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->''"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!"''
-->-- '''Colonel''', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''

A Non Sequitur (Latin for "it does not follow") in fiction is an event or line of dialogue which comes out of nowhere [[SelfDemonstratingArticle PUPPIES!]],
Ahem... and bears no relevance to the subject at hand. It is a staple of surrealism and humor, and often establishes a character as TheDitz or a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. [[SelfDemonstratingArticle I like bananas]].

Can also refer to a type of {{logical fallac|ies}}y; see NonSequiturFallacy.

The newspaper daily strip of the same name is [[ComicStrip/NonSequitur here]].

Compare RedHerring, when a distraction is used to divert attention; related to InsaneTrollLogic.

Subtropes include:
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment, a non-sequitur event
* MissingStepsPlan
* NotableNonSequitur, a non-comedic variation in which the seeming randomness of a line of dialogue in a detective story marks it as important
* NonSequiturThud, which is when this is brought on by a concussive injury
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers
* WakingNonSequitur

!!Other examples:

* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P7muwuQeZk outright lampshades it.]]
* ''Manga/HatenkouYuugi'' has quite a few of these, including:
-->'''Alzeid:''' What's with the ''mademoiselle'' and ''monsieur''? Why are you guys still kidding around? Who cares?! Esto un lápiz![[note]]GratuitousSpanish for "It's a pencil."[[/note]]
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': Bobobo's "Fist of the Nosehair" and Don Patch's "Hajike" fighting styles seem to entirely revolve around [[ConfusionFu confusing one's opponent into submission with non sequitur puns and sight gags]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Part 2 of ''Fanfic/StrangeTimesAreUponUs'' opens with a 19th century American boy going deer-hunting. Seems a perfectly normal SliceOfLife scene until:
-->Quietly as he could, he unslung the much-loved flintlock longrifle his great-grandfather had fought with in the Revolution and loaded it, tearing the cartridge open and pouring the powder down, followed by the paper and the bullet with the ramrod. Then he added the priming powder to the pan, which was when the dinosaur dropped out of the oak tree.[[note]]The dinosaur being Brokosh's Gorn officer Ila'kshath.[[/note]]\\
The deer never knew what hit it.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* There are several in ''Film/TheRoom''. The most infamous being this (which, depending on how much credit you give to the screenwriter, might qualify as a deliberate example of HypocriticalHumour):
-->'''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 ''Film/TimeBandits'' 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.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers 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."

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
* The ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' episode ''The Sign of Three'' has Sherlock delivering a speech [[spoiler: 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 [[ImagineSpot 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 [[IMeantToDoThat to shakily work whatever he just blurted out]] [[LastSecondWordSwap from his train of thought into the speech]].
* An episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' is actually titled "Non Sequitur" and features an extreme example; Harry Kim is sucked through a NegativeSpaceWedgie and wakes up in an alternate universe. Not only is he 70,000 light years from where he was, but the time that's passed since he (in his reality) disappeared with ''Voyager'', he doesn't even know what this version of himself is supposed to be doing.
* The "Captain Jim & Pablo" skits from early '90s ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' come to mind, with just about everything Pablo (Creator/AdamSandler) says qualifying:
-->'''Pablo (Spanish accent):''' One time I threw a stick at a monkey...
* Subverted and {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. J.D. always appears to the other characters to be saying these, because he constantly [[ImagineSpot 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 RunningGag in ''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'' 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!
* ''Series/NightAndDay'' was full of them - a symptom both of the show's attempts at surrealism, and of the condensed night-time omnibuses, which cut many contextualising scenes. Since the daytime episodes were axed fairly early in the UK run (though still produced in full and distributed to foreign markets), sometimes events that had occurred in axed scenes were alluded to in the omnibus or pre-titles recap, leading to confusion for viewers. Other events were simply unexplained altogether for stylistic reasons, leaving viewers to ponder on the ambiguities for themselves. These two factors combined to create an unsettling, disruptive effect which arguably added to the show's sense of mystery and atmosphere. For example:
** Holly admitted to having sent a series of poison pen letters to Roxanne, then weeks later admitted that she didn't send them after all, with very little by way of explanation for the earlier admission.
** In another episode, Natalie's assertion to Roxanne that she believes Danny - a character who has been absent for 18 years - to have killed Jane, and that he wants to 'destroy us all', seems to come entirely from nowhere.
** Josh's period of DemonicPossession and apparent vampire tendencies are played incredibly ambiguously, with no real attempt to define their cause or the reason for their resolution.
* The dialogue of ''Series/TheEricAndreShow'' is made up of about 90% these. Eric telling Demi Lovato, apropos of nothing, "You are my knight in shining armor...you are the wind beneath my wings...I think you're great...and I'm ready for some football," while eating a plate of spaghetti, is one of the ''least'' inexplicable examples.

