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->''"Do that again and you'll pull back a stump."''
-->-- '''Alleria Windrunner''', ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II: Beyond the Dark Portal''

[[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger Pointing at people is rude]]. [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace So is poking them]]. [[BerserkButton So is poking them repeatedly for no reason when you already have their attention]]. ''[[SelfDemonstratingArticle Will you please quit doing that already?!]]'' [[WhatTheHellPlayer Sheesh, what's wrong with you, anyway?]]

In games that have units vocally acknowledge when you select them, clicking too often can make them annoyed/sarcastic. Originated with ''VideoGame/WarcraftOrcsAndHumans'' (the TropeMaker and TropeNamer) and became a standard feature of all Creator/BlizzardEntertainment's games, and has since spread to other companies. Now, it is almost considered a mandatory feature for any RealTimeStrategy game. BreakingTheFourthWall is optional, but usually adds to the fun.

This is not strictly limited to mouse-clicking, but any repeated action (such as talking to a character) where the programmers thought to include an annoyed or comical reaction. For more general examples not related to multiple clicks/conversations, see WhatTheHellPlayer.

See TormentByAnnoyance for a similar trope not related to Video Games.



[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/BlizzardEntertainment, after [[TropeMaker inventing this]], raised it to an art form. ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' and all ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games (including ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'') have characters getting angry, doing comedy routines, or just providing additional insight into their characters. The TropeNamer is the original ''Warcraft'' orc's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by8AZX9dyiw Stop poking me!]]"
** Referenced in ''[=StarCraft=] Brood War'', with Artanis's "Stop poking me! What do I look like, an orc?", and with the Protoss Observer transmitting Neil Armstrong's famous "A small step for a man..." interrupted midway by "Stop poking me!" over the radio.
** In the first ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'', clicking the town's cow would cause it to moo. Clicking it repeatedly would make your character start commenting on it. "Yup, that's a cow all right..."
** The Valkyries in ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' provided a ShoutOut to Film/YoungFrankenstein.
** ''VideoGame/WarcraftII'''s Human Footman class would quip "Why do you keep touching me?" and "Are you still touching me?" The former of which was used in the [[BuffySpeak disco-y]] hidden music track on the expansion CD, and in fact came from the ''original'' game.
** Along with the page quote, clicking on Alleria Windrunner would occasionally get you the line [[DoubleEntendre "You never touch the other elves like that."]]
** In ''Warcraft II'''s case, even the setup program got annoyed if you kept clicking the sound test button.
---> "[[MostWonderfulSound Your sound card works perfectly!]] Your sound card works perfectly! [[RuleOfThree Your sound card works perfectly!]] Enjoying yourself? Your sound card works perfectly! [[RunningGag Your sound card works perfectly!]] [[MostAnnoyingSound Your sound card works perfectly!]] ''It doesn't get any better than this.''"
** In ''Warcraft II'', poking a critter often enough and fast enough will result in lots of little animal sounds and finally the critter will just... well... BOOM! and a small bloody mess is all that's left. The explosion actually does damage to its surroundings.
** The ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' critters do it better: Click them enough and they explode in a ''nuclear explosion''. That one doesn't do any damage to other units, but can potentially scare the heck out of another person in casual multiplayer.
*** ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' takes the poking further by having various ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' jokes being said among the human units, and veiled pokes at the ChurchOfHappyology among the Scourge's more intelligible units. Also, several rare/unique units have some ''massively long'' "annoyed" quotes. Heck, a lot of the "Demon" units have a running gag of "Darkness" calling people on the phone.
** The Thor unit in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' combines a fourth wall break with a ShoutOut, [[Film/{{Predator}} "I am here, click me!"]]
** And so the tradition continues in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', where every hero has a great deal of quotes. More than you'd ever have any chance of hearing during an average match. So much so that the best way to hear them without leaving your hero sitting like a lemon in the middle of a battle is generally to "try" heroes in the shop...for the sole purpose of clicking on them.
* The Flash game ''[[http://www.agame.com/game/Poke-the-Penguin.html Poke the Penguin]]'' may be a reference to the exploding critters in Blizzard's games.
