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Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene. Contrast PoseOfSilence. FakeLoud is an inversion; supposedly loud noises that aren't actually loud.

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Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene. Contrast PoseOfSilence. FakeLoud is an inversion; supposedly loud noises a noise that aren't conveys loudness without actually being loud.

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* In the Discworld novel ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', Moist deliberately uses this technique at one point to cause maximum inconvenience and embarrassment to his conversational target.


--> '''George Sr.''': (whispers) "[[YouFailLawForever They cannot convict a husband and wife for the same crime]]..."

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--> '''George Sr.''': (whispers) "[[YouFailLawForever "[[ArtisticLicenseLaw They cannot convict a husband and wife for the same crime]]..."


Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene. Contrast PoseOfSilence.

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Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene. Contrast PoseOfSilence.
PoseOfSilence. FakeLoud is an inversion; supposedly loud noises that aren't actually loud.


** In the first episode of the 2011 series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions discuss an AwfulTruth that they absolutely cannot tell the Doctor...under the glass floor of the TARDIS console room, with him directly above them. Then he actually interrupts their conversation by sticking his head down over the edge of the floor and tells them to come up top. There is no way he could not have heard it. This led to a WMG that the Doctor actually overheard them, and is currently [[ThePlan planning a way out]] of that AwfulTruth. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople Supported?]].

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** In the first episode of the 2011 series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions discuss an AwfulTruth that they absolutely cannot tell the Doctor...under the glass floor of the TARDIS console room, with him directly above them. Then he actually interrupts their conversation by sticking his head down over the edge of the floor and tells them to come up top. There is no way he could not have heard it. This led to a WMG that the Doctor actually overheard them, and is currently [[ThePlan planning a way out]] of that AwfulTruth. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople Supported?]].


* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': Used when Romilda Vane invites Harry to join her compartment and her insult to Neville and Luna is actually described as being "in a stage whisper."

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'': When Dean Thomas complains about exam results being sent home during the holiday meaning he'll have to worry about them during it he is said to do so in a loud whisper. Probably due to the only person in the room he may not have wanted to hear him being [=McGonnagal=] and even she was unlikely to rebuke him over it that year seeing as she'd just asked them not to intentionally fail or get caught cheating just because it would reflect poorly on Umbridge in a way that implied she'd understand if they wanted to.
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''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'': Used when Romilda Vane invites Harry to join her compartment and her insult to Neville and Luna is actually described as being "in a stage whisper."


Commonly PlayedForLaughs in modern films by characters who will make overly-loud whispers that are easily heard by the other characters on-stage that were meant to not hear it. Also, very common in [[{{Love}} romance films]] to set the appropriate tone.

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Commonly PlayedForLaughs in modern films by characters who will make overly-loud whispers that are easily heard by the other characters on-stage that were meant to not hear it. Also, very common in [[{{Love}} [[LoveTropes romance films]] to set the appropriate tone.


* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[AgentsOfSHIELDS1E13TRACKS "T.R.A.C.K.S.",]] the team is on a public train in Italy, yet discuss their plans without noticeably lowering their voices.

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[AgentsOfSHIELDS1E13TRACKS [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E13TRACKS "T.R.A.C.K.S.",]] the team is on a public train in Italy, yet discuss their plans without noticeably lowering their voices.



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* More polite people will actively ignore friends, family members, or coworkers speaking in hushed tones even if they can easily hear them and thus have no idea what they were talking about if pressed later.
* A whisper is actually very noticeable as it sounds fundamentally different than regular conversation. Thus, the best way to avoid being heard is to speak low and quietly but in an otherwise normal tone of voice.
** A whisper is also very distinctly different to most sounds in nature - military who spend time outdoors covertly learn that a low voice could be anything nearby and will arouse a lot less suspicion than a human whisper, which sounds like nothing else than a human whisper.
* Actors and other people behind the scenes during a play obviously shouldn't be talking but they are specifically told that if they absolutely ''have to'' say something, they should never whisper but speak in low tones instead because a whisper is more likely to be heard by the audience.[[note]]At least in my theatre this was the instruction.[[/note]]
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Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene.

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Compare LittleNo and ActionFilmQuietDramaScene.
ActionFilmQuietDramaScene. Contrast PoseOfSilence.


** In the first episode of the 2011 series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions discuss an AwfulTruth that they absolutely cannot tell the Doctor...under the glass floor of the TARDIS console room, with him directly above them. Then he actually interrupts their conversation by sticking his head down over the edge of the floor and tells them to come up top. There is no way he could not have heard it. This led to a WMG that the Doctor actually overheard them, and is currently [[ThePlan planinig a way out]] of that AwfulTruth. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople Supported?]].

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** In the first episode of the 2011 series of ''Series/DoctorWho'', the companions discuss an AwfulTruth that they absolutely cannot tell the Doctor...under the glass floor of the TARDIS console room, with him directly above them. Then he actually interrupts their conversation by sticking his head down over the edge of the floor and tells them to come up top. There is no way he could not have heard it. This led to a WMG that the Doctor actually overheard them, and is currently [[ThePlan planinig planning a way out]] of that AwfulTruth. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E6TheAlmostPeople Supported?]].


