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->''The noisy neighbors''\\
''The noisy neighbors''\\
''The noisy neighbors''\\
''They won't go to bed''\\
''The noisy neighbors''\\
''The noisy neighbors''\\
''The noisy neighbors''\\
''They make enough racket to wake up the dead''
-->--'''Creator/AnnaRussell''', "The Noisy Neighbors"

Living in an apartment has a big issue. They aren't soundproof, so noise from one carries to the other. This is true [[TruthInTelevision in real life]] as well as in media.

And in both, a common way to deal with this is to bang on the wall/floor/ceiling, depending on the direction of the noise, in the hopes that this will quiet the offending noise. And in both, this rarely works, and may even encourage the neighbors.

One of the most commonly portrayed versions of this is an old person banging on the ceiling with a broom.

If the setting is a dormitory (again both in fiction and out), expect this to be turned UpToEleven, since:
# young and frequently inebriated college students are hardly known for their ability to remain quiet and
# dorms tend to have even thinner walls and even more people in the same amount of space than an apartment building.

RightThroughTheWall may induce this due to people being entirely too loud about their... [[TheImmodestOrgasm business]].

Compare BigShutUp,

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[DarthWiki/WallBanger that one page]] on the DarthWiki.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Inverted in a commercial for [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain something]], where a student is studying and can hear Prozzak's 'Omabolasire' coming from upstairs. The student then bangs on the ceiling with a broom and yells "Turn it up! I can't hear the words!" The commercial ends with her twirling her pen and singing along with "Sucks To Be You".
* Played with in a French condom commercial, where a woman is inspecting the soundproofing of an apartment she might rent. She begins panting and moaning, getting louder and more dramatic until she hears the angry banging of the neighbors that indicates the place is not for her. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5K3UdIiMpM&feature=related here]]
* Played with in a commercial for [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain something]]: First we see the remains of a wild party, including passed-out guests. Then we see the upstairs tenant placing 50-inch speakers face-down on his floor with a sheet of plywood between them. Then he stands on the plywood, wearing cowboy boots with microphones taped to them. Cue an epic stomp-dance routine so loud it makes the downstairs furniture walk around by itself.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The first few episodes of "Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK" have the main protagonist, Satou, being driven half mad by his next door neighbor (next door but sharing the same wall), who keeps playing the same J-Pop song, nonstop, 24 hours a day. A number of times he angrily kicks the wall and yells for his neighbor to turn the music down.
* In an episode of ''ShinChan'' (the GagDub), Shin gets into a stomp competition with the landlady on the floor below. At least to him it was a competition. She was just ornery about the stomping.
* An episode of ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute]]'' had Kirino {{Squee}}ing about an h-scene in the {{Eroge}} she's playing... so her brother had to slam the wall to quiet her down. Kirino is not amused.

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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]

* The WizardsOfWaverlyPlace [[IncestSubtext 'Jalex'-fic]] 'Justin Left Stanford' is ''made of this trope''. Central to the story is how [[LaserGuidedKarma Alex gets back at Justin]] for going to college in California ([[CannotStandThemCannotLiveWithoutThem and leaving her]]) by learning how to use the 'spell locks' to ensure that during his vacation time at home, [[SarcasmMode he can hear and enjoy every moment]] of [[TheImmodestOrgasm her nightly fantasies about him]].
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1024863/1/ Life Left Behind]], [[Literature/HarryPotter Draco]] has left the wizarding world and lives as a {{Muggle}} in [[BigApplesauce New York]]. One day, he comes home to find a chair on his coffee table and his best friend Joel on top of that, banging the ceiling with a broomstick and screaming obscene words while the upstairs neighbor can be heard deliberately stomping around above.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In the movie ''OfficeSpace'', Peter's neighbor Lawrence is constantly banging on the walls and listening in on his life. He even joins in on a supposedly top-secret conversation from the other side of the wall.
-->'''Peter:''' "Oh, it's okay... Lawrence is cool."
* In ''{{Antonia}}'', a character known only as the Protestant, bangs on the ceiling with a broom whenever the lady above him, Mad Madonna, howls at the moon.
* In an Italian movie about the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, said politician hears a kid playing with a ball in the room upstairs and starts banging to let someone know he's being held prisoner. But the child's mother just thinks this trope is in play and tells the terrorists she'll keep the kid quiet.

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[[folder: Jokes ]]

* A man was staying in a hotel room and complained to the manager that he was kept awake all night by the guest in the room above him. They visited the room above and found a farmer who had arrived back in the hotel, exhausted, in the middle of the night. The farmer apologized and explained that he just flopped on his bed, and shoved off his boot which landed heavily on the floor. Realizing his mistake and the noise, he had taken the other boot off and placed it carefully on the floor. The manager asked the original complainer, "You were kept awake all night from the one thump?", to which the man replied "I was waiting for the second boot to drop!"
* A drunk was proudly showing off his new apartment to a couple of his friends late one night. He led the way to his bedroom where there was a big brass gong and a mallet. "What's that big brass gong?" one of the guests asked. "It's not a gong. It's a talking clock," the drunk replied. "A talking clock? Seriously?" asked his astonished friend. "Yup," replied the drunk. "How's it work?" the friend asked, squinting at it. "Watch," the drunk replied. He picked up the mallet, gave the gong an ear-shattering pound, and stepped back.\\
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The three stood looking at one another for a moment. Suddenly, someone on the other side of the wall screamed, "You asshole! It's three fifteen in the morning!"

