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* Somewhat justified in ''Manga/WorldTrigger''. WordOfGod says that communicators are a built-in function of all Trion bodies, but many agents choose to wear headsets or earpieces to reduce the 'awkwardness' of looking like they're talking to themselves. However, regardless of whether agents wear earpieces or not, most will still put a hand up to their ear when talking through the comms.
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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters, including Falcon, Black Panther, Cap and Wanda, do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]] It seems to be a bit of an AuthorSavingThrow toward the ''first'' film, where people would just talk and be heard by others miles away with ''no'' clue as to how. Either ''everyone'' has super hearing or ''some'' kind of CommLink ''must'' be in use; later films confirm the latter with gestures suggestive of (very very well hidden) earpieces. Eventually we do see one, small enough to let you tell yourself it was there all along. (If you wonder how it's done in the comics: their ''keycards'' do way more than unlock the front door.)

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* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters, including Falcon, Black Panther, Cap and Wanda, do this [[spoiler:during the battle in Wakanda.]] It seems to be a bit of an AuthorSavingThrow AuthorsSavingThrow toward the ''first'' film, where people would just talk and be heard by others miles away with ''no'' clue as to how. Either ''everyone'' has super hearing or ''some'' kind of CommLink CommLinks ''must'' be in use; later films confirm the latter with gestures suggestive of (very very well hidden) (very, ''very'' well-hidden) earpieces. Eventually we do see one, small enough to let you tell yourself it was there all along. (If you wonder how it's done in the comics: their ''keycards'' do way more than unlock the front door.)


*** In "Absolute Candor", Picard performs this gesture in the flashback while Raffi notifies him about the synth attack on Mars.
*** In "The Impossible Box", Narek taps his earpiece twice as he warns the Romulan Reclamation Site's head of security that [[YouAreNumberSix Employee badge 74983 stroke 2]] is extremely dangerous after Soji escapes from the Zhal Makh meditation chamber.

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*** In "Absolute Candor", "[[Recap/StarTrekPicardS1E04AbsoluteCandor Absolute Candor]]", Picard performs this gesture in the flashback while Raffi notifies him about the synth attack on Mars.
*** In "The "[[Recap/StarTrekPicardS1E06TheImpossibleBox The Impossible Box", Box]]", Narek taps his earpiece twice as he warns the Romulan Reclamation Site's head of security that [[YouAreNumberSix Employee badge 74983 stroke 2]] is extremely dangerous after Soji escapes from the Zhal Makh meditation chamber.


*** In "The Impossible Box", Narek does this twice as he warns the Romulan Reclamation Site's head of security that [[YouAreNumberSix Employee badge 74983 stroke 2]] is extremely dangerous after Soji escapes from the Zhal Makh meditation chamber.

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*** In "The Impossible Box", Narek does this taps his earpiece twice as he warns the Romulan Reclamation Site's head of security that [[YouAreNumberSix Employee badge 74983 stroke 2]] is extremely dangerous after Soji escapes from the Zhal Makh meditation chamber.


* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Uhura would often touch her earpiece when concentrating on an incoming communication. Spock does this once in a while as well. The number of times "Uhura touches earpiece" was one of numerous tracked "Trek Stats" featured in the interactive ''Star Trek 2.0.''

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** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
Uhura would often touch her earpiece when concentrating on an incoming communication. Spock does this once in a while as well. The number of times "Uhura touches earpiece" was one of numerous tracked "Trek Stats" featured in the interactive ''Star Trek 2.0.''''
** ''Series/StarTrekPicard'':
*** In "Absolute Candor", Picard performs this gesture in the flashback while Raffi notifies him about the synth attack on Mars.
*** In "The Impossible Box", Narek does this twice as he warns the Romulan Reclamation Site's head of security that [[YouAreNumberSix Employee badge 74983 stroke 2]] is extremely dangerous after Soji escapes from the Zhal Makh meditation chamber.
*** In "Nepenthe", Narissa presses a button to activate her earpiece just before she asks Narek if he's ready to depart from the Artifact.
*** In "Broken Pieces", Narissa does this again when she demands an update from her subordinate about the whereabouts of "[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer the freak]]" (i.e. Elnor).

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* Parodied on ''Series/TheDailyShow'':
-->'''Jon Stewart''': *holds hand to ear* I'm being told... I'm being told I'm not wearing an earpiece


* ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar:'' Several characters, including Falcon, Black Panther, 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.]]]] It seems to be a bit of an AuthorSavingThrow toward the ''first'' film, where people would just talk and be heard by others miles away with ''no'' clue as to how. Either ''everyone'' has super hearing or ''some'' kind of CommLink ''must'' be in use; later films confirm the latter with gestures suggestive of (very very well hidden) earpieces. Eventually we do see one, small enough to let you tell yourself it was there all along. (If you wonder how it's done in the comics: their ''keycards'' do way more than unlock the front door.)


* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Uhura would often touch her earpiece when concentrating on an incoming communication.

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', Uhura would often touch her earpiece when concentrating on an incoming communication. Spock does this once in a while as well. The number of times "Uhura touches earpiece" was one of numerous tracked "Trek Stats" featured in the interactive ''Star Trek 2.0.''


* Done in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (S20E11 "Fed") when Lupo and Bernard are interrogating a paranoid, ConspiracyTheorist suspect, to play on his fears that "Big Brother" is behind his being brought in.

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* Done in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (S20E11 "Fed") when Lupo and Bernard are interrogating a paranoid, [[TheParanoiac paranoid]], ConspiracyTheorist suspect, to play on his fears that "Big Brother" is behind his being brought in.

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* Done in an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (S20E11 "Fed") when Lupo and Bernard are interrogating a paranoid, ConspiracyTheorist suspect, to play on his fears that "Big Brother" is behind his being brought in.


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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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. 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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* Members of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' have unseen communicators near their ears which apparently need to be touched to transmit. This is to the detriment of Wonder Woman, who, in a combat situation, is left with only one free hand to block attacks with.


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* In issue #20 of ''ComicBook/RedRobin'', [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie]] touches her earpiece, even though it's built in as part of her cowl, while fighting the villain Romeo Void when Tim contacts her to warn her about Calculator being on the move.

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* In issue #20 of ''ComicBook/RedRobin'', [[ComicBook/Batgirl2009 Stephanie]] touches her earpiece, even though it's built in built-in as part of her cowl, cowl while fighting the villain Romeo Void when Tim contacts her to warn her about Calculator being on the move.



* The [=NSA=] agents pursuing videographer Zavitz from ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' all have earpieces, mainly to receive updates from spy satellite pics taken by MissionControl. One agent in particular expects the target to emerge on his street, and fingers his earpiece because he's on a busy, noisy midtown Baltimore thoroughfare. He gets the brotherly counsel from MissionControl: "Turn around, you idiot." Ah, teamwork.

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* The [=NSA=] agents pursuing videographer Zavitz from ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' all have earpieces, mainly to receive updates from spy satellite pics taken by MissionControl. One agent agent, in particular particular, expects the target to emerge on his street, street and fingers his earpiece because he's on a busy, noisy midtown Baltimore thoroughfare. He gets the brotherly counsel from MissionControl: "Turn around, you idiot." Ah, teamwork.



** In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the Legends also use comms with characters sometimes touching them while using them. In fact it appears that touching them actually turns them on and off, as Martin Stein demonstrated.

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** In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', the Legends also use comms with characters sometimes touching them while using them. In fact fact, it appears that touching them actually turns them on and off, as Martin Stein demonstrated.

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