Morricone's "Lezione di Musica" has Hayley Westenra pinning 64 solfège syllables (Do-Re-Mi etc) to 64 notes in about 10 seconds. It's another 10 seconds before she pauses for breath.
- Electric Light Orchestra: "Yes I'm turning to stone 'cause you ain't coming home why ain't you coming home if I'm turning to stone you've been gone for so long and I can't carry on yes I'm turning I'm turning I'm turning to stone!"
- Rapper Crucified is infamous for deliberately rapping at such speeds that it's entirely incomprehensible. He's been seriously accused of not putting actual words in his songs.
- Kanye West on the "Power" remix.
- Many of Tim Minchin's songs are like this, particularly 'The Pope Song' and 'Thank You God':
Thank you, god, for fixing the cataracts of Sam's mum / I had no idea but it's suddenly so clear now / I feel like such a cynic how could I have been so dumb? / Thank you for displaying how praying works / A particular prayer in a particular church / Thank you Sam for the chance to acknowledge this / Omnipotent opthalmologist...
- Common with They Might Be Giants, such as Letterbox and Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head.
- Vampire Weekend does this from time to time. The verses of "Worship You" are their most ludicrous example.
- "Informer" by Snow. He sings so fast that the only words most people know are the song title and "a licky boom boom down."
- The chorus of "7 Things" by Miley Cyrus.
- Mose Allison's "Your Mind Is on Vacation" is about this, although Allison doesn't attempt it himself.
If silence was golden, you couldn't raise a dime
Because your mind is on vacation while your mouth's working overtime.
- The verses in Truckin' by The Grateful Dead.
- Fedez's Alfonso Signorini has about 7 syllables per second in the rap sections.
Qui dove anche un giornalaio può fare il giornalista / Vado in manifestazione in compagnia del mio estetista / Ho l'animo ribelle ma la faccia da tronista / "ma l'uomo di cultura si chiama culturista?"
- "The Wind" by Zac Brown Band has rapid-fire verses as well.
- This piece. Who says all religious music is always slow and mournful?
- Cledus T. Judd's Affectionate Parody of Toby Keith's "I Love This Bar", dubbed "I Love NASCAR", does this when mentioning advertisers:
"Like, uh, let's see: Havoline, Target, Sharpie, Caterpillar, Nextel, Mountain Dew, Dupont, Lowe's, Home Depot, Kodak
, M&M's, UPS, Tide, Alltel, Gillette, Kellogg's, Viagara, DeWalt, and uh, Budweiser."
- Andrew "Anti Matter" Youkhana of Devastator: basically the entire basis of his style of rapping.
- "If I Could" by Sunny Sweeney is a very fast-paced song, especially on the verses.
- "Timebomb" by Tove Lo has rapid-fire verses without moments of breaths.
- Japanese Hip-Hop group Moe and ghosts can exhibit motor mouthing that'd make Busta Rhymes proud. "Man After Man" and "LADY OF THE DEAD" are good examples.
- If a song is done in Gaelic, chances are it's this trope. The middle act of this clip is an example.
- The Polish amateur rapper MC Silk, who can sing extremely fast in both Polish and English. The first 70 seconds of this video show what he's capable of.
- A hallmark of Watsky's music, as well as his spoken word poetry. Nearly all of his songs have a bit of fast rap thrown into them. It's most prominent in Whoa, Whoa, Whoa.
- "Our House" from The Rise And Fall by Madness gives us this: "I remember way back then when / Everything was true and when / We would have such a very good time / Such a fine time / Such a happy time / And I remember how we'd play / Simply waste the day away / Then we'd say / Nothing would come between us / Two dreamers."
- Scrambler of the Whateley Universe is a speedster, and has the standard tendency to talk at a hundred miles an hour and overlook what everyone else is saying. And heaven forbid she's talking about Stephenie Meyer books or something else she loves.
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Krillin just can not shut up when he's scared.
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Spivey, a Lyrakien Cleric of Desna. Spivey used to live in a cemetery, until the PCs came by. She then joined their caravan and followed them on their quest, quickly earning the nickname "Death Pixie", since most of her skills were focused on graveyard maintenance, at that point. She's always flitting around, dispensing invaluable moral advice and trying to get the PCs to be nicer to each other.
There'sacoupletravellersahead! Weshouldfeedthem. Harold:
Ah, Spivey! How do you fly with that heart of gold? Spivey:
Oh, well... Desna gives me wings
! Misty: Her heart is made out of gold?!
How do you know? [Visibly starts to ponder whether she should reach in, pull it out and check] Harold:
Y'know, with the Good Outsiders
, I wouldn't be surprised. Misty: [Grabs Spivey and shakes her]
She's not heavy enough to have a heart made of gold? Koya:
Misty, that's not how we usually hug!
