Created By: PapercutChainsaw on December 18, 2010 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on December 21, 2010
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Noisy Robots

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This is a Sound FX trope relating to any robot, cyborg or Mechanical Lifeform that makes mechanical creaking sounds when they move around.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Chachamaru in the Negima!!? second series had robotic noises added to accompany her movements.

Film
  • Star Wars is guilty of this, with most civilian droids making odd mneumonic whining sounds whenever they move and military droids that have an inexplicable clanking sound accompany their every step, even while walking on grass

Live-Action TV
  • The Cybermen in Doctor Who. Lampshaded in one episode when they somehow manage to sneak up on the Doctor and he asks them if they've "got their legs on 'silent'".
  • In Star Trek, we have Borg drones that make mechanical and electrical noise when moving, or assimilating.

Toys

Video Games
  • Most robotic constructs in World of Warcraft are rather clanky. Justified because most of them are hostile or potentially attackable NP Cs, and all NP Cs have a combat noise. Robots are just noisier than most.
  • I'm pretty sure there are creaking/squeaking robot enemies in the video games Banjo-Kazooie and/or Banjo Tooie.

Western Animation
  • That Most Wonderful Sound that Transformers make when they transform. You'd be killed for suggesting it be silent.
  • Subverted in the Simpsons episode "Lisa's Wedding:" we Flash Forward to the far future (2010) and see what we think are a group of robots clanking by, but it's really just several college kids going to Wizard of Oz auditions in Tin Man costumes.

Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • December 18, 2010
    0blivionmobile
    Star Wars is guilty of this, with most civilian droids making odd mneumonic whining sounds whenever they move and military droids that have an inexplicable clanking sound accompany their every step, even while walking on grass.
  • December 18, 2010
    Andyzero
    That Most Wonderful Sound that Transformers make when they transform. You'd be killed for suggesting it be silent.
  • December 18, 2010
    Grichmann
  • December 18, 2010
    c0ry
    Most robotic constructs in World Of Warcraft are rather clanky. Justified because most of them are hostile or potentially attackable NP Cs, and all NP Cs have a combat noise. Robots are just noisier than most.
  • December 18, 2010
    PaulA
    ^^^^ I think the word you're looking for there is "pneumatic".
  • December 19, 2010
    NoctisVampire
    In Star Trek, we have Borg drones that make mechanical and electrical noise when moving, or assimilating.
  • December 19, 2010
    Alucard
    Chachamaru in the Negima!? second series had robotic noises added to accompany her movements.
  • December 19, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Subverted in the Simpsons episode "Lisa's Wedding:" we Flash Forward to the far future (2010) and see what we think are a group of robots clanking by, but it's really just several college kids going to Wizard Of Oz auditions in Tin Man costumes.
  • December 21, 2010
    emilywashere
    I'm pretty sure there are creaking/squeaking robot enemies in the video games Banjo Kazooie and/or Banjo Tooie.
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