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Saying Sound Effects Outloud

A character will perform an action and say the onomatopoeia for that action while doing so, or alternately say the onomatopoeia in place of said action. A common Verbal Tic.

Often done to make a character seem cuter. Can sometimes make said character annoying. Also sometimes used sarcastically, especially with sound effects like "yawn" or "clap".

There are many words that are commonly used this way. For example:

See Unsound Effect for the reverse trope, and Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud for a related one.

Examples:

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Japanese has many common words as well as some for actions that don't make sound.

  • jii/jiin (the sound effect for staring)
  • pita (the sound effect for stopping walking)
  • (the sound effect for shock)
  • small cute girls may sometimes say "niko-niko" (grinning) when they smile, or the alternate "nipa"
  • shii—n (the "sound" of silence)
  • pachi pachi (clapping)
  • kaa (sunshine, blushing)

  • Cromartie High School: Waroom! Waroooom-waroooom! Bapbapbapbapbapbapbapbap-chika! Wroooom!!! Bapbapbapbapbap Warooom!!! Bapbapbapbapbapbap. Uing-uing-uing Pachu!!! Che-kyuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
  • Konata of Lucky Star does this all the time.
    • And in the OVA, Patty gets annoyed (more like in despair) that Minami's dog's paw pads don't go "puni puni".
    • Akira also gets in on it, whether she's being cutesy (episode 2) or not (episode 21).
    • Konata may enjoy doing this, but it would seem she doesn't always appreciate when people reciprocate. In one episode, Kagami lends Konata a book, trying to spark her interest in something other than manga. She then proceeds to watch Konata as she reads, all the while going "Staaaarrrrrrrreeeeeee." in the English dub, and "Jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" in the original Japanese.
  • The Hamsters from Hamtaro say "Hiff Hiff" when sniffing something and "Badabadabada" when running.
    • They have a lot more sound effects than that. Pretty much every sound effect is said out loud.
  • One of the easiest ways to tell when Tsunetsuki has entered the scene, assuming you don't see her peeking out of somewhere, is if you hear a low and constant "jiiiii" sound, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for staring (as mentioned above).
    • Permeates Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei. The voices that do it don't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the characters (it's not like a character is actually saying them), and they seem rather bored with it all.
  • In an episode of One Piece, Kaku narrated his own incredulous Jaw Drop. The appropriate Japanese sound effect is something like "gabiin".
    • Also the security camera snails of Enies Lobby, staring with 'jii—'.
  • During the trip to Okinawa, Tomo says "Boom, boom!" ("Clap, clap!" in the sub; "Ban, ban!" in the original) in front the main hall of Shurijo Castle as a show of appreciation.
    • In "Pool, Pool, Pool!", when teasing Yomi about being (supposedly) fat, she says "'Jiggle jiggle!' Hey, you made a jiggling noise!"
    • It doesn't come across in the dub, but in the sub, when Tomo smells sataa andagi, she says "Sniff, sniff, sniff" etc.; the original Japanese has her saying "Kun, kun, kun, kun" etc..
  • Fai from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle does this often - he can't whistle, so he just says "Hyuu" all the time. It annoys the heck out of Kurogane. Ironically, he can actually whistle.
  • Rika Furude from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni says "pachi pachi", which is Japanese for "clap clap". She does something similar when talking about kitties. However, her most famous demonstration of this trope is her Catch Phrase "Nii-pah~!"
  • Death Note L does this once in the anime, and also in the first live action movie. He's making a point with it, though.
  • .hack Sora does this whenever he does something dramatic, like jumping off a tall structure ("Boing!"). Whether he's doing this to whittle down people's nerves or if he's just being the 12-year-old boy that he is is unclear.
  • In episode 13 of Axis Powers Hetalia, Russia punctuates his staring at Japan by cheerfully intoning "Jiii!". Three times in a row. Also, Italy is fond of waving white flags and saying, "pata pata pata pata!" which is a flapping noise, as well as squishing kitties' paws and going, "puni puni puni puni," which is a squishy noise.
    • In the English dub, France smacks Austria on the head repeatedly while saying "smack smack smack smack."
  • Honey does this in the first episode of Ouran High School Host Club. "Poke poke?"
  • In one of Slayers Evolution-Rs filler episodes, Pokota gets a dramatic "death scene" after being run over by a cart. His last words: "My casting was... too late. Gurk." The fact that he pronounces the last word as "gaaku" only makes it better.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, whenever someone (usually Hayate himself) says or does something awkward, sometimes everyone else in the room will stare unimpressed, complete with vocalised 'jiin' Unsound Effect.
  • A few times in Rosario + Vampire, Mizore will say 'jiii' when staring at Tsukune from one of her many hiding places (or in plain view of everyone, like when she joins the core True Companions). Amusingly, her mother does the same thing in her introduction.
  • Kururu of Keroro Gunsou says "Pochi!" (meaning *push*) whenever he presses a button.
  • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tsuruya says "nyoro", which is one of the Japanese words for "tilde" or "~". In informal written Japanese the tilde can be used as an extension of a syllable, giving it a drawn out, sing-song or playful pronunciation. This Verbal Tic of hers reached memetic status and even spawned a spinoff, Nyoron Churuya San.
  • Done a lot in Excel♥Saga. It is pretty common to see characters shouting "Gasp!" or "Shocked!".
  • Since Ikaros from Heaven's Lost Property was short-changed in the emotional department, it's very difficult to smile. When Tomoki tries to teach her how to do so, she says 'Niyabi' with a perfectly straight face. Hilarity ensues.
  • An episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo has Shino, Aria, and Suzu do this simultaneously to Tsuda as he tries to write an essay for the school paper. He is understandably annoyed.
  • Kotetsu Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny has no shame in speaking in onomatopoeia on public radio. And he's a single father in his thirties.
    Kotetsu: ... And I went flying, like WHOOSH!, and then I was all BOOM and BANG!
  • To emphasize his quirky manga genius ways, Eiji Niizuma of Bakuman。 does this while working.
  • In Hidamari Sketch x SP episode 2, somebody is saying several of the sound effects.
  • Raika in Papa no Iukoto o Kikinasai! says 'Jii' from time to time. The first time she does it in front of Sora, the girl laughs and calls her on it.
  • Vinegar Doppio in Jojos Bizarre Adventure usually uses a cell phone to talk to his boss. When it breaks, however, he goes a bit nuts, using anything in the vicinity and saying the "BRING RING RING RING RING" part himself. Vinegar is a Split Personality of Diavolo, his supposed "boss", and the cell phone/random object is how the personalities communicate. It's even his win quote in All-Star Battle.