** There's also a "Poke The Bunny" which is somewhat less extreme; it just sinks its razor-sharp teeth into the finger and doesn't let go.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' has a few examples, such as in ''Tiberian Wars'' if one man in the GDI sniper team is shot, the acknowledgement will be much more strained and panicky.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianTwilight'' all units have different responses depending on whether they are in combat or not, and then if they are winning or not while in combat.
** Also from ''Tiberium Wars'' on, units give different responses depending on if they are moving towards your own base or towards the enemy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Banjo-Kazooie}}'', Bottles offers to give you a tutorial of the game. Should you choose to reject his offer, and but still attempt to talk to him, he will refuse to speak with you. Bother him enough times, and he will threaten to erase your game pak. [[spoiler:Banjo pleads with him though, and he stops.]]
* ''VideoGame/CompanyOfHeroes'' has this, much like ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', whenever you repeatedly select a unit while it's out of combat. Not all units had a quote, but those that did generally had [[ClusterFBomb lots of profanity as they swore at the player.]] Some units had more witty responses, though, such as the British commandos breaking of the fourth wall by asking if one of them can range that camera hanging up there...
** "You click me one more time and I'll fuckin' smoke you."
** "Oh goodie, we got one of THOSE players."
** "We're fucked, crew! Command is drunk again!"
** "Hey... uh, new mouse?"
** "Yes sir, yes sir, ''yes sir'', '''FUCK OFF, SIR!'''"
** "We're Jadgpanzer, goddamnit. And we hate you."
** Bren Carrier here! HERE! ''HEEEEEREEE!!!''
* In ''VideoGame/{{Discworld}}'', examining Rincewind too many times causes him to temporarily steal the mouse cursor.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' has something similar. Including comments such as "I do not understand this "[[MediumAwareness mouse magic]]" that makes me do your bidding!" (incidentally, said by a character with an inhuman intelligence, which arguably allows him to see through the fourth wall) and the classic "Elminster this! Elminster that! Give ''me'' 2000 years and a pointy hat and I'll kick his arse!"
** Xzar, who's like, crazy awesome, actually at one point says "STOP ''POKING'' MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH!" as a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''.
** At the other end of the spectrum, is the just plain crazy Tiax, who informs you: "One day, Tiax will [[MediumAwareness point and click!]]".
** A possible third occurs when you click on Jaheira; one of her selection lines is, "Yes, oh omnipresent authority figure?"
* ''PlanescapeTorment'' likewise.
-->'''Dak'kon''': The reasons for your incessant clicking are not *known* to me.
** The characters also have quotes for if you try to give them weapons they can't wield or remove items they won't take off.
--->'''Morte''' (a [[DemBones floating skull]]): Sure, I'll just [[SarcasmMode swing it with my arms]]!
* ''IcewindDale'' gives us various character voice sets with this feature. Most are annoyed, some start cursing the player, and one even plays along with the player and then mentions that he knows a druid that can "hook you up with some really good stuff".
** And since you can make your own soundsets...
* ''VideoGame/WarhammerOnline'' does this, not just with the {{NPC}}s, but also other {{player character}}s.
* [[spoiler:Vateilika]] in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', after you see her in the [[spoiler:final Tasen hideout]] and poke her repeatedly, she eventually [[HeroicBSOD compleely breaks down]] and talks about how her relationship with her boyfriend fell apart because he kept poking her. With the Scrambler enabled, she starts narrating [[spoiler:the legend of the missile pony]] instead.
* In the newer ''MegaManStarForce'' games, you can poke Omega-Xis with your stylus, resulting in him getting annoyed, and closing the menu. In ''[=MMSF3=]'', however, if you poke him enough, he vanishes, and [[spoiler:the game appears to have frozen. Waiting a couple of seconds will have him come back, mocking you]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}'': As with Blizzard, the Stop Poking Me quotes are rife with puns and {{Shout Out}}s to other media.
-->'''Pyromaniac:''' Gah! [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Can't... Breathe in this thing!]]
-->'''Druid:''' [[VideoGame/{{Everquest}} Level 4 druid seeks party for monster hunting! Will SoW for clarity!]]
-->'''Earthfling:''' [[Music/{{Queen}} You've got mud on your face... You big disgrace. I. Will. ROCK YOU.]]
* Knock on the door of the crazy hermit in ''The Omega Stone'' enough times, and he'll slip out of character to chew you out.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest IV'' has an interesting example. If you ask a character the same question three times in a row, you get the following:
-->'''Roger:''' What's goin' on in there?
