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Usually, this trope is used for comedic effect, because it's hard to see it coming.

An extremely cute and/or tiny animal turns out to have a surprisingly loud cry. A gorgeous person has a voice that is grating beyond all possible belief. It often causes fear in other characters until one sees the speaker and is amazed such a horrifying noise could come out of something so innocuous.

This trope is the flipside of KillerRabbit, wherein the cute thing looks innocent, fluffy and harmless, but is actually vicious and deadly. Note that some Cute but Cacophonic animals are ''also'' {{Killer Rabbit}}s. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Beware the Cute Ones]].

TruthInTelevision, as anyone who has ever encountered a chihuahua must know. Also, having a surprisingly loud cry to scare the crap out of predators is a terrific defense mechanism if you are a tiny, cute animal who can't do much else. Some animals combine this with the ability to seemingly [[GameFace suddenly transform into a vicious monster]]. Either way, it isn't good for a predator's nerves.

A common trait of MisterMuffykins, particularly the older, nastier versions. Not to be confused with NoisyNature. ''Everyone'' is louder than they need to be in Noisy Nature.

In anime, this can combine with a NoblewomansLaugh for a truly fearsome effect.

See also LoudOfWar. Subtrope of VocalDissonance, and often the result of NoIndoorVoice. If the sound rises to the level of a weapon in itself, see MakeMeWannaShout.

'''For Real Life examples, do not add persons as example of this trope.'''

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Nia Teppelin from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', despite being an ADORABLE young lady, has one of the most grating voices ever. It's like listening to someone trying to be moe without knowing how.
** Doesn't apply to her English voice actresses (Creator/HyndenWalch as a teenager and Creator/BridgetHoffman as an adult), who both sound appropriately fairy-princess like.
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Misty's Togepi had an annoying cry when upset, notably in the mini-movie ''Pikachu's Vacation'' and even "All Fired Up".
** Marill lets out an ear-shattering cry when scared, in ''For Cryin' Out Loud!''. To make matters worse, ''this'' particular Marrill (a specially [[FragileFlower shy and easy-to-scare]] crybaby) is paired with Misty; she's driven crazy by the loud and incessant crying, and flips out on the poor thing, freaking it out ''again''.
** Larvitar also has an ear-piercing cry.
** In ''The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis'', the day is saved by a gigantic Jigglypuff (with an EXTREMELY deep voice) singing the two battling giant Pokémon to sleep.
** In ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Manaphy no doubt has a really Shrill voice and cry, including the scene where it cried or threw a tantrum over May's absence before it uses [[FreakyFridayFlip Heart Swap]] on Ash and Jackie.
* Koyomi (Yomi) from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh the Animation'' is reasonably attractive, and has an okay speaking voice, but is quite dreadfully bad at singing, as her friends discovered when she took her turn on a karaoke video game... save for Tomo, who knew, and registered alarm when she announced her intention to sing. Which is made even more hilarious by the fact that [[IronyAsSheIsCast her actress is actually quite good]], as you hear in Yomi's image songs. As if Creator/RieTanaka couldn't sing.
* Tsubasa from ''Manga/KareKano'' - or, at least Creator/MayumiShintani's version.
* Pretty much any character voiced by Creator/SandyFox will fall into the category of "[[TokenMiniMoe loli]]".
* Pretty much any character (especially those past childhood age) voiced by Creator/GregAyres will fall into this.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''[='=]s [[Creator/KotonoMitsuishi Usagi]] and [[Creator/KaeAraki Chibi-Usa]] manage to ''stun a monster'' with their screams -- and Usagi has it '''as a weapon''' in the SNES fighting games. The game usage is probably a MythologyGag, referencing her first fight as Sailor Moon, in which Usagi actually manages to stun a youma and its mind-controlled horde of drained humans with her ''crying.''
** It is said that, when they (Moon and Chibimoon) are transformed, their screams are amplified by the red hairclips they have on their odango and turned into supersonic waves, which is how they manage to cause so much damage. However, it does require a cry loud enough to activate this "weapon", apparently.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': [[Creator/SaekoShimazu Kodachi Kuno]] technically has a NoblewomansLaugh, but the shrill edge she has to it in the anime (particularly the first season) is so bad that it gives her an honorary placement here, even though many fans think she's not particularly cute. She gets better (well, less cacophonic) as the seasons pass, though.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'':
** Naga the Serpent has shrill tones, loud enough that it sounds like she's screaming more then she's laughing, and obnoxious as all hell. What's more, [[Creator/MariaKawamura Naga]] is such a stuck-up, egotistical {{Cloudcuckoolander}} that she's convinced that her laugh is a thing of wonder and beauty, growing quite offended at those who voice their disgust with it and mocking those who can't laugh like her.
*** In one episode she gets cloned off about ten times. When faced with her giggling doppelgangers she calmly takes in what she's seeing for a moment before declaring them self-evident shams. Although the laugh sounds identical to the originals to our untrained ears, Naga critiques everything wrong with ''their'' laugh -- whereupon they immediately attach themselves to her. Now, imagine Naga amplified by about eleven times. Even the guy who created the clones for his nefarious purposes is horrified. Just for fun, it's hard to catch since Naga Prime and her knockoffs are laughing the whole time, the scene where they come charging to the castle to rescue Lina is underscored by a OneWomanWail which makes it ridiculous, yet somehow still manages to communicate the utter horror of eleven of ''that woman'' coming to ''laugh'' at you.
*** In one episode she pimp-slaps a stuck-up noble girl, who instantly becomes her submissive servant (bringing with her the equally masochistic bandit chief and sorcerer whom she "enthralled" in the exact same manner) and proceeds to teach ''both'' of them how to laugh exactly like her, leading to a scene where the three of them are laughing into the sunset. The horrified Lina promptly envisions a scene of dozens of people, young, old, women and men, all wearing Naga's outfit (including a geriatric old guy, a fat woman and a burly man) and all voicing their own equivalent of Naga's laugh.
** Lina Inverse is pretty in a petite sort of way, but her temper is so hair-trigger that sometimes people are surprised she even ''has'' a normal tone of voice.
* [[Creator/KotonoMitsuishi Excel Excel]] from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' fits this to a T, so much so that it caused English VA Creator/JessicaCalvello to blow out her vocal chords halfway through the series. The Japanese Excel isn't quite so bad, but Calvello apparently thought "sandpaper on chalkboard" was the right direction to take things, which had the aforementioned effect on her larynx.
* Tokino from the ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' OVA is a blonde {{Kawaiiko}} who has a singing voice [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnri1Wp5sOc like an angel]] [[spoiler:of the apocalypse]].
* ''Anime/LuckyStar''[='=]s Konata speaks in a manner (both endearing and irritating in equal measure) befitting her character, but her... ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny unorthodox]]'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9TWgO0iTHg interpretation]] of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' theme can [[DreadfulMusician sour milk at five paces]] and will have you reaching for the ear bleach. Much like the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' example cited above, her [[Creator/AyaHirano voice actor]] is quite the accomplished vocalist and sang both [[AwesomeMusic/{{Anime}} insert songs]] featured in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. Incidentally, some fans just ''adore'' this version because of the exact same reason. [[OneOfUs Konata incarnates the soul of a true amateur karaoke singer]].
* C-Ko of ''Anime/ProjectAKo''.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha [=StrikerS=]'' has cute, adorable CheerfulChild [[Creator/KaoriMizuhashi Vivio]], who moments after being faced with the prospect of Nanoha leaving for a few hours to go to work, cried like a, well... cried like a real six-year old actually, which as anyone who had lived with one will tell you, isn't exactly the most pleasant sounding of things.
* The title giant beast from ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' is cute, but has a loud bellow some children find frightening.
* Never upset [[Creator/YuiHorie Maria Ushiromiya]] from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. If you do, you will quickly understand why Rosa has a short fuse.
* Meru Otonashi from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' appears to be an extremely shy girl who is practically mute and can only communicate with others via e-mails and cellphone texting. When she does send messages to others online, she turns out to be [[{{Troll}} insulting and abusive]]. Eventually Meru is forced into a part of the classroom with no cellphone reception and when Kaere forces her to talk, the [[BlackSpeech result is]]... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSSxCLuTCD8 not pretty]].
* Aoi from ''Anime/HanamaruKindergarten's'' Sakura class has watched her fishmonger parents at work for long enough that she can do quite the sales shout herself.
* A mild example exists in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', when it comes to [[IllGirl Nunnally's]] [[Creator/KaoriNazuka "meows".]]
* The mayor's son in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. Cute little baby, who cries loudly when left to be looked after by a group of rather clueless heroes (Kotetsu ''is'' a dad, but Sam wants his mummy ''and'' Kotetsu's child is a preteen so he hasn't taken care of babies in a while). Said baby is also [[MindOverMatter telekinetic]], so his screaming causes things to go flying.
* Ryuuko from ''LightNovel/GroundControlToPsychoelectricGirl'' is a teenage GenkiGirl complete with CuteLittleFang. Just don't let her cheer you on unless she's a good ten or twenty feet away.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Although a filler character, Kobato is a cute young woman with an ear-piercingly loud scream.
** Also [[CuteGhostGirl Perona's]] personal pet peeve. She adores all her [[NightmareFetishist macabre]] living stuffed animals (which she calls "cute"), but hates their monstrous voices and forbids them from talking. The cuter they are the less they're allowed to talk, such as her favorite companion, a man sized stuffed bear named Kumashi. For that matter, Perona herself is a pretty cute young [[OlderThanTheyLook woman]], but her voice can get pretty loud and high-pitched.
** Shirahoshi always has a very shrill cry, despite her arguably cute voice.
* Lizzy Midford from ''Manga/BlackButler'', as well as Finny and Bardroy.
* Mana Aida from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' can and does do a lot of amazing things, but singing is not one of them, no matter how much or loudly she tries.
* Nonon Jakuzure from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' is a cute pink-haired girl whose voice is an interesting mix of rasp, growl, and squeak, tending towards the former two when she's angry.
* [[FormallyNamedPet Mr. Puffin]], [[IJustWantToBeNormal Iceland's]] [[VitriolicBestBuds friend]] and constant [[NonHumanSidekick companion]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia,'' both [[PollyWantsAMicrophone speaks and acts roughly]] despite his very cute appearance. It's most evident in his attempts at hijacking Iceland's character song, ''With Love, From Iceland.''
* The protagonist of ''Anime/AggressiveRetsuko'' is a cute female red panda who sings metal songs in an angry male voice to express her rage at her annoying coworkers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/MarvelAdventures: Super Heroes'', being thrown into the "Kitten Cacophony" pit is ComicBook/IronMan's CoolAndUnusualPunishment for failing Kree Karaoke in an extreme sports contest. (Yes, really. We've got the picture up there to prove it.) For several panels after that, he is deaf.
-->'''Iron Man:''' [[RunningGag WHAT?]]
* Schecherazade, a small pet bird in Ralf König's ''Conrad and Paul'', is taken for pet-sitting to the title character's home. She's very precious, but whenever she opens her beak, the "chirp" fills most of the page section. Trust it to her to completely kill any and all sex life going on in that apartment. Probably in the neighbouring flats too.
* ''Comicbook/XMen'' character Syren is a gorgeous redhead with [[MakeMeWannaShout screaming powers]].
* Likewise, her DC counterpart ''ComicBook/BlackCanary'', a blonde with [[MakeMeWannaShout her own hypersonic scream]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The baby raccoon in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' lets out a piercing scream of "MAMA!" after Nita gets her amulet back from it.
* Subverted to comic effect in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', where the main villain becomes an adorable white kitten with a shrill but harmless squeak of a voice.
* Darla Dimple from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' is cute (and is a visual AffectionateParody of Shirley Temple), but has a harsh, grating voice. This may be a reference to the villainess in ''Film/SinginInTheRain'', as there are several other [[{{Homage}} homages]] to classic musicals in the movie.
* "Vanessa"/Ursula from Disney's ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' once she loses possession of Ariel's voice.
* Baby Lickity-Split from WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie, supposedly.

