->''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9wWBjnaEck doo dee doo doo... doo dee DEE doo... dee doo dee doo... dee dee DEE doo...]]"''

The most common tune played by clock chimes, in both in RealLife and fiction, is the one known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Quarters Westminster Quarters]]. The tune is constructed from five different sequences combining four pitches. Not all five are played at once: even at the full hour, only the last four are used, followed by between one and [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve twelve]] strokes on a deeper bell. The most popular of these sequences would seem to be the fourth (mi, do, re, sol) and fifth (sol, re, mi, do). (These are also played at third quarter, followed by the first.) Therefore, the most commonly heard in fiction are the fourth and fifth sequences, or the fourth alone, often repeated for effect in either case.

Japanese school bells often sound like this, to the point where it's a StockSoundEffect in high school anime.

A somewhat common variant is to use only the fourth sequence, but with the first note raised a half step so that the first two notes make a falling fourth rather than a falling major third. In this augmented variation, the tonic is usually transposed to the first note from the second (i.e. do, sol, la, re rather than fa, do, re, sol).

A little-known fact is that the quarters [[ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics have LYRICS.]] There are many variations, but the lyrics used by Big Ben (featured on a plaque in the clockworks room) are:
->"All through this hour/Lord be my guide/And by Thy power/No foot shall slide."

Though it is a RegionalRiff to establish you're in the U.K., if it is used in any work set in 2017-2020 (except Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Day) then [[RealityIsUnrealistic its use is inaccurate]] -- Big Ben was "turned off" for these years.



* Used in one of the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' movies as part of an EstablishingShot for a school.
* Also used in ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' for the same purpose, usually with the [[WidgetSeries Sun or other wacky character singing "KIN KON KAN KON" out loud in the foreground]].
* Used in the anime adaptation of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.
* The September chapter of ''Anime/TheGardenOfWords'' starts with a scene at school where the Big Ben sound can be heard in the background.

[[folder: Audio Book]]
* In a Czech dramatization of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Westmister Chimes are used to indicate that Marianne, Elinor and Mrs Jennings arrived in London.
* In the Creator/PatrickStewart narrated version of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', the chimes are used to indicate each quarter hour between midnight and one AM as Scrooge waited for the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Past. The original book only uses "ding dong" for this purpose, but perhaps something more interesting was desired for an audio-only presentation.

* Incorporated in the score for ''Film/MaryPoppins'', during the rooftop scene, between orchestral reprises of "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Feed the Birds".
* Can be heard in ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009'' during Blackwood's NewEraSpeech at the Parliament.
* The doorbell at the home of the eponymous Laura in ''Film/{{Laura}}''.
* In ''The Ghost and Mr. Chicken'', when Luther Heggs is spending the night in the haunted house, these bells can be heard in the distance just before the famous scene with the self-playing organ and the bleeding portrait.
* The chimes are heard as the Beatles enter the Sea Of Time in ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', when Marty travels back in time to 1955, the Hill Valley clock tower plays these at one point.

* In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', a demon-powered pocketwatch announces the half-hour by saying "Bing bing bong bing. Bingely-bingely bong bing bing". This trope is so familiar that even in print you can tell it's ''meant'' to be Westminster Quarters.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ThemeSong to ''Series/YesMinister'' was based on this motif (after all the original is attached to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrjwaqZfjIY "Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong... wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong."]]
* ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' had a doorbell that made this sound. Naturally, whenever someone rang the doorbell, they had no idea where the sound was coming from and attempted to search for the song's source. Their search was always then interrupted by someone knocking on the door.
* ''Series/ThePrisoner'': The chimes are a key plot point in "The Chimes Of Big Ben". They help No. 6 [[spoiler:realise he hasn't escaped to London, and remains a captive in The Village.]]
* ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'': The doorbell of Doug and Carrie's annoying neighbors, the Sackskys.
* ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'': The doorbell of Ray and Debra's annoying rivals, the Parkers.
* ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'': The doorbell of the Buckets, probably at the insistence of Hyacinth (who insists the name [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY is pronounced "Bouquet"]]). Whenever people ring the doorbell, they give a look evincing the thought, "dear God, even her ''doorbell'' is pretentious!"

