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15th Aug '17 3:19:25 PM Vir
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** Also briefly happens in a Disney/LadyAndTheTramp-esque scene with Scooby and Nova, where the music is revealed to be played by a violinist at the party.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' WanderingMinstrel Wilykit is often revealed as a provider of previously atmospheric flute music, particularly while playing an appropriately mournful tune in the smoking ruins of her home city of Thundera.

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** Also briefly happens in a Disney/LadyAndTheTramp-esque ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''-esque scene with Scooby and Nova, where the music is revealed to be played by a violinist at the party.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' WanderingMinstrel Wilykit is often revealed as a provider of previously atmospheric flute music, particularly while playing an appropriately mournful tune in the smoking ruins of her home city of Thundera.
4th Aug '17 3:59:38 AM SeptimusHeap
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29th Jul '17 11:36:24 PM Piterpicher
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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', when Batman starts heading toward the penthouse, all of a sudden, Bane arrives, set to the tune of Gioachino Rossini's "[[PublicDomainSoundtrack The Barber of Seville]]", grabs Batman and tosses him into the penthouse where SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker lives. The Clown Prince of Crime tells the Dark Knight that "it's a tradition in my house to open one present on Christmas Eve." He then chooses one of the detonators and uses it to blow up [[spoiler:an empty construction site]] before laughing and singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas"... while the background music starts to sound more like ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', as the Joker had been watching WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's "RabbitOfSeville" while he is doing the atrocity. Enraged, Batman grabs the Joker as the explosion rocks the building, cutting out the TV signal.

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* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', when Batman starts heading toward the penthouse, all of a sudden, Bane arrives, set to the tune of Gioachino Rossini's "[[PublicDomainSoundtrack The Barber of Seville]]", grabs Batman and tosses him into the penthouse where SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker lives. The Clown Prince of Crime tells the Dark Knight that "it's a tradition in my house to open one present on Christmas Eve." He then chooses one of the detonators and uses it to blow up [[spoiler:an empty construction site]] before laughing and singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas"... while the background music starts to sound more like ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', as the Joker had been watching WesternAnimation/BugsBunny's "RabbitOfSeville" "WesternAnimation/RabbitOfSeville" while he is doing the atrocity. Enraged, Batman grabs the Joker as the explosion rocks the building, cutting out the TV signal.
21st Jul '17 6:34:52 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamThunderbolt'': In the anime adaptation, most of the time the background music during action scenes is being played by one of the two protagonists' music players, as they each like to listen to music in combat. Io prefers jazz, while Daryl listens to pop. There's some indication that Io even transmits his music over the comms to his enemies, as a sort of calling card.
20th Jul '17 2:34:50 PM xcountryguy
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* In a US Beef Board ad, the usual music (Aaron Copland's "Hoe-down") plays as a waiter brings a steak to a customer...but when the waiter walks past the customer's table, he makes a gesture and the music winds down. Cut to the just-off-camera musicians, who start playing again when the waiter delivers the customer's steak.

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* In a US Beef Board ad, the usual music (Aaron Copland's "Hoe-down") plays as a waiter brings a steak to a customer... but when the waiter walks past the customer's table, he makes a gesture and the music winds down. Cut to the just-off-camera musicians, who start playing again when the waiter delivers the customer's steak.



** In ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', a non-comedic example occurs. A slow, somewhat haunting melody about the sea is sung three times throughout the film, each time acting as BigBad Z's {{Leitmotif}}. The second time the song is played, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Aokiji]] is singing it.

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** In ''Anime/OnePieceFilmZ'', a non-comedic example occurs. A slow, somewhat haunting melody about the sea is sung three times throughout the film, each time acting as BigBad Z's {{Leitmotif}}. The second time the song is played, it is revealed that [[spoiler: Aokiji]] [[spoiler:Aokiji]] is singing it.



** Still another one - a gal standing in the aftermath of a huge bar brawl recounts it to the police: "So this little [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} sailor]] dude whips out a can of spinach, this crazy music starts playin', and...well, just look at the place!"

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** Still another one - a gal standing in the aftermath of a huge bar brawl recounts it to the police: "So this little [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} sailor]] dude whips out a can of spinach, this crazy music starts playin', and... well, just look at the place!"



** Kuronue accidentally left on his...iFog

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** Kuronue accidentally left on his... iFog



* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': When Felix pulls Calhoun out of the [=NesquikSand=], a lovey dovey tune plays as they stare into each others eyes...and then Calhoun looks over Felix's shoulder and sees it's the Laffy Taffy around them that's singing the tune. She scares them off by shooting into the air.