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest''
** The little "Psycho Teletubby" creatures on the alien planet. They also fit the KillerRabbit trope, as they turn out to be noisy ''and'' vicious.
** When the female Thermian Laliari is first introduced, her translator is broken but her humanoid disguise is otherwise still active. Suffice it to say, since they are [[StarfishAliens based on undersea animals]], the Thermians' native language is... ''screechy''.
* Lina Lamont from ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. "... An' I CEAAAAAAN'T STEEEEEEAND 'im!" This is a major plot point, since she's a movie star at the time when sound films come into the mainstream.
** Her actress, Jean Hagan, was actually a talented vocalist, as heard in scenes where Lina's spoken dialogue is being dubbed over to sound less shrilly.
%%* Fizzgig from ''Film/TheDarkCrystal''.
* The hooker from ''Film/TheManWithTwoBrains''. Gorgeous body, but her voice makes it all too easy to contemplate murdering her.
-->"Duke Duke Duke Duke of Oyul, Oyul, Oyul..."
* If memory serves, the Desi Arnaz Jr. movie ''Marco'' had a mysterious, silent princess to whom Marco Polo was attracted... until they had a rendezvous, she opened her mouth... and had a screechy voice that shattered all his illusions, much like the above example.
* Strangely, [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=SD5i7-iPaYE the title character as a child]] from ''Film/WhateverHappenedToBabyJane''
* When ''Film/TheMask'' is startled by an impatient motorist whaling on his car horn, he retaliates with a small bike horn... loud enough to blow out all the windows of Mr. Impatient's car.
--> '''''AH-WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-GAH!!!!!''''' [[SmokingBarrelBlowout *blows*]]
* Eve Draper from ''Film/HotFuzz'' arguably counts, as she's your run o' the mill cute blond but has a 'very distinctive laugh'. Only natural as she is played by Lucy Punch, who tends to go for those types of characters anyway.
* Big-Fat-Ugly-Bug-Face-Baby-Eating-O'Brien in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' has not only a rather ugly name but beautiful look -- but also has a man's voice.
* Officer Hooks from the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' films has a light, soft, and very pleasant voice. When she isn't angry. When she is angry, she terrifies even Hightower, the 8-foot cadet.
* ''Film/JamesBond'' girls had a tendency to be like this towards the late 80's, the most notable example being Stacey Sutton played by Tanya Roberts (''Film/AViewToAKill''), followed by Kara Milovy played by Maryam d'Abo (''Film/TheLivingDaylights'').
* During the filming of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', Dakota Fanning's scream when she sees the alien probe reportedly forced several sound technicians to rip off their headphones.
* Clara Bow, the It Girl, was considered the sexiest woman in film. According to urban legend her career died when sound film came into popularity. In reality, her voice work was considered decent, and her sound films were popular. It was a nervous breakdown from mental illness and a bad reputation with Hollywood insiders that killed her career.
* Subverted slightly in ''Theatre/BornYesterday''. Judy Holliday is a crooked tycoon's trophy mistress with a voice that can peel paint. She ends up [[spoiler: educated by a tutor hired to "smarten her up." She uses her newfound smarts to take the tycoon to the cleaners]] and amazingly, even though it's still in the same register, by the end of the movie her voice isn't as near as annoying as it was in the beginning (Holliday got the Best Actress Oscar that year).
* Creator/KathyIreland, particularly in ''Film/AlienFromLA.''
* In ''Film/GrownUps'', the wives spend at the entire water park visit trying to get an extremely sexy lifeguard to walk their way. And then they find he's from Canada, eh?
* Gizmo from ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' may be a RidiculouslyCuteCritter, but his screaming is like nails on a chalkboard.
* Madison from ''Film/{{Splash}}''. While she normally sounds fine, when she tries to speak her name in her native language (she's a mermaid) she ends up shattering the screens of all nearby televisions.

* The Jib-Jib of ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' can be heard for miles. It has ridiculously weak stats, but whatever's coming to investigate the racket might not...