* The intro to "Let 'Em In" by Music/{{Wings}}.
* [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]] wasn't the only ex-[[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]] to work the WestminsterChimes into one of his solo songs. They also feature quite prominently as a RecurringRiff in Music/GeorgeHarrison's "Ding Dong, Ding Dong."
* Played on the harp in the first and last movements of Symphony No.2, ''A London Symphony'', by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as a way of establishing the London-inspired atmosphere of the symphony and then bringing it full circle.
* The Fugue in A Major from "The Short-Tempered Clavier" by Music/PDQBach uses this complete with [[WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve twelve o'clock chime]].
* The opening to [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Ohio State University Marching Band's rendition of the school's alma mater, ''Carmen Ohio'', has the trumpet sections mimicking the bells (which play on campus every fifteen minutes at the Orton Hall belltower.)
* The jazz standard "If I Were a Bell" starts out with a jazzy version of the chimes.
* Jeff Beck quotes this in Music/TheYardbirds song "Jeff's Boogie".
* The opening riff of X's "Los Angeles" is meant as a variation on this - it's done at a fast enough tempo that you might not catch the intentional similarity at first.
* The intro of Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling's "The Chimes Of Big Ben". Which makes sense because the song is inspired by the ''[[Series/ThePrisoner Prisoner]]'' episode of the same name.
* Supertramp uses the chimes during the one of the collage sections in "Fool's Overture".
* Music/PatrickWolf's ''London'' incorporates the last two measures, played on a piano.
* "Clock Strikes Ten" by Cheap Trick features Rick Nielsen playing the WC with harmonics.
* French organist and composer Louis Vierne wrote one of his most frequently performed works, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O6HOAEt0zQ "Carillon de Westminster"]] (the closer of the third of his four ''Pièces de fantaisie'' suites), around the full set of chimes (although, whether accidentally or deliberately, he changed a few notes in some appearances of the half-hour chime sequence).
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dp7w6a-siKs=1m32s Setia Band's "Stasiun Cinta"]] plays the chimes twice after the first chorus.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wZD9n7InB4=2m04s Heyho's "Stasiun Tua"]] plays the chimes after singing "Di Stasiun Tua" in the first chorus.
* Plays at the intro of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_l4gYO1ICOA "Playin' My Atari"]] by Bloated Monkey.

* Plays in ''Pinball/FunHouse'' when the clock is advanced to 11:30, signifying that balls are ready to be locked for multiball.

* Creator/TheBBC uses a recording of Big Ben striking to signal the beginning of some news reports on some stations. It's used to signal the 4 p.m. and midnight news services on Radio 4 (and also the 10 p.m. news on Sundays) and on the World Service. The World Service bit includes both the English-language World Service and many BBC foreign-language services (e.g. the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTaJ6Hf30uw BBC Arabic Service]]).

