Inopportune Voice Cracking
You don't realize it. When screaming (even better if it's an Overly Long Scream
), yelling, or even sometimes talking normally, your voice suddenly cracks and deepens or squeaks. It can be embarrassing, and for comedy and/or Narm
(or probably for Narm Charm
), especially if you're also entering puberty at the time. Or maybe just plain too much testosterone.
This is more likely to happen to male characters, though female characters can also be victims.
Can be a result from Vocal Range Exceeded
. Could lead to Vocal Dissonance
Anime And Manga
- In Episode 1 of The Lost Village, Masaki's voice cracks as she tries to calm down the bus driver. We should note that she's already carsick at the moment as she runs up.
- Played for Drama in Wandering Son. Trans girl Nitori doesn't recognize her voice is changing at first and thinks it's a cold.
- About every time shy Shiori from The World God Only Knows tries to scream a loud, angry insult, her voice ends up breaking.
- In the English dub of Naruto, pre-timeskip Naruto has a pubescent voice that cracks a lot.
- Alice in Wonderland: When Alice attempts to hit a high note when she's she's singing "All In a Golden Afternoon", her voice cracks, and she can't go on. Apparently, it was a Throw It In! moment for that scene.
- In The Little Mermaid, a nervous Sebastian approaches King Triton, trying to maintain a calm, dignified appearance. But when he speaks he lets out a squeaky "Yes?" before composing himself and speaking in his regular tone of voice.
- Pitch Perfect: When the Bellas do a Team Hand-Stack near the end of the film Chloe lets out a bass bellow, much to everyone's surprise and her embarrassment. (She had just gone through node surgery.) This tells everyone that she can hit the low notes, which as an all-female A Capella group they have a hard time with.
- Dragondrums opens with Piemur's voice cracking during rehearsal. It's puberty, to his distress, since singing's his only real skill as a Harper (he does catch on quite well with drums, though).
- In Shakespeare's Spy, Widge's voice starts to crack due to puberty. He notes that he's entering puberty pretty late, due to poor feeding in his previous homes contrasted by the better treatment of the troupe. He's rather unhappy to find it means he won't be able to play girls onstage anymore, as they were the parts he'd been accustomed to.
- At the start of the Young Adult novel "Jack and Lousa: Act 1'', 12-year old Jack is about to star in the lead role of a Broadway musical when his voice starts to change. This causes him to be fired from the show.
- The Brady Bunch: The Brady Kids are planning to record Greg's song but Peter is starting puberty and his voice is changing, which makes him a terrible singer. Greg writes a new song called "Time to Change" to exploit Peter's voice cracking.
- Dave Barry mentions being on a flight with a class of middle-schoolers, and in the confined space were subjecting everyone to gallons of hormones, causing the pilot's voice to go up a few octaves when he tried to say "turbulence".
- In the second episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, Tony the Talking Clock's voice cracks on the fourth line when he switches from speaking his lines to singing them.
- In the Strong Bad Email "helium", Strong Bad breathes in helium, and thus ends up with a high voice. He starts singing a song about being part of the "High-Voice Crew", only for the helium to wear off in the middle.
- Super Mario Logan's:
- In "Pop Rocks and Coke!", this happens to Junior when he's in the middle of a Totem Pole Trench with Cody (who's on the bottom), disguised as Chef Pee Pee. Bowser had just told "Chef Pee Pee" that he (Bowser) was planning on giving up Junior for adoption.
- In "Bowser Junior's Sickness", due to his flu, Junior's voice cracks the whole time.
- Early videos had young Logan's voice crack constantly.
- The Amazing World of Gumball:
- In "The Mustache", a muscled-up Gumball and Darwin's voices suddenly plummet while screaming at their normal high pitches.
- "The Kids" centers on Gumball and Darwin's suffering from extremely exaggerated voice breaking: Gumball calls Penny and her dad thinks he's some creep. He loses his voice when talking to her in person, making her dad think he's giving her the silent treatment. A store clerk thinks they're harassing him because they keep accidentally yelling. Their voices get so deep that a bus driver assumes they're adult dwarves trying to get kids fair and interrupts their Disney Acid Sequence.
- In an early episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the gang is bickering over who should be the leader. Sokka claims that he should, being the oldest, and Katara brushes him off, saying that it doesn't mean much, since his voice still cracks. His voice cracks, as he indignantly responds that it doesn't.
- In the Futurama episode "Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles" when the gang gets splashed by tar at the Youthanizer spa, the first sign that something is amiss is when Fry's voice starts to crack mid-sentence, it causes the elderly Professor Farsworth to become middle aged while the rest of the crew become teenagers.
- Grojband: In "Helmet", Corey's voice is cracking, so he wears the titular helmet to make his voice Auto-Tune-sounding instead.
- Hey Arnold!: The episode "Gerald's Tonsils"note deals with Gerald getting a tonsillectomy shortly before a spring choir concert. His voice becomes deeper and raspier following the operation and his singing voice is awful. After a pep talk from Harvey the Mailman (who went through the same experience when he was Gerald's age) Gerald learns how to properly sing with his new voice.
- In the first episode of King of the Hill while trying to tell Bobby he loves him no matter what he does Hank's voice cracks in a high pitched whinny, he says shortly afterwards "That was a hell of a weird sound, never made that before".
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- In the episode "Brotherhooves Social", Big Macintosh is in disguise as a mare named Orchard Blossom and most of the time when he's in that disguise, he affects a higher-pitched, feminine voice. Except for at the end of one song he sings with Apple Bloom where his voice drops back to his usual deep pitch at the very end by accident.
- Sweetie Belle was infamous for it, to the point of being fan-named 'Squeaky Belle'. When asked if it was intentional the actress confirmed that no, it was simply due to a thing called puberty and that her voice did that sometimes. As the seasons went on, Sweete Belle's voice matured to the point where it stopped cracking.
- An episode of Rocket Power revolves around Twister's voice cracking terribly. Twister doesn't understand why though, and his Big Brother Bully convinces him that he literally broke his voice. The ending also has Otto making fun of Twister's voice, only for his own voice to crack.
- The Simpsons: "Homer's Triple Bypass" has a flashback where Grandpa Simpson is in a church listening to Homer, as a young boy, singing in a church choir. Homer's voice then suddenly switches from a high-pitched voice to his normal one and his singing goes from sounding good to sounding terrible.
- Star Wars Rebels:
- Steven Universe:
- During the play in "Historical Friction", this happens a tad to Jamie while performing as Pearl.
- In "Message Received", as it becomes increasingly apparent that Yellow Diamond is Not So Stoic, she begins shouting to the point where her voice breaks.
- It could be a Running Gag with Peridot; for example, in "When It Rains", when Steven tells that she "cracked" (as in revealed her soft side), Peridot retorts that she hadn't "cracked"... as she says so, her voice does.
- Voice actor Jason Ritter recounted to the audience at a Gravity Falls Comic Con panel about the time he was a teenager and a girl he liked passed by while he was playing touch football. He wanted to impress her by shouting "Blitz!", but instead his voice cracked horribly. The fact that he's able to replicate "Puberty Squeaks" even now is partly what landed him his role as Dipper.
- While recording Finn's voice for Adventure Time Jeremy Shada was entering puberty and his voice cracked during a session. Shada was fearful that he was going to lose his job and would have to be replaced, but to his surprise Pendleton Ward found it funny and it became a recurring joke to have Finn's voice crack and allowed him to get older during the course of the show.