-->'''One-eyed Alien:'''The two geeks from Andromeda are in there signing copies of their latest release!
-->'''Roger:''' What's goin' on in there?
-->'''One-eyed Alien:''' I JUST TOLD YA! The two geeks from Andromeda are in there signing copies of their latest release!
-->'''Roger:''' What's goin' on in there?
-->'''One-eyed Alien:''' Beat it jerk!
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', if you call the moogle who acts as your save point on the world map without saving enough times, he gets angry and threatens you, first by stating that he's "sharpening his knife, kupo..." before ultimately his dialogue devolves into [[{{Angrish}} "STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT, KUPOOOOOH!!"]]
** Answering the question your boss gives you in the beginning (whether to kidnap the ugly queen or the princess) wrong (as in, "we'll kidnap the queen") 64 times will lead to a female thief storming into the room to tell you to stop messing around and already answer the question right.
* Similarly, if you call Mei Ling in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' too many times without saving, she gets annoyed and sticks her tongue out at you.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', if you press X to talk to Kimahri on the ferry too many times, eventually an animation triggers showing Tidus bugging him, Kimahri shoving back, and Tidus stamping his foot after getting pushed.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', if you run characters left-right-left-right-left-right too many times, they have a frustrated "that's quite ENOUGH" animations.
* ''VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar'' plays with this. If you click on your own units, they'll say things like "Yes, Sire?" as one would expect. Click on another faction's units, and they'll say things ranging from "I'm a warrior. Speak to our diplomats." (Actually, your diplomats can speak happily to any army-type unit on the campaign map.) to "Begone! You are not my liege!" and "You wish I was one of your own armies?", though exactly what they say depends on both their CharacterAlignment and whether the faction is allied, peaceful or at war. Click on an an army of a faction you've just beaten in a battle and they'll say things like "Was that your best shot?".
** Of course, perhaps the most epic is clicking on a Scottish unit you're hostile to. "AH'LL REEP OFF YER HEDD AND SPIT DOON YER NECK." Or, slightly less awesome: "I gotta ''claymore'' here for ye Jimmy..."
** ''Empire: Total War'' has a DeadpanSnarker admiral voice for the British. Clicking on a land square after selecting a fleet results in a delightfully snarky "Ships sail on ''water'', milord..."
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth'' includes these for all of its heroes, except the ones who can't talk. This also includes some {{Shout Out}}s such as the Pyromancer who shouts "[[LordOfTheRings YOU SHALL NOT PASS!]]" then chuckles and notes that "...[[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat I've always wanted to say that]]."
* A hilarious variation occurs in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}''. Speaking to people multiple times will result in them saying different things, and trying it on a Brahmin yields this:
--> '''Brahmin:''' Moo.
--> '''Brahmin:''' Moo, moo.
--> '''Brahmin:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Moo, I say.]]
* Characters in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' have Stop Poking Me lines if you select/unselect them too many times in the party selection screen. Shale says the trope namer line.
** If you repeatedly try to have your main character do something they cannot do (e.g. open a locked door) they ''will'' call you out on it.
-->'''Warden (Aggressive):''' Can I get you a ladder... so you can get off my back?!
* VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas takes a similar tack, as repeatedly giving a follower the same instruction leads to snarking.
--> '''Veronica''' (after being told "stay close/keep your distance three or four times): I don't get any closer until you turn into a leggy brunette!
* A character from ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' located on Noveria will cycle through lines every time you speak to him, until reaching his breaking point.
-->'''Inamorda:''' If you don't stop poking me, I'll throw you off that balcony.
** A scientist on the salarian homeworld in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' would ''really'' like you to stop poking the console he's working on. He'll eventually suggest you get your own [[spoiler: feces analyzer]] and stop playing with his.
-->'''Scientist:''' Further manipulation of that object is grounds for further admonishment. [...] Really! You must stop touching that!
** The gag is repeated in the Citadel DLC, with a waterfall in the Silver Coast Casino.
-->'''VI Announcer:''' You know what? Fine. [[{{Squick}} It's a hanar urinal.]] Knock yourself out.
* ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver]]'' lets the lead Pokemon follow the player around and lets the player interact with it. Doing this too much over a period of time leads to your Pokemon getting angry.