* In the Literature/NeroWolfe novel ''Might As Well Be Dead'', Archie describes a suspect like this: "It was hard to believe, the contrast between what my eyes saw and my ears heard. Any man would have been glad to walk down a theater aisle with her, but there would have to be an understanding that she would keep her mouth shut." She also drank [[DrinkOrder gin and ginger ale]], which Archie insists he "wouldn't drink to get the low-down on Lizzie Borden."
* The title creature from the Creator/DickKingSmith story ''The Guard Dog''.
* Christine in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Maskerade]]''. She's pretty. She's rich. And when she sings, [[DreadfulMusician the universe cringes in horror.]]
* The merpeople of ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' sound like these above the water.
** They can hardly be described as "cute", though.
** ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a lot of creatures like this in ''Literature/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem.'' For example, there's the Fwooper, a colorful bird whose call makes listeners [[BrownNote go insane]], and the Aughrey, another bird whose call is rumored to be the last thing you hear before you die (in truth, they just react to impending foul weather). One wizard, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Uric the Oddball]], decided to experiment by living in an aviary full of ''both'' birds, and thought he had died the morning the Aughrey were all crying. He then preceded to knock himself out cold by walking into wall because he thought he was a ghost, and suffered "a concussion of ten days' duration."
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/LandOfOz The Patchwork Girl of Oz]]''. The Woozy claims to be one of these, but when put to the test, has only a very small roar indeed.
* This is applied to an entire sentient species in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Taken'' trilogy--they're basically {{Cat Girl}}s ([[DudeLooksLikeALady even the guys]]), but have voices comparable to garbage disposals. In this case, symbolism rules, as they're initially quite charming [[CuteMonsterGirl and cute]], but they're a ProudWarriorRace and their sanity is somewhat dubious.
* In the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, Dorothea Duckfontein Dillworthy is a very sweet and pretty hare-girl who just happens to have the worst singing voice ever. Nobody has the heart to tell her.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Bilbo gives out a warning cry "which is surprisingly loud for a creature of their size."
* In the Creator/DrSeuss story ''[[Literature/TheCatInTheHat The Cat In The Hat Comes Back]]'', the cat gets rid of a ring of pink cake icing in the tub by doffing his hat to reveal a smaller Cat A, who does the same for Cat B, on and on, who only spread the ring around and turn all the snow in the neighborhood pink - until Cat Z is revealed...he's microscopic in size, but under ''his'' hat is something called VOOM, which loudly cleans the mess up.
* In ''Literature/WatershipDown'', Fiver, one of the smallest of the rabbits, falls into a psychic-coma during the climax. As he loses consciousness, he lets out such a terrible, alien sound it penetrates the burrow and scares the [[AnimalTalk hraka]] out of the invading rabbits outside. Given what rabbit-cries typically sound like (See RealLife, below) that says a lot.
* From the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "Clustering Round Young Bingo", wherein Bertie breaks into Bingo Little's house and encounters [[MisterMuffykins a pekingese dog]]:
--> It was a small dog--the sort of animal from which you would have expected a noise like a squeaking slate-pencil; but it was simply baying. It had retired into a corner, and was leaning against the wall with bulging eyes; and every two seconds it chucked its head back in a kind of pained way and let out another terrific bellow.
* In ''Literature/{{Mirabile}}'', Leo raises an alien "bird" from the egg, and names it Mabob (short for "Thingamabob"). It's UglyCute, but equipped with a hundred-decibel inbuilt airhorn. '''''GRONK!'''''


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Tribbles from ''Franchise/StarTrek'': ridiculously cute, but if you introduce them to Klingons, they make an unholy racket. [[BaitAndSwitchComparison And so do the Tribbles]].
* Janice from ''Series/{{Friends}}'' was very attractive, but had an annoyingly nasal voice.
** Not to mention her laugh...
** Or when she experiences labor pains...
* ''Series/DrKen'': Julie has a comedically high-pitched voice that gets even higher when she lies. But if the lie gets too big, her voice comes around the other side and drops an octave to a more normal pitch (aka Katie Simses's real voice).
* Fran Drescher's voice in ''Series/TheNanny''. Or anywhere else, for that matter. She engages in a little SelfDeprecation in her guest appearance on a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Halloween special where she played a golem who, upon hearing her own voice, describes it as "like a cat got caught in a blender". "Hello," indeed.
** She also played with it in a scene where [[http://youtu.be/1DJ8B1ek_L0 Fran Fine overdosed on wasabi and her voice changed]] to a much sultrier dubbed voice.
* A milder version of the above -- Kelly Kapowski of ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' was pretty and had a pleasant speaking voice, but when she ''sang''...
* Same with Scully on ''Series/TheXFiles''
* And Cordelia on ''Series/{{Angel}}''
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' alumna Victoria Jackson is also known for being cute with a girlish, high-pitched voice that sounds whiny and irritating. Other female ''SNL'' cast members like this include: Rachel Dratch, Creator/AbbyElliott (especially when she plays Anna Faris, Joan Cusack, and Khloe Kardashian), Nasim Pedrad (especially when she plays Creator/KimKardashian), and the late GildaRadner (often when she played little girl characters, like Judy Miller).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has a Josephina, an "incredibly [[FunSize fun-sized]] intern", (roughly 4'10" and rotund) who is infamous around the hospital for having an impossibly high-pitched voice.
** [[http://youtu.be/PEliTwhqtHw?t=42s STOP FINISHING MY AWESOME JOKES]] (of note: Zach Braff's "Oh my God!" in response [[ThrowItIn was not scripted]])
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', no one played by Mercedes [=McNabb=] could be ugly, but Harmony's name is thoroughly inaccurate. At one point Lorne [[LampshadeHanging nicknames her "Cacophony"]].
* Kate from ''Series/RobinHood'' delivers her lines in a shrill, whiny, screechy voice. This may have been done to make her as annoying as humanly possible, since the actress speaks normally in other roles.
* One episode of ''{{Unfabulous}}'' had the main character attempt to babysit a little girl. The girl's favorite pastime was to apparently run around the house screaming at the top of her lungs.
* One ''Series/DoctorWho'' companion, Victoria, had a notoriously powerful scream. In one episode, they're on an oil rig being attacked by killer seaweed, so the Doctor hooks a microphone up to a sonic gun, and has Victoria scream into it. This kills it.
** Equally high-pitched, but never weaponized, was Mel's scream.
** Donna was also known for screeching when annoyed (she was played by Catherine Tate, after all), though she did it less as her CharacterDevelopment continued. Even the Doctor would lean away from her, wincing, when she got going.
** Tallulah from "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" is an attractive woman, but her voice could peel paint.
* In ''Series/WillAndGrace'' Karen (Megan Mulally) is physically painful. Her voice was relatively normal in the first few episodes, before {{Flanderization}} turned Karen from a DeadpanSnarker into the most outlandish character on the show.
* Jool from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has a scream that can literally melt metal. This is often used to amazing effect by other characters.
* On ''GrowingPains'' Mike sees an extremely hot girl at a school dance. When he talks to her he's alarmed at her annoying high and squeaky voice, on top of not being very bright. Mike tries to put up with it because she's so gorgeous but finally can't take it after a while.
* Milked for laughs on numerous occasions on ''AreYouBeingServed'', with the grating Cockney-accented voice of the otherwise pretty Miss Brahms.
* Bernadette on 'Series/TheBigBangTheory'', who has a pipsqueaky voice befitting of her tiny stature talking normally, but is a dead-ringer for Howard's screechy mom when she yells.
-->'''Someone off-screen''': WHO IS IT?!
-->'''Sheldon''': It's me, Sheldon, Mrs. Wolowitz!
-->'''Howard''': That's not my mom, it's Bernadette.
-->'''Sheldon''': Really? That's very unsettling.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Elaine hires Newman to kidnap a dog that has been barking loudly all night every night and keeping her awake. When she finally sees it in person, she is surprised to discover how small it is.
* This was common on Creator/AnimalPlanet's ''Series/ItsMeOrTheDog'' and something that dog-trainer Victoria Stilwell often had to help dog owners deal with.
* {{Series/Power Rangers}} had [[{{Large Ham}} Rita Repulsa]], who was played by a cute actress but spoke with a very obnoxious and screechy dubbed voice.

