A comic follow-up to a Groin Attack
, this is when a male character whose gonads have suffered injury cries out or speaks in a much higher frequency than his voice usually displays. Most often it's just a brief squeak of anguish, surprisingly high-pitched; in more extreme cases, he may talk, whine or even sing in falsetto for a time, or have his voice dubbed temporarily by an actress.
Less slapstick-oriented works sometimes reference this phenomenon, as when a Deadpan Snarker
taunts a male with a high-pitched voice about his Vocal Dissonance
, or The Snark Knight
a Groin Attack
and muses how close he came to playing this trope straight.
While shrill yelps at the initial injury may be justified
, prolonged high-pitched speech is a misconception, based on the false notion that eunuchs' voices are always high-pitched. In actuality, while boys whose testes are lost before puberty will retain a high vocal range into adulthood, a grown man whose voice already changed in adolescence can't lose his masculine tone of speech due to testicular injury: his larynx (voicebox) has already grown to a larger size that produces deep sounds, and lack of testosterone won't make it shrink. Castration is not retroactive.
Subtrope of Vocal Dissonance
. Works that overplay it follow it up with Share the Male Pain
. Helium Speech
is a non-painful variant.
Not related to The Sopranos
, unless the mob is fighting really
Films — Animated
- An animated commercial for Duluth Trading Company's Ballroom jeans shows a large man squatting in a competitor's brand, and singing soprano while doing so.
- A Lee jeans commercial from the early 90s had a singing man who recently emerged from the shower go from a deep bass to a high soprano the minute he zipped up his tight-fitting jeans.
Films — Live-Action
- In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, four guards let out a high-pitched squeal after receiving a simultaneous crotch kick from a guy in stilts.
- In Cold Copper Tears, Garrett refers to members of a nihilistic cult as "sopranos" after finding out that they're all ritually castrated.
- Happens several times in The Dresden Files:
- In Dead Beat, Will returns Harry's pistol to him, having carried it tucked into his pants. Harry remarks that this is a good way to invoke this trope on oneself.
- In the short story "Heorot", Harry hits the grendelkin in the fire extinguisher while they're fighting. Although his opponent's post-injury voice doesn't sound particularly high-pitched by human standards, the huge creature's bottomless-well-deep speech does rise by a couple of octaves, to something more typical of humans than of giants.
- Harry himself gets subjected to a Groin Attack, and subsequent involuntary Mickey Mouse impression, in Cold Days.
- The Discworld Fools' Guild Diary mentions an incident in which King Harold the Rampant neglected to comply with his jester's suggestion that he adjust his chain mail. This negligence, together with the very good aim of a Pseudopolitan archer, is why the Battle of the Field of Cloth and Ants ended on such a remarkably-high note.
- In Sourcery, the slaver captain asks Rincewind if he can sing before revealing his intent to sell him as a eunuch.
- In The California Voodoo Game, one character glares at another with such hatred that, if looks could cut, the other would've been eligible for First Soprano in the Vienna Boys Choir.
- The Gorillaz autobiography Rise of the Ogre discusses the filming of Clint Eastwood, which had a zombie grabbing Murdoc in the balls. According to Murdoc, it really hurt and he was "singing falsetto for weeks".
- The Paul and Storm song "Why, Baby, Why?" is a falsetto doo-wop in which it turns out that the woman he's singing to has just done this to him.
- John Barrowman while singing Anything You Can Do, as seen here.
- Richard Harris's version of "MacArthur Park" does this on the last note, which is sung by a female backup vocalist.
- Woody Allen once claimed that he was punched by a criminal:
"He snapped his knee up, quickly, and I refused to give him the satisfaction of doubling over, but I did one of the greatest imitations of Lily Pons, you've ever heard. I hit an M over high C..."
- In one of the Gromtooth trap books, this trope is cited in the name of the so-called "Soprano Chest", which has a heavy lid and a board sticking out at the bottom front, designed such that when the chest it opened, the whole thing tips over backwards, sending the board up between a character's legs.
- In the second Bottom Live tour, Richie (Rik Mayall) and Eddie (Ade Edmonson) are fighting, when Rik accidentally punches Ade in the nads. Out of character, Rik apologises to Ade, who speaks a couple octaves higher to complete the effect.
- Schlock Mercenary: Dr. Bunnigus threatens one of the grunts with this after word gets out that she used to be an exotic dancer.
I saw the news. . . Izzit true you used to be an exotic dancer? Bunni: (sigh)
Yes, It's true. (Beat Panel.) Nick:
How would you like to be able to count to ten as a soprano, Corporal?
- Batman: The Animated Series: At the time, a Groin Attack could be included in the show with careful positioning. To indicate to the viewer that it actually had happened, note the Joker's noticeably higher voice after.
- Stan from American Dad! went through this after stepping on a rake, hitting him in the groin causing his testicles to retract.
- In the intro to the Kim Possible movie So the Drama, Ron faces a Sumo Ninja, who speaks with a deep voice. After Kim beats him, Ron gives him a wedgie. At the end of the movie, the Sumo Ninja comes back, looking for vengeance... only now, he speaks with a high squeaky voice.
- Lando Calrissian has this after being on the receiving end of a Groin Attack (delivered via fist) from Hera Syndulla, thanks to his using her as bait in a Batman Gambit.