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* In the story "April Showers" from the picture book ''Max and Maggie in Spring'', Maggie pays a visit to Max's house and knocks on the door. She gets no answer but hears singing and water running. She figures to herself that her friend is in the shower and she'll let herself in. She does so and calls to him, asking if he's in the shower. "What?" he asks and she shouts "Are you in the shower?" in a louder voice. He replies that he can't hear her, that he's in the shower.


A conversation is impeded by either a lot of ambient noise, the hearing problems of one or more of the conversants, or an unusual obstruction in the ear of one of the conversants.

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A conversation is impeded by either for some reason- a lot of ambient noise, the hearing problems of one or more of the conversants, or problems, an unusual obstruction in the ear of one of the conversants.
conversants, or a terrible phone connection.


Related to FakeStatic for transmitted conversations, and an [[OppositeTropes opposing trope]] to AcousticLicense. Often sets up a SustainedMisunderstanding or FunnyPhoneMisunderstanding gag. See also EarTrumpet. {{Mondegreen}} for misheard lyrics.

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Related to FakeStatic for transmitted conversations, and an [[OppositeTropes opposing trope]] to AcousticLicense. Often sets up a SustainedMisunderstanding or FunnyPhoneMisunderstanding gag. See also EarTrumpet.EarTrumpet and ImpededCommunication. {{Mondegreen}} for misheard lyrics.

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* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode [[Recap/StargateSG1S4E7Watergate "Watergate"]], Daniel and Carter accompany Markoff in the submarine through the submerged stargate, resulting in this:
-->Markoff: It is quite beautiful.
-->Daniel: What?
-->Markoff: The rapid pressurization might cause your ears to block. [to Carter] As you might notice, there is no plant or animal life.
-->Daniel: There doesn't appear to be any plant or animal life.
* The ''Series/HenryDanger'' crossover with ''Series/TheThundermans'' "Danger and Thunder" had Kid Danger [[BlatantLies blatantly lie]] when he claimed he couldn't hear Phoebe deduce Captain Man was on a train in order not to look stupid about not figuring it out. They were on a helicopter, but no one believed Henry couldn't hear her.


Related to FakeStatic for transmitted conversations, and an [[OppositeTropes opposing trope]] to AcousticLicense. Often sets up a SustainedMisunderstanding gag. See also EarTrumpet. {{Mondegreen}} for misheard lyrics.

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Related to FakeStatic for transmitted conversations, and an [[OppositeTropes opposing trope]] to AcousticLicense. Often sets up a SustainedMisunderstanding or FunnyPhoneMisunderstanding gag. See also EarTrumpet. {{Mondegreen}} for misheard lyrics.

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* A commercial for Creator/{{Amazon}} has a bunch of people saying "That's a low price." One of these is a woman and a male friend, [[UsefulNotes/COVID19Pandemic wearing masks]] and walking a dog. She makes the comment regarding a product displayed on her smartphone and he asks "Dog lice?," then points to the phone and says "That's a low price."

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* This happens in "Ice Cream Team" from ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny''. Manny's tools are trying to pitch ice cream to people in a local park, to try to get it all sold before it melts do a malfunctioning freezer. Squeeze hits up a skateboarder resting on a bench who can't her because he's listening to music on headphones.
-->'''Squeeze''': You know, the yummy stuff you get in a cone!
-->'''Skateboarder''': No, I don't have a phone! But I think there might be a pay phone over there. (''points and skates away'')


-->'''Funshine:''' ''A [[PieInTheFace pie in the face]] / A banana in your ear...''

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-->'''Funshine:''' ''A [[PieInTheFace pie in the face]] PieInTheFace / A banana in your ear...''



