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!
Is there something wrong, Bob?
GAH! Just… forget it!
Is she gone? Phew… Exam— Examples
Anime and Manga
Film - Animation
- 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...
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!
Hayashida: No buts!
Film - Live Action
- 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 Rafiki 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. Rafiki takes it in stride and just states "My work here is done."
- Skipper does this to Classified in Penguins of Madagascar when he tries to explain his plan, Skipper loudly chews Cheezy Dibbles. He interrupts him so many times that he ends up covered in cheese dust.
- 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.
- In Tough Magic one case happen with Thran and Yil, when the former was worked up and not paying attention to what the latter was saying, and another at the very end, which was more of a crowd of people constantly interrupting each other.
- 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...
Michael: Sentences. Why would I say...
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.
- Happens a lot in the work of David Mamet, but especially in Oleanna, where Carol barely gets to finish a sentence in Act I.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bob's Burgers: Its very first episode features Hugo moping aloud to Linda about her marrying Bob as Gene puts out a kitchen fire with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
- In the DuckTales episode "Top Duck", Launchpad's parents, Ripcord and Birdy, keep trying to tell him that they're not ashamed of him, but he keeps interrupting them...until the end of the episode.
Ripcord: Launchpad, these things just happen.
Launchpad: To me, over and over and over again. I know!
Birdy: Oh, but Launchpad, we—
Launchpad: I know, I know. You're ashamed and embarrassed to be seen with me.
Ripcord: Launchpad, you've got to stop—
: Crashing! I know, I know!
But the ground and I are like two irresistible forces, destined to keep meeting again and again.
- 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.
- In Steven Universe episode "Friend Ship", Pearl is so enthusiastic to catch Peridot she keeps cutting off everyone else's taunts with her own.
Peridot! We're here to— Pearl:
And you'll never get away with this! Peridot:
Don't you Gems have anything better to do than annoy me? Amethyst:
Nope! We're gonna— Pearl: Prepare to be annoyed!