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* [[TheEeyore Ishigami]] from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' wears large bulky headphones for playing video games (in contrast to everyone else in the series, who use earbuds). Much like his PeekABangs, they emphasise his desire to shut the world out.

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** In another one, a cat pounces at a flock of birds, and the only one that doesn't fly away is wearing headphones.


* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic is captioned something like "Bryon has his rendezvous with destiny", and shows Bryon cheerfully roller-skating towards a street-corner listening to music while coming from the other direction is Main/{{Tarzan}} bellowing his trademark yell at the head of a herd of stampeding elephants.

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* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic is captioned something like "Bryon has his rendezvous with destiny", and shows Bryon cheerfully roller-skating towards a street-corner listening to music while coming from the other direction is Main/{{Tarzan}} Franchise/{{Tarzan}} bellowing his trademark yell at the head of a herd of stampeding elephants.

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* During the ''Series/CaliforniaDreams'' episode "The Graduation", Principal Blumford takes up the role of the disc jockey at the [[LocalHangout Sharkey's]]. When Lorena compliments Blumford's taste in music as being "up to date", Blumford responds that he listens to ''his'' preferred songs of choice (e.g. [[Music/VillagePeople Y.M.C.A.]]) in his headphone instead of whatever he plays for the students.


It's the only thing I can do when I don't wanna talk to no-one."''

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It's the only thing I can do when I don't wanna talk to no-one.no one."''



In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. This trope is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect of their isolation, or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.

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In real life, one of the easiest ways to let people know that you want to be left alone is to wear a pair of headphones. Either you won't be able to hear other people, or they will assume that you can't hear them. This carries over into fiction. It is an easy way to show that a character is trying to drown out reality and other people. This trope is either used symbolically, where the headphones are a side-effect side effect of their isolation, isolation or deliberately when the character does this on purpose.



* Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' inverts this after he gets a bullet in his head. The ear phones he wears are basically part of psychic life support, hooking him up with about [[ItMakesSenseInContext 10.000 middle school girls]]. Of course, because he got the injury during his HeelFaceTurn, he also started socializing a bit more. His powers already enabled him to block out all sounds around him however, something he still does on a regular basis.

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* Accelerator from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' inverts this after he gets a bullet in his head. The ear phones earphones he wears are basically part of psychic life support, hooking him up with about [[ItMakesSenseInContext 10.000 middle school girls]]. Of course, because he got the injury during his HeelFaceTurn, he also started socializing a bit more. His powers already enabled him to block out all sounds around him however, something he still does on a regular basis.



* Justin Law from ''Manga/SoulEater'' constantly wears earphones, which annoys his colleagues and confuses his boss - who wears a mask over his face, meaning that Justin cannot lip-read Shinigami's speech like he does for everyone else. [[spoiler:Subverted after his FaceHeelTurn: the series favors interaction and unity so, according to the trope, removal of earphones should indicate something positive. Justin instead removes his earphones only to [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming hear]] Kid screaming as Gopher beats him up.]]

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* Justin Law from ''Manga/SoulEater'' constantly wears earphones, which annoys his colleagues and confuses his boss - who wears a mask over his face, meaning that Justin cannot lip-read Shinigami's speech like as he does for everyone else. [[spoiler:Subverted after his FaceHeelTurn: the series favors interaction and unity so, according to the trope, removal of earphones should indicate something positive. Justin instead removes his earphones only to [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming hear]] Kid screaming as Gopher beats him up.]]



** Used as a gag, where Jeremy will use headphones to avoid listening to his annoying mother to a point were he once wore three pairs of headphones (each over top the other) to block out her nonsensical dialogue.

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** Used as a gag, where Jeremy will use headphones to avoid listening to his annoying mother to a point were where he once wore three pairs of headphones (each over top the other) to block out her nonsensical dialogue.



* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic is captioned something like "Bryon has his rendezvous with destiny", and shows Bryon cheerfully roller-skating towards a street-corner listening to music, while coming from the other direction is Main/{{Tarzan}} bellowing his trademark yell at the head of a herd of stampeding elephants.

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* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic is captioned something like "Bryon has his rendezvous with destiny", and shows Bryon cheerfully roller-skating towards a street-corner listening to music, music while coming from the other direction is Main/{{Tarzan}} bellowing his trademark yell at the head of a herd of stampeding elephants.



* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji admits freely that he doesn't like much watching TV and prefers his headphones because they let him cut the world off.

