Created By: ParadiscaCorbasi on April 15, 2012 Last Edited By: ParadiscaCorbasi on October 3, 2012


The sound you hear when somebody's had a big idea and there's no idea bulb

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The Idea Bulb is a visible indication to the audience that someone has had a bright idea.

Sometimes, though, the idea will be a sound notion, so we hear the Idea Ding.

It's a simple one-note Sting sound made on a xylophone or glockenspiel or something else that sounds light and metallic.

Often appears with its Sister Trope Idea Bulb. Also related to Audible Gleam.

The same sound is often used for Love at First Sight, but that's a different trope.

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Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • April 16, 2012
    More concisely, this is the audio equivalent of the Idea Bulb: Serves the exact same purpose, just in a different media.

    As such, in audiovisual media, they can and may overlap.
  • April 16, 2012
    ^ Yes, the ping often coincides with the lightbulb. Even when not, it can be considered an audio cue to represent it, making this a relative of Audible Gleam.
  • April 20, 2012
    Seriously? No other contributions? This is a common trope!
  • April 28, 2012
    Live-Action Movie: UHF, when George(Weird Al Yankovic ) gets the last-ditch idea to hold a telethon for his TV station .
  • May 13, 2012
    As names go, would Idea Bell work?
  • May 13, 2012
    Doesn't really sound like a bell. More like a Ping or a Ding.
  • May 13, 2012
    Okay. Ding is clearly the better word than Ping, though. Every time I hear "ping" I visualize underwater sonar, not a bell chime.
  • June 17, 2012
    Unless there are objections, launching the weekend of October 5.