Gale-Force Sound

Anyone with a basic knowledge of physics knows how sound waves work. Anyone who's been up close to the stage of a rock concert can tell how well they work when it gets loud.

This, though, is that feeling taken beyond what's possible in real lifenote . A sound or series of sounds, if sufficiently loud, will push someone or something around as would the wind of a hurricane or tornado, well beyond what would happen in the Real Life. This trope is almost always played for laughs.

Note, however, that this doesn't cover sounds that are genuinely that loud, like a rocket launch, nor does it cover giant monsters like Godzilla or King Kong roaring in someone's face, where their breath would come into play.

Contrast this to Brown Note and Loud of War, where the sound has a purely psychological effect on the target, as opposed to the physical effect of Gale-Force Sound. See also Glass-Shattering Sound, where the effect is limited to glass. Make Me Wanna Shout has a similar effect, but only caused by a person's voice, and it's not used for comedy.


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  • The famous "Blown Away Guy" Maxell tape commercial from 1980. Also done in print form (and in the UK, the guy listening to the music is Peter Murphy!).

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  • Near the beginning of the first Back to the Future, Marty hooks up an electric guitar to a ludicrously huge speaker. He plays a single chord and is physically hurled backwards by the sound (the speaker is destroyed in the process).
  • Kung Fu Hustle features the Harpists, two villains who fight their opponents by playing a guqin (Chinese zither) that makes sounds loud enough to knock people down. This is easily topped by the Landlady's "Lion's Roar" technique, which shakes buildings and cracks stone columns. When this fails to affect the Beast, the Big Bad of the story, her husband helps her rip the top off a funeral bell and holds it up for her to use as a megaphone. The result is a sonic tornado that reduces the room to splinters, with the Beast becoming a rapidfire participant in Oh Crap! and Blown Across the Room. This does hurt the Beast, and when she moves in to give him a second dose, he promptly surrenders. NOT.
  • Near the end of the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, Mike and Don send Shredder flying by turning the speaker he's standing in front of at maximum and hitting a chord.
  • In Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, Cheech has a devil of a time getting inside his own home when Chong's playing a solo. Chong's playing also blows playing cards away, causes dogs to cover their ears, and makes neighbors take cover.
  • In The Italian Job (2003), The Napster wants a stereo so loud "it'll blow a woman's clothes off." In the end credits, it apparently works.

  • The video to the Nickelback song "Gotta Be Somebody" demonstrates the trope nicely, with cracks in the ground and general earthquakes accompanying the refrain each time.
  • Manowar have slipped the occasional line about getting this loud into their song lyrics, perhaps most prominently in "The Gods Made Heavy Metal".

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    Western Animation 
  • In the Teen Titans mini-episode featuring Punk Rocket, Punk Rocket's guitar playing acts like this.
  • From Transformers Animated, there's the rock battle between Optimus Prime and Soundwave, in "Human Error, Part 2".
  • In Strawberry Shortcake, before Berrykin Bloom started taking lessons his bassoon-playing shook the ground, to the point of knocking people over.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Happens in "The Show Stoppers" when the Cutie Mark Crusaders sing the line "VERY LOUD!!!"
    • In the episode "Luna Eclipsed", Princess Luna, using the Royal Canterlot Voice, has this effect.
    • "Putting Your Hoof Down": Fluttershy does this three times; when she screams "NOPONY!!!" at the end of her rant before leaving town, again when she says to her little critters friends "Am I RIGHT??!!", and again when she exclaims to Rarity and Pinkie Pie that Old!Fluttershy is "GONE!!"
    • "Wonderbolts Academy": The sheer force of the sound from Pinkie Pie's oversized megaphone moves mountains.
    • "Daring Don't": In Rainbow Dash's recalling of Daring Do's adventure in the intro, Ahuizotl's roar sends Daring Do tumbling backward in a very strong wind.
    • "Testing Testing 1, 2, 3": Rainbow Dash's scream of "Enough!" has this effect on her friends, instantly putting a stop to their bickering.
  • In a Garfield and Friends Quickie, Roy and Lanolin get into a bleating-and-bukawking fight, which Roy wins utilizing a huge Behind the Black stereo system that sends Lanolin flying quite a distance in front of a Wraparound Background.
  • In the Wakfu episode "The Black Raven", Miranda yelling for her husband Kabrok blows back Amalia's hair.