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23rd Jul '16 4:12:55 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Misaki Yata wears a pair of big, bulky headphones around his neck. In the [[AllThereInTheManual side materials]] (official art, prequel novels, character song lyrics), sharing earbuds is a motif that shows up a lot between him and [[LoveInterestTraitor Saruhiko Fushimi]], in a lot of very [[ShipTease shippy]] ways. After Saruhiko "betrays" Misaki (prior to the series), Misaki wears these not to block out the whole world, just one person.
13th Jul '16 3:14:58 PM eldiablo555
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* Toggle from ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' wore his earbuds under his helmet while in Iraq. He had modified his so that the music would cut out whenever someone spoke over the radio so that he could hear communications but they still prevented him from hearing his sergeant yell about the IED in the road so he failed to swerve out of the way and was subsequently severely injured.


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** In the episode "A Real Boy" it is revealed that Vanessa Doofenshmirtz was wearing earbuds when her father Heinz said he would have preferred a son instead of a daughter. It turns out she wears earbuds whenever she is at her father's so that she doesn't have to listen to his many, many ramblings.
1st Jul '16 3:09:12 AM Anddrix
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* Invoked by many professional and semi-professional {{poker}} players; since all the communication necessary to play the game can be done by the physical movement of cards and chips, they wear headphones in order to tune out distractions and better concentrate on the game. The etiquette behind this is [[BaseBreaker a point of contention]], with many older players finding it [[BerserkButton annoying and rude]].

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* Invoked by many professional and semi-professional {{poker}} players; since all the communication necessary to play the game can be done by the physical movement of cards and chips, they wear headphones in order to tune out distractions and better concentrate on the game. The etiquette behind this is [[BaseBreaker a point of contention]], contention, with many older players finding it [[BerserkButton annoying and rude]].
26th May '16 5:45:49 PM dmcreif
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* In ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'', a Dogs of Hell gang member is shown power-washing a semi truck the gang just hijacked while listening to "The Price of Punishment" on his headphones. This renders him oblivious to the Punisher entering and killing everyone else in the room until one of the bodies lands at his feet. To boot, Castle then proceeds to kill him, then use the guy's body as bait for the ESU team while he tries to make another attempt on Grotto.
14th May '16 2:19:56 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji admits freely that he doesn't like much watching TV and prefers his headphones because they let him cut the world off.
-->He was not much for the boob-tube, preferring instead the quiet solitude of his S-DAT, but it seemed wrong to walk away from the moment.
16th Apr '16 11:55:10 PM Tron80
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* In episode 23 of ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji resorts to his headphones to try to forget about his troubles:
-->He laid in bed, music in his ears from his headphones and tried to zone out, but his mind kept spiraling back to Asuka.
11th Mar '16 9:05:07 AM erforce
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* Danny Pennington, the troubled teen from the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie.

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* Danny Pennington, the troubled teen from the first ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' movie.''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990''.
20th Feb '16 2:53:15 AM PsiPaula4
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In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.

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In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is This trope is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.
20th Feb '16 2:51:36 AM PsiPaula4
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In real life one of the easiest ways to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.

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In real life life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. Is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.



It's also possible to use this impression to gather information: If people assume you can't hear or aren't paying attention, they might talk freely behind your back, and if you don't actually have the headphones playing any sound, you should be able to hear them with just a little muffling. On the negative side, using them while exercising may lead to JoggersFindDeath. Possibly moving towards DiscreditedTrope territory now that traditional bulky headphones are being replaced with tiny iTunes-style earbuds, however, some works may deliberately invoke it by having a character choose large headphones over earbuds precisely for this reason.

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It's also possible to use this impression to gather information: If people assume you can't hear or aren't paying attention, they might talk freely behind your back, and if you don't actually have the headphones playing any sound, you should be able to hear them with just a little muffling. On the negative side, using them while exercising may lead to JoggersFindDeath. Possibly moving towards DiscreditedTrope territory territory, now that traditional bulky headphones are being replaced with tiny iTunes-style earbuds, however, earbuds. However, some works may deliberately invoke it this trope by having a character choose large headphones over earbuds precisely for this reason.
18th Feb '16 4:13:40 PM harostar
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* Played with in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, '':Re''.
** In the original series, the outgoing Hide Nagachika frequently wears headphones around his neck. When he is seen wearing them over his ears, it's either to illustrate his eccentric personality or his loneliness when Kaneki has been avoiding him. Considering his ObfuscatingStupidity and tendency to easedrop on people, the headphones [[FridgeBrilliance likely also]] aid in making people not take him seriously.
** In the sequel, the sullen Kuki Urie frequently wears earbuds to avoid dealing with others. He's seen wearing them less and less after the major TimeSkip, as part of his development.
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