Echo: Station! Station! Cookie! Station!
Doofenshmirtz: Wait, did you hear that? That "cookie" part? I think my echo is broken. I really do.
Someone notices that the room or canyon they're currently in has a great echo. They shout and get the expected reply. Then they shout something that the echo either refuses to repeat or replies to.
This could be:
- An insult that is spoken in the first person that the echo repeats in the second person.
- A controversial statement that the echo doesn't want to repeat, remaining silent or echoing something completely different.
- A statement or noisy action, such as a sneeze, with a common response, which is replied to, rather than repeated, by the echo.
- An echo in a different accent or language.
This is frequently acknowledged by the person being echoed. A broken echo always follows the Rule of Funny. This is a completely unrealistic trope as an echo is a property of acoustics and in reality, cannot be altered from its original source, or it's not an echo.
This trope does not refer to totaling a Toyota compact.
- In a 2016 commercial for Bai, a man claims it doesn't make sense for bai to be good for you but taste great, much like your echo having a cheeky British accent. He then demonstrates this.
Echo: Hello, you saucy tart!
- In Ghostbusters II, Ray, Egon, and Winston are walking through an abandoned subway tunnel. After Ray and Egon shout down the tunnel and have their calls echoed back to them, Winston tries, only to be greeted with a few ominous seconds of silence, followed by a deep voice slowly growling "WINSTON". Unlike most examples, this is played for horror rather than for comedy.
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, the Grinch gets into an argument with his echo and ends it by saying "I'm an idiot." His echo responds with "You're an idiot." Twice.
- In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, this occurs during the "Heigh-Ho" number, when the Dwarfs introduced digging for diamonds in their mine.
Happy: It ain't no trick to get rich quick.Grumpy: When you dig, dig, dig with a shovel or a pick.Bashful: In a mine! (In a mine!)Sneezy: In a mine! (In a mine!)All: Where a million diamonds...! (Shine!)
Live Action TV
- Played with in The Goodies. The Goodies come across a canyon and use their voices to create an echoing symphony. Eventually one of them gets tired of the racket, walks over to a nearby rock with a dial on it and turns down the volume.
- The Goon Show:
- In "World War One":
Seagoon: Ahh, an echo!
Echo: Ahh, an echo!
Seagoon: Mi mi mi mi mi.
Echo: Mi mi mi mi mi.
Seagoon: I'm an idiot!
Echo: You certainly are!
- In "The Great Bank of England Robbery", Eccles gets in an argument with his echo, thinking it's a real person mocking him — "Who's that?" "Who's that?" "I'm Eccles." "I'm Eccles." "You can't be, I'm Eccles." and so on — even though it's just repeating what he says... until the end of the bit, when this happens:
Eccles: Now then I've got to find Mr. Seagoon.
Echo: Needing me anymore?
Echo: OK, goodbye!
- In "World War One":
- In Peer Gynt, the title character comes across The Sphinx, and decides that it must represent the Boyg. When he calls out to it, "Who are you?", he is surprised to hear his words echoed in German. Berlin dialect, he notes.
- Lampshaded in Rose-Marie with one of the reprises of "Indian Love Call":
When through the valley a voice is calling all alone,
Why does the answering echo sound so very baritone?
- In this Cyanide & Happiness strip, a man notices the cave he's in has an echo and eagerly shouts "I love you!", expecting to hear it back. After a moment of silence, the cave instead replies "Echo... echo... echo..."
- In the Red vs. Blue Season 11 episode "Heavy Mettle" Caboose shouts, "Have a nice day!" Into a cave. His echo replies, "Thanks. you too!"
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, Dale looks into a cave and yells "Hello down there!" The echo repeats this. He then says "Say, you're handsome!" The echo says "Thanks!"
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode, "We Call it Maze," in a slightly different approach to this trope, Dr. Doofenshmirtz shouts "Welcome to my evil space station!" To which his echo replies, "Station... station... COOKIE!... Station" This happens to him again later in the episode. and then to Buford at the end of the episode.
- Looney Tunes:
- In Cross Country Detours, a tourist visits the Grand Canyon and shouts "Hello-o-o-o!" into the canyon, only for there to be no echo. He shouts two more times until he hears a phone operator's voice saying "Sorry, they won't answer."
- In Heaven Scent Pepé Le Pew has Penelope cornered at Echo Point and decides to try something.
Pepe: I, I, I! Love, love, love! You, you, you!
Echo: I love you! I love you! I love you!
Pepe: Pretty good, eh?
- In the Donald Duck cartoon Grand Canyonscope, Donald sneezes and the sneeze echoes all over the Grand Canyon... but then one of the echoes comes out as "Gesundheit". Donald then argues with the echo until the ranger yells "QUIET!", and both Donald and the echo shut up.
- In the 1960s Popeye short The Big Sneeze, Popeye sings his theme song with his echo while climbing French Alps. Subverted when it turns out the "echo" is actually from a hermit called Kasimodo, the Halfback of Notre Dame ("What a way to make a living.")