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* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': When Felix pulls Calhoun out of the [=NesquikSand=], a lovey dovey tune plays as they stare into each others eyes... and then Calhoun looks over Felix's shoulder and sees it's the Laffy Taffy around them that's singing the tune. She scares them off by shooting into the air.



* In ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', as Joe Gillis enters WhiteDwarfStarlet Norma Desmond's parlor, which is tragic and more like a tomb, haunting pipe organ music plays...at which point Norma turns to the pipe organ and comments about the wind getting into the cracked pipes.

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* In ''Film/SunsetBoulevard'', as Joe Gillis enters WhiteDwarfStarlet Norma Desmond's parlor, which is tragic and more like a tomb, haunting pipe organ music plays... at which point Norma turns to the pipe organ and comments about the wind getting into the cracked pipes.



* In one scene in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', Sally, Conrad and the Cat are trying to creep up on their dog, who has run off with the movie's PlotCoupon, without startling him. Their movements are accompanied by a set of increasingly tense string chords...until Sally and Conrad turn round to see the Cat playing the chords on his whiskers.

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* In one scene in ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', Sally, Conrad and the Cat are trying to creep up on their dog, who has run off with the movie's PlotCoupon, without startling him. Their movements are accompanied by a set of increasingly tense string chords... until Sally and Conrad turn round to see the Cat playing the chords on his whiskers.



* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', a synthesized version of the Funeral of Queen Mary is heard in the Korova milk bar, first during the intro and in a later scene where Alex DeLarge and his droogs make a second visit. In the latter, Alex mentions in his narration that said music is actually coming from the bar's sound system, and as he describes its disc coming to a halt, a woman there starts singing a piece from Beethoven's 9th, much to Alex's delight. Some other scenes show tapes and reels being played, serving as the background music; one of them plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: during the Ludovico Treatment, making Alex paralyzed whenever he hears the 9th.]]

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* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', a synthesized version of the Funeral of Queen Mary is heard in the Korova milk bar, first during the intro and in a later scene where Alex DeLarge and his droogs make a second visit. In the latter, Alex mentions in his narration that said music is actually coming from the bar's sound system, and as he describes its disc coming to a halt, a woman there starts singing a piece from Beethoven's 9th, much to Alex's delight. Some other scenes show tapes and reels being played, serving as the background music; one of them plays a pivotal role [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the Ludovico Treatment, making Alex paralyzed whenever he hears the 9th.]]



* The Norwegian movie ''Film/MaxManus'' has a rather horrible version of this. [[spoiler: After one of the main characters gets captured by the Nazis, we see him again hanging bloodied in a dungeon somewhere, in the background, eerie, classical music is playing, until the man angrily yells to at least "turn that fucking music off" (roughly translated). Cut to the fat torturer who takes the needle off the LP, silencing the music, and starts a small conversation with his prisoner. He then resumes the music and it becomes background music again as the screen fades.]]

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* The Norwegian movie ''Film/MaxManus'' has a rather horrible version of this. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After one of the main characters gets captured by the Nazis, we see him again hanging bloodied in a dungeon somewhere, in the background, eerie, classical music is playing, until the man angrily yells to at least "turn that fucking music off" (roughly translated). Cut to the fat torturer who takes the needle off the LP, silencing the music, and starts a small conversation with his prisoner. He then resumes the music and it becomes background music again as the screen fades.]]



* ''Film/RearWindow'' opens with a jaunty tune playing over the titles, which then segues into an advertisement, as we see it's coming from a radio across the courtyard. In fact, all the background music in the movie is coming from radios, phonographs, or pianos in various apartments - including one tune that plays a pivotal part, [[spoiler: stopping a spinster from taking a pill overdose, and distracting the protagonist from seeing the killer return to his apartment where the girlfriend is casing the joint for clues.]].

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* ''Film/RearWindow'' opens with a jaunty tune playing over the titles, which then segues into an advertisement, as we see it's coming from a radio across the courtyard. In fact, all the background music in the movie is coming from radios, phonographs, or pianos in various apartments - including one tune that plays a pivotal part, [[spoiler: stopping [[spoiler:stopping a spinster from taking a pill overdose, and distracting the protagonist from seeing the killer return to his apartment where the girlfriend is casing the joint for clues.]].



** This happens with the Headless Monks "Attack Prayer" in "A Good Man Goes to War." The audience hears ominous chanting and assumes it's MoodMusic...until the characters realize it's coming from the Monks.

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** This happens with the Headless Monks "Attack Prayer" in "A Good Man Goes to War." The audience hears ominous chanting and assumes it's MoodMusic... until the characters realize it's coming from the Monks.



