Created By: TiibaDecember 12, 2012 Last Edited By: TiibaApril 23, 2014

Ear Scream (crowner up)

Speaking too loud when you\'re close to someone else

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Crowner for a better title: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/AlternativeTitles/EarScream?open=all#hxeqm67x

A gag when your volume is way higher than necessary considering the distance between the speaker and the other person/people. Could be so loud it literally blows them away.

Variations include the other person motioning for the speaker's ear, then the speaker screams like a banshee right into it. Another is also using a loudspeaker when it's not needed as said above.

Compare I Cant Hear You. Contrast Acoustic License. Constantly happens to someone with No Indoor Voice. This weaponized is Make Me Wanna Shout. Also see Loudness War.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Happens early in Outlaw Star Episode 5, during the first meeting between Gene and Aisha.
  • In Yaiba, at one point this gag is weaponized against the Spider Man (who's afraid of loud noise). As they're about to be captured by him (wearing earplugs) and his minions, Musashi starts whispering a funny joke to Yaiba, and then to the others. Curious, the Spider Man insist on hearing that joke too, so Yaiba tells him to get closer, remove his earplug... and then he and his companion shatter something like five pillars of plates right next to him, deafening him.

Film
  • Seen in The Emperors New Groove, done to Pacha by Kuzco:
    Kuzco: I got a little secret for you. Come here. No, closer.
    [Pacha comes closer] Kuzco: I DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH PEASANTS!

Literature
  • Doc Sidhe. Gaby, a Technopath, is trapped inside a video computer screen by the Big Bad. She has a conversation with him, progressively speaking more and more softly. When he leans in to the screen to hear what she is saying she screams, shattering the screen and blinding him.

Live Action TV
  • On Criminal Minds, Reid got back at Morgan for pranking him by recording the sound of himself screaming, then sending it to Morgan's phone and slipping it into his iPod's playlist.

Western Animation
  • In A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny does this to Elmer Fudd.
    Now uh, don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!
  • One in Daria when Jane and Trent were attending a family reunion.
    Grandma Lane: Janey?
    Jane: Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Come closer.
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Closer...
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Closer...
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: [Shouting] WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
  • From The Ren And Stimpy Show pilot "Big House Blues":
    Stimpy:What's the big sleep, Ren?
    Ren: [Whispers into Stimpy's ear] Heeee's... DEAD! DEAD, YOU IDIOT! YOU KNOW WHAT DEAD IS? ITS' WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE IF WE DON'T GET OUT OF HERE!
  • On one episode of Animaniacs, Yakko plays director to a Jerry Lewis-like actor and at one point shouts at him through a megaphone at close range.Megaphone verson:
  • The Simpsons. When Bart blockades himself in Springfield Elementary along with Principal Skinner & Mrs. Krabappel, Homer grabs the bullhorn from Superintendant Chalmers (who was trying to talk to Skinner).
    Homer: Bart, this is your father. Do you know where the remote is? I looked all over the house.
    Bart: Did you check your pocket?
    (Homer checks and find that the remote was in his back pocket)
    Homer: (through the bullhorn to Marge) It was... (lowers bullhorn) it was in my pocket.

Web Original

Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • December 12, 2012
    Surenity
    • In A Wild Hare, Bugs Bunny does this to Elmer Fudd.
      Now uh, don't go spreadin' this around but uh...confidentially...I AM THE WABBIT!
  • December 13, 2012
    TooBah
    • Seen in The Emperors New Groove (the original movie), done to Pacha by Kuzco:
      Kuzco: I got a little secret for you. Come here. No, closer.
      [Pacha comes closer] Kuzco: I DON'T MAKE DEALS WITH PEASANTS!
  • December 15, 2012
    Onitatsu
    In Yaiba at one point this gag is weaponized against the Spider Man (who's afraid of loud noise). As they're about to being captured by him (wearing earplugs) and his minions, Musashi starts whispering a funny joke to Yaiba, and then to the others. Curious, the Spider Man insist on hearing that joke too, so Yaiba tells him to get closer, remove his earplug... and then he and his companion shatters something like five pillars of plates right next to him, deafening him.

