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We've all heard it before... literally. Some people know each other so well, they finish each other's sentences. The effect is usually a demonstration of how close the two people are — they're so familiar with one another, they even think alike. (That purpose is the last in the following list of purposes.)

Generally comes in two forms— the single line and the complex dialogue. The single line goes something like,

Bob: Where are my damn—
Alice: Glasses? Check your head.

The complex dialogue is more elaborate:

Bob: Where are my damn—
Alice: Glasses? Did you check your—
Bob: Yes, my head is always the first place I look, thank you very much.
Alice: Mom was right, I should never have married—
Bob: "A forgetful lout like you," yeah, I know.

Closeness and familiarity aren't the only reason for this trope. Others include:

  • Lampshading a catchphrase or Arc Words
    Alice: This looks like a job for—
    Bob: Someone else.
  • Mocking someone for their clichéd ideas:
    Alice: Superman will—
    Bob: Rescue you? I think not.
  • Last-Second Word Swap (especially when the audience was expecting it to rhyme):
    Alice: That sexy young farmer has an enormous—
    Bob: Potato gun!
  • Making a quick gag by having the finished sentence be nothing at all like what the first person was going to say.
    Alice: Maybe we should—
    Bob: Tie a banana on its nose and conga under its legs!
    Alice: I was going to say call the police.
  • Showing that two people who don't know each other are thinking the same thing.
    Alice: Maybe we should—
    Bob: Cross the streams
    Alice: And reverse the polarity—
    Bob: To raise the deflector shields! Marry me.
  • And more!

This trait is often found in Creepy Twins, Single-Minded Twins, and Sickeningly Sweethearts, but hardly restricted to them— lovers, parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, enemies, even strangers can do this. And while we're at it, it doesn't have to be only two— loads of people can get in on the act, although it might start to stretch credibility. Also present as a way of showing that two characters are telepathic or are parts of a Hive Mind.

If the characters are built around this trope, it's a sign of a big problem when they don't finish each other's sentences. If one character is a psychic, expect the other to shout something like, "Get out of my head!" Or even if they aren't psychic, if it happens often enough.

