Created By: neoYTPismApril 13, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPismJune 5, 2011

Misleadingly Timed Screaming

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Birch Barlow (on the radio): I am going to make it my mission to see that our friend Bob is set free!
Bart, who was listening to the radio in class via headphones, screams after hearing that.
Crabappel: Well, despite your objections, the people of South Africa can now vote in free democratic elections.

Do We Have This One? Oh, and I am open to title suggestions.

This is when the timing of someone's scream gives others the wrong impression as to what they were screaming about.

Examples:

  • The Simpsons, of course, provides the example in the page quote and page image.
  • This happened twice to Carl in the Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius episode "Monster Hunt". First time, at a meeting, concerning the lake monster, with Jimmy telling him that the meeting hasn't even started yet, and the second time, at the lake, this time with Jimmy telling him that they haven't even gone out into the water yet.
  • This happens at the beginning of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer when the lead character has a nightmare whilst sleeping in class.
    "Nice to see you find Political Science so stimulating!"
  • In Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione hear Hagrid scream during Buckbeak's execution just after the thud of the executioners axe, for obvious reasons. Or so they think. It turns out that this was a scream of joy rather than agony, because Buckbeak did escape before anything could happen to him. The executioner did hit something else with his axe in frustration.
  • Used in the Arthur episode "Arthur's First Sleepover". On the night before a big sleepover, Arthur dreams that he and his friends, Buster and the Brain are having their sleepover, when D.W. shows up, telling Arthur that Mom told her to let him join their sleepover. Arthur then wakes up screaming, with Mom commenting to Dad in the other room, "I knew he'd get nightmares about all this talk about UFO's."
  • In South Park, when a regression therapist says:
    "I want the three of you to relax and think about... a cloud. A lone cloud, floating, changing. Light, cool air, blowing on the cloud. Float... AAAAH! AAAAH! Oh, sorry, I just had a weird gas bubble for a second."

EDIT again: In light of amazinglyenough's comment, I'm also open to discussion of whether or not this trope should be broadened, by how much, and why.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • April 13, 2011
    Hermiethefrog
    The picture doesn't indicate the trope at all without the caption.
  • April 13, 2011
    neoYTPism
    It helps one understand the quote better though.
  • April 13, 2011
    Ghilz
    This picture is blurry as all hell. Can't see who is screaming.
  • April 14, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Come to think of it I may as well scrap it.
  • April 15, 2011
    neoYTPism
    EDIT:(Ignore this reply)
  • April 19, 2011
    chihuahua0
    So, any examples.
  • April 19, 2011
    Rolf
    This happens rather often, but I can't think of specific examples.
  • April 19, 2011
    jaytee
    More Unfortunately Timed Scream than "oddly," no?
  • April 20, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Switched @ jaytee
  • April 20, 2011
    Scooter007
    I think this happens at the beginning of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (when the lead character has a nightmare whilst sleeping in class) but I can't remember the punch line.
  • April 21, 2011
    neoYTPism
    I have not watched that movie, but I looked up the script online, then looked up scream; I take it that ``Nice to see you find Political Science so stimulating`` was the punchline...
  • April 21, 2011
    Scooter007
    ^something like that, yes. I too didn't watch it but only read about it online...
  • April 24, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Got it, then.
  • April 28, 2011
    jaytee
    Oh man, I am hating this new title.
  • May 12, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Bumping to see if this was saved from the discarded YKTTW heap.

    EDIT: Hey it worked! I'll scrap the duplicate now.
  • May 13, 2011
    Rolf
    I dont know why nobody could think up any examples, including myself. It happens once a while.
  • May 13, 2011
    CaveCat
    This happened twice to Carl in the Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius episode "Monster Hunt". First time, at a meeting, concerning the lake monster, with Jimmy telling him that the meeting hasn't even started yet, and the second time, at the lake, this time with Jimmy telling him that they haven't even gone out into the water yet.
  • May 14, 2011
    amazinglyenough
    This should probably be part of a broader trope of characters mistakenly believing someone is responding to them when they aren't. As a hypothetical example, Alice is going undercover wearing a wire and talking face to face with Charlie, while Bob is listening at the other end of the wire. Bob tells Alice something, to which Alice responds "Shut up!" and Charlie immediately thinks Alice is talking to him.
  • May 16, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^ I don't want it to be too broad, though. The question is what kind of description and title would cover this along with similar enough concepts.
  • May 17, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    Remember to note this on the Adverbly Adjective Noun index.
  • May 17, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Will do if/when it gets launched, thanks @ Eternal September
  • May 18, 2011
    TooBah
    Sort of like Dissonant Laughter, except with screaming. I guess that makes them... Sister Trope s?

    So, how about Dissonant Screaming?
  • May 18, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Huh? Dissonant Laughter doesn't imply that others simply got the wrong impression about what one was laughing at, at least not from my understanding of the trope...
  • May 21, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    Ooh, ooh, I have an example that actually fits the original trope description!
    • In Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione hear Hagrid scream during Buckbeak's execution just after the thud of the executioners axe, for obvious reasons. Or so they think. It turns out that this was a scream of joy rather than agony, because Buckbeak did escape before anything could happen to him. The executioner did hit something else with his axe in frustration.
  • May 21, 2011
    CaveCat
    Used in the Arthur episode "Arthur's First Sleepover". On the night before his big sleepover, Arthur dreams that he and his friends, Buster and the Brain are having their sleepover, when D.W. shows up, telling Arthur that Mom told her to let him join their sleepover. Arthur then wakes up screaming, with Mom commenting to Dad in the other room, "I knew he'd get nightmares about all this talk about UFO's."
  • June 5, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Mentioned @ Cave Cat and Lobster Magnus

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