Created By: AinSophAur33July 1, 2011 Last Edited By: AinSophAur33July 14, 2011

Elongated Intonation of Evil

The last person you ever want to see taunts you, unseen, in that elongated, mocking voice.

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They're heeeeeeeeeeeeere...

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You thought he was gone, or at the very least you haven't seen him in a while. Then, when you least expect it, you hear him call your name in an elongated, mocking voice, almost like a doorbell. letting you know he's back and looking for you. Or maybe he's mocking you. The words spoken don't HAVE to be a name––just a taunt.

The vocal technique usually involves placing a stress on either the first (or second-to-last) syllable and dragging out the final syllable, much like "DING-dooooooong..." The words "Where aaaaaaare you..." often follow, using the same intonation.

This is not just a trope of Evil People Speak Slowly, however true that may be. This particular intonation and inflection lets the audience know that things are about to go downhill. The speaker is watching, and has something evil up his sleeve.

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Examples:

Anime

Comics
  • Dennis the Menace, every time he comes to visit. "Oh Mr. Wiiiilllsoooooonnn!"

Film
  • The Lord Of The Rings: In *The Two Towers*, Smeagol's alternate personality returns to haunt him as he's sobbing.
    GOLLUM: Smeeeeaaaaagollll.....

Theater

Video Games
  • Half Life: In Half Life 2: Episode Two, you've just retreived the larval extract from deep within the creatures' nest, and the Vortigons are healing Alex. Suddenly, time stops:
    G-MAN: Doctor Freeemaaaaan...

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • July 1, 2011
    JonnyB
    Why Knock Knock? I thought it meant it was associate with the joke.
  • July 1, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Good point; changed.
  • July 1, 2011
    fluffything
    • Warriors. "Waaaaarrioooors. Come out and plaaayyyy."
  • July 1, 2011
    Psychobabble6
  • July 1, 2011
    MiinU
    Comics

  • July 2, 2011
    terrafox
  • July 2, 2011
    Bisected8
  • July 2, 2011
    c0ry
    For those who may not recognize "the sound of a doorbell" as an adequate auditory descriptor, I believe that the specific technique is placing a stress on either the first or second-to-last syllable and dragging out the final syllable, much like "DING-doooooooong..."
  • July 2, 2011
    c0ry
    Also, is it just me, or are the words "Where aaaaaaaaaaare you..." often used with the same intonation right after the name?
  • July 2, 2011
    Aielyn
    Foghorn Speak? (Not to be confused with Foghorn Leghorn, the cartoon character, of course)

    Foghorns make the sound that is being referred to, whereas many doorbells are chippy and clipped "ding-dong". People are more likely to associate the speaking pattern as being similar to the sound that a foghorn makes, than to a doorbell.
  • July 2, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Foghorn Speak would be too much associated with Foghorn Leghorn, which you alluded to. Maybe...Doorbell Taunt? I'm really strapped for titles here.
  • July 2, 2011
    fluffything
    How about "Singsong Name Calling"?
  • July 3, 2011
    Aielyn
    We can bypass the problem of Foghorn Leghorn by making use of the other name for that sort of foghorn: Diaphone.

    Diaphone Dialogue?
  • July 3, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Diaphone Dialogue would work, but it's somewhat complicated-sounding for such a simple (and common) trope. Can we think up something simpler?

    Maybe Sing Your Name? Something simple like that would make it more accessible and useable.
  • July 3, 2011
    Aielyn
    I don't think it's as "simple and common" as you do. But if your concern is the relative obscurity of the word "diaphone", I have another option...

    Elongated Intonation. Both words that people know, but colourful enough to really make for a fun trope name. The problem with using terms like "singsong" or "sing your name" is that this trope has nothing to do with singing.

    On a side note, if you just allow examples to be "where someone elongates part of a name", it'll become People Sit On Chairs. You need to find a purpose (or set of purposes) to the trope, and restrict the examples to such purpose(s).

    Actually, I can think of at least three distinct categories for this trope - one is where the person is saying it in anger (as with, presumably, the Dragon Ball example), one is where the person is looking for someone (hence the "Where aaaaare yoooouuuu?"), and one is where the person is trying to get attention (for instance, the Dennis the Menace example). I suspect the first of the three (the anger case) already has a trope. Each of these three have a purpose. I fear that the overall trope, as it stands, lacks any purpose.
  • July 3, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    I like Elongated Intonation. Or maybe Elongated Intonation Of Evil, and removing the restriction that it's just for names.

    It does convey some information to the audience. Usually it's letting them know that things are going to go downhill very soon; the character speaking it is close and has a trick up his sleeve. I do see your point, though. I'll modify the description. Better?
  • July 3, 2011
    Aielyn
    I think that does give it a real purpose. I can vaguely remember a few other cases where a character uses the elongated intonation as a kind of taunt or evil attempt to get attention.
  • July 3, 2011
    JonnyB
    Singsong Name Calling sounds good.
  • July 3, 2011
    Aielyn
    JonnyB - I already pointed out the problem with Singsong Name Calling, but let me make it more explicit, so it's obvious. Singsong Name Calling sounds like the sort of mean singing that kids do at school when bullying another kid. And that's entirely the wrong impression for the trope.
  • July 3, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Description altered and clarified; input appreciated.
  • July 6, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Anyone else think this Needs A Picture?
  • July 6, 2011
    lanabanana
    In regards to the picture: a shot from Poltergeist (y'know, the iconic one with the girl in front of the TV). Captioned with "They're heeeere." Because I'm pretty sure most of us have heard that at some point or another...
  • July 12, 2011
    AinSophAur33
    Bump...planning to launch in a few days if nobody objects.

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