A similar effect is having characters Finish Dialogue in Unison. Two Scenes, One Dialogue and Distant Duet have characters finishing each other's sentences without even being in the same scene. Compare Strange Minds Think Alike, Catchphrase Interruptus, Speak in Unison.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The twins Hikaru and Kaoru in Ouran High School Host Club do this sometimes. In Haruhi's Alice in Wonderland dream, they played the Cheshire Cat and appeared alternatingly from different sides, finishing each other's sentences as they talked to Haruhi.
  • Happens in the finale of Stellvia of the Universe between Richard James and Carl Hutter when the two are having a few drinks on a desolate space station deck. James raises a toast, starting with "To the future...", and Hutter completes the sentence instantly, in the same tone: "...of humanity!" This is especially poignant, considering how Hutter is a shape-shifting Starfish Alien in disguise... and James knows it.
  • While not the most typical example of twins, in Cardcaptor Sakura, Yue and Cerberus pick a climactic moment during the final judgment to suddenly start finishing each other's sentences—with multiple clauses, no less. In fact, despite their apparent hostility toward each other at the time, it becomes nearly impossible to distinguish exactly who is speaking at some points.
  • Gunslinger Girl. Cyborg technician Louis Duvalier has beautiful twin assistants who do this. They even move in unison.
  • Death Note has Light and L often finishing each other's mental sentences, right down to knowing exactly what the other was planning, knowing that they knew and trying to counter this. During the Yotsuba arc, Light and L also finish each other sentences out loud, showing just how much they think alike.
  • Koizumi and Otani from Lovely★Complex are so (unintentionally) good at this that they (again, unintentionally) become a comedy sensation at their school.
  • Some of Arron and Gurran's early dialogue in Armored Trooper VOTOMS consisted of this, when it wasn't just Twin Banter.
  • In Case Closed, whenever Conan and Heiji get to work together in a case they will often finish each other's deductions, demonstrating not only abilities as detectives, but also their familiarity with each other.
    • In an anime special, the Creepy Twins Honami and Minaho invoked the trope to deliberately mess around with their lady's guests.
  • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, the Sisters initially switch which is speaking every few words.
  • Fine and Rein from Twin Princess of Wonder Planet tend to finish each other's sentences when they don't Speak in Unison.
  • Just like in the movie, Lock, Shock, and Barrel occasionally do this in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey.
  • In Saint Seiya, characters witnessing a shocking reveal, or performing a Combination Attack are prone to this. While the 198x anime had a few well-played occurrences (Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga against Poseidon) of this and in the manga it just works, but in the Hades Inferno/Elysion OVAs (which due to budget cuts and staff changes after the 2002 OVAs and the 2004 flopped movie, use the manga directly as if it was an anime storyboard), you end up with the twelve Gold Saints all doing a very poorly executed, long-winded speech, which comes off as Narm.
  • Symphogear. Kirika Akatsuki and Shirabe Tsukuyomi have a habit of engaging in this with each other.
  • In Chapter 3 of Asteroid in Love, the main duo has this exchange after looking Earth Sciences Club's predecessor clubs' activity roster and noticing there're little or no overlap between those. The immediate response from the other members is wondering whether Mira was Ao's interpreter (in the manga), or the two were Mindlink Mates (in the anime).
    Ao: I think we should remedy that—
    Mira: A joint project, huh? We could just do the previous activities together, or coming up with something entirely new.
  • In Episode 12 of Glitter Force Doki Doki, Rachel tells Regina that if she wants to talk to Maya, then Mackenzie finishes that she'll have to go through them first.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: In the original Malay dub of episode 4, when Gopal turns a sawblade into pizza, Yaya and Ying in turn say "Really-" note  and "-cool!" In the YouTube English dub, it's instead Probe who finishes their sentence by saying "cool", earning him a mug thrown at his face by Adu Du.
  • In Noonbory and the Super 7, the Builder Borys have a tendency to do this. Typically, one will start a sentence, the second will finish it, and the third will add something at the end.

    Audio Plays 
  • Ryuunosuke and Shirou from Exit Tunes Presents ACTORS in the Deluxe Duet Edition. Also doubles as a Badass Boast.
    Ryuunosuke: We'll enjoy listening to your song...
    Shirou: ...but it still won't beat ours, though!

    Comic Books 
  • Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink: Dr. Blink's rates for telepaths are doubled because they tend to finish his sentences for him.
    "I knew you were going to say that!"
  • The Sandman (1989): In the "Doll's House" arc, the yuppie couple Ken and Barbie keep passing sentences back and forth, giving a disconcerting impression of being a single mind in two bodies (or two minds so similar as to make no difference).
    Ken: Gee, that must be—
    Barbie: —rough. Ken and I really—
    Ken: —don't like hospitals, do we, Barbie?
    Barbie: No, indeedy.
  • In the Scott Pilgrim books, Ken and Kyle Katayanagi often finish each other's sentences with their reasoning behind it being that they would always work together after Ramona cheated on them behind their backs. This was obviously not in the movie as the only line the Twins have in the film is "Hah!" during a fight sequence.
  • In the Warrior Cats graphic novel Exile from ShadowClan, Runningnose and Cinderfur are excited enough to do this briefly while telling Nightpelt he should be the next Clan leader.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1 & Sensation Comics: Lillie and Millie Heyday regularly finish each other's sentences, and Tillie occasionally does the same but usually only with things they've practiced.

    Comic Strips 
  • Subverted and parodied in the Finnish (largely pun-based, so this only almost works in English) comic strip Fingerpori, where it turns out to mean that the old couple terminates each other's sentences by interrupting them with "Shut up."

