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->''I hear voices in my head''\\
''They counsel me, they understand''\\
''They talk to me''\\
''They tell me things that I can do''\\
''They show me what I'll do to you''\\
''They talk to me!''
-->-- Wrestling/RandyOrton's theme song ''"Voices"''

Whenever characters start hearing the VoiceOfTheLegion whisper in their ear, or the BlackSpeech dancing on the wind, there's something bad in store for them... and it comes in two flavors! -- Insanity Berry and Evil Sauce.

'''Insane''' -- Bob's completely lost his mind, but how can we make that plain to the audience? Simple-- Have him mention [[{{Hallucinations}} hearing voices in his head]], or depict him [[TalkingToThemself conversing with them]]. Closely related to SplitPersonality. If Bob is a [[{{Telepathy}} telepath]] suffering from PowerIncontinence, the voices may actually be [[TerribleTicking the cause of his madness]], rather than a symptom.

'''Evil''' -- The evil version can come from a lot of sources. DemonicPossession, nearby [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]], [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] and [[TomeOfEldritchLore Tomes of Eldritch Lore]]. The Demon/Spirit/Artifact(s) possessing Bob may serve as the "evil" [[GoodAngelBadAngel shoulder angel]], and rather than (or in addition to) forcing him to do evil, tells him to. As Bob realizes EvilFeelsGood, the demon can then claim that it didn't make Bob do anything he didn't want to.

Thanks to a deal with TropeCo, for a unlimited time, we've got two new flavors, Sour Good and [[ImAHumanitarian Mystery flavor]]. [[OfferVoidInNebraska Except in Nebraska,]] something about TropeCo and several hundred liters of PsychoSerum.

'''Good''' -- The voices come from a higher power, often {{God}} or angels. Rather than compel Bob to go on a killing spree, they'll offer him guidance, and likely encourage [[ActualPacifist pacifism.]] Or cause him to become a KnightTemplar...

'''???''' -- It's often unknown where the voices are coming from, whether the source is holy, unholy, or neutral is never delved into. Or even MaybeMagicMaybeMundane. Alternatively, the voices come from a multitude of sources, some good, some evil.

Interestingly, Bob may not actually ''be'' hearing voices-- a common variation is for Alice to make him ''think'' he is, using a hidden radio transmitter or the like. If that's the case, see {{Gaslighting}}. Subtrope of TerribleTicking, though they're usually implemented differently.

!Insane examples


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Joshua Christopher in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has the telepath variant, where the "noise" from the thoughts of the people around him drives him insane. There's a bit of the 'evil' side for him, however--he was given the power by the BigBad, and in the manga it's implied he might be hearing the voice of the demon's HiveQueen.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'': One common symptom of having fallen victim to the curse of Oyashiro is hearing a disembodied voice saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry..." and footsteps. Although as a practical matter, this is an indicator that the character is about to snap, [[spoiler:there is a source of the voice and footsteps, although not necessarily one with a physical form]].
* Lain from ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' sometimes hears a crowd of noises in her head, that in turn sometimes give way to a charismatic narrator voice that claims to be God - this is clearly meant to hint to schizophrenia. [[spoiler:It turns out that she's hearing conversations from the Wired, and the "God" is an omnipresent entity that resides within it.]]
* Ken Kaneki from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' suffers from hallucinations during moments of extreme stress, as a result of ColdBloodedTorture and later [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity his powers eating away at his sanity]]. He has several conversations with an imagined Rize, as well as younger versions of himself. In the sequel, [[spoiler: as AmnesiacHero Haise Sasaki, he is haunted by hallucinations of a twisted version of his past self that teases and taunts him during vulnerable moments]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': Ultimate Green Goblin is so crazy, he not only hears voices, but also sees little floating goblins.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} has two. He enjoys arguing with them. Whether they are part of his insanity, something he created in order to have someone to talk to when there is no one else around, or something else entirely is a matter of DependingOnTheWriter. That being said, the two voices often provide Deadpool with information he didn't know, or show knowledge of events that Deadpool could not possibly be aware of.
** Following the "Dead Presidents" arc S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Prescott joins them courtesy of the necromancer responsible for the whole mess.
* Marv from ''ComicBook/SinCity'' has mentioned hearing voices and strange sounds in the past. In fact, in his first story, he wondered if he snapped completely, hallucinated the entire murder mystery, and was killing innocent people. Fortunately for him (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), this wasn't the case and people were out to kill him/frame him for murder.
* Some versions of ComicBook/TwoFace's insanity manifest in this way, frequently being divided between a "good voice" and an "evil voice".
* ''ComicBook/RedHoodAndTheOutlaws'': Arsenal and Starfire believes it's the case with Red Hood. Subverted as he's talking with Essence, who they can't see.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''The Bespectacled Mimiga Who Lost His Freaking Mind'', [[TheSmartGuy Jack's]] mental stability is officially pushed ''[[UpToEleven way]]'' [[SanitySlippage over the edge]] [[LargeHam to literally cartoonish levels]] by [[spoiler: the deaths of King and Toroko]], causing him to schizophrenically imagine [[TearJerker false psycho-murderer spirits of the two of them]] [[TheWoobie screwing around inside his poor, tortured, tormented, aching, shockingly intelligent little brain]] in a fashion that is rather [[ShoutOut eerily and disturbingly akin]] to ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. As you would expect, this results in one ''deeply'' fucked-up little beast of a story, and also an amazingly brilliant one at that.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Dr. Wily hears voices in his head that drive him to do very evil deeds.
* In ''Fanfic/ThoseGildedChainsWeWear'', Bellatrix Black's insanity manifests itself as many voices constantly screaming in her head, which only abate after she had inflicted pain on someone [[spoiler: or when she encounters genuine compassion]].
* DiscussedTrope and ExploitedTrope by way of BotheringByTheBook in ''FanFic/ThingsXCOMOperativesAreNoLongerAllowedToDo'' to cut down on [[MiniMecha MEC Troopers]] [[FastballSpecial throwing allied units]] on aliens, including Super Heavy Infantry Vehicle (SHIV) units, which are AttackDrones that do not have built in speakers:
--> 24c. MEC Troopers claiming that S.H.I.V. units are able to volunteer or communicate are to report to Medical immediately.