* "Tender Shepherd" in the musical ''PeterPan'', though the low "sol" is often avoided by the singers.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This forms the basis for the background music of Twinkle Elementary in ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' and Sunflower Elementary in ''VideoGame/HamtaroHamHamsUnite!''
* Used as the background music for the pinball stage in ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Da!''
* It appears briefly at the beginning of the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' stage in ''Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius''. And by extension, it's a staple of the ''Tokimeki Memorial'' series, being {{Creator/Konami}}'s Japanese HighSchool RomanceGame series.
* The fourth segment is used at the beginning of the Clefairy pointing minigame in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium''.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium 2'' uses it for battles in Earl's Academy--the chimes play, then it segues into an arrangement of the Pokemon Center theme.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' plays the fourth segment at the end of every school day in-game, naturally it's a Japanese school you're at.
* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' uses this as a puzzle- You have to play it on a piano that has its keys rearranged.
* Used as menu music in [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoClassic Grand Theft Auto: London 1969]].
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'', where an Ork says the word "Orkz" in this fashion.
* Heard after each wave in ''VideoGame/{{Thwaite}}'' to signify that an hour has passed between waves.
* The UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame ''Kangaroo'' plays the Big Ben chimes when you ring the bell. (This replenishes the fruits.)
* Used when you make it to 6 AM in ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. ''Yaaaaaaay!''
* Similarly to how the chime plays at the end of a school day in Japan, the sunset in the ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' games is marked with the Westminster chimes. The fourth note is higher than normal, however.
* In ''[[VideoGame/StreetPassMiiPlaza Battleground Z]]'', the pencil's charged attack, Cram Session, cuts to a classroom in which the player character is trying to teach simple arithmetic to every zombie that was on screen when the attack was used, only to zap them with a BoltOfDivineRetribution when they just sit there looking dazed. The soundtrack for the scene is the Westminster chimes.
* The [[http://nintendogs.wikia.com/wiki/Keyboard Keyboard]] toy in ''[[VideoGame/{{Nintendogs}} Nintendogs + Cats]]'' has a button that will play this tune.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The ''Website/{{WrestleCrap}} Radio'' podcast briefly featured a device called the Clocktrolla (meant to count down the days until [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Champion]] [[Characters/WWEDivas Candice Michelle]] eclipsed The Fabulous Moolah's twenty-eight-year reign as champion); upon activation, the Clocktrolla played a terrible rendition of the tune, performed on steam whistles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Used for Rarity's doorbell in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
* The first three ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts to use the stylized title sequences from the 1960's have the chimes play over the end titles as the shapes forming the abstract "WB" appear one by one.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Well the TropeNamer and TropeCodifier is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiKOhOzQyZg Big Ben]] isn't it?
* Lots of doorbells have this as one of their standard digital tones.
* Some electronic air raid sirens have it as a test signal. So imagine the electronic doorbell tones, but at earsplitting volume, too!
* Japanese Schoolbells often use the Westminster chimes tune.
* Many antique clocks used this as a chime after "Big Ben" was built. However, the tune really originated from Great St. Mary's church in Cambridge, England, [[http://www.gsm.cam.ac.uk/great-st-marys/bells/ and was known as the "Cambridge" chimes before it was used in "Big Ben" at the Westminster Palace.]]
* Brownies (the UK equivalent of Girl Scouts[[note]]Although in the Girl Scouts of America, "Brownies" are second level scouts (after "Daisies"), similar to the Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America.[[/note]]) often used to end meetings with a song to this tune: "Oh Lord our God/ Thy children call/ Grant us thy peace/ And bless us all." Nowadays, because of the reference to God, another song is often used instead.
* At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Charlotte Dujardin won Britain's first individual dressage gold in decades, with a routine that matched the chimes to the strides in a [[http://theequestriannews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Olympic-dressage_DuJardinC_5x4.jpg canter pirouette]].
* Seems to be endemic to colleges and their belltowers. Examples include the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University.
* The Ohio State University Marching Band leads off its rendition of the school's alma mater, "Carmen Ohio", with an imitation of the campus's Orton Hall chimes.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_Lake_City_and_County_Building City and County Building]] in Salt Lake City.
* In Indonesia, train stations play this sound as a sign of train departure and arrival. Upon arrival of a train, the chimes will be looped continuously until it departs from the station. Indonesians mostly refers to the chimes as bel kereta, which means "train bells".

!!Examples of the augmented variation:
* Begins each iteration of "Poor Professor Higgins" in ''Theatre/MyFairLady''.
* The play-out of "If I Were A Bell" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* The final cadence of "Everything's Coming Up Roses" in ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}''.