    Fan Works 
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality lampshaded the widespread fanon that the Weasley Twins complete each other's sentences. The fic features a section focusing on the Twins and indicating something magical is at work. They don't actually share one mind but come to the same conclusions when they have the same information. When one of them thinks differently than the other, they both feel uncomfortable until they share what they know and snap back.
  • In Child of the Storm, the Weasley twins sometimes do this, though more usually follow from one sentence to the next - which can still be a slightly disturbing double act.
  • The Meaning of One features Harry and Ginny as Mindlink Mates, able to interweave individual words into a seamless sentence when they want to.
  • In A Not So Ordinary Day Remus states that Sirius and James were like that sometimes.
  • Read the Fine Print (Evangelion): After a while, Shinji and Asuka begin finishing each other's sentences due to their souls progressively merging.
    "What's the matter, Aida?" Asuka asked, innocent concern in her voice. "You look like—"
    "—you've just seen a ghost," Shinji finished.
    It was a dirty trick, both their synchronized speaking and continuing each other's sentences, but Shinji felt like a little revenge was in order.
  • While Italy and Japan reminisced about their pasts in Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità, they basically were finishing each other's sentences. Germany was not pleased.

  • In Frozen, Hans and Anna combine this with Strange Minds Think Alike when Anna completes his line about how people who are in love finish each other's - sandwiches, and Hans exclaims that that's just what he was going to say. It turns out he's trying to get her to marry him as part of his plan to usurp the kingdom.
  • The Fates from Disney's Hercules do this, most noticeably in their introduction, when they're giving Hades the prophecy.
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas, the troublemakers, Lock, Shock, and Barrel do this at their introduction. There's also a deleted scene where they do this too.

    Film—Live Action 
  • Subverted in Scary Movie 4:
    Cindy Campbell: It looks like we have a lot in...
    Tom Ryan: ...common.
    Cindy: We're already finishing each other's...
    Tom: ...dinner!
    Cindy: ...sentences.
  • The twins from Snatch. do this.
  • In Stuart Little, Mr. and Mrs. Little do this so frequently that they panic when they don't. Stuart cutely lampshades this as he hears his future adoptive parents do this for the first time.
  • From Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid:
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: We were able to dupe Dr. Forrest by posing as a humanitary organization, who planned to wipe out hunger, by aging cheese faster.
    Rigby Reardon: But when your father finally saw what they were doing...
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: —he began to assemble lists of names of our agents...
    Rigby Reardon: —and seemed about to go to the FBI.
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: We were zerfore obliged to kidnap him, drug him ang bring him...
    Rigby Reardon: —here! First faking his death so there'd be no further investigation.
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: But vile testing ze mold on a small island nearby...
    Rigby Reardon: —the cruise ship "Immer Essen" passed by. Some of the passengers saw the tiny island dissolve.
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: Zey were zerfore labeled "enemies" because of what zey haf seen. We had Walter Neff cancel all further tours and our...
    Rigby Reardon, Field Marshal Von Kluck: —friends systematically began to eliminate everyone who was on that cruise ship.
    Field Marshal Von Kluck: Schweinehund!
    Rigby Reardon: Jerk!
  • In Bridesmaids, the main character is talking to a smugly newlywed couple and asks where they went on their honeymoon. They both say, "Disney World," and then the wife adds, "Sorry, we finish each other's sentences," as if there was any way they weren't both going to say the same thing.
  • The Weasley twins occasionally speak this way in the Harry Potter films. They very much are not an example of this in the books, however.
  • This is part of the rules of a Riff-Off in Pitch Perfect; in order to switch to another song, teams must finish a lyric an opposing team is singing and then continue on the same word into another song. Failing to do this gets the Bardon Bellas disqualified from the Riff-Off in the first movie.
    Treblemakers: Mickey, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Mickey, hey Mickey. Mickey-
    -you’re so fine-
    -and you’re mine, I’ll be yours till the end of time cause you make me feel, you make me feel so shiny and new like a virgin touched for the very first time.
  • Blood of the Tribades: The twins Darvulia and Erzsi always do this. Everything they say is alternating sentences.

