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->''"Gotta love the rhythmic tapping these babies put out. The weight of the water inside makes 'em move like a see-saw. Mankind sure is incredible, huh? They made this thing with the sole purpose of making soothing sounds."''
-->-- '''Issun''', ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}''

To establish that a BigFancyHouse belongs to a family that is both traditionally Japanese and exceedingly wealthy, one can show many aspects of the home that seem extravagant. There's the big yard, the high fence, the sheer size of it. But for something that just screams "Rich Japanese Family" you need The Thing That Goes Doink.

This is a traditional water feature that is found in the yards of Japanese homes, properly called a ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishi-odoshi shishi-odoshi]]'' or "deer scare"/"deer-chaser". It has a bamboo cup on a fulcrum that slowly fills with falling water. When it fills, it tips over and empties; when it flips back upright, its hollow back end hits a stone underneath it and makes a distinctive hollow-log "doink" sound. With a simple two-second shot of this device doing its thing, it is established without a doubt that this BigFancyHouse is a place of wealth[[note]]they require constantly running water to operate, which means either an absurd utilities bill or, especially in works set pre-industrialization, high value land containing a river or stream[[/note]] and tradition[[note]]They date back several centuries, to a time when wild deer actually were a problem that needed to be dealt with in a way that didn't involve wasteful and labor-intensive mass slaughter[[/note]].

If the [[BuffySpeak doinker]] happens to be in a Western home, you can bet that they're a NewAgeRetroHippie or at the very least An Extremely Wealthy Non-Asian Person who recently converted to Zen Buddhism and insists that it "balances the home's ''chi''" or whatever.[[note]]Never mind that wild deer actually ARE a problem that needs to be dealt with in much of North America. Not to mention the not-always-sober hunters they attract.[[/note]]

Don't confuse the sound of The Thing That Goes Doink with that of the ''tsuzumi'', a drumlike instrument used in [[KabukiSounds Kabuki theatre]] which can be heard in a number of anime. The two sound very alike, but the ''shishi-odoshi'' is usually shown when it makes its noise.

Also, don't confuse it with [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes anything going Boink]], the [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife machine that goes 'ping!']], the [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor machine that goes 'ding!']], or ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight.

The Thing That Goes Doink is often used in the AspectMontage.

In addition to indicating a moneyed and traditional household, The Thing That Goes Doink is sometimes used to signal an imminent HotSpringsEpisode - a proper Japanese ''onsen'' will often sell itself on a "traditional" image, and a ''shishi-odoshi'' is part of that, especially what with water logically being rather available at a hot spring.

Thanks to the internet, you do not have to be rich or Asian to enjoy the sound of these. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfBf-ksVwPQ Hear it here for 3 hours]].



