"People say I talk too much."A Stock Phrase said from a character who may often border on The Stoic to one who is rather chatty or Motor Mouthed. Typically delivered as a punchline to the end of a long spiel or complaint made by the latter character. Also occasionally used as a "Shut Up, Hannibal!" A romantic variant has this line followed up by a "Shut Up" Kiss.
"Yeah, I was just about to tell you to shut up."
"Yeah, I was just about to tell you to shut up."
— Verbal Kint and Todd Hockney, The Usual Suspects.
ExamplesAnime and Manga
- Piccolo to Raditz in Dragon Ball Z.
Android 18: He talks too much.Vegeta: What was that?!
- Also Android 18 to Vegeta.
- This is said fairly early on in Naruto, by Zabuza to the eponymous character.
Zabuza: You talk too much... and your words cut deep... deeper than any blade.
- In YuYu Hakusho, Spirit Detective Yusuke Urameshi lampshades how one of Shinobu Sensui's seven Split Personalities, Minoru, talks way too much.
Yusuke: We've talked so much already, I don't think my attention span can take it. So let's just skip to the fun!
- This is one of the things that really sets Mikazuki Augus apart from all the other Gundam protagonists, who tend to be Warrior Therapists. He actually says it multiple times to the same person, and even lampshades it at one point:
Mikazuki: I already told you before...you talk too much.
- Implied at the end of Kung Fu Panda. Po thinks that Master Shifu is dying from his injuries, but he's just exhausted and wants to rest.
Po: Oh. So... I should... stop talking?Shifu: If you can.
- Disney's Peter Pan says "girls talk too much" after listening to Wendy gush all about him while she sews his shadow back on.
- 12 Angry Men: In one of many memorable moments during deliberations in a first-degree murder trial, one of the jurors — Juror 10 — is frustrated that the jury's vote is starting to favor acquittal. As the accused is Hispanic and comes from the slums, he goes on a racist tirade about people from the slums and that they are better off killing themselves. One by one, all the other jurors turn away from him ... except for Juror 4, who tells him he's had enough of his commentary. Tersely, he responds to Juror 10's comment, "Listen to me ... ," with, "I have. Now sit down and don't open your mouth again." In essence, "You've talked too much."
- In Gravity, Ryan Stone and Mission Control are annoyed at Kowalski's habit of telling stories.
- Said by Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd to Rob Schneider's Plucky Comic Relief in the Comic-Book Adaptation when trying to guess what crime he was charged with.
- In the French movie L.627 a female detective is told off for yacking during a stakeout. She gleefully replies, "I even talk when I'm giving head!"
- In the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time film, The Silent Bob knife thrower uses up his speech token to tell his boss/Left debtor, the hammy Ostrich entrepreneur Alfred Molina, this when he's worrying about the dangerous mission.
- Shanghai Noon had the Sioux chief's daughter tell this to Roy.
- xXx: When Xander Cage is being briefed in Prague by a loud-mouthed bookworm agent on the high-tech weapons they'll be giving him, Xander asks him "You ever get punched in the face for talking too much?"
- Hawk the Slayer. Our heroes rob a slaver of his gold in order to pay a ransom. The slaver is not pleased, and when he keeps snarling death threats, Gort suspends the man's spiked club above his head with a rope, with the other end between his teeth. When Gort announces that they're walking off with all his gold, the slaver can't help shouting his outrage...oops!
- A sci-fi short story Quiet, Please (by Kevin Scott) involved a composer who goes to a planet where the aliens don't speak, assuming he'll have a quiet place to compose a symphony. Unfortunately the aliens communicate through vibration, so the minute he starts pounding on his piano they charge into his room and haul him off to the embassy, where he's shoved onto the next rocketship back to Earth. The story ends with the outraged composer demanding to know what's going on. A laconic spaceman replies, "They say you talk too much!"
- Often exchanged between Rephaim and Stevie Rae in The House of Night.
- All in the Family: Archie regarded himself as the family's spokesperson and didn't like it when others — especially Edith — tried to interject, especially if it were to the contrary to what Archie wanted to convey. He'd always do a "shaddup" or a "stifle yourself" if he thought they were talking too much.
- This happens whenever Cordelia is captured, and usually leads to her being Bound and Gagged. She doesn't stop.
- A vampire that Angel once sired is monologuing away, saying that just because Angel has stopped being evil, doesn't mean he's going to stop as well. "It doesn't end, it just goes on and on." Cordelia does a Walk-In Chime-In. "That's not the only thing that goes on, and on."
- Prince Ludwig to the title character in Blackadder II.
"You know, you talk too much, Blackadder. I think it's a case of werbal diorewea you are having."