* In Fritz Lang's 1931 film ''Film/{{M}}'', the titular ''M''urderer of children, whom both the police and TheMafia end chasing, claims that he hears voices periodically, and kills to silence them.
* In ''Film/TheSnakePit'', the protagonist is having a conversation with a man who is offscreen. When the scene reveals that there is no man and she's having a conversation with a voice in her head, she's established to be insane. She's then shown to be a patient in a mental hospital.
%% * Lawrence in ''Film/TheWolfman2010''.
* ''Film/BlueSteel'': There's a scene that shows just how unhinged [[{{Yandere}} Eugene Hunt]] is when he's working out in his apartment, then starts screaming at voices that aren't there.
* In ''Film/TheVoices'', the protagonist is an insane man explicitely shown to not having taken his meds since a long time, who has his cat and his dog as GoodAngelBadAngel. He latter hears the voices of [[spoiler: the severed heads of three female colleagues of his kept in his fridge, who he killed thanks to a series of unfortunate events]].
* ''Film/SuicideSquad2016:'' [[Characters/BatmanRoguesGalleryPart1 Harley Quinn]] enjoys herself trolling everyone with this trope.
-->'''Harley''': What was that? 'I should kill everyone and escape?' Sorry... it's the voices. ''[{{Beat}}]'' Hahaha, I'm kidding! [[FalseReassurance That's not what they really said.]]
* Part of Mabel's SanitySlippage in ''Film/AWomanUnderTheInfluence'' includes occasionally having conversations with people who aren't actually in the room.
* One of the symptoms of Karin's schizophrenia in ''Film/ThroughAGlassDarkly''. She is hearing voices that are telling her to go up to the attic, where she will go through a crack in the wallpaper and find God.
* ''{{Film/Sweetwater}}'': Josiah hears them periodically and interprets this as God, with himself as a prophet. They always back up his own evil desires though, so it's quite probable he's simply delusional.

* A old joke that relies on [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece a now over-100-year-old advertising slogan]]:
-->A man went on a sea trip with his wife, but his wife died on the trip. The captain said they did not have the facilities on board to store a body for burial on shore, so they would have to do a BurialAtSea. The husband knew his wife would never stand for it, but understood and allowed it anyway. That night, sleeping in his cabin, the man kept hearing a voice softly repeating "It floats... it floats... it floats". The next night he heard it again, and he knew it must be the ghost of his dead wife. The third night, exasperated, he finally responded to the voice "''What'' floats?" And the voice said "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_%28soap%29 IVORY SOAP!]]"

* ''ThePromise'' (by the Swiss author Albrecht Dürrenmat): Herr Schrott (portrayed by Gert Fröbe in the first film of the book) is a rapist and murderer of preteen girls whose motivation is a mixture of FreudianExcuse through his [[spoiler:overly dominating wife and]] ''die Stimme (the voice)''.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Rand al'Thor has been hearing the voice of his previous incarnation, Lews Therin Telamon, in his head for quite a while now. It's not clear whether he's going crazy, or whether he really is hearing Lews Therin talking to him. This is finally resolved in book 12. [[spoiler:It's both; that is, as the Reincarnation of Lews Therin he is essentially gaining knowledge and memory of the Age of Legends from him, but the holding of actual conversations with a distinct voice is a symptom of his psychosis. He stops hearing the voice when he has a breakthrough which included the realization that he and Lews Therin "were not two people, and never had been"]].
* In Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'', Sigismundo Celine begins hearing voices and eventually conversing with imaginary moon-people, after being locked up and drugged. Things get really weird when the footnotes start going crazy too.
* One of the insane people in the asylum in ''The Stealers of Dreams'' hears voices (and asks others if they can hear them too).
* One of the characters in Creator/ChristopherMoore's ''Literature/TheStupidestAngel'' is a schizophrenic actress hearing the voice of the character she played in several movies. Unusually for this trope, the voice helps her more often than it gets her in trouble.
* ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'':
** Zane in the second novel has a voice in his head (which he calls God) telling him to kill almost everyone he meets. He considers it a mark of his willpower that he doesn't obey the voice. Sure, he still kills people, but of his own volition, not because the voice tells him to. The voice never tells him to kill Vin, which Zane decides means that she's his soulmate. [[spoiler:Vin eventually kills him, and Zane discovers that the voice is real--and it likes her more than him]].
--->"You know why I thought you'd save me?" he tried to whisper to her, though he somehow knew that his lips weren't properly forming the words. "The voice. You were the first person I ever met that it didn’t tell me to kill. The only person."\\
"Of course I didn't tell you to kill ''her''," God said.\\
Zane felt his life seeping away.\\
"You know the really funny thing, Zane?" God asked. "The most amusing part of this all? You're not insane.\\
"You never were."
** Vin, on the other hand, hears a "good" voice, later revealed to part subconscious, part [[spoiler: the voice of the BigBad. This is caused by her earring, which is a tiny Hemalurgic spike]].
* Michael from ''The Republic of Trees'' suffers those near the end of the book. Though he refers to them as "demons", they all keep screaming at once, so he never hears them clearly enough to figure of what they want.
* A primary part of the protagonist's character and backstory in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'': Jack is schizophrenic (''[[ShownTheirWork not]]'' [[HollywoodPsych Hollywood Schizophrenia]]), frequently experiencing both [[HearingVoices auditory]] and visual {{Hallucinations}}. In fact, one of the main characters is Jack's most [[IncrediblyLamePun omnipresent]] auditory hallucination: Jack and God [[TalkingToThemself talk to each other]] a ''lot'' throughout the book. Like the Christopher Moore example above, God's actually really helpful, and Jack's closest friend, if a bit [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]]. While the flavor is occasionally questioned, most of the characters (including Jack and even God) come down firmly in favor of Insanity Berry.
-->'''Jack:''' So you're not...? You know - real?
-->'''God:''' I'm really your hallucination.
* Arthur in ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad'' is a long-time insomniac because of this. He believes the voices are ghosts [[spoiler: taking their revenge for him causing their deaths.]]

* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Blanche starts with this trope as she begins having SanitySlippage.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Renly describes Aerys II as doing this, though he himself is far to young to know first-hand.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' when they investigate a case of a naval officer that was diagnosed with schizophrenia after her husband was killed in action and she starts hearing voices in her room. It turns out the "voices" were from a radio transmitter planted in her air vents. She had vital information regarding the whereabouts of a large sum of stolen money, and the criminals who wanted it were trying to get her out of the picture by [[{{Gaslighting}} having her declared insane]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': When the trio try to convince Buffy that she murdered a girl using perception-altering demons, she hears a torrent of whispered "What did you do?"s.
** Played straight with Drusilla.
-->"I knew it. I knew before you did that you loved the Slayer. The pixies in my head told it to me."
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', [[TheWoobie River]] sometimes complains about hearing voices and screaming, and in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' she is actually shown in a couple of instances actually hearing said voices.
* In the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Derailed", a train is taken hostage by a schizophrenic whose paranoia is driven by a voice in his head, which is depicted as a man standing behind him that only he (and the viewer) can hear.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In first season episode "The Prisoner", when Harm is taken to a Chinese military prison he begins to talk with, what appears to be, another prisoner in another cell who turns out to be his father. However, we see on the surveillance cameras that Harm is talking to no one, and the Chinese later explain that it’s all due to the drugs they’ve administered.
* A man having a spat with his girlfriend in a ''Series/MrShow'' sketch is given (poor) advice by four people on the subway (an old lady, a biker, a Japanese man and a gay guy). Him following their advice results in his girlfriend leaving him. It's revealed that they are "The Four Voices Within" which according to an expert, we all have. The voices' intentions ''appear'' to be good but just make the man look insane.
* [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway I'm the little voice in your head.]] No, ''I'm'' the little voice in your head. No, ''I'm'' the little voice in your head. [[Series/ToTellTheTruth Will the real little voice in your head please stand up?]] No, it's me, I'm the little voice in your head. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBEDQSaZyek I'm the little voice in your head....]]
** "Just [[VehicularSabotage cut on brake line]] and [[KlingonPromotion you could be sitting at that desk]]."
* Stephen Colbert's revolver, "Sweetness" in ''Series/TheColbertReport'', which often "talks" to Stephen. He often claims it tells him to kill the audience and crew. Of note is that he always holds "her" up to his deaf ear.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': From "Fucksgiving" we still don't know if the voice Piper heard talking to her in Shu is real. Solitary confinement can have profound psychological effects on a person, especially on someone like Piper who is not accustomed to long periods of solitude. Solitary confinement beyond 15 days leads directly to severe and in some cases irreversible psychological harm. But for some, it can manifest in even less time. Hallucinations, for example-hearing voices when nobody is speaking could be a sort of coping mechanism for Chapman, so it's very likely that she could be hallucinating and talking to her subconscious mind.
** We learn that Lolly has psychosis, a mental condition where she sees and hears things that aren't there (hallucinations) and believes things that aren't true (delusions). Her voices whisper things to her that makes her paranoid and shake some bells in an attempt to drown them out. She also has delusions that the NSA and the like are out to get her.
* ''Series/{{Accused}}'': Stephen almost constantly hears voices whispering as part of his delusions.

* "Voices" by Music/{{Disturbed}}. It's mainly from the perspective of the personality giving the insane suggestions, though.
* "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Music/JonathanCoulton: "The voices that control me from inside my head say I shouldn't kill you... yet."
* "Absolutely Bill's Mood" by Music/TheyMightBeGiants. Formerly the page quote.
* Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta". "I hear the voices in my head I swear to god it sounds like they're snoring..."
* Music/CreatureFeature's Bad Blood "I can hear the voices stirring, all the awful things they're planning."
* Referenced in the Music/TwentyOnePilots song “Ode to Sleep”.
-->''Why am I not scared in the morning?''\\
''I don't hear those voices calling''\\
''I must have kicked them out''\\
''I must have kicked them out''\\
''I swear I heard demons yelling''\\
''Those crazy words they were spelling''\\
''They told me I was gone''\\
''They told me I was gone''
* In the opening seconds of Music/PoetsOfTheFall's "[[https://youtu.be/xfvtPTvuFTA Drama for Life]]," unintelligible vocalizations represent the singer's unstable creative impulse, a "madman in [his] mind," as a GhostInTheMachine nattering away from inside his head, which he needs to [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind battle]] to bring to heel.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Former WWE Diva [[Wrestling/LisaMarieVaron Victoria]] used the theme ''All The Things She Said'' by Tatu in her early career. The song is about two lesbian lovers, but in the context of Victoria, who was dating Wrestling/StevieRichards, it was about an insane woman who heard voices that compelled her toward violence.
* Sami Callihan has heard voices compelling him to kill his opponents, he's more insane than evil however.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' has plenty of derangements for people who fall down the SanityMeter; one unique to vampires is Sanguinary Animism, the delusion that they've absorbed some of their victims' spirits. The voices and "memories" are only hallucinations, but they can still trick the vampire into acting as though possessed.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** In the Death Knight starting area of Acherus, The Ebon Hold, the Lich King will randomly whisper suggestions to the player.
** The Old Gods are very fond of using maddening whispers to corrupt people. In the BackStory, Neltharion, the Black Dragon Aspect, was driven mad by the whispers of the Old Gods during his eons of sleep deep within Azeroth. Succumbing to their temptation, he constructed the Dragon Soul and nearly succeeded in exterminating all the Dragonflights.
*** In the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, the player gets whispers saying things like "Death is close," "Your friends will abandon you," and "Your heart will explode." These are sent by C'thun, the FinalBoss.
*** Yogg-Saron whispers to the player in various locations in Northrend. There are areas where these whispers have driven large numbers of [=NPCs=] mad, such as Whisper Gulch in Howling Fjord and the Saronite Mines in Icecrown. He is the FinalBoss of Ulduar. Favorites include things like "[[AxCrazy Kill them all]]... [[ParanoiaFuel before they kill you]]" and "[[ItsAllMyFault It WAS your fault]]." Given that none of the areas where these whispers show up actually require a group, it comes across more as helpful advice than corrupting whispers of insanity. Then again, that seems to be one of Yogg-Saron's big things.
** High General Brigitte Abbendis, leader of the Scarlet Crusade during the ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion, believes that the good kind of voices have told her to go to Northrend. It's never actually clarified whether the voices are her own zealous delusions, or the evil whispers of [[spoiler:Mal'ganis, who would later appear disguised as Grand Admiral Barean Westwind]]. Whatever the case, we do know that the Lich King wasn't responsible, as he is genuinely surprised at her choice to attack Northrend.
** ''Legion'' added no less than three sentient weapons that whisper to the player (see "Evil" and "Good" for the other two). Since Shadow Priests were reworked to basically be agents of madness, of course their weapon "Xel'atath, Blade of the Black Empire" is quite chatty. It's either commenting on the situation, or attempting to get you to revel in the death of your enemies the way it does.
* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', the game whispers gibberish at you when your SanityMeter is low.
* Doug "The Rat Man" Rattmann from the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' series is a schizophrenic who thinks the Weighted CompanionCube talks to him. Oddly enough, he seems to do better when he listens to its advice than when he takes his meds.
* In ''VideoGame/DinkSmallwood'' mod ''The Green Voice in My Head: Hangover & Agony'' the titular voice, known as "Smashing Barrels Voice" ("SBV" for short) encourages Dink to do things such as [[{{ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin}} smashing every barrel he sees]] or drinking to the point where he wakes up to discover that he's hidden all his money and ''buried his sword''.
* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', [[spoiler:in the final chapter we learn that the voice of the rogue Colonel Konrad that protagonist Captain Walker had been hearing over the radio for half of the game was nothing but Walker's delusion - the radio was broken the whole time. But Walker needed someone to blame for the atrocities he committed in Dubai, and so created a villainous colonel to argue with and pursue. Though "Konrad" is the product of Walker's insanity, oddly enough he functions almost as Walker's conscience, berating him for his questionable actions, or warning that helping a CIA team seize control of the city's remaining water supply will only make things worse. Unfortunately for everyone, Walker only listens when it's too late.]]
* Minor character Peter Zaford, a.k.a. The Bagman, in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' spends the one mission where he plays a significant role talking to the voice in his head.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* This happens to Suoh on occasion in ''VisualNovel/{{Sickness}}'' as part of his "Sickness", either providing him logic or persuading him to commit a heinous criminal act (mostly murder, rape on one occasion).

