Created By: SpiritOfSahara on February 2, 2012 Last Edited By: SpiritOfSahara on February 6, 2012

Cut Connection Calling

A disconnected phone rings, causing confusion or fear.

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Previously named Cut Line Calling

Phone calls can be scary. If you have a normal phone or cell anyone with your number can call you - and even if you answer, you may never know who the person on the other end is, or if they mean well.

Sometimes however, the fact that the phone is ringing at all is enough to cause concern. Perhaps you're out of range or battery, or the phone isn't plugged in. Either way, you know before picking up that something is going on.

Can be a result of Electromagnetic Ghosts or Clarke's Third Law. Compare Evil Phone.

Sub-Trope(?) to It Won't Turn Off.

Examples:

  • On the TV show Supernatural in the episode "Long Distance Call" this happens when the phone keeps ringing even after the plug has been pulled.
  • Happens repeatedly in the Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child".
    • Also happens in Jekyll, which is by the same writer.
  • Seen in one episode of Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy.
  • This is what causes Karen Eiffel to realize her writing is affecting the real world in Stranger Than Fiction.
  • The Twilight Zone in episode "Night Call" and "Long Distance Call".
  • A classic scene in Silent Hill has Harry receive a phone call from his daughter, only to find the phone was disconnected the whole time.
  • There's a variation on this in Bruce Almighty in which God does this to the main character's pager, which continues working even after it gets broken.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • February 2, 2012
    snowy86
    • On the TV show Supernatural in the episode "Long Distance Call" this happens when the phone keeps ringing even after the plug has been pulled.
  • February 2, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • The Twilight Zone, classic Rod Serling version has an occasion of this with a twist. The calls are coming from a phone line that has broken off the pole and the disconnected end is lying in a graveyard over the grave of the grandma who has been calling and encouraging the child to walk into deadly danger.
  • February 2, 2012
    CaveCat
    • I believe there was also a telephone like this in an episode of Ed Edd N Eddy.
  • February 2, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    This is what causes Karen Eiffel to realize her writing is affecting the real world in Stranger Than Fiction.
  • February 2, 2012
    PaulA
    Also happens in Jekyll, which is by the same writer as that Doctor Who episode.
  • February 2, 2012
    nman
    Change the "Line" to "Connection" and suddenly you've got Added Alliterative Appeal.
  • February 3, 2012
    SpiritOfSahara
    @nman: Hey, nice! Done.
  • February 3, 2012
    Arivne
    ^ x 6: @Paradisca Corbasi: You're mixing up the episodes "Night Call" and "Long Distance Call".

    In "Night Call" an elderly woman received phone calls from her deceased husband because a broken phone line had fallen on his grave. In "Long Distance Call" a deceased grandmother called her grandson on a toy phone, and in order to be with her the boy started trying to commit suicide.
  • February 3, 2012
    FireWalk
    See It Wont Turn Off, which has some overlap and examples.
  • February 4, 2012
    reub2000
    • In one episode of Scrubs the other characters overhear Dr. Kelso on his cell phone. It turns out that there is no reception in the bathroom that hes talking in, and he meant for other characters to overhear what he was saying.
  • February 4, 2012
    JoeG
    ^This is an example of another trope: Phoney Call.
  • February 4, 2012
    TheGunheart
    • A classic scene in Silent Hill has Harry receive a phone call from his daughter, only to find the phone was disconnected the whole time.
  • February 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Too bad we can't call it "Dead Ringer", pre-existing term for something else.
  • February 5, 2012
    RLNice
    • There's a variation on this trope in Bruce Almighty in which God does this to the main character's pager, which continues working even after it gets broken.

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