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This trope describes any moment in a narrative where the action has hit a low point, when anyone who's paying attention would notice that a RandomEncounter could, or should, appear at any instant. Fairly often [[TemptingFate something will happen within a minute]], which will lead another character to say "YouJustHadToSayIt".

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This trope describes any moment in a narrative where the action has hit a low point, point when anyone who's paying attention would notice that a RandomEncounter could, or should, appear at any instant. Fairly often [[TemptingFate something will happen within a minute]], which will lead another character to say "YouJustHadToSayIt".



* ''ComicBook/UltimateVision'': The Gah Lak Tus module landed in a military base. Vision and Tarleton arrive to the place. No guards, nobody around. Even the comms chatter ceased, except for the automated distress calls.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateVision'': The Gah Lak Tus module landed in a military base. Vision and Tarleton arrive to at the place. No guards, nobody around. Even the comms chatter ceased, except for the automated distress calls.






** "It's quiet... Too quiet... I like i better when it's a little more less quiet..."

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** "It's quiet... Too quiet... I like i it better when it's a little more less quiet..."



* In the movie ''Film/TheMarksman'', the main character runs back late to the extraction point, he can clearly hear the helicopter waiting although he's still in enemy territory, he turns around frequently watching for potential pursuers, but after a while he stops, and notices no one is chasing him. He correctly assesses he and his team have been set up, and the extraction chopper is destroyed shortly after by a traitor.

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* In the movie ''Film/TheMarksman'', the main character runs back late to the extraction point, he can clearly hear the helicopter waiting although he's still in enemy territory, he turns around frequently watching for potential pursuers, but after a while he stops, stops and notices no one is chasing him. He correctly assesses he and his team have been set up, and the extraction chopper is destroyed shortly after by a traitor.



* ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}''. During their raid on a Soviet chemical plant, James Bond remarks to fellow agent Alec Trevelyan, "It's too easy", realizing that they've encountered zero difficulty in breaching what should be a very secure facility. [[spoiler: He's right, of course. Not only do alarms finally start to go off once they reach an inescapable area, the whole thing is a setup to allow a cover for Trevelyan's defection.]]

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* ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}''. During their raid on a Soviet chemical plant, James Bond remarks to fellow agent Alec Trevelyan, "It's too easy", realizing that they've encountered zero difficulty in breaching what should be a very secure facility. [[spoiler: He's right, of course. Not only do alarms finally start to go off once they reach an inescapable area, but the whole thing is also a setup to allow a cover for Trevelyan's defection.]]



* In ''Film/BridgeAtRemagen'', a US Army unit approaches a German town and the Lieutenant orders all stop because it looks too easy; there are no apparent defences of any kind. His Captain upbraids him for cowardice and proceeds ahead as point, and is promptly killed by a hidden panzerfaust wielding soldier.

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* In ''Film/BridgeAtRemagen'', a US Army unit approaches a German town and the Lieutenant orders all stop because it looks too easy; there are no apparent defences of any kind. His Captain upbraids him for cowardice and proceeds ahead as point, point and is promptly killed by a hidden panzerfaust wielding soldier.



* Cited in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', where the screen description mentions that Atlanta was under siege for weeks. ". . .then fell a silence, more terrifying than the sound of the cannon." And with good reason--the army has stopped fighting back, because the opposing army is invading.
* Harry mentions this in ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'',right before the shootout in front of the hotel.

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* Cited in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', where the screen description mentions that Atlanta was under siege for weeks. ". . ."...then fell a silence, more terrifying than the sound of the cannon." And with good reason--the reason -- the army has stopped fighting back, back because the opposing army is invading.
* Harry mentions this in ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'',right ''Film/ToHaveAndHaveNot'', right before the shootout in front of the hotel.



* Explained and developed in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', particularly during the Quarter Quell. Katniss comes from a mining district and knows that when a mine canary stops singing, the air is growing foul and danger is imminent. One tribute is singing constantly. The group figure--correctly--that when she stops singing, danger is approaching them and they should get out of there.

