Created By: CAD on March 2, 2011

Shot Heard Around The World

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A sound made which causes one or more characters to have an instant Heroic B.S.O.D., no matter how far away.

If the Damsel in Distress cries out, the hero (and only the hero) will hear their cry from a thousand miles away, and respond with a wide-eyed gasp of urgency.

If a shot starts a war, it will cause an entire parliament to instantly go silent, again, from a thousand miles away.

It implies that two characters are somehow bonded in a way that transcends distance, and sometimes Justified for this exact reason, or just played for Rule of Drama.

Do we have this?

  • The How to Train Your Dragon movie has Toothless hearing Hiccup's cry for help as his final exam goes horribly wrong.
  • Famously happens in The Princess Bride as Inigo Montoya hears Westley being tortured.
  • Happens very often in the Pokemon anime to both Ash and Pikachu, if either one gets in trouble.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • March 2, 2011
    I don't think "Heroic BSOD" is being invoked correctly in the description.
  • March 2, 2011
    • The Simpsons
      • "Simpson Safari."
        Homer (in Springfield USA): The Simpsons are going to Africa!
        Family: Yay!
        (In Africa, two tribesmen dance around a fire. Suddenly, one of them stops)
        Tribesman: What is it, N'gungo?
        N'gungo: Evil is coming.
      • In "Bart Carny" Homer invites two carny workers to stay at the Simpson house, prompting Marge (who is nowhere near) to shudder.
        Lisa: Why did you shudder just now, mom?
        Marge: [confused] I...don't know.
  • March 3, 2011
    • Radio: Parodied in an episode of The Goon Show:
      Spike (German soldier): Bang!
      Major Bloodnok: "Bang"? War! I must write me memoirs!
  • March 3, 2011
    Justified if the protagonist has some form of ESP, e.g. My Significance Sense Is Tingling.

    • Mars Attacks. After Byron is overwhelmed by the Martians in Las Vegas, his ex-wife Louise (who's in Washington, D.C.) says "Something's happened to Byron!"
  • March 3, 2011
    • Tarzan: Tantor hears Tarzan's scream as he is captured by Clayton and summons up the courage to charge to the rescue.
    • All Dogs Go To Heaven: Charlie howls in pain as he fights Carface's goons. The howl summons the alligator he met earlier, who comes to his aid.
  • March 3, 2011
    Played with and lampshaded in Phineas And Ferb, where Candace screams (apparently louder than usual) and this happens, heard by Doctor Doofenschmirtz, who thinks she's screaming in response to his latest Evil Scheme.
  • March 3, 2011
    Boromir's horn is heard by either Faramir or Denethor (don't recall which, probably the former).

    Does the Horn of Queen Susan calling the Pevensies back to Narnia in Prince Caspian count, or is that something else?
  • March 3, 2011
    • Jane Eyre: In a pivotal scene, Jane and Rochester are able to hear each other's voices although they are many, many miles away, in completely different parts of England.
  • May 19, 2011
  • May 19, 2011
    Exaggerated for great effect in the Simple Plan's "Untitled" music video, where the relatives of the girl killed in a car crash not just feel her death instantly, but directly experience her final moments (being blown across the room, smashed into the wall/window, etc.).
  • July 4, 2017
    Live Action TV
    • Parodied in the Monty Pythons Flying Circus sketch about the Hungarian/English phrasebook. The Hungarian punches the tobacconist and a police officer who's a long way away hears it and runs to the shop to take action.
  • May 21, 2011
    Not Sure if this fits but after The Lost World Arthur Conan Doyle wrote some other Professor Challenger Stories. One of them was about Challenger theorizing that the earth was actually kind of a giant mollusk so he drilled a very, very deep hole in its surface and poked it, resulting in earthquakes around the entire planet. (Not sure if I recall this correctly)
  • May 21, 2011
    In Scrubs, J.D. and Turk both own a small gong which they hit whenever one of them gets lucky. The former notes that he likes to think that the later can tell when he's struck it. At the end of the episode it turns out to be true.
  • July 3, 2017
    Isn't there a better name for this?