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"Yawn! You see, I say 'yawn' because when I actually yawn, you don't get it."
Jordan, Scrubs


A character will perform an action and say the onomatopoeia for that action while doing so, or alternately say the onomatopoeia in place of the action. A common Verbal Tic.

Often done to make a character seem cuter. Can sometimes make said character annoying. Also sometimes used sarcastically, especially with sound effects like "yawn" or "clap".

There are many words that are commonly used this way. For example:

See Written Sound Effect, Unsound Effect for the reverse trope, and Reading the Stage Directions Out Loud for a related one.


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  • Crest Toothpaste commercial. BAM!
  • BOOM! Tough actin' Tinactin!
  • KABOOM, AND THE STAINS ARE GONE!!! Or in the UK, Barry Scott's "BANG, and the dirt is gone!!"
  • Rattle rattle thunder clatter boom boom boom, don't worry, call the Car-X man.

    Anime and Manga 
Japanese has many common words as well as some for actions that don't make sound.
  • jii/jiin (the sound effect for staring)
  • pita (the sound effect for stopping walking)
  • (the sound effect for shock)
  • small cute girls may sometimes say "niko-niko" (grinning) when they smile, or the alternate "nipa"
  • shii—n (the "sound" of silence)
  • pachi pachi (clapping)
  • kaa (sunshine, blushing)
  • doki (the sound effect for heart beating)

  • Attack on Titan:
    • Everyone does it in the Chibi Specials... for some weird reason.
      "GARA!" (SLAM!)
    • To a somewhat less comedic effect, Kenny Ackerman shouts out "bang bang", "ping ping", and "clash" when getting into a gunfight with Levi.
  • Azumanga Daioh: During the trip to Okinawa, Tomo says "Boom, boom!" ("Clap, clap!" in the sub; "Ban, ban!" in the original) in front the main hall of Shurijo Castle as a show of appreciation.
    • In "Pool, Pool, Pool!", when teasing Yomi about being (supposedly) fat, she says "'Jiggle jiggle!' Hey, you made a jiggling noise!"
    • It doesn't come across in the dub, but in the sub, when Tomo smells sataa andagi, she says "Sniff, sniff, sniff" etc.; the original Japanese has her saying "Kun, kun, kun, kun" etc..
  • To emphasize his quirky manga genius ways, Eiji Niizuma of Bakuman。 does this while working.
  • In the final scene of Cowboy Bebop, Spike aims his hand like a gun at some Mooks of Vicious and says "bang." Spike then falls over and collapses on the steps, apparently dead from his battle with Vicious.
  • Cromartie High School: Waroom! Waroooom-waroooom! Bapbapbapbapbapbapbapbap-chika! Wroooom!!! Bapbapbapbapbap Warooom!!! Bapbapbapbapbapbap. Uing-uing-uing Pachu!!! Che-kyuuuuuuuuuuu!!!
  • Death Note L does this once in the anime, and also in the first live action movie. He's making a point with it, though.
  • Digimon Tamers has Culumon doing this for cuteness bonus points.
  • In Doctor Slump whenever Arale is running somewhere, she can often be seen / heard shouting "KIIIIIIIIIIN!!". note 
  • Doraemon: In "A World Without Sound", the Written Sound Effects might also be considered this. The characters write out sound effects on paper, which is the same way they talk to each other in this chapter.
  • .hack Sora does this whenever he does something dramatic, like jumping off a tall structure ("Boing!"). Whether he's doing this to whittle down people's nerves or if he's just being the 10-year-old boy that he is is unclear.
  • Done a lot in Excel Saga. It is pretty common to see characters shouting "Gasp!" or "Shocked!".
  • An editor's note in one chapter of Great Teacher Onizuka notes that the Gundam trio are actually saying "crunch crunch crunch" out loud, it's not just the sound of their footsteps.
  • English dub Hinata from Anime/Haikyu!! often speaks in onomatopoeia when describing how he plays volleyball, using words like "boosh!" and "ba-bam!"
  • The Hamsters from Hamtaro say "Hiff Hiff" when sniffing something and "Badabadabada" when running. Pretty much every sound effect is said out loud.
  • In Hayate the Combat Butler, whenever someone (usually Hayate himself) says or does something awkward, sometimes everyone else in the room will stare unimpressed, complete with vocalised 'jiin' Unsound Effect.
  • Since Ikaros from Heaven's Lost Property was short-changed in the emotional department, it's very difficult to smile. When Tomoki tries to teach her how to do so, she says 'Niyabi' with a perfectly straight face. Hilarity ensues.
  • In episode 13 of Hetalia: Axis Powers, Russia punctuates his staring at Japan by cheerfully intoning "Jiii!". Three times in a row. Also, Italy is fond of waving white flags and saying, "pata pata pata pata!" which is a flapping noise, as well as squishing kitties' paws and going, "puni puni puni puni," which is a squishy noise.
    • In the English dub, France smacks Austria on the head repeatedly while saying "smack smack smack smack."
  • In Hidamari Sketch x SP episode 2, somebody is saying several of the sound effects.
  • Rika Furude from Higurashi: When They Cry says "pachi pachi", which is Japanese for "clap clap". She does something similar when talking about kitties. However, her most famous demonstration of this trope is her Catchphrase "Nii-pah~!"
  • Vinegar Doppio in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure usually uses a cell phone to talk to his boss. When it breaks, however, he goes a bit nuts, using anything in the vicinity and saying the "BRING RING RING RING RING" part himself. Vinegar is a Split Personality of Diavolo, his supposed "boss", and the cell phone/random object is how the personalities communicate. It's even his win quote in All-Star Battle.
    • The "Blind Idiot" Translation of Part 4 uses this trope frequently, funniest of which is Yoshikage Kira's line "What a beautiful Duwang. (chew)", which led fans to name the translations "The Duwang Scans".
    • In Part 3, Noriaki Kakyoin has a rather loud way to express that he's licking something on his tongue: "Rerorerorerorerorerorerorerorero." or in English, "Licklicklicklicklicklicklicklicklicklick." It was actually a tip that something is wrong with Kakyoin, because he's being impersonated by Rubber Soul, but when the real Kakyoin got his favorite cherry on his tongue, he proceeded to do that creepy licking sound too, though in a more relaxed tone.
  • Neko in K tends to recount events to other characters (or the viewers) using mostly this.
  • Raika in Listen to me, girls. I am your father! says 'Jii' from time to time. The first time she does it in front of Sora, the girl laughs and calls her on it.
  • Lucky Star:
    • In the OVA, Patty gets annoyed (more like in despair) that Minami's dog's paw pads don't go "puni puni".
    • Akira gets in on it, whether she's being cutesy (episode 2) or not (episode 21).
    • Konata may enjoy doing this, but it would seem she doesn't always appreciate when people reciprocate. In one episode, Kagami lends Konata a book, trying to spark her interest in something other than manga. She then proceeds to watch Konata as she reads, all the while going "Staaaarrrrrrrreeeeeee." in the English dub, and "Jiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii" in the original Japanese.
  • In The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Tsuruya says "nyoro", which is one of the Japanese words for "tilde" or "~". In informal written Japanese the tilde can be used as an extension of a syllable, giving it a drawn out, sing-song or playful pronunciation. This Verbal Tic of hers reached memetic status and even spawned a spinoff, Nyoron Churuya-san.
  • In an episode of Martian Successor Nadesico, the resident Genius Ditz vocalizes to her salutes. Twice.
    Yurika: Bishi!
  • One Piece:
    • In one episode, Kaku narrated his own incredulous Jaw Drop. The appropriate Japanese sound effect is something like "gabiin".
    • Also the security camera snails of Enies Lobby, staring with 'jii—'.
    • Several Devil Fruits are named after sound effects related to their ability. For example, the Goro Goro no Mi is named after the sound effect of lightning.
  • Honey does this in the first episode of Ouran High School Host Club. "Poke poke?"
  • A few times in Rosario + Vampire, Mizore will say 'jiii' when staring at Tsukune from one of her many hiding places (or in plain view of everyone, like when she joins the core True Companions). Amusingly, her mother does the same thing in her introduction.
  • Permeates Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
    • One of the easiest ways to tell when Tsunetsuki has entered the scene, assuming you don't see her peeking out of somewhere, is if you hear a low and constant "jiiiii" sound, which is the Japanese onomatopoeia for staring (as mentioned above).
    • The voices that do it don't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the characters (it's not like a character is actually saying them), and they seem rather bored with it all.
  • An episode of Seitokai Yakuindomo has Shino, Aria, and Suzu do this simultaneously to Tsuda as he tries to write an essay for the school paper. He is understandably annoyed.
  • Kururu of Sgt. Frog says "Pochi!" (meaning *push*), or "Clicky-poo" in the dub, whenever he presses a button.
  • In one of Slayers Evolution-Rs filler episodes, Pokota gets a dramatic "death scene" after being run over by a cart. His last words: "My casting was... too late. Gurk." The fact that he pronounces the last word as "gaaku" only makes it better.
  • Dr. Eggman says "Pochi" when pressing a button in the Japanese version of Sonic X.
  • Shirabe of Symphogear tends to do the 'Jii' stare often. In fact, after Fine saves her soul and Kirika is worried that Shirabe is no longer herself, the latter pops up the sound effect to confirm that yes, she is Shirabe.
  • Kotetsu Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny has no shame in speaking in onomatopoeia on public radio. And he's a single father in his thirties.
    Kotetsu: ...And I went flying, like WHOOSH!, and then I was all BOOM and BANG!
  • Fai from Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- does this often - he can't whistle, so he just says "Hyuu" all the time. It annoys the heck out of Kurogane. Ironically, he can actually whistle.