[[folder:Web Comic]]
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': A magic-induced SharingABody situation gets rationalized as this by the body's original owner, who spent most of his life as FlatEarthAtheist.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In what is genuinely a creepy scene, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic hears manic laughing and all the bullies who teased him about ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', before snapping back and realizing there's blood all over his hands.
* From ''Website/TheOnion'', [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/laidback-voices-urging-man-to-kill-his-family-when,19794 Laid-Back Voices Urging Man To Kill His Family When He Gets A Chance.]]
* ''[[Roleplay/AsteroidQuest Polokoa Quest]]'' has an example that's not precisely insanity, but has similar effects. [[MadScientist Rokolo]] absorbed the brains of Polos and Rokoas from various {{Alternate Universe}}s, and some personality fragments stuck around in her psyche. When it gets really bad, this can result in TalkingToThemself.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has the VillainOfTheWeek try to drive Bruce insane by pretending to be a voice from inside his head. He fails, partially because the voice keeps calling Bruce by his name. [[BecomingTheMask That isn't his name for himself.]]
* The Ice King from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' hears voices and sees strange visions due to his magical crown.
** [[spoiler: Taken to extremes in Holly Jolly Secrets when we realize that he used to be a normal man until he put on the crown and unconsciously drove away his wife and let himself go so insane. He's completely unrecognizable in his present form...]]
* Meg Griffin of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' exhibits increasing SanitySlippage and wishes that she had softer voices in her head.
* [[AxCrazy The Joker]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' once mentions "''Another'' voice in my head? The more the merrier!"
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has [[AxCrazy Kaynar]] who once mentions "At least I'll have the voices in my head to talk to."
* The voice in Robin's head in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' talks ''about'' him rather than ''to'' him. It's a result of him being [[LoveMakesYouCrazy literally crazy about Starfire.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' movie, Wooldoor comments that with the show canceled, the cameras won't be around to distract him from the voices in his head.
-->"Cut their throats and drink the children's blood, Wooldoor! Their youth will be your youth!"


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', this happens to both of the human villains;
** After using Devimon's data to create Kimeramon, the Digimon Emperor starts to hear Devimon's voice taunting him about his recklessly using the power of darkness.
** Yukio Oikawa, while TalkingToTheDead about him creating Digimon from his DNA, starts hearing those Digimon taunting him about his twisted nature. ("We're living your nightmare!")
* Il Palazzo hears voices in the both the ''Manga/ExcelSaga'' manga and [[Anime/ExcelSaga anime]], though they affect him differently depending on the continuity.
** In the anime the voices tell him to abandon his WellIntentionedExtremist ideals and conquer the world for the sake of power alone.
** In the manga the voices tell him ''something'' that somehow makes him competent and far more effective in taking over Fukuoka City.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura: TheMovie'', Sakura enters an antique shop and immediately hears a woman's voice calling her towards a particular book. The voice, belonging to the movie's antagonist, Tsu Young, coaxes/[[MindControl mind-controls]] Sakura into opening the book, resulting in the capture of all but two of her friends/family.
* The Saika sword and its "children" in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. It possesses its user and tells them to "love" as many people as it can. Being a sword, it can only show love by [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer cutting others]]. [[spoiler:Anri]] is the only person who can use it constantly without being affected by it [[spoiler:because she is unable to feel love.]]
* In ''Anime/IlSolePenetraLeIllusioni'', Akari can hear the voices of the evil Daemonia, the monsters she and her fellow magical girls are supposed to kill. However, this allows the Daemonia-possessed humans to find peace before they're killed. [[spoiler:The reason Akari can hear the Daemonia's voices is because her father had been infected by a Daemonia when she was conceived.]]