  • In To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, the Entropists Jorrus and Veera speak this way because they are connected through a telepathic hive mind.
  • Robert A. Heinlein's Lapis Lazuli Long and Lorelei Lee Long are clone sisters who do this. They first appear in his novel Time Enough for Love and show up in his later novels.
  • There is a James Thurber short story about this, called "The Curb in the Sky," where the trope has harrowing consequences.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Harry and Hermione do this sometimes, such as in Deathly Hallows when they discover what happened to Gryffindor's sword.
    • Fred and George Weasley are not an example, although they are popularly portrayed that way in Fan Fiction. They don't complete each other's sentences in the books; rather, one will follow the other with the next appropriate sentence — they do not share a single mind, but simply think very much alike. The movies are much more guilty of playing this trope straight with them.
  • The twins Beltira and Belkira from the Belgariad and prequels.
    "Belgarath, our brother," one of them said, "it's been such—" "—a terribly long time," the other finished.
    "Beltira," Belgarath said. "Belkira." He dismounted and embraced the twins.
    "Dearest little Polgara," one of them said then. "The Vale has been-" the other started.
    "—empty without you," the second completed. He turned to his brother. "That was very poetic," he said admiringly.
    "Thank you," the first replied modestly.
  • Elenium by the same author.
    • Danae and Sarabian
      'Right,' she agreed. 'Tamul skin tone would be better with—'
      'But not red-red, though. More scarlet, perhaps even—'
      'No. Maroon's too dark. It's a ball, not a—'
      'We don't wear dark clothes at funerals. We wear—'
      'Really? That's a very interesting notion. Why do you—?'
      'It's considered insulting to—'
      'The dead? They don't really mind, Sarabian. They're busy someplace else.'
    • Danae, however, has the added advantage of being the goddess Aphrael, so her intellect would obviously surpass that of Sarabian's, as she says he is not so bad himself when he comments that she is a stimulating conversationalist.
  • This was one of the traits that gave Mash's 'Radar' O'Reilly his nickname, and one of the parts of the book faithfully translated into the subsequent film and television series.
  • Dragons and their riders in Inheritance Cycle, notably Oromis and Glaedr in Eldest and Eragon and Saphira in Brisingr.
  • A variant in the StarCraft novel Liberty's Crusade. Kerrigan, being a telepath, tends to finish other people's sentences out of habit, which annoys just about everyone else. When she's leaving for her totally-not-a-date with Raynor after the Antiga mission, Liberty's last bit of advice is "remember to let him finish his damn sentences".
  • In The Hunger Games, Wiress tends to trail off or just stop speaking abruptly in the middle of her sentences, at which point Beetee finishes them.
  • In Spindle's End by Robin McKinley, Rosie and her best friend Peony take this one step further.
    You finish each other's sentences half the time — or sometimes, if you think no one else is listening, you don't bother to finish them because you both know what you were going to say.
  • Lampshaded in Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception. Mervall and Descant are twins, which are very rare among fairies.
    "We're thinking of writing a book, aren't we, Merv? All about how we..."
    "Finish each other's sentences," completed Merv, though he knew it would cost him.
    "Shut up, you utter imbecile," snapped Opal, shooting Merv a poisonous glare.
  • Reynolds and Claude's promotion interview in the penultimate chapter of The Pale King. Chris incredulously wonders how long they had to practice it.
  • The Judy Blume book Double Fudge features single-minded twins Flora and Fauna Hatcher, who do this constantly - much to Peter's annoyance.
  • The Force-Sensitive Tash Arranda in Galaxy of Fear often finds herself finishing people's sentences.
  • Second Apocalypse: Achamian has a dream in which he meets Shaeönanra, the founder of the Unholy Consult, who now appears as a half-dozen decrepit and crippled men. They alternate speaking to him as if controlled by Shaeönanra's Hive Mind.
  • The fact that they've already started doing this is one of the signs Brother Cadfael notices about Torold and Godith, that tells him they've fallen head-over-heels in love.
  • A mildly amusing accidental example in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", one of Sherlock Holmes stories. Watson, working from the clues provided by Holmes, was just going to say the murderer's name aloud when he was interrupted by the hotel waiter announcing the name of the just-arrived-visitor - who was indeed the murderer.
  • Tommy and Tuppence do this in "The Case of the Missing Lady", when discussing their plans to break into a supposed clinic run by a suspected kidnapper:
    Tommy: Then tonight —
    Tuppence: As soon as it's dark —
    Tommy: We shall see —
    Tuppence: What we shall see.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • Fitz-Simmons do this a lot since by the time the show begins they've been firmly established in their relationship as The Dividual for years. They also have a tendency to talk over one another using synonyms before finishing a sentence simultaneously on the same word. The first episode where they're sent on separate missions shows Simmons attempting to finish Skye's sentences during moments of anxiety over Fitz's well-being - which she can do quite accurately, it seems, which doesn't make it any less annoying for Skye.
