Futuristic Weapon Whine YKTTW Discussion

Futuristic Weapon Whine
A weapon makes a mechanical whining noise when it is used, to indicate its high-tech nature.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-07-20 02:27:48 sponsor: orangejuicer edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2016-01-16 09:12:31)

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When a high-tech weapon makes a sharp mechanical-sounding whining noise when operated. It can be associated with the weapon charging up, or occur after firing, but the consistent theme is that the sound is used to show that the weapon uses advanced technology.


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    Film - Animation 
  • In The Incredibles, Syndrome's mooks are equipped with automatic rifles that make this sort of sound when they're activated. They fire apparently regular bullets, but it still makes sense for them to be given some sort of high-tech provision, since they're weapons of Syndrome's own design.

    Film - Live Action 
  • Iron Man plays this trope to great effect with the repulsor gauntlets, using it in the 'charging-up' sense.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, HYDRA's energy weapons make a similar charging sound to Iron Man's repulsors.

    Live Action TV 
  • The handguns of Babylon 5, called "PPGs", had a distinctive power-up noise.
  • The creepy sonic nosebleed rod used by the Hands of Blue on Firefly.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Ronon Dex's energy pistol.

    Video Games 
  • Many futuristic Mass Effect weapons have this sound effect.
  • Starcraft's cutscenes feature the Gauss rifle making a sharp whining noise after the weapon is fired.
  • TimeSplitters Future Perfect's Mag-Charger makes this sound when the weapon is first unfolded, and then a shorter version for whenever the player switches to it afterwards.


    Web Original 
  • In Bunny Kill 5, Dust's sword/gun combo uses this trope for when the gun component is fired.

    Real Life 
  • The noise associated with this trope comes from the sound made by transformers and capacitors charging up. This means any device which relies on building up a charge (such as a stun gun/taser or hypothetical magnetic acceleration based weapon) is Truth in Television.

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