** In "Good God Y'all", Sam and Dean are walking warily down an abandoned main street while "Spirit in the Sky" blares in the background...until Sam stops and turns off the car radio that's playing it.

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** In "Good God Y'all", Sam and Dean are walking warily down an abandoned main street while "Spirit in the Sky" blares in the background... until Sam stops and turns off the car radio that's playing it.



* The Season 4 finale of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has [[spoiler: Jack and Avery reuniting after Nancy leaves, with dramatic music in the background]]. They're clearly speaking, but you can't hear what they're saying, so at first you think it's one of those classic montages - then Jack tells the guy to turn off the loud music as they can't hear what they're saying either.

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* The Season 4 finale of ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has [[spoiler: Jack [[spoiler:Jack and Avery reuniting after Nancy leaves, with dramatic music in the background]]. They're clearly speaking, but you can't hear what they're saying, so at first you think it's one of those classic montages - then Jack tells the guy to turn off the loud music as they can't hear what they're saying either.



* An interesting variation occurs in the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Kali, part 2". Will starts doing a Bollywood-style dance in the middle of a crowd of confused onlookers accompanied by a troupe of dancers who are shown to not actually be there in order to summon Kali who is appearing to him in his mind (ItMakesSenseInContext...sort of) so the viewer assumes the music isn't real either. However, when the dance ends, a guy turns off his stereo.

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* An interesting variation occurs in the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episode "Kali, part 2". Will starts doing a Bollywood-style dance in the middle of a crowd of confused onlookers accompanied by a troupe of dancers who are shown to not actually be there in order to summon Kali who is appearing to him in his mind (ItMakesSenseInContext... sort of) so the viewer assumes the music isn't real either. However, when the dance ends, a guy turns off his stereo.



** And once again, when he is listening to Queen's "I Want To Break Free" while arriving at [[spoiler: Sherrinford maximum security prison complex/black site]].

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** And once again, when he is listening to Queen's "I Want To Break Free" while arriving at [[spoiler: Sherrinford [[spoiler:Sherrinford maximum security prison complex/black site]].



* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Aftershocks", [[spoiler: a mutated]] Raina contemplates a {{Frogger}}-style suicide, accompanied by ominous music. It swells as she begins to cross the highway. Cut to Skye in quarantine listening to the same music, apparently part of Bobbie's "quarantine survival" playlist. She quickly turns it off when she spots Fitz.

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* In ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "Aftershocks", [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a mutated]] Raina contemplates a {{Frogger}}-style suicide, accompanied by ominous music. It swells as she begins to cross the highway. Cut to Skye in quarantine listening to the same music, apparently part of Bobbie's "quarantine survival" playlist. She quickly turns it off when she spots Fitz.



** Earlier in the song, after Leo finishes his verse, a very moved Max says "Leo, I never realized...you're a good singer!"

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** Earlier in the song, after Leo finishes his verse, a very moved Max says "Leo, I never realized... you're a good singer!"



** Used for BlackComedy during the [[spoiler: Grave Eclipse over Belinsk]]. Monsters invade the opera house, slaughter everyone inside... and [[RefugeInAudacity start playing horror music in the orchestra pit]], with [[LampshadeHanging commentary]] by the warriors who go after them.

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** Used for BlackComedy during the [[spoiler: Grave [[spoiler:Grave Eclipse over Belinsk]]. Monsters invade the opera house, slaughter everyone inside... and [[RefugeInAudacity start playing horror music in the orchestra pit]], with [[LampshadeHanging commentary]] by the warriors who go after them.



* In Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', King Graham climbs the tower and finally sees the beautiful princess held captive. As they look at each other, romantic music[[note]][[MythologyGag "Girl in the Tower"]] from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI''[[/note]] swells...and suddenly another girl enters the scene, playing the music on a lute. For extra points, the musician is actually an important character, since [[spoiler:she's another captive princess, meaning she might be the one Graham is supposed to marry.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' Adventure Mode, the final level is scored by an [[SoundtrackDissonance incongruous ragtime ditty]]. Sure enough, you eventually find a phonograph, which you can turn off. [[spoiler: If you do, the imprisoned BigBad thanks you because the music was driving him crazy. And then you can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential turn it back on to spite him]].]]

