->''"[[TropeNamer Canned orders over loudspeaker?]] [[SarcasmMode Classy.]]"''
-->-- '''Zaeed Massani''', ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''

One of the sure symptoms of fascism in the media is TV screens, radios and loudspeakers (occasionally [[LoudspeakerTruck mounted on vehicles]]) blaring propaganda and messages from the Glorious Leader reminding his subjects to obey. LaResistance may or may not get the chance to [[HollywoodHacking hack into the system]] and [[VoiceOfTheResistance broadcast something more uplifting]].

Related to BigBrotherIsWatching.
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!!Examples:

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* In ''Anime/ErgoProxy'', fellow citizens of Romdo are encouraged to consume and make waste.
* The third part of ''Anime/{{Genocyber}}'' has the citizens of what is implied to be the world's last surviving city being ordered to increase their production by 20% or be incarcerated.
* Father Cornello's radio broadcast in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has shades of this.

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* In ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'', unlike the movie (see below), the public address system is used for a nightly broadcast from the Voice of Fate (which V enjoys toying with, first driving the man who provides the voice insane, and later hijacking it for his own address). Later, after Finch reports that [[spoiler:V is dead]], the government wastes no time getting that news out over the public address system.
* In ''AchilleTalon'': Roi des Zôtres, this is used as part of a ZeroApprovalGambit: the cheap-ass record is supposed to sound like adoring crowds mindlessly repeating their leader's call to war, but starts skipping in the middle. Every listener easily recognizes it as a fake (one noting it must be [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo at least forty years old]]) and revolts- JustAsPlanned.

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* The infamous "Leave the Bronx!" sequence from ''Film/{{Escape 2000}}''.
* In ''[[Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossThe8thDimension Buckaroo Banzai]]'', there's a public address system inside the Yoyodyne facility occasionally broadcasting brief messages and propaganda to the Red Lectroid workers.
* There are large loudspeakers all over London in ''Film/VForVendetta'', which implies that the Norsefire government engages in this trope. However, they aren't actually used for this at any point in the movie, and the only use they get is when V hijacks them to provide a soundtrack for his fireworks-laden bombings.
* The Nazi propaganda tower in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''.
--> Capt. Miller(repeating): "The Statue of Liberty is kaput." Well, that's disconcerting.
* ''InvasionOfTheNeptuneMen'''s "DON'T PANIC. DON'T PANIC." gets {{lampshaded}} by [[MST3K Mike Nelson]]: "Yeah, right."
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' has a mundane example in the form of PA announcements aboard the ''Enterprise'' informing crewmembers to remain on watch due to the ship being outside of friendly territory.
* Used during the battle of Stalingrad by the Red Army as a means to bolster morale in ''EnemyAtTheGates''.
* ''Literature/MisterRoberts''. At regular intervals an unseen crewmember laconically announces "Now hear this, now hear this" followed by Captain Morton's latest act of petty tyranny. This serves as a ChekhovsGun for the IsThisThingStillOn moment, when the captain inadvertently broadcasts to the entire crew how he coerced Roberts into toeing the line.
* ''Film/MadMax''. The female dispatcher primly announces directives that bear little relevance to the brutal gang-plagued world the underfunded Main Force Patrol is trying to keep in line.
-->''The Captains of the Hall have asked that pursuit officers refrain from using the slang "Bronze" for the Main Force Patrol. The word is considered disrespectful and citizens should be actively discouraged from its use.''

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* The original version of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' has the eternally cheerful PA announcer (Fenella Fielding) announcing public events and giving dire warnings of possible rain showers. Occasionally (as in "The General") the PA system is given over to other propaganda voices.
* The Mirror Universe in ''Series/TheMiddleman'' has giant screens broadcasting propaganda messages from [=FatBoy=] Industries.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': This always seems to be happening on the Cardassian [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Homeworld]]
* [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible Non-villainous example]] in ''Series/{{Mash}}'', via [[CommunicationsOfficer Radar's]] various loudspeaker announcements.
** This also happens in the [[Film/{{Mash}} 1970 film]], to the point where it's even employed in place of closing credits!