    Comic Books 
  • It's been a pretty common practice almost since comic books began that the action be accompanied by sound effects ("POW!" "KA-BLAM!" "KRAK!" "WHAP!", etc.) that will appear in huge letters right in the midst of the panel, as if they were physically present. In parodies, the characters will often lampshade their presence.
  • In The DCU there's a particularly creepy gun-toting villain (pictured in the page image) named Onomatopoeia who actually speaks in nothing but those noises, aside from saying his own name once. Obviously, the last word you would ever want to hear coming from his mouth is "Blam," as some of his victims found out the hard way. Probably the only time this trope is used dead seriously. And he does this no matter the situation; even after using the bathroom, he says "Flussssh."
  • The Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle does this sometimes. Notable in a story from a DC holiday special about a family of crooks where the first crook is punched out by Dan Garrett (the first Blue Beetle) and the second punched out by Ted Kord, each with the appropriate comic book sound effect. When it gets to Jaime Reyes (the third Blue Beetle) and he punches out his crook, he actually says the sound effect.
  • Hellboy does this in the comics from time to time, usually when he gets a bit too carried away beating up some monster.
  • X-Men examples:
    • Deadpool loves doing this.
      Deadpool: Patoom! Spaflunk! Shafwingg! Fwoosh! Thwump! Hmph. I was saying my sound effects out loud, wasn't I? Sfachangg! Okay. Stop that.
    • The usual sound effect for Jubilee's fireworks was "Paf." There was one occasion when she cast some of them to provide light in a dark area, saying, "Let me 'Paf' some light on the subject!"
    • Similarly, Deadpool once tried goading Wolverine into a fight by saying "Snikt me!" Snikt being the usual sound effect for Logan extending his claws. Ironically, the issue in question occurred during a period Logan did not have his adamantium skeleton, and the correct sound effect would have been "shlikt" instead. Somehow Meta Guy Deadpool didn't take that into consideration.
  • Sabretooth does this to do Fake Static to avoid helping Karima Shapandar in X-Men (Vol. 2) #198.
    Sabretooth: Crackle crackle sputter fizz. Signal's breaking up, sweetheart.
  • In Transformers: More That Meets The Eye #7, this is parodied... especially funny since the medium is a comic.
    Misfire: See that guy over there with the scowl and the head wound? Don't be fooled, Crankcase is actually the most cheerful person you'll ever meet. The thing is, if he smiles his precarious cranial architecture will collapse and he'll die. He's the only Decepticon who can be killed by a single punchline.
    Fulcrum: Really?!
    Misfire: No, not really... You're just miserable, aren't you Crankcase?
    Crankcase: BAH!
    Fulcrum: Did he just say-?
    Misfire: I know. You've seen it written down but never heard it said out loud, right?
    • In the same comic, it's a Running Gag that Chromedome can't make the "pfft" dismissive sound effect since he has a mouth plate.
  • In Loki: Agent of Asgard #7, Valeria is trying to explain to Verity how she's going to save Loki from Doom's time trap. When she's asked to give it in Layman's Terms, she explains that her device will go "ping" and the trap will go "vwoorp". Sure enough, those are the exact sounds they make.
  • In Diabolik there's a "Swiisss" sound whenever the title characters throws a knife at someone or something. In the parody Ratolik, where the characters are replaced by Rat-Man characters, Ratolik himself says it.
  • In one issue of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Jubilee claims that Wolverine always says "Snikt" instead of his claws making the sound.
  • In the Minazuki issue of Li'l Gotham, Damian does this during the deployment of the giant mecha.
    Damian: Thoooomm!
    Damian: Sploooosshh!!
    Oracle: Stop that.
  • When Taskmaster gets into a fight with Moon Knight, at one point the sound effect “SCUTCH” pops up, after which Taskmaster repeats it in confusion (“Scutch?”) and looks down to see Moony has impaled his foot with a crescent dart.
  • Ex Machina: Hundred can command machines. Saying "bang" to a gun will cause it to fire.
  • Characters in Achille Talon frequently do that. Most of them are aware they are comic book characters, after all.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey sometimes has the soldiers yelling shooting sound effects in simulated combat.
  • Calvin and Hobbes:
    • Scientific progress goes "boink?"
    • It's Stupendous Man! KAPWINGGG!
  • Played with in a Garfield strip in which Garfield pranks Jon by hiding in the bushes, jumping out to ring the doorbell, jumping back into hiding when Jon opens the door, and then repeating the process when Jon slams the door. Jon catches Garfield by shouting "SLAM!" to draw him out of hiding - as if the door literally makes the "SLAM" sound in the Garfield universe.
  • The Far Side: in one strip, two kangaroos were hopping next to each other and one of them chided the other for saying "boing, boing" out loud.


    Film — Animated 
  • The Joker does this in a meta way in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, saying "Gulp! Sob!" the way the words would appear in a word balloon in a comic book.
    Joker: Someone who wouldn't mind seeing our old pals out of the way. Maybe... Gulp! Sob! too.
  • In Cats Don't Dance, when Darla Dimple gets an idea, her butler Max holds an Idea Bulb over her head, then says "Ping." This causes the bulb to light up.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Skadoosh.
  • An example of "Yawn" in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie:
    Mr. Krabs: You've got to keep a sharp eye out for paying customers!
    Squidward: Yawn.
  • In FFVII: Advent Children Complete, during the extended highway chase, when Reno and Rude have their Big Damn Gunship moment, Loz decides to fight back, by lifting his motorcycle and mounting one foot on his buddy's so that his front-facing machine guns are in the air, and starts whaling on the attacking chopper, all while shouting: "Ba- Bang! Babababababang Bang BANG!"
  • Cars: Lightning McQueen's Catchphrase "Kachow!"
  • Tigger from Disney's version of Winnie the Pooh shouts "Gasp!" a lot.
  • Incredibles 2: When Screech grabs Dash and flies away with him, Violet grabs Jack-Jack and uses him as a gun to free Dash with Jack-Jack's Eye Beams. She makes "pew pew" noises as she is firing Jack-Jack; she is obviously enjoying using Jack-Jack as a gun.
  • The LEGO Movie; a lot of sound effects are done in this manner, such as animals (cats have a somewhat flat "Meow" and pigs go "Oink") and some vehicles (Metalbeard's galleon sounds like a man making motorboat sounds, and Lord Business' spaceship makes similar propeller noises when seen from far away).
  • The LEGO Batman Movie has anyone firing a gun say "pew pew" noises as they shoot.
  • A Bug's Life: When Francis used Slim as a sword he imitated the sounds of swordfighting.
    Slim: Swish swish. Clang clang.
  • Big Hero 6: Hiro gives Baymax a fist bump while making an explosion sound with his mouth. When Baymax later mimics the motion, his robotic vocalization comes out more like "badaLAdaladala!"