- Not played for laughs in the 1995 Australian mini-series Blue Murder, when hitman Neddy Smith says it to crooked lawyer Brian Alexander just before he's thrown overboard while tied to a stove. Alexander is pleading for his life at the time, and was being murdered because he was believed to have been about to testify at the Stewart Royal Commission into Drug Trafficking.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In "As You Were", Spike starts ranting at Buffy and her former love interest Riley Finn.
Riley: Can't you shut him up?Buffy: Not so far.
- When Castle gets Taylor Swift tickets delivered to him at the precinct, he explains that they're a surprise gift for his daughter. "Apparently, she and Ash have a song." Beckett tells him that the two of them also have a song - "You Talk Too Much" by Clarence Carter.
- Game of Thrones. In "Second Sons", Queen Danearys meets with the three sellsword captains opposing her, in an attempt to talk them into changing sides. Later, back at their camp:
Prendahl: That dragon bitch, she talks too much.Daario: You talk too much.Meto: She won't talk so much when she's choking on my cock.
- Power Rangers RPM: Tenaya 7 and Ziggy are fighting over the Series Green morpher. She's a super-powered cyborg who can take on actual Rangers and he...isn't, but she wastes too much time gloating.
Tenaya: Now I will bond with your Series Green and destroy the Power Rangers from within. I will become the final stage of techno-awareness -Ziggy: You talk too much. (Grabs morpher).
- Star Trek: The Next Generation:
- Captain Picard often has to remind Data not to talk too much, mostly due to the android's tendency to over-explain things.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
Odo: I think I finally figured out what crime you were found guilty of on your world.Croden: What's that?Odo: You talk too much.
- In the episode "Vortex", the, in terms of character, very solid and immutable Odo (from a species of liquid form changlings) meets the exiled conman Croden.
- This takes a dark twist when Croden chuckles darkly and admits that Odo is right: his initial crime was publicly voicing dissent against the totalitarian government, the penalty for which is the execution of the criminal's family. His secondary crime was brutally slaughtering the soldiers he came home to find carrying out his "punishment"
Sisko: I never knew how much this man's voice annoyed me.Kira: Commander Sisko was right, you are in love with the sound of your own voice.Weyoun: Perhaps if you didn't talk so much, your throat wouldn't get so dry.
- Everyone on Gul Dukat - not even his "allies" can resist. Cardassians in general love to monologue, but this guy spent what must have been hours recording automated messages in the event of a slave rebellion back when he ran DS9.
Garak: (in a prison camp) Ah, good, you look like the man in charge. I was just trying to explain to your colleagues that this is all an unfortunate misunderstanding.Ikat'ika: Cardassians are all alike. (grabs him by the throat) You talk too much.
- Speaking of Cardassians:
- Star Trek: Voyager:
Tom: Dothtor, I neeth to talk!Doctor: So I've noticed.
- In "Threshold", even losing his tongue doesn't stop Tom Paris from rambling away.
Cullah: You talk too much, Federation, but you're not telling me what I need to know.
- In "Maneuvers", Maje Cullah is beating Chakotay for information; Chakotay responds by taunting Cullah about his previous relationship with Seska (currently Cullah's woman).
- In "Q2", when Neelix tries to convince Q-Junior to use his Reality Warper powers to help people instead of causing mischief, Junior tells Neelix this right before sealing his jaws shut and zapping away his vocal cords. Fortunately for Neelix, Q undoes his son's work; a few scenes later, after Junior has lost his powers, Neelix gets his revenge by being as loud and obnoxious around him as possible.
- Blake's 7. In "Sarcophagus", Tarrant is giving a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Avon. Being The Snark Knight, he doesn't take it lying down.
Tarrant: You failed, Avon. But I win. Not just at games — at life.Avon: You also talk too much.Avon: Well now, that's fascinating. You mean you can do something else?
- Used many times by one wrestler who interrupts an opponent's promo. Usually, he won't yell "Shut up!" or "You talk too much," but he'll simply start beating up his opponent.
- Legend has it that during the planning and rehearsal sessions for the WWF-vs.-NFL players battle royal at WrestleMania 2, former Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Bill Fralic was randomly making suggestions and comments ... and only succeeded in clearly getting on everybody's nerves. Andrι the Giant who was leading the discussion but was gladly accepting input from others took note of this and finally, when he had enough, told him, "Bill, you talk too much!" According to the story, Fralic rarely participated again in the planning.
- In Mass Effect 2, Grunt tells you that "Humans talk too much" if you try to talk to him before you've unlocked his next conversation.
- On Mordin's loyalty mission, a Krogan goes on for about a minute about their plan for great revenge on the other races while standing on a platform directly above an inflammable gas tank, during which the Renegade Interrupt button taunts you the entire time. Click it and...
