Created By: ElectricalLassMay 16, 2013

Constant Character Sound Effect

A sound effect follows a character wherever they go.

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A character seems have a sound effect follow them wherever they go. This sound effect could be in-universe and could be Lampshaded or commented on by other characters. Possibly the sound effect is a way of Painting The Medium. This could even happen with a Unsound Effect.
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  • May 16, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    not this trope
  • May 16, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Good, we have a first example.
  • May 16, 2013
    McKathlin
    Western Animation
    • In The Simpsons, all that's ever heard from little Maggie is the sound of sucking on her pacifier.
  • May 16, 2013
    littlemissmuffet
  • May 16, 2013
    MorningStar1337
    • Whenevr Pinkie Pie hops, bounces or jumps, a boing sound effect plays.
  • May 16, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    not this trope
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass

    • In an episode of The Sooty Show, "When I Was a Lad", whenever Matthew starts talking about when he was a lad, a sad violin tune place. He scolded the person playing it.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    not this trope
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    not valid
  • May 17, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    On The Sarah Connor Chronicles, whenever there's a scene of a terminator hostile to the Connors, the "DAAA-dup" sound (which was played in the film Terminator 2 with the T-1000) plays on the musical score. This also played with Cameron, in the episode where her programming resets temporarily and she becomes hostile to John Connor.
  • May 17, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    Sesame Street seemed to like this one, at least in the early days. When The Count appeared, an eerie pipe-organ theme would play (sometimes with a concluding musical phrase when he left). When Sherlock Hemlock appeared, a synthesized "mystery movie" theme would play. When Mr. Snuffleupagus entered and left a scene, a sort of "walking" fanfare played; eventually they added words and a dance to this theme, calling it "Doin' the Snuffleupagus".
  • May 17, 2013
    Koveras
    • The iconic scuba breather sound that accompanies Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.
  • May 17, 2013
    jbrecken
    In the movie Dogma, there's a trio of demon-posessed hockey players who are always accompanied by the sound of buzzing flies.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    I meant a sound effect that is constant, not just an iconic one that the character is known for making.
  • May 17, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^ Just to clarify, can these sound effects include a particular riff in the musical score (rather than just sounds the characters themselves supposedly make), as in my example above ^^^^^ ?
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Yes, but it has to happen whenever the character is seen.
  • May 17, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    You mean like a Leitmotif, but with sound effects.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Yes, exactly.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    A sound effect leitmotif.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    I got rid of examples that weren't this trope.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Um, I am shamelessly bumping up this ykttw.
  • May 17, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Shamelessly bumping again.
  • May 17, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^^ You edited other people's replies? I don't think that's usually done around here. You could instead point out why an example isn't what you had in mind for the trope, you know. That's helpful for clarifying the trope.

    For instance, the Family Guy Cutaway Gag example I gave: Where Stewie had a job following a fat guy around, walking closely behind him and playing a tuba as the fat guy walked. I thought it was a clever gag sort of Lampshading this trope--he had a job providing the "character sound effect" ("wump, wump, wump, wump" on the tuba) for this fat guy walking around. Maybe I didn't explain it as clearly the first time. Now if that doesn't fit, tell me why.
  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Sorry, I didn't know how editing and things behind the stage work around here. I have lurked on the trope pages and wiki reading the pages for quite a while, but I am new to editing.

    Please forgive a naive young newbie?

  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    I am shamelessly bumping.
  • May 18, 2013
    NESBoy
    Yeah, to my knowledge none of the other characters in DiC's Super Mario Bros. cartoons made squeak toy sounds when they land on the ground like Toad.
  • May 18, 2013
    Koveras
    @ElectricalLass: A friendly crash course into editing on YKTTW, then:

    1. Never edit other people's comments, because doing so overwrites their usernames with your own, making it impossible to determine who posted what.
    2. Do, however, edit your own YKTTW write-up above regularly, adding other people's examples that your think are fitting. The end goal is to arrive at a launch-ready trope write-up that can be copy-pasted onto the wiki once you have five hats.
    3. If you think an example fits your trope proposal, add it to the write-up. This is called Rolling Updates and is the proper way of sorting out examples that don't fit.
    4. If you think an example doesn't fit, post a new comment, explaining why that example doesn't fit so that other tropers will get a clearer idea what you have in mind.
    5. Don't panic when someone else edits the write-up you started: it's not encouraged but not forbidden either. Most of the time, it's just small grammar corrections or people fixing their own examples.
    6. If you want to copy the original markup of another troper's comment, click on the pen symbol next to the comment, copy the markup from the comment input field, and then click on the pen button again. This way, the comment edit field will close without saving any changes.
    7. Don't bump YKTT Ws more often than once a day. The "I am shameless" sticker will only get you so far. :)
  • May 18, 2013
    windower
    Sylar from Series/Heroes is almost always accompanied by the sound of ticking clocks.
  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Yep, good example.
  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Sylar is a great example.
  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    The sound effect has to happen most of the time even when the character is still. A particular sound that a character makes when walking is Not This Trope.
  • May 18, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    We need examples.
  • May 19, 2013
    Koveras
    We need Rolling Updates.
  • May 19, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    What are rolling updates?
  • May 19, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    Stealthy bumping.
  • May 19, 2013
    dalek955
    Koveras mentioned just a couple comments ago what Rolling Updates are, and posted a hyperlink. I'm sure you'll figure it out somehow.

  • May 20, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    ^^^^^^ If a sound a character makes when walking is Not This Trope, then I think that trope should be made. In fact, that's what I (along with many other people, it seems) thought this trope was when I first saw it.

    Also, please stop editing people's comments. Just make a new comment to 'reply'
  • May 20, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    @Psi Paula 4 Ok... We can make the trope that you thought this was....

    BUT FIRST, WE MAKE THE TROPE THAT I MEANT,

    Thank you for your cooperation.
  • May 20, 2013
    hawaiianflower

    If those unedited replies up there are what you're looking for, could you add it to the draft? So that it's obvious that those kinds of tropes are what you want (if they're what you want? This editing other people's replies stuff makes it all confusing).
  • May 21, 2013
    ElectricalLass
    @Hawaiian Flower Ok... I will do that
  • May 21, 2013
    Chabal2
    The crocodile from Peter Pan is always heralded by the ticking of an alrm clock he ate years ago.
  • May 22, 2013
    SquirrelGuy
    On Sesame Street, whenever the Muppet character Harvey Kneeslapper appeared, he was always laughing hysterically in his unique style. (The official word is that the character was retired because of the strain of all that laughing on Frank Oz's vocal cords)
  • May 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    IMO "A sound effect a character always makes all the time" and "a sound effect a character always makes but only while walking" are Ridiculously Similar Tropes, and should be listed as the same trope.
  • May 23, 2013
    Lyendith
    Same as above, I don't see why a sound a character makes while walking should not qualify. That's still a sound that "follows the character everywhere they go".
  • July 26, 2013
    XFllo
    There is also Stock Sound Effect. Isn't it what you have in mind, Electrical Lass?

    If not and this is a new trope, this draft needs Rolling Updates, meaning you should edit the draft and add the correct examples.
  • July 26, 2013
    DAN004
    Or you know what? Somebody needs to make an entirely new query for this one...
  • July 26, 2013
    IAmATropist
    ^^I think it means that a certain sound effect always accompanies a character. A good example of this would be Buzz Buzz from the video game Earth Bound, who always makes a buzzing sound.

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