— Jade Regent, episode 13
- On Sesame Street, Biff the Construction Worker talks like this, much to the ire of his best friend and co-worker, Sully, who can't get a word out because of it.
- Phil Foglio's What's New? with Phil and Dixie comic in Dragon #67 (November 1982) had an example (see the last two panels).
- The harpies (who are, unlike their mythical counterpart, anthropomorphic bats) in the Swedish game Gondica have a language that lacks stops between words, consisting of really meaningful shrieking. When they learn to speak the languages of non-harpies, they have a very hard time to actually make pauses, and a typical harpy quote is said to be "WhatdoyoumeanImspeakingtooquickly?".
- Gnomes in Dragon Lance talk this way.
- In the musical The Witches of Eastwick, Suki begins the song Words, Words, Words as a shy little stutterer. By the time she's halfway through the song, she's speedtalking/-singing.
- The Modern Major General's song in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance gets a lampshade hung on by the end, with everyone excitedly calling for the General to do it even faster!
- Gilbert and Sullivan did this again in the patter trio "My Eyes Are Fully Open" for Ruddigore, later adapted into ''Pirates of Penzance''.
- "The Speed Test" from Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is to the tune of the Ruddigore song. And then they do a double-time reprise.
- This comes up in all the operas, in the parts played by George Grossmith. He apparently wasn't much of a singer, so the writers gave him material that emphasized diction and comic presence. There's "I am the very model of a modern major-general" and "I'm telling a terrible story" from Pirates, "As Someday It May Happen" from The Mikado, "When I Was a Lad" from H.M.S. Pinafore, "My Eyes Are Fully Open" from Ruddigore, "I've Jibe and Joke" and "O a Private Buffoon" from The Yeomen of the Guard, etc.
- Taken Up to Eleven with the aforementioned John Moschitta Jr.'s casting as the Major General in a Los Angeles production of Penzance. The inevitable second encore of his song was in order, in which he sang it at three times the normal tempo.
- In Samuel Beckett's Not I, in which a disembodied mouth recites well over four thousand words of text, one of Beckett's only rules was that while the pronunciation had to be as clear and precise as possible, the actress could never recite it fast enough, saying that it had to be "at the speed of thought". This is especially challenging since the play is composed entirely of sentence fragments that just jolt from one to the next without much connecting logic. A good performance lasts about eight to twelve minutes.
- While the example of Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is noted above under Booksthatyouread, in the 2013 musical adaptation this trope also applies to Willy Wonka. The first song in Act Two, "Strike That, Reverse It", is a Patter Song / Setting Off Song in which Mr. Wonka breezes his way through introductions with each of the Golden Ticket tour group members, lays down some ground rules, and has the kids' guardians sign confusing contracts. He goes so quickly that (in an Internal Homage to the 1971 movie) he keeps switching around words and correcting himself upon realization of such.
- Ace Attorney:
- Wendy Oldbag tends to do this. When angered or annoyed, she'll often launch into a rant that both players and in-game characters have trouble keeping up with.
- Richard Wellington from the first case of Justice For All also does this a few times.
- Then there's Wesley Stickler in Apollo Justice, who combines this with a touch of Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
- Marine the Raccoon from Sonic Rush Adventure is something of a Motor Mouth, while fitting in every single piece of Australian slang ever conceived.
- Another Day's Pin Prof from The World Ends with You:
Shooter: Wow, you know all about pins?
Pin Prof: A bit. See, first of all: you say pins? I say sharp design. All those tiny little graphics, framed in tiny little circles... There's a whole little world in there, and that's not even mentioning the symbolism! If you go back and look at the design process, you'll find a whole treasure trove of—
Neku: NO! Stupid kid got him started! Now he won't shut up for at least three days!
- Sieg in Suikoden Tierkreis fits this perfectly (at least in the English version), since he's a talkative hero unlike any protagonist from the other games in the series. He goes out with a bang.
- Gretchen Hasselhoff of Backyard Sports.
- Mass Effect 2. Mordin Solus. Combines with Terse Talker and Thinking Out Loud. Frequently annoys Shepard.
- Telling Mordin to slow down will result in him....trying...to...slow...down...nothat'stakingtoolonghaveworktodo.
- The game offers multiple paragon/renegade interrupts aimed at shutting him up.
- Many salarians share this trait; hyperactivity innate part of salarian biology. (Presumably any who talk at standard speed catering to sluggish-thinking aliens. Or, in the case of Captain Kirrahe, talking at normal speed because that speech wouldn't have worked at normal salarian speed). A large part of it has to do with the fact that salarians have a much shorter lifespan than humans.
- Tali also has a tendency to talk very quickly when she's nervous which she describes as being a defensive mechanism. If the player decided to pursue her romantically, her flustered, rapid-fire delivery is made very apparent and she acknowledges it this as being a defense mechanism in the moments that lead up to the consummation of Shepard and Tali's relationship.