* R&B singer [[http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/michel_le/bio.jhtml Michel'le]] is known for the vast difference between [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IvtYAp7rVY her sultry singing voice and her cartoonishly high-pitched speaking voice]].
* At an early Music/LedZeppelin show, the sound system broke down, but they kept playing anyway, and legend has it even the ''back row'' could hear [[{{Bishonen}} Robert Plant's]] voice perfectly.
* Music/HelloProject:
** Former member Yaguchi Mari; she's only 4'8'' or so tall with big brown eyes and a generally sweet disposition. She's also HotBlooded and tends to have NoIndoorVoice when she does get riled up, which is [[BerserkButton not difficult at times]].
** Her former bandmate Takahashi Ai fits the other side of the trope, her scream is much lower than what you'd expect from a woman of her size.
* Music/{{Aerosmith}} lead singer and ''Series/AmericanIdol'' judge Steven Tyler- frequently adorable [or at least UglyCute]. Frequently loud. Also demonstrates an [[GenkiGuy inability to sit still for more than 5 seconds]] when he's excited.
* Music/RebeccaBlack, as seen in the "Friday" music video.
* Japanese musician, Music/{{Kana}} (or MOON Kana she is now called) is actually very cute but seems to be aiming at this trope ''too'' hard. If not in her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td7VXWRPhjc punk or rock image using her screechy vocals]], she'll be an [[UncannyValleyGirl uncanny]] [[GenkiGirl genki girl]] who sings songs about moons, cats, bunnies, fruits, dragons, or anything, all with a nasally small, sometimes tone-deaf, voice. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYmIEg4Zl5A Tries to talk like one, too.]]
* Music/{{Bjork}}. Holy hell, the woman can ''yowl''.
* [[Music/{{Rush}} Geddy Lee.]] [[http://www4.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Geddy+Lee+Arrivals+Rock+Roll+Induction+Ceremony+FC8f8-O7fN4l.jpg Pretty freakin' adorable]] or at least UglyCute. And then he makes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5jjHPYibgE noises like this]]. Yowza.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Francine}}. Promoted in the original Wrestling/{{ECW}} as both a fearless DarkActionGirl and as MsFanservice. Her voice, however, was an acquired taste.
* Popular opinion of Wrestling/{{TNA}}'s locker room reporter Leticia Cline. [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Vinny]] suggested she apply to be a Wrestling/{{CMLL}} ring girl, [[MissFanservice play more to her strengths.]]
* Cherry Bomb
-->Amber Gertner:"I wish the collar bone injury had done something to the screechy voice, just saying."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Old concept dating back to at least Red-book ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D basic]]'' edition. Shriekers are harmless-looking giant mushrooms, but if light (as, say, carried by adventurers exploring a dungeon) comes within so many feet of them, they start [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shrieking]]. Like with the aforementioned Jib-Jib, this isn't a good thing if there are more powerful monsters investigating the source of the racket...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Rabbids from ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'' series, and especially ''VideoGame/RavingRabbids''. "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
* In ''VideoGame/EscapeFromMonkeyIsland'', the beautiful wooden figurehead of the ''Dainty Lady'' can be brought to life -- turns out, she's got a voice like she's been smoking cigarettes since childhood, and she proceeds to grouse bitterly at Guybrush about her lot in life.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}} uses this as powerup that ''kills everything on screen''. The [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa animated adaptation]] as well as the original game's instruction manual, demonstrates this as Kirby [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O1CCTC5VZ0 having a horrible singing voice]], which, when amplified, is a BrownNote to anyone who hears it.
* ''Videogame/TheKingOfFighters''
** "PSYCHO BAAAAAAALLLLL!!!". Though it depends [[TheOtherDarrin on which seiyuu Athena has.]] The worse ones were Moe Nagasaki (95) and early!Creator/HarunaIkezawa (98, 99); now Ikezawa still voices her with a high tone, but not nearly as high as the start.
** Yuri Sakazaki.
** Rose Bernstein.
** Momoko probably earned her way into here after ''XI''.
** Mai Shiranui actually started having a high-pitched but bearable tone in the VideoGame/FatalFury and early VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters games, but as time passed Akoya Sogi's voice got more and more high-pitched. When Creator/AmiKoshimizu took over, however, she lowered the pitch and now Mai sounds way better.
** A rare male example is Sie Kensou. Around KOF 96, Eiji Yanou changed his pitch to try portraying him as more HotBlooded than before... and as a result, his voice became ''really'' childish [[VocalDissonance for a guy supposed to be in his late teens.]] He had to tone it down around the start of the Ash Saga.
* ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' has its own as well, in the form of Jam Kuradoberi. Listening to her voice for more than a hour '''will''' make your head explode.
** [[Creator/SatomiKoorogi May's]] just as bad, if not worse.
** Bridget actually started having a high-pitched but bearable tone in the original ''XX'' series, but when Yukiko Kato took over in the ''Accent Core'' series, his voice got more high-pitched to the point where it became ear-grating.
* Shadow Kanji in ''VideoGame/Persona4ArenaUltimax'' has an ''extermely'' high-pitched voice in the Japanese track.
* Even though we don't get to see it, Edy Nelson from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' found herself to be tone deaf, which causes her to cease her [[UnknownRival one-sided rivalry]] with [[GlamorousWartimeSinger Rosie]] and decide to become an actress instead. Her voice on both the Japanese and English tracks aren't bad to listen to, though.
** We do get to see it in a sidequest in the sequel, VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. [[spoiler:Unless you're Anisette.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}},'' Bonita Soleil fits this to a "T", even having a small gag where she is crying to a recorded woman's voice. Something of note is that she is voiced by Stephen Stanton, who also voices [[TheStoic Sasha Nein]] from the same game.
* The Boncas from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' offshoot ''VideoGame/WarWind'' are big rhino-like six legged cattle. Their children however, are clearly some mutant form of yappy dogs judging by the screeching they do when you attack them. Why would you ever want to attack such terrible things? Because they like to zip in and out of your buildings stealing resources, eating food, and smashing things randomly. Of course, you better be prepared because all that screeching will bring the whole herd close behind.
* The Toads in most [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] games when they're voiced. Early Nintendo 64 games like ''Mario Party'' and ''Mario Kart 64'' gave them cheerful childlike voices, then for some reason they decided to change the voice to being more high-pitched and [[VocalDissonance very raspy]] and it's been that way ever since. [[note]] Compare [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAtwUUo_zJg Toad in MK 64]] to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ4_PEBDk-c Toad in MK Wii]]. [[/note]] The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvVkI0xcHpg&t=100s "Super Toad 67"]] ROM hack exists purely to exploit Toad's annoying voice.
* Baby {{Mario}} in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland''. One review called Mario's cry perhaps the MostAnnoyingSound in video games. In ''Yoshi's Island DS'' Baby Peach, Franchise/DonkeyKong, Wario and Bowser respectively ''all'' have different cries.
** Possibly justified. Baby Mario's noise before the game was released apparently wasn't annoying enough to convince people that if you leave Baby Mario alone long enough, bad things happen.
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'' has Baby Desert Wolves. Absolutely adorable, and they don't ordinarily attack the player - rather, they convince the player to attack ''them.'' * yip* * yip* * yip* [[MostAnnoyingSound * yip* * yip* * yip* ]]...
* Anyone who remembers the first ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' game for Genesis will remember the -very- shrill cry that the cute little dolphin character screamed when he got hit by an enemy. The sound was so annoying to many players that it was numbed down in Tides of Time.
* In story, Misha from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. The teacher even outright states she's got volume control problems and it's mentioned several times that she's, well, loud. Since the game is set in a school for the disabled and Misha's exact disability was unknown until the full version was released, many fans leaned towards partial deafness, though this was {{Jossed}} in the final version which explains she's there to learn sign language.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Whismur has quite a loud crying volume for such a otherwise quiet and cute Mon (in the Pokédex, it's said that when Whismur starts crying, it's so loud that ''it startles itself'' and [[TheWoobie that makes it cry]] ''[[TheWoobie even louder]]!''). It emphasizes much less on the cute and more of the cacophony when it evolves into the appropriately named Loudred, then Exploud.
** Furthermore, the moves Hyper Voice and Uproar, and Round, play on this trope, as they can be learned by such cute {{Mons}} as Jigglypuff and Rotom.
* During one of the last levels in ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', there is a beautiful and {{Stripperific}} singer in an angel costume, who has an absolutely ''horrible'' voice and sings every single note off key. [[spoiler: As it turns out, she is an assassin who murdered the original singer in an attempt to get to you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Sumia's daughter Cynthia. Her introduction, should Chrom recruit her and if he's her father, involves her yelling in his ear. Indeed, one of her regular voice clips is a very childlike-sounding and loud "UWAAAAH!"
-->'''Cynthia:''' Wait—then you really are...! Oh, Father! I missed you SOOOOO MUUUCH!\\
'''Chrom:''' My... my ears...
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'' has the boss Don Mole, who stole a harp you need. His music is so bad that it one of his lackeys ''passed out standing up'' from the pain. In battle, his music can confuse the whole party and his sidekicks too. Continuing the gag, later you find a journal in Castle Argonia that describes birds falling out of the air and deer and rabbits writhing on the ground foaming at the mouth at the horrible sound of his music.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' has Missile, an adorably fluffy Pomeranian who loves to bark. As expected of a small yappy dog, when he speaks in spirit form, he has NoIndoorVoice.
* Oosako Chikara from the third TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide game has quite a loud voice for a shota character...
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'':
** [[PlayerCharacter Michael De Santa's]] daughter Tracey, particularly during the mission "Daddy's Little Girl" when she screams at Jimmy for ruining her day.
** Michael's wife Amanda can also be this at times, most prominently during the mission "Reuniting the Family".
-->'''Michael''': Ah, gee! [[LampshadeHanging Because all you do is whine at me]]. \\
'''Amanda''': Oh! "All I do is whine"?! Michael, could you please stop murdering people? Michael, could you stop endangering me and the both of your children? [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You kill people, and then you sit in the sun and drink and feel guilty about it! That is not work!]] \\
* Yordles in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' are known to have a relatively high-pitch voice, especially Teemo, where many players find his voice acting to be adorably annoying. The only two yordles that doesn't fit into this bill are Poppy (a serious-minded Ambadassador to Demacia) and Rumble (a very egotistical yordle), where their voices are much deeper than a typical yordle.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' 2: River of Time one can buy a roaring hamster (German: Brüllhamster) whose roar is said to be loud enough to scare monsters away. The only chance you get to hear the roar, though, is when you [[spoiler:''Open'' the critter as if to read a book]]
* ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' has the DarkActionGirl Marilyn Sue, who sounds like a little girl [[VocalDissonance but is an adult]] LadyOfWar. The ''Ausf. Achse'' console version adds the LittleMissBadass Perfecti, who packs quite the shrill voice as well.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The Creepy Black Cat in the ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'' comic is kind of cute (for a cat whose back of the head can't be told from its front), but when it meows...
** [[http://girlyyy.com/go/255 Marshmallow kitty!]]
* [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1566 Yelling Bird]] from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* [[http://www.vincifruit.com/strip.php?id=4&sid=177 Sonnet]], from webcomic ''Webcomic/VinciAndArty''.
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' Snookums the tentacle bunny is little and cute, but also ''very'' heavy, so when he hops toward you the accompanying noise is WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM!

