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Anyone with a basic knowledge of physics knows how sound waves work. Anyone who's been up close to the stage of a rock concert can tell how well they work when it gets loud.

This, though, is that feeling taken beyond what's possible in real life. A sound or series of sounds, if sufficiently loud, will push someone or something around as would the wind of a hurricane or tornado, well beyond what would happen in the Real Life. This trope is almost always played for laughs, but the Rule of Cool has it weaponized now and then as a type of non-standard elemental damage combining aspects of Blow You Away, Glass-Shattering Sound, and Explosion Propulsion.

Note, however, that this doesn't cover sounds that are genuinely that loud, like a rocket launch, nor does it cover giant monsters like Godzilla or King Kong roaring in someone's face, where their breath would come into play.


In Real Life, sounds loud enough to move objects are above decibel level 194. At this level, they are no longer sound waves moving through the air so much as they are shock waves pushing the air along in front of them. You don't want to be anywhere near a place where this trope is happening in real life. It's not a gale, it's a battering ram.

Contrast this trope to Brown Note and Loud of War, where the sound has a purely psychological effect on the target, as opposed to the physical effect of gale-force sound. See also Glass-Shattering Sound, where the effect is limited to glass. Make Me Wanna Shout has a similar effect, but only caused by a person's voice, and it's less frequently used for comedy, and Musical Assassin, who may use their music for this effect (but just as likely play Brown Note music).



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    Asian Animation 
  • In Season 7 episode 20 of Happy Heroes, Ambassador Wang screams at Big M. and Little M. loudly enough to blow them to a nearby tree.
  • One episode of Motu Patlu features a scene where Motu gives such a loud whistle that it blows his friends and various objects (including cars) away like in a bad windstorm.

    Comic Books 
  • Jay Garrick, the original Flash, is fond of using him signature winged helmet as a weapon. One of the methods is to "aim" the inside of it at someone then punch the top of it, creating a loud sonic boom.

    Fan Works 
  • A Chance Meeting of Two Moons: Artemis's Royal Canterlot Voice is sufficient to knock Solaris backward during an argument.
  • Escape From the Moon: In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, Twilight manages to send Spliced Genome flying by the sheer force of the Royal Canterlot Voice when she gets angry at Spliced saying she'd abused Spike by the way she raised him not to horde.
  • The Bridge: Xenilla roaring in Tempest Shadow's face causes her to go unconscious and go flying backwards. Justified as he is a 100+ meter tall kaiju emptying the entire capacity of his lungs directly in front of her.

    Films — Animation 
  • Asterix Versus Caesar: Asterix and Obelix get into an argument in a Roman bathhouse on opposite sides of a curtain in a doorway, which flaps in and out as the two shout at each other.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks: When Rainbow Dash repeats "my band" one time too many, all the other Rainbooms yelling "OUR BAND!" together is enough to blow Dash's hair back.
  • Zigzagged with the Scream-Scream Devil Fruit in One Piece: The Movie; lore-wise, it lets the user, Big Bad El Drago, scream so loudly that it hits like a turbo-charged battering ram, punching through whatever is in the screamer's way. However, it's visually depicted as just a generic energy blast that happens to be launched from the user's mouth.
  • Over the Hedge: During a heist, one of the porcupine kids accidentally turns on a TV, which plays the infamous THX Deep Note. He slides backward as if he were in a wind tunnel, and a few quills are blown off his head, narrowly missing RJ and Verne.
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, Wilbur is playing loud music and can't hear Bernard and Miss Bianca calling him. As Bernard walks over to Wilbur's boom box to turn it off, he is clearly being blown back by the sound.
  • Rock & Rule: a case of mistaken identity on Omar's part culminates with Zip, one of Mok's Dumb Muscle trio, yelling in his face "I'M NOT MOK!!!" loud enough to blow Omar's hair back. It echoes, too.
  • In The Sword in the Stone, after being crowned King of England, an overwhelmed Arthur tries to sneak out of the castle. Unfortunately, every way he goes he encounters a huge crowd of cheering subjects who blow him and Archimedes the owl back inside with their cries of "HAIL KING ARTHUR! LONG LIVE THE KING!"
  • Toy Story: During the "Strange Things" sequence, Rex learns how to properly roar like a dinosaur and blows Potato Head's accessories off his face.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Near the beginning of the first Back to the Future, Marty hooks up an electric guitar to a ludicrously huge speaker. He plays a single chord and is physically hurled backwards by the sound (the speaker is destroyed in the process).
  • Kung Fu Hustle features the Harpists, two villains who fight their opponents by playing a guqin (Chinese zither) that makes sounds loud enough to knock people down. This is easily topped by the Landlady's "Lion's Roar" technique, which shakes buildings and cracks stone columns. When this fails to affect the Beast, the Big Bad of the story, her husband helps her rip the top off a funeral bell and holds it up for her to use as a megaphone. The result is a sonic tornado that reduces the room to splinters, with the Beast becoming a rapidfire participant in Oh, Crap! and Blown Across the Room. This does hurt the Beast, and when she moves in to give him a second dose, he promptly surrenders. NOT.
  • Near the end of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Mike and Don blow Shredder out a window by turning the speaker he's standing in front of at maximum and hitting a power chord.
  • In Cheech and Chong's Next Movie, Cheech has a devil of a time getting inside his own home when Chong's playing a solo. Chong's playing also blows playing cards away, causes dogs to cover their ears, and makes neighbors take cover.
  • In The Italian Job (2003), The Napster wants a stereo so loud "it'll blow a woman's clothes off." The end credits show him carefully positioning an attractive woman in front of his new stereo...
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks: STOP! THAT! BAAAAAAAALLLL!!!"

