There really isn't much that this could follow on from logically. Though funnily enough, it turns out almost to be an aversion.
"I hear it's amazing when the famous purple stuffed worm in flap-jaw space with the tuning fork does a raw blink on Hara-kiri Rock. I need scissors! 61!"
A Non Sequitur (Latin for "it does not follow") in fiction is an event or line of dialogue which comes out of nowhere, bearing no relevance to the subject at hand. It is a staple of surrealism and humor, and often establishes a character as The Ditz
or a Cloudcuckoolander
. I like bananas
Can also refer to a type of logical fallacy
; see Non Sequitur Fallacy
The newspaper daily strip of the same name is here
Compare Red Herring
, when a distraction is used to divert attention; related to Insane Troll Logic
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Film - Live Action
- There are several in The Room. The most infamous being this (which, depending on how much credit you give to the screenwriter, might qualify as a deliberate example of Hypocritical Humour):
Mark: "How was work today?"
Johnny: "Oh, pretty good. We got a new client at the bank. We'll make a lot of money."
Mark: "What client?"
Johnny: "I can not tell you, it's confidential."
Mark: "Oh, come on."
Johnny: "I can't. Anyway, how is your sex life?"
- Played as a joke in Time Bandits when Robin Hood asks a dwarf bandit how long he's been a robber. The robber replies, "Four-foot-one!" A confused Robin stammers out, "Four-foot-one? That... that... that is a long time, isn't it?" before moving on. Since the bandit is an ageless, time-jumping angelic being, he apparently decided to simply supply his height rather then try to answer the question.
- Groucho, at times:
Groucho: "Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west, and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce, they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does."
Live Action TV
- Similar to the Scrubs examples below, the Sherlock episode The Sign of Three has Sherlock delivering a speech at John's wedding. While he's talking, he realises that someone in the room is about to murdered, and goes on a deductive rampage in his mind trying to figure out who it is and who's going to murder them while also trying to keep his speech going and not arouse too much suspicion from his audience. The result is a semi-coherent speech to a crowd of confused people that keeps dipping into non sequiturs before Sherlock manages to shakily work whatever he just blurted out from his train of thought into the speech.
- The "Captain Jim & Pablo" skits from early '90s Saturday Night Live come to mind, with just about everything Pablo (Adam Sandler) says qualifying:
Pablo (Spanish accent): One time I threw a stick at a monkey...
- Subverted and Lampshaded in Scrubs. J.D. always appears to the other characters to be saying these, because he constantly imagines something related to the issue at hand and then makes a comment about his fantasy that winds up sounding totally nonsensical to the other characters. Generally, the longer and more elaborate the fantasy, the more removed his comment will be from the situation that triggered the fantasy in the first place.
- A Running Gag in The Sifl and Olly Show has Precious Roy speak in nothing but non sequiturs.
Precious Roy: This is Precious Roy, and you kids better pay for that lap dance!
Sifl: Precious, we're talking about the Civil War Corpses...
Precious Roy: APPLE... CIDER!
Sifl: ... What?
Precious Roy: Suckers!
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: CJ's girlfriends repeat the same non-sequiturs ad nauseum during car trips. CJ feigns interest.
- Throughout the series, NPCs can have conversations with each other. However, these conversations consist entirely of random voice clips, so they are literally nothing but a series of strung-together non-sequiturs.
- Scarface: The World is Yours is stuffed with lines of dialogue. That sometimes doesn't flow together quite well. Tony would ask a girl to clean his pool and she demands they go shopping. Then he asks why she hangs around all the time, even though he invited her to live there. Then Tony starts talking about murdering his enemies, sometimes even after they are dead.
- The Simpsons:
Lisa: Hey Ralph, want to come with me and Alison to play "Anagrams"?
Alison: We take proper names and rearrange the letters to form a description of that person.
Ralph: My cat's breath smells like cat food.
- About 50 percent of everything Ed says from Ed, Edd n Eddy says is a non sequitur. Often, when he's asked a question, his response is "buttered toast" or "gravy" and he randomly shouts "I love chickens" even when there aren't any chickens present.
- In the Grand Finale of Generator Rex, right after the Obfuscating Insanity Van Kleiss explains how to do something spoilerrific not particularly relevant to the trope, he randomly asks if anyone has seen his socks.
- Gir from Invader Zim is full of these.
Gir: I saw a squirrel! It was doin' like this! (imitates squirrel movement)
- Pretty much like fifty-percent of what comes out of Pinkie Pie's mouth on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Pinkie Pie: (after explaining how she got her cutie mark) And that's how Equestria was made!
- In Phineas and Ferb, when you're shot with the Dull-And-Boring-Inator not only do you become...well, dull and boring, you also gain the tendency to talk like this. Examples include:
"I always liked pointing."
"Did you ever notice that the side-walk is filled with little sparkly bits?"
- South Park, "Mr Hankey's Christmas Classics":
: (singing, after everyone else has stopped) Courteney Cox
, I love you; you're so hot on that show...
Kyle: Dad... Dad? We're singing about a dreidel.
- SpongeBob SquarePants has some as well. One of them involves SpongeBob trying to get Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy out of the retirement home. He attempts to reason with them, then Mermaidman gets fed up with it and says the following:
Mermaidman: "If you don't get out of here, then by the power invested in me, I now pronounce you man and wife!"
Orderly: (walks into the retirement home's main room) "What is going on in here!?"
Mermaidman: "You may kiss the bride!!!"
- Veggie Tales: The verses in "The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything" by Larry the Cucumber, who follows two pirate-themed verses with lines about never having kissed a chipmunk or painted daisies on a big red rubber ball. The other two go on to lampshade the hell out of it.
- On Clerks: The Animated Series, while trapped in the freezer Randal sees an old lady shoplifting and he yells "The weeds of crime bear bitter fruit, you old hag!" We then see a flashback to the last time he said that, where it comes out of nowhere and makes no sense.
- Duck from Almost Naked Animals lives and breathes this trope, to the point where he has become the Ensemble Dark Horse. Every time he comes on screen he spouts these, much to the other character's confusion. but no doubt to anyone that this is the weirdest
- Every other word that comes out of the mouth of Xavier: Renegade Angel.
I guess it's true what they say about a camel's ass: I am hungry.