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* Explained and developed in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', particularly during the Quarter Quell. Katniss comes from a mining district and knows that when a mine canary stops singing, the air is growing foul and danger is imminent. One tribute is singing constantly. The group figure--correctly--that figure -- correctly -- that when she stops singing, danger is approaching them and they should get out of there.



* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the northern parts of Providence are strangely silent and devoid of activity. Rob notes that while this seems to be better than the news of raiders coming from all other regions of the land, it's still creepy and suggests that there's something worse happenning there.

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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', the northern parts of Providence are strangely silent and devoid of activity. Rob notes that while this seems to be better than the news of raiders coming from all other regions of the land, it's still creepy and suggests that there's something worse happenning happening there.



* Officer Reed on an episode of ''Series/AdamTwelve'': "It's almost too quiet." On a prowler call Reed and Malloy suspect is a setup to lure them into an ambush - turns out to be just the "normal" amount of quiet after all, as it was, in fact, just a prowler call.

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* Officer Reed on an episode of ''Series/AdamTwelve'': "It's almost too quiet." On a prowler call call, Reed and Malloy suspect is a setup to lure them into an ambush - turns out to be just the "normal" amount of quiet after all, as it was, in fact, just a prowler call.



** Psi police agent Bester finds that a part of the B5 station is "just too quiet" and so this must be place where telepaths are hiding, because they suppress all their thoughts.

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** Psi police agent Bester finds that a part of the B5 station is "just too quiet" and so this must be the place where telepaths are hiding, hiding because they suppress all their thoughts.



* A late episode of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' has the rangers patrolling the city, and two of them independantly note that it's too quiet. Might be worth mentioning that the delivery of the lines make the dialog feel a little more natural, rather than the characters just repeating a cliche.

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* A late episode of ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' has the rangers patrolling the city, and two of them independantly independently note that it's too quiet. Might be worth mentioning that the delivery of the lines make the dialog feel a little more natural, rather than the characters just repeating a cliche.



* ''Series/{{UFO}}'' episode "The Sound of Silence". Twice while near a lake a woman mentions that there's no sound from local animals. This is because there's a UFO hiding in the lake and a bodysnatching alien wandering around nearby.

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* ''Series/{{UFO}}'' episode "The Sound of Silence". Twice while near a lake a woman mentions that there's no sound from local animals. This is because there's a UFO hiding in the lake and a bodysnatching body-snatching alien wandering around nearby.



** The episode "The Body" deals with the (non-supernatural) death of [[spoiler:Joyce]] and has absolutely no music in it at all, apart opening and closing credits. The entire episodes feels unnaturally quiet, and the effect is more than a little unsettling.

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** The episode "The Body" deals with the (non-supernatural) death of [[spoiler:Joyce]] and has absolutely no music in it at all, apart from opening and closing credits. The entire episodes episode feels unnaturally quiet, and the effect is more than a little unsettling.



** In "The Day The World Went Away", Reese and Fusco go to a office that they suspect is a front for criminal activity. After a few minutes in a waiting room, Reese says "What to you hear?" Fusco responds "Nothing." They realize the busy office has been evacuated, just before the hit squad arrives for them.

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** In "The Day The World Went Away", Reese and Fusco go to a an office that they suspect is a front for criminal activity. After a few minutes in a waiting room, Reese says "What to do you hear?" Fusco responds "Nothing." They realize the busy office has been evacuated, just before the hit squad arrives for them.



* At the end of the "In the Jungle" song from ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'', there's a brief moment of silence, followed by B2 noting "It's gone very quiet, B1," to which B1 replies "It's gone very, very quite B2. Maybe even..."

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* At the end of the "In the Jungle" song from ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'', there's a brief moment of silence, followed by B2 noting "It's gone very quiet, B1," to which B1 replies "It's gone very, very quite quiet B2. Maybe even..."