    Comic Books 
  • It's been a pretty common practice almost since comic books began that the action be accompanied by sound effects ("POW!" "KA-BLAM!" "KRAK!" "WHAP!", etc.) that will appear in huge letters right in the midst of the panel, as if they were physically present. In parodies, the characters will often lampshade their presence.
  • In The DCU there's a particularly creepy gun-toting villain named Onomatopoeia who actually speaks in nothing but those noises, aside from saying his own name once. Obviously, the last word you would ever want to hear coming from his mouth is "Blam," as some of his victims found out the hard way. Probably the only time this trope is used dead seriously. And he does this no matter the situation; even after using the bathroom, he says "Flussssh."
  • The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle does this sometimes. Notable in a story from a DC holiday special about a family of crooks where the first crook is punched out by Dan Garrett (the first Blue Beetle) and the second punched out by Ted Kord, each with the appropriate comic book sound effect. When it gets to Jaime Reyes (the third Blue Beetle) and he punches out his crook, he actually says the sound effect.
  • Hellboy does this in the comics from time to time, usually when he gets a bit too carried away beating up some monster.
  • Deadpool loves doing this.
    Deadpool: Patoom! Spaflunk! Shafwingg! Fwoosh! Thwump! Hmph. I was saying my sound effects out loud, wasn't I? Sfachangg! Okay. Stop that.
  • The usual sound effect for Jubilee's fireworks was "Paf." There was one occasion when she cast some of them to provide light in a dark area, saying, "Let me 'Paf' some light on the subject!"
    • Similarly, Deadpool once tried goading Wolverine into a fight by saying "Snikt me!" Snikt being the usual sound effect for Logan extending his claws. Ironically, the issue in question occurred during a period Logan did not have his adamantium skeleton, and the correct sound effect would have been "shlikt" instead. Somehow Meta Guy Deadpool didn't take that into consideration.
  • In Transformers: More That Meets The Eye #7, this is parodied... especially funny since the medium is a comic.
    Misfire: See that guy over there with the scowl and the head wound? Don't be fooled, Crankcase is actually the most cheerful person you'll ever meet. The thing is, if he smiles his precarious cranial architecture will collapse and he'll die. He's the only Decepticon who can be killed by a single punchline.
    Fulcrum: Really?!
    Misfire: No, not really... You're just miserable, aren't you Crankcase?
    Crankcase: BAH!
    Fulcrum: Did he just say-?
    Misfire: I know. You've seen it written down but never heard it said out loud, right?
    • In the same comic, it's a Running Gag that Chromedome can't make the "pfft" dismissive sound effect since he has a mouthplate.