- Citadel unexpectedly reveals that this happens to Kaidan when he's hopped up on coffee.
- Done hilariously in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. A goomba who generally simply repeats the last word of the previous speaker's sentence suddenly starts talking. And talking. NONSTOP. After he's done everyone stands around in stunned silence for a few seconds until his supervisor simply says "Whoa."
"It's the amazing new Mini Mario toy! It walks, it talks, it says 'Mamma mia!'! Each one comes with its own crystal ball! Collect one, collect them all! Be the first one on your block to own the new Mini Mario toy! Hurry, before they're all sold out! Buy one, buy them all! Buy them all... buy them all..."
- Crunch Bandicoot tends to speak like this in the Radical Entertainment Crash Bandicoot games.
- In Crash Twinsanity, Cortex is one of these momentarily, thanks to the Evil Twins' reality-warping powers.
Cortex "I will-"
Moritz, dismissively "Bo-riiing!"
Cortex, speaking too fast to be intelligible "Ishallcrushyoulikethepunyruntsyouare, youarenothingtomeforIamthegreatandallpowerfulNeoCortex! Howdareyoumock, manhandleandmanipulateme! Restassured, Iwilltakemyterriblevengeanceupon..." [He stops, panting heavily.]
- Rufus from Street Fighter IV doesn't know when to shut up. Just look at his win quotes — while everyone else has up to two lines of text in big, easy-to-read font, Rufus has three lines of font half the size text that positively stuffs the text box to the point of bursting.
- In Grandia II, (not actually done audibly and kept only in text dialogue) when the party reaches Roan's castle the first time, one of the ladies-in-waiting who serves as the castle guide has a rather unique way of giving directions - she takes a deep breath, then babbles out the entire guide to the requested specific place in the castle as quickly as possible in one breath.
- Dance Dance Revolution has a song called "Super Star", by DJ Rich, where the second verse is unhearably fast.
- Lucca's Cameo in Xenogears.
- Colette in Wild ARMs 2.
- Volteer from The Legend of Spyro is known for his motor mouth, evidently due to being an electric dragon. It also doesn't help that he uses really big words.
- ADOM has quicklings. They spew out their chat lines without any spaces. That's as close to this trope as it's possible in a roguelike. It might be justified - in the game, a "speed" value is assigned to all beings. The base speed of a player character of any race is 100. A basic quickling's is 400, and it only goes up with rank.
- Pokémon Black and White has an odd example with the character N. In his first appearance, your childhood friend comments on how he talks too fast, but his actual speech is normally spaced, even with ellipses. In-game, his dialogue text just appears really fast, even when you have the message scrolling speed set to the maximum.
- Wheatley from Portal 2 has apparently decided to make up for the protagonist's muteness by never, ever shutting up, talking continuously whenever there's a quiet moment that allows him to get up some momentum.
- Not a specific character trait in Star Ocean: The Second Story, but a learnable fighting skill to the magic using characters to be faster in combat.
- Tobli from Final Fantasy X-2 is definitely this.
- Merrill from Dragon Age II. Several times throughout the game she says "I'm babbling again. I'll shut up now."
- Touhou Project:
- If there is any reason to shut the voices off of DotA 2, it's Storm Spirit. When you're in a game with him, he never shuts up. He'll constantly zip around the stage taunting you saying, "I'm over heeere!", "Zaaap!", "Where's the party?", "I'm over here now", "Puddin pop!", "Bloooow the man down!". Let's just say...if you're playing a game with Storm Spirit, end it fast, or shut the voices off if you don't want to be hearing the Most Annoying Sound.
- ...oooor focus him as Doom Bringer so you get the Most Wonderful Sound where he kills Storm Spirit and says, "STORM SPIRIT...SHUT UP!"
- Anachronox features Grumpos Matavastros, a grumpy old man and scientist whose world (non-combat) skill is 'yammer.' Play a mini-game to fill his lungs and he'll spout off about 3 pages of run-on sentence, causing whoever was standing in your way to get annoyed and wander off.
- Cameo Leon from Viewtiful Joe 2, who has a bad habit of blabbing Dr. Kranken and Gedow's evil plans to the heroes. Even his dying words go a mile a minute.
- In the second SPY Fox game, Fox comes across an excitable young lad named Elmo. Elmo is such a motor mouth that during their first conversation Fox tells him, completely seriously, "Breath, now!"
- Konoe Kikyo in Bravely Default. A young kunoichi from the Black Blades squad, she is usually so shy that she never speaks a word. However, when disguised as someone else, she turns into such a motor mouth that even her English dialogue text features no spaces or punctuation between the words, exactly like the folder titles on this very page.
- Unintentionally, everyone in Far Cry 2. Most of the dialogue in this game is spoken at just above a whisper, and all of it at a very high rate of speed. Thank goodness for subtitles.