** The Pokemon Amie feature in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' has something similar -- pet a Pokemon on a spot it doesn't like long enough and it'll get annoyed at you. You can also poke them, which either produces the same result or provokes an even more irritated response from certain species.
* A flash game called VideoGame/GetOffMyLawn involves a store owner who, if you tickle him (by clicking on him) enough times, will call the police. This nets you the ''Restraining Order'' award.
* In the first ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', in the prologue, the guard who keeps you from going into Peach's room will give up if you talk to him enough times.
* In ''Nstorm'''s "Elf Bowling", you click on a little Easter egg in the corner to view pictures of the developers. If you mouse over three pictures in succession, it says "Stop. Poking. MEEEEEEEE!"
* In the second, third, and fourth ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea}}'' games, you can occasionally find friendly [=NPCs=] in Item World provide various services. If you talk to some of them too many times, they'll get annoyed and fight you, which may or may not let you reap some additional benefits by defeating them.
* In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'', if you talk to Arikado enough times after fighting Graham, he will get angry with you and change his dialogue to "GO NOW!".
* In ''VideoGame/HaloWars'', one of the selection acknowledgements for the Grunt squad is "Yee! Tickles!"
* In ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'', if you click April enough times, she will usually say, "April Ryan, you have ''got'' to get over yourself.'' Even funnier after the first scene before she puts on clothes.
* Empress Himiko, one of the playable mercenaries in ''AtlanticaOnline'' will occasionally say this after being selected.
* In ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'', the parrot objects to being prodded. This quickly becomes a more strenuous objection if you click and drag, effectively abducting him from his cage.
** And "prodding" the Maitre'd-bot enough times or trying to go to one of the tables provokes him into fighting you.
** But the one that takes the cake is the Smart Bomb, voiced by none other than John Cleese. Just one click or use of a hammer you find later makes him lose track of his countdown and forces him to start over. He eventually breaks down in tears.
* Not "clicking"-related, but keeping a guest's view window open long enough in ''RollerCoasterTycoon'' will cause him to say "I have the strangest feeling that someone's watching me..."
** Played straight in the third game, the first click (after opening the window) will prompt them to notice your cursor and follow it, the second will quote the trope name word for word sometimes.
* The first time you meet [[ThoseTwoGuys Bud and Lou]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', Lou will ask you to [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall "stop pressing that thing"]], but, of course, you have to keep doing it if you want to get out of the dialogue window.
* VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends has Mordekaiser, who has one of his sound clips while moving as [[BreakingTheFourthWall "You only need to click once, fool!"]]
* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'', attempting to enter one of Black Mesa's locked doors enough time will annoy the automated security computer.
-->''This door is '''locked'''''.
-->''You. Do. Not. Have. Access. To. This. Facility.''
-->''Are we going to do this all day?''
-->''No, no, and'' '''NOOOO'''''!''
* There's a talking door in ''ZenoClash'' that demands a password by posing you a short riddle. If you approach it multiple times, it will repeat its riddle, becoming increasingly annoyed with each repetition. In the Steam version of the game, there's even an achievement for doing this.
* In ''VideoGame/TroubleWitches'', you can place your cursor over the shopkeepers and press the "fire" button to try to get them to react. Do this too many times, however, and you get [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment thrown out of the store]].
* ''VideoGame/CrisisCoreFinalFantasyVII'' does this at the very beginning of the game. Kunsel tells you to open the supply pod and see what Shinra gave you. However, if you keep checking the pod 20 times, he gives up and gives you the Cursed Ring he got ([[BlessedWithSuck raises all your stats by a lot, but disables your DMW, which means no level ups or Limit attacks]]).
** ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has a similar secret item early in the game: if you keep trying to open the chest in Karsh's room while he's present, he tells you to leave it alone and counts how many times you attempt it until he finally gives up after 20 attempts, allowing you to have the Dragoon Gauntlet inside instead of having to wait later in the game.
* In ''The Omega Stone'', knocking on the trapdoor of the druid tower's upper level when he's inside will eventually cause him to open it and yell at you to leave. The first few times he does so in melodramatic, archaic terms {"Begone, or suffer!"), but if you keep it up long enough, he breaks character and tells you "They don't live here, they're next door!" in modern-day accents.