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The Accountant. The Voice with an Internet Connection the title character uses has a habit of saying "Heavy sigh" to demonstrate frustration. At the end of the movie, she's revealed to be so heavily autistic she can only communicate through a voice synthesizer, hence this trope.
  • In The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, after Sigerson berates Jenny for getting hysterical and thinking everyone is out to get her, she merely states the word "scream" over and over when she notices two suspicious-looking gentlemen.
  • In Airplane II: The Sequel, the Moon base has automatic doors that make a Star Trek style whooshing sound when they open. However, unlike in Star Trek, they don't open or close on physical proximity, but when the person leans into the door's microphone pickup and makes the same "shh" sound.
  • Batman Returns:
    Max Shreck: Does it really matter who's mayor?
    Bruce Wayne: It does to me.
    Max Shreck: Yawn.
    • This is also played with in the Comic-Book Adaptation, where the balloon over Max's head says "Yawn"...but the word has six lines arranged around it to let you know that Max is yawning rather than literally saying it.
  • In Daredevil Foggy Nelson says "swoosh" to try to convince Matt that he'd actually made a basket in Wastebasket Ball.
  • Death Proof: When Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character realizes she's being left alone with a creepy hillbilly in a remote location, she says, "Gulp."
  • Enter the Dragon: When Williams is being threatened in Han's office, Han calls in some guards to beat him up. Williams says "Man, you come right out of a comic book!" and beats up the guards. This isn't strictly in the movie but, in the novelisation (and possibly in some out-takes somewhere), he does so with appropriate shouts, like "Bam" and "Kapow".
  • In Heat, Hanna's partner Det. Bosko uses, "Bang, bang, bang-bang-bang," at the scene of the armored car robbery to describe the death of the second guard (the one Neil shoots with an automatic rifle as he's trying to draw his service weapon).
  • Danny in Hot Fuzz yells out "Bang! Bang!" to accentuate his gun firing.
  • The first thing the protagonist does in Laserblast upon finding the laser gun is waltz around with it while imitating gunfire noises. All of this is openly mocked int the Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation.
    Crow: Wait until he finds out it doesn't go "pow", but instead "SVWISSH"!
  • The titular character from The Mask does this.
  • In the 2011 The Muppets movie, the villain of the piece never actually laughs maniacally. He instead says "Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh. Maniacal laugh." in a rather flat sinister tone. Like pretty much everything else in the movie, this gets a lampshade hung on it at some point.
  • The Producers: Leo Bloom says "cough" out loud in one scene.
  • Star Wars:
    • Ewan McGregor by his own admission caused multiple retakes of fight scenes because he kept making lightsaber noises during said fights.
    • Laura Dern did the same making "pew pew" noises for her blaster; at least one of these made it into the final film.
  • The Suicide Squad: King Shark often says "NOM NOM" right before he devours someone.
  • The overly-excited narrator of Who Killed Captain Alex?, Uganda's most famous action movie in the West, is fond of this. Not only does he excitedly shout "bang, bang!" and "wa-pa-pa-pa-pow!" in time with gunfire, he also adds his own sound effects to the kung-fu segments.

    Jokes and Stand-Up Comedy 
  • During one of his monologues on the I Started Out As a Child comedy album from The '60s, Bill Cosby renders the sound of North Korean snipers taking out American army medics as a comically high-pitched "Patoom-patoom-patoom!"
  • Bill Hicks did a lot of these. His Chirping Crickets in particular were eerily lifelike.
  • Every knock-knock joke begins with the joke-teller doing this.

