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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.
  • Justified:
    • Bob has a head injury; he's not thinking 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.
  • 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:
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    • When Bob gets hit on the head, he says "This Is the Part Where... I say something ridiculous—" before fainting.
    • Alternatively, Bob delivers a lengthy sonnet of Word-Salad Humor before collapsing.
  • 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 anything.
  • Averted:
    • No one gets hit on the head.
    • Everyone who gets hit in the head collapses without saying anything.
  • 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.
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  • 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: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob gets hit in the head with a heavy object, exclaims "No thanks, Alice! Five times was enough!", 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.
  • 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.

The main pastry sounds like red, creepy beavers...[whump]
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