- Bedman from Guilty Gear Xrd doesn't talk at all during battles, but his quotes upon losing/winning a match or getting hit with certain instant kill moves are extremely long and spoken at a high speed. His reaction to the cutesy facial he receives courtesy of Faust's instant kill move in particular is so long that he's still talking while the announcer declares the winner and barely manages to finish before the next round starts.
- From the same game, all of Elphelt's win poses and win quotes in which she takes out her marriage certificate and starts rambling for 15 seconds long before she gets a nosebleed. This even puts her the same level as Rufus's talking.
- In Girl Genius, Agatha talks like this after having her first ever cup of coffee.
- Punch seems to have joined the ranks of people who can't seem to be able to shut up. Then again, if you had spent several years as The Speechless, you'd probably do the same.
- El Goonish Shive:
Welcometothewonderfulhouseof teddtedd'shouseisyourhouseplease feelfreetostayaslongasyoulikeand letitbeknownifyourehavingnightmares it'sokforyoutosleepinmybedwelcome!
- Felucca from Earthsong.
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures /Abel's Story: Abel appears to have acquired a new friend. And in the main story, Regina has exhibited this on occasion.
- This is also one of Mink's defining traits.
- Kiki from Sluggy Freelance when she gets a little too excited.
- Fur Will Fly:
- Ubersoft's Help Desk:
- Suicide for Hire:
- The Suburban Jungle:
- Slightly Damned:
- Miriam from Out There
- Other webcomics:
- Bob and George: Quickman
on a sugar high in his natural environment.
- Hanna from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is pretty chatty when nervous.
- Rachel of Bittersweet Candy Bowl doesn't know when to shut up, and will blab various secrets and give out too much information.
- Homestuck gives us Kankri, who the first time we see him his text eventually becomes so long it's impossible to READ. Then turns into three of the same.
- Amanita, in Monster Soup, at least on this occassion.
- Zordon, aka the babbling village idiot, in A Hate Story doesn't actually need to breathe, so once he gets started on his Wall of Text, he won't stop until someone interrupts him with a Big "Shut Up!".
- Tom from Echo Chamber when explaining a trope to a non-Troper:
Porn Girl: Yeah. Uh huh. When someone asks "how are you doing", they don't actually care.
- Ryan Higa is probably the crowning example of this trope. Especially in his parody advertisements like the "Big Bouncing Inflatable Green Ball".
- Aside from Memetic Badass Cornshaq, Slowbeef himself becomes one during his playthrough of the timed Arise 3, much to the confusion of Diabetus and the watchers.
- Mac Lethal, a rapper on Youtube, is known for his ridiculously fast raps.
- NintendoCapriSun, while not normally a Motor Mouth, decides to try it in this video.
- Randy Hayes from My Way Entertainment, better known to the internet as "OH YEAH IT'S THE JUGGERNAUT BITCH AND IMMA WHOOP THE SHIT OUTCHA ASS, BITCHASS MUTHAFUCKA!"
*After having nearly fallen down a trap door* Whoa, Jabba the Hutt
! Aw hell no, I seen what the fuck happened in Star Wars
- Chester A. Bum, something the other bums could never quite pull off.
- Nearly all of Doug Walker's characters exhibit this at some point. The Nostalgia Chick is also this when she's ranting, explaining or, more rarely, excited.
- Tobuscus, of YouTube fame, has this as his Signature Style. He is seemingly incapable of not talking for more than a few seconds at a time, and his stream of consciousness frequently goes off on Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! and Metaphorgotten tangents. It tends to be most noticeable at the end of his video segments when he points out the links to various other videos and promotions and rattles off his closing Catchphrases.
- In Epic Rap Battles of History, the Bard as portrayed by George Watsky definitely qualifies. The following was said in about 15 seconds:
: I'm switching up my style
like The Beatles
with my pieces, each is such a wonder with a plethora of features, you
're pathetically predictable, you think your new book might include the trisyllabic meter and some ghetto muppet creatures? The Bard is in the building it's a castle I'm a boss! I bet I'm Parliament I'm positive I'm killing it I'millerthantheplagueIneverorcholeraaballerballeronsomecricketbowlerbusinesswhile you're sitting in the bleachers!
- Brentalfloss' With Lyrics cover of the Banjo-Kazooie theme is very nearly auctioneer-fast in parts. Especially the opening: "ThisthewitchtheycallGruntildastrongresemblencetoBroomHildakidnapsBanjo'ssisterTootywithaplantostealherneauty!"
- Microsoft Sam Reads Funny Windows Errors: Done a lot. Including "GODDAMNITSONOFABITCHPIECEOFSHITMOTHERFUCKINGASSHOLEFUCKFUCK".
- As the title would suggest, this is a staple of Zero Punctuation. Yahtzee edits out his pauses to achieve this effect.