  • A Fire Upon the Deep. The alien Skroderiders (essentially sentient trees) do this because they're communicating through translation software.
    "My name is—" the sound was the rustling of fronds, "but you can easier call me Blueshell. It's nice to see a familiar face, hahaha." Blueshell spoke the laughter as words.
  • In one Anastasia Krupnik book, Anastasia was depressed, and she had read that depressed people sometimes moan. She had never moaned before and decided to give it a try... by loudly yelling "moan!"
  • One of the short mysteries in the Clue book series opens with Professor Plum doing this while tinkering about with what he thinks is his intelligence multiplier (it's not, actually).
  • Gaspode the talking dog from Discworld says "bark," "whine", "woof", and "growl" instead of actually doing so, daring for people's Weirdness Censor to let through what they just heard.
    Gaspode: It could have been worse, squire. I could have said "meow".
  • The Dresden Files: In a flashback from Ghost Story, teenage Harry uses "Ka-bang!" as the verbal invocation of a force-effect spell that lets him simulate firing a gun. Lampshaded by adult Harry, who admits his choice of verbal spell-components had been even lamer when he was that age.
  • A variation is found in The Phantom Tollbooth. Milo wants to get into the Soundkeeper's fortress. Since sound doesn't exist in the Valley of Sound at the moment, he must write "knock knock" on a slip of paper and tuck it under the door. Of course, since sound DOES exist within the fortress, the Soundkeeper would've heard it even if he didn't, but it's still a cute gag.
  • In Please Don't Tell My Parents I Have a Nemesis, Bad Penny's "German grenade" is repurposed as an "Onomatopoeia grenade", which has this effect for any sounds in the vicinity. In other words, laughter is turned into "Ha ha ha", explosions into "Boom", and so forth. It proves useful in sowing confusion, if nothing else.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Repeatedly on 30 Rock. 'Gasp', 'Sigh', even with non-sounds, like 'Twist!' Perhaps the most amusing one is Judge Dredd: "Gavel gavel gavel! I lost my gavel over the weekend, but it doesn't mean you can talk to me like that."
    • Taken to a new level when a flashback shows young Tracy wearing a Chewbacca costume (made out of used hair extensions) shouting "Perfectly Executed Chewbacca Sound!"
    • In episode "The Problem Solvers", Liz is eating with Jack. She expresses shock at something he tells her by saying the words "Spit Take, are you serious?"
  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • When Skye is learning how to use a gun, Coulson notes she tends to say "Bang" when shooting, and to accidentally eject the clip instead of firing. She's later shown to do exactly that during a mission.
    • In a later season, the team rehearses a fight scene Daisy had seen in a precognitive vision in order to try changing its outcome. Since they are using fake weapons, May says "Bang" whenever she's supposed to fire a gun.
  • Angel Investigations is being secretly bugged by supernatural law firm Wolfram & Hart. One of their minions is transcribing the surveillance recordings.
    Gavin: Keee-yi-ha ow. Someone doing an incantation?
    Transcriber: No. Angel started training the female in martial arts. I think she got in a lucky punch.
  • Murdock does this all the time on The A-Team.
  • Babylon 5: The first season had a minor Running Gag with Ivanova describing explosions with "Boom!"
    Ivanova: No Boom today, Boom tomorrow. There's always a Boom tomorrow.
    [Sinclair and Garibaldi wordlessly walk away]
    Ivanova: What? Someone around here's gotta have some damn perspective. Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!
  • During the second half of the two-part Batman episode "The Minstrel's Shakedown" / "Barbequed Batman?", the Minstrel's moll, a Neutral Female like always, is watching Batman and Robin beat down their gang, and begins lampshading the multicolored "sound-effects" cards.
    Moll: POW! BAM! Look at the Dynamic Duo! [pause] Do you really think they'll win, Minstrel?
  • Blackadder: From Blackadder Goes Forth.
    Flashheart: Woof!!!
    Bob: Woof!!!
    Baldrick: Bark!
  • On one episode of Break the Bank (1985), host Gene Rayburn somewhat randomly imitated the sounds throughout the game, such as the "buddle-buddle-oop" noise used when a card was inserted into the Bank and the code was displayed on the readout.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • A few examples here
      Xander: Have you seen Ampata?
      Willow: [makes indistinct movement while wearing thick fur coat]
      Xander: What was that?
      Willow: I shrugged.
      Xander: Next time you should probably say "shrug". [leaves]
      Willow: "Sigh."
    • Willow does this quite a bit. In the next episode she said "gulp" and in the one after that, it was "grr".
    • Xander, upon seeing the insane contraption of a tower that will claim Buffy's life: "Shpedoinkle!"
    • Xander, brushed off by a distracted Buffy when he tries asking her out, stands there and lets out a long descending whistle and a crash noise, mimicking the sound of Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Rebecca has a tendency to say "Gasp!" when she's surprised or happy about something.
  • Dad's Army: The platoon have converted Jones' van with holes they can fire out of. To save ammunition during a drill, the soldiers say "Bang!" when they're supposed to fire.
  • Doctor Who: In "Silence in the Library", the Doctor and Donna are recited an Apocalyptic Log by a computer terminal in a Creepy Monotone. Said log includes various noises that the computer terminal replicates as "Argh. Slaugh. Snick."
  • In the Frasier episode "Ham Radio", Daphne has the job of doing this during the rehearsal for Frasier's radio play, since the actual sound effects aren't available yet. She amuses herself by saying sound effects that aren't in the script; when the Man of a Thousand Voices storms out due to Frasier's micromanagement she says "Sound of door slamming", and when Frasier calls Niles to replace him, without saying that he'll be playing six characters, she says "Sound of ominous organ music indicating trouble ahead".
  • In the Friends episode "The One With The Evil Orthodontist" Chandler is staring intently at a telephone, waiting for a girl to call. Monica sneaks up on him and makes the phone buzzing/ringing sound to startle him. He scrambles for the handset to answer it before realizing that she tricked him. He sneers at her, "Hell is filled with people just like you", but Monica just defiantly tosses her head.
In an early episode of Ghosts (UK), the Captain—unable to actually hold or fire a gun in his deceased state—mimes shooting at a hare with his walking stick. "Pom, pom!"
  • The Good Place: Whenever Janet, the Benevolent A.I. who runs the titular neighborhood, appears in a scene she's usually accompanied by a chime she describes as a "pleasant bing sound". In the third season she becomes trapped on Earth and is cut off from her powers, including her ability to teleport and trigger the sound. She eventually starts saying "bing" when walking into a room because she misses it.
  • A second season episode of The Good Wife has the Florricks attending an event on which an incomprehensible poem is performed. More than half of the words of the poem demonstrate this trope.
  • Happy Endings Season 3, Episode 14 opens with Brad asking the gang who wants to see pics of him at his job at Chuckles & Hugs. Penny, Alex and Dave all say 'groan' and Max says 'farting noise.' Then,
    Brad: C'mon what kind of monster doesn't want to see a pic of me, a chubby Korean kid and a state of the art Bubble Bot 9000 bubble machine?
    Penny, Dave, Max: Me.
    Alex: Farting noise.
  • In Living Color!:
    Oh my, we seem to be fresh out of business cards. Hold on... lemme check...
    [Searches pockets for 3 seconds]
    BAM!!!!!! [business card in the face]
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia often features Mac making "air whipping noises" while doing his karate moves.
  • Late Night with Conan O'Brien:
    • One bit on the Academy Awards nominations showed a clip from Spider-Man (which was up for Best Sound Effects Editing) with all the sounds clearly being vocalized by some guy, ending with him actually saying "Grab!" as Spidey grabs Mary Jane.
    • Another Late Night bit had a fake Geraldo Rivera on the TV where the picture is real but the lips are moved by someone else. "Geraldo" is trying to look like a hero in the middle of a warzone in Afghanistan, and Conan is skeptical as he can't see any fighting. "Geraldo" starts to make noises like "kaboom" and "ratatat" to try to convince Conan, but Conan points out he is making those noises with his mouth. "Geraldo" replies "well... they have very primitive technology here, Conan."
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • "Say no more, wink, wink, nudge, nudge."
    • "Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce."
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In The Deadly Mantis episode, since space has no noise, Servo supplies the sound of cars driving. "Watch, I'll downshift now!"
    [Tom Servo hums]
    Crow: What's that?
    Servo: I'm idling.
  • The Muppet Show: Trudge trudge
  • Odd Squad:
    • One of Oscar's earliest quirks involved him providing his own sound effects whenever he activated gadgets, since the gadgets themselves don't have speakers and can't make their own noises. He demonstrates this in "Bad Luck Bears" by making a series of whooshing noises when he activates a scanner to scan the Burly Bears players for thirteens, but the trait was dropped from his overall character after that, with gadgets now having their own sounds when used. "Bad Lemonade" would later have Oscar making sniffing sounds along with his Truth-Sniffer-inator gadget as a Continuity Nod.
    • In "Reindeer Games", numerous characters say "ding" whenever they locate a coordinate on the map. Olive in particular seems quite embarrassed when she first does it out of sheer habit.
    • In "Rise of the Hydraclops", when measuring their way to the first treasure chest, Oscar gives various "whee's" as he uses Norman, his teddy bear, in place of a ruler. Olive and Otto shoot him confused reactions and he becomes defensive as he says that Norman likes it when he makes noises.
    • "Moustache Confidential" has Oprah providing her own Sting when she orders Olive and Otto to stay in Headquarters to investigate a crime.
    Oprah: Dun dun daaaaah.
    • In "Odd Squad Needs You", Orchid refers to the titular commercial Otis is filming as a "trainwreck". Later on, she acts out the comment with a "Choo-choo, kaboom!"
    • The beginning of "Not OK Computer" has Olympia asking Otis what a blob sounds like and acting out her guesses. She thinks it either makes a "chhhh" sound or something akin to the sound of Blowing a Raspberry, but Otis assures her it makes a sound that's similar to a cat's yowl and makes such a sound to demonstrate.
    • In "Follow the Leader", Owl, an agent who's a Master of Disguise, explains that the villain disguises that Orla, Oswald and Omar need to wear on their mission to stop The Shadow can short-circuit if they come into contact with water, and describes the disguises wearing off with a "bzzzt, beep-bow".
  • Power Rangers S.P.D. episode 11 featured the Rangers yelling "Battle Cry!" as they piloted their Megazord into battle.
  • The Price Is Right: On at least two occasions, the device that makes the Big Wheel beep has malfunctioned. As a result, Bob had the audience shout "beep beep beep" as it spun.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • In one of the many episodes where the ship is threatening to explode, Cat enters the room where Rimmer and Lister are talking to Holly. Referring to the Red Alert sirens audible in the background, he says:
      Cat: Hey guys, I think they're playing our tune, the Ahwooga Waltz! Anyone care to join me in a quickstep?
    • In an earlier episode, the siren breaks, forcing Holly to improvise:
      Holly: Awooga, awooga, abandon ship!
    • In a later episode:
      Kryten: Bing bong! Sorry, sirs - the "bing bong" machine is being serviced this evening. I'm afraid we're on manual.
  • A regular feature of the Wayne's World sketches from Saturday Night Live was Wayne and Garth providing the “diddly-doop, diddly-doop” sound effects for a Dream Sequence. Also the famous "Schwiing" that Mike Myers described as the sound of a sword being drawn from its scabbard.
  • An ad for the Food Network show The Secret Life Of... had host Jim O'Connor referring to his show as "The Secret Life Of Dot Dot Dot."
  • In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Time's Arrow" Data is carrying an anvil with one hand. His assistant (who doesn't know he's an android) is surprised at this feat of strength. Data quickly tries to cover by letting the anvil pull his arm down to the ground. He grabs his shoulder as if it's been strained and says "ouch".
    • In the episode "Phantasms" part of Data's going to bed routine is saying "Ah" as if he was actually yawning.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Penumbra" Ezri fakes communications static with her mouth instead of the equipment available to her.
  • In Jim Henson's The Tale of the Bunny Picnic, the dog — who is the main villain — had a habit of doing this.
  • That's So Raven: "Awww, snap!"
  • Played with on the episode of Under the Umbrella Tree in which the kids have to go to the doctor for their shots. Iggy goes last, and he is so scared that he asks permission to take along his headphones and favorite cassette of rap music to calm him. Gloria, Jacob and Holly are waiting when they suddenly hear a wild "OW, WOW!" sound and become frightened because they think Iggy is in pain - but then both Iggy and the doctor emerge from the office busting some hip-hop moves, and it turns out that "OW, WOW!" is one of the rap lyrics.
  • Utopia (2014): The episode "Dot Dot Dot" has a number of characters drop the title.
  • The Vampire Diaries has Damon taunting his brother Stefan about why he has returned to their hometown.
    Damon: That's for me to know, and you to dot dot dot.
  • Invoked on Whose Line Is It Anyway? with the game Sound Effects, which takes one of two forms. In the first, one performer reacts to sound effects made by another who stands off-stage with a microphone, and the quality varies (in the US version, there's a Running Gag of Ryan Styles' "squeaky squeaky" sound for bicycle tires). In the second, two audience members provide the sounds for the performers, and this is always played for So Bad, It's Good, as the audience members are nervous and giggly and do a poor but hilarious job.
  • The X-Files had a few bleeped-out instances of swearing in Jose Chung's "From Outer Space" that, because of the "Rashomon"-Style, were done as this trope
    Detective Manners: Well that's a dead bleepin' alien if I ever bleepin' saw one.
  • When The WB show Zoe Duncan Jack And Jane was renamed Zoe..., it was referred to in commercials and whatnot as "Zoe dot dot dot."

  • Frank Zappa's album Waka Jawaka is named after a popular guitar riff in rock music at that time.
  • Jack Black frequently "sings" guitar licks to fill out bridges in some Tenacious D songs ("Tribute" being only one example).
  • The Who originally wanted to have a cello section in their song "A Quick One While He's Away..." Unfortunately they didn't have the budget to actually get a cellist so, when the appropriate section of the song came up, the band just sang the word "cello" to the tune of the music.
  • In "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana", the first bridge (after the chorus) is punctuated with "burp" and "boing".
  • Aaaah, wham, bam, thank you, ma'am!
  • Josh Turner sings "Ssssssss... bang." at the end of "Firecracker".
  • Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram's cover of Paper Planes, changes the chorus to the sung: "All I wanna do is bang bang bang bang, ka-ching, and take your money."
  • Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot's "Comic Strip". SHEBAM! POW! BLOP! WIZZ!
  • Selena Gomez: "Bang, bang, bang, I'm breakin' in..."'
  • Selena: "Bidi bidi bom bom" - this is what your heart sounds like in Spanish. In the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren song (no, really) "Goodness Gracious Me" it makes a similar noise: boom-boody-boom.
  • The Pixies' "Bam Thwok".
  • System of a Down's "Boom!".
  • "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Cher. Nancy Sinatra's Cover Version is put to memorable use in Kill Bill Volume 1.
  • The chorus of "Electric Worry" by Clutch consists solely of the words "Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! / Vamanos! Vamanos!" Word of God says these lines arose from something one of the band members said once, and that the song "has nothing to do with guns."
  • "Cletus McHicks and His Band From the Sticks" by Ray Stevens is about a band of hillbillies who are too poor to afford proper instruments. So they just sing the instrument sounds instead.
  • A signature of early Eminem - throughout The Slim Shady LP, most lines contain little adlibs where Em voice-acts the violence. The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show both tone this down, but we still get "VRIN VRINN!"
  • Miracle of Sound does this a couple times in "Big Guts and Bigger Guns": "Click click boom boom."
  • Radio Tapok's music videos often do this with the closed captions during guitar solos, in addition to providing information about the song or making fun of the singer: according to YouTube's automatic translation, "Tsushima"'s subtitles went "And there is a big boom-boom and a karbala."