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In his early videos, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic hadn't got his usual ScreamsLikeALittleGirl talent down yet and so sounded like a howler monkey whenever he got pissy.
* [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] is frequently adorable, but his constant NoIndoorVoice can pierce your eardrums.
* In the ''WebVideo/{{Scamalot}}'' episode "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGThwFJiC0Q Hong Kong]]", James mentions his plans to bring three small dogs with him when he stays at Cho's house.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Trope Inspirer was a cute little bird, something like a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Tawny Frogmouth]], in the "The Swamp" episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. It is all fluffy and precious, and then it emits a loud call that sounds disconcertingly like a human screaming in terror.
* This is the basis of the WesternAnimation/MGMOneshotCartoon "Little Gravel Voice"; the short is centered on a little donkey who is very cute and friendly, but his bray is not only extremely obnoxious (and keeps botching his attempts to befriend the local animals), but literally ''harmful'', as the wolf it encounters later finds out the hard way. Even after he wins over the other animals by scaring off the wolf, they still tie up his snout with his ears, just so they won't have to hear his braying anymore.
* Dr. Girlfriend from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' looks like Jackie Onassis but sounds rather like Harvey Fierstein. She says it's from smoking a lot, but has inspired rumors that she's {{transgender}}.
-->"Do you smoke cigarettes, or do you ''eat'' them?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The episode "The Frying Game" had the endangered screaming caterpillar (or "screamapillar"). It ''is'' cute when not screaming... or laughing at Homer being executed....
** In "Mr. Spritz Goes to Washington", Mayor Quimby redirects airplane traffic away from the motel where he conducts his affairs so he can hear his partner's (Miss Springfield) voice. When he discovers that she falls under this trope, Quimby laments "Now I regret buying you that opera house!"
*** The above is a reference to ''Citizen Kane'', where Kane uses his fortune to finance his mistress's opera career -- until everyone else finds out that her singing voice is horrendously mediocre.
** "Margical History Tour": During the story of King Henry VIII, Henry (Homer) is looking for a new queen, spotting an attractive woman in the corner. Cut to their wedding, and when she gives her vows, she speaks in a shaky nasal voice. Henry has her executed ''immediately'' after the wedding.
* A relatively early example in animation is the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short ''Little Red Riding Rabbit''. Little Red was extremely loud and boisterous, with a grating voice. She annoyed Bugs and the Big Bad Wolf so much, it got to the point where they decided to punish ''her'' (and since she annoys the audience too, it's a pretty satisfactory ending).
--> '''Red''': ''GRANDMA! HEY, GRANDMA!''
--> '''Bugs''': I'll do it, but I'll probably hate myself in the morning.
---> ''Cue Red switching places with the Wolf holding up the mountain of junk over a shovel of hot coal''
** There was also a despondent duckling with a briefcase who, whenever Daffy Duck tried to comfort him or ask [[MacGuffin what was inside]], would shout in a loud man's voice, '''[[BrattyHalfPint NYAAAAAAAH, SHUT UP!!!]]''' By the end of the short, Daffy and the hunter chasing him have had enough of the little JerkAss, so they just take the briefcase and open it [[spoiler: revealing something they both dread: a THE END title card!]]
** Bob Clampett seems to have enjoyed this gag. Tweety Bird and other cute little creatures in his shorts could have a suddenly ''very'' loud voice. This is also one of his DistaffCounterpart [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures Sweety Bird]]'s signature gags.
--->Aw, da poor puddy tat. He fall down an' go... '''''BOOM!'''''
** Another ''Looney Tunes'' short featured a bird whose cry for some reason, sounds like an old-timey car horn.
* ''WesternAnimation/TwoStupidDogs'' had a recurring character based on the aforementioned Little Red Riding Hood. Her voice tended to fluctuate between a voice you'd expect from a young girl and something akin to a foghorn that learned English.
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' character Vavoom was a cute little Eskimo fellow who could be called upon to make a Sonic Attack by saying his name. Walls would shatter. Mountains could be tunneled through if he said his name repeatedly.
* Weasel from ''WesternAnimation/TheAnimalsOfFarthingWood''. Her voice is annoying to other animals except for another weasel, Measly, who is attracted to her.
* Sally Avril from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Cute cheerleader, but has a voice that could peel paint from the walls. [[AlphaBitch Her personality]] doesn't help much either.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', "Day of the Flecko", while Rocko is trying to sleep, a cute little bird flies into a tree branch, chirping. But soon its chirps become louder and more obnoxious to the point of yelling "CHOIP! CHOIP! CHOIP!" Rocko retaliates with a BigShutUp, causing the bird to fall from the tree.
* In an equally amusing inversion, ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has a big tough alien [[EvilDebtCollector Repo Man]] who has a high squeaky voice.
* The title character in the [[DerangedAnimation Bill Plympton]] short ''Guard Dog'' is an UglyCute AngryGuardDog of the "bred to sound much bigger and scarier than he really is" type mentioned below. And he's a [[TheWoobie Woobie]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleMrLimpet'' is about a guy who gets turned into an UglyCute cartoon fish who can produce a "whale buster" strong enough to fight enemy submarines.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Sweetie Belle is a cute little unicorn filly who proves to be this in the episode "Stare Master". She's actually a very good singer, but as Fluttershy discovers, also a very ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQs-W7_gFrM loud]]'' one. Especially if she starts singing [[PlaygroundSong "99 Buckets of Oats on the Wall".]]
** Sweetie's older sister Rarity usually affects a very nice mid-Atlantic-accented speech. Get her to whining, however, and you'll give up carts full of jewels to be rid of her. Turns out she knows it and uses that voice on purpose to invoke PityTheKidnapper.
** Along with Sweetie Belle are her two friends Apple Bloom and Scootaloo. The three of them make up the "Cutie Mark Crusaders", and whenever all three yell at once the other ponies around wince and/or have their manes blown by the force of their yelling.
** And then there's the Pinkie Clones from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E3TooManyPinkiePies "Too Many Pinkie Pies"]], oh dear ''lord''. While Pinkie Pie's enthusiasm and general playfulness can be considered adorable, an army them [[BrokenRecord repeatedly shouting]] "'''FUN! FUN! FUN!'''" while tearing Ponyville apart would drive anyone insane.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord "Make New Friends but Keep Discord"]], all three Cutie Mark Crusaders loudly rejoicing in unison is enough for Discord to ''plug his ears with his own horns''. Yup, pointy ends first; of course he's a spirit of chaos, so it isn't something that can harm him.
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E1TheCrystallingPart1 "The Crystalling, Part 1"]], [[GooGooGodlike Flurry Heart]] gets so upset when forcibly separated from playing with Pinkie Pie, she produces an amplified wail that [[spoiler: ''[[AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin destroys the Crystal Heart]]'']].
* [[Music/YokoOno Yoyo Nono]] from the ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode "All You Need is Narf."
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. In "Nuthin' Special," Buttercup tries to find her special power and does a sonic scream. She is matched by Blossom and Bubbles. The Townsville folk seem to be more interested in this sibling contest than in the collateral damage it's causing. Bubbles as well, when she's upset. "HE'S MAKING NEW POWERPUFF GIRLS!!!"
* Rigby of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is lovable, but is nevertheless prone to anger whenever he's reminded of how short and weak he is. He will frequently yell out ''STOP TALKING!'' when he can't take it anymore.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}} 6teen]]''
** Caitlin's speaking voice is fine when she's calm, but she has a seriously loud, ear-piercing scream, and her bawling can be grating as well.
** The Khaki Barn clones all have childish, high pitched voices, and they tend to group {{squee}}, which annoys Nikki to no end.
* Brittany Taylor from ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Her high-pitched voice can make it hard to understand her sometimes, especially when she is hysterical. However, in "The Old and the Beautiful", residents at a retirement home take a liking to her voice.
* The Berbils from [[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} both versions]] of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''. Adorable, fuzzy little robot bears... who speak in an eardrum-torturing synthesizer voice.
* Gus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' is adorable, and his speaking voice sounds fine when he's calm. When he starts screaming, especially in "Germ Warfare", it gets annoying.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** In her VocalEvolution, Courtney's voice became more high pitched and childish-sounding, particularly whenever she is crying.
** Sierra's high pitched voice can be quite annoying whenever she is hysterical.
** In ''Revenge of the Island'', [[spoiler:pre-mutation]] Dakota has a rather high pitched shriek and whiny speaking voice.
** Zoey's [[DamselInDistress cries for help]] can be rather grating, although her normal speaking voice is more bearable.
** In ''Pahkitew Island'', Ella is an [[TheCutie adorable]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses faux-princess]]; however, her teammates find her constant singing to be annoying, especially Sugar. Chris is also annoyed by Ella's singing [[spoiler:to the point where he threatens to boot Ella from the show if she sings again]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'':
** Whenever Jen of the Fashion Bloggers freaks out, she screeches like a banshee.
** As the season progresses, Josee, in her SanitySlippage, becomes [[NoInsideVoice more prone to shouting]].
* HarleyQuinn is pretty cute both in and out of costume in a PerkyFemaleMinion way, but her voice provided by Arleen Sorkin is very nasally and screechy. Of course, this is intentional and based on RuleOfFunny, and the episode showing [[http://youtu.be/gd_Puz9ngRE her origin]] shows that she's capable of speaking in a more normal voice and only switched to the screechy one once she donned the costume.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', Malucia's singing is so loud and high-pitched it shatters Grodlin's glasses while he's busy covering his ears.
* Elsa the ghost angelfish from the "Monster Tail" segments of "Wake, Rattle, and Roll" she has a very sweet and soft voice but she shouts at the end of most of her sentences.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is an adorable little boy, but he shouts most of his lines.
* ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'': Misery sure is adorable but her banshee wailing can shatter glass miles away.
* In special ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle: I'll Be Home for Christmas'', this is true of all of the puppies except for "Golden," named such because "Silence is golden."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'': Angelica pretends to be this. She's just plain bratty-yelly, though.