* Used in the ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' movies, to hint at the One Ring's corrosive mental effects.
* ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}''. While Carol Anne is watching a TV set to a dead channel, the static starts to sound like whispering. This is apparently the sound of the ghosts on the "other side".
* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Picard keeps hearing the voice of the [[VoiceOfTheLegion Collective]] in his head.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} fic ''FanFic/OperationGEAR'', specifically its third installment ''The Angel of Reckoning'', Nekou has a bloodthirsty bestial side that manifests itself as a voice sounding much like an evil version of herself when she tries to confront it.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]] constantly hear a voice called the Nameless Passenger, that is to some degree helpful, but also encourages RevengeBeforeReason and tries to act as TheCorrupter for Twilight. [[spoiler:It turns out it's actually [[BigBad Nightmare Eclipse]], the true villain of the arc who's trying to perpetuate a GroundhogDayLoop to punish Discord for eternity, erasing Dark World from existence over and over again in the process.]] The characters don't notice the voice as being strange for the most part [[spoiler:due to a {{Glamour}}, which Twilight eventually breaks by noticing her and asking who she is.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. The Beastmaster tries to intimidate Angelus by [[NoIndoorVoice booming away]] in his head.
-->'''Beastmaster:''' ANGELUS!
-->'''Angelus:''' ''(holds his hands to his ears)'' Hello, volume!
-->'''Beastmaster:''' I AM NOT WELL PLEASED!
-->'''Angelus:''' I am not well deaf!
-->'''Angelus:''' Yeah, what're you gonna do, huh? Give me a migraine?
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' John starts hearing voices after being subjected to the Aurora Chair. At first he isn't sure what's going on, but then he starts to see Scorpius as well, indicating that there is definitely evil at work.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS07E01MeetTheNewBoss Meet the New Boss]]", [[spoiler:the Leviathans]] start whispering to Castiel while they're inside him.
* Joel on ''Series/DeadOfSummer'' is haunted by Holyoke, the ghost of a man who once ran a spiritualist {{cult}} at the site where Camp Stillwater now stands, who tells Joel to murder Amy or else he will kill somebody else at the camp. Notably, Holyoke was haunting Joel even before he got to the camp, which is why Joel is the resident CameraFiend; he uses his camera to tell the difference between what's real and what he's "hallucinating". Before Joel, Holyoke was haunting his brother Michael, leading him to [[DrivenToSuicide kill himself]] to make it stop.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry starts hearing the basilisk's voice as it travels behind the walls. Another subversion in that he isn't actually hearing voices in his head; it's just that he understands Parseltongue, so all anyone else can hear is a faint hissing. The movie version gives us the exchange quoted below:
--->'''Hermione''': Even in the Wizarding World, hearing voices isn't a good thing.\\
'''Random painting''': She's right, you know.
** Ron hears these in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' while he wears the [[SoulJar Horcrux]] necklace.
* In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's Literature/HorusHeresy novel ''Fulgrim'', this is [[spoiler:how Chaos corrupts Fulgrim.]]
* Celmomas in ''The Second Apocalypse'' has a voice in his head. It's probably not a good voice considering what a creepy psychopath he is.
* Nico and Nivel in ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' both start hearing the Master of the Dead Mountain when their demonseeds grow strong enough. It's implied all demonseeds do, it's just that no other still live to tell the tale.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/RandyOrton in his heel role for the Wrestling/{{WWE}} uses Rev Theory's 'Voices' as his theme song and at one point claimed to be unable to control himself. [[ILied He was lying]], so it counts as evil rather than insane.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Whispers background trait in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.
* Just about every Chaos unit in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is this ''and'' Insane, as causing madness is a frequent by-product of Chaos. The current Chaos focus army, the Crimson Slaughter, are particularly notable - they hear the voices of those they kill, except for the periods while they're actively killing more, which led them to fall to Chaos because they got steadily more addicted to mass murder.
-->'''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Chaos Space Marine:]]''' DO YOU HEAR THE VOICES TOO?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII:'' Both Vayne and Cid turn out to be taking orders from a [[GodIsEvil god-like]] being.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', [[AxCrazy Tatsuya Sudou]] states from time to time that he hears voices, notably in Eternal Punishment where he screams [[MadnessMantra "Voicesvoicesvoicesvoicesvoices..."]] before attacking the party. In Innocent Sin, the voice is explicitly stated to be [[BigBad Nyarlathotep]].
* Adventuring with the [[EldritchAbomination Squamous Gibberer]] familiar in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' causes you to see chat messages from nowhere (in grey, italicized text), saying things like "''Everything you care for will be smothered and extinguished.''" and "''Even now little plots against you.''"
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia:'' One of the game's sidequests involves collecting the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Weapons]], the [[ArtifactOfDoom Devil's Arms]]. When you have collected a few, [[EmotionlessGirl Presea]] begins hearing voices from the weapons. After completing the sidequest [[spoiler:and defeating the BonusBoss]], Presea is almost posessed by the spirit that lived in them, but is saved by Colette.
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III]]'', the Lich King whispers to Arthas through [[ArtifactOfDoom Frostmourne]]. More of an Evil instance, though.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft:'' One of the weapons (which is sadly not available as of Patch 3.0.2), Corrupted Ashbringer, would send players /whisper messages while they had it equipped, including, yes, "kill them all".
** In ''Legion'', Demonology Warlocks get the "Skull of the Man'ari", the disembodied head of a powerful Eredar named Thal'kiel. Despite (usually) being no more than a floating skull, Thal'kiel will nonetheless comment on just about everything, either reveling in the destruction you cause ("Fall before your masters!"), mocking you for your shortcomings (like needing help to use a summoning stone), mocking others for their weakness, or sometimes just having conversations with your other enslaved demons. Usually about how everything will burn.
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', the [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Reapers']] [[MoreThanMindControl indoctrination]] can manifest like this; whispering voices in the back of your mind. Apparently, they start out quiet, unintelligible, but steadily grow stronger. By the time you can understand them, it's too late.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Red hears a voice [[spoiler:commanding him to destroy everything when The Order is given.]] Elh becomes his LivingEmotionalCrutch during that time, talking to him to keep him calm.
* Exploring the Forbidden City in ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'' tends to cause you to hear voices. Also, Xel'lotath's Black Guardian likes to get under your skin by murmuring to you; the characters don't appear to react to any kind of audible speech, implying it's in their heads.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', players attempting a GenocideRun may see some of the normal game text replaced with rather bloodthirstier messages rendered entirely in red, such as stating how many monsters in the area have yet to be killed at each SavePoint. Late in the game, however, it becomes clear that these messages are not the player character's own thoughts at all, despite the absence of VoiceGrunting. This does not end well.