    Professional Wrestling 
  • While on commentary at GCW Adults F-N Only, Delirious wouldn't just sing along with the crowd chants and songs, he'd also 'sing' along to the clapping they did.
  • While Mike Tenay was calling the Insane Clown Posse-Glenn Gilbertti/David Young match at TNA #83 on February 4, 2004, he referred to ICP's promotion, then known as Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling, as "Juggalo Champion-Bleep Wrestling."

  • Tony Blair in Dead Ringers, especially the radio version.
  • Bluebottle from The Goon Show often reads his sound effects aloud, along with his stage directions. Seagoon was also known to cry "Gasp!"

  • In the musical The Frogs, there is the Travel Song, which has the chorus Dionysos and Xanthias walk and what they do and what they encounter. So the song has phrases like: "Walk walk trudge trudge slog slog travel travel" and "Pant pant puff puff drip drip dawdle dawdle" and "Kvetch."
  • In the musical Into the Woods, when the Witch describes what a giant can do to an ordinary human, she says "Boom! Crunch." at the same time as the orchestra does actual sound effects for her.
  • The police in The Pirates of Penzance provide their own trumpet fanfare.
    Sergeant: When threatened with emutes
    Police: Tarantara, tarantara!
    Sergeant: And your heart is in your boots,
    Police: Tarantara!
    Sergeant: There is nothing brings it round, like the trumpet's martial sound, like the trumpet's martial sound!
    Sergeant and Police: Tarantara!
  • Characters in Team Starkid musicals never gasp, they only ever say the word "Gasp!" Similarly, whenever someone calls for three cheers, the crowd will yell "Cheers! Cheers! Cheers!" Several other examples permeate the group's body of work.
  • Wicked: G(a)linda, when teaching Elphaba how to toss her hair:
    G(a)linda: ...And this is how you toss your hair: [as she performs the action] Toss-toss!
  • In the musical Heathers, JD does this during "Meant to be Yours" while singing about his mental breakdown and blowing up the school.
    JD: You left me and I fell apart, I punched the wall and cried: Bam! Bam! Bam!
    JD: So when the high school gym goes 'boom' with everyone inside- Pchw! Pchw! Pchw!

    Video Games 
  • In Ace Attorney Investigations, Kay encourages Edgeworth to do his "schwing!" thing in reference to his Logic power (which goes schwing).
  • Lyle from Animal Crossing does this a lot. Bang.
  • Regardless if he finished his opponents off or not, Spring Man will often shout some of the violence-related words out loud in ARMS. Whatever if he says "Pow!" when throwing his opponents or "Boi-oi-oing!" when jumping off of the Mausoleum trampolines can be at least random when he says something.
  • Taokaka of BlazBlue uses this on occasion ("* slurp* "), but averted it at the worst possible time: the voice actor was captioned as saying "nom nom nom", but chose to make an eating sound instead. Bang Shishigami, being more, well, Japanese, does it with the Unsound Effect ("* glare* ") in addition to playing it straight ("* thud* ". Yes, he says "thud" when he loses in Story Mode.).
  • As with the television Buffy examples, the video game has Buffy, exasperated with the Scooby Gang's none-too-subtle hints that they'd like to go to the Bronze, actually say aloud, "Audible sigh..."
  • The original Command & Conquer had a Dummied Out "PEW PEW PEW" sound pack.
  • Parodied in The Curse of Monkey Island, when a rather nutty pirate who's just made Guybrush Threepwood walk the plank wonders aloud why he didn't hear any splash, and Guybrush yells out "Splash!" to allay his concerns; and it works!
  • The best weapon in Dead Space 2 is a foam finger known as the Hand Cannon. When you fire the primary attack, Isaac says "BANG! BANG!" When you fire the secondary attack, Isaac says "PEWPEWPEW!" It is exactly as hilarious as you are imagining. It can pop limbs off in just one hit, has unlimited range, and never runs out of ammunition (its only con is its lack of an aiming reticule). In Dead Space 3, you get the Devil Horns. They do the same thing but have only near unlimited ammo, so when you reload Isaac rocks out on an invisible guitar. But how do you get these weapons? For the first you have to beat the game on Hard Core mode and for the second you have to beat the game in Classic Mode in New Game+.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, in her introductory chapter Flonne provides her own sound effects... while sneaking around Laharl's castle. "Woosh! Nin nin nin nin..."
  • Donkey Kong 64 has a weird take on this trope. In the Frantic Factory stage, there's a certain area where a loud, goopy splattering noise can be heard. It is very obviously a clip of some guy yelling "Splot!"
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, the combat dialogue for male vampires includes a chance that they will say "Hiss." at you in a fairly serious tone.
  • An unusual variation in Enchanted Scepters. The narration "A huge tidal wave roars from the south" is accompanied by the sound of an animal roaring, followed by a splash.
  • In Endless Frontier, one of Aschen's quotes is "Shiiiiiiiiiin...". which is the Japanese sound effect for (silence).
  • In Fairy Fencer F, when Fang first meets the villainous Zenke, he declares himself a hero and says "fwoosh." Zenke asks just what this is supposed to mean and Fang says it's the sound of the wind, causing Zenke's fairy, Della, to comment on this being stupid.
  • In the Silver Shroud radio show of Fallout 4, the Mistress of Mystery says “GASP!!” when she find something surprising.
  • Final Fantasy IV (the US Final Fantasy 2 release) had Rydia scream "Screeeam!" at one point.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
    • This scene with Inigo and Owain's C Support.
      Inigo: Sigh.
      Owain: Okay, just stop. You're not even sighing. You're just saying the word "sigh".
    • Lon'qu also does this in his supports with Nowi when she gets him to play farmer with her.
      Lon'qu: Chop, chop! Shovel!
  • In Gears of War, the aptly named Boomer enemies will say 'BOOM!' in a deep, menacing voice before firing their grenade launchers at the player. In the sequels, different variants of Boomers appear (Grinders, Maulers, and several more) that will say the sound effects of their weapons before they attack ('GRIND!', 'CRUSH!').
    • Which is then parodied in at least one song, as the singer yells "CALL ATTACK!"
  • Mahira from Granblue Fantasy will vocalize certain sound effects depending on what she's doing ("Pon poko pon!" when using her drums in battle or "Donka chi, don don" while using a hammer during a Fate Episode), and she's fond of imitating chickens.
  • Half-Life 2 has a sound mod, were pretty much every sound effect is replaced by the creators voice, and yes you can use it for Garry's Mod. Video here.
  • A skull cut from Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary would have replaced the sound effects with 343 Industries employees saying them out loud.
  • In Iji, Asha tends to make these after you get the Scrambler.
    Asha: TOOT TOOT
    Asha: BEEP BEEP
    Asha: PEW PEW PEW
  • In The King of Fighters series, when using up one of his power-up stocks, Shingo will shout "Shakiiin!", which is the sound of something sparkling.
  • In Kingdom of Loathing, your character imitates certain ranged weapons while firing them, leading to combat messages like "You point at your enemy and say 'Pew pew pew!' Then you remember you have an actual gun, so you just shoot them."
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Salvatore tries to increase the immersion of his battleship minigame by producing the sound effects himself: "Spliiish. Spliiish. Ka-boooom!" The Japanese version had a different voice actor, but the principle is the same.
    • Breath of the Wild, when you get Hestu to upgrade your inventory capacity, he sings the "Item Get!" jingle along with the actual game interface.
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Deadpool again. "Bang! Bang Bang Bang! Bang Bang Bang Bang!" And in his own game he often says "beep, boop" whenever pressing buttons.
  • In Mega Man Battle Network 4, a villain does this on ACCIDENT due to a translation error. While actions had previously been denoted with *asterisks* , as such, the Big Bad narmfully yells "GRIN!"
  • Liquid Ocelot in Metal Gear Solid 4: Bang! Bang! Points his finger at the helicopters and puts a S.O.P. lock on them!
  • No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has Dr. Letz Shake, who has such things as "SHOCKED GASP" and "DERISIVE LAUGHTER."
  • In Overwatch promotional videos, The Cracker Sombra taps a corrupt politician on the nose with a playful "Boop!" while Blackmailing her, and later repeats the gesture at the camera. With the politician, it doubles as a veiled threat, since it's imitating something the politician does with her young daughter.
  • Some of the defective turrets in Portal 2 are aware of their inability to fire bullets, and decide that they'd have better luck trying to pass their inspection in a different way:
    Turret: Uh... Blam! Blam blam blam! I'm not defective!
  • In PriPara when the player's PriTicket is about to print, the character they played as yells noises like "Kyuuun!", "Babaa~n!", "Dondondon!" and "Pon! Pon!" as information is put onto the ticket. This was removed around the time the Kami incarnation started, likely to prevent people from stealing the QRs and because the player got a random item during the first installment of that incarnation.
  • Some Mooks in River City Ransom do this when you beat them.
  • The "Zzt!" sound of laying down power lines in SimCity 2000 was a placeholder recorded by series creator Will Wright. The developers liked it so much that they left it in.
  • E-102 Gamma in Sonic Adventure says "pick up," "put down," and "throw" out loud when handling objects (or Chao).
  • One or more of the web-spinners in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions will exclaim "BOP!" in the middle of combat.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Sith Inquisitor PC when they want somebody to cut to the chase: "Yawn."
  • The Fighter from START AGAIN START AGAIN START AGAIN: a prologue is prone to this, combining it with Calling His Attacks in combat — all of his techniques are named for the things he exclaims while using them, like "SMASH!!!", "KABOOM!!!", "YOUR TURN!!!" and "KEEP GOING!!!"
    The Fighter: Clap clap clap!
    The Researcher: [SIGH] You can just actually clap instead of saying "clap clap clap" out loud.
    The Fighter: Never!!!!
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, when Kirby uses R.O.B.'s Eye Beams, he makes a cute "Beep!" sound.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Scout says "Boink!" and "Bonk!", subject to many a Memetic Mutation.
    • The Heavy does this a lot:
      • "Ya-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta ya-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta budda-budda-ta-ta-ta Ka-Boom! Ka-Boom!"
      • During his killtaunt, he has to make the "pow!" noise of his Finger Gun himself. It still kills instantly.
    • While hitting something or an enemy with the Ullapool Caber, he will say "KA-BEEEEEUUUUUUM!!!!" or "KA-BLOOEEEEHHH!" upon a sucessFul hit. Though this is sometimes said out loud.
    • The Sniper will say "Stab, stab, stab!" whenever he uses the taunt kill with the Huntsman.
    • Soldier's robot costume: "Beep Boop Bleep Bloop Robot Noises"
    • The Pyro makes his own guitar noises for his melee weapon taunt.
      • For some weapons (namely, The Third Degree and the Neon Annihilator), the weapon itself plays a guitar riff.
  • In Toonstruck, if you talk to Bricabrac after getting the outline of your overarching quest:
    Drew: Hi, Bricabrac.
    Bricabrac: Who is this... Bricabrac? The name sounds familiar, but, for the life of me, I can't seem to place the face.
    Drew: He's you.
    Bricabrac: Who's who?
    Flux: You are Bricabrac.
    Bricabrac: Yes, of course I'm Bricabrac — uh-oh, did you two sillies forget who I was?
    Flux: Groan.
    Drew: Heavy sigh.
  • Undertale has Lesser Dog, which starts by saying semi-reasonable things like "pant pant", then edges into Unsound Effects like "excited noises." As you pet it more, it starts making cartoony nonsense sounds like "kettle whistling" and "plane takeoff."
    • If you compliment Mettaton's voice during the battle with him, he says he has the voice of a siren, and then says "Awooga!"
    • In battle, Froggits say "Meow." and Final Froggits say "Woof." - apparently saying the actual words. When you talk to Froggits outside of battle, they communicate by saying "Ribbit, ribbit." with translations provided in parentheses.
    • When you first meet Napstablook, his dialogue box reads "zzzzzzzzz" to indicate snoring, as he's apparently asleep. Then a few dialogue boxes later, the game points out that he's actually just saying "z" over and over, since he's just pretending to be asleep.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka dakka!