    Film 
  • The Producers: Leo Bloom says "cough" out loud in one scene.
  • The titular character from The Mask does this.
  • In Daredevil Foggy Nelson says "swoosh" to try to convince Matt that he'd actually made a basket in Wastebasket Ball.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Skadoosh.
  • Batman Returns:
    Max Shreck: "Does it really matter who's mayor?"
    Bruce Wayne: "It does to me."
    Max Shreck: "Yawn."
    • This is also played with in the movie's comic adaptation, where the balloon over Max's head says "Yawn"...but the word has six lines arranged around it to let you know that Max is yawning rather than literally saying it.
  • Danny in Hot Fuzz yells out "Bang! Bang!" to accentuate his gun firing.
  • In The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, after Sigerson berates Jenny for getting hysterical and thinking everyone is out to get her, she merely states the word "scream" over and over when she notices two suspicious-looking gentlemen.
  • An example of "Yawn" in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie:
    Mr. Krabs: "You've got to keep a sharp eye out for paying customers!"
    Squidward: "Yawn."
  • In the 2011 The Muppets movie, the villain of the piece never actually laughs maniacally. He instead says "Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh." in a rather flat sinister tone. Like pretty much everything else in the movie, this gets a lampshade hung on it at some point.
  • In FFVII: Advent Children Complete, during the extended highway chase, when Reno and Rude have their Big Damn Gunship moment, Loz decides to fight back, by lifting his motorcycle and mounting one foot on his buddy's so that his front-facing machine guns are in the air, and starts whaling on the attacking chopper, all while shouting: "Ba- Bang! Babababababang Bang BANG!"
  • Cars: Lightning McQueen's Catch Phrase "Kachow!"
  • In Heat, Hanna's partner Det. Bosko uses, "Bang, bang, bang-bang-bang," at the scene of the armored car robbery to describe the death of the second guard (the one Neil shoots with an automatic rifle as he's trying to draw his service weapon).
  • In Airplane II: The Sequel, the Moon base has automatic doors that make a Star Trek style whooshing sound when they open. However, unlike in Star Trek, they don't open or close on physical proximity, but when the person leans into the door's microphone pickup and makes the same "shh" sound.
  • The first thing the protagonist does in Laserblast upon finding the laser gun is waltz around with it while imitating gunfire noises. All of this is openly mocked int the Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation.
    Crow: Wait until he finds out it doesn't go "pow", but instead "SVWISSH"!

    Literature 
  • Gaspode the talking dog from Discworld says "bark," "whine", "woof", and "growl" instead of actually doing so.
    It could have been worse, squire. I could have said "meow".
  • A variation is found in The Phantom Tollbooth. Milo wants to get into the Soundkeeper's fortress. Since sound doesn't exist in the Valley of Sound at the moment, he must write "knock knock" on a slip of paper and tuck it under the door. Of course, since sound DOES exist within the fortress, the Soundkeeper would've heard it even if he didn't, but it's still a cute gag.
  • One of the short mysteries in the Clue book series opens with Professor Plum doing this while tinkering about with what he thinks is his intelligence multiplier (it's not, actually).
  • In a flashback from Ghost Story, teenage Harry uses "Ka-bang!" as the verbal invocation of a force-effect spell that lets him simulate firing a gun. Lampshaded by adult Harry, who admits his choice of verbal spell-components had been even lamer when he was that age.

