Follow TV Tropes


Ear Tropes

Go To

A list of tropes dealing with ears or any part of the ear.

See also: Eye Tropes, Nose Tropes, and These Tropes Are Made for Walking

  • Animal-Eared Headband: A headband with fake animal ears on it.
  • Ear Ache: Damage or painful actions done to one's ear(s).
  • Ear Cleaning: Someone cleaning out another's ears, often with an ear pick.
  • Ear Fins: Fins for ears.
  • Ear Notch: A piece of flesh from a character's ear is missing to denote their personality or temperament.
  • Ear-Piercing Plot: A young character wants their ears pierced, but is either too scared to do it or is forbidden from doing so by their parents.
  • Ear Trumpet: A conical hearing aid, occasionally used to show that a work took place a while ago, but usually used for Rule of Funny.
  • Ear Wings: A character or creature with ears large enough to function as wings and allow flight.
  • Ears as Hair: Long ears treated as hair.
  • Expressive Ears: When a character's moods can be read by looking at their ears.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Steam comes out of a character's ears to show that they're embarrassed or angry.
  • In One Ear, Out The Other: Things going directly from one ear to either the brain or other ear.
  • Obligatory Earpiece Touch: Characters communicating via earpiece will feel the need to touch it frequently.
  • Pointy Ears: Ears with points on them.
  • Removing the Earpiece: When a character removes an earpiece, it means they're going to disobey an order, go rogue, or play solo.
  • Sprouting Ears: A character sprouting Unusual Ears or other animal features (paws, tails, etc.) during certain moments to accentuate certain aspects of their personality.
  • Unusual Ears: Characters with non-standard ears.