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The telescreens from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', which double as [[SinisterSurveillance surveillance devices]].
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' has the standard version. The author's later ''Island'' (a [[{{Utopia}} positive counterpart]]) features a variant--trained parrots, which recite uplifting slogans.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Used by Music/TheProtomen. "WE HAVE CONTROL. WE KEEP YOU SAFE. WE ARE YOUR HOPE."
* [[TheWall "We are waiting to convene at 1:15 outside Brixton Town Hall, where we shall be waiting..."]]
* A variation occurs in "Kilroy Was Here", the opening movie for Styx's ''Caught in the Act Live'' concert. Here, a holographic projection of [[BigBad Dr. Righteous']] face gives an "uplifing speech" during a rock-burning bonfire.
* "Shut Up, Be Happy", the intro to Music/IceT's ''The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech... Just Watch What You Say'', samples the mock-dystopian announcements from [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]]'s "Message from Our Sponsor" over the riff of Music/BlackSabbath's self-titled song. "SHUT UP. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO THINK, OR DEPRESSION MAY OCCUR."
* Music/{{Negativland}}'s song "Christianity Is Stupid" takes the piss out of [[Film/IfFootmenTireYouWhatWillHorsesDo a terrible Christian propaganda film]] by {{Sampling}} a sermon that describes loudspeakers constantly blaring "Christianity is stupid! Communism is good! Give up!", repeating them obsessively and completely out of context over a musical backing of insistently pounding drum machines and ominous Music/HeavyMetal guitars.
* Utata-P's [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]] song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWIjvPuY2jo "This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee"]]. A lot of the chorus is they line "BEING HAPPY IS YOUR DUTY" repeated over and over. [[spoiler:They'll kill you if you don't comply.]]