    • Season Two reprises this trait in a very dark way, since Fitz-Simmons' relationship has been completely destroyed by Fitz's Dying Declaration of Love and the brain damage he sustained performing the Heroic Sacrifice to save Simmons. While he relies on an imaginary version of her to supply the words that have been destroyed by his aphasia, when he's finally reunited with the real Simmons she's unable to do so, effectively providing an Inversion of this trope. They start doing so again later in the season, providing a He's Back! over the complicated state of their relationship.
  • A sketch on A Bit of Fry and Laurie has Hugh in a bar complaining about his wife, and Stephen as the barman whose continual offers of increasingly bizarre pub snacks just happened to fit in the gaps in Hugh's sentences.
    Hugh: She takes no interest in my friends, you know. She laughs at my...
    Stephen: Peanuts?
    Hugh: ...hobbies. She doesn't even value my...
    Stephen: Crinkle-cut cheesy Wotsit?
    Hugh: Y'know, it's just so depressing. All right, so other men have got larger...
    Stephen: Plums?
    Hugh: ...salaries.
  • Arrested Development: When Michael meets his long-lost sister, he finds he has more in common with her than his twin sister Lindsay.
    Michael: She's a little more like me. It's like we finish each other's...
    Lindsay: Sandwiches.
    Michael: Sentences. Why would I say...
    Lindsay: Sandwiches?
    Michael: That time I was gonna say sandwiches.
  • Between the Lions: Neither Walter nor Clay Pigeon manage to say complete sentences without each other's help, which is their main character trait.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: This gem from the episode, "Adrian Pimento":
    Captain Raymond Holt: Diaz and I have that kind of easy chemistry where we finish each other's...
    Detective Rosa Diaz: ..sentences.
    Captain Raymond Holt: Please, don't interrupt me.
  • Forever (2014):
    • Henry and Abe finish each other's sentences when making up an on-the-spot cover story of how they know each other.
    • Henry finishes Lucas's sentences at one point at the end of "Best Foot Forward," and it's implied this isn't the first time.
      Lucas Wahl: Yeah, you're doing that thing where you—
      Henry Morgan: —finish your sentences? Yes.
  • Frasier: Frasier and Niles will occasionally engage in this. Sometimes they'll speak in incomplete sentences and allow Martin to mentally fill-in the blanks and pretend they're talking sports.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia:
    • Dennis finishes Mac's sentences for him when the latter can't think of the right word, to emphasize their Like an Old Married Couple status (and Mac's bad grasp of vocabulary).
    • During an episode where Mac is judging a beauty pageant, in which he plans to sleep with the "winner," he gets some chemistry with one contestant who finishes his sentence. After flirtatiously commenting on how amazing that is, he kills the mood by shooting down her next attempt.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Free Spirit", a body-hopping consciousness decides to demonstrate its power in front of the heroine by jumping in and out of two bodies in quick succession to make the hosts finish a single sentence in perfect concert.
  • Brilliant subverted in one episode of Pointless, as Alexander Armstrong introduces his co-host:
    Alexander: He's a man who's so close to me, we always finish each other's...
    Richard Osman: ...helicopters?
    Alexander: [trying to keep a straight face] He's my pointless friend, he's Richard.
  • Gem and Gemma of Power Rangers RPM would constantly do this when together. The other rangers find it grating, but when asked to stop, the twins simply stare in confusion.
  • Star Trek: Voyager: Seven of Nine interrupts Captain Janeway this way; they might be on the same page, but it's a sign of her arrogance that she interrupts The Captain.
  • A recurring sketch on The Two Ronnies had the Ronnies play two men in a bar. Corbett is trying to tell a story, and he keeps forgetting words and stammering to a halt. Barker would then try and prompt him with the right word, and be completely wrong.
  • Happens frequently on Castle, when Castle and Beckett figure something out together, sometimes resulting in finishing their dialogue in unison. Also sometimes ending in lampshading from one of their colleagues.
    Ryan: Do you guys practice this when we're not around?
  • Subverted on an episode of The Daily Show, where Lewis Black made fun of an old political ad featuring a couple who could do this:
    Lewis: Who needs health care reform when you're so in love that you finish your partner's... (looks to Jon)
    Jon: (not paying attention)
    Jon: ...what?
    Lewis: Sentences!!! The word was "sentences," dammit! It's like you don't even know me anymore!
  • Girl Meets World: In "Girl Meets Home for the Holidays", Cory and Shawn are debating Riley and Maya about which is the closer pair of friends:
    Shawn: Cory and I finish each other's...
    Cory: ...sentences!
    Maya: Yeah? That all you do? Because Maya...
    Riley: ...and I...
    Maya: ...can read...
    Riley: ...each other's...
    Maya: ...minds!
  • A Seinfeld episode has Jerry annoyed that his current girlfriend keeps doing this, especially since whatever she says is NOT what he was going to say.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A quirk of "pro wrestling's hottest couple... ever," Santana Garrett and Chasyn Rance.

