Shut Up and Save Me!


Alice is in danger. Her friend or ally Bob is nearby, but instead of helping her, Bob chooses this moment to go into monologue mode. In some cases, Bob just hasn't noticed that Alice is in trouble; in others, he notices but feels the need to get his two cents in before he saves her. In either case, Bob may be ranting about how he can't turn his back for a minute without Alice ignoring his advice and getting herself into trouble.

Contrast Unwanted Assistance.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Inverted hilariously in Bleach, Ichigo basically tells Rukia "Shut up and let me save you."
  • In Beelzebub, Oga does pretty much the exact same thing.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Monsters, Inc., Sully is being throttled by Randall when Mike shows up. Since Randall is invisible, Mike doesn't notice at first that Sully in trouble, and he keeps talking for a minute or two before he notices that Sully's not being very attentive. And then Mike gets mad and throws a snowball at him, hitting Randall in the face by mistake (showing Sully where Randall's head is).
    Sulley: (is fighting the invisible Randall when he is hit with a snowball) Mike?
    Mike: Look, it's not that I don't care about the kid.
    Sulley: Mike, you don't understand.
    Mike: Yes, I do. I was just mad, that's all. I needed some time to think, but you shouldn't have left me out there.
    Sulley: I'm being attacked!
    Mike: No, I'm not attacking you. I'm trying to be honest, just hear me out. You and I are a team. Nothing is more important than our friendship.
    (Boo approaches Mike, frightened)
    Mike: I-I-I know, kid. He-he's too sensitive.
    (Sulley is being strangled)
    Mike: Come on, pal. If you start crying, I'm gonna cry, and I'll never get through this. I'm sorry I wasn't there for you, but I am now. Hey, Sulley, I am baring my soul here. The least you can do is pay attention!
    (throws snowball; it hits Randall, making him visible enough for Sulley punch him in the face)
    Mike: Hey look, it's Randall— ohhhhhh...
  • A variation in Flushed Away; Rodney plays the part of Big Damn Heroes, but starts by apologising profusely for his earlier behavior. Rita suggests they talk about this after he's rescued her.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn and Éowyn in "The Houses of Healing". Particularly infuriating as he's monologuing about all the additional names he's going to have once he's king. This is Tolkien — names are Serious Business.
  • In one of Aesop's Fables, a boy is bathing in a river, but walks out too far and starts drowning. A nearby man starts calling him a moron, and the boy screams at him to save him and then scold him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Ninth Doctor and Rose in the first episode of the new series, "Rose". The Doctor is being attacked by a plastic hand. Rose continues talking to him while she's in the kitchen, and even when she walks into the room she initially thinks he's mucking about.
    • There's the time in "The Runaway Bride" when the Tenth Doctor is listening at a door and talking at Donna and completely fails to notice the fact that she's been kidnapped by mooks for about half a minute. Amusingly, he notices mid-sentence, commenting as he turns around "and you have never been so quiet."
    • When the Eleventh Doctor and River Song are back-to-back in "Day of the Moon", Amy delivers this gem:
      Amy: Is this really important flirting? Because I feel I should be higher on the list.
  • This exchange in the Firefly episode "War Stories"; Mal is fighting Niska's henchman after being tortured; Jayne prepares to shoot the henchman:
    Zoe: Jayne, this is something the Captain has to do on his own.
    Mal: No! No, it's not!
    Zoe: Oh. (Zoe, Jayne, and Wash kill Niska's henchman)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cordelia comes across Willow locked in a cage in the school library, and instead of letting her out sits down with a cup of coffee and lectures Willow about stealing her boyfriend. Which is actually a good thing because, unknown to her, she's actually talking to Willow's Evil Twin — a psychotic vampire from an alternate dimension. In the spin-off series Angel Cordy is equally clueless when hunting through the sewers after a monster, and failing to notice it's strangling Doyle with a giant tentacle because she's too busy griping about how insensitive Angel is to the needs of his co-workers.
  • In an episode of Scrubs JD goes to morgue for some reason and finds Dr. Cox there, Bound and Gagged and Stuffed into the Fridge by the angry janitors. JD realises he's got a unique opportunity to give voice to everything he ever wanted to say to Dr. Cox. Perry becomes so enraged by his yammering, he snaps the bounds on his hands and tackles JD.
  • An episode of Lois and Clark has a new superhero called Resplendent Man show up. He is as powerful as Superman, but will waste time demanding money from victims while they are still in danger.

    Video Games 
  • A scene in Broken Sword 2 has you find Nico tied to a chair. You can untie the rope or talk to her, but if you spend too long talking she gets a little annoyed...
  • Similarly, Tales of Monkey Island: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal lets the player ask Guybrush's wife Elaine how her day has been and if she needs anything to eat... while she's tied up on the deck of a zombie demon ghost pirate's ship.
  • A variation from Transformers: War for Cybertron; they aren't exactly dawdling, but the squad releasing Air Raid from his prison are encountering delays.
    Air Raid: You know, it was a lot quicker when I rescued you!
    Sideswipe: Can it, Air Raid; we're workin' here!

    Web Animation 
  • In Red vs. Blue, Grif is suspended from a cliff by a gun he jammed into the side of the wall, and Simmons and Sarge are arguing over whether to check that he's alive:
    Grif: Oh just shut up and pull me up! I can't hold on forever!

    Web Comics 
  • The trope name comes from a Dominic Deegan strip, where the exact quote is, "Will you shut up and help me?!"
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Early on, when Roy is assaulted by a mind flayer, the other party members just stand there dumbfounded while Vaarsuvius rants furiously that s/he should be the one attacked, having the highest intelligence score.
      Roy: A little help here? No, seriously, guys.
    • In a filler strip, Belkar (while floating inside a Gelatinous Cube) to Roy and Haley.
      Belkar: Less talk, more slashing damage.

    Western Animation 
  • Happens on Avatar: The Last Airbender during a battle with pirates:
    Aang: Hey, you did the Water Whip!
    Katara: I couldn't have done it without your help!
    Sokka: (being restrained by three pirates) Will you two quit congratulating each other and help me out?!
  • In Drawn Together, sort of, in Xandir's coming-out episode.
  • An episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold has Robin taking advantage of the fact Batman is tied up to a giant loom to rant to him about treating him like a kid. Batman, being Batman, frees himself while Robin gets distracted telling him off.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rainbow Dash does this whenever she's going to save someone in "The Mysterious Mare Do Well". At one point a hapless tourist pony in a runaway cart interrupts her Catch Phrase and asks politely if she could save them first.
    • Rainbow Dash gets at the receiving end of it in "Magical Mystery Cure", when Twilight and Fluttershy start singing "A True, True Friend" and she has to remind them that she's still tied up.
  • In Teen Titans, during a fight with Trigon in Raven's mind.
    Raven: You stayed? I thought you didn't like me.
    Beast Boy: Thought you didn't like me.
    Cyborg: Yo, I like both of ya. Now get your butts over here!