  • In 8-Bit Theater, it's a Running Gag of Red Mage to shout "Dun dun dun!" whenever something dramatic is said. Thoroughly lampshaded by Black Mage calling him out on it everytime he does it.
  • Done in Books Don't Work Here notably in this one
  • Subverted in Homestuck with Terezi's "PCHOOOOO". John thought she "was just making a little rocket noise or something", but it turns out it's actually the code for the rocket pack.
    • Later played straight with Gamzee: he both inserts honks in his chat and speech, and later, after going into a Slasher Killer mode, was the first confirmation of characters using their typing quirks in speech, speaking lines either quietly or shouting.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Done for no other reason than a subversion of a normal sound effect in "The Storm Breaker Saga".
      Undead Osric: [off panel, falling down a chasm] My master has seen through my eyes! He knows what you are up to! My master is on his way to destroy the book and steal your souls! Hahahhhha! Splat!
      Torg: Wow, this chasm isn't half as deep as I thought!
      Zoë: Torg, he didn't land yet, he just said the word "splat".
      Osric: Clever girl! Yup, still falling.
    • Torg's saying "Bad-guy alert!", though not exactly meant as a sound effect, is mistaken for an actual alarm by another character.
    • This strip during the "2007 Super Special": All Bun-bun has is a butter knife instead of his switchblade, so they have to enact his violent acts verbally.
    • In "Paradise": Someone pretending to be a machine recording says "crackle, static" when found out.
    • Do you know what a Swedish lightsabre sounds like?
    • A weird slightly-Unreliable Narrator version in "Anima: Revelation" when Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny! ferret Kiki is asked to repeat exactly what someone said. She reports the last sentence as being "Smash!" but when asked about it, she realises that was the guy throwing a lamp through a window.
  • Inverted in this episode of Mountain Time when a guy mistakes the intro to a knock-knock joke for an actual knock on the door.
  • The easily amused Larxene made her own sound effects during the invasion of FOX in Ansem Retort. Ansem called her out on it... and then for making one up.
    Larxene: Ching-battle!
    Ansem: Okay, that's so not a sound effect.
  • Eddie does it in this strip of Emergency Exit.
    • Also played with in this strip: Kyran and Delaine are arguing, and Delaine slams down a scalpel. (What was that doing in a dentist's office anyway?):
      Delaine: DON'T CORRECT ME ON MY GODDAMN— [shlunk]
      Both: [looking down] "Shlunk"?
      Kyran: [holds up stabbed hand] Whoopsies.
  • PvP's Skull attempting to eavesdrop on phone conversations.
    Brent: Skull, hang up the phone!
    Skull: Click!
    Brent: ... Did you just say 'click'?"
    Skull: Dial-toooooone.
  • Dinosaur Comics did this in one strip with Rex trying to say a "?". He simply says questionmark extremely quickly. After being told that this is incredibly lame, he tries to say "$", and succeeds. Apparently "$" sounds like a dog vomiting.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, The Alt Text suggests that this is why there are six blams and five pings when the raptor-riding mexican bandits attack.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Xykon shows a lack of subtlety
      Xykon: Gosh, minions, don't let any of those big scary adventurers touch my poor little gate, located to my left with significantly less guards than the rest of the room. Just a touch would destroy it. Wink, wink.
      Redcloak: Sir, I hardly think that is going to accomplish anything.
      Xykon: You'd be surprised.
      Redcloak: Sir, you actually said the words, "wink, wink." I mean—
    • Like Red Mage above, Elan has a habit of saying "Dun dun dun!" at suitably dramatic moments. (Of course, he is a Quirky Bard). Played with in this strip where he's just complaining about fabric colors.
  • Starslip: Onamotapyewpyew.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court has a robot saying "whistle".
  • Used in both Eerie Cuties (by Brooke) and Ménage à 3 (by Zii), both series written by the same team.
  • Happens on this page of Think Before You Think.
  • From Hijinks Ensue: "Audible gasp!"
  • Done in this this goats when Phillip "slams" a futuristic automatic sliding door
  • In Educomix, this is how the language of Finnish is portrayed.
  • In this Skin Horse, Mustachio used the phrase "Startled track-skip!" as an exclamation.
  • Lampshaded in String Theory (2009):
    Laurence: Wink. ...I have to say that out loud now. Lost an eye.