- ProJared during the "One Minute Review" gaming series does this as a requirement for his format.
- Ruby tends toward this when she's nervous or excited. It's especially noticable whenever she waxes lyrical about weapons as she considers herself a weapons geek. If given a chance to talk about her dream job, she tends to start talking non-stop as well as she thinks the world of becoming a Huntress.
- Nora doesn't seem to have an off-switch when she gets going. She's even accompanied by her own unique zany music score to show when she's in full flow. She's first introduced trying to plan how she and her childhood friend Ren can make sure they end up on the same team together: not even cleaning teeth or eating breakfast can stop her talking.
- Dr. Oobleck's lectures and speeches when he gets to talking about history, geography, or any other subject he's knowledgeable about get fast to the point of being almost impossible for either his students or the audience to follow.
- Karim Debbache, host of Crossed usually talks fast enough to give this effect while remaining intelligible. He takes it Up to Eleven (aften taking a deep breath) to enumerate some of the flaws of what he describes as "the worst scene in cinema history" in his review of House of the Dead.
- Lowtax's "Top 10 Scariest Moments of Gaming w/o PewDiePie" * includes a text-to-speech program voicing out all the subtitles that appear on screen, causing it to sometimes lapse into this when it tries to pronounce emoticons.
- In Dangan Ronpa Abridged Thing, this is used when Kirigiri hastily provides an explanation for why Fujisaki was originally killed in the boys' locker room despite being found dead in the girls' locker room- saying that it's because Fujisaki "isdesignatedmaleatbirthalthoughicannotsayeitherwaywhethertheyidentifyaseitheroranygenderbutnonethelesstheiridrecognizesthemasmale" without offending anyone.
- Mixing it with No Indoor Voice, Ishimaru also had such moments when he realized that the 'class trial' was about to decide who will get executed, and accuse the wrong guy, then everyone else gets executed. "ICHANGEDMYMINDTHISISNOTWELCOMEINASCHOOLENVIRONMENT"
- Peter, the titular character of Petera Dzive, narrates each episode at a very fast pace. As a result, he goes through his story humorously quickly, and the episodes never go over 60 seconds.
- This is a staple for Lucky Seven DX.
- Caddicarus has a penchant for talking relatively quickly most of the time, but during his "Current Quickies" videos, he really turns it up and speaks incredibly fast.
- Boomhauer from King of the Hill is a Motor Mouth to the point of also being The Unintelligible. Although he's apparently unintelligible even when he slows down; in the episode where Hank's workplace explodes, he tries to call 911. Upon being asked to slow down, he says something like "That... dang... go... boom!" before fadeout.
- In Loonatics Unleashed, Rev Runner's Super Speed is emphasized by having him talk super fast.
- Goo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- Quicksilver from X-Men: Evolution talks faster than the other characters by just enough. It's a nice touch of Glamour Failure when he's in civilian dress. Understandable when you consider that everything about him is sped up, to the point that even when forcing himself to act at normal speed, the world is still moving at "long line at the DMV" speed to him (this is used to explain his often generally disagreeable attitude in the comicverse.)
- Key-per and Booko from Adventure Time are both able to talk so fast that it becomes difficult to understand the words.
- One episode from The Fairly Oddparents when Timmy wishes for only dessert and everybody becomes hyper the next day.
- F,F,F,F,F,F,F,F,F,A For AJ,F!
- And now, I'm gonna run a marathon! But first, FAIRY GODPARENTS, FAIRY GODPARENTS, FAIRY GODPARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!
- Both Transformers Generation 1 and Animated Blurr. Though each has a very different style: G1 Blurr repeats himself constantly, while Animated Blurr's dialogue is so densely informative (and contains enough Expospeak) that every word counts (though he ironically spent his first appearance as The Voiceless).
- Both versions of Blurr are voiced by John Moschitta, mentioned above.
- Also, there is Bluestreak, who plays it in a different manner than either Blurr; Bluestreak simply never shuts up as a means of coping with being the only survivor of his hometown's destruction, as if he's trying to drown out his own thoughts and memories.
- Luna from The Boondocks has a very weird speech pattern, where if she starts to get upset, the rate at which she is talking rapidly accelerates mid-sentence.
- Ginger Snap from Strawberry Shortcake.
- Daggett does this in an episode of The Angry Beavers when he discovers a camera poking out of the sink.
Daggett: NORB! There'sanalieninvasioninthebathroom!
Norbert: Woah, speak slowly and put spaces between your words.
Daggett: [takes a deep breath] There's an alien invasion in the bathroom.
- Pepper Potts in Iron Man: Armored Adventures.
- The radio from The Brave Little Toaster is a chatterbox who usually phrases his dialogue as radio broadcasts about Teddy Roosevelt.
- An older Looney Tunes character by the name of Sniffles talks like this. His Expy in Tiny Toon Adventures, Li'l Sneezer, gets like this on occasion too, but not consistently.
