You shut the goddamn hell up, super monsters.
Someone is talking, either to someone else or to the viewer. But slowly, creeping up on them, is a horrible monster or villain. You know this person's gonna die. Or they're in serious trouble. The monster begins to roar
And the person turns around and says, "oh, be quiet." And the scary thing actually does.
This is a comedic trope used to create a sharp contrast between the large, mean looking thing and the considerably smaller person who tells it to shut up. This often takes the form of someone who's talking being interrupted by an intimidating, powerful looking beast, but also sometimes is done by having a little guy have a friend or pet or relative who's muscular, huge, and intimidating, but can easily be calmed just by being told, "be quiet."
In some cases, this can happen because the person telling the big scary thing to be quiet doesn't realize it's a big scary thing... yet.
Examples of when the character is intentionally doing this:
Anime & Manga
Film – Animated
Film – Live Action
- In A Bug's Life, Dot is threatened by Thumper, a savage grasshopper. As he snarls at her, she slaps him on the nose and tells him "Bad!" This just makes Thumper mad, but fortunately for Dot he gets scared away by Dim the beetle.
Live Action TV
- In The Mummy, when Rick O'Connell meets Imohtep for the first time in mummy form, and he lets out his monstrous roar, Rick yells right back in his face.
- In Home Alone, Kevin has a great fear of his basement, including his furnace, which he envisions as a growling, groaning monster. He eventually overcomes his fear of the basement in one scene: the furnace is growling and groaning at him like usual, and he simply says, "shut up." And it does.
- In Beetlejuice, Barbara ends up in the sand desert outside the house. A sand worm threatens her. She slaps it on the nose and it goes away. Later she rides that sand worm to the rescue.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, one pair of shopowners consists of a short little man and his enormous, muscular, roaring companion, who is repeatedly told to just be quiet.
- As seen from the page quote in 8-Bit Theater the four fiends, each of which almost killed them when they fought it the first time, have returned from the dead and joined forces to kill them. But Black Mage is too busy squabbling with Red Mage, so they end up standing there until Sarda shows up to yell at them.
- Looney Tunes short Bully for Bugs: Bugs Bunny turns to the bull breathing down his back, slaps it and says, "Stop steaming up my tail! What're you trying to do, wrinkle it?"
- On the Tex Avery cartoon "Detouring America", the audience is presented with a split screen, one side showing a snarling Gila monster, the other a little girl reciting a nursery rhyme (for those who might find the Gila monster too scary). At the end the girl shouts "Shut up!" to the monster, who runs away whimpering.
- Cosgrove from Freakazoid! has stopped at least a couple monsters by simply telling them to "Cut it out."
- In an Animaniacs short, the Warner kids accidentally tunnel to Hell. Satan attempts to impress them with his hamminess while they check their map, but Dot shushes him by saying "Can you be a doll and hold that thought?". At the end of the cartoon, the gag repeats, but this time with St. Peter at the gates of Heaven.
- On one Pepe Le Pew cartoon, a film director is reviewing the animals to be used in his film. A lion roars at him, then the director shouts "Quiet!" through his megaphone, and the lion shuts up.
Examples of it being done unknowingly:
Film – Live Action
- In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Willie is bothered by an elephant several times as she's preparing to go to sleep. Then, a large snake slithers onto her shoulder. Willie thinks it's the elephant's trunk, and casually brushes it off.
- In the Classic Disney Short "The Pointer", Mickey Mouse is unaware that there's a huge bear behind him, thinking it's Pluto. He keeps telling it to shut up, even slaps it on the nose without looking back. It's not until Mickey sees Pluto in front of him that he starts to wonder who's been following him all this time.
- In another short, "Good Scouts", Donald Duck is bandaged from head to toe by his nephews, and as he tries to free himself he spills a jar of honey on himself. A bear arrives and starts licking him. Donald, unable to see, thinks it's the boys and tells them to stop; when the bear doesn't he hits it, causing the bear to growl. Donald rises up to shout "What's the big idea?", and at this point the bandages over his eyes loosen, gets a good look at his assailant, and beats a hasty retreat.
- A scene from the Ren and Stimpy episode "A Visit to Anthony" (that was cut by Nickelodeon) has Ren accidentally slapping Anthony's father, thinking it was Stimpy behind him.