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Reminiscent of an Creator/OgdenNash poem which included something like:
-->We might love the people upstairs wonderous
-->If, instead of above us, they lived just underus.
* Mentioned and averted in ''Literature/FightClub.'' The Narrator mentions he lives in a high priced apartment for urban professionals with thick concrete walls and floors:
-->'''Narrator:''' Home was a condo on the fifteenth floor of a filing cabinet for widows and young professionals. The walls were solid concrete. A foot of concrete is important when your next-door neighbor lets their hearing aid go and have to watch game-shows at full volume. Or when a volcanic blast of debris that used to be your furniture and personal effects blows out of your floor-to-ceiling windows and sails flaming into the night. I suppose these things happen.
* Used as a MeetCute in Creator/PGWodehouse's short story "The Man Upstairs". She's playing the piano, he knocks on the floor to quiet her down, she goes upstairs to give him a piece of her mind, and a friendship ensues. It later turns out that [[spoiler:he moved upstairs in the first place because he wanted a chance to get her attention and did so at the first opportunity]]. The story ends with a CallBack in which [[spoiler:she changes her mind about being angry at him and knocks on the ceiling to summon him downstairs]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Mr. Heckles on ''Series/{{Friends}}'' would routinely bang on the floor of Monica and Rachel's apartment and complain about the noise. When he passed away, Chandler noticed that due to the building's weird acoustics, the noise from other apartments actually ''was'' heavily amplified and started to bang on the ceiling himself until he realised in horror what he was doing. The running gag throughout that episode was that Chandler had found Mr. Heckles old school year-book and was freaking out at their similarities.
* The first-season episode Meadowlands of ''Series/TheSopranos'': Meadow and Hunter are playing music way too loud, prompting longer and louder "HEEEEYYY!"s from Tony, who pounds the wall as he shouts.
* In ''MorkAndMindy'', this trope is used for a classic gag. Mindy is complaining about a ceiling banger below her apartment and Mork suggests she make the best of it making by making a game of it. When Mindy asks how, Mork stomps on the floor and uses the ceiling banger's subsequent banging to sweep Mindy into a square dance with himself as the caller.
* The ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' episode "Sex and Violence" had a brief bit with a man banging on the ceiling with a broom. It was [[DropTheCow the transition between two sketches]], with the family of the working-class playwright being shushed by Michael Palin so he could introduce man with three buttocks. ''[[DidntWeUseThisJokeAlready "We've done that!"]]'' All right, all right! A man with... nine legs! ''"[[WheelOFeet He ran away.]]"'' Oh, bloody hell. Uh... a Scotsman on a horse! ''[[[StockFootage old ladies applaud]]]''
* Happens in a couple of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episodes, most notably in the one where [[UnreliableNarrator Future Ted]] tells his kids that they were annoyed by the loud [[UnusualEuphemism bagpiping]] of the neighbors. Also referenced in another episode where Lilly tells Ted she can hear Robin's orgasms because the walls are thin.
* Bernard does it in an episode of ''BlackBooks'', despite the fact the couple making the noise are not actually upstairs, and causes a huge chunk of plaster to fall on a slumbering Fran in the process.
* An episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' revolves around this with the cranky neighbor below being a Canadian veteran who lost an arm in Vietnam and suffers from extremely painful phantom limb. It's eventually resolved when House breaks into his apartment, knocks him out, duct tapes him to a chair, and... cures him.
* A ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode ends with Annie banging on her floor in a vain attempt to quiet the PA sales announcements at the dildo store underneath her apartment.
* During ''Series/{{LipstickonyourCollar}}'', Francis Francis's aunt and uncle exchange pounding through the ceiling with the upstairs neighbours (Corporal Pete berry and wife Sylvia) in response to Sylvia playing content loudly, or energetic sex. Seen mostly in episode 2.
* We see Josh do this during an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', when he hears Sonny and Cher playing very late at night and assumes its the upstairs neighbor. The twist, of course, is that it's Sabrina's spell coming into his apartment and has nothing at all to do with the neighbors.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': A few times with the upstairs apartment, for example when a HollywoodToneDeaf Martin is trying to hit the high note in "O Holy Night".