* The evil souls involved in Vaarsuvius' "Soul-Splice" in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' basically share a body with him/her, and provide input on his/her actions, such as telling him/her which direction to go to dodge an attack, or urging him/her to do things like "destroy everyone who has ever slighted you" and "tear down creation, just to see if you can". They also talk among themselves.
* Pluto and Earth can hear Black Hole's voice in their heads in ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', and she steadily tries to turn Pluto against the planets. While Earth is confused and afraid of the demonic voice she hears, [[IJustWantToHaveFriends Pluto just wants Black Hole to be his friend]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheSearchForHenryJekyll'' the side of Jekyll/Hyde not currently active manifests itself as a voice in the other's head.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Refan]] hears voices. It's because his sword (which houses a malevolent spirit) is influencing him and trying to trigger his [[spoiler:demonic]] side.
* [[http://scribesigma.blogspot.com/2011/05/pre07-choir.html PRE07]] aka [[Franchise/TheFearMythos the Choir]]
* In one episode of ''WebVideo/BedtimeStoriesYoutubeChannel'', a man by the name of Christopher Case, just days before his mysterious death, was said to be hearing demonic voices inside his home, and had tried to combat them through prayer and holy rituals. It was said that this was the result of [[WomanScorned refusing the sexual advances]] of an alleged HotWitch he met just weeks prior.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''[[{{Transformers}} Transformers Prime]]'', Megatron can hear the voice of [[{{Satan}} Unicron]] giving him instructions after he injects himself with [[TheCorruption Dark]] [[PsychoSerum Energon]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' Ralph says he keeps hearing an evil {{leprechaun}} who keeps telling him to burn things; said leprechaun is actually seen doing so at the end of the episode.


[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/BatmanBeyond 2.0'', Danica Williams, the latest speedster to [[LegacyCharacter take the identity]] of Comicbook/TheFlash, hears the voices of Jay Garrick, Wally West and Bart Allen. (Just to confuse things, her MirrorUniverse counterpart also hears the voices, but thinks they're hallucinations.)

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/RWBYReckoning'' has Kimba communicate with Darrel in this manner, via a [[NeuralImplanting microchip]] in his brain.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Intercom}}'', Riley accidentally finds herself able to hear her emotions talking and to communicate with them. Despite the problems it involves (such as a sudden self-consciousness about her lack of privacy, or having to hear their chatter all day long while she goes about her daily life), she's pretty eager to know them better and quickly befriends them.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', at the crux of Robin's decision at Enies Lobby, [[spoiler:thanks to Soundbite and his powers, Jaguar D. Saul's voice becomes so loud it is heard and projected from beyond the grave]], giving her that last bit of assurance.
** [[spoiler:The voice of the previous Pirate King helps his successor stand and take down Lucci.]]
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries:
** [[MysteriousWatcher The Interviewers]] occasionally appear as a voice in character's heads, guiding characters in more positive directions. It's later explained that they're JustOneSecondOutOfSync of everyone else when acting in this capacity. As with the Nameless Passenger in Dark World, no one usually realizes this is strange, even if they acknowledge hearing them. [[spoiler:This is because they were once part of Eclipse, the Passenger's true identity.]]
** [[spoiler:Princess Amicitia, AKA Dark World Twilight ascended to Alicorndom, acts the same as Eclipse but in practice is doing the same thing as the Interviewers to guide worlds to a happy ending. In fact, she's their ''mother'' and they get it from her.]]

* Literature/{{Magnus}} hears the voice of the Holy Spirit, which gives him direction.
* Garion from ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' hears the voice of Prophecy in his head, sometimes the voice helps, sometimes it makes snarky comments, but it's definitely good.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sean Lock once joked in an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'' that he hears voices, but he just ignores them and carries on killing while they plead with him to stop.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Safiya in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' Mask of the Betrayer hears voices of her other incarnations giving advice, or possibly rescuing her by distracting her before she can finish reading a scroll that will incinerate herself and the surrounding area.
* Yuri has a voice in his head in the first ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' that compels him to save Alice Elliott, and to further the questline. The voice isn't happy if he disobeys. [[spoiler: The voice turns out to be Koudelka, main character of the [[VideoGame/{{Koudelka}} eponymous game]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Krieg the Psycho sometimes hears the voice of his former self--from before Hyperion experimentation drove him crazy--urging him to do the right thing (or at least direct his mindless violence towards someone who deserves it, like bandits).
* The ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' expansion ''Legion'' added three Artifact Weapons that speak to the player. Arcane Mages get "Aluneth", a staff containing an arcane entity of the same name. While "good" may be debatable, it's certainly not antagonistic, and seems to at least recognize you as being worthy of wielding it. Though it may occasionally urge you to use your considerable power to send Dalaran falling into the sea... But compared to Xel'atath and Thal'kiel, Aluneth is downright pleasant.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Volume 4, a young farmboy named Oscar starts hearing voices in his head one day, as it turns out, the voice is [[spoiler:Ozpin's, whose soul and aura have merged with his. Oscar is special and was chosen to be Ozpin's LegacyCharacter]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Ozpin:]]''' I can assure you, you're perfectly sane.\\
'''Oscar:''' I'm talking with a voice in my head.\\
'''[[spoiler:Ozpin:]]''' I didn't say you were ''normal'', I said you were ''sane.''


* ''Webcomic/{{Voices}}'' provides an interesting use of this trope. The voices heard by the protagonists are in fact [[InteractiveComic commands given to them by the readers on the forums]], allowing the readers to interact with the characters and help the protagonists work towards their goals. However, while the intentions of the voices are good, at least one protagonist is insane.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'': Guy mentions hearing voices in her head, to which is prescribed medication. Her psychiatrist however takes the medicine back when she reveals that the voices only say things like "Don't kill that guy" and "Think about the consequences".