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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji admits freely that he doesn't much like much watching TV and prefers his headphones because they let him cut the world off.



* Played for laughs in ''Fanfic/HopToIt'' when Jack follows Nino as Rabbit and hops on rooftops in hopes of him noticing her from the street. Not only does he fail to see her (until she drops down to street level in front of him), he doesn't notice the screaming from the people around him who do. Rabbit even notes that she can hear his music from the roof with her super hearing and wonders how he hasn't deafened himself.

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* Played for laughs in ''Fanfic/HopToIt'' when Jack follows Nino as Rabbit and hops on rooftops in hopes of him noticing her from the street. Not only does he fail to see her (until she drops down to street level street-level in front of him), he doesn't notice the screaming from the people around him who do. Rabbit even notes that she can hear his music from the roof with her super hearing and wonders how he hasn't deafened himself.



* An InvokedTrope in the film adaptation of the Creator/StephenKing short story ''Battleground''. The [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] hitman wears headphones when traveling to and from his hit so people will not engage him in conversation, which might make them remember him. However the symbolic version also applies, as the hitman is a loner who doesn't even talk to anyone the entire movie.

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* An InvokedTrope in the film adaptation of the Creator/StephenKing short story ''Battleground''. The [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] hitman wears headphones when traveling to and from his hit so people will not engage him in conversation, which might make them remember him. However However, the symbolic version also applies, as the hitman is a loner who doesn't even talk to anyone the entire movie.



* In Part 1 of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry, Hermione and Ron escape to a diner. Then two Death Eaters walk into the cafe, a [[DinerBrawl fight ensues]]; all the while the hostess is in a back room making coffee with headphones on, completely oblivious to the fight.

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* In Part 1 of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry, Hermione Hermione, and Ron escape to a diner. Then two Death Eaters walk into the cafe, a [[DinerBrawl fight ensues]]; all the while the hostess is in a back room making coffee with headphones on, completely oblivious to the fight.



* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Creator/StanLee makes his requisite [[CreatorCameo cameo appearance]] as a school librarian listening to classical music on his headphones, oblivious to [[spoiler: the Lizard-v-Spider-Man fight destroying the library right behind him. And if it weren't for Spidey's timely intervening, his head would've been busted by a piece of debris.]]

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* In ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', Creator/StanLee makes his requisite [[CreatorCameo cameo appearance]] as a school librarian listening to classical music on his headphones, oblivious to [[spoiler: the Lizard-v-Spider-Man Lizard vs. Spider-Man fight destroying the library right behind him. And if it weren't for Spidey's timely intervening, his head would've been busted by a piece of debris.]]



* Important in ''Het Huis Anubis and de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard'' (''The House of Anubis and the Five of the Magical Sword''). All five youngsters in the House are tied to one of the senses. Raphael is bound to hearing, which explains him wearing headphones ALL the time; sound is far to loud for him if he doesn't wear them.

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* Important in ''Het Huis Anubis and de Vijf van het Magische Zwaard'' (''The House of Anubis and the Five of the Magical Sword''). All five youngsters in the House are tied to one of the senses. Raphael is bound to hearing, which explains him wearing headphones ALL the time; sound is far to too loud for him if he doesn't wear them.



** Several seasons later, Hugo is having a very bizarre/possibly imaginary conversation in the back of a taxi. Just when you wonder why the driver isn't reacting to all this, a shot shows him with headphones, bobbing obliviously along to music.

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** Several seasons later, Hugo is having a very bizarre/possibly imaginary conversation in the back of a taxi. Just when you wonder why the driver isn't reacting to all this, a shot shows him with headphones, bobbing obliviously along to the music.



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Ted and Robin were dating, and had their first fight. In simultaneous mirroing scenes, both hurry to their respective friends to talk about it. In Robin's take, Lily is with her earphones on, so she puts them off and ask "Oh no. What happened?" Cut to Ted's side, he said about the fight, then Barney asks derisively "Oh, no~. What happened?" Then puts earphones on.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Ted and Robin were dating, dating and had their first fight. In simultaneous mirroing mirroring scenes, both hurry to their respective friends to talk about it. In Robin's take, Lily is with her earphones on, so she puts them off and ask asks "Oh no. What happened?" Cut to Ted's side, he said about the fight, then Barney asks derisively "Oh, no~. What happened?" Then puts earphones on.