You really think I asked him for a giant tick?[[note]]similar punchlines include [[BiggusDickus "twelve-inch pianist", "big clock",]] etc.[[/note]]

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You really think I asked him for a giant tick?[[note]]similar punchlines include [[BiggusDickus [[BiggerIsBetterInBed "twelve-inch pianist", "big clock",]] etc.[[/note]]



* Parodied in one episode of ''Series/RadioActive'': [[CloudCuckooLander George]] is trying to tell Kevin something, but Kevin is listening to loud music on his headphones. George waves his hands wildly and mouths something; Kevin takes off his headphones and says, "Sorry, music, I couldn't hear you?", and George replies, "Oh, I know, that's why I didn't say anything.", before commencing with what he ''actually'' wanted to tell Kevin.

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* Parodied in one episode of ''Series/RadioActive'': [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} George]] is trying to tell Kevin something, but Kevin is listening to loud music on his headphones. George waves his hands wildly and mouths something; Kevin takes off his headphones and says, "Sorry, music, I couldn't hear you?", and George replies, "Oh, I know, that's why I didn't say anything.", before commencing with what he ''actually'' wanted to tell Kevin.



* [[GoodIsNotNice The Paragon choice]] in the final dialogue with [[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Shepard quipping "Sorry, I can't hear you. I'm getting a lot of bullshit on this line." [[ShutUpHannibal in his face.]]

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* [[GoodIsNotNice The Paragon choice]] in the final dialogue with [[MagnificentBastard the Illusive Man]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Shepard quipping "Sorry, I can't hear you. I'm getting a lot of bullshit on this line." line" [[ShutUpHannibal in his face.]]face]].

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* This is a standard gambit of WebVideo/{{Kitboga}}, a scam-baiter, either to waste a bit of scammer time, or to play dumb when he pretends to redeem gift cards, etc.and the scammers shout for him not to do it.

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* A man sees his friend walking down the street carrying a monstrously huge bug on his back and an ornate bottle in his hand.
-->Where the hell did you get that, Bob?\\
Found a bottle with a wish-granting genie. Gonna see if the zoo wants to buy this off me.\\
Wish-granting genie? Can I try?\\
Sure.\\
OK, genie, I wish for a million bucks!\\
-The street fills with quacking as innumerable ducks appear.-\\
What the hell!? I asked for a million bucks, not a million ducks!\\
You really think I asked him for a giant tick?[[note]]similar punchlines include [[BiggusDickus "twelve-inch pianist", "big clock",]] etc.[[/note]]
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'''Kelly:''' Saggitarius!\\

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'''Kelly:''' Saggitarius!\\Sagittarius!\\

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* In ''Literature/TheBagthorpeSaga'', Grandpa Alfred Bagthorpe is 85 years old and has lost some of his hearing, but not as much as everyone else thinks; he mostly uses his hearing loss as a convenient excuse to tune out the boasting and arguments that dominate family conversations. His son-in-law, Russell, describes him as "S.D." - not, as his nephew Jack guesses, "Stone Deaf", but "Selectively Deaf".

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* Invoked (again) by ComicBook/{{Ares}} when he tried to PoliceBrutality his half-brother, the ComicBook/IncredibleHercules. He claimed he could not hear ComicBook/WonderMan and Herc telling him not to shoot over his returning fire... [[FridgeLogic which he only started shooting]] [[ImplausibleDeniability AFTER Wondy said his piece]].

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* In the picture book ''Listen, Buddy'', the whole life of the title character, Buddy the rabbit, is essentially this. His parents send him to get a basket of squash, he comes back with a basket of wash (laundry). They tell him to buy fifteen tomatoes, he comes back with 50 potatoes. His father tells him to bring him a pen, he comes back with a hen. Then, one day, his not listening properly leads him to the home of the ill-tempered Scruffy Varmint. Said varmint tries to enlist his help in making soup, but he annoys the varmint so much with his shenanigans until he declares that he's having bunnyrabbit soup. Buddy listens to this and hops away faster than he's ever hopped in his life and when his parents ask him for something, he finally listens.


* In the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' games (as of [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation 3]]), the ability Soundproof [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin makes the Pokémon that has it immune to sound-based moves]], such as Sing, Uproar, Screech, etc.

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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games (as of [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Generation 3]]), the ability Soundproof [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin makes the Pokémon that has it immune to sound-based moves]], such as Sing, Uproar, Screech, etc.

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