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Rapid Fire Interrupting
Rapid Fire Interrupting is when-

Rapid Fire Interrupting refers to those moments when a character keeps interrupting another one while speaking, without letting them utter a single sentence.

Umm... thanks Alice. Naturally thi-

As you can expect, whoever is getting interrupted will insist on trying to speak, only to get constantly stopped by the other one. Angrish is to be expected if they get the opportunity to speak after the long breaking-in streak.

This usually mea-

This can happen either because the one interrupting is so angry he/she won't let the other talk, knows that he or she is more knowledgeable in the topic than the other, knows that the other is going to say something incredibly stupid, or just wants to get them angry.

Though it doesn-

The interrupting doesn't necessarily need to come from another person though, a Loud Speaker Truck or something to that effect showing up regularily can do the job just fine.

It's related to-

Compare Mamet Speak (in which both sides interrupt each other in quick sucession), Conjunction Interruption, Speechbubbles Interruption, Preemptive "Shut Up" and Silence, You Fool!.

*grumble*

Is there something wrong Bob?

GAH! Just... forget it!

Is she gone? Phew... Exam- Examples

Advertising
  • The Cheez-its commercial with the "interrupting cheese" joke. The idea of all the ads is waiting for the cheese to mature, and there are always cheeses doing childish 'immature' things. This one has the cheese doing a knock knock joke about 'interrupting cheese' and then interrupting the guy's reply question.
  • This anti-drug PSA has a father asking his kid who taught him to do drugs (It was the father himself, teaching by example).
    Dad: Where did you get it?
    Son: Dad I —
    Dad: Answer me.

Anime and Manga
  • Happens to Jounouchi in Yu-Gi-Oh! as he tries to congratulate Yugi for beating Pegasus.
  • One conversation in Sangatsu No Lion combines this with Conjunction Interruption. Rei continuously tries to make a rebuttal against Hayashida's attempts to convince him to return to his foster home and to join a study group with "but," only to be repeatedly interrupted by the next part of Hayashida's spiel. When it seems like he's finally about to let Rei have a word in...
    Rei: "...But-"
    Hayashida: "Gah, geez! All that's been coming out of your mouth is, 'but, but, but!' It's be great if a hundred "buts" would make a door open, but to be perfectly honest, there are no doors like that!"
    Rei: "But-"
    Hayashida: "No buts!"

Comic Strip
  • A Dilbert comic introduced "the Sentence Finisher", who would constantly interrupt people to finish their sentences for them:
    Dilbert: You're finishing all my sentences with -
    Sentence Finisher: - uncanny accuracy?

Film - Animation
  • In The Princess and the Frog, Charlotte asks Big Daddy to tell Tiana the big news about Prince Naveen being a guest in their house, but she is so excited that she keeps blurting it out before Big Daddy can get a word in. She also keeps him from enjoing the beignets he ordered.
  • In Lion King 1 / 2 after Simba heads back to Pride Rock to reclaims his throne and Timon initially refuses to back him up. He debates with himself whether to do so and comes upon Rifiki once more who looks to offer him some advice. Timon pretty much cuts him off before he does so and comes to the conclusion he does want to help his friend before running off. Rifiki takes it in stride and just states "My work here is done."

Film - Live Action
  • Dr. Evil does this to his son Scott in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Scott is trying to convince Dr. Evil to let him shoot Austin and Vanessa Kensington instead of leaving them in a Death Trap.
    Scott: It's no hassle...
    Dr. Evil: Shhh!
    Scott: But...
    Dr. Evil: Shhh!
    Scott: All I'm saying...
    Dr. Evil: Shhh!
    Scott: They're gonna get awa...
    Dr. Evil: Shhh! [snip]
    Scott: Look...
    Dr. Evil: Shhh!
  • His Girl Friday is famous for this. To pack in more dialogue and allow to be interrupted without the audience missing anything essential that the characters were saying, superfluous words were added to the beginning and end of the sentences, so if you missed what the characters were saying when they talked at the same time, you could still follow the story.
  • The Muppets has a scene where Kermit is trying to explain to Gonzo what's going on, but Fozzie keeps interrupting with suggestions about what he should say.

Literature
  • Happens repeatedly in the Dragaera novel Dragon, when Vlad awakens in Castle Black after he's been beaten up. Even his complaint about how no one's letting him complete a sentence is interrupted.

Live-Action TV
  • Monk: In "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan", Monk is attempting to talk to Stottlemeyer, but a jackhammer keeps interrupting. At one point, Monk even attempts to perform a fake-out, but the jackhammer doesn't start. Then Monk attempts to speak again...at which point the jackhammer begins making noise.
  • Arrested Development:
    Michael: It's like we finish each other's...
    Lindsay: Sandwiches?
    Michael: Sentences. Why would I say...
    Lindsay: Sandwiches.
    Michael: That time, I was going to say sandwiches.
  • Happens a lot in Mock the Week, particularly to Ed Byrne.
    Ed Byrne: (to Dara) Now that it's just me and you I probably still can't get a word in.
  • The whole premise of the "Interrupter" sketch on Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Conan attempts to introduce his next guest but is interrupted by the Interrupter, who finishes Conan's sentences throughout the rest of the sketch, eventually leading to the Interrupter revealing self-deprecating and disturbing facts about himself. Sometimes the sketch would end with the Interrupter beginning the sentence and Conan interrupting him instead, or another character (such as a therapist or female Interrupter) would appear to interrupt the Interrupter.
  • The intro to the MythBusters Demolition Derby Special contains this. Adam keeps interrupting Jamie, who eventually gives Adam an annoyed glare.

Theatre
  • Happens a lot in the work of David Mamet, but especially in Oleanna, where Carol barely gets to finish a sentence in Act I.

Theme Parks
  • The Disneyland version of Carousel of Progress had this during the scene about life in the 1960s, when the father of the household would start talking about the most recent technological advancements, only for his wife to start praising how easier life has become with modern technology.

Video Games
  • In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater this happens between 2 members of Snake's Mission Control, specifically between Sigint and Para-Medic, when discussing LIFE medicine.
  • In one of the 'previews' in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, Captain Gordon, DEFENDER OF EARTH! interrupts Etna's speech so many times, that in the end, out of annoyance, Etna proceeds to beat up, shoot and overall brutalize the guy.
  • Happens in a skit in Tales of Graces. Asbel is asking Sophie questions about her Protos Heis abilities. Sophie keeps trying to answer, only to have Emeraude interrupt her (and at one point Asbel himself) to answer the questions herself.
    • Also played for laughs in another skit. Pascal tries to figure out the purpose of some cryas stones, but as she figures it out and is about to give her guess, Lambda interrupts and gives the answer himself. When Pascal asks for clarification on one aspect, Lambda answers, "Figure it out yourself." Pascal takes him up on that and thinks for a moment before coming up with an answer... only to once again be interrupted by Lambda revealing the answer anyway, much to Pascal's annoyance.
    Malik: Lambda is kind of a jerk.

Webcomics

Western Animation
  • This happens to Aquaman in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Bold Beginnings!" as he repeatedly tries to tell the story of how he first met Batman.
  • One episode of The Simpsons is set in the future where Maggie is a teenager. Every single time she's about to speak, she's interrupted by something.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Applebuck Season", this happens to Twilight Sparkle when she tries to give a speech in Applejack's honor. She eventually gives up.
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