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Shutting Up Now
Optimus Prime: Bumblebee, my small little friend. You look...different.
Bumblebee: Yeah, I just totally got rebuilt. I feel better than ever. I feel like a gold bug.
Optimus Prime: Ha Ha! And that's who you'll be from now on, Bumblebee: Goldbug!
Goldbug: (uneasy laughter) Uh...thanks...Uh, gee, Optimus, I was kinda thinking I could still be called Bumblebee.
Optimus Prime: Quiet, Goldbug.
Shutting up now, Optimus.
This is where a character 'voluntarily' decides to be quiet, removing themselves from the argument/conversation. This can be through defeat (being proven wrong), threat, everyone staring at them accusingly
or suggestion, or simply because as The Lackey
they were told to.
Common phrases would be "I'll be quiet now" or "Okay, I'll just shut up" or simply silence. One key theme of this trope would be that they really do want to talk, but humiliation or perhaps painful humility stops them.
Another form of this is when someone realises they're babbling, are clearly making a losing argument, losing track of their analogy
and/or are getting increasingly off topic, ending their spiel with "I'll just shut up now".
See also That Came Out Wrong
and Digging Yourself Deeper
for the reasons people may end up shutting up and Chewbacca Defense
for a discussion of why this is an admission of defeat. Compare And That Would Be Wrong
, Change the Uncomfortable Subject
, I Have Nothing to Say to That
Contrast Preemptive "Shut Up"
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- In Kyon Big Damn Hero, after Kyon notes Haruhi's too calm reaction to her learning Kanae involuntarily teleported herself to Kyon's bed during the night.
Kyon: Part of me wants to say that your reaction to this is incredibly unreasonable. Rather, only you would look at something so incredibly unreasonable, and choose to be so reasonable about it.
(gives a pointed look to the other person in the conversation) I'm the only one who's reasonable? What about your fiancee
Kyon: I am going to forgo speaking privileges for the rest of the day.
Films — Animation
Films — Live Action
- Animorphs. Usually a result of banter between Rachel and Marco:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation novel Imzadi depicts how Troi and Riker first met while he was stationed on her home planet. During his time there, Riker meets and is frequently mentored by a tough Sergeant Rock who has a Running Gag of saying that something is "all part of the service." The sergeant tries to counsel Riker when it looks like Riker isn't going to get the girl, but by that point Riker is tired of it and just tells the sergeant to shut up. After a beat, the sergeant says "Shutting up. All part of the service, sir".
- In Queen of Wands, spoken word for word by Hjalmar to Sharice during their quest to rescue Janea.
- In Erewhon, the narrator says this, making this trope both potentially meta and Older Than Radio
I have dwealt too long upon opinions which can have no possible bearing upon our own, but I have not said the tenth part of what these would-be reformers urged upon me. I feel, however, that I have sufficiently trespassed upon the attention of the reader.
Live Action TV
- From the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode, where they're trying to figure out who's made them all sing:
Xander: It could be witches! Some evil witches—
(he sees disapproval from witches Willow and Tara)
—which is ridiculous, 'cause witches they were persecuted,
Wicca good and love the earth and woman power
and I'll be over here.
- After Willow's alternate dimension vampire self appears and Willow comments that she's evil, skanky, and kind of gay, Buffy comforts her that the vampire has nothing to do with the actual person.
Well actually - (Buffy gives him a Death Glare
) - that's a good point.
- Willow is feeling ill after eating too much.
Oh, baby, want me to rub your tummy? (to the others)
She likes it when I ... (quietly) stop explaining things.
- The Fast Show — "I'll get me coat."
- Friends: Joey sets Monica up on a blind date
Monica: You've never met him, have you?
Joey: Well, uh, technically...
Monica: Oh my God, Joey, for all we know this guy could be horribly—
(stunningly handsome guy walks in)
Monica: ...horribly attractive. I'll be shutting up now.
- The IT Crowd — Moss's "I'm talking, aren't I?" and Jen's "I'm sorry, did that sound like words?"
- On a Whose Line Is It Anyway? game of Questions only (In which the dialogue of the scene must be composed strictly of questions), Drew buzzes out one of the contestants.
Gaah, what's the matter with you? How do I look? Drew: (hits the buzzer)
That was a question and a sta— Oh, no, that was two questions. (Karen gives Drew a Death Glare)
I'll be over here if you need me. Colin:
Where were we?
- The West Wing: "I'll just sit here quietly now."
- In an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, Andy gives a huge speech to his feuding coworkers about how there are too many walls dividing them, and they need to break down the walls that separate people, ending it with "and that's the corniest thing I've ever said. I'm gonna sit right over here and be sick."
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Played for Drama in "The Drumhead" after Insane Admiral Satie suffers a Villainous Breakdown while trying to smear Picard in a Kangaroo Court: "I have nothing more to say."
- Arrow gives us the following quote when Felicity's wearing an earbud so she can talk to Oliver inside a casino:
Oliver: That would be my preference.
- In season 2 of The Office (US), Jim lets Michael in on the fact he has feelings for Pam, and of course, Michael can't help but leak it to everyone, so Jim gets ahead of it and lets Pam know that he had a crush on her but no longer does. At the end of the episode, Pam tells Michael not to feel bad and Jim already told her about, but Michael again can't help himself:
Pam: No, really, it's okay. I know that Jim had, like a crush on me when he first started. But that was a long time ago, so—
Michael: It wasn't that long ago. It was on the booze cruise.