  • In Pokémon Live!, Jessie and James do this quite a bit, both in songs and in dialogue.
  • In Perfect Pie, Marie and Patsy would finish each other's sentences as children to show how close they were. As adults, Patsy and Francesca regain the ability to do so once they reconcile.

    Video Games 
  • The Lutece twins in BioShock Infinite do this so much that they actually Lampshade it while they're doing it. This becomes doubly justified when it turns out that they're actually not twins at all, but Alternate Universe variations on the same person, with gender being literally the only difference between them - meaning that they think and react the same way to everything and that the implication they've lived the same or similar scenarios dozens of times already, so they're pretty good at guessing what's going to happen next anyway.
  • Final Fantasy VIII has a one-way variant: Quistis can finish Squall's sentences, but he doesn't finish hers. She finds this amusing.
  • Hitman 3: After the events of "The Farewell”, Diana incapacitates 47 with a neurotoxin. While he's on the ground, the two have a conversation about Diana discovering that 47 killed her parents. She mentions that she had to be the one to poison him, because she is the only one he trusts. 47 knows this as well, and finishes the sentence.
    Diana: It had to be me. It was the only way—
    Agent 47: —to get this close.
  • Not for Broadcast: In Day 8: The Fallout, when Jeremy Donaldson interviews Katie Brightman and Alan James (author of Alan James Is Right), the latter tells him about Advance and how they're going to take over the world with evil intent, before pulling up his book to describe it:
    Alan: That's all in my new book, "Alan James Is—"
    Jeremy: [finishes, unamused] "—Shamelessly Self-Promoting"?
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: In Chapter 6, when a terminally ill Arthur Morgan kicks Loan Shark Leopold Strauss out of the Van der Linde gang after a few money-lending missions, one of them involving a certain man who got Arthur sick with tuberculosis in the first place, we get this:
    Strauss: [confused] I'm—
    Arthur: Leaving!
  • League of Legends: Kindred is heavily implied to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of Death, or rather, the result of said personification splitting itself in two and creating Lamb and Wolf. They have vastly different personalities, but they're never more than a few feet apart and seem to share thoughts, since they constantly speak like this.
    Lamb: Never one...
    Wolf: Without the other.

