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A turkey call?! You lost your voice to a turkey call?!
Rarity, referring to Big Mac, "Filli Vanilli", My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

Losing one's voice is what happens when someone's vocal chords are affected so that their throat feels sore and they either cannot talk or have difficulty talking. note 

In fiction, sometimes whole plots (often episodes of TV shows and short stories, since you can't generally fit this into a whole movie), focus on someone losing their voice.

This could be a subtrope of Sick Episode if their reason for losing the voice is due to a disease, but sometimes, they're not sick, they just lost their voice due to straining it (often due to singing or shouting).

The plot might resolve on trying to get the voice back in time for an occasion that requires talking (like if they have to sing or do a speech, or if their powers require voice activation), and if they fail, they might end up with another character lip-synching them. Other times, the plot might revolve around trying to find ways to communicate with the lost voice.

Often the character will find out they've lost their voice when they try to speak and the sore throat comes on later.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga 
  • In an episode of Macross7, Basara Nekki loses his voice, making him unable to sing. Since his singing is his weapon against the Protodevlin, he has a hard time dealing with them and Mylene has to sing "Holy Lonely Light" on her own. In the climax, Basara gets his voice back and aids Mylene in singing "Holy Lonely Light" together.
  • In an episode of Cardcaptor Sakura, Tomoyo gets her voice stolen by the Voice card, making her unable to speak. Sakura then uses the Song card to lure the Voice card out and get it back.

     Fan Works 
  • In the first chapter of Return to the Past, NOW! Finale, OC Cassidy loses her voice as her body tries to regain control before the Vortex arrives.
  • In The Truth about Mork, a fanfiction about Mork & Mindy, Mork finds himself unable to speak for a while after being in stasis.
    • Another Mork and Mindy fanfiction, entitled Together, has a chapter entitled "Finding Lily's Voice", in which Lily (the neighbour) loses her voice and so Mork and Mindy have to sing her songs for her.
  • The Phineas and Ferb fanfic Vocal Blues features Phineas having mysteriously lost his voice right before a big Christmas concert that the band he and Ferb are part of is playing at. Ultimately it turns out Phineas' fiddling with one of Ferb's inventions just rendered his voice too high to be heard and a specially built and set mike fixes the problem though Ferb does give poor Phin a heart attack by forcing him onstage to sing without explaining.

     Films: Animation 

     Literature 
  • In The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar, a dinosaur named Sid who likes to jump behind his friends and roar at them loses his voice and can't roar, only croak. This gets him teased until he gets his roar back and scares away a T. Rex.
  • Dirty Bertie:
    • In "Elf!", Bertie's dad has to fill in for the Mall Santa because the old one lost his voice.
    • In "Dare!", Miss Boot loses her voice so Mr Weakly has to substitute.
  • Fudge: An interesting case in "Double Fudge". Uncle Feather, the myna bird, inexplicably stops talking for a few chapters and then, just as inexplicably, gets it back.
  • In a Katie Morag book, Katie's uncle Sven loses his voice so Katie has to sing his song.
  • The children's book Lacie Walker, Non-Stop Talker focuses on an anthropomorphic bird girl named Lacie Walker, who talks all the time and doesn't listen learning to listen when she loses her voice.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Addams Family has the episode "Lurch the Teenage Idol", in which Lurch loses his voice and gets it back when Grandmama sticks his throat with a pin.
  • In the Adventures in Wonderland episode "Lip-Sunk," the Queen of Hearts loses her voice just before she's supposed to give a speech. The other Wonderland characters try to find her missing voice, but in the end Alice cures her with lemon-and-honey tea.
  • In the Season 1 Christmas Episode of The Brady Bunch, "The Voice of Christmas," Carol comes down with laryngitis just days before she's supposed to sing in the Christmas Day church service. Cindy asks a department store Santa to bring back her mother's voice, and whether by coincidence or by a miracle, Carol does recover just in time for Christmas.
  • In an episode of Bumble, Bumble the bee loses his voice and Boo the mouse wants to "find it".
  • On arc of Mission Top Secret involves Big Bad Neville Savage trying to steal a singer's voice with one of the devices he stole from Sir Joshua at the start of the season.
  • Mission: Impossible: In one episode, the team uses a drug to induce temporary voice loss in a circus MC, so Jim can step up and replace him.
  • In one episode of Worzel Gummidge, Mr Peters loses his voice and he thinks it's laryngitis. He seems fine otherwise, and appears to have gotten it back when they sing in the choir, though.

