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19th Nov '17 6:37:13 PM M84
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* In the trailer for ''Videogame/DeadIsland2'', the jogger has his ipod set to max volume, so he is completely oblivious to the ZombieApocalypse behind him as he jogs to Pigeon John's "The Bomb". [[spoiler:Since he was already bitten at some point, he quickly becomes part of the ZombieApocalypse.]]
29th Oct '17 6:57:35 PM eroock
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* In last episode of season 1 of ''Series/{{Westworld}}, a technician puts in noise cancelling earphones which keep him oblivious of the FullFrontalAssault happening in the room behind him. At least until the glass pane breaks.

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* In last episode of season 1 of ''Series/{{Westworld}}, ''Series/{{Westworld}}'', a technician puts in noise cancelling earphones which keep him oblivious of the FullFrontalAssault happening in the room behind him. At least until the glass pane breaks.
29th Oct '17 6:57:09 PM eroock
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* In first episode of season 2 of ''Series/StrangerThings'', one scientist staffing the evil facility is apparently stupid enough to play music on his headphones loudly enough to drown out the sounds of the instruments telling them something bad is happening.
* In last episode of season 1 of ''Series/{{Westworld}}, a technician puts in noise cancelling earphones which keep him oblivious of the FullFrontalAssault happening in the room behind him. At least until the glass pane breaks.
25th Oct '17 3:32:40 PM WillKeaton
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* In the video for ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA Glukoza's Schweine,]]'' the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.

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* In the video for ''[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA Glukoza's Schweine,]]'' "Glukoza's Schweine,"]] the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.
25th Oct '17 3:32:20 PM WillKeaton
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* In the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA ''Glukoza's Schweine'']], the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.

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* In the video for [[http://www.''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA ''Glukoza's Schweine'']], Glukoza's Schweine,]]'' the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.
25th Oct '17 3:31:30 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': When Dot is scolding Vespa for getting cold feet at her wedding, she doesn't hear anything she says because of her headphones (which are made to look like Princess Leia's bun hairstyle).

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* ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'': When Dot is scolding Vespa is being scolded by Dot for getting cold feet at her wedding, she doesn't hear anything she Dot says because of her headphones (which are made to look like Princess Leia's bun hairstyle).
21st Oct '17 8:15:24 PM Mullane
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* Accidentally happens in [[http://notalwaysromantic.com/a-sign-they-should-start-dating/28468 this]] [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Romantic]] story. A girl assumes that the guy she's trying to talk to is deaf, and ''[[{{Determinator}} learns sign language]]'' to talk to him, only for him to pull out his earbuds. However, he's impressed by the effort, and they end up dating.

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* Accidentally happens in [[http://notalwaysromantic.com/a-sign-they-should-start-dating/28468 [[https://notalwaysright.com/a-sign-they-should-start-dating/43050/ this]] [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Romantic]] story. A girl assumes that the guy she's trying to talk to is deaf, and ''[[{{Determinator}} learns sign language]]'' to talk to him, only for him to pull out his earbuds. However, he's impressed by the effort, and they end up dating.
21st Oct '17 8:07:23 PM Mullane
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* ''WebComic/DangerouslyChloe'': [[TheGrimReaper Alchemy]] failed to notice Teddy was approaching her, because she'd gotten so into her grove, that [[spoiler: [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/like_an_idiot she started twerking]]]]. Of course, once she realized she'd been caught in the act, [[Funny/DangerouslyChloe she flew off in embarrassment.]]

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* ''WebComic/DangerouslyChloe'': [[TheGrimReaper Alchemy]] failed to notice Teddy was approaching her, because she'd gotten so into her grove, groove, that [[spoiler: [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/like_an_idiot she started twerking]]]]. Of course, once she realized she'd been caught in the act, [[Funny/DangerouslyChloe she flew off in embarrassment.]]
22nd Sep '17 1:52:57 PM Horn
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* Justin Law from ''Manga/SoulEater'' constantly wears earphones, which annoys his colleagues and confuses his boss - who wears a mask over his face, meaning that Justin cannot lip-read Shinigami's speech like he does for everyone else. [[spoiler:Subverted after his FaceHeelTurn: the series favours interaction and unity so, according to the trope, removal of earphones should indicate something positive. Justin instead removes his earphones only to [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming hear]] Kid screaming as Gopher beats him up.]]

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* Justin Law from ''Manga/SoulEater'' constantly wears earphones, which annoys his colleagues and confuses his boss - who wears a mask over his face, meaning that Justin cannot lip-read Shinigami's speech like he does for everyone else. [[spoiler:Subverted after his FaceHeelTurn: the series favours favors interaction and unity so, according to the trope, removal of earphones should indicate something positive. Justin instead removes his earphones only to [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming hear]] Kid screaming as Gopher beats him up.]]



* Invoked in the ''Detectives' Koshien'' arc in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[OneSceneWonder Natsuki]] wore huge earphones in the beginning, which confused the others and made them think she didn't want to speak too much to them. [[spoiler:Although, she actually used them to hide her pierced ears, which would let others know she wasn't a highschooler anymore (Japanese schools are very strict about dress codes and often prohibit the use of earrings). She later hid them with her hair when she couldn't use the 'phones anymore.]]

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* Invoked in the ''Detectives' Koshien'' arc in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. [[OneSceneWonder Natsuki]] wore huge earphones in the beginning, which confused the others and made them think she didn't want to speak too much to them. [[spoiler:Although, she actually used them to hide her pierced ears, which would let others know she wasn't a highschooler high schooler anymore (Japanese schools are very strict about dress codes and often prohibit the use of earrings). She later hid them with her hair when she couldn't use the 'phones anymore.]]



** 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.

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** 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 eavesdrop on people, the headphones [[FridgeBrilliance likely also]] aid in making people not take him seriously.



* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In the original timeline, Shinji secluded himself in his room and put his headphones on to isolate whenever he got depressed. Back in the past, he realizes that behaviour was a self-destructive and dumb waste of time, so he is trying to quit the habit (and he is listening to a different kind of music, too).

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* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In the original timeline, Shinji secluded himself in his room and put his headphones on to isolate whenever he got depressed. Back in the past, he realizes that behaviour behavior was a self-destructive and dumb waste of time, so he is trying to quit the habit (and he is listening to a different kind of music, too).



** Which rather puts the kybosh on the fan-theory that Lee is actually playing Uatu TheWatcher in all these cameo appearances...

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** Which rather puts the kybosh kibosh on the fan-theory that Lee is actually playing Uatu TheWatcher in all these cameo appearances...



* The song "Fugazi" from 1984 by Music/{{Marillion}}: "''Sheathed within the Walkman wear the halo of distortion, aural contraceptive aborting pregant conversation''".

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* The song "Fugazi" from 1984 by Music/{{Marillion}}: "''Sheathed within the Walkman wear the halo of distortion, aural contraceptive aborting pregant pregnant conversation''".
17th Sep '17 7:29:16 AM Dravencour
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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, such as [[JoggersFindDeath jogging]], can put you at risk of being mugged or worse, due to the music drowning out the sound of the approach of an opportunistic criminal.

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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, such as [[JoggersFindDeath jogging]], can also put you at risk of being mugged or worse, due to the music drowning out the sound of the approach of an opportunistic criminal.
criminal. This is especially true of those who use them while exercising, such as [[JoggersFindDeath joggers]].
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