Created By: Fearmonger on May 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Fearmonger on May 24, 2011
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Sickening Crunch

When an injury is clearly audible, or described if in text.

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If someone breaks a bone in fiction, usually they'll inform the other characters, and people will act accordingly. But sometimes, a writer may want to make the viewer or reader realize the character has been injured immediately, perhaps convey that it's serious or incredibly painful. In TV, this means making the sound of a broken bone (crack!) a bit louder. In literature, this means taking the time to describe the sound("...with a sickening crunch"). It doesn't have to be a broken bone, either. Maybe a character's heart is struggling, and the viewer will hear that character's heartbeat from time to time.

Compare with Kung-Foley and Hell Is That Noise.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Naruto: During the Chuunin exams, Neji damages Hinata's heart during their fight. A heartbeat sound and a picture of a heart appears from time to time, and she reacts as though she's in pain.(This example is from the Anime; it may have been depicted differently in the Manga)

Film
  • 127 Hours: You know the part.
  • Undercover Brother: Subverted. The title character is about to stomp a Mook who's lying on the ground. We see him stomp and hear a horrible crunching sound as he twists his foot but we don't actually see the stomp connect. Just when you think he's smashed the Mook's head in, the camera looks down and we see that UB actually smashed a bag of potato chips. Watch it here.

Literature

Tabletop Games
  • Call of Cthulhu supplement Fearful Passages, adventure "Sleigh Ride". The PCs and an NPC named Chance are lying in ambush to try to bag some monsters when one of them sneaks up behind Chance.
    Chance, terrified, drops the rifle into the snow. He stands frozen just long enough for the creature to reach out gigantic hands and wrench Chance's head with a sickening crack.

Videogames

Web Comics
  • The Good Witch: The previous good witch jumps out a window, and a crunch is heard. When we're shown where she landed, all that's left is her clothes.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • May 18, 2011
    MC42
    Falling from a high enough distance in Half Life 2 results in an audible crunch, along with a handy voice message from the Hazard Suit of all the injuries caused, such as minor and major fractures.
  • May 18, 2011
    Gamebreaking
    Super Paper Mario: Mimi's spider transformation has her neck spinning around. You can loudly hear her neck snap.
  • May 18, 2011
    Koveras
    Try jumping off a roof in Mirrors Edge. You'll hear it.
  • May 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    Referenced and described in some Discworld books.
  • May 18, 2011
    pure.Wasted
    Just jumping in in support of Mirrors Edge. Dear God... Mirrors Edge. There's something so satisfying about that sound, I couldn't stop doing it for fifteen minutes straight. Fifteen disgusting minutes of disgustingness.
  • May 19, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Audiable during the more brutal finishing moves in Batman Arkham Asylum
  • May 19, 2011
    jaytee
    Played For Laughs in Austin Powers... either 1 or 2, I can't remember. Will Ferrel's character? Can someone help me out with this example?
  • May 20, 2011
    Thebes
    Related to Kung Foley.
  • May 20, 2011
    ginsengaddict
  • May 20, 2011
    Fearmonger
    If anyone has a decent instance of this in literature, I'd like it for the page quote.
  • May 20, 2011
    Arivne
    Sometimes happens when someone performs a Neck Snap.

    Tabletop RPG
    • Call Of Cthulhu supplement Fearful Passages, adventure "Sleigh Ride". The PCs and an NPC named Chance are lying in ambush to try to bag some monsters when one of them sneaks up behind Chance.
      Chance, terrified, drops the rifle into the snow. He stands frozen just long enough for the creature to reach out gigantic hands and wrench Chance's head with a sickening crack.
  • May 21, 2011
    SKJAM
    [[Allcap: Webcomics]]
    • Early in The Good Witch, the previous Good Witch jumps out a window and there's a sickening crunch from off-panel. But when we see outside, all that's left is her clothing.
  • May 21, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
    Definite Hell Is That Noise overlap.

    One Hundred And Twenty Seven Hours. You know the part.
  • May 21, 2011
    MCE
    Fallout 3: landing after falling from height will result in crunch noise.
  • May 22, 2011
    Ryuuma
  • May 22, 2011
    Korodzik
    (Video game:)

    In Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth, if you walk around with a broken leg, a sickening crack is heard with every step.
  • May 23, 2011
    Ekuran
    You should change the "Literature" in the laconic to "text". Other than that, this seems good.
  • May 23, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Averted in the Polish comic Przygody Jonki Jonka I Kleksa During an extended Imagination Spot the kids find out that two bad guys were left alone with the treasure. They rush there expecting a fight and hear a crunching noise from a distance. It turned out that a random monster(a talking snake, don't ask me how he got there) captured both the villains and was just helping himself to their crackers.
  • May 23, 2011
    Thebes
    ^^^^^^ (that is, @ChimbleySweep) The sound is usually very disturbing. Hence the word "sickening."
  • May 23, 2011
    originalhobbit
    • Used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Ron is dragged into the Shreiking Shack by Sirius.
  • May 24, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    I don't know Japanese so I can't tell for sure... does this count? http://read.homeunix.com/onlinereading/?image=Wolf%20Guy/Wolf%20Guy%20c090/05.jpg&server=nas.html
  • May 24, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Subverted in Undercover Brother. The title character is about to stomp a Mook who's lying on the ground. We see him stomp and hear a horrible crunching sound as he twists his foot but we don't actually see the stomp connect. Just when you think he's smashed the Mook's head in, the camera looks down and we see that UB actually smashed a bag of potato chips. Watch it here.
    Mook: Just bought those!
    Undercover Brother: Sorry about that.
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