    Web Original and Webcomics 
  • This this CollegeHumor video features a guy attempting this ineptly with someone he barely knows, constantly interrupting with wrong and sometimes bizarre guesses.
  • Parodied in The Most Popular Girls in School. note 
    Mackenzie: (to Cameron) I'm sorry, does anyone else think it's a conflict of interest to have a Van Buren announcing the winners—
    Brittnay: When a Van Buren is one of the finalists?
    Mackenzie: (to Brittnay) Don't you ever fucking cut me off again, do you understand me?
    • Judith and Rachel do this Episode 69 when calling out Deandra for her stardom antics.
    • Brittnay and Mackenzie do this genuinely in Episode 70 as they reconcile.
  • The Neopets characters Lanie and Lillie, creepy twin girls, constantly do this.
  • Brutally deconstructed in Kung Fury by Kung Fury
    Hitler: ...killing people, I love it. You clearly do too. And that cool. Join me. We could be brothers, you and I. It's almost like we finish each other's-''
    Fury: Balls
    Hitler: What?
    Fury: (jumping uppercut to Hitler's crotch)
  • In Alice and the Nightmare, Dee and Dum do this seemingly all the time, as they are apparently Single-Minded Twins.
  • Girl Genius:
    • The Grand Curators Jon and Melissa Solera of the Incorruptible Library have a tendency to finish each other's sentences, talk in unison, or cut each other off while talking.
      Jon: Oh, yes! Now ordinarily, library protocol would dictate that someone as dangerous as you are would be denied entry—
      Melissa: you would be shot at the gates!
      Jon: But we simply cannot ignore your astonishing contribution to the fight—
      Melissa: that magnificent monograph on the wasp eaters!
      Curators Solera: Wonderful!
    • Gil finishes Tarvek's sentence here partially because he finds the comparison of Tarvek and kidnapped princesses highly entertaining.
      Trelawney: Every one of those cases involved kidnapped royal princesses.
      Tarvek: My goodness, really? I had no idea. Nevertheless—
      Gil: It's totally applicable.
  • Jupiter's moons in Orbit do this to emphasize what a creepy Hive Mind they are.
  • As usual, cynically deconstructed in Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal here. It starts out with "I love the way you finish my" -"Sentences!" but by halfway down the story, we're already at "I want a" -"Divorce!" and it only gets worse from there.
  • A musical variation of this comes in the sixth episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared. The computer controlling the world malfunctions, causing characters from the previous episodes to appear and reprise their songs, always switching on shared words for the first few times. For instance:
    Tony: But look—
    Colin: —a computer, I'm a computery guy! Everything made out of buttons and wires, I'd like to show ya—
    Shrignold: —why we're here? What's it all about you have no idea! Everywhere you look, all you see is hatred, and darkness, death and—
    Lamb Chop:Ice cream beef! Ice cream beef makes your teeth go grey!
  • Unsounded: Dawn thinks she knows where Sette is headed with a sentence and chimes in to finish it, but she doesn't know Sette very well yet:
    Sette: Locks all flash the same locks on their outsides, but each of 'em's got their own secret hidden inside. Just like p—
    Dawn: Like people!
    Sette:Like pies!