    Ps: I think someone may complain about the name, so I'd be wise to think about another name, just in case.
  • December 15, 2012
    Tiiba
    And what's wrong with the name? That's literally what it is. Yeah, I know it's a snowclone of Eye Scream, but don't throw the baby out with the bath water.
  • December 15, 2012
    SharleeD
    • On Criminal Minds, Reid got back at Morgan for pranking him by recording the sound of himself screaming, then sending it to Morgan's phone and slipping it into his iPod's playlist.
  • December 16, 2012
    Onitatsu
    As I said, just in case. You never know...
  • December 17, 2012
    Tiiba
    BUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMMMMP!
  • December 25, 2012
    Tiiba
    I remember a scene in Batman Animated Series where the Bat whistles into a loudspeaker to startle an attacker. Anyone else remember that? me, I wonder why that didn't affect HIM.
  • December 25, 2012
    jccw227
    One in Daria when Jane and Trent were attending a family reunion.
    Grandma Lane: Janey?
    Jane: Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Come closer.
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Closer…
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: Closer…
    Jane: [Moves in closer] Yes, Grandma?
    Grandma Lane: [Shouting] WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
  • December 25, 2012
    Hermiethefrog
    The current name, being a snowclone of Eye Scream, might lead tropers to think that this is a trope about damage and threats of physical to the ears or ones sense of hearing. I unfortunately can't think of a better name for this trope.
  • December 25, 2012
    Tiiba
    "The current name, being a snowclone of Eye Scream, might lead tropers to think that this is a trope about damage and threats of physical to the ears or ones sense of hearing."

    That's basically correct.
  • December 26, 2012
    spacemarine50
    I say expand it to including using a loudspeaker when the other person is arm's length from it. What about a character with No Indoor Voice?
  • December 26, 2012
    TonyG
    • From The Ren And Stimpy Show pilot "Big House Blues":
      Stimpy:What's the big sleep, Ren?
      Ren: [Whispers into Stimpy's ear] Heeee's... DEAD! DEAD, YOU IDIOT! YOU KNOW WHAT DEAD IS? ITS' WHAT WE'RE GONNA BE IF WE DON'T GET OUT OF HERE!
    • On one episode of Animaniacs, Yakko plays director to a Jerry Lewis-like actor and at one point shouts at him through a megaphone at close range.
  • December 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Megaphone verson:
    • The Simpsons: When Bart blockades himself in Springfield Elementary along with Principal Skinner & Mrs. Krabappel, Homer grabs the bullhorn from Superintendant Chalmers (who was trying to talk to Skinner).
      Homer: Bart, this is your father. Do you know where the remote is? I looked all over the house.
      Bart: Did you check your pocket?
      (Homer checks and find that the remote was in his back pocket)
      Homer: (through the bullhorn to Marge) It was... (lowers bullhorn) it was in my pocket.
  • December 26, 2012
    JoeG
    Doc Sidhe: Gaby, a Technopath, is trapped inside a video computer screen by the Big Bad. She has a conversation with him, progressively speaking more and more softly. When he leans in to the screen to hear what she is saying she screams, shattering the screen and blinding him.
  • December 26, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Yeah, I thought it was about getting your ear chopped off. Change the name please.
  • December 27, 2012
    originalhobbit
    Can't think of and example, but I have a possible name.

    Whisper to a Shout?

    It's lame, but it might work better than a snowclone.
  • December 27, 2012
    TrustBen
    ^originalhobbit "Whisper to a Shout?"

    Or "Whisper to a Scream", which is an easy to remember phrase and has been used in a couple of song titles.
  • December 27, 2012
    Tiiba
    Which sounds like someone just starts talking quietly, then gets louder and louder as he continues. I'm not seeing it.
  • December 31, 2012
    GreatHylianKing
    Eddy from Ed Edd and Eddy was the king of this trope.

