Created By: aurora369 on July 12, 2013 Last Edited By: aurora369 on July 24, 2013

Noisy Outfit

Some clothing produces unrealistically loud noises when the wearer moves

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Not always unrealistically, though. In real life, these sorts of clothing actually produce a faint noise, but in this trope, it's unrealistically loud, in fact loud enough that you can hear the character coming before you see them, identify characters by the sound of their noisy outfits, and this amplifies the significance of the outfit in question. But sneaking in such a noisy suit may be hard.

  • Armor. It's obvious that metal armor clangs. By making it clang especially loudly, you can drive home the point that this character is prepared for battle and expects trouble.
  • Noisy boots. If metal armor is too outdated in your setting, you can send the same message through jackboots, combat boots or another military footwear: it produces loud, pounding footsteps.
  • Leather. To amplify the effect of the Hell-Bent for Leather trope, you make the hellbentness audible: the outfit squeaks when the character moves.
  • Pimped Out Dresses and the like. They have a sound cue, too: they rustle and sough.
  • Jester's motley. It has bells sewn into it, so you can identify a jester by the ringing. Some sources also mention similar suits used to train rogues to move silently.

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Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • July 12, 2013
    DragonQuestZ
    Does it count if there are actual noise makers, like the jet-engine-loud cooling fans on Strong Bad's "awesome boots" in Homestar Runner?
  • July 12, 2013
    aurora369
    I dunno if this applies to Crazy Awesome clothing with things that are naturally loud built in. I meant more ordinary stuff when I conceived it.
  • July 12, 2013
    dspeyer
    Is this a single trope, or a set of tropes?

    In any case, I'd mention Durken's armor (and d&d's acp to ms generally) and Thurmad's boots (though Florence does have super-human hearing).
  • July 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    (Copied from Hell Bent For Leather)
    • In a sketch on The Benny Hill Show Benny plays an actor playing a bad boy dressed all in leather while filming a scene. Not only is it not sexy (cause, y'know, it's Benny Hill), the leather squeaks so much whenever he moves that it drowns out recording the dialogue, especially when he sits on a leather covered chair.
  • July 12, 2013
    Arivne
    Stompy Mooks covers mooks that make a lot of noise when they move around, from boots stomping on the ground to noisy armor.

    This could be a Super Trope that covers all characters with noisy clothing.
  • July 13, 2013
    Chabal2
    Works featuring a Thieves Guild that gives training to its members often feature a suit with tiny bells sewn in it, so the wearer learns to move in complete silence. Seen in Black Moon Chronicles and possibly Discworld.

  • July 13, 2013
    spacemarine50
    Copy as is (can't think of a good way to mentioned it w/out a pothole):

    But sneaking in such a noisy suit may be hard.
  • July 13, 2013
    aurora369
    It may be a future supertrope, but separate tropes for "noisy armor", "squeaky leather", "rustly dresses" and so on have yet to accumulate a starting set of examples. So for now, it's not yet a supertrope.
  • July 13, 2013
    aurora369
    As an example: in Final Fantasy IX, the knight Adelbert Steiner has the clang of his armor as his character-specific sound cue.
  • July 13, 2013
    aurora369
    And dspeyer... where are Durken and Thurmad from?
  • July 13, 2013
    Koveras
    • In The Elder Scrolls series, Heavy (and, to a lesser degree, Medium) Armor is ill-suited for stealth because it makes noise easily detectable by NPCs. Therefore, stealthy classes universally prefer light armor.
    • In A Dance With Rogues, all high-heeled outfits (of which there is a lot) apply a -2 penalty on Move Silently skill checks because of the noise the high heels make.
  • July 13, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Sponge Bob Square Pants had a pair of impossibly squeaky fishing boots. Mr. Krabs kept hearing them squeak even after he destroyed them in a parody of The Tell Tale Heart.
  • July 13, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Does it have to be "unrealistically"? The description is confusingly worded.
  • July 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In another Benny Hill Show sketch, Benny and Jackie Wright play Butch Cafferty and the Fundance Kid. At one point they're trying to sneak up on someone but Fundance's boots are squeaking so Butch makes him take them off. Then they continue sneaking and it turns out the boots aren't squeaking, Fundance's bare feet are.
  • July 15, 2013
    aurora369
    2 Prfnoff: being unrealistically loud helps put an emphasis on this trope, so it's usually such. But an outfit that is naturally noisy enough to attract attention may qualify too.
  • July 23, 2013
    aurora369
    bump
  • July 23, 2013
    Koveras
    Instead of bumping, you could perform some Rolling Updates, since they also bring a YKTTW back to the top of the list.
  • July 24, 2013
    Melkior
    Durkon the Dwarf Cleric from Order Of The Stick, and if you want a page image, I could probably cut out panel 1 from that comic for you.
  • July 24, 2013
    aurora369
    I will be thankful.
  • July 24, 2013
    Alvin
    Like the second Benny Hill example, Film: The Nutty Professor (the 1963 one) has a similar thing with Julius Kelp, who stares into the camera in surprise.
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