    Western Animation 
  • Hip and Hop Koopa from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, and they often take more than one turn in doing so.
  • In episode "The Password" of The Amazing World of Gumball, Anais finishes her dad's sentence and lets him finish her sandwich at the same time.
  • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! has Single-Minded Twins Ruby and Trudy Lutz. To the point where, when one is kidnapped, the other just starts a sentence and then sits in silence since her sister isn't there to finish it.
  • Bojack Horseman: Mr. Peanutbutter tries to invoke this in an interview. Bojack isn't having it.
    Mr. Peanutbutter: We're so in tune. We even finish each other's...[looks expectantly at Bojack, who remains stone-faced] Sentences! Sometimes it doesn't happen.
  • The Interesting Twins From Beneath The Mountain in Codename: Kids Next Door do this at first. Subverted as the sister goes through a Villainous Breakdown: her brother starts sounding like he's following up on what she says, but is actually interrupting her.
    Sister: This girl is beginning to try my—
    Brother: Patience is a virtue, sister.
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, the villainous Crimson Twins (Tomax and Xamot) have a Psychic Link and talk accordingly. One will begin a sentence, the other will continue it, then they'll finish it together. For instance, when their leader plots an ill-advised Washington D.C. Invasion:
    Xamot: Invasion is easy—
    Tomax: —but holding U.S. territory—
    Both: —is all but impossible!
  • Kim Possible: Kim's younger twin brothers do this on occasion.
    Ron: This finishing each other's sentences thing is really freaking me out!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the brothers Flim and Flam, who occasionally lapse into this.
    Flim: We'll sweeten the deal. You supply the apples...
    Flam: We supply the Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000.
    Both: Then we split those sweet sweet profits...
    Flim: Seventy five...
    Flam: Twenty five!
  • The Powerpuff Girls (1998) do this when they try to stop Mojo Jojo from taking over the world with an Anubis head:
    Blossom: Not so fast...
    Buttercup: Mojo...
    Bubbles: Jojo.
  • Rosie's Rules: Quinn and Jun sometimes do this.
    Quinn: We might be twins, but we're two different kids!
    Jun: Even if we do sometimes finish...
    Quinn: ...each other's sentences!
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
    • Brad and Judy do this as a matter of routine.
    • In one episode, Daphne finishes Fred's sentence and swoons that they know each other so well, they must be soulmates. Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby all finish Fred's next sentence, causing Shaggy to observe that all five must be soulmates. Both sentences are Fred's catchphrasesnote , so it's more a commentary on how predictable he is.
  • In Star Trek: Lower Decks during Parth Ferengi's Heart Place, Tendi starts to explain that she and Rutherford are such a good team they finish each other's - before Rutherford finishes with "diophantine equations"...which was exactly what she was going to say.
  • Bash and Dash from Thomas & Friends. Deconstructed in "Toby and Bash"; when Bash has to work with Toby for the day instead of Dash, he has so much trouble finishing any of his sentences that Toby has to figure out what Bash is trying to say.
  • Huey, Dewey and Louie, particularly in the Academy Award-nominated short "Good Scouts".
    Huey: We'll save you...
    Dewey: Unca...
    Louie: Donald!
    Huey: Goodnight...
    Dewey: Unca...
    Louie: Donald!
  • From the Wacky Races episode "Free Wheeling to Wheeling," as the Ant Hill Mob tries to get back into the race.
    Clyde: We'll never win at this rate unless we...
    Ring-A-Ding: Cheat! Right, boss?
    Clyde: Wrong! Unless we lighten the load, you dum-dum!
  • Wander over Yonder:
    • The main cast's reaction to encountering Knight of Cerebus Lord Dominator in Season 2 opener "The Greater Hater":
      Wander: Who—
      Peepers: —was—
      Sylvia: —that—
      Hater: —guy?!
    • Used to highlight the similarities between Sylvia and Commander Peepers in "The Battle Royale" as they talk about Wander and Hater's reckless actions in one continuous sentence.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: Carly, Cece, and Clyde, being single-minded triplets, start and finish each others' sentences.


"Guy in a ditch--"

Shawn and Gus tersely explain the crime scene at hand to Buzz by continuing each other's half-statements.

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