Created By: Arial on March 20, 2017 Last Edited By: Arial on May 30, 2017
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Jackhammered Conversation

When a character (AIRHORN) has a conversation (TRAIN) and you have a hard time (JACKHAMMER) filling in vague blanks (HONK) because of loud noises (TRUCK HORN).

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You're watching Alice and Bob talking on TV. Bob asks "How was your day?" Alice replies "Well, it was pretty bad. I woke up when my dog-" A Jackhammer goes off near by causing it to be impossible for the viewer to listen, and Alice keeps talking. The Jack hammer stops-"It was so tiny, I thought it was harmless, but-" Jackhammer again."so I'm like 'Is that all ya got?', and he-"Jackhammer. "AND THEN I TRIPPED AND-"Jackhammer."And that's how my day went". Bob says "Wow. I feel so sorry for you! That WAS a bad day...".

What we have here is a perfect example of a Jackhammer conversation. In most cases, all parties except for the viewer can hear what is said. However, on occasion, it's Lampshaded by having characters claim that they're unable to hear them. Could be confused as a possible mix between The Unreveal, Plot-Based Voice Cancellation, and/or Sound-Effect Bleep. While these may all seem similar, this trope tends to have less swearing and more gaps between sounds. The "gaps" tend to include sentences or chunks of sentences that seem somewhat unrelated. Usually, it's Played for Laughs, and understanding what you can't hear isn't usually important to the know because either nobody was supposed to understand it in the first place, or everyone else is supposed to get it but you, thus the joke.


Examples

    Film 
  • Forrest Gump has a speech during the March on the pentagon. He claims he only has one thing to say about the war. Then, a man sabotage the speaker system right as Forest starts talking. By the time the speakers are back up, his speech is over. (Tom Hanks says that Forrest said, "Sometimes when people go to Vietnam, they go home to their mommas without any legs. Sometimes they don't go home at all. That's a bad thing.") The only person who appears to have heard what Forest said was Abbie Hoffman, who claims "That's so right-on army man. You said it all."

    Live-Action TV 
In Christmas Eve on Sesame Street Big Bird tells Oscar his theory that Santa can fit down chimneys because he ties his belt on so tight that he becomes skinny. Oscar cusses him out as a subway goes by and the noise obscures most of his words (Video!):
You are, without a doubt, the stupidest (subway train passes by, clatter clatter) bird I ever met!
  • Get Smart: At Max and Agent 99's wedding, a wedding guest snores loudly just as the minister is saying 99's real name, so the audience never hears her name.
  • Monk: in an early episode set in the Big Applesauce, there's a scene where Adrian Monk keeps getting interrupted by a nearby jackhammer. He starts to speak, pauses and waits for the jackhammer to go quiet, starts his sentence over again, and gets cut off by the jackhammer again. After several minutes of not being able to finish a single sentence, he finally gets upset enough to just shout over the jackhammer.
  • The Prisoner (1967): in the final episode, "Fall Out", the Prisoner is invited to give a speech. He barely gets a few words in before the jury behind him starts chanting "I! I! I! I! I! I!" which completely drowns him out.

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: Invoked in "PTV", when the FCC begins censoring real life and a G-man blocks out Peter's swears with an airhorn. His ensuing rant brings up a lot of sexual Noodle Implements.
    Peter: Oh, Lois, you are so full of [HONK]! What?! Now I can't say [HONK] in my own [HONK]ing house?! Great, Lois, just [HONK]ing great! You know, you're lucky you're good at [HONK] my [HONK] or I'd never put up with ya! You know what I'm talking about. When you [HONK] lubed-up [HONK] toothpaste in my [HONK] while you [HONK] on a cherry [HONK] Episcopalian [HONK] extension cord [HONK] wetness [HONK] with a parking ticket? That was the best.
  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Occurs in the episode "Escaliferb" when Malifishmertz talks about his plan for seizing control of the Tri-Kingdom Area.
      Malifishmertz: Let me tell you about my plan for seizing control of the Tri-Kingdom Area: You see, I was bullfrog hunting down by the rat-catchers shack and came across...[Malifishmertz rounds a corner while descending a circular staircase; his voice becomes muffled and indistinguishable; comes back into view] ... with the biggest raspberry I've ever seen! It was the size of a cucumber![rounding another corner, becoming again muffled; returns to view] ... is what I said because I had a gag over my mouth.[rounding another corner and muffled once again; comes back into view] And THAT'S why I decided to take over the Tri-Kingdom Area. True story.
    • Jeremy and Candace are taking a romantic ride through the rainforest the boys created, and Jeremy is serenading Candace to tell her why he likes her. We hear each verse of the song, but when he gets to the chorus, it goes "What I like about you is [flamingos fly by honking]" "What I like about you is [they pass under a roaring waterfall]" "What I like about you is [croaking frogs]"
  • Used in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja When Howard tells the Bogger story in "Welcome Back Catfish". What's even more confusing is the is the hand gestures that he uses while telling the story and the fact that Randy is nearly throwing up upon hearing it. It's then used as a Chekhov's Gag to get a monster to throw up one of the sorcerer's orbs of power.
  • In the Steven Universe short "Video Chat", this happened to Peridot when her Internet communication breaks up. Ironically, it happens as she's explaining how she got the internet working so well.
  • In The Fairly Oddparents, whenever Timmy's father's actual name is mentioned, a loud noise sounds off somehow so the audience cannot hear it.
  • The Loud House: In "Get the Message", Lincoln's insulting voice message to Lori is blocked out by Luna rocking out on her axe.


Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • March 20, 2017
    Arial
    We already went through on Trope finder, and we couldn't find this one anywhere. Examples welcome.
  • March 20, 2017
    Arial
    Also, some extra body info wouldn't hurt. This is the first trope I made, so it's gotta look good.
  • March 20, 2017
    Skylite
    I'm close to positive We Have This One. Let me look.

    Update: we kinda sorta do. I recognized this trope as the Running Gag used in The Fairly Oddparents whenever Timmy's father's actual name is brought up. He will start to speak, and every time he says his true name, a truck goes by blasting its horn, or some other noise drowns him out. The trope used there is Sound Effect Bleep with no profanity.

    There is also Plot Based Voice Cancellation which is similar.

    I guess I'd suggest a different title: Key Words Drowned Out By The Environment if that's not too kludgy?
  • March 20, 2017
    Arial
    The Plot Based Voice Cancellation is close, but I'm mostly going for conversations mostly Played For Laughs in which you have to fill-in-the-blank.

    The Fairly Odd Parents one fits BTW. Thanks.
  • March 31, 2017
    Wynauttica
    This needs a better description. The current one, while it does explain the trope, needs some serious clean-up.
  • March 31, 2017
    MetaFour
    Live action TV:

    • The Prisoner 1967: in the final episode, "Fall Out", the Prisoner is invited to give a speech. He barely gets a few words in before the jury behind him starts chanting "I! I! I! I! I! I!" which completely drowns him out.
    • Monk: in an early episode set in The Big Applesauce, there's a scene where Adrian Monk keeps getting interrupted by a nearby jackhammer. He starts to speak, pauses and waits for the jackhammer to go quiet, starts his sentence over again, and gets cut off by the jackhammer again. After several minutes of not being able to finish a single sentence, he finally gets upset enough to just shout over the jackhammer.
  • March 31, 2017
    Getta
    This sounds like a combination of Censored By Comedy and Sound Effect Bleep.
  • March 31, 2017
    Tuckerscreator
    • Super 8: While the kids film their short film at a train stop, Charles gets the idea to film the scene while a train is passing by, for "production value". The passing train is so loud that it forces the actors to shout, which is unfortunate for their lead actress as she's actually very talented but sounds just as bad as the others by having to yell.
  • April 3, 2017
    Arial
    If possible, we're looking for conversations that don't make sense with the noise, due to the fragments the listeners can hear sounding unrelated.
  • May 10, 2017
    Kartoonkid95
    I can't believe this isn't here yet,,
    • Family Guy: Invoked in "PTV", when the FCC begins censoring real life and a G-man blocks out Peter's swears with an airhorn. His ensuing rant brings up a lot of sexual Noodle Implements.
      Peter: Oh, Lois, you are so full of [HONK]! What?! Now I can't say [HONK] in my own [HONK]ing house?! Great, Lois, just [HONK]ing great! You know, you're lucky you're good at [HONK] my [HONK] or I'd never out up with ya! You know what I'm talking about. When you [HONK] lubed-up [HONK] toothpaste in my [HONK] while you [HONK] on a cherry [HONK] Episcopalian [HONK] extension cord [HONK] wetness [HONK] with a parking ticket? That was the best.
    • The Loud House: In "Get the Message", Lincoln's insulting voice message to Lori is blocked out by Luna rocking out on her axe.
  • May 22, 2017
    Skylite
    Another variation from Phineas and Ferb: Jeremy and Candace are taking a romantic ride through the rainforest the boys created, and Jeremy is serenading Candace to tell her why he likes her. We hear each verse of the song, but when he gets to the chorus, it goes "What I like about you is [flamingos fly by honking]" "What I like about you is [they pass under a roaring waterfall]" "What I like about you is [croaking frogs]"

  • May 22, 2017
    Arial
    Skylite thanks, I do remember that one. What I like about that episode is [HONK].
  • May 22, 2017
    Getta
  • May 25, 2017
    Arivne
  • May 25, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    In Christmas Eve On Sesame Street Big Bird tells Oscar his theory that Santa can fit down chimneys because he ties his belt on so tight that he becomes skinny. Oscar cusses him out as a subway goes by and the noise obscures most of his words (Video!):
    You are, without a doubt, the stupidest (subway train passes by, clatter clatter) bird I ever met!
  • May 25, 2017
    Arial
    -Nate The Great question, would that be a new folder, or under Live-Action TV?
  • May 25, 2017
    Gosicrystal
    On Phineas and Ferb:
  • May 25, 2017
    NateTheGreat
    Yes, Muppet productions are live-action. And TV Tropes considers the Christmas Eve show to be a "Series" and not a "Film."
  • May 25, 2017
    JoeG
    • Get Smart: At Max and Agent 99's wedding, a wedding guest snores loudly just as the minister is saying 99's real name, so the audience never hears her name.
  • May 30, 2017
    Arial
    I believe we are ready for launch! Thanks for helping with examples and formating.
  • May 30, 2017
    Arial
    Still need an index! Any good ones?
  • May 30, 2017
    Getta
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