* ''{{Frasier}}'''s kitchen has no door separating it from the living room, and part of one of its walls is just a stack of shelves open to both the living room and the kitchen, offering no real barrier to sound. But when two characters need to have a private conversation, they need only step into the kitchen and speak normally, and it's guaranteed that no-one in the living room will overhear them.

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* ''{{Frasier}}'''s ''Series/{{Frasier}}'''s kitchen has no door separating it from the living room, and part of one of its walls is just a stack of shelves open to both the living room and the kitchen, offering no real barrier to sound. But when two characters need to have a private conversation, they need only step into the kitchen and speak normally, and it's guaranteed that no-one in the living room will overhear them.



* Parodied in ''TheYoungOnes'' episode "Boring", where Neil is heard shouting to the others from the doorway. This is obviously meant to be private, even though the person he's talking about is right in front of him.
* Killed to death with a hammer in Series/ICarly. In fact, in one scene, Carly and Freddie are all but ''screaming'' while whispering at each other in the kitchen, while people are right in the living room. There is no wall separating the two rooms.

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* Parodied in ''TheYoungOnes'' ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' episode "Boring", where Neil is heard shouting to the others from the doorway. This is obviously meant to be private, even though the person he's talking about is right in front of him.
* Killed to death with a hammer in Series/ICarly.''Series/ICarly''. In fact, in one scene, Carly and Freddie are all but ''screaming'' while whispering at each other in the kitchen, while people are right in the living room. There is no wall separating the two rooms.



* The zombie episode of ''TheMiddleman'' had the Middleman and Wendy discuss the need to [[ZombieInfectee kill a possibly infected man]], who is absolutely horrified since he's just a few feet away and can hear every word they say.

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* The zombie episode of ''TheMiddleman'' ''Series/TheMiddleman'' had the Middleman and Wendy discuss the need to [[ZombieInfectee kill a possibly infected man]], who is absolutely horrified since he's just a few feet away and can hear every word they say.


* Originally played straight on ''{{Psych}}'', but as the seasons went by they were more prone to subversions.

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* Originally played straight on ''{{Psych}}'', ''Series/{{Psych}}'', but as the seasons went by they were more prone to subversions.



* From ''{{Friends}}'', Joey and Chandler are having a conversation, when Joey lets slip he knows Chandler and Monica are having money problems. To cover up the fact that Monica told him this secret, Joey quickly spins a lie about figuring it out on his own. As soon as Chandler buys into the lie, Joey, still sitting the ''exact same'' distance away and barely lowering his voice at all, says to himself, "That's the fastest I've ever thought!" Chandler doesn't even seem aware that Joey's said anything at all.
** Probably looks out of place because ''{{Friends}}'' normally makes liberal use of InnerMonologue.

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* From ''{{Friends}}'', ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey and Chandler are having a conversation, when Joey lets slip he knows Chandler and Monica are having money problems. To cover up the fact that Monica told him this secret, Joey quickly spins a lie about figuring it out on his own. As soon as Chandler buys into the lie, Joey, still sitting the ''exact same'' distance away and barely lowering his voice at all, says to himself, "That's the fastest I've ever thought!" Chandler doesn't even seem aware that Joey's said anything at all.
** Probably looks out of place because ''{{Friends}}'' ''Series/{{Friends}}'' normally makes liberal use of InnerMonologue.


* At one point in ''Series/{{Sirens}}'' the crew meet a man with a carrot up his, ahem, bottom. When one of them starts freaking out he gets called away for a private discussion. About two feet away from where he was just standing sort-of near a corner.
* That70sShow - in the episode "Vanstock", the group takes Kelso's van to a Woodstock-like venue. Eric, Donna and Fez are sitting in the back of the van, discussing how Kelso is [[spoiler: cheating on Jackie with Laurie.]] Kelso, Jackie and Laurie are sitting in the front of the van, and we can actually ''see'' Eric, Donna and Kelso mere feet away from them. It's completely silent in the front of the van until Jackie breaks the silence; there's no way they couldn't have heard them.

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* At one point in ''Series/{{Sirens}}'' ''Series/SirensUK'' the crew meet a man with a carrot up his, ahem, bottom. When one of them starts freaking out he gets called away for a private discussion. About two feet away from where he was just standing sort-of near a corner.
* That70sShow ''Series/That70sShow'' - in the episode "Vanstock", the group takes Kelso's van to a Woodstock-like venue. Eric, Donna and Fez are sitting in the back of the van, discussing how Kelso is [[spoiler: cheating on Jackie with Laurie.]] Kelso, Jackie and Laurie are sitting in the front of the van, and we can actually ''see'' Eric, Donna and Kelso mere feet away from them. It's completely silent in the front of the van until Jackie breaks the silence; there's no way they couldn't have heard them.


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* In "The Oldest Established" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'', one of the choruses suddenly drops to this volume for the words "crap game."

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