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[[folder: Music ]]

* "Knock Three Times" is a popular song recorded by Tony Orlando and Dawn. In the song, the narrator tells his beautiful downstairs neighbor, whom he's never met, but nonetheless is in love with, that she should knock on the ceiling three times, if she wants to meet him, twice on the radiator pipe, if she is not interested.
** DaveBarry comments (in ''Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs'') that if Tony keeps that up (knocking on the ceiling), the neighbors are going to come over and start knocking on ''him''.
* BarenakedLadies' rather nostalgic song, ''The Old Apartment,'' has the following line:
-->How is the neighbor downstairs? How is her temper this year?
-->I turned up your TV and stomped on the floor just for fun!
** The music video ups the reference, by having an old lady below the apartment taking a broom and banging on the ceiling when this section of song is sung.
* Inverted in Music/GirlsAloud's song "Sound of the Underground":
-->Disco dancing with the lights down low
-->Beats are pumping on the stereo
-->Neighbour's banging on the bathroom wall
-->He's sayin' crank the bass, I gotta get some more
* Voltaire's ''The Man Upstairs''
-->As far as I can tell, he juggles bowling balls
-->but he's not good at it.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Used a lot in recent years in ''ForBetterOrForWorse'' because of the crabby downstairs neighbours Mike and Deanna have...and Deanna's mom provoking them for being so crabby. The neighbours damage the ceiling while doing this and the landlady had all the proof she needed finding the broken plaster in the trash to hit them with the bill for the repairs.
* ''TheFamilyUpstairs'' was all about Mr. Dingbat's [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failed]] attempts to get the neighbors upstairs to stop making such a racket.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''TheGoonShow'': In "The International Christmas Pudding", Minnie and Henry are trying to sleep in a tent when they are disturbed by banging from ''the tent upstairs''.
* The thin bedroom walls (and the requisite banging) were one of the reasons Commander Murray was so keen to move out of his parents-in-law house in ''TheNavyLark''.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Prisoner of Second Avenue'' features a fight between the Edisons and their [[TheUnseen unseen]] Scandinavian stewardess neighbors.
* Musa's upstairs neighbors in ''Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World'' do this a few times.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the DS game ''Videogame/TouchDetective'', your first case has you visiting the main character's [[CloudCuckoolander extremely ditzy friend]] in her apartment. While you're talking, she hears her upstairs neighbor comes in, excuses herself for a moment, then starts ''banging on the ceiling with a stick of some sort'', receiving some stomps in reply. When your shocked main character asks what she's doing, she explains that she's just greeting her neighbor in Morse code. The problem? As you find out when you visit the neighbor, your friend ''never explained this system at all'', and the neighbor is just trying to get her to shut up with their "replies". You, of course, explain the mistake. It's implied that the neighbor goes along with it from then on, but it's not really brought up again, so who knows?
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', there are two brothers in a house on the first island. The strong brother on the ground floor sometimes knocks things over by ramming into the wall, the smart brother on the top floor responds by banging loudly on the floor/ceiling while yelling for him to stop that.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims 2 Apartment Life'' lets you be on either side of the equation: Your sim may have a noisy neighbor, and decide to bang on the wall, or your sim may ''be'' a noisy neighbor, and have his/her wall banged upon. However, dorm walls in VideoGame/TheSims 2 University never have the same problem; a Sim can sleep in his/her dorm room even if a wild party is going on in common space.
* This is the Land Of the Livid Dead's first reaction to Rayman and company's noisy dozing in ''VideoGame/RaymanOrigins'', causing the tree Rayman's crew is in to shake. Not only do they fail to get the message, but the shaking causes they're snoring to ''increase tempo''.
* In ''Videogame/SuperMarioRPG'', one citizen of Monstro Town complains that he keeps hearing strange noises and incoherent muttering next door. Mario tries to investigate, but the door is always locked. Later in the game, Mario can open the door, and it turns out his neighbor is [[spoiler:Culex, a powerful sorcerer drawn in [[NonstandardCharacterDesign the normal ''Final Fantasy'' art style]], and the house is actually a portal to his personal dimension, an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield. Culex was about to invade Mario's dimension when Mario arrived.]]

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Eulice does this in one of the early strips of ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' - with a twist: she does indeed interrupt a conversation, but not due to being bothered by the noise. Rather, it is solely to reaffirm a statement in the conversation that she will have Gary's hide in the event the rent is not paid promptly.
* [[http://www.viruscomix.com/page472.html This]] ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'' comic.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Parodied in a cutaway gag on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. A guy sneezed, and that set off the woman in the apartment below. The guy sighed at this overreaction, and she threatened to call the police.
* In a ColdOpening for ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', there are spring sounds that make it seem like the couple next door are having sex (Fry even complains that "they've been at it for hours!"). Fry bangs on the wall to tell them to shut up. Pan to the next room... where robots with springs for torsos are bouncing up and down, playing cards. One applies some oil to his springs and yells an apology. It's a robot apartment building, after all.
* An animated insert on ''Series/SesameStreet'' has an insomniac living on the second floor of a three-story apartment building. His upstairs neighbor snores and his downstairs neighbor sneezes. (Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApODTRgHN2s here]].)
* In the "Dial M For Monkey" segment of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Magmanamus, a giant magma monster that lives in the center of earth, pounds ceiling of its room with a broom to shout the noise of the city that woke him up. When it doesn't work he gets outside.
* In ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', this is Nanny's standard method of gaining her employer's attention when he's working on his music in his attic workshop. Thus, it is a welcome signal to take a break instead of being one of irritation.
* Done in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "A Glass Of Warm Ed", with Sarah banging a lawnmower-toy thing on the floor.
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