- The baby eagle in My Favorite Duck.
- Charlie Dog - topped by a scene in "A Hound for Trouble", while posing as a waiter at an Italian restaurant. A customer asks for a dish with a really long name, building up to a potential Bluff the Impostor moment.
- Lola Bunny in The Looney Tunes Show.
- Friz Freleng's Little Blabbermouse from the two 1940 cartoons he appeared in. Also the little white kid duck from "Porky's Hotel."
- Bugs Bunny himself goes into an unintelligible run in "Racketeer Rabbit" when Rocky (a caricature of Edward G. Robinson) puts a gun to his head, demanding to know what Bugs did with the stolen money.
- Foghorn Leghorn also qualifies, though unlike a lot of..."I say", unlike a lot of other examples on this page, it's not so much that he talks really fast, it's more that he can never stop talking.note The prime example of Foggy's motor-mouthedness is "The Fractured Leghorn," where he refuses to stop talking and allow a barnyard cat to get a word in edgewise; the cat's frustration builds throughout the cartoon until he finally slams him with a Big "Shut Up!" – but the motor-mouthed Foggy STILL won't stop talking, even holding back the Iris Out to get a few last words in!
- The little rabbit Bugs protects from Pete Puma in Rabbit's Kin.
- Sylvester had to deal with this on two occasions from another cat posing as a vacuum salesman.
- One Animaniacs episode has the Warner Siblings having to put up with a man named Francis "Pip" Pumphandle (voiced by Ben Stein) who goes into a very long rambling monologue about cheese balls; his speech is soft but continuous as the Warners resort to ever more blatant methods to tell him goodbye. To say that he annoys them to no end would be putting it mildly.
- Ironically, when the guy finally decides to leave them alone at the end of the episode, the Warner's were so used to his endless babbling that they can't handle the quiet.
- Yakko, aka Mr. United States Canada Mexico Panama, also fits this trope.
- A Family Guy cutaway shows that Cleveland was a fast-talking auctioneer, until a totem pole fell on his head, causing his current slow speech pattern.
- In "I Dream of Jesus," when Peter was accusing others of having a motive for swiping his "Surfin' Bird" record, Peter talks this way when he describes his crazy theory about everyone against "the record."
- The Iron Giant: When Dean lets Hogarth have some espresso (described as "Coffee-zilla"), the boy launches into a rambling rant about school, ending with the expected request for more coffee.
- The Blabbermouth of Echo Island from Here Comes the Grump. It's right there in the name, too.
- Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is very prone to this:
"Isn't this exciting? Are you excited? Because I'm excited! I've never been so excited! Well, except for the time I saw you walking into town and I went gasp!
, but I mean really, who can top that?"
- This was later weaponized in "The Last Roundup", where Applejack is forced to admit why she's working at a cherry orchard instead of coming home to Ponyville by being subjected to Pinkie Pie's incessant rambling about Inherently Funny Words.
- Fluttershy can turn into one of these under the right circumstances (such as when first meeting Spike and when critiquing her first gala dress).
- Whizzer from My Little Pony And Friends talked fast and flew fast.
- On the NSA profiles on The Incredibles DVD, the deceased heroine Blazestone was this.
- Bigmouth Koopa Jr. from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 would talk like this at all times often causing him to suffer physical abuse from his older brother Bully.
- Everybody in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Mock 5", seeing how it makes fun of Speed Racer's English dub.
- In the Thundercats 2011 episode "Song of the Petalars", the Lilliputian young Petalar Emrick is like this on meeting the Thundercats, rattling off questions to Lion-O about his species and his sword with breathless excitement while climbing vegetation to get a better view of them.
- The Simpsons: "BARTDOYOUWANTSOMEBROWNIESBEFOREYOUGOTOBED?!"
- Phineas from Phineas and Ferb is always going on about something, as a foil to his step-brother and Heterosexual Life Partner, Ferb. The only time he's been shown to be quiet was when he was brainwashed (and that was in a dream).
- Niblet's little sister Rebound in Pound Puppies (2010).
- Avatar: The Last Airbender; while Aang is normally a Keet, he doesn't really slip into Motor Mouth all that much. When an Earth Kingdom General gives him the Avatar-verse equivalent of Red Bull in order to try and bring out the Avatar State, though:
- The Legend of Korra gives us Ikki, is the middle child of three airbending children between a Little Miss Snarker older sister and a Cloud Cuckoolander younger brother, but is the more energetic and talkative of the them to the point it annoys their father, Tenzin, and his rival, Tarllok. She never stops.
- She does however demonstrate Hidden Depths on Bolin when he tries a slightly subdued Motor Mouth spiel of questions which she manages to answer perfectly with pin-point accuracy.