* In first episode of season 2 of ''Series/StrangerThings'', one scientist staffing the evil facility is apparently stupid enough to play music on his headphones loudly enough to drown out the sounds of the instruments telling them something bad is happening.
* In last episode of season 1 of ''Series/{{Westworld}}'', a technician puts in noise cancelling earphones which keep him oblivious of the FullFrontalAssault happening in the room behind him. At least until the glass pane breaks.
* In the season two premier of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', we find out that Captain Holt had to ban headphones from the precinct after "The Gina Incident." We're then shown a flashback of Gina obliviously listening to music and dancing as a brawl between a criminal and a couple cops goes on ''right behind her'' in the middle of the bull pen.

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* In the first episode of season 2 of ''Series/StrangerThings'', one scientist staffing the evil facility is apparently stupid enough to play music on his headphones loudly enough to drown out the sounds of the instruments telling them something bad is happening.
* In the last episode of season 1 of ''Series/{{Westworld}}'', a technician puts in noise cancelling noise-canceling earphones which keep him oblivious of the FullFrontalAssault happening in the room behind him. At least until the glass pane breaks.
* In the season two premier of ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', we find out that Captain Holt had to ban headphones from the precinct after "The "the Gina Incident." We're then shown a flashback of Gina obliviously listening to music and dancing as a brawl between a criminal and a couple of cops goes on ''right behind her'' in the middle of the bull pen.bullpen.



* In the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA "Glukoza's Schweine,"]] the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.

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* In the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8txk6EhYZKA "Glukoza's Schweine,"]] the Pig General wearing headphones steps off to the side, side and doesn't realise the convoy he was leading has been ambushed until they're almost all dead.



* An enemy {{Mook}} near the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' was for some reason listening to loud music on headphones, making it much easier to sneak up on him in what would have otherwise been a tricky narrow hallway. More amusingly, near the ending, you find another Mook with a loud iPod... he's the last one in the facility, since the loudspeakers have been blaring "ThisIsNotADrill" for the past 20 minutes, warning everybody that the whole place is about to crumble.

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* An enemy {{Mook}} near the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' was for some reason listening to loud music on headphones, making it much easier to sneak up on him in what would have otherwise been a tricky narrow hallway. More amusingly, near the ending, you find another Mook with a loud iPod... he's the last one in the facility, facility since the loudspeakers have been blaring "ThisIsNotADrill" for the past 20 minutes, warning everybody that the whole place is about to crumble.



* In the trailer for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland2'', the jogger has his ipod set to max volume, so he is completely oblivious to the ZombieApocalypse behind him as he jogs to Pigeon John's "The Bomb". [[spoiler:Since he was already bitten at some point, he quickly becomes part of the ZombieApocalypse.]]
* Annaliese's EstablishingCharacterMoment in ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' has her sitting at her desk during class, staring out the window and listening to music. Erik considers her unapproachable but ends up talking to her anyway. Annaliese uses earbuds instead of headphones, however the trope is used the same way.

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* In the trailer for ''VideoGame/DeadIsland2'', the jogger has his ipod iPod set to max volume, so he is completely oblivious to the ZombieApocalypse behind him as he jogs to Pigeon John's "The Bomb". [[spoiler:Since he was already bitten at some point, he quickly becomes part of the ZombieApocalypse.]]
* Annaliese's EstablishingCharacterMoment in ''VisualNovel/MissingStars'' has her sitting at her desk during class, staring out the window and listening to music. Erik considers her unapproachable but ends up talking to her anyway. Annaliese uses earbuds instead of headphones, however however, the trope is used the same way.



* ''WebComic/DangerouslyChloe'': [[TheGrimReaper Alchemy]] failed to notice Teddy was approaching her, because she'd gotten so into her groove, that [[spoiler: [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/like_an_idiot she started twerking]]]]. Of course, once she realized she'd been caught in the act, [[Funny/DangerouslyChloe she flew off in embarrassment.]]

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* ''WebComic/DangerouslyChloe'': [[TheGrimReaper Alchemy]] failed to notice Teddy was approaching her, her because she'd gotten so into her groove, that [[spoiler: [[http://www.dangerouslychloe.com/strips-dc/like_an_idiot she started twerking]]]]. Of course, once she realized she'd been caught in the act, [[Funny/DangerouslyChloe she flew off in embarrassment.]]



