SOME ACTORS AND CHARACTERS BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY TO TALK IS TO TALK LOUDLY. THEY DON'T RESTRICT YELLING TO WHEN THEY ARE ANGRY, UPSET OR AT THE BOTTOM OF A WELL CALLING FOR HELP — THEY SHOUT ALL THE TIME!
DIFFERS SLIGHTLY FROM CHEWING THE SCENERY IN THAT IT'S NOT THE ACTING THAT'S CRANKED UP TO MAXIMUM — JUST THE VOLUME.
Ahem. Sorry about that. As I was saying; some categories of television shows seem more prone to this type of acting than others:
- Programs going for dark and edgy, where the constant shouting is supposed to reinforce how permanently angry/edgy/completely bonkers the character is. Police procedurals in particular are prone to this.
- Children's programs with young actors who constantly shout at each other and EMPHASIZE every WORD they THINK is IMPORTANT! — the audio equivalent of Bold Inflation.
- Adult presenters on children's TV who assume their young Viewers Are Morons.
- The occasional infomercial, especially if it's by Billy Mays.
- Or someone else trying to be Billy Mays.
- Or the UK's equivalent, Barry Scott.
- BRIAN BLESSED! So loud he deserves his own category.
- He has his own category.
- He IS his own category.
- "... If they're not laughing, it's not comedy. Well either that, or you're just not SPEAKING LOUDLY ENOUGH!"
In extreme circumstances, a character will become so loud that the show can be watched only with the volume turned down, making it a problem when the quieter characters speak. In the worst case scenario, the character will become such a headache that the viewer might be put off watching. These are the shows that you can't have on in the background when you're talking to someone; you'll be drowned out.
Can be justified if the actor in question has had a stage career, where voice projection is critical, or if the show is being taped in front of an audience where people in the back row might otherwise have trouble hearing what's happening on stage. However, the fact that many shows with an audience manage to achieve an "indoor voice" suggest that the trope can be avoided.
- Caps Lock, effectively the written form of this.
- Cute but Cacophonic, when characters you wouldn't expect are this, hence it's often used in comedies.
- Gale-Force Sound, where the yelling is so loud, it actually causes strong winds.
- Large Ham, who probably lacks an indoor voice, but gets away with it by virtue of sheer charisma.
- Make Me Wanna Shout, where someone with No Indoor Voice uses volume as a weapon (or has to deal with people who take advantage of this).
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!, where, in addition to shouting, the person also adds an exclamation mark after each word.
- Screaming Warrior: A character who deliberately speaks this way in order to appear intimidating.
- Suddenly Shouting, which uses a deliberate contrast between normal volume and shouting FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT!
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- Sam Kinison was the epitome of this trope ALL THE F***ING TIME FOR NO REASON! AHHHHHH!
- Lewis Black only yells when he thinks something is mindbogglingly idiotic. So, every second PUNCHLINE.
- In Dane Cook's routine regarding the horrors of working the drive-thru at Burger King, he asks why some people feel the need to YELL at the speaker.
: WHOPPER! Dane
(on headset, recoiling in pain): Um, sir — Customer: WHOPPER, NO ONION! LARGE FRIES!!! Dane
: Look, I'm bleeding from the ears, Pacino!
Let's calm down!
- Gilbert Gottfried. Oddly enough, when he was 25 in his SNL years, he was quite soft spoken.
- Bobcat Goldthwait in his early stand-up days. Not so much nowadays.
- Mr. Goldthwait has an impressive trick: He somehow gets all the excitement of yelling into his voice without actually increasing the volume much.
- In an intentionally comedic example, this was the entire joke of the minor character Loud Howard from the Dilbert comic. For the TV series, he was combined with fellow minor character "Nervous Ted" and made into a supporting cast member. The character was constantly shouting about trivial and sometimes bizarre worries as if they were significant.
- This is the gimmick behind the Peanuts character Charlotte Braun.
- Bullhorn in Spot The Frog has a nearly deaf girlfriend for this reason.
FILMS — ANIMATION!!!
WILL YOU ALL SHUT UP ALREADY!?!