    Live Action TV 
  • Happy Endings Season 3, Episode 14 opens with Brad asking the gang who wants to see pics of him at his job at Chuckles&Hugs. Penny, Alex and Dave all say 'groan' and Max says 'farting noise.' Then,
    Brad: C'mon what kind of monster doesn't want to see a pic of me, a chubby Korean kid and a state of the art Bubble Bot 9000 bubble machine?
    Penny,Dave,Max: Me.
    Alex: Farting noise.
  • In Living Color!: "Oh my, we seem to be fresh out of business cards. Hold on... lemme check..."
    *Searches pockets for 3 seconds*
    BAM!!!!!! *Business card in the face*
  • Murdock does this all the time on The A-Team.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    Xander: Have you seen Ampata?
    Willow: *makes indistinct movement while wearing thick fur coat*
    Xander: What was that?
    Willow: I shrugged.
    Xander: Next time you should probably say "shrug". *leaves*
    Willow: "Sigh."
    • Willow does this quite a bit. In the next episode she said "gulp" and in the one after that, it was "grr"
    • Xander, upon seeing the insane contraption of a tower that will claim Buffy's life: "Shpedoinkle!"
    • Xander, brushed off by a distracted Buffy when he tries asking her out, stands there and lets out a long descending whistle and a crash noise, mimicking the sound of Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff.
  • Angel Investigations is being secretly bugged by supernatural law firm Wolfram & Hart. One of their minions is transcribing the surveillance recordings.
    Gavin: "Keee-yi-ha ow. Someone doing an incantation?"
    Transcriber: "No. Angel started training the female in martial arts. I think she got in a lucky punch."
  • One bit on Late Night With Conan O'Brien on the Academy Awards nominations showed a clip from Spider-Man (which was up for Best Sound Effects Editing) with all the sounds clearly being vocalized by some guy, ending with him actually saying "Grab!" as Spidey grabs Mary Jane.
    • Another "Late Night" bit had a fake Geraldo Rivera on the TV where the picture is real but the lips are moved by someone else. "Geraldo" is trying to look like a hero in the middle of a warzone in Afghanistan, and Conan is skeptical as he can't see any fighting. "Geraldo" starts to make noises like "kaboom" and "ratatat" to try to convince Conan, but Conan points out he is making those noises with his mouth. "Geraldo" replies "well... they have very primitive technology here, Conan."
  • Say no more, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
    • Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce.
  • Invoked on Whose Line Is It Anyway? with the game Sound Effects, which takes one of two forms. In the first, one performer reacts to sound effects made by another who stands off-stage with a microphone, and the quality varies (in the US version, there's a Running Gag of Ryan Styles' "squeaky squeaky" sound for bicycle tires). In the second, two audience members provide the sounds for the performers, and this is always played for So Bad, It's Good, as the audience members are nervous and giggly and do a poor but hilarious job.
  • Power Rangers S.P.D. episode 11 featured the Rangers yelling "Battle Cry!" as they piloted their Megazord into battle.
  • PUMPKIN NOISES!
  • The Muppet Show: Trudge trudge
  • Repeatedly on 30 Rock. 'Gasp', 'Sigh', even with non-sounds, like 'Twist!' Perhaps the most amusing one is Judge Dredd: "Gavel gavel gavel! I lost my gavel over the weekend, but it doesn't mean you can talk to me like that."
    • Taken to a new level when a flashback shows young Tracy wearing a Chewbacca costume (made out of used hair extensions) shouting "Perfectly Executed Chewbacca Sound!"
  • The Vampire Diaries has Damon taunting his brother Stefan about why he has returned to their hometown.
    Damon: "That's for me to know, and you to dot dot dot."
  • A second season episode of The Good Wife has the Florricks attending an event on which an incomprehensible poem is performed. More than half of the words of the poem demonstrate this trope.
  • A regular feature of the Wayne's World sketches from Saturday Night Live was Wayne and Garth providing the “diddly-doop, diddly-doop” sound effects for a Dream Sequence.
    • And who can forget the famous "Schwiing" that Mike Myers described as the sound of a sword being drawn from its scabbord.
  • On at least two occasions, the device that makes the Big Wheel beep on The Price Is Right has malfunctioned. As a result, Bob had the audience shout "beep beep beep" as it spun.
  • An ad for the Food Network show The Secret Life Of... had host Jim O'Connor referring to his show as "The Secret Life Of Dot Dot Dot."
  • The X-Files had a few bleeped-out instances of swearing in Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" that, because of the Rashomon style, were done as this trope
    Detective Manners: Well that's a dead bleepin' alien if I ever bleepin' saw one.
  • When The WB show Zoe Duncan Jack and Jane was renamed Zoe... it was referred to in commercials and whatnot as "Zoe dot dot dot."
  • In one of the many Red Dwarf episodes where the ship is threatening to explode, Cat enters the room where Rimmer and Lister are talking to Holly. Referring to the Red Alert sirens audible in the background, he says:
    "Hey guys, I think they're playing our tune, the Ahwooga Waltz! Anyone care to join me in a quickstep?"
    • In an earlier episode, the siren breaks, forcing Holly to say "Awooga, awooga, abandon ship!"
  • In Jim Henson's The Tale Of The Bunny Picnic, the dog — who is the main villain — had a habit of doing this.
  • Played with on the episode of Under the Umbrella Tree in which the kids have to go to the doctor for their shots. Iggy goes last, and he is so scared that he asks permission to take along his headphones and favorite cassette of rap music to calm him. Gloria, Jacob and Holly are waiting when they suddenly hear a wild "OW, WOW!" sound and become frightened because they think Iggy is in pain - but then both Iggy and the doctor emerge from the office busting some hip-hop moves, and it turns out that "OW, WOW!" is one of the rap lyrics.
  • Babylon 5: The first season had a minor Running Gag with Ivanova describing explosions with "Boom!"
    Ivanova: No Boom today, Boom tomorrow. There's always a Boom tomorrow.
    Sinclair and Garibaldi wordlessly walk away
    Ivanova: What? Someone around here's gotta have some damn perspective. Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!
  • "Awww, snap!"
  • In the Frasier episode "Ham Radio", Daphne has the job of doing this during the rehersal for Frasier's radio play, since the actual sound effects aren't available yet. She amuses herself by saying sound effects that aren't in the script; when the Man of a Thousand Voices storms out due to Frasier's micromanagement she says "Sound of door slamming", and when Frasier calls Niles to replace him, without saying that he'll be playing six characters, she says "Sound of ominous organ music indicating trouble ahead".
  • During the second half of the two-part Batman episode "The Minstrel's Shakedown" / "Barbequed Batman?", the Minstrel's moll, a Neutral Female like always, is watching Batman and Robin beat down their gang, and begins lampshading the multicolored "sound-effects" cards.
    Moll: POW! BAM! Look at the Dynamic Duo! [pause] Do you really think they'll win, Minstrel?