* ''Film/{{Innerspace}}''. A man thinks he's hearing voices: actually, he has a miniaturized ship implanted in him, and the pilot is talking to him.
* The "Whisper People" in ''Film/{{Knowing}}''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', it is barely hinted in the viral sites that 6 hears voices, and a deleted scene shows him speaking back. However, where the voices come from, why they talk to him, or even if they're good or evil or neutral is ''never'' explained.
* ''Film/RealGenius'': Chris (Val Kilmer), Mitch, and friends gas Kent and implant a transmitter in his molar. They then impersonate a booming voice of God only Kent can hear, and command him to [[spoiler: go to Jerry's house to witness the laser-beam induced popping of a massive Jiffy Pop popcorn pan. When the military test-fires the laser (which has been reprogrammed by the gang to target the house), the house fills to the bursting point with popcorn, with Kent inside.]]'
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'': The ''Legend of Sleepy Hollow'' segment has Ichabod riding home down a dark forest and hears animal sounds that sound like they're reminding him of the Headless Horseman.
* The yeti-hunting team in ''Film/TheAbominableSnowman'' hear things that seem to be related to the yeti's PsychicLink, though if anyone actually hears yeti voices the audience isn't in on it. The voices we do hear belong to a radio announcer (after the radio is broken) and to a dead man. Whether the yeti are planting them or the RiverOfInsanity mission is just straining people's minds isn't clear.
* ''{{Film/Super}}'': Frank frequently hears a voice which he believes is God's. Even he is unclear on whether it's just in his own mind at times however.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}''. Jericho gets a voice in his head that's actually an entirely separate consciousness, and an artificial one at that. The voice's name is "Lauren", and she eventually becomes a major character in her own right (even though nobody but Jericho knows about her).
* In the ''Fanfic/TamersForeverSeries'' all of the Enlightened Ones/[[spoiler: Archangels]] can hear the voice of their Omnivices speaking to them
** [[spoiler: Takato can also hear Chaos' voice in his head.]]
** Additionally, [[spoiler: DC, Tai and Takeru are contacted mentally by Gabrielle, though she only bothers to whisper random comments in the latter's mind]].
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' has Zechs Merquise constantly criticized and even mocked by the [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane voice of Trieze Kushrenada]] and he actually thinks of it as Trieze's ghost, though he also acknowledges it's probably just his own mind. Despite the fact it's adversarial with Zechs, it's seems likely that Treize's voice is actually a positive influence: it criticizes his decision to betray the ESUN and the government of Mars, and it warns him against his obvious suicidal tendencies or outbursts of temper. Trieze's voice is occasionally silent for long periods and when challenged claims it was speaking to someone else: none of them confirm this, but their behavior ''sometimes'' seems different and the voice claims it was speaking to them after the fact...
* The entire premise of ''A Voice in His Head'' is giving [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Shinji]] an [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Angel]]]] offering him advice and commentary. Some of it is even constructive.

* In the classic American horror tale ''Wieland: or, The Transformation'' the four main characters hear inexplicable voices that confuse, threaten, and utter prophecies that come true. Eventually these voices [[spoiler: drive Theodore Wieland himself to kill his own family,]] as he, deeply religious, believes they are coming from God. However, it turns out the source of the voices is [[spoiler: the local hobo/ventriloquist, Carson]] -- Or Are They?
* In Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' quartet, Tris has been hearing random voices for years, leading many of those around her, including herself, to believe she's either crazy or possessed or both. It turns out to be part of her weather magic, with the winds bringing her voices from afar. Later [[spoiler: she gains the ability to see images on the wind, which help her catch a serial killer.]]
** The same thing happens to Zhergoz in ''The Will of the Empress'' (part of the [[Literature/CircleOfMagic Circleverse]]), but he actually ''has'' begun to go crazy; the copious amounts of drugs which he was forced to take to cure his "madness" are suggested to have something to do with that...
* In Creator/StephenKing's short story ''[[Literature/NightmaresAndDreamscapes Dolan's Cadillac]]'', Robinson hears the voice of his dead wife throughout. It stops when he finally [[spoiler:kills Dolan.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry can, under specific circumstances, converse with his own subconscious. Subverted in that Subconscious Harry really ''is'' part of Harry, but there is no explanation given as to why he appears to Conscious Harry (ironically enough, he can only speak to Conscious Harry when he's unconscious).
* In ''Literature/MaximumRide'', Max has a "Voice"... which comes from a chip in her arm... except not... except her whole adventure was a dream... except not... except the "Voice" is [[spoiler:Jeb]]... sorta... except not.
* In ''Literature/{{Elcenia}}'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] will rarely hear inanimate objects speaking about themselves. ''Every'' object, ''constantly'', usually about the most banal details of its creation. In "Summons", it's [[AmbiguousSituation left ambiguous]] whether "Vampire Inanimate Audition" is just a mental disorder (as it is officially classified), or if the objects are genuinely speaking, as there's no documented evidence of "hearers" gaining information this way that they couldn't have learned elsewhere. A later book, "Blood", has a hearer as a main character, and it's made plain that the voices are real.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has these for people who find themselves wandering alone in the jungle. They often herald the appearance of the Others or sometimes apparitions, like with [[spoiler:Libby]] in season 4. In Season 6 it's explained that they're [[spoiler: the dead on the island, trying to communicate with the living in order to move on.]]
* Are [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 Head Six and Head Baltar]] the products of insanity, guilt, or divine intervention? [[spoiler: The series finale points to the latter.]]
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Johnny hears an apparently-benevolent voice (briefly) talking to him, and he spends the rest of the episode in question wondering if it was God and what, if anything, he should do about it. Mr. Carlson finally tells him he should only start worrying if the voice tells him to get naked at the airport, and Johnny cheerfully comments that the voice that says ''that'' is his own.
* Reese from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has mentioned voices on more than one occasion. When Dewey tells him that the baby was telling him to do crazy things, Reese tells Dewey that the voices are not his friend. Another episode mentions that the voice in his head that tells him to go do stupid and reckless things for fun was getting quieter while the voice that told him that what he was doing was dangerous was getting louder.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
** Root is both evil and insane, but the voices she's hearing from the [[BenevolentAI Machine]] are very real, and [[ThouShaltNotKill try to discourage]] the sociopathic {{Machine Worship}}ping hacker from killing anyone while she carries out the AI's wishes. The psychiatrist who's treating her [[CassandraTruth doesn't believe this of course]], until Root tells him some embarrassing personal information she shouldn't possibly know, engineers her own escape from the mental hospital, and shoots a government assassin [[OffhandBackhand without even looking at him]].
** Reese's habit of talking into a hidden earpiece to MissionControl is spoofed when the Number he's protecting is a psychiatrist, and assumes this trope. [[spoiler:Ironically she's actually Root in disguise, long before she started playing this trope for real.]]


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'': One of the many manifestations of The Messengers. To the point where a common joke about the old ''Hunter'' was, "So, there are voices in your head telling you to kill people who are secretly monsters... and you think you're the good guy?"
* In Everyone is John the players are all voices in John's (an insane man from Minneapolis) head. Each player has a set of personally defined objectives and competes for control of John.
* ''[[TabletopGame/ProseDescriptiveQualities Vox]]'' has the players taking turns running not only their own characters, but also voices each has started hearing. The exact nature of these voices is completely up in the air, and [=GMs=] are encouraged to make up their own explanation. They could be ghosts, gods, insanity... It's even possible for characters to share a voice they can each hear. And [[DemonicPossession sometimes the voices can take over]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', this can be a side effect of Chaos corruption.

* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' (2013): A rather poignant verse in "Simply Second Nature" reveals the minor detail that Willy Wonka -- who in this adaptation is presented as an AmbiguouslyEvil AntiHero -- has a problem with this trope. For his part, he sees and accepts this as part and parcel of having a restlessly [[DoingItForTheArt creative, artistic mind]]: "And though some nights I dread/All the voices in my head/[[IAmWhatIAm I'd rather be this way than be a bore]]!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* A StockSoundEffect in the ''VideoGame/ChzoMythos'' to indicate the presence of [[spoiler: John Defoe]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfMana'' features both good whispers (from the Mana spirits) and evil ones (from the Echoes.)
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' had this on the mission start screen.
* ''VideoGame/{{Scratches}}''. Early on in the game, there are the eponymous scratching noises. Later on [[spoiler:the main charater starts hearing whispering voices mocking him during an exorcism]].
* [[spoiler:One of the ghosts in the haunted hotel]] tries to be helpful, but mostly comes across as creepy in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. The entire game can be ''filled'' with cryptic spoiler whispers if you pick Malkavian, though [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/914819-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines/answers?qid=184545 they're really easy to miss]] due to their comparatively low volume and infrequent appearance.
* In ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'', Isaac's mother hears what she ''thinks'' is the voice of God commanding her to sacrifice her son. Whether she's ''actually'' hearing God, Satan, or just her own insanity is hotly debated.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'''s ''Dawnguard'' expansion, one of the members of the eponymous group is a priest of Arkay named Florentinus Baenius who claims that the god speaks directly to him... and squabbles with the deity LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. There's some debate among the rest of the Dawnguard over whether Florentinus is crazy or not, since no one's heard of one of the Divines speaking directly to mortals like that. But Florentinus does possess information he shouldn't, such as the true history of the Dawnguard, and he's also able to warn you if vampires kidnap your spouse, who will express amazement over how you knew where to rescue them.

* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', the Banestone does this and drives its rockers mad.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[TheWoobie Aradia Megido]] hears voices of the dead. Also, every single player of Sburb hears voices soon after starting the game. They're of the "Good" variety - they're [[InteractiveFiction commands issued]] by Exiles from several hundred years in the future to help the players.
* Hayden Bliss of the ''Webcomic/ImprintChronicles'' hears voices from everywhere, which he calls "whispers," and he initially doesn't know where they're from. (they're people's thoughts).
* in Webcomic/{{Prequel}} the [[{{InteractiveFiction}} command issuing audience]] members are said to be voices in [[{{TheProtagonist}} Katia Maganan's]] head. They tend to slide on the scale of good, evil, and insane.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'' [[http://www.rhjunior.com/totq/00616.html the squire thinks the armor is haunted because of this.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}'': [[http://xkcd.com/440/ Black Hat Man strikes again!]]
* Asia from ''[[{{Webcomic/morphe}} morphE]]'' begins hearing a voice in her head as of Chapter 4. No one else can and it doesn't seem to want her mentioning its presence to anyone else.
* The protagonist of ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' hears [[AudienceParticipation the comment section]]. Sometimes she gets useful advice...sometimes she doesn't. Other characters refer to the voices as "the buzzers."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', [[TheLadette Ax]] and [[AntiHero Deidra]] hear voices of ghosts because of their tribe's deep connection to the spirit realm. The spirits have different motives, some being helpful, others downright malicious or just having fun by chatting with the living.
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1202 SCP-1201]] of the Wiki/SCPFoundation is the spirit of a dead man which swaps "hosts" via touch, and can be heard by its current host. It claims to be a former Foundation researcher, ''and it will not shut up''.
* One common interpretation of Red and AJ's predicaments in ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon'' is that the players' commands are voices screaming in their heads. The Mob as a whole averages out to neutral: some want them to succeed and disagree about how to do this, others want them to fail and fail hard. The constant bickering drives some decidedly odd behavior on the Trainers' parts.
* Played with in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', with Namekian fusion, which is of the Power Booster variety: the two Namekians Piccolo fuses with, Nail and Kami, continue to exist afterwards as voices in his head, unlike in the original series. While they are both good guys, they're rarely helpful.
** In ''History of Trunks Abridged'', Gohan hears Piccolo's voice in his head. The difference here is that Piccolo's not really there, but he's just as unhelpful as Nail and Kami were to him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh'': Joan thought she was finally hearing the voices of her [[CloningBlues original self]], but in fact a had radio transmitter stuck in her teeth.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'', BigBad Nox claims that he can talk to the Eliacube, the ArtifactOfDoom which both [[AmplifierArtifact gave him his powers]] and [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity ruined his life]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* St. UsefulNotes/JoanOfArc thought her military campaign was a literal MissionFromGod. Dr. Craig Taylor said in his recent book on the subject, it's a matter of personal belief or opinion whether Joan belongs in the Good or the Insanity sections -- the evidence we've got from other similar cases favoring Insanity.[[note]]By her own admission, Joan saw lights when she heard ringing bells, which would imply sound-to-color Synesthesia at the very least.[[/note]]
** The soldiers following her were by and large convinced this was an example of the Good variety. Their faith in her and her mission drove them to many victories as a result.
* These tropes can be thought of as the ThemeParkVersion of hearing voices, which for many is TruthInTelevision. People can hear evil voices that are abusive and disturbing, good voices that are helpful and supportive, neutral voices, or a mixture of these. Voices may give good or bad advice. Whether people actually listen to their voices depends on the individual and the type of voices. Whether people interpret their voices as coming from religious sources or not depends on the individual, and whether the people who hear them are insane or not depends on the individual. In RealLife, hearing voices is generally unrelated to SplitPersonality.
** There seems to be a correlation between a persons cultural-religious background and their perception of the voices. European and American Christians seem to be more likely to hear 'evil' voices while people coming from background with strong animistic traditions (everything has a soul) or traditions of ancestor worship seem to have a better time with their voices often describing them as benevolent or as people from their ancestry. It is however hard to collect robust data on this since people who experience no problems are much less likely to seek help or come forward to speak of their experience.
* A certain company has released a male's T-shirt that states "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."
* A recruitment ad for social workers in the UK, possibly BasedOnATrueStory, featured a man who heard lots of voices in his head. He wasn't really bothered by them, except for his dead mother's - whenever she began talking he would disturb the neighbours by [[IgnoringBySinging singing loudly to drown out her voice]]. Social workers helped him by giving him an iPod so he could use other people's singing to drown her out.
* And finally, if you want to know what it's like to hear voices first hand... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vvU-Ajwbok]]