"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.
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. Also, No Real Life Examples, Please!
! We all know someone like this and don't need the page filled with that one teacher, relative, or politician you know.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- One of the Strong Bad E-mails deals with strategies to drive off the "office dullard."
- The Animaniacs sketch 'Chairman of the Bored', which introduces Francis "Pip" Pumphandle. He is this, The Thing That Would Not Leave and a repeated example of The Cat Came Back, driving The Warner Brothers (and Sister) to near-suicidal (and homicidal) despair during the sketch. Voiced by Ben Stein for higher-caliber boredom.
- Buzz Killington from Family Guy, a phenomenally boring Englishman with a Meaningful Name.
- In The Simpsons, Marge is sometimes this during her Not so Above It All moments. While she often chastises Homer for being irresponsible and wild, most of her attempts to create sane and thoughtful past times are usually treated as even more unbearable by the family.
- One of Rocky and Bullwinkle's Fractured Fairy Tales was about Leaping Beauty, a beautiful girl who leaps about spreading joy and cheer, until she runs afoul of a witch, who curses her to become a bore, after which she literally puts the entire kingdom to sleep with her incessant prattling.