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', Friend Computer has always used the PA system set up throughout Alpha Complex to [[LostInTransmission efficiently broadcast]] timely and pertinent [[DystopianEdict official messages]] and [[PropagandaMachine mandatory quarter-hourly morale enhancement]] to the citizenry. The introduction of personal data devices to each citizen merely makes this system [[BlatantLies more perfect]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', not only are there canned orders over loudspeaker, but you also hear one of the main villain's announcements. One of the Low Chaos options you have is to make the guy playing the recordings switch them out and play a rather revealing message that shows the main villain for what he really is.
* The TropeNamer is ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', where you hear Jedore, a Blue Suns officer, doing this during the mission on Korlus. None of your team members are impressed, and one of them inevitably serves up a LampshadeHanging. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzj7uRNzLrs/ Here is a list]] of all the squad reactions to hearing the loudspeaker for the first time [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything (including characters that you shouldn't have at that point in the game)]].
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', as you storm through Grissom Academy, the Cerberus commander in charge for attacking the facility and abducting the last few students remaining attempts to demoralize and sway the students over the intercom. You can shut him up if you find and shoot the generator powering the computer that's hijacked the academy's PA system, which then allows Kahlee Sanders, the level's MissionControl, to do a heroic version of this trope.
* One of the first puzzles in ''ZorkGrandInquisitor'' involves turning up the volume on a propaganda-spouting loudspeaker in Port Foozle to drown out the sound of a burglar alarm.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Stalker}}'' game had these shouted in a military roadblock that led into the Zone, where a drunken officer would yell official warnings and scream at his troops. The other factions - namely, the militaristic Duty and the anarchistic Freedom - spewed propaganda and encouraged neutral Stalkers to join.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'', the usual orders from Overwatch to the Civil Protection troops (which are transmitted over loudspeakers for everyone else to hear) are often mixed up with short motivational speeches.
** [[LesCollaborateurs Doctor Breen's]] "Breencasts" certainly fit as well, since they praise the regime of "Our Benefactors". Sure enough, LaResistance hacks them at one point, and [[AbsentMindedProfessor Dr. Kleiner]] begins broadcasting a message of hope, rebellion, and whatever else happens to come to mind at the moment of recording, including a very [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sesquipedalian]] recap of events thus far in the storyline and urgings to take advantage of the collapse of the Combine suppression field to, ahem, do your part for the re-population of humanity. Which is unfortunate, since it's supposed to be brief evacuation notice.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' features corny "Rapture Reminder" {{Public Service Announcement}}s and messages like "Andrew Ryan asks: Are you a ''man'', or a ''slave''?" being broadcast over Rapture's PA system. The sequel has Sofia Lamb using the PA system to broadcast similar messages.
* In SimCopter, you can broadcast canned orders over your helicopter's loudspeaker by pressing the F-keys. These range from "Heavy traffic in this area. Use alternate routes." to "Get out of here now, before you all die. Or Worse!!" to "I'd like a room with a shower please"
* Chinese propaganda towers in ''CommandAndConquerGenerals''. They ''heal'' friendly units who hear them. You can even install them on the Overlord tanks and Helix choppers to turn them into pseudo-Medics.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' all of the major [[MegaCorp arms manufacturers]] seem to enjoy doing this (particularly Atlas and Jacobs, who have both featured prominently in DLC).
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', there are prominent screens displaying propaganda slogans in a data entry office of a prestigious biotechnology company.
* Enclave Eyebots roam the Capital Wasteland of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' blaring propaganda and patriotic music from the Enclave radio station (while zapping raiders, vicious wild animals, and rampaging robots to build the people's trust).
* In ''SplinterCell: Chaos Theory'', during the mission in Seoul, North Korean troops have set up a series of loudspeakers that are blaring poorly-translated propaganda. Sam can shoot up the loudspeakers as a bonus objective, and will eventually find the broadcasting station by a command vehicle on the way to his objective primary objective, allowing him to permanently deal with ''that'' annoyance.
* Baby Panau's broadcasting vans, in ''[[VideoGame/JustCause Just Cause 2]]''. Absent from the rest of the game however; not even the bases have a PA system, just alarms.
* The EDF of ''RedFaction'' have... let's see... [[PropagandaMachine the Voice of Mars]], an almost unnoticeable military announcer (usually drowned out by explosions or gunfire) for base [=PAs=], the obviously-canned ''[[BlatantLies "Get out of the vehicle and you will not be harmed!"]]'' vehicle [=PAs=], and finally another civilian announcer for the curfew timer and other minor notifications, such as asking civilians to report suspicious activity. After a sector is liberated, the announcements change to friendlier (and often pro-Red Faction) announcements.
** The first game has Ultor using the mines' PA system to boss miners around.
* The arrival area of Grandville, capital of the Rogue Isles, in ''CityOfVillains'' has large screens with Lord Recluse giving a rousing speech on his philosophy.
** Whenever the players visit the Axis Earth/Council Empire dimension in instanced missions, the streets are lined with loudspeakers. However, they are broadcasting motivating military drumbeats instead of propaganda.
* ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'' has Dominion holoboards on the first mission, which seem to be loudspeaker but with a hologram of the Emperor saying his own propaganda lines. A later mission on Korhal displays the classic loudspeakers.
* From several Valve games:
** [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science]] CEO Cave Johnson made numerous recordings to automatically play as his [[DisposableVagrant valued test subjects]] navigated Aperture's [[DeathCourse Enrichment Spheres]], offering his [[CloudCuckoolander characteristic]] brand of encouragement. From the ''Lab Rat'' tie-in comic, it looks like even after Cave's death, the company modified speakers to issue orders in his voice.
** The Announcer in VideoGame/TeamFortress2 will praise/berate the RED/BLU teams depending on their match progress.
* ''[[VideoGame/JakIIRenegade Jak 2]]'' does this; Baron Praxis spends most of the game "motivating" the populace over the city's public address system. Occasionally he addresses Jak specifically, probably to the confusion of everybody else.
* [[VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil Beyond Good & Evil]]: The leader of the Alpha Section on the floating screens in the market. He even comments on your missions, claiming responsibility for benefits and blaming you for damages.
* This is the way Mike Toreno communicates with Carl during missions in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas GTA:SA]]. It's quite amazing how he manages to have a loudspeaker just where a plane-dropped package fell, despite it being carried away by wind quite a bit.
* [[VideoGame/SystemShock Xerxes]] is the Von Braun's onboard computer. It continually broadcasts prerecorded messages – all keyed in by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Captain Korenchkin]], both before and after becoming [[BodyHorror controlled]] by [[PuppeteerParasite The Many]]. See if you can tell which is which!
--> '''This is Xerxes.''' [[MegaCorp Tri-Optimum]] reminds you that there are only one-hundred-sixty-three shopping days until Christmas. An extra work cycle just twice a week will give you the spending money you need to make this holiday a very special one.
--> '''This is Xerxes.''' Remember, replicator restrictions are in place for the good of all of us. All unauthorized database interactions will be dealt with to the utmost degree of the law.
--> '''[[TheLastofTheseIsNotLiketheOthers This is Xerxes.]]''' Can you not feel the glory of the flesh? Do you not yearn to be free of the tyranny of the individual?
* In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', various rules were spoken out throughout the game by Dr. Hugo Strange throughout your time there, including the countdown to Protocol 10. [[spoiler:Once Protocol 10 is initiated and Strange is later killed by Ra's al Ghul, the announcements stop.]]
* ''Videogame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' has some in buildings that were not damaged too much by the Orks.
* In a couple of spots in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'', a soothing voice reminds the citizens of the Green Zone that [[BlatantLies Gentek is their only hope for a cure, which is almost ready anyway]], and at least they're not in the Red or Yellow Zones.
* ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'' has some mad orders broadcast in the factory levels of the first chapter.
* Federation Starbases in ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' have a pool of PSAs that play randomly over the PA, just audibly enough to remind players that, "unaccompanied tribbles are an environmental hazard," or that "starship traffic has right of way". One of them is, "security to the transporter room," intoned with a complete lack of urgency.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In the MSFhighForum, Liruru Von Astaroth has these on her home planet. It's actually an InvokedTrope. (And a ShoutOut to Music/TheProtomen).

