Every so often, one character just has to apply a little force to another to get him to start talking. There can be numerous reasons for this:
- The other person is shy;
- He's staring at something (often something that would be awkward if someone notices him looking at it);
- He's reluctant to say the particular thing he's supposed to say;
- He appears to be dying or dead.
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- In the first-season Pokémon episode "Showdown at Dark City", Misty suggests making up pseudonyms so the group won't blemish their reputation by essentially taking sides in a gang war. Ash and Misty come up with names fairly quickly, but Misty has to nudge Brock to make him speak since he's too busy gawking at the female recruiter.
- In the anime adaptation of Super Robot Wars: Divine Wars, Aya is responsible for doing this to Ryusei in order to remind him to stick to military protocol, which is justified since he had enlisted with the Earth Federation Army recently under pressure from Major Ingram so that he wouldn't be arrested.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Near the end of Artemis Fowl book The Arctic Incident, Butler gives Artemis a nudge to prompt him to thank Holly for saving his parents.
- The Benny Hill Show. During a big production number by the Volunteer Fireman's Brigade the Captain pushes a dimwitted member out in front so he can introduce the Captain. The Captain ends up Playing Cyrano, feeding him the introduction phrase by phrase, then acts surprised when he "discovers" that he's the one being talked about.
- The premise of the chorus for the Michael Jackson song "Smooth Criminal", The character finds "Annie" assaulted, so he goes "Annie, are you OK, would you tell us, that you're OK?" to the girl.
- In The Order of the Stick, Celia once disguises as a half-fiendish necromancer to trick hobgoblins guards, with Haley and Belkar pretending to be corpses. However, the guards get suspicious and demand she demonstrates her necromancy. When Belkar doesn't initially respond to "Darkblood Gloomgloom" pronouncing a fake incantation, Celia smacks him.
Celia as Darkblood Gloomgloom: I said, "ARISE, dead halfling corpse that is right in front of me, and take a semblance of life!" NOW!
Belkar as undead: OW! OK, OK, I'm arising already.
- In one of the Ice Age films. Manfred just seemingly pulled a Heroic Sacrifice and is down for the count. Sid approaches him and urged him to "say something, anything!" to confirm he's okay. He mutters something, and is told to clarify by Sid, so clarifies after that and says Sid is stepping on his trunk and unintentionally choking him.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In the episode "A Bird in the Hoof", Twilight gives Fluttershy a "make noise" nudge, to get her to help in covering up the sound of Philomena's coughing so the Royal Guards don't hear.
- In "Lesson Zero", Apple Bloom gives one to Sweetie Belle so she'd say something along with her and Scootaloo to placate an obviously deranged Twilight Sparkle trying to offer them an ugly doll.
- In "The Cutie Map - Part 2", Twilight gives Fluttershy a bump to remind her that she needs to say that she wants to join their cult in order to spy on Starlight Glimmer.
- The Simpsons. During a school assembly introducing new principal Ned Flanders, he asks if there are any questions. Jimbo nudges Kearney, telling him to ask a question or else they'll all have to go back to class. Kearney asks what the new principal's policy is on lunch.
- At the beginning of the Veggie Tales episode "King George and the Ducky", Jimmy and Jerry Gourd are both wearing cardboard cutouts of Bob and Larry. After Jimmy tries introducing himself as Bob the Tomato, Jerry tries introducing himself as Larry the Cucumber, but stops after saying "And I'm Larry", prompting Jimmy to give Jerry a nudge in the side, so that Jerry can finish with "Cucumber".
- In the second episode of Ultimate Spider-Man, Luke Cage nudges Sam Alexander so he can introduce himself.