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackButler'' In the first episode, when they enter the Japanese garden.
** This is justified as the rock garden was a quick fix to replace the ruined garden from before.
* When Alto from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' visits his [[BigFancyHouse home]] for the first time in a while, a thing that goes doink is heard in the background.
** It's actually shown in a later episode, confirming that indeed that noise was the thing that goes doink.
* Suruga from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' owns one at her home.
* The Mendou family from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' are quite possibly the richest people in the world; and they prove this by having ''multiple'' ''shishi-odoshi'' around various parts of their [[BigFancyHouse town-sized palace-and-villa-filled fortress]].
** When Kuruma is training Ataru in episode 9, a drunk Tengu lies passed out underneath a Thing That Goes Doink, getting repeatedly doinked in the head by it.
*** It's not just drunk - she tied it up there as punishment for sticking her with Ataru as her mate!
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'': Outside the shrine.
* Sakura's family estate in Sendai, in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars''. During the first episode of the first {{OVA}} series, the sound of the ''shishi-odoshi'' is used to punctuate the passing of time as the young Sakura struggles to learn the secrets of her family's style of kendo.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kekkaishi}}'' has several. Both Tokine's and Yoshimori's houses have one, as does Urakai headquarters.
* Honoka's home in ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure''.
* ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'', unusually, has one in the school's [[FuroScene women's bathing room]]. Said school is also very large and very rich.
* Miki's house in ''Manga/CheekyAngel''.
* In the second episode of ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ To X'' one is shown outside a meeting at which Otaru and several townspeople debate whether to hold an upcoming festival in the traditional fashion or add new elements from other countries.
* When the members of the Six Houses of Kyoto meet in ''Anime/CodeGeass'', one is visible nearby.
* One is prominently displayed in the courtyard of the Aoiya in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''.
* There is one in the third episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub.''
** And at the Haninozuka residence in episode 18. Twice.
* Soun has one in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. It's not used to show opulence, but more that Soun has a rather traditional house/dojo set up. It was sometimes used to show time had passed. The sight gag of it 'doinking' being used to show time had passed was used in the anime, even when the action was at the Tendos. The Kuno mansion has at least one of them, if not several. Sasuke Sarugakure has to drink from them. The Daimonji school of Martial Arts Tea Ceremony also has one in the anime.
* In episode 34 of ''Manga/GetBackers'' the owner of a hugh diamond connection has his estate using electrified barbed wire, security cameras, and "Doink".
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' Captain Lindy has one... on a spaceship. All part of her Japanophile collection.
* Both Tezuka and Echizen's homes in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' have them.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' there is one at Ryōzanpaku and often is a focal point or the only thing heard.
* There's one made of metal on a desert planet in ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_%28anime%29 Birth]]''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
** Every episode involving a flashback from Sasuke, or the Hyuga household.
** In "Shippuden", there's one at the Nara household, as well. Which is confusing since the family that breeds deer has a device that scares deer away.
** Not to mention almost half of the filler stories.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
** Anime episodes involving the Kuchiki house tend to include a water feature to emphasise how ridiculously wealthy Byakuya is.
** Kirinji's healing pool includes a water feature so ridiculously large and convoluted, it effectively creates a waterfall into the pool. The noise it makes is ridiculously loud, as a very annoyed Ichigo discovers.
* There is one in the palace garden in ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats''. It provides with atmosphere when Speedy Service faces off against a [[CostumeCopyCat Copy Cat]] [[MonsterOfTheWeek robot]].
* Touya Akira's large, traditional house in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'', usually heard (and sometimes seen) when Touya's large, traditional father is given screentime. The sound of water pouring from the thing, followed by the doink, nicely resembles the rustle of a hand in a bowl of Go stones, followed by the 'pok' of a stone hitting the board.
* One can be found in the hot springs at the Hinata Inn in ''Manga/LoveHina''.
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' has one of these inside the cabin of the "Max 5000" mecha. ([[FreezeFrameBonus It's only shown very briefly]], though.)
* In ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' Hikaru Shidou's house has one.
* Jyabura's garden has one in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Note that it's inside a building on a small rocky island.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' there's one on the grounds of the [[{{Yakuza}} Sonozaki]] estate.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'': The very aristocratic family of Kujo Asuna have one, naturally.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Whenever Kogoro, Ran, and Conan visit the house of a rich client, this is the first thing you see.
* One of these show up in at least one of the later episodes of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' at Genkai's house-temple-thing. It's probably to show wealth, as her property is revealed in the last episode to be immense.
** Yomi also has one of those at the house where he meets with Yusuke.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' shows one quite prominently at the Yakuza home of Mikihara.
* Nozomu Itoshiki of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' turns out to be from a traditional and wealthy family, complete with their own doinker.
* Used immediately to show the wealth of the Shishidou household in ''Anime/TheGirlWhoLeaptThroughSpace''. And we do mean "immediately" - it's the very first shot in the anime.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Jotaro Kujo and his mother, Holly, have one of these in their house. It's used a couple of times near the beginning, then never seen again.
* The powerful Kannagi family in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' have one.
* There's one in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' when Amu goes to Tadase's house.
* There's one in the second OVA outside of Kikuchi's house in ''Manga/HaruWoDaiteita''.
* In ''Anime/EarthMaidenArjuna'', one proves rather annoying as you keep hearing the doink over a conversation.
* The Takagi estate in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' has one.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' has the doinky doink thing in the Souma family complex, complete with pretty gardens and paper screen doors. A little bit ironic, considering the whole place reeks of DysfunctionJunction.
* One exists by the Tennouz mansion in ''Anime/SpeedGrapher''. Since the entire estate is on top of the highest skyscraper around, it can't be for scaring off deer; it's just the icing on the BigFancyHouse cake.
* Excalibur seems to have one in ''Manga/SoulEater'' at one point. Then again, he isn't the most reliable of sources.
* In episode 13 of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', The Thing That Goes Doink shows up around Hamiko's mansion.
* In ''Manga/KyouKaraOreWa'' Riko's house has one as show of wealth (the role gets even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by a visitor). Mitsuhashi has the habit to trick people into getting doinked in the head, but failed with the son of the above-mentioned visitor... Who got doinked in the chin as he bragged that nobody would fall for that.
* One shows up in the 13th episode of ''Manga/{{Shiki}}''. It doinks away in the background of an scene with very little dialogue, making the whole thing seem rather awkward.
* In ''Manga/MagicOfStella'', Tamaki's house has one of these. Ayame and Kayo learn the hard way that they should ''never'' give the impression that they're messing with it.
* ''Anime/LupinIII: Anime/GoemonIshikawasSprayOfBlood'': There is one at the scene where the powerful and rich Inaniwa clan confronts Goemon; the samurai warns them if they attempt to move against him, he will kill them all. They foolishly charge as the shishi-odoshi empties and sounds. By the time it fills from the rain and empties to sound again, Goemon [[AnArmAndALeg has disarmed]] or killed the entire gang, save the leader's son.
* In ''Manga/BlendS'', a shishi-odoshi is frequently seen and heard at Maika's home, to let you know that she was brought up in a traditional Japanese home with some serious cash.