- Everyone in the Powerpuff Girls special The Powerpuff Girls Rule! seems to suffer from this to the point where many lines cannot be understood.
- Of course, Mojo Jojo is this no matter where he appears in Powerpuff Girls continuity. He takes villainous rants to an art form, and never shuts up even when there's no-one around to listen to him.
- South Park: Eric Cartman's Seamless Spontaneous Lie to cover up their "Toilet Paper" incident when the gang is sent to the Principal's office.note
Cartman: Okay. Last night, all four of us were at the bowling alley until about 7:30, at which time we noticed Ally Sheedy, the Goth chick from the Breakfast Club, was bowling in the lane next to us, and we asked her for her autograph, but she didn't have a pen, so we followed her out to her car, but on the way we were accosted by five Scientologists who wanted to give us all personality tests, which were administered at the Scientology Center in Denver until 10:45, at which time we accidentally boarded the wrong bus home and ended up in Rancho de Burritos Rojos, south of Castle Rock, and finally got a ride home with a man who was missing his left index finger, named Gary Bushwell, arriving home at 11:46.
- The Mr. Men Show: Little Miss Chatterbox. She IS a Motor Mouth.
- Mr Excited and The Evil Midnight Bomber from TheTick.
- In Thomas the Tank Engine, we have Duck who, while a sensible engine, often rambles about being Great Western, much to the annoyance of the other engines. It only took Donald to point this out to him by making quacking noises.
- Marion the Steam Shovel (introduced in Tale of The Brave) also qualifies. She could talk for hours on end about her past adventures and how she loves digging. This sometimes causes the other engines to avoid her, though Thomas is always happy to listen to her stories. Ironically, she does not think of herself as talkative.
- Mega Man has the self-explanatory Quick Man, who speaks like this in his rare few appearances. Oddly enough, he also takes long pauses between each of his sentences, so there's notable moments of silence in between strings of rapid-fire speech.
- Mabel from Gravity Falls is noticeably much more talkative than her more introverted brother, Dipper, sometimes veering into this territory.
- Whizzernote was generally portrayed this way in the original My Little Pony, but it was inconsistent for the most part.
- Another Real Life example: Actor Edward G. Robinson sometimes achieved this (see his role as Barton Keyes in Double Indemnity), purportedly on the first run-through without having to do a second take.
- The game reviewer Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw. His segment on The Escapist isn't called "Zero Punctuation" for nothing.
- If anything, Yahtzee has gotten faster and more intense; he sounds positively sedate in his older videos compared to his newer ones. He has stated that the fast talking was by accident. Apparently he keeps it up and edits the pauses out, because it's funnier that way.
- What's even better is that, for April Fools' Day, Yahtzee posted a video of his character sitting by a slow-ticking grandfather clock, while slowly reciting a few lines from from John Keats' poem Ode To Melancholy.
- To people unfamiliar with a language, native speakers often come off as this way.
- Benedict Cumberbatch, though even he has some trouble keeping up with his character's lines in Sherlock.
- Just look at how long his answers are in this interview. This man has A LOT to say!
- Sir Ron Lionheart. See for example here.
- Watch a Policy/Cross-X Debate round. Try to understand what they're saying. On some national circuits, speeches sound less like words and more like a low hum.
- It's not necessarily because they have to, but because of the strategic advantage. A "spread" debater will throw so many arguments at their opponent it will actually be impossible to answer them all. Thus, any arguments left untouched can be claimed as enough to warrant a victory.
- In some tournaments, actually, spreading has been made illegal due to this problem. This L-D debater knows the pain of spreading. However, it is quite necessary in C-X rounds; since they are all about cramming all your evidence in, you've got to talk fast.
- To go with the other Speech and Debate examples, in some Extemporaneous speaking rounds, participants speak so rapidly it can be hard for the judge to hear what they're saying. Though, to be fair, it's very hard to cram all your facts and sources into a seven minute speech
- Most judges are likely to rank you down if your speech is too fast for them to catch it all.
- Popular Youtube vlogger Michael Buckley of the What The Buck Show.
- Actor James Woods could probably power entire cities with the force of his non-stop chatter.
- Case in point - his portrayal as Hades in Hercules.
- Neal Cassady, known by some of his friends as Speed Limit. Tom Wolfe, in his book on the Merry Pranksters, tried to transcribe Cassady's continual stream-of-consciousness rmablings and came up with things like this: "Just passing through folks don't mind us my schedule just happened to coincide with Mr. Kesey's here and all the redundancy you understand and the works of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the worst of the poems of Schiller huntin' and peckin' away as they did except insofar as where you draw the line that is but in any case I believe it was at let me see Sebring yes and when Fangio with the exhaust valves wide open and the petcocks too that you've sometimes seen starting with Wordsworth you see and working backward..."
- Sports announcers, especially in basketball and hockey.