    Music 
  • Frank Zappa's album Waka Jawaka is named after a popular guitar riff in rock music at that time.
  • Jack Black frequently "sings" guitar licks to fill out bridges in some Tenacious D songs ("Tribute" being only one example).
  • The Who originally wanted to have a cello section in their song "A Quick One While He's Away..." Unfortunately they didn't have the budget to actually get a cellist so, when the appropriate section of the song came up, the band just sang the word "cello" to the tune of the music.
  • In "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana", the first bridge (after the chorus) is punctuated with "burp" and "boing".
  • FEUER FREI! BANG BANG!!!
  • Aaaah, wham, bam, thank you, ma'am!
  • Josh Turner sings "Ssssssss... bang." at the end of "Firecracker".
  • Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram's cover of Paper Planes, changes the chorus to the sung: "All I wanna do is bang bang bang bang, ka-ching, and take your money."
  • Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Comic Strip". SHEBAM! POW! BLOP! WIZZ!
  • "Bang, bang, bang, I'm breakin' in..."'
  • "Bidi bidi bom bom" - this is what your heart sounds like in Spanish.
  • The Pixies' "Bam Thwok".

    Newspaper comics 
  • Beetle Bailey sometimes has the soldiers yelling shooting sound effects in simulated combat.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Scientific progress goes "boink?"
    • It's Stupendous Man! KAPWINGGG!
  • Played with in a Garfield strip in which Garfield pranks Jon by hiding in the bushes, jumping out to ring the doorbell, jumping back into hiding when Jon opens the door, and then repeating the process when Jon slams the door. Jon catches Garfield by shouting "SLAM!" to draw him out of hiding - as if the door literally makes the "SLAM" sound in the Garfield universe.
  • The Far Side: in one strip, two kangaroos were hopping next to each other and one of them chided the other for saying "boing, boing" out loud.
    Professional wrestling 
  • While on commentary at GCW Adults F-N Only, Delirious wouldn't just sing along with the crowd chants and songs, he'd also 'sing' along to the clapping they did.
    Radio 
  • Tony Blair in Dead Ringers, especially the radio version.
  • Bluebottle from The Goon Show often reads his sound effects aloud, along with his stage directions.

    Stand-Up comedy 
  • During one of his monologues on the I Started Out As a Child comedy album from The Sixties, Bill Cosby renders the sound of North Korean snipers taking out American army medics as a comically high-pitched "Patoom-patoom-patoom!"
  • Bill Hicks did a lot of these. His Chirping Crickets in particular were eerily lifelike.

    Theatre 
  • In the musical The Frogs, there is the Travel Song, which has the chorus narrating...how Dionysos and Xanthias walk and what they do and what they encounter. So the song has phrases like: "Walk walk trudge trudge slog slog travel travel" and "Pant pant puff puff drip drip dawdle dawdle" and my personal favorite, "Kvetch."
  • In the musical Into the Woods, when the Witch describes what a giant can do to an ordinary human, she says "Boom! Crunch." at the same time as the orchestra does actual sound effects for her.

