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The Bore
"I know I'm probably starting to bore you..."

When you see this person at a party, you dive behind a potted plant. When you find yourself having to talk to them at work, you pray that there's still a full pot of coffee. This person is a source of dread to everyone in the main cast, and they will do almost anything to avoid a conversation with them.

Why?

They are so unutterably, interminably dull. Usually, they are completely oblivious to the agony they cause, and often they're too nice for anyone in the cast to want to hurt their feelings, although this isn't always so. Some of them are aware of how uninteresting everyone else finds them and simply don't care, or they'll exploit the rules of common etiquette or a position of authority to "enlighten" their victims with their droning. In any case, getting into a conversation with them is like getting caught in Hollywood-style quicksand: unless someone or something interrupts, you won't be able to escape being sucked down into a bottomless pit of monotony.

Expect this character to partake in some Incredibly Lame Fun. Not related to The Comically Serious, where a boring person gets laughs by having funny things happen to her while she reacts completely seriously.

In-universe examples only, please. This about other characters finding someone boring, not audience members.


Examples:

Comic Books

Film

Literature
  • In Harry Potter, Professor Binns is infamous for his ability to put students to sleep as soon as he starts teaching his class.
  • Gilles Ponsi in Reflections of Eterna has a tendency to bore the hell out of people near him, especially with his attempts at poetry, but is completely oblivious to this fact and takes offense at them not appreciating his company.
  • In Pride and Prejudice, everyone who knows Mr. Collins will use any excuse to avoid his pomposity and endless sycophantry towards Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
  • Star Trek: Articles of the Federation: Bera chim Gleer. President Bacco has to try very hard not to shut her eyes and nap when he gets going on one of his long-winded diatribes.
  • Pride and Prejudice: Miss Mary Bennet. Her recitations of what she's read are usually found to be tiresome by the rest of her family.

Live-Action TV
  • Frank Pickle of The Vicar of Dibley loves to tell the story of that time the pub completely ran out of crisps and does enthralling impressions of his second cousin, before and after tonsillectomy.
  • Father Austin Purcell of Father Ted, resident Motor Mouth who the other priests despite getting into a conversation with. Inverted with Father Fitzgerald, who is aware of his extremely dreary, boring voice and actually manages to use it as a Chekhov's Gun.
  • In the Ripping Yarns episode "The Testing of Eric Olthwaite" Eric is considered extremely boring to everyone due to his interests: rain, shovels, and black pudding. After he gets a job at a bank and gets kidnapped by a bank robber who it turns out has the same interests. They go on a "crime" wave of measuring rainfall and he becomes interesting to the general public, despite not changing at all.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Commander Hutchinson's receptions are dreaded by the Enterprise's senior staff thanks to his limitless ability to talk about absolutely nothing. Fortunately for them, Data has recently written a subroutine for "small talk" that needs to be tested.
  • The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager becomes this as he starts taking up hobbies, which involve boring the crew half to death with his slide shows. Captain Janeway occasionally ordered the bridge crew on duty to fabricate an emergency so she could leave early; they often refused, having suffered through similar slideshows without rescue.
  • The Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch Vocational Guidance Counsellor has a man who wants to change jobs, and has taken some aptitude tests to determine which one best suits his personality. On learning that this job is chartered accountant, he protests that he already is one, and he wants to change because the job is so desperately dull. It ends with an appeal by the counselor for donations to "prevent chartered accountancy."
    Counsellor: Yes, but you see, Mr. Anchovy, your report here says that you are an extremely dull person. Our experts describe you as an appallingly dull fellow, unimaginative, timid, lacking in initiative, spineless, easily dominated, no sense of humour, tedious company and irrepressibly drab and awful. And whereas in most professions these would be considerable drawbacks, in chartered accountancy they are a positive boon.
    • "The Silliest Interview We've Ever Done" had Mr. Badger.
    Badger: My wife Maureen ran off with a bottle of Bell's whisky during the Aberdeen versus Raith Rovers match which ended in a goalless draw. Robson particularly, in goal, had a magnificent first half, his fine positional sense preventing the build-up of any severe pressure on the suspect Aberdeen defence. McLoughlan missed an easy chance to clinch the game towards the final whistle but Raith must be well satisfied with their point.
    Interviewer: Do please go on. This is the least fascinating conversation I've ever had.
    • The protagonist of "Mr. Pither's Cycling Tour" is one of those terrifying people who go on and on about their favorite hobby at stupefying length, not recognizing that the person he's talking to has no interest in cycling, is not listening, or even that they are having a private conversation.
    • In "The Gits," Mr. A Sniveling Little Rat-Faced Git's wife Dreary Fat Boring Old probably qualifies.
  • Barney Miller has Inspector Luger, an old cop who shamelessly exploits Barney's good nature to endlessly repeat his (occasionally horrifying) stories about his old buddies Brownie, Foster, and Kleiner.
  • Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory has this as one of his many flaws. He considers his friends' lack of interest to be evidence of their intellectual inferiority.
    • Amy Fowler originally had a case of this that was even worse than Sheldon's in her earliest appearances. Later on, because of her friendship with Penny opening up her eyes to the joys of social life, she later makes more concerted efforts to be less boring, though she still retains ideas of Incredibly Lame Fun.
  • On Friends, one of Monica's boyfriends was "Fun Bobby", who turned out to be an alcoholic. Once he sobered up, however, he became "Ridiculously Dull Bobby".
  • As Time Goes By:
    • Jean's brother-in-law Stephen, while much more pleasant than his wife, is still unbearable to be around because of his habit of intense conversation about the most mundane topics.
    • Gwen Flack, Lionel's temporary secretary while writing the mini-series, chatters so much about her dog, her old boyfriends, and how unalluring socks are that Lionel can't get any writing done.
  • Breaking Bad: Walter's life before his life of crime. You can really see this when he has conversations with old friends at Gretchen's party or any time he talks to Hank in the first season.
  • Big Brother:
    • Big Brother 14: Kara was very nice but she was super boring and dull.
    • Big Brother 15: While Howard is a good and nice guy, most live feeders found him very boring and dull.
  • Bert from Sesame Street is one of the definitive examples when it comes to children's works. His interests include "boring stories" and bland food, and many Bert and Ernie sketches involve Ernie trying to play a game with Bert, but he would prefer to do a more boring activity.

Music

Tabletop Games
  • Paranoia adventure The Yellow Clearance Black Box Blues. Angela-G-OGO is a food processing supervisor who loves to talk about food additives. She does it so much that she has bored all of her co-workers blind on the subject, and even Internal Security finds her boringly loyal. However, this is just a front: Angela is in fact Screaming

Web Original
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Strong Sad is dreary and depressing, and even his body is grey. Thanks to the fact that few people around him care about being polite, he's fully aware that they can't stand him, but he still makes an effort to get them interested in his poetry.
      • Strong Sad has odd friendships with Marzipan - who's often considered the bore herself due to her Soapbox Sadie tendencies - and Homsar, whom no one can understand.
    • One of the Strong Bad E-mails deals with strategies to drive off the "office dullard."

Video Games

Western Animation


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