* In the [[http://thecloud.bandcamp.com/track/artichokes song]] by Andrew Huang, each word is a non sequitur, even though there never had been a real point to rabbit-trail away from other than the statistics at the beginning. This how many of his other [[http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/ songs]] tend to be.
* In ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY&feature=feedf Jack Sparrow]]'' by ''Music/TheLonelyIsland'', the guys have a recording session with Music/MichaelBolton, who mentions at the beginning of the video that he had just finished watching a marathon of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. They all proceed to sing about being gangsters at a club...until Bolton goes off and starts singing about Captain Jack. It eventually descends into completely-unrelated mentions of Film/ForrestGump, Film/ErinBrockovich, and Film/{{Scarface|1983}}, one after the other.
-->'''Andy Samberg''':''(annoyed)''...Turns out Michael Bolton's a major cinephile...
-->'''Michael Bolton (As [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Jack Sparrow]])''': [[Film/JerryMaguire You complete me.]]
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pudIZbCRq_c music video]] for Rich Boy's Throw some D's is about money, women and cars with modified classic cars being the primary focus. After about half way they start to inexplicably cut away to shots of a guy sitting on his front porch in a wheelchair and even more confusing is at the 3:19 mark when it cuts away to a guy just sitting in a shop. Most other cutaways are just displaying the ghetto and what different kinds of people live there, and it's a common thing to see in most music videos but these ones do feel a bit out of nowhere and thus funny.
* Though a lot of ''Music/TheyMightBeGiants'' songs could qualify, perhaps none embody this trope better than "Fingertips" from ''Apollo 18''. The song features 21 separate tracks that are mostly only a few seconds long and have no relation to one another. Even better, when the album is listened to on "shuffle", the little snippets of the song get sprinkled throughout the rest of the album, leading to some [[UpToEleven even more surreal moments]] than what TMBG is known for.

* Podcast/DiceFunk: Anne is the master of this trope. She just shouts out whatever comes across her mind, no matter how stupid, dangerous, or nonsensical the thought.

* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty''. "I need scissors! 61!"
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': 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.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours'' 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.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'', during one of the [[spoiler:hidden [[HilariousOuttakes bloopers]]]].
-->'''Sash Lilac the Water Dragon''': So Torque, [the shell duck who came to Planet Avalice] has nothing to do with [our mission to stop Lord Brevon and save our planet]. We forced him to help us against his will.
-->'''The Royal Magister of Shang Tu'''[[note]]One of the three kingdoms that are mentioned in the game.[[/note]]: I see. We shall establish a timtams currency exchange program.
-->'''Lilac:''' Huh?
-->'''Magister''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis We shall establish.]] [[TheComicallySerious A timtams. Currency exchange program.]][[note]]Also doubles as a MythologyGag for Edwyn Tong (the voice of the Magister). "timtams" (actually spelled "Tim Tams") are snacks that originate from Australia, where he hails from.[[/note]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/25p01/ This page]] of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' can only make you go "What?"
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} David]] of ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c14/p2.html loves this trope]].
* ''Webcomic/CreativeRelease'' is prone to these. "AND THUS, recap episode. (not pictured: NSFW pictures of the author)".
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' featured a scene in which Senna and Sandra were arguing about whether the day should be devoted to "high culture" or "geek culture". Caught in the middle, Gary cried "To Belgium!"\\
(Actually, he was [[AvertedTrope being quite logical]]; he was proposing a visit to a museum of comics art in Brussels. Still, the effect on the women was adequately confusing.)
* Played with in [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/010906 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip. Zoe's answer to a question about what her friends are like appears to be a complete non-sequitur, but that accurately captures what life with them is like.
-->'''Min''': I'm dying to know what these guys Torg and Riff are like.
-->'''Zoe''': Min, how long does it take to melt a "Hootie and the Blowfish" key chain at 250 degrees?
-->'''Min''': I don't know... What does that have to do with anything?
-->'''Zoe''': Exactly.
* ''{{Webcomic/Xkcd}}'' has several examples, mainly because of {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Beret Guy, who regularly says the most ridiculous things without warning.
-->'''Beret Guy''': I'm a business professional! Earlier I photocopied a burrito!

