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Basic Trope: Nonsense sputtered by someone on the verge of unconsciousness.

  • Straight: After being hit in a fight, Bob says, "Take the fourth line of chickens. En garde!" and passes out.
  • Exaggerated: After being thoroughly battered for hours, only staying on his feet through Heroic Willpower, no one can get anything out of Bob for a day but disjointed ramblings like "And birdly, the lovely plunked the zebra..." on the rare occasions when he's conscious.
  • Downplayed:
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    • Bob says something that vaguely makes sense but demonstrates he's thinking about a different context, such as "Horses kick really hard, you know?"
    • Bob says "I have not yet begun to fight!" with a strange accent before passing out.
    • Bob doesn't actually fall unconscious, but after a significant hit to the head, he starts saying weird things.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a head injury; he's not thinking clearly.
    • Bob was rendered unconscious by some form of drugs, which also may cause someone to be unable to think clearly.
    • Bob is a robot and the injury set off a random recording in his head.
  • Inverted:
    • After being hit with a club and just before passing out, Bob realizes and blurts out the solution to a seemingly unanswerable riddle that he's been trying to solve for the current quest.
    • Talkative Loon Bob gets hit in the head and has a brief moment of lucidity before he passes out.
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  • Subverted: Bob mutters something seemingly nonsensical, like "Four straight forward, one turn, and under!" but it turns out to be the solution to a problem in a mission.
  • Double Subverted: ...Which he went on years ago; the head injury randomly brought it back to mind.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Bob gets hit with a club and says, "Take the fourth line of chickens. En garde!"; Alice runs into a wall and says, "Ow!", and Charlie, after taking a beating from Dracone, collapses without saying a word.
  • Averted:
    • No one gets hit on the head.
    • Everyone who gets hit in the head collapses without saying anything.
    • Bob constantly talks in word salads, regardless of whether or not he suffers any sort of head trauma.
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  • Enforced: The author wants a little humor in the battle scene.
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: Behold, the march of the seventy-third buck tiramisu! [falls over]
    Alice: Okay, it's time someone took a look at his head.
  • Invoked:
    • Bob is a Ridiculously Human Robot, and, to further make him seem like a human, his creator programmed him to say some random phrase if beaten to the point of having to shut down.
    • Bob is trying to pretend that he's losing consciousness for whatever reason, so he says something weird such as "That kangaroo isn't my milk!" before seemingly passing out.
  • Exploited: It looks like Bob is about to say something ridiculous after being hit, so Emperor Evulz films it, then does some Manipulative Editing to make Bob look like a drunkard for propaganda.
  • Defied: It looks like Bob is about to say something ridiculous after being hit, so Emperor Evulz (who has No Sense of Humor) hits him again to finish the job before he can speak.
  • Discussed: "Bob said something about penguins working at an oil refinery before he blacked out."
  • Conversed: "Why is it whenever someone gets hit in the head, they spurt out some sort of incoherent jibber-jabber before they black out?"
  • Deconstructed: Bob gets hit in the head with a heavy object, exclaims "Let's re-grout Belgium and shower with jelly!", and passes out. When he comes to, it's clear that the concussive impact from the object hitting him severely damaged his brain, making him a nonsense spouting vegetable.
  • Reconstructed: Bob becomes The Mole for the Big Bad, who perceives his incoherent ramblings as critical information that can be used to destroy the heroes.
  • Implied:
    • Bob weaves in with a dented helmet and announces "Biscotti on the right; ole!" before staggering out of the frame. A second later, an Offscreen Crash is heard.
    • When Bob awakens from consciousness, Alice tells him that he said something really weird before passing out, but we don't find out what.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob suffers Amusing Injuries and says weird stuff like "No thank you, Mr. Chimpanzee, I don't want any more cheesecake!", and it's played as Word-Salad Humor.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob says something strange before passing out, but then it's revealed that he has brain damage or another serious head injury.
    • Bob gets hit in the head and starts saying something he didn't mean to say, such as a confession that he actually thinks Alice is a useless part of the team.
  • Played for Horror: Bob says, "I won't apologize! It's all the aardvark's fault!" before falling unconscious. While the heroes don't know this, the viewer knows that Bob was infected with a Mind Virus, and the nonsensical ramblings and coma are the last stage before the victim starts attacking everyone in sight.

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