    Web Original 
  • Arby 'n' the Chief has Chief, who either is spouting Leet Lingo or Saying Sound Effects Out Loud as his entire vocabulary. It's completely hilarious.
  • Element Animation presents, the ''Minecraft Villager Sounds Resource Pack''. Where instead of sound effects, you hear Villagers yelling out items and actions.
  • Strong Bad parodies this on Homestar Runner. While showcasing the pros (and cons) of shapeshifting, his shapeshifting is accompanied by him loudly blurting out, "DWAYNE!!" In Teen Girl Squad, he also tends to narrate the sound effects like "Arrow'd!" or "Punt!"
  • Nate Sound Pack is this trope as applied to Half-Life 2.
  • Taken to ridiculous extremes in Sailor Moon Abridged. For example, "rose", "fishbone", and "whoosh".
  • In The Demented Cartoon Movie, "gasp" and "poof" are spoken (in monotone, no less) as they are flashed.
  • Red vs. Blue. Tucker sometimes likes to make sound effects for his energy sword when he swings it, or turns it on.
    • There's also a near-invoking of this trope when, because Doc doesn't have a gun, he's told to just yell "Bang Bang Bang"
    • Caboose whispers "Sneaking sneaking sneaking" when trying to infiltrate Red base to steal some tech.
    • Church goes "HONK" when Caboose hits the horn on the mongoose Church has transferred into.
  • "Point point", "gasp" and "twinkle" have appeared in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    • "Holy bleep on a bleep sandwich!"
    • "Surprised gasp!"
  • In MSTings, the standard reply on the use of an onomatopoeia within prose is, "TOGGG!"
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: 90's Kid did this during his review of Freak Force. He actually read the sound effects out loud and even summarized the battle using nothing but sound effects.
  • Lampshaded in a Random Verse Comic Con video:
    Deadpool: Poof! What did that low-budget sound effect mean?
  • Last Exile Abridged is full of this, as are virtually every video by Unwardil.
  • In this Dramatic Reading of Halo: Halos in Space 2: Aliens Attack, the narrator read the sound effects for Joe Chief's shields recharging ("Joe Chief waited for the bzzt bzzt chhhhhrg"), causing him to laugh out loud while doing so.
  • "Mr. Plinkett", while reviewing "The Phantom Menace" used "BLAMO" and "SHEBANG" as soundeffects in one point of the review.
  • In Code MENT, Lelouch goes so far as to say "Audible gasp!" when something shocking happens.
  • In Unforgotten Realms, there is a magical item mentioned that is called "The Twin Daggers of Pew-pew-pew," which actually turns out to be a double-barreled laser cannon.
    Ogre: OGRE SOUND!
  • Sweetie Belle the robot in the Friendship is Witchcraft episode "Neigh, Soul Sister" shouts "Gasp!" when Applejack reveals that she's letting Apple Bloom's place in the race.
  • Done for comedic effect in Sonic Bastardized between Metal Jason and Sonic.
    Metal Jason: Show me your moves. Falcon Kick!
    Sonic: Looks like we're blasting off again! Twinkle.
  • Dragon Ball Abridged:
    • Vegeta screaming "dakka" over and over while firing energy blasts at Freeza. Which itself is a callback to the team's playthroughs of Left 4 Dead 2, where they yell "dakka" while firing their guns.
    • Goku manages to hang-up on a psychic call with King Kai by simply saying, "I promise not to *click* Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- *GASP!!!* -eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....."
    • Future Trunks questions Krillin as to why he's making "pew!" sounds when he fires ki blasts. Krillin just mentions that he does it in his head. Trunks soon follows along.
  • Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse has one of the dolls make beeping noises if he or she has to operate a control panel that's actually a sticker.
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour: In the Beyond Belief segment, whenever glasses to clink together are not available, Sadie will just say "Clink!" She's also prone to narrating actions like "bats eyelashes."
  • In an early The Comics Curmudgeon post, Josh said that, as a child, Peanuts taught him the exact circumstances in which it was appropriate to sigh. What it didn't teach him was what a sigh was, so whenever he was depressed, he would say "sigh". Since the adults around him found this hilarious, nobody ever corrected him.
  • Ward: One minor heroine, who is noted to be immature for her age, is shown shouting "Bang! Zap! Boom!" while shooting energy blasts at people, in the midst of what is otherwise a very serious battle. It's later revealed she has to vocalize the sound effect to use her power properly. Considering the setting, these sort of weird drawbacks are fairly, although this one is much more lighthearted than most instances.
  • The SCP Foundation's Log of Anomalous Items includes a top hat that replaces any sound made by the wearer with a voice saying the word for the sound.
  • Sanders Sides: Lampshaded by Thomas in Selfishness v. Selflessness:
    Deceit: No further questions. Smirk.
    Thomas: Did he just say smirk?

