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Character reaction trope to something boring.

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
tsstevens on Apr 10th 2012 at 6:49:46 AM
Last Edited By:
tsstevens on Apr 10th 2012 at 10:43:48 PM
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Alice and Bob might be discussing the details of their recent vacation, not noticing Charlie's vacant stare as he wishes for a different topic, any topic. Or they might be enjoying Incredibly Lame Fun and their friends, unbeknownst to them, are wanting to claw their eyes out instead.

A stock reaction trope, it can be played both for humor and drama. Sometimes used as a Pre Ass Kicking One Liner.

Anime and Manga

  • In The Big O there is one robot that has a ridiculous, completely overdone intro and transformation process. Roger; for his part, looks incredibly bored during it.
  • Black Lagoon has Revy confronted by a Nazi captain who brags for two minutes about how she cannot possibly hope to survive. She first looks shocked, then bored, then pitying as she slowly and calmly reloads and shoots him.

Comic Books

  • The Punisher's reaction to being captured. He can be listening to an ex partner who shot him offering the chance to kill Osama Bin Laden and Frank will still have the most bored expression on his face. It takes something as drastic as his daughter being threatened to react.
  • Judge Dredd; despite being considered the most kind hearted of the judges, will listen to pleas of innocence and leniency with boredom.


Live Action TV

Web Original : The Angry Video Game Nerd's reaction to a part of the game that is incredibly tedious or having to replay a section that took a long time (spending ten minutes continuously shooting enemies as he falls asleep for example).

  • His nemesis The Nostalgia Critic also has this reaction to incredibly stupid moments in the films he reviews.

Western Animation

  • Ron is trying to attract a girl, so when he is seen with Kim Possible he frets over the idea of them looking like boyfriend and girlfriend. When she is incredulous Ron launches into a long and detailed description of his reasoning. Kim is first amused, then bored, then annoyed at how much Ron is boring her.

Feedback: 4 replies

Apr 10th 2012 at 3:26:04 PM

South Park often has the boys reacting to something boring with nothing but blank faces, or just trying to rush the boring talker along.

Apr 10th 2012 at 10:13:17 PM

In a Monty Pythons Flying Circus sketch, an old woman is showing excessively dull photos to a younger woman. The photos consist of a man (possibly her late husband) standing beside the house, behind the house, in front of the house, etc. The older lady doesn't notice that when she hands over each photo, the bored young woman tears it up and drops it in a wastebasket.

Apr 10th 2012 at 10:21:29 PM

In the movie Airplane Ted Striker drives three people to suicide. They would rather kill themselves than listen to his endless personal stories.

Apr 10th 2012 at 10:43:06 PM

I forgot about that one. Done.