- Any basketball fan who grew up in Los Angeles before this decade grew up with the rapid-fire play-by-play of legendary Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, particularly his famous "This game's in the refrigerator: the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard, and the Jell-O's jigglin'!"
- Parodied in one song by System of a Down, who know a thing or two about talking way too fast.
- Chris Tucker made his career off of this.
- At first, Mexican people claimed they didn't understand Panamanian singer Flex/Nigga when he talked. Fortunately for them, now he talks a lot slower.
- Hondurans are notable in that they don't have an accent, however their speech pattern is still distinguishable to other Spanish speakers because of this trope.
- This has lead to some annoying Verbal Tics in most young Hondurans (and adults if not corrected, which in turn can lead to some embarrassing Inter-American meetings) like inadvertently joining words that commonly go together to form a nonexistent combination, like taking es and que to form Esque (this is so common that first graders will write it like this, though it's usually corrected by the second grade), and most noticeable (and embarrassing even amongst Hondurans even though we all have done it at least once) is to inadvertently change the S in the middle of a word for a J while Motor-Talking, famously leaving the already mispronounced Esque as Ejque. This tics can also happen in other countries, like Colombia, but it's usually attributed to their accent and not their Motor Mouth (Lucky bastards).
- Chileans, combined with this trope and the fact they have a very unique accent, are a nightmare for people from other Spanish speaking countries to understand.
- One stereotype of Indian people is that they speak English very fast - amusingly, they think everyone else speaks English very fast.
- Sirius XM radio DJ Terry Young is nicknamed "Motormouth" since his delivery tends to be mumbled and very fast. And incredibly irritating. In fairness to Young, he's making a conscious effort to mimic the style of Top 40 radio DJs in the '50s and '60s, who very often utilized this trope.
- Youtube Let's Play-er raocow isn't usually spectacularly fast, but the way he rambles on without pause, or concern for the topic he was speaking on four words ago, inspires awe in all but the most jaded of viewers. Apparently (and fortunately for people trying to talk to him) this is something he does semi-on-purpose, and having an actual conversation with him brings a much more normal speech pattern.
- Fran Capo. The video clip goes into more detail about how she can talk so fast. Good luck trying to understand what she says when she's going for speed.
- Colombian Football (soccer) commentators, like Édgar Perea.
- Creationist Duane Gish has become so infamous for his tactic of throwing off massive amounts of antievolution arguments in lectures and debates (with the intent of snowjobbing the debate opponent) that it's become known as the "Gish Gallop."
- This can occur as a result of psychiatric conditions such as mania and schizophrenia, wherein it is called Pressure of speech.
- This can also be a warning sign that the person you're talking to is on stimulants, and can be induced from anything from too much caffeine and/or nicotine right up to meth. That said, meth Motor Mouth tends to have distinctive features (specifically the speech tending toward being accusatory or angry or paranoid) as opposed to the more "nervous" Motor Mouth that results from a chain-smoking and coffee session, for example, or the "I LOVE EVERYONE AND YOU'RE ALL MY BEST FRIEND" Motor Mouth that's seen in the more annoying ecstasy users.
- Welsh stand-up comedian Rhod Gilbert.
- Anyone in a panic, pain or flooded with stims/adrenaline can be this.
- Often this is the case with certain kinds of autistic people, who may unintentionally speak very quickly and illogically, as they have trouble reading social cues.
- Rebel XD holds the current world record for fastest rapping at 683 syllables in 54.5 seconds.
- Little kids often talk a lot to family or friends due to not knowing when to stop, which can usually lead to this.
- When it gets right down to it, anyone can be this; it's not the speed itself that's a problem for people, but rather the fact that they run out of breath quickly, forget what to say (or, if they're improvising, can't think of anything), or stumble over certain words, especially when alliteration is involved. The people you see that talk really fast just overcome these problems.
- When learning another language and being exposed to a natural conversation in that language as opposed to, say, audio that's recorded especially for learners, it can really seem to the person learning the language that this is in effect. In reality, it only seems quickly because of unfamiliarity, and with enough exposure and practice the effect is reduced.
- The various forms of Chinese often sound very fast to Western sensibilities when spoken, and the information density is through the roof as each syllable is often an entire word, but the context of each word can only be drawn from the entire sentence. Because the language is tonal (four different variations to each syllable, each in turn with numerous possible meanings, see also the 'Shi Shi shi shi shi poem') this also leads to the peculiar quirk of quickly spoken Chinese also being generally louder due to the need to inflect each syllable clearly.
- A symptom of ADHD is speaking faster and/or more than most people. Bipolar people can also get like this in manic phases.
- Both John and Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers. No matter where they are, what they're doing, or what YouTube channel they're appearing on, expect them both to be talking up a storm. Perhaps it originated from the 'under four minutes' restriction of their early Brotherhood 2.0 videos; they only added the exception for educational content later.