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.SOME- ahem, 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.
"... 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.
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.
The title character in W.S. Gilbert's 1866 poem "King Borria Bungalee Boo".
King Borria Bungalee Boo Was a man-eating African swell; His sigh was a hullabaloo, His whisper a horrible yell — A horrible, horrible yell!
The Guy Smiley character from Sesame Street has this problem. There is one skit where he's doing a news piece in the jungle and the guide is telling him to keep quiet so as not to scare the rare animals, and the third time he does it he says, "WELL THIS IS AS QUIET AS I CAN TALK!"
Strong Mad. Strong Bad lampshades this at one point in the SBEmail "The Facts" by asking him to keep it down, to which Strong Mad replies, "I CAN BE THE QUIETEST MOUSE. I LIVE IN THE QUIETEST HOUSE!". "No Volume Control" indeed!
Also Crack Stuntman. Oddly, the character he voices doesn't have that problem.
Caboose misses the point of an argument between Church and Wash in Red vs. Blue:
Church: Why didn't you tell me that it was taking technology from the Freelancers? Wash: Why didn't you tell me that Wyoming was on the ship? Caboose: And why didn't someone give me something to yell about?