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06:15:11 PM Aug 20th 2013
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It should be better clarified that death is not required for this trope. The name is "kills" because it's a good pun for "skills", not because someone has to die from the lack of communication.

The Laconic explanation: Characters do not communicate with each other when needed, causing problems.

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11:48:43 AM Oct 13th 2010
Although this trope is supposed to be used only when the communication happens out of character, what about cases where it's not necessarily out of character but poor communication between some of the characters ends up killing anyway? (For instance, all the murders committed in Detective Conan by people with completely mistaken motives.)
05:22:40 PM Jan 31st 2011
On the other hand, there are some times when poor communication is completely within character for the story, and it does end up killing (or at least harming).

If this trope is ONLY when the miscommuication is U Njustified. There must be a trope name for when miscommunication IS justified.
11:28:04 AM Sep 17th 2010
edited by MCE
No sure if Men In Black should be on the list, The alien's message was "The galaxy is one orion's belt" unfortunately he left out two key pieces of information, Orion is the name of his cat and by belt he meant collar. Because of this at least one person died and their was huge amounts of property damage as well as evidence of aliens and secret technology. Admittedly he was dying, but saying "my cat has the galaxy on his collar" would have save people a lot of trouble. Idiot Ball territory perhaps.
11:57:17 AM Sep 17th 2010
Not Idiot Ball. The alien clearly wasn't that great at speaking English (note at one point he mutters, "What is word?" when he can't think of the translation of something). He did say "My cat has the Galaxy on his collar," just not in those words. He got "belt" mixed up with "collar", and Jay didn't know that "Orion" was the name of his cat.
04:43:04 PM Sep 17th 2010
The communication issue did cause death and destruction though.
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