* Used as a device in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and, to the lesser extent, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. When you travel cross-country, there is usually soft music in the background. When you enter dangerous area with enemies lurking about, the music fades and there is a brief moment of silence before enemies engage you and the combat music starts playing. When player reacts quickly and plays a stealthy character this can nicely increase the suspense value of stalking the enemies.

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* Used as a device in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' and, to the lesser extent, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. When you travel cross-country, there is usually soft music in the background. When you enter a dangerous area with enemies lurking about, the music fades and there is a brief moment of silence before enemies engage you and the combat music starts playing. When player reacts quickly and plays a stealthy character this can nicely increase the suspense value of stalking the enemies.



** In ''Videogame/Left4Dead2'''s single player mode called "Last Man On Earth", you're the only survivor in the game. Not only does your survivor continually [[GoMadFromTheIsolation talk as if the other survivors are still there]], they occasionally shout out something along the lines of "Hello?" or "Is anyone out there?".

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** In ''Videogame/Left4Dead2'''s single player single-player mode called "Last Man On Earth", you're the only survivor in the game. Not only does your survivor continually [[GoMadFromTheIsolation talk as if the other survivors are still there]], they occasionally shout out something along the lines of "Hello?" or "Is anyone out there?".



** When Solid Snake reaches the titular mech, he remarks over radio to his friend Otacon that there is a conspicuous complete lack of guards, or any security at all for that matter. Turns out [[spoiler:it is because the villains wants Snake to reach the Metal Gear as a part of their plan]].

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** When Solid Snake reaches the titular mech, he remarks over radio to his friend Otacon that there is a conspicuous complete lack of guards, guards or any security at all for that matter. Turns out [[spoiler:it is because the villains wants want Snake to reach the Metal Gear as a part of their plan]].



** The trope is done more seriously in season 12; to reach Sarge, Donut, Lopez and Wash, the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew cause a little havoc in the military base. After some exposition is delivered, Simmons realizes that everything has gone quiet; what happened to the alarms?

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** The trope is done more seriously in season 12; to reach Sarge, Donut, Lopez Lopez, and Wash, the rest of the Blood Gulch Crew cause a little havoc in the military base. After some exposition is delivered, Simmons realizes that everything has gone quiet; what happened to the alarms?



** Mikey says it himself a few episodes later, and immediately adds that [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat he'd always wanted to say it]].

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** Mikey says it himself a few episodes later, later and immediately adds that [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat he'd always wanted to say it]].



* Said by Doc in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' as the team are patrolling the streets of [[WretchedHive Tortuna]]. Doc was probably being his usual DeadpanSnarker self with the comment, but quiet streets on a planet that puts 1700's Port Royale to shame usually ''does'' mean trouble.

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* Said by Doc in ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' as the team are is patrolling the streets of [[WretchedHive Tortuna]]. Doc was probably being his usual DeadpanSnarker self with the comment, but quiet streets on a planet that puts 1700's Port Royale to shame usually ''does'' mean trouble.



--> Dr. Watson and Sir Henry Baskerville are having supper in Baskerville Hall, when they are startled by a terrible howl.

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--> Dr. Watson and Sir Henry Baskerville are having supper in Baskerville Hall, Hall when they are startled by a terrible howl.



* A man worked on the production line at the same company for over 50 years. He woke to the sound of the same alarm clock every weekday at 7am. During the whole of his working life never missed a single day. Finally, the day arrived, a Tuesday, when he was able to take his well-earned retirement. He arrived home after attending a works ceremony in which he was presented with an engraved tin mug. He kissed his wife and told her that the next day he was going to have the first ever long lie-in of his life. He took the alarm clock out into the yard and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. At 7am the next morning, the absent alarm clock duly failed to ring. The man jumped up from his sleep and yelled, "What the hell was that?"