[[folder:Real Life -- Animals]]
* There are several cat breeds with rather loud or grating meows.
** In particular, Siamese cats deserve a category all their own for their voices. They sound like they have an [[NoIndoorVoice embedded caps lock key]]. While other cats may get louder, the Siamese still takes the prize because their cry is almost exactly at the same pitch as crying human babies, a sound most humans are sensitive to and find hard to block out (see above). [[http://youtu.be/WwSYm1NPHP4 This video]] showcases what happens when two of them get going at the same time, and even when they're [[http://youtu.be/BkPtO7nAlpA kittens]] they can produce some pretty impressive meows.
** Bengals are roughly equivalent to three to five Siamese in raucousness. The fact that they're literally part wildcat probably helps on this front.
** When a cat goes into heat and starts yowling. God help you if you're trying to get some sleep.
*** Some cats have a sort of disorder that has them in heat for months at a time, no breaks. It's not only loud as hell but can end with your cat dead.
** Even a normally quiet cat can and will crank up the volume to [[AttentionWhore get its owners to pay attention.]] "MURROWWWWWW..."
** One cat even holds the record for the loudest purr ever, at roughly [[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2015/5/rescue-cat-merlin-sets-new-world-record-for-loudest-purr-378630 70 decibels]], roughly as loud as the ''dishwasher''.
* Many breeds of dogs, and in many cases this has been bred into them [[InvokedTrope deliberately]].
** The smaller breeds of dog tend to have high pitched barks or disconcertingly loud howls. They are often nicknamed "[[MisterMuffykins yap dogs]]".
** That piercing howl-bark you can hear three blocks away? Probably a beagle. There's a reason they were bred for hunting.
** The [[AngryGuardDog Dachshund]] is a breed bred to have a loud and fierce bark like it was at least five times its actual size. Which it proceeds to do ''whenever'' passersby -- even people it has met before on friendly terms -- walk past its owner's house. There's a saying among dog owners: "Rottweilers will bark when someone comes up to your fence, but Dachshunds will bark when someone comes within fifty feet of the fence." Since Dachshunds were originally bred to take on badgers ''in their own holes'', it's the rare case where the dog's bark is actually ''not'' writing checks its bite can't cash.
** Golden Retriever mixes can be this way. They tend to embody ''{{Keet}}'', but if someone's at the door (or Hell, within 50 feet of the door), expect lots of barking.
** The Lhasa Apso gains extra credit for being explicitly bred as a temple guard dog and living alarm, rather than hunter or retriever like most small dogs: it combines a very loud bark with a distrust of strangers. One of the Lhasa Apso's old alternate names translated to "Roaring Lion Guardian" or something similar.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhgFe6b8Nek The infamous Shiba scream.]]
** The Basenji breed may not be able to ''bark'', but as many videos on youtube will attest, their howling "yodel" is no less agonizing, especially if [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S12mJk7GPiY there's more than one of them.]] And it's so hard to make them ''stop'' once they get going.
** Huskies have similar yodeling skills to Basenjis, though they can also combine them with what can only be described as: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERsXADxdGKI Chewbacca sounds]]. They are also similarly difficult to calm down once they're committed to making noise, especially if there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZE4HtLxNMY more than one]].
** The Bouvier des Flandres is another one of those protective dogs that will bark at anything within eyesight. It's a beautiful dog, but [[http://youtu.be/HF7pUdyAX1I IT SOUNDS LIKE BARITONE THUNDER]].
** Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upjoX96BJyI odd noises on par with a Tasmanian devil]].
** And then, there is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv5RyQiQUyo this particular dog...]]
** Jack Russel Terriers, really... love... to bark!
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keeshond Keeshonden/ Wolfspitzen]]: fluffy, puffy, usually wolfy-coloured bundles of medium-sized... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGdB_EFDOAQ LOUDNESS]] (particularly in, but not restricted to, pack situations). Specifically bred to have this big bark in a medium package as a kind of... user-friendly (read "not eating you out of house and home") alarm-system you could find other work for (like dragging stuff) at a pinch. No, really. This noise was deliberate: has a great vocal range of other sounds not displayed here -- which, is no help if you get one love-sick pining/ howling at night.
* Flamingos. The noise they make is not unlike the trombone section of a really bad jazz band tuning up before the show...except that ''is'' the show.
* Peacocks are beautiful and stately but "grating beyond all possible belief" doesn't ''begin'' to describe [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_DJNG-lxbk the noise they make]].
* Howler monkeys. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XBsea6kDHM Their name is not inaccurate]].
** Worse, the whole troop tends to call at once, over and over and over.
** There is a very good reason for this: Howlers eat mostly leaves, which are very low in nutrients. As a result, they are more sedentary then other monkeys due to having less energy to expend on moving around. They also need larger territories to get all the leaves they need. The problem is how to defend a large territory against other troops when you can't move fast. The Howler's solution is to make as much noise as possible to proclaim their territories without engaging in actual fights with other troops.
* While on the subject of noisy primates, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamang Siamang]] is a gibbon that whoops and hollers its fool head off, amplified by an inflatable sac in its throat.
* The House Wren is no longer than your index finger, but his song can be heard from at least five backyards away. Fortunately, the song is cute too. Many wrens share these traits.
* Mockingbirds also have a very pleasing song... most of the time. But desperate Mockingbird bachelors resort to singing at midnight to get attention from the ladieeez. Singing LOUDLY at midnight. And thanks to modern technology, some mockingbirds have taken to imitate cell phone ring tones, car alarms, and power tools.
** God help you when one you get one that's previously lived outside a house with a constantly crying child in residence.
** The rare [[AustralianWildlife Australian species known as lyrebirds]] are basically mockingbirds UpToEleven. The Albert's Lyrebird in particular is known to imitate not just all of the local birdcalls AND all the things listed above, but human voices, traffic, and ''chainsaws''. Even when they're not mimicking, they have another call that consists of drum-like booming that can be heard for kilometers around.
* Any and all parrots. Even budgerigars ("parakeets") can get grating with their constant chattering, but did you know that the large species of cockatoo can achieve decibel levels that exceed that of a jet engine? And then there's the sun conure; its near-rainbow of orange, yellow, green, and blue feathers is definitely gorgeous, and it's got a completely engaging playful personality. But this 12" long bird has a scream that feels rather like someone is hammering a white-hot railroad spike into your ear. And yes, they can cause temporary deafness at close range. No wonder screaming problems are one of the biggest reasons why a parrot gets dumped in rescue.
** Oh god, budgies. Never mind the constant chattering. It's the screeching that you have to watch out for. It's like the sound of nails on a chalkboard, machinegunned into your ears.
** The screeching is soft and fluffy compared to the sound of a budgerigar that is trying to make friends with the most boring bird in the garden. The most boring bird in the garden goes "squeak", quietly, and inside the house is inaudible to human ears. The budgie then replies, at a volume calculated to get through the closed windows and be clearly audible outside. '''SQUEAK.''' It is so loud that you can hear your ears' AGC mechanism thumping in and out. And it happens every 10 seconds and goes on and on and on and on and on...
** If a parrot is left alone for a long time, it will get bored...and a bored parrot often lets out ear-piercing screeches, hoping to catch the attention of a nearby person or bird.
* Rabbits are fairly notorious for this sort of behavior. They are normally pretty silent, but will punish their potential enemies by producing a sound that will scar you for life. This is actually an effective group defense. The sound carries amazingly and acts as a massive dinner bell for pretty much all predators, meaning whatever caught it is likely to [[SummonBiggerFish have its meal interrupted by something else.]] This might cause the predator to drop the rabbit, and may put it off hunting them again.
* Peaceful serenity is at least one thing that's definitely not [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins better with penguins]]. At least not South African Penguins, also known as Jackass Penguins thanks to a call that sounds like a bad-tempered donkey. The noises other penguins make are endearing, but not exactly conductive to peace.
* In the bird world, the King of Disproportionate Cacophony is the European Starling. His... song (to human ears, it sounds more like a series of ultrasonic squeals and shrieks) is grating to anyone who is ''not'' a Starling at any hour of the day. But especially at five in the morning. Right outside your bedroom window.
* The endangered Noisy Scrub Bird of south-west Australia is very hard to see but a cinch to hear, if one is skulking in the bushes near you and calls, it's almost deafening.
* Cicadas. Especially, as with the Starling, for people who are sensitive to ultrasonic sounds. Tell us you'd expect something that looks like [[http://www.mechaworx.com/Cicada/masscic1.asp this]] to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=084BPuOgzVM such a racket]].
