->''"The faucets are dripping in old UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity\\
The faucets are dripping and oh, what a pity\\
The reservoir's drying because it's supplying\\
The faucets that drip in New York"''
-->-- '''Malvina Edwards''', "The Faucets Are Dripping"

So, the night comes rolling in and it's time to go to bed. You brush your teeth, put on your pajamas, and get all snuggled nice and warm in bed. You then close your eyes and begin to drop off to sleep...

[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-]][[MostAnnoyingSound drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-]][[OverlyLongGag drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip-drip!]]

You suddenly hear a loud dripping sound from the bathroom and go to see what it is. You see that the faucet is dripping because you apparently didn't turn it off all the way. Once you turn off the faucet, you go back to bed, but as you get back in the bed, [[SerialEscalation the faucet starts dripping again, even when you turned it off!]] One of the things that can result in a DoItYourselfPlumbingProject.

This is a {{Comedy}} trope that can be PlayedForLaughs or RuleOfFunny in any form of media. Expect to see it in WesternAnimation. Compare FlyCrazy for a situation similar in execution.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* At the beginning of [[FillerArc the Bount arc]] in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Orihime has this before an impostor disguised as her brother shows up and kidnaps her (the rest of the cast also notice it when they search her empty house).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A few ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strips had Garfield face this dilemma. First [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1993&addr=930328 he turns the shower head upside down to stop the dripping, only for it to keep dripping even upside-down]], [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1994&addr=940508 he notices it as one of the sounds commonly heard at night]] and [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1995&addr=951119 he stops the faucet from dripping by using Jon's toe]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the film musical ''Film/{{Chicago}}'', a dripping tap is one of the noises Roxie hears as she tries to get to sleep on her first night in prison. It turns into part of the rhythmic accompaniment to "Cell Block Tango".

* Showed up in ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar Exile's Valor]]''. Selenay is already having trouble sleeping due to grief over her father's death, and the drip in the royal suite's bathing room isn't helping matters.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This is one of the ordinary noises played with in the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode "Sounds and Silences".
* An episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' has a patient who has been incapable of falling asleep for several days. When we first see her she is in bed, eyes wide open, as the sound of the faucet seems thundering to her.
* Happens to Karl in ''Mot i Brøstet''. Being Karl, he eventually decides to solve it by dressing up like Rambo and taking a chainsaw to the faucet.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'' features a variant of this in which the clangs and noises of a water pipe in the wall keep Kochanski awake all night and drive her mad. She reaches breaking point when she thinks she has memorized the pattern, only for a new noise to appear.

* The novelty song "Bloop, Bleep," written by Frank Loesser.
* "10.15 Saturday Night" by The Cure. ''I'm sitting/In the kitchen sink/And the tap drips/Drip drip drip drip drip drip drip drip...''

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In an early episode of ''Series/SesameStreet'', Bert can't sleep because a dripping faucet is keeping him awake, so he sends Ernie to take care of it. But instead of turning off the faucet, Ernie turns on a radio that plays loud music to drown out the dripping. Soon after, instead of turning off the radio, Ernie turns on a vacuum cleaner to drown out the radio. Bert then gets up to deal with all the racket, but by the time he gets back to bed, Ernie's asleep, and snoring! [[ButtMonkey Poor Bert.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Creator/TexAvery short "Doggone Tired" had this done deliberately by the rabbit, as one of the tactics to keep the hunting dog awake at night.
* As in the ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' examples above, the ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' episode "Peace And Quiet" also has Garfield annoyed by a dripping faucet while trying to get some rest. [[ChekhovsGun He stops it with a cork.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck'' cartoon "Drip Dippy Donald" takes this trope UpToEleven.
* The animated short from [[Creator/ColumbiaCartoons UPA]] based on "[[EdgarAllanPoe The Tell-Tale Heart]]" uses a dripping tap as the sound the murderer thinks is his victim's accusing heartbeat.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' cartoon, Mickey lives in an old house where this is one of the many noises that keep him awake.
* This is one of many things that keep WesternAnimation/PorkyPig and Gabby Goat from sleeping in Creator/BobClampett's 1937 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Porky's Badtime Story".
* The ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Bio-Square" has Arnold and Helga locked in a greenhouse together. The sink they use to brush their teeth starts dripping water, keeping Helga awake all night. She later on loses her temper because of it and yanks the faucet off to stop it, flooding the entire greenhouse with the two of them inside.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': A variant in "Space Madness" where Ren and Stimpy are on a lengthy space mission and go on break for six years... it's clear things won't go well when, within thirty seconds, Ren is driven batty by Stimpy's absently tapping his finger on the tabletop.
-->'''Ren:''' Do you HAVE to keep TAPPING like that!!! You ''BLOATED SACK OF PROTOPLASM!!!''