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebVideo/EpicMealTime''
** "We're about to die for this. What'you know about dyin'?"
** "What up, meat sauce?"
** "Sushi! Fast food! [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Sex]]!"
* Homsar from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' says NOTHING but these.
** As does Senor Cardgage, though he lost [[http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/Non-Sequitur_Champion The Championship to Homsar]]
* This is a large part of why the {{Lets Play}}er ''LetsPlay/{{raocow}}'' is as popular as he is.
-->'''raocow:''' You are not the unicorn of my love, football Charlie! You are merely a pawn in the great game that we like to call... Mario World. Although you are one of the important pawns. You are like, that one pawn in the middle that you start in the beginning of the game in order to, like, [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3l68a_m-return-the-cemetary_videogames capture the whole world and stuff.]]
* Pretty much anything said by The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior in WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment. In fact, pretty much everything the real Ultimate Warrior says counts.
** At one point Spoony's version says the ''entire'' page quote ''verbatim'' and it fits ''perfectly''.
* The viral video in which a news reporter interviews a boy, asking him about his zombie face paint. His response: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y I like turtles.]]"
* There were quite a number in the ''LetsPlay/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' at points where the group's [[SanitySlippage sanity slipped]], such as "UH-OH, I'M A TARD-ASS!", "I'M FULL OF OWLS!" and when the group began to sing [[Music/EltonJohn Rocket Man]] during [[ThatOneLevel The End of the World]].
* [[http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5282/5193356041_241cb69af2.jpg Being a teenager is hard. But look at this toaster it cooks eggs too.]]
* Nappa from Team Four Star's ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' says one of these with nearly every sentence. Much to the confusion and frustration of everyone around him. It is even lampshaded in the Dragon Ball Z Kai Abridged video.
-->'''Nappa''': Hilariously derailing one-liner.
** Goku, though not as frequent, at times does this as well.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in a mail vlog by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, after Matthew opens a letter from a fan.
--> Matthew: [[ShoutOut They see me rolling...]] They pooping! [[note]] In the original song "Ridin'" by rapper Chamillionaire, the lyrics are "They see me rolling... They hating!" [[/note]] [{{Beat}}] I'm sorry, that's weird. Oh wait, it's my show! I can do whatever I want!
* When the Tony from ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' is prompted on what time actually is (specifically "But when did it start?" "And when will it stop?"), he answers "Time is important and I am a clock," and moves on as if he addressed the issue at all.
** The floating saxophone teacher from episode 6: "BOO DOP A DOO-WOP, I TEACH YOU HOW TO BUY A CANOOOOOOOOOOOOE!" Context won't help.
* There's so many in ''WebAnimation/{{Evaporate}}'' that it has [[NonSequitur/{{Evaporate}} It's own page for it.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
-->'''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.
** As the series went on, Ralph generally became [[{{Flanderization}} increasingly prone]] to these. Nancy Cartwright, who voices Ralph, has even said Ralph practically is a "non sequitur" in one of her interviews.
** Somewhat lampshaded in the episode when Marge loses her memory. Homer suggests that they could restore her memory by...(starts whispering in her ear). After a second, Marge leans back and this exchange occurs:
-->'''Marge''': You're describing how to parallel park.
-->'''Homer''': You used to love my non-sequiturs!
* About 50 percent of everything Ed says from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' 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 GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'', right after the [[spoiler:ObfuscatingInsanity]] 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 ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' 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 [[CloudCuckoolander Pinkie Pie's]] mouth on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
-->'''Pinkie Pie''': ''(after explaining how she [[UnreliableNarrator allegedly]] got her cutie mark)'' And that's how Equestria was made!
-->'''Scootaloo''': [[DoubleTake Wha, huh?]]
** In "Princess Spike", Spike wakes a sleep-deprived Twilight Sparkle to ask her for advice, and she mutters [[WakingNonSequitur "Just put the hay in the apple and eat the candle."]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted", victims of Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Dull-And-Boring-Inator not only become...well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dull]] [[IncrediblyLameFun and boring]], but 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?"''
** Baljeet once creates a song on his computer called "Improbably Knot", which is supposed to demonstrate his difficulty with making decisions. However, while the lyrics make sense, the images that go along with them absolutely do NOT. There are dancing robots, people with fake horse heads, and flying cacti for some reason.
--> '''Baljeet''': I am sorry, everyone. It sounded a lot better in my head.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', "Mr Hankey's Christmas Classics":
-->'''Gerald''': ''(singing, after everyone else has stopped)'' Creator/CourteneyCox, I love you; you're so hot on that show...
-->'''Kyle''': Dad... Dad? We're singing about a dreidel.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{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''': (''points to Spongebob'') You may kiss the bride!!
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'': The verses in "ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything" 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|Hanging}} the hell out of it.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', 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 ''WesternAnimation/AlmostNakedAnimals'' lives and breathes this trope, to the point where he has become the EnsembleDarkHorse. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNUWfZb7ejY Every]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFl5d7l_jao&list=PL9FA64FA33968D31D time]] he comes on screen he spouts these, much to the other character's confusion. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFz3R-PGHbk but no doubt to anyone that this is the weirdest]]
* Every other word that comes out of the mouth of ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel''.
-->I guess it's true what they say about a camel's ass: I ''am'' hungry.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
-->'''Bender''': As a robot living among humans, I've never really felt accepted at parties or nude beaches. So I've always secretly wondered, WHAT IF I WAS 500 FEET TALL?!?!
* Probably the funniest visual non-sequitur in cartoon history is where Bugs Bunny makes a fruit salad on Elmer Fudd's head in ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes The Rabbit Of Seville]]''.

* Seen on a button:
--> American Non-Sequitur Society--We don't make sense, but we do like pizza
-->[[TheStinger You know, I don't think whipped cream makes a very good shampoo...]]