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* For one day in October 2010, [[http://gizmodo.com/5658048/call-this-urban-speaker-tomorrow-and-broadcast-yourself-to-new-york-city a loudspeaker was set up in New York City and connected to a cell phone]], so that random people all over the world could issue their own canned orders via loudspeaker.
* Some villages in China had speakers installed in private homes during the Mao era for this purpose. This is reportedly ''still'' the case today in North Korea.
** It is hard to verify whether North Korea has propaganda loudspeakers at homes (radio and TV seems to suffice for most) but they are commonplace around cities and workplaces. [[LoudspeakerTruck Truck-mounted speakers]] were also reported by travelers. There was also the infamous "Propaganda Village" just north of the South Korea border, so called because there used to be loudspeakers constantly blaring propaganda about how much better it is in the North. The South Koreans retaliated by [[LoudOfWar drowning it out with cheesy pop music]] and the situation escalated until neither side could stand the racket anymore and they called a ceasefire.
* Transit hubs worldwide follow this trope, with pre-recorded messages in multiple languages - usually that country's official language(s), plus English if that isn't already included - reminding travelers not to leave luggage unattended and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities. Such announcements come in for a lot of mockery from frequent travelers, as "unattended luggage" is much more apt to be ''stolen'' long before it'll be reported.
* Some modern fire alarm systems work this way. An alarm chime sounds, followed by a pre-recorded polite message along the lines of "[[ThisIsNotADrill A fire has been reported in your area. Please evacuate immediately.]]"
** Done after a number of incidents where people died because they didn't know the alarm they were hearing was a fire alarm. A study done for British television showed that most department store shoppers hearing a standard fire alarm assumed it had [[BystanderSyndrome nothing to do with them]] - many thought it was a warning that a shoplifter had been caught, while for others the alarm didn't even register.
** In some areas, such as the [[FlyoverCountry American Midwest]], the loudspeakers won't even bother with the canned orders, but will instead blast out a deafening siren across the landscape. These typically serve a single purpose, which the local population will be familiar with. In the case of the American Midwest, that would most often be [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]], with the siren warning the population to seek shelter immediately.
* Since the year 2000, this has been used in those parts of Israel that were bombarded almost daily by rockets launched from the Gaza strip. When a rocket is detected in the air, a recorded female voice comes on the loudspeaker and repeats in monotone: "Color Red. Color Red. Color Red", over and over. If you hear this, it means there's a missile heading for you. You have less than 15 seconds or so to get to the nearest shelter (if there is one), or risk being hit by the bomb or its shrapnel.
* Grocery stores, shopping centers and malls on occasion do something similar, whereby the PA system is used to announce sales, employment benefits or in general just tell the customer how great the store they are currently shopping in is.
* [[http://en.valka.cz/files/veh_uskfor_humvee.jpg There you go.]] PsyOps HMMWV: Canned orders over loudspeakers in the field. Damn things are loud, too. You'll hear one long before spotting it. Also useful for throwing parties.
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