  • In Gelsomino In The Land Of Liars, Gelsomino's voice is extremely loud all the time. When he actually tries to make it loud, this trope ensues. At one point, his singing demolishes an opera theatre like a hurricane would.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Black Books, Manny bets Bernard that he can sell a book to the next person to enter the shop; he tries it, but doesn't even get as far as "hello" before the customer unleashes a furious rant about not wanting to be pestered by salespeople in shops, the force of which blows Manny's hair back.

  • The video to the Nickelback song "Gotta Be Somebody" demonstrates the trope nicely, with cracks in the ground and general earthquakes accompanying the refrain each time.
  • Manowar have slipped the occasional line about getting this loud into their song lyrics, perhaps most prominently in "The Gods Made Heavy Metal".
  • In the video of the Lindsey Stirling song "Roundtable Rival", the guitarist's amplifiers are able to blow down Linsdey and her backup dancers. Lindsey uses the same amplifiers to even greater effect against the guitarist when she plugs in her Stroh violin.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons 4th and 5th Edition have Thunder damage, which was known as Sonic damage in 3rd edition (the change was to make it sound more fantasy and less science fiction). Many spells and effects that cause Thunder damage also have the effect of knocking the target away from the caster, like the first level wizard, sorcerer, and Tempest cleric spell Thunderwave.

    Video Games 
  • Brütal Legend has the Earthshaker move, which causes Eddie to do a power chord on his guitar that damages nearby enemies and sends them flying.
  • Space Ace has Kimberly do this over videophone
  • Viscera Cleanup Detail: Among the game's normal in game radio "the big banger" which appears on every level, The game also has one unique "The Bigbanger: Supernova Edition" in game radio. While the bigbanger sound players are described by in game documents as a model that has won a contest by having "Earth-shattering" loudness, the normal Bigbanger radios players encounter simply produce sufficient sound to broadcast music throughout the level and shakes itself while doing so. The "Supernova" edition of the player, however, can produce music that is obviously louder than any in game sound effect, at the same time shaking every object in the area, sends all the small objects in the vicinity flying, setting all the flares alight, detonating any dynamite within medium range, and shakes the bucket machines and bin machines in to producing buckets and bins.
  • The Killer Wail from Splatoon exhibits this effect, but only against entities who have deployed a Bubbler or transformed into a Kraken, due to the invincibility effect provided by those. It is impossible to tell if this effect works on normal Inklings, typically because they do not last long enough.
  • The infamous FUS RO DAH, or Unrelenting Force from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, one of the first Shouts you learn, is capable of blowing people in front of you backwards into the air at full power.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • In a Garfield and Friends Quickie, Roy and Lanolin get into a bleating-and-bukawking fight, which Roy wins utilizing a huge Behind the Black stereo system that sends Lanolin flying quite a distance in front of a Wraparound Background.
  • In the Wakfu episode "The Black Raven", Miranda yelling for her husband Kabrok blows back Amalia's hair.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Little Ed Blue", a grouchy Ed reaches the breaking point and yells "BIG TROUBLE!!!" loud enough to knock Edd over and rip Eddy's shirt off.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat can yell loud enough to send a car (with Kaeloo and Stumpy inside) flying several feet away.
  • In the Donald Duck short Donald's Dream Voice, Donald drops one of his voice pills and it lands on the hat of a large brute. When Donald tries to ask him for it, he yells "WHADDYA WANT?!" fierce enough to blow Don away.
  • Happened to Dave Seville in an episode of Alvin and the Chipmunks, also strong enough to cause the wall to break.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation: Fowlmouth takes Shirley on a date to the movies, and the ridiculously loud "sound system promo" blows several audience members out of their seats.
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  • OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes: In "My Fair Carol", Enid puts on some romantic mood music for Carol and Mr. Gar's date, but she plays it so loud Carol has to shout so Mr. Gar can hear her. She ends up shouting loud enough to knock over not only Mr. Gar, but Rad, K.O., and Enid who are way over on a nearby hill.
  • Tom and Jerry: In The Bodyguard, Tom feeds Jerry some bubblegum so he won't be able to whistle for Spike to come beat him up. When Jerry tries to whistle, he ends up blowing a huge bubble that, when it pops, unleashes a wind that blows Tom (and a fence he's standing in front of) away.
  • In the 1937 Disney short Mickey's Amateurs, Clara Cluck attempts to perform a vocal rendition of Luigi Arditi's "Il Bacio", but the force of her voice blows the microphone back and forth like a pendulum. She tries running back and forth to keep up with it, which just makes it swing further.
  • Family Guy did an exact shot for shot copy of the Maxell advertisement using Lois' dad Carter all the way down to catching his martini glass as the sound slowly blew it towards the end of the little table.

    Real Life 


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Ghostly Wail

Using the power of his new Ghostly Wail ability, a power that should taken him another ten years to get, Danny not only defeats his evil future self, but proves that the future isn't set in stone.

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