Created By: CaoCao on December 4, 2011

Embarrassing Cell Phone Ring

A character's cell phone rings at the wrong moment and the ringtone is inappropriate for the situation.

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Characters who never turn off their cell phones should be careful about the ringtone they choose. Sometimes their phone will ring at a particularly awkward moment, and the ringtone will be inappropriate.


  • Quai D Orsay: Arthur's ringtone is a Metallica song. Not the best way to be taken seriously when it rings in the middle of a diplomatic summit.
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  • December 4, 2011
    Happens to Astrid during a job interview in "Brown Betty"... but I don't remember if the ring itself was embarrassing, just that the timing was bad. It happened to be her former boss.
  • December 4, 2011
    A Garfield strip had Jon tell Garfield about this happening to him, ending with everyone making him eat his cell phone, because they didn't like the polka ringtone on his cell phone.
  • December 4, 2011
    • Babylon Five: Captain Sheridan agreed to confront the terrorist who threatened to nuke B5. Sheridan promised to take off his communicator (Sci-Fi cell-phone). Sheridan put his communicator in his trouser pocket. It beeped.
  • December 4, 2011
    What about: Mimimirakuru Minorunrun at Episode 24 of Lucky Star?
  • December 4, 2011
    Newt Gingrich's ABBA ringtone ("Dancing Queen")?
  • December 4, 2011
    Weird Al Yankovic's song "Ringtone" is about this.
  • December 4, 2011
    • A beer commercial featured a guy trying to prove to his ex-girlfriend that he's matured enough to hook back up with her ... until his cellphone rings, with "I Like Big Butts" as the ringtone. Oops.
  • December 4, 2011
    ^ The title of the song is "Baby Got Back".
  • September 13, 2012
    From Cell Phone:

    • A British newspaper cartoon from the 1920s correctly predicted that when mobile telephones become popular, they would be a constant source of social embarrassment by ringing in awkward situations, such as when you are getting married!

    It would be nice to know the actual source of this example.
  • September 13, 2012
    In Sherlock, Irene Adler replaces Sherlock's ringtone with the sound of her orgasmic groaning.
  • September 13, 2012
    Is this just embarrassing ringtones or the cellphone ringing at the wrong time?

  • September 14, 2012
    Maybe change it to Inappropriate Cell Phone Ring and include badly timed phone calls as well as terrible ringtones.
  • September 14, 2012
    In Sherlock it's not the ringtone that she changes -- it's the text alert tone assigned to her number. Moriarty's Staying Alive ringtone might also be an example. It's hard to be menacing with the Bee Gees providing a bouncy little riff.
  • September 14, 2012
    Not necessarily embarrassing (but arguably close)...

    • In the Supernatural episode, "The Real Ghostbusters," evil spirit children trapped Sam and Dean along with many patrons at a hotel convention. To get the spirits to free everyone, Sam and Dean recruited an actress to play the ghost of the stern, turn-of-the-century school mistress (who Sam and Dean mistakenly banished earlier) to scare the ghost boys into releasing the hold on the hotel. Everything was going well until the actress' cell phone rang with a jaunty hip-hop tune. Cue her Oh Crap moment as the evil spirit children smiled menacingly, realizing she wasn't the school mistress and they had no reason to be scared.
  • September 14, 2012
    saw the episode of Sanctuary where will and his girlfriend are chasing a mothman and it is asleep but wakes up when her phone rings and she discovered her ringtone had been replaced with Death Metal
  • September 14, 2012
    • Astro Fighter Sunred: The nominal head villain gets a new cell phone with a ringtune that pegs him as an old guy--and later it goes off when people are trying to hide, and of course the hiding people can't figure out how to turn it off.
  • September 14, 2012
    Live action TV

    In one episode of Star Trek The Next Generation, when Worf's son Alexander joins his father aboard the Enterprise, everybody was trying to reach Worf when he was with Captain Picard who was explaining him some assignment. It looked like the communicators couldn't be turned off, and both Picard and Worf got really annoyed.
  • September 14, 2012
    In Easy A, Emma Stone's character is discovered to have changed her ringtone to the cloying "Pocketfull of Sunshine" after spending a weekend going from loathing the song to obsessing over it.
  • September 27, 2012
    • One of Deadpool's attempts at a stealthy assassination was spoiled by his agent calling him, his ringtone was "YMCA".
  • October 28, 2012
    I also suggested this. Someone pointed out the duplicate and thinks we should join the two threads together. Any preference as to which thread we keep (I prefer my description)?

    I've already transferred most of the examples from your thread