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Recognizable By Sound
Two characters are separated from one another in different areas, but however, while they may be far away from each other, their voices can be heard from the distance between them. One character yells from far away, which the other character then hears, prompting him to say, "I know that sound!" After following the sound, both characters are reunited once again.

This is when a character recognizes his vocal tone of his closest friend. The result will prove victorious in the end afterwards.

Compare: Signature Sound Effect, Signature Roar

Compare/Contrast: Sound-Coded for Your Convenience


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, in the Virtual World arc, Noah plays Serenity's screams into the tunnel where the rest of the gang are. Joey instantly recognizes it.
  • In Shikkoku no Hana, Hei, brain-churned by a telepath snaps back when he hears Yin's voice. Awww...
  • Subverted in the Pokémon anime. Every individual pokemon, besides those that speak english, makes a noise either identical or near-identical to its name. However, even if they've already heard the pokemon speak, no one in that universe has any idea what the pokemon in question is unless they consult the Pokedex.

Comic Books
  • Averted in one Spirou and Fantasio story: Spirou, while lost in the jungle, overhears the very distinctive cry of the Marsupilami (despite being continents apart), but discovers it's an entirely different creature.
  • BIONICLE: In the Hordika arc, Toa Nuju speaks to his companion Kualus about his old friend Ehrye. Just then, he hears Ehrye's voice calling for help. Kualus warns him not to follow it, but Nuju doesn't care. Sure enough, the source of the voice turned out to be from an Oohnorak waiting in ambush, having read Nuju's mind and then started mimicking Ehyre's voice.

Film
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey:
    [Chance is heard barking from a distance]
    Hope: I know that bark! It is him!
  • Detective Eddie Valiant and Roger Rabbit are attempting to escape from the weasels by stealing the weasels' police van in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. A voice from the containment area of the van pleas for freedom: "Hey, you weasels, let me outta here!" Roger Rabbit recognizes the voice and replies, "Bennie, is that you?" The sarcastic response is, "No, it's Eleanor Roosevelt! C'mon, Roger, let me outta here!"

Literature
  • In the Redwall series, Hon Rosie has a very loud, distinctive laugh that the others always recognize her by. "Whoohahahahahoohah!"
  • Doc Savage: Doc sometimes gave off a eerie trilling sound. Several times his men heard the sound when they were in dire straits, letting them know that Doc was nearby.
  • In both the book and film versions of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, both Katniss and Finnick hear the sounds of their loved ones and run toward them. It turned out to be mockingjays, not their actual relatives, leading to their being trapped.

Live-Action TV
  • Invoked in the classic TV show This Is Your Life.
    Do you remember this voice?
  • Characters in Doctor Who have reacted to the sound of the TARDIS before, often running to meet The Doctor.
    • In "Closing Time", the sound of his baby crying keeps Craig from full cyber-conversion into a Cyberman.

Professional Wrestling
  • Regularly employed in WWE productions, where a wrestler's entrance music indicates he is on his way to the ring, often to the detriment of the wrestler already in the ring.
    Wrestler A: I throw out an open challenge to anyone backstage!
    SFX: The Undertaker's "Bong" chimes
    Wrestler A: Oh Crap...
  • One time during an Edge vs Matt Hardy feud, Hardy's entrance music played while Edge was in the ring, causing Edge to panic and the audience to erupt - but then Edge started laughing. Hardy wasn't there, it was just Edge trolling the audience.

Video Games
  • Pokémon: All the species have a unique cry.
  • Final Fantasy X-2 (and to a lesser extent X), Tidus' whistle. (Though in X, the one time it occurs, Tidus is reacting to Yuna whistling in a crowd, even though it was Tidus who taught her to do it.)
  • In Mega Man 3, Dr. Light recognized Proto Man's identity after he heard his whistle.
  • Team Fortress 2 has distinct voices for each of the 9 classes, further facilitated by their unique accents based on their country/state of origin (even though they are not accurate representations of real life accents). Voice commands here. Responses to specific situations here.

Western Animation
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, the blind Toph recognizes people from their voice or footstep pattern.
    Toph: I never forget a voice!
  • A running gag on Rocky and Bullwinkle is that Rocky would always recognize Boris' voice but still couldn't see through his disguises.
    Rocky: That voice. Where have I heard that voice?
    Bullwinkle: In about a hundred other episodes, but I don't know who it is either.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Regarding Margie", Marge has amnesia and doesn't recognize her family. The sound of Maggie sucking on her pacifier helps jog Marge's memory and recognize Maggie.
  • The Big-Lipped Alligator from Don Bluth's All Dogs Go to Heaven has Charlie Barkin between his jaws when Charlie howls in terror. The sound is so melodious to the alligator that he set Charlie free. Later in the story, the evil Carface has captured Charlie, and has caused Charlie to howl in pain. Miles away, the Big-Lipped Alligator hears this cry, and comes to Charlie's rescue in a Big Damn Heroes moment.
  • While sneaking around the mansion of Mad Scientist Doctor Greenthumb in the Josie And The Pussy Cats episode "A Greenthumb Is Not A Goldfinger," the three band members encounter a walking pile of leaves. They presume that this is one of the mad doctor's plant creatures, and attack it. While Josie and Valerie are pummeling the creature, it cries in pain from the blows. Melody recognizes the voice, and begins sobbing, "That sounds like Alexandra. The creature-plant must have eaten her!" Immediately, Josie and Valerie realize that Dumbass Has a Point, and it's revealed that the creature was Alexandra disguised as a creature plant.

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