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Basic Trope: 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.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is holding for time, or is trying to distract someone.
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    • Alice is giving a speech and forgot her papers.
    • Alice does her best thinking while talking; her speeches is just her quirky way of deep thinking.
  • Inverted: Alice makes a quick disorganized statement about something.
  • Subverted:
    • 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 does a No-Sell to the punch attempt by catching it seemingly effortlessly with her hand, continuing with her rant without pause. Apparently, she's just that vested in what she has to say.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice gives an exaggerated nonsensical speech seemingly about nothing at all.
    • The Big Bad fast-forwards through the speech.
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  • 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?"
  • Lampshaded:
    • "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.
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  • 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?

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