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* A man worked on the production line at the same company for over 50 years. He woke to the sound of the same alarm clock every weekday at 7am.7 AM. During the whole of his working life never missed a single day. Finally, the day arrived, a Tuesday, when he was able to take his well-earned retirement. He arrived home after attending a works ceremony in which he was presented with an engraved tin mug. He kissed his wife and told her that the next day he was going to have the first ever first-ever long lie-in of his life. He took the alarm clock out into the yard and smashed it to pieces with a hammer. At 7am 7 AM the next morning, the absent alarm clock duly failed to ring. The man jumped up from his sleep and yelled, "What the hell was that?"



* Orchestra performers decided to play a joke on their conductor during practice, and at a pre-arranged bar in the score they all abruptly stopped playing. The sudden unexpected silence so startled the conductor he fell off the podium.

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* Orchestra performers decided to play a joke on their conductor during practice, and at a pre-arranged bar in the score score, they all abruptly stopped playing. The sudden unexpected silence so startled the conductor he fell off the podium.






* This first developed from the fact that natural background noise in the wilderness will disappear when the animals making the noise are alerted to intruders. If you are in the woods, and everything suddenly goes quiet, it is a safe bet that [[ParanoiaFuel you are not alone]]. It can be so eerie that some people swear they had a brush with the supernatural after experiencing "The Silence." Scuba divers are also warned to take note if all the fish disappear, as there's a good chance that they're fleeing a predator--a shark, a giant squid, etc.

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* This first developed from the fact that natural background noise in the wilderness will disappear when the animals making the noise are alerted to intruders. If you are in the woods, and everything suddenly goes quiet, it is a safe bet that [[ParanoiaFuel you are not alone]]. It can be so eerie that some people swear they had a brush with the supernatural after experiencing "The Silence." Scuba divers are also warned to take note if all the fish disappear, as there's a good chance that they're fleeing a predator--a predator -- a shark, a giant squid, etc.



* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin demanded that no one around him ever walk quietly, because he was very paranoid about possible assassination. [[ProperlyParanoid Five assassination attempts could have something to do with that]]. Anyone caught without shoes in Stalin's hardwood-floored dacha was to be shot on sight.

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* UsefulNotes/JosefStalin demanded that no one around him ever walk quietly, quietly because he was very paranoid about possible assassination. [[ProperlyParanoid Five assassination attempts could have something to do with that]]. Anyone caught without shoes in Stalin's hardwood-floored dacha was to be shot on sight.



** In his stand up special ''Lock 'n Load'', Creator/DenisLeary mentioned how much he missed quiet in his house with 7 and 5 year old kids, and one day when he was reading the paper enjoying a rare dose of quiet, it suddenly hit him that he hadn't seen the kids in a while. Turns out one of them was defacing his truck, and the other was giving the dog a bath. In the toilet.
*** In a similar fashion, many people find it worrying if others they live with are asleep and are absolutely silent. Whilst many find heavy snoring or sleep breathing annoying, it is at least a sign the person is ok. Sleep apnea is particularly bad about this, because you can ''always'' notice when the person has stopped breathing, which will happen several times during the night.

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** In his stand up special ''Lock 'n Load'', Creator/DenisLeary mentioned how much he missed quiet in his house with 7 and 5 year old 5-year-old kids, and one day when he was reading the paper enjoying a rare dose of quiet, it suddenly hit him that he hadn't seen the kids in a while. Turns out one of them was defacing his truck, and the other was giving the dog a bath. In the toilet.
*** In a similar fashion, many people find it worrying if others they live with are asleep and are absolutely silent. Whilst many find heavy snoring or sleep breathing annoying, it is at least a sign the person is ok. Sleep apnea is particularly bad about this, this because you can ''always'' notice when the person has stopped breathing, which will happen several times during the night.