* Taken to exrtemes in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONctoXikyMw CollegeHumor]]

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* Taken to exrtemes extremes in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONctoXikyMw CollegeHumor]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Otto is shown listening to music at a store kiosk, and complains that all these new bands are just ripping off Judas Priest. He then takes off the headphones to reveal he still has his own headphones on underneath, plugged into a Walkman with a Judas Priest cassette in it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' "Screwed the Pooch", a one off gag is played when Brian answered questions to Peter about the family and answered who Meg's real father is. It then cuts to Meg listening to headphones.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Rappin' Drakken", Shego listened to music on her headphones to tune out Drakken's latest monologue. She may have regretted it later, since it apparently helped inspire his plan to become a singing star to promote his [[MayContainEvil mind-control shampoo]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Otto is shown listening to music at a store kiosk, kiosk and complains that all these new bands are just ripping off Judas Priest. He then takes off the headphones to reveal he still has his own headphones on underneath, plugged into a Walkman with a Judas Priest cassette in it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' "Screwed the Pooch", a one off one-off gag is played when Brian answered questions to Peter about the family and answered who Meg's real father is. It then cuts to Meg listening to headphones.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Rappin' Drakken", Shego listened to music on her headphones to tune out Drakken's latest monologue. She may have regretted it later, later since it apparently helped inspire his plan to become a singing star to promote his [[MayContainEvil mind-control shampoo]].



** In the episode "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?", Linda (the mother) is wearing headphones while working in the garden, and quite fails to notice Phineas and Ferb building their [[OnceAnEpisode big project of the day]] ''right behind her''.

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** In the episode "Mommy, Can You Hear Me?", Linda (the mother) is wearing headphones while working in the garden, garden and quite fails to notice Phineas and Ferb building their [[OnceAnEpisode big project of the day]] ''right behind her''.



* Headphone-wearing joggers and the like have been identified as more targetable for muggers, because one of their senses, hearing, has been compromised and it's easier to catch them by surprise. Some people suggest that cyclists and joggers should only wear one earbud to maintain some auditory awareness of their surroundings. They also make higher-profile targets because they are guaranteed to be carrying something that carries music -- typically a smartphone -- which is more valuable than the average pull.

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* Headphone-wearing joggers and the like have been identified as more targetable for muggers, muggers because one of their senses, hearing, has been compromised and it's easier to catch them by surprise. Some people suggest that cyclists and joggers should only wear one earbud to maintain some auditory awareness of their surroundings. They also make higher-profile targets because they are guaranteed to be carrying something that carries music -- typically a smartphone -- which is more valuable than the average pull.



* In his book on the Simba War, mercenary Major Mike Hoare comments that signalers as a rule appeared to be rather unconcerned about all the bullets flying around them, and speculates that "much wearing of earphones" was the reason.

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* In his book on the Simba War, mercenary Major Mike Hoare comments that signalers signalers, as a rule rule, appeared to be rather unconcerned about all the bullets flying around them, and speculates that "much wearing of earphones" was the reason.



* Bose markets the noise cancelling technology of their Quiet Comfort line of headphones to appeal to those who want a way to tune out their surroundings on their flights, daily commutes, workplaces, and the like. Whatever the make, noise-cancelling headphones are often a Godsend for autistic people to protect themselves from potentially meltdown-inducing sensory overload.

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* Bose markets the noise cancelling noise-cancelling technology of their Quiet Comfort line of headphones to appeal to those who want a way to tune out their surroundings on their flights, daily commutes, workplaces, and the like. Whatever the make, noise-cancelling headphones are often a Godsend for autistic people to protect themselves from potentially meltdown-inducing sensory overload.



* Aoi Shiba in ''Mr. Fullswing'' is constantly listening to music. Constantly. Including when he's playing baseball. Eventually it comes to light that he's barely aware of his surroundings and just has incredible reflexes. He never talks, and it's implied that he's just very, very shy.

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* Aoi Shiba in ''Mr. Fullswing'' is constantly listening to music. Constantly. Including when he's playing baseball. Eventually Eventually, it comes to light that he's barely aware of his surroundings and just has incredible reflexes. He never talks, and it's implied that he's just very, very shy.


--'''War Machine:''' ''(Watching Quill dance around and singing to Redbone)'' So he's an idiot?

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--'''War -->'''War Machine:''' ''(Watching Quill dance around and singing to Redbone)'' So he's an idiot?