- Another krogan can be seen backing away when he notices the leaking pipe. He apparently agreed with Shepard.
- Dragon Age II: a sarcastic Hawke will describe him/herself this way while confronting a slaver.
"I'd make a terrible slave. I talk too much." (pulls a knife) "And I do that."
- Flemeth also describes herself this way while giving herself an I Have Many Names introduction.
Aveline: I know who she is. The Witch of the Wilds.
Flemeth: Some call me that. Also Flemeth. Ashe'bellenar. An old hag who talks too much.
- Flemeth also describes herself this way while giving herself an I Have Many Names introduction.
- In Guilty Gear, Baiken says this to Ky Kiske in her win quote against him and states that she doesn't care about his strong sense of justice.
Baiken: Blah blah blah! You talk too much! Does anyone actually give a crap about your ridiculous sense of justice? I know I sure don't.
- Asura from Asura's Wrath says this if you punch Wyzen mid speech. "You talk too much!"
- Mondo says this to David, in his second encounter in Killer Is Dead.
- Left to their own devices, the Audito in Bayonetta will ramble on, and on, and on. In particular, the only Bayonetta is able to keep Fortitudo on topic is to shoot at him whenever he starts ranting.
- Sokka to Suki in Avatar: The Last Airbender, "The Serpent's Pass".
- Played for laughs in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!. Hulk says this to Black Panther while the latter is meditating.
- A running gag in BIONICLE has people say this to Vezon on a regular basis.
- Double D from Ed Eddn Eddy. Big time.
Eddy: Do you EVER turn off?!Edd: It's a curse, I'm afraid.
- In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Hard Knocks", the Hulk grabs Johnny while he's taunting him and growls, "Fire man talk too much!" Johnny acknowledges that he gets that a lot.
- Justice League episode "Hereafter" features the Martian Manhunter saying this verbatim to Lobo before delivering a punch.
- Kaeloo: Mr. Cat often says this to Kaeloo, albeit indirectly.
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies:
- "A Fractured Leghorn": Essentially, what a black and white tuxedo cat — resembling but NOT Sylvester — tells Foghorn Leghorn near the finale of the short (where Foggy and a cat are trying to capture a worm, but for different purposes). Foggy has rambled on the whole time, and finally, the frustrated cat blows his lid and, slamming a garbage can over the rooster's head, tells him "SHADDUP!!!!" (Essentially, "you talk too much"). Of course, this doesn't dissuade the babbling rooster in the least ... he even holds up the iris out!
- "This is a Life?": Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Granny are in the audience for a taping of this This Is Your Life parody, starring Elmer Fudd as the emcee. Bugs is the featured guest, which makes Daffy so mad he is convinced he was supposed to be the guest he heckles him throughout the show. Granny, who is sitting next to the duck, whacks him over the head several times with her umbrella and tells him to shut up.
- "Person to Bunny" In this "Person to Person" parody hosted by Edward R. Burrows (a Shout-Out to Edward R. Murrow), Daffy once again tries to upstage Bugs by interrupting the interview and talking about how great he is. At one point, while Bugs is trying to ward off Elmer Fudd note Daffy does a song-and-dance act and a monologue. When Bugs returns, he tells him very subtly that he's a motormouth who talks too much by pointing at the camera and saying he's on live television, with 40 million people watching. Daffy passes out, suffering a case of Stage Fright.
- In Muppet Babies, Kermit and Piggy get into a fight when Piggy thinks Kermit says she talks too much (in actuality, it was a parrot that Nanny had brought into the nursery for the kids that had said it), she then goes into a long rant about how she doesn't talk too much. By the end of the episode, everyone realizes that they had all been fighting because they had overheard things the parrot had said and mistook it for each other. They then beg Nanny to find someplace else for the parrot because "he talks too much."
- In Peppa Pig, Doctor Brown Bear implies this about Grandpa Rabbit. When he's called up because Grandpa Rabbit lost his voice, he first asks if that's a bad thing. Additionally, in "Chatterbox," when Suzy Sheep wants to tell Peppa about her day, but Peppa just keeps talking and talking instead, she tells Peppa "You talk too much. You go 'blah blah blah blah blah.' Just like that. 'Blah blah blah.'"
- Star Wars Rebels: In "Zero Hour", Kallus says this to Thrawn while he's fighting for his life.
- Bulkhead to Lugnut in the first season finale of Transformers Animated. Lugnut has Bulkhead on the ropes and is about to deliver his Punch Of Kill Everything, but starts speechifying about "the glorious Decepticon race". Bulkhead uses his wrecking ball arm to trigger the punch, and Lugnut is sent flying into the distance by his own attack. And that, of course, is when Bulkhead delivers the line.