Pam: Jim had a crush on me on the booze cruise or he told you about it on the booze cruise?
Michael (to self): Yehhh, okay, shuuttt it Michael. I'm done. That's it.
- Mass Effect 2, when Tali explains to female Shepard about quarians linking suit environments as a show of trust and intimacy.
Tali: I haven't trusted anyone enough for that, though. Except... well... um, no quarians. You know what I mean.
Shepard: I appreciate the thought, Tali, and I feel the same way, but you don't have to prove anything to me.
Tali: I know. But I would be honored to join suit environments with you... i-if you were a quarian, and we weren't already on a suicide mission, and—I-I'm going to tinker a bit more, thanks for coming by.
- EDI and Joker are bickering over something. One of the dialog options makes Shepard get fed up with it.
Shepard: What is this, high school? Both of you, find something better to do with your time.
EDI: Understood. It is a minor matter.
Joker: With a nuclear response!
Joker: Shutting up now, commander!
- Tali causes Garrus to have this response, when she threatens the guy with her shotgun, after he started teasing her in the stairwell.
Garrus: You ever miss those talks we had on the elevators?
Garrus: Come on, remember how we'd all ask you about life on the flotilla? It was an opportunity to share!
Tali: This conversation is over.
Garrus: Tell me again about your immune system!
Tali: I have a shotgun.
Garrus: Maybe we'll talk later.
- Merrill in Dragon Age II does this to herself constantly. In the first scene where she meets Hawke, she admits that she's nervous because she's heard so many bad stories about humans but she's sure that there are no bad stories about Hawke, though it's not because Hawke isn't notable enough to have stories told about them and she'll just stop talking now. She later says "I'mbabblingagainlet'sjustgo" very quickly when she embarrasses herself.
- Spider-Man in Marvel Ultimate Alliance.
Spidey: Why can't we ever go to an alternate dimension filled with lonely supermodels?
Wolverine: 'Cause we're going to save Nightcrawler, you got a problem with that?
Spidey: Nooo. I'll... just... be quiet now.
- Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword. In the mission where you first get to command her, telling Florina to move to a space other than the one the game wants you to send her will have her correct you and say, "I'll shut up now..."
- The Prinny Commentator from Hour of Darkness' DS incarnation will say "I'll shut up for a while" when the dialogue becomes abnormally serious.
- In El Goonish Shive, Tedd does this at least once after receiving a double Death Glare.
- From Freefall: 484, and 68
- Girl Genius: Two-part example involving Agatha and Moloch, in this strip.
- MegaTokyo: Kimiko trying to explain about how she got mad because people were sneering at pathetic fanboys like Piro.
- It takes three knives to the head from Black Mage to get there, but Red Mage does get there.
- The Order of the Stick #356:
Pompey: Shutting up, yessir.
- This happens to John in Homestuck, when he attempts to converse with a grimdark Rose.
John: by the way, did you know that karkat thinks we are supposed to get married?
Rose: Gorthytch svulk borblyíahth?
John: wait! i hope that didnít come off as a proposal or anything! sorry, iím just making conversation. i guess i am a little nervousÖ because technically, this is the first time we have ever met, and also, you are talking like an eldritch monster, so iím kind of babbling. we donít actually have to get married though. i mean, not if you donít want to.
John: heheh. ok, iíll shut up now.
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "Gaming The System", after Harmless Villain Dr. Doofenshmirtz has zapped Perry the Platypus with his Ballgowninator:
You know, Perry the Platypus, that dress sort of suits you, if, you know, you just accentuate the positive, as they say... Um... I'm going to stop talking now, I'm moving into a weird area
- In Looney Tunes, after having had enough of Foghorn Leghorn telling them what to do, the person he has harassed throughout the episode will yell "AW SHUT UP!" while smacking him and he will reply "Okay I'll shut up, when someone tells me to shut up I'll shut up..." while continuing to talk.
Rocky: Shut up!
Bugs: Shut u-up? Why certainly! You don't think I'm the type that would keep on blabbin'? Some people never know when to stop. When I'm told to shut up, I shut up...
Rocky: [sticks gun in Bugs's face] Shut up shut-in' up!
- Beast Wars: One of the numerous Running Gags of the series is Rattrap proclaiming "we're all gonna die!" when a situation looks dire, which would immediately be followed by someone replying "shut up, Rattrap!". In one episode, Rattrap says "we're all gonna die!" and, before anyone else can respond, he adds in "I know, I know, 'shut up Rattrap!'"
- Beast Boy in Teen Titans says this word for word in the first episode with Terra.
- Used in the The Critic episode "Miserable". Jay uses a cardboard cutout of himself which is hooked up to a clapper to knock out the villain of the episode. However the cardboard cutout's repeated chanting of "Buy my book!" is so incredibly annoying that Jay's best friend Jeremy blows its head off with his gun, saying "It had to be done". When Jay asks why and begins repeating the chant until Jeremy points the gun at him complete with Dramatic Gun Cock. Prompting Jay to say he'll be quiet.