Created By: CaveCatMay 26, 2011 Last Edited By: CaveCatFebruary 13, 2014
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Recognizable By Sound

When a character\'s distinctive voice or cry sounds familiar to another character.

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Two characters are separated from one another in different areas, but however, while they may be far away from each other, their voices can be heard from the distance between them. One character yells from far away, which the other character then hears, prompting him to say, "I know that sound!" After following the sound, both characters are reunited once again.

This is when a character recognizes his vocal tone of his closest friend. The result will prove victorious in the end afterwards.

Compare: Signature Sound Effect, Signature Roar

Compare/Contrast: Sound Coded For Your Convenience


Examples:

Anime And Manga
  • In Yu Gi Oh, in the Virtual World arc, Noah plays Serenity's screams into the tunnel where the rest of the gang are. Joey instantly recognizes it.
  • In Shikkoku no Hana, Hei, brain-churned by a telepath snaps back when he hears Yin's voice. Awww...
  • Subverted in the Pokemon anime. Every individual pokemon, besides those that speak english, makes a noise either identical or near-identical to its name. However, even if they've already heard the pokemon speak, no one in that universe has any idea what the pokemon in question is unless they consult the Pokedex.

Comic Books
  • Averted in one Spirou And Fantasio story: Spirou, while lost in the jungle, overhears the very distinctive cry of the Marsupilami (despite being continents apart), but discovers it's an entirely different creature.
  • Bionicle: In the Hordika arc, Toa Nuju speaks to his companion Kualus about his old friend Ehrye. Just then, he hears Ehrye's voice calling for help. Kualus warns him not to follow it, but Nuju doesn't care. Sure enough, the source of the voice turned out to be from an Oohnorak waiting in ambush, having read Nuju's mind and then started mimicking Ehyre's voice.

Film
  • Homeward Bound The Incredible Journey:
    [Chance is heard barking from a distance]
    Hope: I know that bark! It is him!
  • Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Bennie, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"

Literature
  • In the Redwall series, Hon Rosie has a very loud, distinctive laugh that the others always recognize her by. "Whoohahahahahoohah!"
  • Doc Savage stories. Doc sometimes gave off a eerie trilling sound. Several times his men heard the sound when they were in dire straits, letting them know that Doc was nearby.
  • In both the book and film versions of The Hunger Games Catching Fire, both Katniss and Finnick hear the sounds of their loved ones and run toward them. It turned out to be mockingjays, not their actual relatives, leading to their being trapped.

Live-Action TV
  • Invoked in the classic TV show This Is Your Life.
    Do you remember this voice?
  • Characters in Doctor Who have reacted to the sound of the TARDIS before, often running to meet The Doctor.
    • In "Closing Time", the sound of his baby crying keeps Craig from full cyber-conversion into a Cyberman.

Professional Wrestling
  • Regularly employed in WWE productions, where a wrestler's entrance music indicates he is on his way to the ring, often to the detriment of the wrestler already in the ring.
    Wrestler A: I throw out an open challenge to anyone backstage!
    SFX: The Undertaker's "Bong" chimes
    Wrestler A: Oh Crap...
  • One time during an Edge vs Matt Hardy feud, Hardy's entrance music played while Edge was in the ring, causing Edge to panic and the audience to erupt - but then Edge started laughing. Hardy wasn't there, it was just Edge trolling the audience.

Video Games
  • Pokemon: All the species have a unique cry.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (and to a lesser extent X), Tidus' whistle. (Though in X, the one time it occurs, Tidus is reacting to Yuna whistling in a crowd, even though it was Tidus who taught her to do it.)
  • In Mega Man 3, Dr. Light recognized Proto Man's identity after he heard his whistle.
  • Team Fortress 2 has distinct voices for each of the 9 classes, further facilitated by their unique accents based on their country/state of origin (even though they are not accurate representations of real life accents). Voice commands here. Responses to specific situations here.