    Eddy: (to sleeping Ed) Ed... Oh, Ed... WAKE UP GOLDILOCKS!!!
  • March 31, 2014
    spacemarine50
  • March 31, 2014
    UltramarineAlizarin
    This is a recurring prank in Ranma One Half. One character agrees to tell a secret, motions for a second character to lean in so it can be whispered, then screams in the victim's ear instead. The earliest example is Ranma pretending to confess his weak point to Gosunkugi, who was gathering intel for Ranma's rival Kuno.
  • March 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Scream In Whisper Clothing? (Okay, it is awkward)

    Compare Make Me Wanna Shout
  • March 31, 2014
    spacemarine50
    Should I take it over? And Okay if I make major changes, including a alt title crowner?

    Edit: Started on it.
  • April 1, 2014
    DAN004
    Too close to Loud Of War, methinks
  • April 1, 2014
    spacemarine50
    ^If I make this only apply to talking...? Also that is more drama and this is Played For Laughs usually.
  • April 1, 2014
    Arivne
    • Formatted the Examples section.
    • Namespaced and italicized work names.

    The last example violates Web Links Are Not Examples.
  • April 1, 2014
    DAN004
    At least limit it to "fake-whispering-actually-screaming" gag. OP Tiiba makes it unnecessarily broad.
  • April 1, 2014
    TwoGunAngel
    How about Scream In Your Ear?
  • April 1, 2014
    spacemarine50
    ^^What about the "too close for megaphone" version?
  • April 1, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ That can work too.
  • April 1, 2014
    Tallens
    • Dinosaurs: When Robbie got mixed up with thornoids, he was left with a splitting headache after the effect wore off, and his friend Spike was there helping him deal with it.
      Spike: Don't worry, it gets better, (right into Robbie's ear) AFTER IT GETS A LOT WORSE!
  • April 3, 2014
    spacemarine50
    Bumping for votes.
  • April 11, 2014
    spacemarine50
    Another vote bump. Also any otehr input and examples are wanted too.
  • April 15, 2014
    Tiiba
    Oh hey, this proposal is alive again! I just checked on it out of curiosity, and it's full of marines.

    Still nobody can think of a decent name. How about "Ear Shout" or "Ear Blast", if you hate Ear Scream so much?
  • April 15, 2014
    BaffleBlend
    For the image, I suggest the last two panels of http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=111813
  • April 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In a Saturday Night Live Digital Short we see a man on a ledge preparing to jump. We cut back and forth between him and another man on the ground calling up to him through a bullhorn trying to talk him down. At the end The Reveal shows us that the man on the ledge is less than a foot off the ground and the man with the bullhorn is right in front of him, shouting through the bullhorn into his face.
  • April 16, 2014
    Tiiba
    You know, maybe this IS Loud Of War. It snugly covers the megaphone gag, at least.

    Do you think this has legs?
  • April 19, 2014
    MercenX
    I Don't Think You Said That Loud Enough

    Also: Dumb And Dumber: Lloyd asks his and Harry's new passenger "You want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?" He and Harry proceed to scream like the idiots they truly are.
  • April 19, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    ^ We don't do dialogue titles anymore.
  • April 19, 2014
    partner555
    Loud Howard from Dilbert talks loudly to people right next to him. It has on several occasions literally knocked them of their feet.
  • April 23, 2014
    QuestionMarker
    Also compare Suddenly Shouting.
  • April 23, 2014
    nielas
    • On Almost Human Dorian is a police android and can increase the volume of his voice to act as a megaphone. During a car chase he uses this to order the other car to stop. However, he does not bother to open the window and stick his head outside so his loud voice deafens his human partner who is sitting next to him.
  • April 23, 2014
    bitemytail
    In Real Life, deaf people who can talk (IE, aren't mute) are prone to this, as they are unable to hear the volume themselves to adjust.
  • April 23, 2014
    RossN
    • Victorious had this overlap with an In One Ear Out The Other gag. Cat Valentine got a butterfly trapped in her left ear and despite many attempts failed to get it out. She went to Andre's grandmother for help, who helped by yelling into Cat's left ear at the top of her lungs demanding the butterfly come out. Cue the butterfly immediately flying out Cat's right ear.

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