: A character goes off on a long but in-character rant.
- Straight: Alice begins ranting about how something is bad, and even though what she says is off the top of her head it's as thought-out as if she prepared it in advance.
- Exaggerated: The entire book/episode/movie/etc. is comprised of nothing but Alice's continuous speech.
- Downplayed: Alice speaks consistently for a full minute.
- Inverted: Alice makes a quick disorganized statement about something.
- Alice starts her rant, but only says a couple of short sentences before concluding her speech.
- Another character gets impatient and ends the speech early with a punch.
- Double Subverted: Alice turns to leave but then immediately turns around and launches into a giant speech about the subject.
- Alice gives an exaggerated nonsensical speech seemingly about nothing at all.
- The Big Bad fast-forwards through the speech.
- Zig Zagged: Alice flip-flops between giving speeches and remaining silent, and when she gives speeches she'll stop and start numerous times, often in a disjointed manner.
- Averted: Even though Alice strongly disagrees with something, and has plenty of good reasons to disagree, she nevertheless remains silent.
- Enforced: "OK, the execs say we need to bulk this movie out. How about a dirty great speech?"
- "Now I'd just like to take a moment to ask everyone to use the bathroom if they have to because once I really get started this speech will reach Atlas Shrugged levels of length."
- "Great, she's starting to talk. Does anyone have a deck of cards?"
- Invoked: "I should really give a speech right now to show everyone how bad this is".
- Exploited: While Alice sermonizes and every law-abiding citizen within earshot stops what they're doing to listen to her, all the crooks steal every material object on sale that is not tied down.
- Defied: Alice realizes mid-speech that her speech is going on too long so she quickly wraps it up.
- Discussed: "People always seem to be bursting into long filibusters these days."
- Conversed: "In these shows people are always giving unrealistic speeches that go on forever."
- Deconstructed: Alice frequently launches into giant speeches in everyday situations until finally people stop talking to her.
- Reconstructed: Alice gives a compelling speech, convincing everyone to stop fighting, saving the day.
- Played For Laughs: Alice is a Large Ham and everyone knows it, so no one listens to her long-winded speeches. These are treated as Funny Background Events, if they're shown at all.
Back to Character Filibuster
, which is often confused for an Author Filibuster
, but is distinct in that while an Author Filibuster
involves an author stopping the action and perhaps making their characters act out of character to make a point, the Character Filibuster
is still in character for the characters in question...(Twelve hours later)...and that's the reason you should never snort pie filling
. Any questions?