* In 2008, the USAF held a major air exercise over Alaska, primarily to test the [[RealLife/CoolPlane F-22]]. Observers of the exercise ([[CurbStompBattle 220-to-0 kill ratio]] in the F-22s' favor, in case you were wondering) noted that the conventional "Red Force" had its usual share of radio chatter, but the F-22s had... silence. All the information was datalinked, and the only radio messages were for kills. More than one Air Force officer said that it was rather eerie.
** Walk out on a USAF flightline on a rare day when no one is working and you'll have to clear your throat to make sure you still have your hearing.

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* In 2008, the USAF held a major air exercise over Alaska, primarily to test the [[RealLife/CoolPlane F-22]]. Observers of the exercise ([[CurbStompBattle 220-to-0 kill ratio]] in the F-22s' favor, in case you were wondering) noted that the conventional "Red Force" had its usual share of radio chatter, but the F-22s had... silence. All the information was datalinked, data-linked, and the only radio messages were for kills. More than one Air Force officer said that it was rather eerie.
** Walk out on a USAF flightline flight line on a rare day when no one is working and you'll have to clear your throat to make sure you still have your hearing.



* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a Russian nuclear physicist came to the conclusion that the Americans were working on an atom bomb because American science journals were no longer publishing articles on nuclear fission, which he thought meant that their research was getting classified. This led to the Soviet nuclear program, which had been put on hold after the German invasion of 1941, to be relaunched. Actually though, even before the launch of Project Manhattan, the scientist working in the US had already come to a voluntary agreement not to do so in order to prevent German nuclear scientists from making use of it to build an nuclear weapons for Nazi Germany.
* Germany's greatest defensive tactician of 1943-44, General Gotthard Heinrici, was famed for an almost psychic talent for predicting when a Soviet Combined-Arms Army was about to begin a Breakthrough-Offensive Operation in his sector - which he humbly and [[InvokedTrope somewhat misleadingly attributed to]] the trope of suspicious silence. In fact, it derived from close observation of previous Soviet bombardment schedules. [[note]] In this period, Soviet offensives were always preceded by earth-shatteringly large artillery barrages on all known and suspected German artillery, AT, and machine gun positions - but due to the inexperience of the gunners, they [[StrictlyFormula tended to be too formulaic]] and whenever they were forced to rush offensive preparations [[EnforcedTrope they often re-used bombardment schedules from previous offensives]]. By taking note of these tendencies, Heinrici was able to repeatedly withdraw troops from their positions and then rush them back in time to conduct a stronger defense from prepared positions against the assault by the Soviet Combined-Arms Army's assault guns + tanks + infantry. Heinrici's 'talent' faded as his opponents' skills and repertoire grew, but he had one final success during the ''Berlin Offensive'' of April 1945, when Georgy Zhukov was demoted from the Strategic role in which he excelled to Operational command of the 1st Belorussian Front. As always when he had taken Operational command, Zhukov tried to use a BoringButPractical preparatory bombardment - and was outfoxed by Heinrici, giving Ivan Konev's 2nd Ukrainian Front a two day head start in the race for Berlin. [[/note]]

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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, a Russian nuclear physicist came to the conclusion that the Americans were working on an atom bomb because American science journals were no longer publishing articles on nuclear fission, which he thought meant that their research was getting classified. This led to the Soviet nuclear program, which had been put on hold after the German invasion of 1941, to be relaunched. Actually though, even before the launch of Project Manhattan, the scientist working in the US had already come to a voluntary agreement not to do so in order to prevent German nuclear scientists from making use of it to build an a nuclear weapons weapon for Nazi Germany.
* Germany's greatest defensive tactician of 1943-44, General Gotthard Heinrici, was famed for an almost psychic talent for predicting when a Soviet Combined-Arms Army was about to begin a Breakthrough-Offensive Operation in his sector - which he humbly and [[InvokedTrope somewhat misleadingly attributed to]] the trope of suspicious silence. In fact, it derived from close observation of previous Soviet bombardment schedules. [[note]] In this period, Soviet offensives were always preceded by earth-shatteringly large artillery barrages on all known and suspected German artillery, AT, and machine gun machine-gun positions - but due to the inexperience of the gunners, they [[StrictlyFormula tended to be too formulaic]] and whenever they were forced to rush offensive preparations [[EnforcedTrope they often re-used bombardment schedules from previous offensives]]. By taking note of these tendencies, Heinrici was able to repeatedly withdraw troops from their positions and then rush them back in time to conduct a stronger defense from prepared positions against the assault by the Soviet Combined-Arms Army's assault guns + tanks + infantry. Heinrici's 'talent' faded as his opponents' skills and repertoire grew, but he had one final success during the ''Berlin Offensive'' of April 1945, when Georgy Zhukov was demoted from the Strategic role in which he excelled to Operational command of the 1st Belorussian Front. As always when he had taken Operational command, Zhukov tried to use a BoringButPractical preparatory bombardment - and was outfoxed by Heinrici, giving Ivan Konev's 2nd Ukrainian Front a two day two-day head start in the race for Berlin. [[/note]]