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     Video Games 
  • In the Moshi Monsters mission "Pop Goes the Boo Boo", Baby Rox has a lost voice minus the sore throat. It turns out that it got stolen by a robot duck, so that the bad guys could mutilate its frequency into one high enough to break Rox down so they could be melted and power an evil machine they were making to destroy the sun. Thankfully, she gets the voice back.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic: His review of The Good Son is done silently because he threw out his voice ranting about the movie. His only line comes at the end, when he manages to whisper "Ass".

     Western Animation 
  • In the Arthur episode "For Whom the Bell Tolls", D.W. gets laryngitis that leaves her unable to talk. When she gets better, she pretends to still have it because she enjoys being fussed over.
  • In one episode of Buzzy Bee, the mother duck loses her voice.
  • In the Caillou episode "A Frog in Caillou's Throat", Caillou loses his voice and gets a sore throat for a few days.
  • In an episode of Chuggington, Old Puffer Pete loses his voice. It turns out he just needed oiling.
  • In an episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy, Eddy loses his voice due to a fly getting stuck in his throat. He is frustrated when other people do not know what he's saying.
  • In the Little Princess episode "I Want My Voice Back", the Princess loses her voice and learns to communicate with a bell. She likes it, so she pretends the voice is still gone when she gets it back.
  • The Loud House: In "Spell it Out", Lucy casts a spell from a book of her grandmother's she found in the attic. When the first ones don't get her the results she wanted, she takes one that casts her siblings' voices away. Having no voice causes the other kids trouble and to undo it, Lucy confesses what she did and tries to use it on herself to reverse its effect on her siblings. They tell her that the spell didn't take their voices, they lost them screaming for their grandfather, but then the grandmother's illustration smiles so what really took their voices is a mystery.
  • Martha Speaks:
    • In "Martha in Charge", Helen gets laryngitis and also goes all sleepy.
    • While she doesn't have a sore throat, Martha the talking dog effectively loses her voice if she goes too long without alphabet soup, which happens in the first episode.
    • Downplayed in "Martha Blah Blah". Martha can still talk but, due to half the letters being subtracted from the alphabet soup, she can only say 13 letters, which makes her indecipherable.
  • Meg And Mog: In "Owl's Voice", Owl loses his voice and gets a cough as well. His owner, a witch named Meg, manages to get rid of his cough but cannot return his voice, instead making him say animal noises. Eventually, the vet gives Owl some medicine which brings his voice back.
  • Mickey and the Roadster Racers: In "Mickey's Perfecto Day", Donald loses his voice after eating spicy Mexican food, a dilemma complicated by the fact that he has to sing with Panchito and Jose later that day.
  • In the Milly Molly episode "Class Concert", Molly loses her voice and Milly tries to make a jollop to get it back so she can sing in the concert.
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Once Upon an Egg Timer", Baby Rowlf loses his voice after a ride on Baby Bunsen's latest invention, so Nanny suggests the babies take turns telling a story with an egg timer until it comes back.
  • The My Friend Rabbit episode "Hazel's Voice" has Hazel the squirrel lose her voice (for reasons unknown) and try to communicate.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Filli Vanilli", Big Mac loses his voice and Fluttershy has to lip-synch him with a deep voice that she gets from a potion.
  • In the Rugrats episode "Cat Got Your Tongue?", Phil and Lil's father Howard has lost his voice and cannot speak despite not having anything else wrong with him, and Angelica tells the babies that her cat Fluffy literally stole his tongue.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power had an episode where Shadow Weaver steals people's voices, including that of Adora, which causes trouble when she can't use her transformation spell.

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