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How do you emphasize that a character equipped with an earpiece for communication, like reporters, bodyguards or Secret Service agents, is currently listening in or talking to the [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection person on the other end]] and not to somebody else in their presence? Simply have them reach up with their hand to their ear while talking. This visual cue can also be played for suspense in cases where we don't hear what's been said over the line but we know by the touch of the ear that an import order has been issued and the hero is now in danger.

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How do you emphasize that a character equipped with an earpiece for communication, like reporters, bodyguards or Secret Service agents, is currently listening in or talking to the [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection person on the other end]] and not to themselves or somebody else in their presence? Simply have them reach up with their hand to their ear while talking. This visual cue can also be played for suspense in cases where we don't hear what's been said over the line but we know by the touch of the ear that an import order has been issued and the hero is now in danger.

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* Spoofed as you'd expect in ''Film/SpyHard'', where the only way to know our hero is communicating is via this gesture, [[KungFoley accompanied by a beeping sound.]] "Ear buttons. They put the receiver right in your head now."


* The [[MenInBlack Agents]] in ''Film/TheMatrix'' do this whenever they receive new orders from the mainframe. Since they don't communicate much except vague menace, this cue is important to signal that they are going to try something new next.

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* The [[MenInBlack [[TheMenInBlack Agents]] in ''Film/TheMatrix'' do this whenever they receive new orders from the mainframe. Since they don't communicate much except vague menace, this cue is important to signal that they are going to try something new next.


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** This receives a CallBack in ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. While teaming up with Eve, Bond tells her to stop touching her ear, and she listens before she can draw attention to herself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' has a variant where there is no earpiece involved, but some characters (mainly Yumi, Ulrich, and Aelita) would put their fingers up to their ears when exploring locations on XANA's Replikas.
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Any character equipped with an earpiece for communication, like reporters, bodyguards or Secret Service agents, will at some point reach up with their hand to their ear to emphasize that they are indeed listening to someone talking. This visual cue can also be played for suspense in cases where we don't hear what's been said over the line but we know by the touch of the ear that an import order has been issued and the hero is now in danger.

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Any How do you emphasize that a character equipped with an earpiece for communication, like reporters, bodyguards or Secret Service agents, will at some point is currently listening in or talking to the [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection person on the other end]] and not to somebody else in their presence? Simply have them reach up with their hand to their ear to emphasize that they are indeed listening to someone while talking. This visual cue can also be played for suspense in cases where we don't hear what's been said over the line but we know by the touch of the ear that an import order has been issued and the hero is now in danger.


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters, including Cap and Wanda, do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]]

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters, including Falcon, Black Panther, Cap and Wanda, do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SpiderManPS4'' - Spidey himself will sometimes do this, usually while talking with Yuri Watanabe (his FriendOnTheForce) or Mary-Jane.


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters including Cap and Wanda do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]]

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters characters, including Cap and Wanda Wanda, do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]]

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* Characters in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series will sometimes do this when communicating with the Normandy or distant squadmates.

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters including Cap and Wanda do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]]


* In issue #167 of the ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'' Tim raises a pair of fingers to his earpiece while listening to the police scanner as he tries to track down the final Arkham escapee from the last group breakout of the notoriously insecure facility.

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* In issue #167 of the ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'' ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'', Tim raises a pair of fingers to his earpiece while listening to the police scanner as he tries to track down the final Arkham escapee from the last group breakout of the notoriously insecure facility.

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* In issue #167 of the ''ComicBook/RobinSeries'' Tim raises a pair of fingers to his earpiece while listening to the police scanner as he tries to track down the final Arkham escapee from the last group breakout of the notoriously insecure facility.


See also PstandardPsychicStance (obligatory forehead touch).

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See also PstandardPsychicStance PstandardPsychicPstance (obligatory forehead touch).


See also PtandardPsychicStance (obligatory forehead touch).

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See also PtandardPsychicStance PstandardPsychicStance (obligatory forehead touch).


See also StandardPsychicStance (obligatory forehead touch).

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See also StandardPsychicStance PtandardPsychicStance (obligatory forehead touch).

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