* In ''VideoGame/MarioVsDonkeyKong 2: March Of The Minis'', repeatedly closing the DS to put it in sleep mode will make Mario stop saying thing like 'I love-a this game!' and 'Bye bye!' and start shouting 'Hey, come back here!'. Keep doing it and he'll despairingly cry 'Not again!'
* ''VideoGame/MoleMania'' has Grandpa Mole, who seemingly waits for Muddy at various spots in each of the levels. Talking to him once causes him to heal Muddy, but each subsequent attempt to chat/heal makes him increasingly irritated - eventually erupting in a NonstandardGameOver.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'', there is a rat you can pester by hovering your mouse over him. Doing this repeatedly will cause it to run away, and a nearby group of pirates will get mad at you.
* Using the duck in ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'' outside its intended use in a certain puzzle would cause it to quack. Use it enough times, and then it'll moo instead, leading to a confused Guybrush {{Lampshad|eHanging}}ing this by wondering what kind of duck it is.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'': some units will say lines including "Quit touching me!" and "Don't point that thing at me!" when selected.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' has an uncommon use of this. Usually, the heroes has NO "Awaiting Orders" quote at all if clicked once or twice. Poke them a lot of times and they will let out Rare Quotes.
** Ordering them to use an ability that is on cooldown or costs more mana than they have left will cause them to tell you "Not yet." or "Out of mana." Doing this a lot will give you an angry [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Not! YET!" or "Not! Enough! MANA!"]] And some heroes get a bit creative...
--> '''Troll Warlord''': Now I'm ready. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou To stab you.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'': There's an NPC in the Twoson hotel who will pay you to leave him alone if you talk to him enough.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, you gain the ability to summon Sheogorath's chamberlain Haskill. Do it repeatedly and he'll start complaining.
-->"I was right there. You could have just walked over to me."
* ''VideoGame/LoveLiveSchoolIdolFestival'' shows a portrait of your main team's lead member, with them making a random quip or two. If you touch the portrait, you'll get a variety of reactions, such as asking if you need help, to accusing you of being a pervert, or teasingly threatening to touch you back.

* The free speech synthesis program [=ReadPlease=] 2003. The current voice is associated with the speaker's portrait. Don't click on the portrait.
* aptitude, a tool in Debian Linux, insists it doesn't have [[EasterEgg Super Cow Powers]] when you type "aptitude moo".[[note]]However, its cousin, apt-get, does.[[/note]]
** aptitude moo: "There are no Easter Eggs in this program."
** aptitude -v moo: "There really are no Easter Eggs in this program."
** aptitude -v -v moo: "[[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program?]]"
** aptitude -v -v -v moo: "Stop it!"
** aptitude -v -v -v -v moo: "Okay, okay, if I give you an Easter Egg, will you go away?"
** aptitude -v -v -v -v -v moo: "All right, you win."
** aptitude -v -v -v -v -v -v moo: "What is it? [[Literature/TheLittlePrince It's an elephant being eaten by a snake, of course.]]"
* The weather app YoWindow has this as one if its Easter Eggs. The weather "map" is an interactive view of a farmhouse, with surrounding fields, barn, dirt road, etc. Usually grazing in the field is either a cow or a horse. When you roll your pointer over the animal once, it tells you its name. Roll over it again, and it will tell you "Cows/horses do ''not'' fly." If you click on it, the animal will hover in the air. The more times you click on it, the higher it will go. When you move your pointer to click on it while in mid-air, it repeatedly asks you to stop what you're doing and return it to solid ground.
* [[http://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/quotes-for-fictional-rts-units.6987/ This thread here]] contains a lot of these quotes for fan-made RTS units. This includes a lot of characters, vehicles, and other beings from a large number of fiction works:
** [[VideoGame/MassEffect M35 Mako]]
** Knightmare [[Anime/CodeGeass Shinkiro]] with Lelouch/Zero as its pilot.
** ''[[Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena Anthy Himemiya]]'' of all people.
** [[VideoGame/{{Halo}} S-117 Master Chief]]
** [[Anime/{{Vandread}} Mejare Dreads]], (whose [[OneGenderRace all-female pilots]] are ambiguous over the {{Fanservice}} and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything themes]]).
** [[Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce Stella]], piloting the Esquad Huckebein.
** [[VideoGame/{{Fallout}} Yes Man!]] Securitrons.
** [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Jagers]], redi to fait!
** The [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Wisemen Teams]]