    Video Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka!
  • Team Fortress 2: The Scout says "Boink!" and "Bonk!", subject to many a Memetic Mutation.
  • Lyle from Animal Crossing does this a lot. Bang.
  • Half-Life 2 has a sound mod, were pretty much every sound effect is replaced by the creators voice, and yes you can use it for Garrysmod. Video here
  • Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 4: Bang! Bang! Points his finger at the helicopters and puts a S.O.P. lock on them!
  • No More Heroes sequel Desperate Struggle has Dr. Letz Shake who has such things as "SHOCKED GASP" and "DERISIVE LAUGHTER."
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, when Kirby uses ROB's Eye Beams, he makes a cute "Beep!" sound.
  • Taokaka of BlazBlue uses this on occasion ("* slurp* "), but averted it at the worst possible time: the voice actor was captioned as saying "nom nom nom", but chose to make an eating sound instead. Bang Shishigami, being more, well, Japanese, does it with the Unsound Effect ("* glare* ") in addition to playing it straight ("* thud* ". Yes, he says "thud" when he loses in Story Mode.).
  • The original Command & Conquer had a Dummied Out "PEW PEW PEW" sound pack.
  • In Endless Frontier, one of Aschen's quotes is "Shiiiiiiiiiin...". which is the Japanese sound effect for (silence).
  • In The King of Fighters series, when using up one of his power-up stocks, Shingo will shout "Shakiiin!", which is the sound of something sparkling.
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations, Kay encourages Edgeworth to do his "schwing!" thing in reference to his Logic power (which goes schwing).
  • In Mega Man Battle Network 4, a villain does this on ACCIDENT due to the "Blind Idiot" Translation. While actions had previously been denoted with * asterisks* , as such, the Big Bad narmfully yells "GRIN!"
  • In Iji, Asha tends to make these after you get the Scrambler.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, your character imitates certain ranged weapons while firing them, leading to combat messages like "You point at your enemy and say 'Pew pew pew!' Then you remember you have an actual gun, so you just shoot them."
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, in her introductory chapter Flonne provides her own sound effects... while sneaking around Laharl's castle. "Woosh! Nin nin nin nin..."
  • As with the television Buffy examples, the video game has Buffy, exasperated with the Scooby Gang's none-too-subtle hints that they'd like to go to the Bronze, actually say aloud, "Audible sigh..."
  • In Gears of War, the aptly named Boomer enemies will say 'BOOM!' in a deep, menacing voice before firing their grenade launchers at the player. In the sequels, different variants of Boomers appear (Grinders, Maulers, and several more) that will say the sound effects of their weapons before they attack ('GRIND!', 'CRUSH!').
    • Which is then parodied in at least one song, as the singer yells "CALL ATTACK!"
  • Final Fantasy IV (the US Final Fantasy 2 release) had Rydia scream "Screeeam!" at one point.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Deadpool again. "Bang! Bang Bang Bang! Bang Bang Bang Bang!"
  • One or more of the web-spinners in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will exclaim "BOP!" in the middle of combat.
  • The "Zzt!" sound of laying down power lines in SimCity 2000 was a placeholder recorded by series creator Will Wright. The developers liked it so much that they left it in.
  • An unusual variation in Enchanted Scepters. The narration "A huge tidal wave roars from the south" is accompanied by the sound of an animal roaring, followed by a splash.
  • In Wind Waker, Salvatore tries to increase the immersion of his battleship minigame by producing the sound effects himself: "Spliiish. Spliiish. Ka-boooom!" The Japanese version had a different voice actor, but the principle is the same.
  • Some of the defective turrets in Portal 2 are aware of their inability to fire bullets, and decide that they'd have better luck trying to pass their inspection in a different way:
    Turret: Uh... Blam! Blam blam blam! I'm not defective!
  • A skull cut from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary would have replaced the sound effects with 343 Industries employees saying them out loud.
  • The best weapon in Dead Space 2 is a foam finger known as the Hand Cannon. When you fire the primary attack, Isaac says "BANG! BANG!" When you fire the secondary attack, Isaac says "PEWPEWPEW!" It is exactly as hilarious as you are imagining. It can pop limbs off in just one hit, has unlimited range, and never runs out of ammunition (its only con is its lack of an aiming reticule). In Dead Space 3, you get the Devil Horns. They do the same thing but have only near unlimited ammo, so when you reload Isaac rocks out on an invisible guitar.
  • In Toonstruck, if you talk to Bricabrac after getting the outline of your overarching quest:
    Drew: Hi, Bricabrac.
    Bricabrac: Who is this... Bricabrac? The name sounds familiar, but, for the life of me, I can't seem to place the face.
    Drew: He's you.
    Bricabrac: Who's who?
    Flux: You are Bricabrac.
    Bricabrac: Yes, of course I'm Bricabrac — uh-oh, did you two sillies forget who I was?
    Flux: Groan.
    Drew: Heavy sigh.
  • Some Mooks in River City Ransom do this when you beat them.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening has this with Inigo and Owain's C Support.
    Inigo: Sigh.
    Owain: Okay, just stop. You're not even sighing. You're just saying the word "sigh".

    Web Comics 
  • In 8-Bit Theater, it's a Running Gag of Red Mage to shout "Dun dun dun!" whenever something dramatic is said. Thorougly lampshaded by Black Mage calling him out on it everytime he does it.
  • Done in Books Don't Work Here notably in this one
  • Subverted or, um, something in Homestuck with Terezi's "PCHOOOOO". John thought she "was just making a little rocket noise or something", but it turns out it's actually the code for the rocket pack.
    • Later played straight with Gamzee: he both inserts honks in his chat and speech, and later, after going into a Slasher Killer mode, was the first confirmation of characters using their typing quirks in speech, speaking lines either quietly or shouting.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Done for no other reason than a subversion of a normal sound effect in "The Storm Breaker Saga".
    Undead Osric: (off panel, falling down a chasm) My master has seen through my eyes! He knows what you are up to! My master is on his way to destroy the book and steal your souls! Hahahhhha! Splat!
    Torg: Wow, this chasm isn't half as deep as I thought!
    Zoë: Torg, he didn't land yet, he just said the word "splat".
    Osric: Clever girl! Yup, still falling.
    • Torg's saying "Bad-guy alert!", though not exactly meant as a sound effect, is mistaken for an actual alarm by another character.
    • This strip during the "2007 Super Special": All Bun-bun has is a butter knife instead of his switchblade, so they have to enact his violent acts verbally.
    • In "Paradise": Someone pretending to be a machine recording says "crackle, static" when found out.
    • Do you know what a Swedish lightsabre sounds like?
  • Inverted in this episode of Mountain Time when a guy mistakes the intro to a knock-knock joke for an actual knock on the door.
  • The easily amused Larxene made her own sound effects during the invasion of FOX in Ansem Retort. Ansem called her out on it...and then for making one up.
    Larxene: Ching-battle!
    Ansem: Okay, that's so not a sound effect.
  • Eddie does it in this strip of Emergency Exit.
    Delaine: DON'T CORRECT ME ON MY GODDAMN— (shlunk)
    Both: looking down) "Shlunk"?
    Kyran: (holds up stabbed hand)'' Whoopsies.
  • Skull attempting to eavesdrop on phone conversations.
    Brent: Skull, hang up the phone!
    Skull: Click!
    Brent: ... Did you just say 'click'?"
    Skull: Dial-toooooone.
  • Dinosaur Comics did this in one strip with Rex trying to say a "?". He simply says questionmark extremely quickly. After being told that this is incredibly lame, he tries to say "$", and succeeds. Appearently "$" sounds like a dog vomiting.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, The Alt Text suggests that this is why there are six blams and five pings when the raptor-riding mexican bandits attack.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    Xykon: Gosh, minions, don't let any of those big scary adventurers touch my poor little gate, located to my left with significantly less guards than the rest of the room. Just a touch would destroy it. Wink, wink.
    Redcloak: Sir, I hardly think that is going to accomplish anything.
    Xykon: You'd be surprised.
    Redcloak: Sir, you actually said the words, "wink, wink." I mean—
  • Starslip: Onamotapyewpyew.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court has a robot saying "whistle".
  • Used in both Eerie Cuties (by Brooke) and Ménage à 3 (by Zii), both series written by the same team.
  • Happens on this page of Think Before You Think.
  • From Hijinks Ensue: "Audible gasp!"
  • Done in this this goats when Phillip "slams" a futuristic automatic sliding door
  • In Educomix, this is how the language of Finnish is portrayed.
  • In this Skin Horse, Mustachio used the phrase "Startled track-skip!" as an exclamation.
    • Mustachio is a steampunk robot who's mind is stored on wax drums similar to very early phonograph records, by the way