Western Animation
  • In Avatar The Last Airbender, the blind Toph recognizes people from their voice or footstep pattern.
    Toph: I never forget a voice!
  • A running gag on Rocky And Bullwinkle is that Rocky would always recognize Boris' voice but still couldn't see through his disguises.
    Rocky: That voice. Where have I heard that voice?
    Bullwinkle: In about a hundred other episodes, but I don't know who it is either.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Regarding Margie", Marge has amnesia and doesn't recognize her family. The sound of Maggie sucking on her pacifier helps jog Marge's memory and recognize Maggie.
  • The Big-Lipped Alligator from Don Bluth's All Dogs Go To Heaven has Charlie Barkin between his jaws when Charlie howls in terror. The sound is so melodious to the alligator that he set Charlie free. Later in the story, the evil Carface has captured Charlie, and has caused Charlie to howl in pain. Miles away, the Big-Lipped Alligator hears this cry, and comes to Charlie's rescue in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • While sneaking around the mansion of Mad Scientist Doctor Greenthumb in the Josie And The Pussy Cats episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger," the three band members encounter a walking pile of leaves. They presume that this is one of the mad doctor's plant creatures, and attack it. While Josie and Valerie are pummeling the creature, it cries in pain from the blows. Melody recognizes the voice, and begins sobbing, "That sounds like Alexandra. The creature-plant must have eaten her!" Immediately, Josie and Valerie realize that Dumbass Has A Point, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.

Community Feedback Replies: 35
  • May 27, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Invoked in the classic TV show This Is Your Life.
    Do you remember this voice?
  • May 27, 2011
    Fearmonger
    I think this Needs A Better Title. I Know That Sound could be taken as any sound which brings to mind a certain character. For example, the Daleks' "EXTERMINATE!".
  • May 27, 2011
    CaveCat
    What would you suggest?
  • May 27, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Avatar The Last Airbender, the blind Toph recognizes people from their voice or footstep pattern.
      Toph: I never forget a voice!
  • May 27, 2011
    Fearmonger
    Recognized By Voice, Recognizable By Voice. If it doesn't have to be a character's voice, replace "voice" with "sound".
  • May 27, 2011
    Darthcaliber
    A running gag on Rocky and Bullwinkle is that Rocky would always recognize Boris' voice but still couldn't see through his disguises.

    Rocky: That voice. Where have I heard that voice?

    Bullwinkle: In about a hundred other episodes, but I don't know who it is either.
  • May 27, 2011
    AmewFox
    Pokemon. All the species have a unique cry. My friend once tried to memorize the cries of the pokemon in the Hoenn Safari Zone. He actually got really good at it.
  • May 27, 2011
    Paragrin
    In Yu Gi Oh, in the Virtual World arc, Noah plays Serenity's screams into the tunnel where the rest of the gang are. Joey instantly recognizes it.
  • May 27, 2011
    Fearmonger
    Characters in Doctor Who have reacted to the sound of the TARDIS before, often running to meet The Doctor.
  • May 28, 2011
    AmewFox
    Uh...The Pokemon entry should be under Video Games, but the Pokemon in the anime have unique voice acting.
  • May 28, 2011
    ShivaFang
    Final Fantasy X-2 (and to a lesser extent X), Tidus' whistle. (Though in X, the one time it occurs, Tidus is reacting to Yuna whistling in a crowd, even though it was Tidus who taught her to do it.)
  • May 28, 2011
    MiVaTh
    The Left 4 Dead special Infected are all recogignisable by their unique sounds. This is in fact, very important in gameplay.
  • May 29, 2011
    TBeholder
    • In Shikkoku no Hana Hei, brain-churned by a telepath snaps back when he hears Yin's voice. Awww...
  • January 5, 2014
    DAN004
  • January 6, 2014
    CaveCat
    ^That's a Video Game trope for various items have iconic sound effects, whereas this trope is actually about identifying someone by their voice.
  • January 10, 2014
    Snicka
    So this is pretty much an in-universe version of Signature Sound Effect?
  • January 13, 2014
    DAN004
    Needs a title that can signify that this is in universe. :P
  • January 14, 2014
    HellKillUsAll
    In The Simpsons episode "Regarding Margie", Marge has amnesia and doesn't recognize her family. The sound of Maggie sucking on her pacifier helps jog Marge's memory and recognize Maggie.
  • January 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Doctor Who "Closing Time:" the sound of his baby crying keeps Craig from full cyber-conversion into a Cyberman.
  • January 15, 2014
    GeminiSparkSP
    In Mega Man 3, Dr. Light recognized Proto Man's identity after he heard his whistle.
  • January 20, 2014
    Dawnwing
    Literature:

    • In the Redwall series, Hon Rosie has a very loud, distinctive laugh that the others always recognize her by. "Whoohahahahahoohah!"
  • January 21, 2014
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Doc Savage stories. Doc sometimes gave off a eerie trilling sound. Several times his men heard the sound when they were in dire straits, letting them know that Doc was nearby.
  • January 21, 2014
    Chabal2
    Averted in one Spirou And Fantasio story: Spirou, while lost in the jungle, overhears the very distinctive cry of the Marsupilami (despite being continents apart), but discovers it's an entirely different creature.
  • January 21, 2014
    randomsurfer
    On The Adventures Of Superman Jimmy & Lois sometimes hear the whistling of the wind which means that Superman is on his way! Even though he was actually several miles away at the time they hear it.
  • January 27, 2014
    Snicka
    Also compare Signature Roar.
  • February 6, 2014
    Koveras
    • The Cloaker (a special enemy type) in Payday 2 usually stays out of sight but his presence is betrayed by distinct buzzing sound that accompanies him.
  • February 6, 2014
    DAN004
  • February 7, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • The Big-Lipped Alligator from Don Bluth's All Dogs Go To Heaven has Charlie Barkin between his jaws when Charlie howls in terror. The sound is so melodious to the alligator that he set Charlie free. Later in the story, the evil Carface has captured Charlie, and has caused Charlie to howl in pain. Miles away, the Big-Lipped Alligator hears this cry, and comes to Charlie's rescue in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
    • While sneaking around the mansion of Mad Scientist Doctor Greenthumb in the Josie And The Pussy Cats episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger," the three band members encounter a walking pile of leaves. They presume that this is one of the mad doctor's plant creatures, and attack it. While Josie and Valerie are pummeling the creature, it cries in pain from the blows. Melody recognizes the voice, and begins sobbing, "That sounds like Alexandra. The creature-plant must have eaten her!" Immediately, Josie and Valerie realize that Dumbass Has A Point, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.
    • Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Bennie, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"
  • February 8, 2014
    AndyGHKTropes
    [[Folder:Anime And Manga]]

    • Subverted in the Pokemon anime. Every individual pokemon, besides those that speak english, makes a noise either identical or near-identical to its name. However, even if they've already heard the pokemon speak, no one in that universe has any idea what the pokemon in question is unless they consult the Pokedex.
  • February 8, 2014
    Koveras
    @DAN 004: So does the Left 4 Dead example in the write-up...
  • February 8, 2014
    DAN004
    Then that obviously shouldn't count here... :p
  • February 8, 2014
    Green5

    If someone has an idea to make the links better formatted into the example, feel free to edit.
  • February 9, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Regularly employed in WWE productions, where a wrestler's entrance music indicates he is on his way to the ring, often to the detriment of the wrestler already in the ring.
      Wrestler A: I throw out an open challenge to anyone backstage!
      SFX: The Undertaker's "Bong" chimes
      Wrestler A: Oh Crap...
    • One time during an Edge vs Matt Hardy feud, Hardy's entrance music played while Edge was in the ring, causing Edge to panic and the audience to erupt - but then Edge started laughing. Hardy wasn't there, it was just Edge trolling the audience.
  • February 12, 2014
    Lakija
    Movie
    • In The Hunger Games Catching Fire, both Katniss and Finnick hear the sounds of their loved ones and run toward them. It turned out to be mockingjays, not their actual relatives, leading to their being trapped.

    Book
    • In The Hunger Games Catching Fire, Katniss and Finnick hear the voices their loved ones and run toward them. It turned out to be mockingjays, not their actual relatives, leading to their being trapped in that part of the map.

    (Had to change it a little for the literature one)
  • February 12, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    Comic Books

    • Bionicle: In the Hordika arc, Toa Nuju speaks to his companion Kualus about his old friend Ehrye. Just then, he hears Ehrye's voice calling for help. Kualus warns him not to follow it, but Nuju doesn't care. Sure enough, the source of the voice turned out to be from an Oohnorak waiting in ambush, having read Nuju's mind and then started mimicking Ehyre's voice.

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