** And if you've watched a lot of Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion or Franchise/WhenTheyCry, they also cause fear and anxiety.
** Australians will likely be familiar with the deep croaking sounds made by Bladder Cicadas at dusk in the summer. If your garden happens to be one they like, they can get loud enough that you'll want to close the windows at dusk to muffle the noise they make.
** The regular sound of South-East Asian rainforest is not birds chirping or animals calling, it's the constant high pitched whine of cicadas. It's quite awful to experience.
** And the weird thing? Some breeds of cicadas have cries that can't be transmitted via cell phone. Now try explaining to the person on the other end why you just screamed, "SHUT UP!"
** These are worse in urban areas of Japan, because the taller buildings have a tendency to not only echo the cicada sounds, but ''amplify'' them as well. As someone who used to live near a 10 story apartment complex, they got so loud one morning they were effective in making sure I was awake and stayed that way.
* Australia has a number of distinctive examples (aside from the cicadas mentioned above):
** Koalas. Yet another animal that is pretty quiet, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMXBV9oLbVk but when it has something to say]]...
** When agitated, sugar gliders make a noise called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt8uLejOuaQ "crabbing"]], which can be an extremely disconcerting sound coming from a creature smaller than your hand.
** Australian ravens. The familiar ''Corvus corax'' Ravens of the northern hemisphere are actually rather quiet, and their distinctive soft "Grok-grok" flight calls might even be considered soothing. Australian corvids, on the other hand...
*** Aussie ravens sound like little kids. Seriously.
** Kookaburras might have one of the most distinctive and well known calls in the bird kingdom. It's not even annoying to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc_-icFHwQo listen to]].
** Magpies singing are also quite pleasant to wake up to, though [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7nwPZrs5sc Youtube videos]] don't quite capture this.
** On the much more obnoxious front, they also have numerous species of parrots, mentioned above. Rainbow Lorikeets bear special mention for being a) absolutely gorgeous and b) prone to gathering in large numbers in wooded areas and shrieking their little heads off.
** Tasmanian Devils are much cuter than their WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes counterpart, but they are just as guttural, if not more so.
** Brushtail possums resemble a cross between a monkey and a squirrel, and they have been known to make [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHulXzuc_9Y creepy nightmarish sounds]].
** Even kangaroos, which again, are a normally quiet species of animal, can be guttural if provoked into [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYjyaaVD1k making some noise]].
* Crickets might not be very cute, but the amount of noise they produce is entirely disproportionate to their size.
* Woodpeckers get honorable mention here. They don't usually sing much, but the amount of noise they can produce with their pecking can be stunning.
* The spring peeper. A frog no longer than the end of your finger, which manages to be one of the loudest animals in the world.
** Speaking of frogs, you do ''not'' want to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gbFQzsmEZQ piss off a pacman frog]].
** Many frogs in general tend to start screaming when angry. The [[MemeticMutation "REEEEEEEEEEEEEE"]] onomatopoeia actually came from someone looking up what actual angry frogs sound like, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYKPdNvH800 and it's quite accurate]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFC2jAHx4Kg "I didn't know squirrels could do that!"]] They sure can, buddy. They also make an obnoxious noise somewhere between [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sq3x5bBRUE barking and wheezing]].
* Shetland Sheepdogs are such beautiful animals that it ALMOST makes up for the noise.
* One of the first filmed instances of a panda giving birth showed a possible reason why female pandas often lose their first infants. The newborn panda was blind, naked, helpless, the size of a stick of butter, and so '''amazingly''' loud, its mom practically fled the birthing chamber in terror when it started squealing its lungs out!
* Guinea fowl are used as an intruder alarm system in some small villages or farms in Africa, because the obnoxiously loud noise they will make if bothered during the night will awaken the sleeping family/villagers to the danger as well. There's no such thing as stealth when sneaking past guineas...
* Quails. They're not all that much larger than a goose egg, but that trilling noise they make carries further than you'd think.
* You know those horrific, blood-curdling screams that the [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Nazgul]] made? The basis for that sound effect is the screaming of script-writer Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson's partner.
* Guinea pigs are utterly adorable, and very, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCZz3iucUww&feature=fvw very loud]]. And that particular sound is the one they make when they're happy about something or want to be held.
* An editor on Cracked.com mentioned that while red foxes are cute, their calls sound like a demon raping a baby. Their calls are ''hideous''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zk1mAd77Hr4&feature=related Behold.]]
** Fisher cats make [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-GcSbwYRgw similar sounds]] (to the point that they're often mistaken for foxes and vice-versa) which is startling considering that fisher cats look like big weasels.
** Fennec foxes are the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsgEtNeJ-Ps cutest things on Earth]], but when [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su3ovMsFXMg they get excited]]...
*** Fennecs make sounds that can sound like something between a solid squeal and a screeching monkey. The scary part is they make this noise when they're ''happy''.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI8XHKAwPRI This fox]] makes a lot of noise when trying to play with a turtle.
* Hummingbirds can scream quite loudly when scared.
* Banannaquits, a tiny yellow-and-black Caribbean bird with a cute little bandit mask on its face, a pink mouth, and an ear-splitting call, which it shrieks out every waking moment.
* Monk Parakeets, also known as "Quaker Parrots" (although they're not true parrots) have a shrill cry that will pierce your eardrums and with enough exposure to said cry, give you a nasty headache.
* Hedgehogs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0s3v-M-ELg No kidding]].
* The Barn Owl has a... '''very''' memorable display to scare off predators, [[GameFace puffing up and waving back and forth]] while making [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akwc82DOb4k a sound that will haunt your nightmares]].
** That screech sounds hellish. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUEQOEEE3xo This]] vocalization, however, is grating.
* Be very, ''very'' glad that bats' echolocation cries are too high-pitched for human ears to register, else getting within a yard of most species would put you on the ground.
** Flying foxes are among the cutest of all bats...and also, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt47NTiXg50 among the noisiest]].
* The Birds of Paradise, named so because of their stunning plumage, have calls that... fall a bit short of their name. Especially during mating season.
* Hamsters are usually very quiet, but can be pretty noisy when angry or frightened. You'd expect a hamster to squeak like a rat or mouse, right? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbpid7WwT_4 Wrong.]]
* Tree hyraxes look like the lovable lovechild of a love triangle between a small dog, a guinea pig, and a bear. Their nocturnal call is comparable to the screams of a human woman undergoing prolonged physical torture.
* The mighty elk/wapiti. Cute when young, majestic symbol of the North American wilds when an adult. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgHl99Vom6s Sounds like a demonic string instrument when it wants to get attention]].
* Possibly the most adorable amongst all penguins is the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Penguin little penguin]], also known as the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair little blue penguin]]. However, the sounds they make are most definitely ''not''. While penguins are not a lot known for beautiful vocalizations, little penguins make a call that sounds similar to the braying of a donkey. A loud donkey.
* Ocelots are beautiful felines. When excited, they make a sound that resembles an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlsA-BszHMI angry zombie]]. Makes more sense when you consider purring on housecats, and then ramp it up accordingly.
** Cheetahs and Mountain Lions are the two largest of the small cats and can't roar. Both, on average, outweigh a Leopard (which can roar) and are several times more massive than an Ocelot. Both Cheetahs an Mountain Lions can purr and, when a tame one is petted by a human they are comfortable with, their purrs sound like a very loud and never-ending low pitch growl.
* When they roost wherever they are not wanted, barn swallows. Their chirping while dive bombing any threats is not only annoying but can be downright scary at times.
* The Potoo is a quirky, sometimes [[FishEyes goggle-eyed]] bird that can nonetheless can pull off [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LK_T1Gb3y1s/UuRXAJdn75I/AAAAAAAAIv0/4D-mL67oUeo/s1600/Potoo+with+limited+golden+eye+section,+Barnorama.jpg some pretty darn effective]] PuppyDogEyes. Its loud, hoarse, almost alien call [[http://ibc.lynxeds.com/sound/great-potoo-nyctibius-grandis/call sounds like a terrified baboon being strangled]].
* While male mallards are usually quiet, females quack rather loudly, especially if there's more than 3 of them.
** Geese, too, are also capable of making loud honking noises that some people think of as a nuisance. Like guinea fowl, geese were also used as guard birds for their loud honking as well as their aggression towards intruders.
* Adult pigeons make soft cooing noises that can be considered soothing, but the same can't be said for pigeon nestlings, who make high-pitched squealing noises that can be heard from a tall tree or even a building.
* The Great Kiskadee. The sound it makes is not unlike a squeaky toy, only ''much'' louder.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous-vented_chachalaca Rufous-vented Cachalacas]], or guacharacas as they're commonly known. They look rather cute, if a bit silly at times. And then they start belting out a call that sounds like a cross between an angry parrot and a hacksaw (depending on the area, there'll be more of one or the other) that can be heard over a mile away. Worse, they like to start at around 5 AM.