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Super Bwoing of the Super6 - "ZIP, ZAM, ZOWIE and SWOOOSH!" — CLICK!
  • Harvey's secretary in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law once said "slight retch" while talking over the intercom.
    • And all those times Harvey slumps and says "sigh..."
    • And anytime Mentok does his "Bweeop!" mindtakery.
    • And Birdgirl/Judy's tendency to sound out sound effects.
    • "I'll bite you on the ass... growl."
  • Tigger from Disney's version of Winnie the Pooh shouts "Gasp!" a lot.
  • King of the Hill: Dale Gribble likes to say "Shi Shaw!" or some variant when doing anything particularly action-based. It has become something of a catchphrase of his.
  • Both of The Angry Beavers used to say "dun dun dun dramatic reverb", whenever something was seemingly dramatic.
    • Also, in the episode where Dagget is training to be a ninja, he calls out his attack, the Silent Wind of Doom, whoosh!
  • Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants does this in place of Audible Sharpness when he presents Spongebob with a golden spatula. "Shing! Sparkle sparkle."
    • He also GASPS during another episode.
    • In yet another episode, he has a dream where he is a giant destroying Bikini Bottom:
    I see you... ZAP! (shoots a laser from his eye; then sees the Krusty Krab) Oh, look, it's the Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty. (steps down hard on it, smashing it) CRUSH! (takes the sign and walks off with it, licking it like a lollipop) Lick, lick...
  • Transformers has Warpath, a tank Autobot with a habit of saying things like 'BLAM' and 'POW', for no apparent reason. Also may count as a weird speech defect, which isn't uncommon in the Autobots.
  • In Garfield and Friends, The US Acres cast is visited by people from, as everyone puts it, "Da dum! The network." Even the network executive's card lists him as being from "Da dum! The Network".
  • Near the beginning of the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Fa-la-la-la-Ed", the Eds indulge in this when Ed and Eddy are playing around in Edd's parents' room.
    Eddy: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!
    Ed: My turn! Boing!
    Eddy: Smack!
    Ed: Whoosh!
    Edd: Pant! Pant! Pant! Pant!
  • "Range 42. Fire. BANG!"
  • The people behind Frisky Dingo and Archer are fond of this. Boosh! is a well known one (it's the sound of laser guns being fired).
    • Archer ramps up the adult-ness by repeatedly using "Sploosh!" as the spoken-word indicator for female arousal (often accompanied by a groin-height splashing gesture).
  • Batman: The Animated Series
    • In the episode "Make'Em Laugh", a comedian introduces himself as "Smilin' Shecky Rimshot! Ba-doom-boom!" He's actually The Joker.
    • Another episode had Batman and Harley Quinn temporarily teaming up to find the Joker. While they are moving through a darkened storage area, Harley punctuates every step she takes while sneaking by cheerfully announcing: "Sneak, sneak, sneak!" - much to Batman's annoyance.
  • The Simpsons have the time-honored "yoink!"
    • Zaaaaaaaaaaaap.
  • It was more common during the early Fleischer era, but Popeye often did this when he let Bluto have it (after eating spinach of course).
    "Oh yeah? WHAM!!"
  • A Porky Pig short had him contending with Sylvester and group of alley cats. At one point when they're thrown out (again):
    Sylvester: Are we men, or are we mice?
    (unnamed smallest cat): I like cheese!
    Sylvester: (while smacking the other cat) SMACK!
  • Alfe in The Problem Solverz does this at times.
    Alfe (upon breaking the magic clock): SMASH!
  • In Adventure Time, the banana guards are in charge of security in the Candy Kingdom. While chasing criminals, they hold their arms out to the side and make their own police siren noises.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Party of One", several ponies attempt, badly, to fake the sounds of power tools. At one point, Rainbow Dash can be heard saying "Drill, drill!" and Twilight Sparkle can be heard saying "Safety gear!"
    • In the episode "May The Best Pet Win", Rainbow Dash declares that the final challenge for who's going to be her pet is a race through Ghastly Gorge.
    Rainbow Dash: DUN DUN DUNNNNN!
    • In addition to actual chewing noises when scarfing down the ice cream, Rarity can be heard sounding out "nom nom nom" in Inspiration Manifestation.
  • Shocking developments in The Fairly Oddparents are generally met with one or more characters shouting "gasp!" This has not gone unnoticed by other characters.
    Mr. Turner: Those gasping mice are right!
    • Timmy and Vicky in particular are also known for saying "yawn" frequently.
  • In "Getting to Paris is Hard" on Robot Chicken, Spencer walks away in anger saying "frustrated grunt."
  • The Invader Zim Episode, "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars": After forcing Dib out of Tak's ship, Zim starts gloating:
    Dib: No, you've got to let me back in!
    Zim: It's over, Dib! Dun dun DUUUN!
  • In one episode of Dan Vs., Dan attempts to mimic the phone breaking up by saying crackle and buzz.
    Dan: WHAT'S THAT? You're breaking up! Crackle, crackle! Buzz!
    Elise: You're not even making good noises. You're just saying crackle, and buzz!
    Dan: Crackle! Buzz! (hangs up')
  • A sheriff pig... thing on Samurai Jack. It's actually the most most coherent word he says the whole episode.
    Sheriff Pig... Thing: BANGBANGBANGITYBANGBANGBANGBANGBANGBANG!
  • In "Baseball Bugs" when Bugs Bunny is bragging about how he could beat the Gas House Gorillas:
    WAM! A homer! WAM! Another homer! WAM! WAM! WAM! WAM!
    • In "Falling Hare" after Bugs nearly sets off a blockbuster bomb, he confronts what he suspects is a gremlin:
    Bugs: Why, you little...you...you...you...(beat) Gasp!
    • In "The Hare-Brained Hypnotist," Bugs pretends to be Elmer's rifle and calls out "Bang!" each time Elmer pulls the trigger. Elmer does this to Bugs in "Hare Brush" (as Elmer thinks he's a rabbit and Bugs has been hypnotized to be Elmer).
  • The space-traveling Solenoid Robots from Roger Ramjet constantly hummed, buzzed, and clicked ... by saying "Hum, buzz, click".
  • A Heckle and Jeckle cartoon had Jeckle pretending to be a bottle of water that Chesty the Bulldog tries to open:
    Jeckle: (as Chesty tries to open and pour) Squeak, squeak, squeak, pop! Glug glug glug glug glug glug!
  • Daffy Duck uses this to pretend to be a bottle of champagne in "Daffy Dilly".
    Daffy: Pop! Gurgle gurgle gurgle gurgle...
    • This gag is referenced in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures with Buster Bunny pretending to be a bottle of soda as he tries to free captured animals from Elmyra's room. In the same scene of the same episode he also pretends to be Elmyra's lamp ("click...").
  • Rico from the Penguins Of Madagascar show with his "Kaboom" catchphrase, anyone?
  • Mabel from "Gravity Falls" loves this trope. Her favorite, or so it seems, is "boop". She says this whenever she bops Dipper in the nose.