[[caption-width-right:320:But with all those bulletholes it must have been quite noisy at one stage!]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:But with all those bulletholes bulletholes, it must have been quite noisy at one stage!]]


The setting is ominous: a dungeon, perhaps, or a dark wood. Not one where the wary or cowardly tread, that's for sure. The heroes, (no idiots, they!) ready themselves for an enemy attack that could come at any moment. After all, there MUST be danger nearby...right. It seems safe for now, though...or is it?

Someone has to break the silence, and only one line will do: ''"It's quiet...too quiet."''

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The setting is ominous: a dungeon, perhaps, or a dark wood. Not one where the wary or cowardly tread, that's for sure. The heroes, (no idiots, they!) ready themselves for an enemy attack that could come at any moment. After all, there MUST be danger nearby...right. right? It seems safe for now, though...though... or is it?

Someone has to break the silence, and only one line will do: ''"It's quiet... too quiet."''



At least partially TruthInTelevision; in forests and crowded cities, there's always stuff making noise - insects, birds, etc...[[ParanoiaFuel unless they're hiding from something]].

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At least partially TruthInTelevision; in forests and crowded cities, there's always stuff making noise - insects, birds, etc... [[ParanoiaFuel unless they're hiding from something]].


Compare NothingIsScarier and AbsenceOfEvidence.

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Compare NothingIsScarier and AbsenceOfEvidence.
AbsenceOfEvidence. For the ''background music'' going silent, see SuddenSoundtrackStop.


* ''Film/TheFog''. When the title weather phenomena (and the zombies inside of it) are approaching the home where Mrs. Kobritz and Andy are staying, the frogs suddenly stop croaking and the crickets stop chirping, resulting in complete silence.

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* ''Film/TheFog''. When the title weather phenomena (and the zombies inside of it) are approaching the home where Mrs. Kobritz and Andy are staying, the frogs suddenly stop croaking and the crickets stop chirping, croaking, resulting in complete silence.

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* ''Film/TheFog''. When the title weather phenomena (and the zombies inside of it) are approaching the home where Mrs. Kobritz and Andy are staying, the frogs suddenly stop croaking and the crickets stop chirping, resulting in complete silence.

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* In one space arc ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' strip, Guevevere says this to Morgan. Morgan puts on some music.


* A good twist put on it in "Series/DoctorWho" on a couple of occasions, in that it's not that it's quiet, but the fact that it's NOT quiet that's the problem. Two excellent examples of OhCrap moments (both courtesy of Creator/StevenMoffat) follow.

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* A good twist put on it in "Series/DoctorWho" ''Series/DoctorWho'' on a couple of occasions, in that it's not that it's quiet, but the fact that it's NOT quiet that's the problem. Two excellent examples of OhCrap moments (both courtesy of Creator/StevenMoffat) follow.