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* The Otamatone, a Japanese musical instrument, is shaped like a cross between a tadpole and musical note, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxLB70G-tRY sounds like this]].
* This trope is what killed the world's first talking dolls, among other things. In addition to being expensive to an ungodly degree (it cost a typical middle-class working man a whole weeks salary to afford one), the Edison Talking Doll's speaking mechanism was a wax cylinder recording. They typically sounded like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKcmOL4AnjE this]]. Surprisingly, [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]]. The wax recordings degraded rapidly, so when little Clementine and Emma finally got over the horror of the doll working perfectly fine and played it a few times, they would wind it up one day only to find it making a horrifying metal-on-metal scraping noise. Edison ended up gutting them of their sound-making equipment and sold them as regular dolls at a loss.
* Children and babies. Full stop. This is the reason why the phrase "children should be seen and not heard" is traditional, and it's actually an evolutionary advantage because (young babies especially) cry at a tone that humans are particularly sensitive to, making it more likely that nearby adults will rush to help the child, if only to make them be quiet again! This is taken UpToEleven when on an Airplane, there's ''always'' a baby [[ScreamingPlaneBaby screaming its lungs out]]. This is because the rapid air pressure changes that occur (even with a pressurized aircraft cabin) between take-off, reaching altitude, and then landing are painful for ''adults'', while babies don't reflexively realize that they should use their lungs to pop their eardrums to equalize the pressure.