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* In ''Film/AvengersEndgame'', when Nebula and War Machine travel back in time to collect the Power Stone in the year [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy 2014]], they arrive just in time to find Star-Lord dancing to ''Come and Get Your Love'' on his Walkman. For the latter dancing around while listening to music on his Walkman, he seems cool. For the former two, not so much.
--'''War Machine:''' ''(Watching Quill dance around and singing to Redbone)'' So he's an idiot?


* Used for a LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn gag in ''Film/KickAss''. Hit Girl's first fight is [[LyricalDissonance conducted to]] the ''Series/TheBananaSplits'' song. Outside in the hallway a {{mook}} belatedly realises something is wrong and takes off his headphones, muting the song.

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* Used for a LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn gag in ''Film/KickAss''. Hit Girl's first fight is [[LyricalDissonance conducted to]] the ''Series/TheBananaSplits'' song. Outside in the hallway a {{mook}} belatedly realises something is wrong and [[RealMenWearPink takes off his headphones, headphones]], muting the song.

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* ''Film/Alien40thAnniversaryShorts''. In "Specimen", the female protagonist is listening to headphones during a lone night shift. Therefore she realises too late that the RedAlert has sounded indicating the lab is about to be put into LockDown.

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* ''Videogame/LovePlus'': Rinko Kobayakawa, one of the possible {{Love Interest}}s in the game, can be seen sporting a pair of headphones fairly often, even at school. In fact, the first time you hear about Rinko if you started your game at spring, it's when a female student tells her friend how Rinko ignored her greeting and doesn't seem to fit in with the other students. She eventually removes the headphones after you go out with her for the second time in the first part of the game. It's a small change, but it shows the CharacterDevelopment.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', Roger keeps pestering Patti to do his book report. After the two end up getting sent to detention for disrupting class, Roger still won't let up. Patti finally puts on a set of headphones and starts listening to some music in an attempt to block him out.



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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/AnnaAndTheApocalypse'' -- Anna and John don't initially realize that the ZombieApocalypse is happening because they have their earbuds in.


* [[SmugSuper Laxus]] before his HeelFaceTurn in ''Manga/FairyTail'' almost always wore headphones on his ears or at least around his neck, and his most notable interactions with the rest of the guild was mocking them for being weaklings dragging Fairy Tail's name in the mud. He stops wearing them after he's expelled and returns to the guild, now far more of a team player.



* Laxus from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is pretty much always shown with headphones covering his ears. Ironically, he wants [[SocialDarwinist to create a strong guild]], which, in this world, requires plenty of friends and allies. He's considered the loner and outsider in regards to everyone else in the guild though, due to his arrogance. [[spoiler:Finally, he snaps and decides to take it by force in order to show the world how strong Fairy Tail would be under him. After his defeat and [[WalkingTheEarth banishment]], he [[TookALevelInKindness mellowed out considerably]] and eventually rejoined the guild, embracing the friendships there.]] He still wears the headphones, but he has far more scenes with them off than on.

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* Laxus from ''Manga/FairyTail'' is pretty much always shown with headphones covering his ears.ears before his HeelFaceTurn. Ironically, he wants [[SocialDarwinist to create a strong guild]], which, in this world, requires plenty of friends and allies. He's considered the loner and outsider in regards to everyone else in the guild though, due to his arrogance. [[spoiler:Finally, he snaps and decides to take it by force in order to show the world how strong Fairy Tail would be under him. After his defeat and [[WalkingTheEarth banishment]], he [[TookALevelInKindness mellowed out considerably]] and eventually rejoined the guild, embracing the friendships there.]] He still wears the headphones, but he has far more scenes with them off than on.

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* [[SmugSuper Laxus]] before his HeelFaceTurn in ''Manga/FairyTail'' almost always wore headphones on his ears or at least around his neck, and his most notable interactions with the rest of the guild was mocking them for being weaklings dragging Fairy Tail's name in the mud. He stops wearing them after he's expelled and returns to the guild, now far more of a team player.


* In Part 1 of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry, Hermione and Ron escape to a cafe. Then two Death Eaters walk into the cafe, a [[DinerBrawl fight ensues]]; all the while the hostess is in a back room making coffee with headphones on, completely oblivious to the fight.

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* In Part 1 of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Harry, Hermione and Ron escape to a cafe.diner. Then two Death Eaters walk into the cafe, a [[DinerBrawl fight ensues]]; all the while the hostess is in a back room making coffee with headphones on, completely oblivious to the fight.

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