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventure Time, the banana guards are in charge of security in the Candy Kingdom. While chasing criminals, they hold their arms out to the side and make their own police siren noises.
  • In the Æon Flux episode titled "Leisure," the titular character Aeon Flux is heard saying "plop," while dropping an egg on the floor.
  • Both of The Angry Beavers used to say "dun dun dun dramatic reverb", whenever something was seemingly dramatic. Also, in the episode where Dagget is training to be a ninja, he calls out his attack, the Silent Wind of Doom, whoosh!
  • The people behind Archer and Frisky Dingo are fond of this. Boosh! is a well known one (it's the sound of laser guns being fired). Archer ramps up the adult-ness by repeatedly using "Sploosh!" as the spoken-word indicator for female arousal (often accompanied by a groin-height splashing gesture).
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In the episode "Make'Em Laugh", a comedian introduces himself as "Smilin' Shecky Rimshot! Ba-doom-boom!" [[spoiler:He's actually The Joker.
    • Another episode had Batman and Harley Quinn temporarily teaming up to find the Joker. While they are moving through a darkened storage area, Harley punctuates every step she takes while sneaking by cheerfully announcing: "Sneak, sneak, sneak!" - much to Batman's annoyance.
  • Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes has a couple of examples:
    • In "Baseball Bugs" when he is bragging about how he could beat the Gas House Gorillas:
      Bugs: WHAM! A homer! WHAM! Another homer! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM! WHAM!
    • In "Falling Hare" after Bugs nearly sets off a blockbuster bomb, he confronts what he suspects is a gremlin:
      Bugs: Why, you little... you.. .you... you... [beat] Gasp!
    • In "The Hare-Brained Hypnotist," Bugs pretends to be Elmer's rifle and calls out "Bang!" each time Elmer pulls the trigger. Elmer does this trick to Bugs in "Hare Brush" (as Elmer thinks he's a rabbit and Bugs has been hypnotized to be Elmer).
  • Daffy Duck uses this to pretend to be a bottle of champagne in "Daffy Dilly".
    Daffy: Pop! Gurgle gurgle gurgle gurgle...
    • This gag is referenced in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures with Buster Bunny pretending to be a bottle of soda as he tries to free captured animals from Elmyra's room. In the same scene of the same episode he also pretends to be Elmyra's lamp ("click...").
  • Dan Vs.: In "Dan vs. the Animal Shelter", Dan attempts to mimic the phone breaking up by saying "crackle" and "buzz".
    Dan: WHAT'S THAT? You're breaking up! Crackle, crackle! Buzz!
    Elise: You're not even making good noises. You're just saying crackle, and buzz!
    Dan: Crackle! Buzz! [hangs up]
  • In "Voyage of the Ruthless" from The Dragon Prince, the parrot Berto comments "Nailed it. Squawk!" and Callum lampshades "Did he just say the word 'Squawk'?"
  • In the DuckTales (2017) season 2 finale, Dewey makes "pew pew" noises as he's firing the turrets in an alien spaceship. Webby, who's aiming the turrets, asks to swap positions with Dewey, and once they do, she also makes "pew pew" noises as she shoots.
  • Near the beginning of the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Fa-la-la-la-Ed", the Eds indulge in this when Ed and Eddy are playing around in Edd's parents' room.
    Eddy: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!
    Ed: My turn! Boing!
    Eddy: Smack!
    Ed: Whoosh!
    Edd: Pant! Pant! Pant! Pant!
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • Shocking developments are generally met with one or more characters shouting "gasp!" This has not gone unnoticed by other characters.
      Mr. Turner: Those gasping mice are right!
    • Timmy and Vicky in particular are also known for saying "yawn" frequently.
  • In Garfield and Friends, The US Acres cast is visited by people from, as everyone puts it, "Da dum! The network." Even the network executive's card lists him as being from "Da dum! The Network".
  • G.I. Joe: "Range 42. Fire. BANG!"
  • Goldie & Bear:
    • The Big Bad Wolf, "Big Bad," says "Guh-rowl" at least once.
    • In "Pig Trouble," Baley, one of the three little pigs, declares "slam really loud" after he's unable to achieve this effect closing the door on his straw house. This becomes a Running Gag throughout the episode.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Mabel loves this trope. Her favorite, or so it seems, is "boop". She says this whenever she bops Dipper in the nose.
    • Other characters indulge in it too at points, such as Stan going "pat pat" when patting a dollar bill back into his sleeve.
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series: Aya in the episode "Blue Hope".
    Aya: Sigh.
  • Harvey's secretary in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law once said "slight retch" while talking over the intercom.
    • And all those times Harvey slumps and says "sigh..."
    • And anytime Mentok does his "Bweeop!" mindtakery.
    • And Birdgirl/Judy's tendency to sound out sound effects.
    • "I'll bite you on the ass... growl."
  • A Heckle and Jeckle cartoon had Jeckle pretending to be a bottle of water that Chesty the Bulldog tries to open:
    Jeckle: [as Chesty tries to open and pour] Squeak, squeak, squeak, pop! Glug glug glug glug glug glug!
  • Invader Zim:
    • The episode, "Backseat Drivers from Beyond the Stars": After forcing Dib out of Tak's ship, Zim starts gloating:
      Dib: No, you've got to let me back in!
      Zim: It's over, Dib! Dun dun DUUUN!
    • The first issue of the comic continuation includes a Training Montage for Dib.
      Gaz: Are you singing your own montage music?
      Dib: I thought it was coo—
      Gaz: You can't sing your own montage music!
  • King of the Hill: Dale Gribble likes to say "Shi Shaw!" or some variant when doing anything particularly action-based. It has become something of a catchphrase of his.
  • Lucy Loud of The Loud House has a habit of this. ("Sigh.")
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • In the episode "Party of One", several ponies attempt, badly, to fake the sounds of power tools. At one point, Rainbow Dash can be heard saying "Drill, drill!" and Twilight Sparkle can be heard saying "Safety gear!"
    • In the episode "May The Best Pet Win", Rainbow Dash declares that the final challenge for who's going to be her pet is a race through Ghastly Gorge, and provides her own dramatic sting sound effects.
      Rainbow Dash: DUN DUN DUNNNNN!
    • In addition to actual chewing noises when scarfing down the ice cream, Rarity can be heard sounding out "nom nom nom" in "Inspiration Manifestation".
    • A Running Gag in "A Horse Shoe-In" is Trixie winking at Starlight Glimmer and saying "wink".
  • Rico from the The Penguins of Madagascar show with his "Kaboom" catchphrase, anyone?
  • It was more common during the early Fleischer era, but Popeye often did this when he let Bluto have it (after eating spinach of course).
    Popeye: Oh yeah? WHAM!!
  • A Porky Pig short had him contending with Sylvester and group of alley cats. At one point when they're thrown out (again):
    Sylvester: Are we men, or are we mice?
    unnamed smallest cat: I like cheese!
    Sylvester: [while smacking the other cat] SMACK!
  • Alfe in The Problem Solverz does this at times.
    Alfe: [upon breaking the magic clock] SMASH!
  • In "Getting to Paris is Hard" on Robot Chicken, Spencer walks away in anger saying "frustrated grunt."
  • The space-traveling Solenoid Robots from Roger Ramjet constantly hummed, buzzed, and clicked ... by saying "Hum, buzz, click".
  • In The Roman Holidays, Brutus the lion uses these a lot, such as snarl, sob, whimper, and snicker.
  • A sheriff pig... thing on Samurai Jack. It's actually the most most coherent word he says the whole episode.
  • The Simpsons:
    • They have the time-honored "yoink!"
    • Homer does this at least once.
    • Zaaaaaaaaaaaap.
    • In "Angry Dad: The Movie":
      Lisa: [reading script] Angry Dad addresses the family from the top of the stairs.
      Homer: [via speakerphone] "Family, today I graduate from my anger management class."
      Lisa: Angry Dad slips and crashes down the stairs.
      Homer: "Pained noises."
      Lisa: No, dad, don't say "pained noises", you make pained noises.
      Homer: Oh, okay. Lenny? Hit me with that chair.
      Lenny: Okay. [the sound of Homer being hit with the chair is heard; he groans and disconnects]
    • In "Duffless", after Homer is pulled over by the cops as he leaves the Duff Factory tour and is eventually arrested for drunk driving: Gulp!
  • On Smiling Friends, Shrimp does this when expressing his frustration over his recent break-up.
    Shrimp: Sigh. My girlfriend just broke up with me. I am 'artbroken.
  • Sonic Boom episode "Tommy Thunder: Method Actor" has the titular characters use sound effects in their dialogue because said effects involve a door, which Sonic's hut doesn't have.
  • In at least one episode of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, whenever Space Ghost took off, you would hear what was either a woman or a little kid going "WHOOSH!"
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Plankton does this in place of Audible Sharpness when he presents SpongeBob with a golden spatula. "Shing! Sparkle sparkle."
    • He also GASPS during another episode.
    • In yet another episode, he has a dream where he is a giant destroying Bikini Bottom:
      Plankton: I see you... ZAP! [shoots a laser from his eye; then sees the Krusty Krab] Oh, look, it's the Krusty Krab, home of the Krabby Patty. [steps down hard on it, smashing it] CRUSH! [takes the sign and walks off with it, licking it like a lollipop] Lick, lick...
    • Squidward in "Christmas Who?" sarcastically says "yawn" after SpongeBob explains the concept of Christmas.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Earthlings": After Smoky Quartz blows Jasper into the air with their Blow You Away attack, they mimic the sound of her falling and hitting the ground: "Wheeeoooooo-BHOOM!"
    • "The Question": Ruby, spitting a piece of wheat out of her mouth while playing cowboy, says "Patooie!"
    • "Change Your Mind": When Steven sees Bismuth emerging from Yellow Diamond's arm ship, he literally says "Gasp!"
  • Super Bwoing of The Super 6 — "ZIP, ZAM, ZOWIE and SWOOOSH!" — CLICK!
  • Transformers has Warpath, a tank Autobot with a habit of saying things like 'BLAM' and 'POW', for no apparent reason. Also may count as a weird speech defect, which isn't uncommon among Transformers. However, it is almost certainly a Stealth Pun... they never explicitly say it, but he is a tank that has Tourette's Syndrome.
  • What If...? (2021): Amusingly, Episode 5 shows that Happy Hogan feels the need to shout "BLAM!" whenever he fires his Repulsor Gauntlet. Less amusingly, he still does it after becoming a zombie.

    Real Life 
  • Often done by directors such as Graeme Harper when filming.
  • An especially annoying practice since the era of rock-n-roll began is "singing" along to the electric guitar part, which when pronounced by the human voice box tends to sound like "bearn-a-dearn-dearn" or some similarly Scandinavian-sounding gibberish.
    • Rivers Cuomo of Weezer actually writes some of his guitar solos this way. He sings the part first and tries different things out. Once he has something he likes, he takes the recording, pitches the whole thing up an octave, and then teaches himself to play it on the guitar. He discusses the process in this episode of the Song Exploder podcast (skip ahead to 10:25).
  • BRIAN BLESSED claims to have spoiled a take in Flash Gordon doing this.
  • Similar case in Once Upon a Time in Mexico - they ran out of 'real' gun props, decided to use fake ones with the gunshots and muzzle flash added in post-production, and Antonio Banderas messed up a take or two by going "pchoo pchoo pchoo" while he mimed firing them.
  • Internet phrases (such as lol, rofl, and lmao) do this because of the lack of sound between two typing parties. Add a webcam to the chat and Hilarity Ensues as you are torn between typing out that you laughed at a joke when your conversation buddy clearly sees that you merely huffed. Or didn't even crack a smile. This leads to amusing anecdotes when people who are used to being online start saying things like "burb" (brb) when going on break at work.
    • Or worse, people sitting behind computers in the same room chatting with each other online, typing LOL in dead silence, without so much as looking up.
  • Emeril Lagasse's "BAM!"
  • Several actors filming the Star Wars prequels had to be told not to make lightsaber noises with their mouths, because the camera could see their lips moving. The same with Chris Pratt firing his blaster in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Basketball players and spectators will often say "swoosh!" after a basket is made that hits "nothing but net."
  • Children are prone to this, especially during imaginative play. And sometimes, some adults are prone to this, too, when they engage in imaginative play with their children. (Or their LARPer buddies, or whoever.)
  • Firearms enthusiasts refer to a catastrophic failure as a "kaBOOM", abbreviated kB! in online discussion.
  • During Ubisoft's E3 2011 presentation, the presenter (Mr. Caffeine) waved his hands in front of his face while making "doodly doodly doodly" sound effects when asking the audience to imagine something from the past. Likely inspired by Wayne's World.
  • Humans imitate crow sounds by saying "caw" and crows can imitate human speech. Reportedly, this has led to some crows in zoos imitating humans by saying "caw".
  • Behold: a dog barking by actually saying "woof."


Sneak, sneak-- sneak, sneak...

Way to be subtle, Ruby...

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