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** "Voyage of the Damned": The Doctor decides to sneak Astrid onto Mr. Copper's tour group that's teleporting from the ''Titanic'' to Earth. When they arrive, they're on a street in the middle of London. The Doctor realizes something's off because the streets that should be packed with throngs of last-minute Christmas shoppers are abnormally deserted. As in, no people around at all. Except for a newsstand vendor, [[ChekhovsGunman Wilfred Mott]]. So the Doctor approaches him for answers.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Hello there! Sorry, uh, [[AskAStupidQuestion obvious question]], but where's everybody gone?
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' Oh-ho, scared!
-->'''The Doctor:''' Right, yes. ''[double take]'' Scared of what?
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' ''[incredulous]'' Where have you been living? [[CrappyHolidays London at Christmas? Not safe, is it?]]
-->'''The Doctor:''' Why?
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' Well, it's them, up above! ''[points to his TV]'' Look, [[Recap/DoctorWho2005CSTheChristmasInvasion Christmas before last, we had that big bloody spaceship, everyone standing on a roof.]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2006CSTheRunawayBride And then last year, that Christmas star electrocuting all over the place, draining the Thames.]]
-->'''Astrid Peth:''' ''[looking around]'' This place is amazing.
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' ...and this year, Lord knows what. So everybody's scarpered, gone to the country. All except me... and Her Majesty. ''[gestures to the TV]''
-->'''Nicholas Winchell:''' Her Majesty the Queen has confirmed that she will be staying in Buckingham Palace throughout the festive season to show the people of London, and the world, that there's nothing to fear.
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' ''[salutes]'' May God bless her.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Between you and me, I think Her Majesty's got it right. [[TemptingFate This year, as far as I know, nothing to worry about]]- ''[He, Astrid, and the rest of Mr. Copper's party are promptly teleported back to the Titanic]''
-->'''Wilfred Mott:''' Then again...


* This first developed from the fact that natural background noise in the wilderness will disappear when the animals making the noise are alerted to intruders. If you are in the woods, and everything suddenly goes quiet, it is a safe bet that [[ParanoiaFuel you are not alone]]. Scuba divers are also warned to take note if all the fish disappear, as there's a good chance that they're fleeing a predator--a shark, a giant squid, etc.

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* This first developed from the fact that natural background noise in the wilderness will disappear when the animals making the noise are alerted to intruders. If you are in the woods, and everything suddenly goes quiet, it is a safe bet that [[ParanoiaFuel you are not alone]]. It can be so eerie that some people swear they had a brush with the supernatural after experiencing "The Silence." Scuba divers are also warned to take note if all the fish disappear, as there's a good chance that they're fleeing a predator--a shark, a giant squid, etc.

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* Parodied in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78sHSPH9-gA this]] UK Rice Krispies advert from 1991. The reason it's too quiet is that a MadScientist supervillain has ''stolen all the sound''.
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* In ''ComicBook/DarkAvengers'' #10, the Sentry is regarding a small town from the air and says that it's quiet.
-->'''Sentry:''' I'd, you know, say it's ''too'' quiet, but I don't like saying things like that. But it is.

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* It's both stated and shown in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' that if an area under Imperial occupation suddenly has a lot fewer Stormtroopers walking around, it means that they've pulled back in preparation for a massive assault.


* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has this exchange just before the characters are ambushed:

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* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has this exchange just before the characters are ambushed:


*** In a similar fashion, many people find it worrying if others they live with are asleep and are absolutely silent. Whilst many find heavy snoring or sleep breathing annoying, it is at least a sign the person is ok.

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*** In a similar fashion, many people find it worrying if others they live with are asleep and are absolutely silent. Whilst many find heavy snoring or sleep breathing annoying, it is at least a sign the person is ok. Sleep apnea is particularly bad about this, because you can ''always'' notice when the person has stopped breathing, which will happen several times during the night.

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* ''ComicBook/UltimateVision'': The Gah Lak Tus module landed in a military base. Vision and Tarleton arrive to the place. No guards, nobody around. Even the comms chatter ceased, except for the automated distress calls.

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