     Real Life  
  • Often done by directors such as Graeme Harper when filming.
  • An especially annoying practice since the era of rock-n-roll began is "singing" along to the electric guitar part, which when pronounced by the human voice box tends to sound like "bearn-a-dearn-dearn" or some similarly Scandinavian-sounding gibberish.
  • BRIAN BLESSED claims to have spoiled a take in Flash Gordon doing this.
  • Similar case in Once upon a Time in Mexico - they ran out of 'real' gun props, decided to use fake ones with the gunshots and muzzle flash added in post-production, and Antonio Banderas messed up a take or two by going "pchoo pchoo pchoo" while he mimed firing them.
  • Internet phrases (such as lol, rofl, and lmao) do this because of the lack of sound between two typing parties. Add a webcam to the chat and Hilarity Ensues as you are torn between typing out that you laughed at a joke when your conversation buddy clearly sees that you merely huffed. Or didn't even crack a smile. This leads to amusing anecdotes when people who are used to being online start saying things like "burb" (brb) when going on break at work.
    • Or worse, people sitting behind computers in the same room chatting with each other online, typing LOL in dead silence, without so much as looking up.
  • Emeril Lagasse's "BAM!"
  • Several actors filming the Star Wars prequels had to be told not to make lightsaber noises with their mouths, because the camera could see their lips moving.
  • Basketball players and spectators will often say "swoosh!" after a basket is made that hits "nothing but net."
  • Children are prone to this, especially during imaginative play.
    • And sometimes, some adults are prone to this, too, when they engage in imaginative play with their children.
  • Firearms enthusiasts refer to a catastrophic failure as a "kaBOOM", abbreviated kB! in online discussion.

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