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A character in a comic talks, on and on and on, but the exact content's not important. Or else no one is listening.

Their blathering is given in a Wall of Text—often as the backdrop—but the text is obscured with Speech-Bubbles Interruption (whether by other speech bubbles, the characters themselves, or some other visual element) so that the reader knows the complete text is not important.

Enough words are usually shown to get the gist of what the character is expressing, although Blah, Blah, Blah is also common, depending on whether the characters listened enough to get the gist, or not at all.

Long Speech Tea Time can have actions that obstruct the bubbles. Sub-Trope of Textplosion.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Asteroid in Love: When the cast are looking at different mineral samples at the Geological Museum in an unanimated part of the eleventh chapter, Mira and Ao come across the heart-shaped Japan-law twin crystals. Ao wonders how it's formed, and Mira suggested it might just like materials molded into a heart-shaped cavity. Ao falls into a dilemma about how to respond, handled through this in a thought bubble.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: After Soga accidentally grabs Matsuri's breast, the following shocked Reaction Shot has over a dozen different lines of text imposed over it, all expressing embarrassment and sexual confusion.
  • Akina Shinozaki is not prone to this normally in Don't Become an Otaku, Shinozaki-san!, but get her on the topic of her favorite anime, PrePure and her budding otaku side will burst out in a decent wall.
  • Describing delicious food will cause Food Wars! Leonora Nakiri to break into this. It's especially notable as Leonora normally speaks very broken Japanese, but when the Wall of Blather kicks in she's instantly fluent.
  • Genos's backstory in the manga version of One-Punch Man is recounted by two panels full of deliberately-undersized text, the latter of which Saitama stares up at annoyance before yelling at the cyborg to shorten his story to 20 words or less. The anime depicts this by having Genos rattle off progressively faster while cutting to Saitama's exasperated expression.

    Comic Books 
  • Used in Górsky & Butch, mostly for really unimportant stuff but once for the authors' notes, which are extremely plot-relevant. But not only that — in one scene they talk too much, and the speech bubbles create a traffic jam.
  • In Pax Americana #1, while interrogating a criminal, The Question lectures him about his personal philosophy with his speech bubbles placed behind him as he rambles on. The criminal—currently in a precarious situation and could die at any second—just yells that this is why the other superheroes kicked the Question out of the Pax.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has Swerve, a diminutive Motor Mouth who has the ability to talk at length about nothing in particular. In one instance, he did so for 147 hours straight. There's comic panels demonstrating why he is also known as "Shut The Hell Up."

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • The credits to Wrongfully Accused, among other Credits Gag, include a section headed "Nobody Cares About These People", which is then scrolled through at about 300% speed.

    Live Action TV 
  • In the TV movie Get Smart, Again! our Comedic Hero manages to cock up CONTROL's replacement for the ever-unreliable Cone of Silence. The Hall of Hush turns spoken words into visible words floating in the air, but Max spends so much time raving about how wonderful this invention is the Hall of Hush becomes full of words and no-one can make out what anyone else is saying.

  • Comedian Henry Phillips' song "She's Talking Again" tries to drown out his blind date, whose ongoing voice-over continues throughout the entire song. She rambles inanely about anything that comes into her head, including uncomfortable medical topics and incorrect historical references, nonstop without segue or purpose of any kind. At the end when the song runs out of energy, she says what a great listener he is and they should do this again in the future.

    Video Games 
  • In one of the dream sequences in Max Payne, Max answers a phone to be greeted with a stream of meaningless nonsense spoken in his own voice, which is represented in the in-game graphic novel using this trope.
  • Twice in Bowser's Inside Story, a goomba in Bowser's castle, and a magikoopa in Peach's Castle.
  • Twice in Sonic Riders: First, when Tails is explaining how the Extreme Gear stays aloft—much to Knuckles' consternation—and again when Wave is lecturing Jet on how he should be more responsible as the leader of the Babylon Rogues. Humorously, Jet hears her dialogue as a speeded-up chipmunk voice, and then goes on to the next race, abandoning her mid-speech.