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Basic Trope: One character punches another character who is talking too much to them.

  • Straight: When Dennis talks to Bob so much it annoys him, Bob punches him out.
  • Exaggerated: Bob uppercuts Dennis, sending him flying “to the moon, Dennis!”
  • Downplayed: Bob throws a punch at Dennis, but Dennis is an angel whom only Bob can see or hear, and thus the punch goes through his head without harming it.
  • Justified: Dennis made the mistake of talking in the middle of a fistfight.
  • Inverted: Bob punches out Dennis, who then verbally expresses outrage to Bob at length.
  • Subverted:
    • As Bob throws his punch, Dennis shows his own reflexes by grabbing Bob’s wrist in mid-punch, bonus points if Bob stares at Dennis disbelievingly, whilst he disparagingly remarks "Boy, how rude!" before continuing on his tangent as if nothing happened.
    • Bob punches Dennis in the face and Dennis showcases he's Made of Iron by being completely unfazed by the punch, even continuing to talk like nothing had happened (or deciding to start his speech again from the beginning).
  • Double Subverted:
    • Dennis also uses his other hand to restrain Bob’s fist, but then Bob’s other hand punches him out. Dennis then sheepishly remarks, “I should’ve seen that coming.”
    • Bob escalates Dennis' insistence on continuing his speech by smashing a brick over his head; That he can't shrug off.
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  • Parodied: Bob and Dennis mock the Three Stooges, with “Moe” (Bob) punching out “Curly” (Dennis); as a result, both of them can't go two syllables without punching each other: that's just how they plan their weekends.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob throws his punch but misses Dennis and falls flat on his own stomach instead; however, he lands on a loose floorboard which teeters upward and sends a brick flying towards Dennis’ head. Dennis ducks out of the way, but the brick hits the bottom of a ladder leaning against the wall, which then topples over and bonks Dennis in the head, knocking him unconscious.
  • Averted: Instead of punching Dennis, Bob makes the much better choice of walking away.
  • Enforced: The writer has a bit of a beef with the Hannibal Lecture trope and wants to make clear that if he was in the same room with Hannibal Lecter, he would tear his Hannibal throat with his (insert censored expletive of choice) teeth.
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  • Lampshaded: *WHAM* "If you're gonna kill someone, kill em' already. Don't start monologuing before you do it."
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  • Implied: Dennis talks to Bob at annoying length in one scene and is shown with a big bump on his forehead in the next.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob punches Dennis out, giving the latter amnesia; the former then tries to restore his memory and, when it returns, apologizes for ever visiting any harm upon his friend.
    • If the crux of Dennis' Breaking Speech is how much Bob depends on violence to get whatever he wants, then Bob trying to smash Dennis' nose in results in Not Helping Your Case.
    • Bob gets arrested for assault and battery.
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  • Played for Drama: Bob has seen all of his life demolished little by little by every single twisted truth Dennis has said, and he's pretty much had had it.
  • Played for Horror:
    • Bob is in a heated verbal spat with Dennis and punches him in the face, and Dennis falls, hits his head on the ground, and dies.
    • Bob doesn't stops at one punch. At all. And he considers smacking whoever is screaming "he's dead already! You killed him!! Stop!!!" with the same amount of brutality.

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