* There's one at the restaurant where Tsuruya and her father invite Kyon's family for a formal dinner in chapter 28 of ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero''.
* In ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', the first scene after the ActionPrologue features one in Saburo's garden, which [[GratuitousJapanese is referred to by the Japanese name]].

* It also makes an appearance in the snowy courtyard of the House of Blue Leaves, the site of the Bride's final duel with O-Ren Ishii in ''Film/KillBill Volume 1.''

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Mozzie's safehouse-cum-Zen Garden in ''Series/WhiteCollar'' is complete with a Thing That Goes Doink (it's in a loft with a great view of Manhattan). It won't be operational for some time, since circumstances required Mozzie bring Peter and another FBIAgent to the safehouse.
* In ''Series/GameCenterCX'', the side-segment "To Catch a Catch Copy" uses footage of a Thing That Goes Doink to signify the next round.
* There are a couple of these in ''Series/MagnumPI'', appropriately enough since there are a lot of Japanese people in Hawaii. They are found as part of museum grounds or parks, as well as private homes. The scene where Magnum visits always begins with a closeup of the thing running water and going doink.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Hazuki residence in ''VideoGame/{{Shenmue}}''.
* A modest-sized one can be found and rolled up in the ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' game.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** There is one in the Bug castle in VideoGame/PokemonConquest. And it causes balls to fall on the Zen garden, which you can throw at the enemies to damage them.
** Stantler's Japanese name is ''Odoshishi'', which is derived from shishi-odoshi. Rather then being scared off, the deer does the scaring, and its appearance (its antlers are shaped to look like huge glaring eyes) and the moves it learns shows.
* When Baiken uses her Instant Kill in the ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' video game series, the scene abruptly changes to show her and her opponent's silhouettes through the wall of a traditional-style house, with The Thing That Goes Doink in the near foreground. When it goes doink, the opponent dies.
* Things That Go Doink are used as levers and platforms to solve puzzles at various times in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'', to make use of the Water Spout power. In the English version (at least), Issun doesn't know what to call them, either. He clearly likes them though, as evidenced by the page quote.
** He refers to them as "plonks" at multiple points.
** The catch? [[spoiler:[[MouseWorld You're two inches tall]], and the things that go doink are now bridges.]]
*** Genuinely enormous ones also appear in several other areas of the game, serving as switches to open doors. (Though in their case, it's more of a BOOM than a doink.)
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing,'' you can get a "deer scare" as a piece of furniture. It makes the little doink sound, and is seen in a few different layouts in the residents' houses. Goes with the stone lanterns and mossy rocks of the "Zen Garden" ensemble.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Jikkyou Oshaberi Parodius]]'' has a giant one of these as an obstacle. As befitting Parodius, it uses [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] instead of water.
* In ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Goemon's Great Adventure]]'' for the N64, there was one area (Frog Mountain) that used a giant one of these as the fork in the road (one route behind it, one route above it doubling back) -- however, you wouldn't know it unless you bothered to go all the way to the end of the giant thing, which conveniently enough went off-screen.
* The [=PS2=] music/rhythm game ''Unison'' has its lead female characters dancing to a traditional Japanese ''enka'' song called "Yosaku". The establishing shot of the performance hall shows one of these underneath a statue of an Eastern dragon.
* There is one (non-functional, sadly) attached to the 'Serenity Squared' fountain that comes in ''VideoGame/TheSims2: Bon Voyage''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' mentions a Thing in a fight with [[MeaningfulName Yaki]][[GratuitousJapanese soba]], one of the monsters in the Pastamancer's quest to kill their Nemesis.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Episode 2'' has one of these at the Uzuki residence on Second Miltia; it even moves and goes doink.
* The VideoGame/NancyDrew game ''Shadow At The Water's Edge'' features this as part of the ryokan's garden. An important clue is hidden in one of the bamboo shoots.
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' KYO manga reveals that the Kusanagi family lives in a Japanese BigFancyHouse, and they have one of these in the garden.
** Also, there's one of these in the background of Jubei Yamada's stage in ''VideoGame/FatalFury Special''.
* In Haruka Utsunomiya's route of ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding'', the protagonist notices the sound of a shishi-odoshi when she first arrives at the Utsunomiya estate and marvels at how big, fancy, and traditional the place is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' clans can decorate their dojo with one of these, called a Shakan Fountain. Sadly, only the water moves so it doesn't make the noise and the hinged part is locked in the downward drain position. Hopefully this will change in the future.
* The ''Clash of Clans'' clone ''Samurai Siege'' features these on their Essence Wells until they're upgraded to level 5.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* An automated thing that goes *doink* can be found in the courtyard of Ride/TheEnchantedTikiRoom at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] that tells when the next "show" will be.
* A building with a few of these is visible from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. They don't go "doink", though, as they're suspended up at the top of the wall.