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* In Episode 3 of ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015'', King Graham climbs the tower and finally sees the beautiful princess held captive. As they look at each other, romantic music[[note]][[MythologyGag "Girl in the Tower"]] from ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI''[[/note]] swells... and suddenly another girl enters the scene, playing the music on a lute. For extra points, the musician is actually an important character, since [[spoiler:she's another captive princess, meaning she might be the one Graham is supposed to marry.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DontStarve'' Adventure Mode, the final level is scored by an [[SoundtrackDissonance incongruous ragtime ditty]]. Sure enough, you eventually find a phonograph, which you can turn off. [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If you do, the imprisoned BigBad thanks you because the music was driving him crazy. And then you can [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential turn it back on to spite him]].]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', Danny and Pudge start dancing on the deserted sound stage, and mood music swells up behind them. It's not immediately clear that this trope is going to be used, which makes it somewhat [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] when Danny looks up and says, "Wait...where's that music coming from?" Turns out it was Woolie [[SpeciesSurname the Elephant]] playing his piano in a trailer across the street.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', Danny and Pudge start dancing on the deserted sound stage, and mood music swells up behind them. It's not immediately clear that this trope is going to be used, which makes it somewhat [[MindScrew mind-screwy]] when Danny looks up and says, "Wait... where's that music coming from?" Turns out it was Woolie [[SpeciesSurname the Elephant]] playing his piano in a trailer across the street.



* In a horror-themed episode of the Italian produced ''Rat-Man'' animated series, Rat-Man is in a bathroom of a cinema. He goes to open a bathroom stall while some dramatic chords gets louder and louder in the background...and as soon as he opens the door, we see a violinist practicing in the stall, which bows and then leaves the scene. The joke is replayed later after Rat-Man gulps a cup of poisoned tea, as the same violinists appears on the scene playing the same chords.

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* In a horror-themed episode of the Italian produced ''Rat-Man'' animated series, Rat-Man is in a bathroom of a cinema. He goes to open a bathroom stall while some dramatic chords gets louder and louder in the background... and as soon as he opens the door, we see a violinist practicing in the stall, which bows and then leaves the scene. The joke is replayed later after Rat-Man gulps a cup of poisoned tea, as the same violinists appears on the scene playing the same chords.



* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' during a football game against alien invaders. As Joey tries to rally the demoralised team at halftime, melancholy music plays...which turns out to be coming from Robo-Ron's built-in gramophone.

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* This happens in ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' during a football game against alien invaders. As Joey tries to rally the demoralised team at halftime, melancholy music plays... which turns out to be coming from Robo-Ron's built-in gramophone.
14th Jul '17 2:55:51 AM Tightwire
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* In ''Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'', in the opening chase scene Marty has to drive instead of the penguins. He asks "What does this button do?", presses it, and "Any Way You Want It" starts playing in the car. It doesn't stop until Dubois pulls up alongside the car and Marty switches it off hastily, and the chase music restarts.
--> '''Marty:''' ''(nervously)'' Hi, Officer! Is there a problem?!
--> ''Dubois draws her tranq gun and aims at Marty''.
24th Jun '17 5:23:22 PM Eddy1215
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* In a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' tribute to old-time radio, Gonzo appears in a parody of ''Radio/TheShadow'' called ''The Weirdo''. As a RunningGag, anytime The Weirdo is mentioned, a dramatic chord would be played on the piano, causing Gonzo to yell at Rowlf for playing such a corny piece and tell him to knock it off.

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* In a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' tribute to old-time radio, Gonzo appears in a parody of ''Radio/TheShadow'' called ''The Weirdo''. As a RunningGag, anytime The Weirdo 'The Weirdo' is mentioned, said, [[{{Sting}} a dramatic chord chord]] would be played on the piano, causing Gonzo to yell at Rowlf for playing such a corny piece and tell him to knock it off.
24th Jun '17 4:54:04 PM jccw227
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* In a ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' tribute to old-time radio, Gonzo appears in a parody of ''Radio/TheShadow'' called ''The Weirdo''. As a RunningGag, anytime The Weirdo is mentioned, a dramatic chord would be played on the piano, causing Gonzo to yell at Rowlf for playing such a corny piece and tell him to knock it off.
21st Jun '17 7:31:21 PM infernape612
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* "VideoGame/SpyFox in Dry Cereal" provides the trope image. He's chasing after the villain and the road ends ahead, he pushes the "Eject" button expecting the truck to propel him into the air so he can catch the villain. Turns out it's just the cassette tape ejector. (Pressing it again does the job, though.)

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* "VideoGame/SpyFox ''VideoGame/SpyFox in Dry Cereal" Cereal'' provides the trope image. He's chasing after the villain and the road ends ahead, he pushes the "Eject" button expecting the truck to propel him into the air so he can catch the villain. Turns out it's just the cassette tape ejector. (Pressing it again does the job, though.)
30th May '17 11:49:35 AM Adeon
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** In another episode the witness they are interviewing plays a dramatic musical sting for them after his testimony leads them to a revelation.
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