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See-and-Say: The pig goes "Wank"!
(Stewie is surprised, he pulls the cord again)
See-and-Say: The cow goes "Shazoo"!
Stewie: It most certainly does not! (pulls the cord again)
See-and-Say: The rooster goes "Gickery-gee"!
Stewie: Where? Where does the rooster say that?! (pulls the cord again)
See-and-Say: The monkey goes "Macack"!
Stewie: Oh, no, no, no! It does not! (pulls the cord again)
See-and-Say: The elephant goes "Thwoamp"!
Stewie: Oh, yeah, kinda.

In fiction, animals make a lot of sound. With some animals such as dogs, cats, chickens and cows, the sound is very familiar (and often represented as a Written Sound Effect). With some animals, their real sound is not very well-known, but there is a Stock Sound Effect that represents them in media (such as the characteristic screech of the Red-Tailed Hawk used for any sort of bird of prey, or chimpanzee chatter used for any kind of monkey). Occasionally an animal that is normally mute will be given some sound for threatening effect (for example, sharks letting out a growl as they open their jaws). Even though the latter sounds are not realistic, they are so commonly used that we don't even notice them.

Sometimes though, the creators just throw away any - real or perceived - realism and make up a sound for the animal in the name of Rule of Funny. Either they have no idea what sound the animal makes and just come up with something silly, or they intentionally give the animal a different sound that the audience expects for comedic effect as a form of Vocal Dissonance. Occasionally the animals will straight up Pokémon Speak, or let out the Signature Roar of a famous movie monster (as a literal Shout-Out). Another possible Shout-Out is the animal singing the theme tune of a famous work - such as a "Jaws" Attack Parody where the famous "dun-DUN'' music directly coming from the shark itself. Often, a big sound will come out of a small creature or vice-versa. Sometimes, the justification is that the animal is "speaking a foreign language". If an individual animal makes a noise it's not even personally known to make, expect Voice Change Surprise.

Subtrope of Noisy Nature and Incorrect Animal Noise. Compare Animal Talk, when animals sounds like humans due to Translation Convention (which is usually not Played for Laughs). Compare Sound Defect and Wacky Sound Effect, where other unlikely sounds are deliberately used nonsensically.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • One Piece:
    • In the Waters Seven arc, Chimney's pet rabbit Gonbe meows because he thinks he's a cat.
    • In the Enies Lobby arc, Usopp finds himself face-to-face with a rooster as he's trying desperately to sneak up to an enemy and snatch the key he needs. Usopp is worrying himself silly that the rooster will crow and awaken his opponent, only for it to tweet. This doesn't wake anybody, but Usopp yelling out in surprise at the wrong sound does.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • A popular French joke says that ants "cro-ondent", which comes from an untranslatable Portmanteau Pun of the words fourmi ("ant") and four micro-ondes ("microwave"). The best approximation in English would be "crowave", but then the joke would be Lost in Translation.

  • In Badjelly The Witch, the aptly-named grasshopper Silly Sausage barks. In the audio-book version, he also meows and makes other non-animal sounds.
  • In the kids' book Bark, George!, a mother dog tries to teach her son George to bark, but he makes goofy sounds instead.
  • Bunnicula: Played for laughs in the conclusion of Return to Howliday Inn, where Harold the dog and Chester the cat, who've both learned ventriloquism, use their newfound abilities to astound their family by making it look like Harold's meowing and Chester's barking.
  • In Dip The Puppy, the eponymous puppy meows instead of barking. There was previously a horse who quacked, too.
  • The children's book Duckcat is about a cat and a duck who pretend to be each other (the cat swims in the lily pond, the duck pretends to hate swimming, etc) and they also make each other's noises.
  • In Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo, the tigers catch Felicity's cold, which somehow makes them meow instead of roar.
  • Thud! and Where's My Cow?: Is that my cow? It goes HRUUGH! It is a hippopotamus! That’s not my cow.
  • Winnie the Pooh:
    • Tigger is a tiger, but when he's not just speaking, he'll say, "Worraworraworra" instead of growling.
    • Pooh writes a song about how "the cows are almost cooing and the turtledoves are mooing".

    Live-Action TV 
  • Farscape. In the DVD Commentary for "I, E.T.", the actors playing Aeryn and D'Argo mention that the script called for them to make "terrifying alien sounds" because We Need a Distraction, but as the actors hadn't really established their characters at that point, they had no idea what the aliens they are playing would sound like.
  • In this scene from Whose Line Is It Anyway?, two men play two cops, while two women provide the sound effects they make. At one point, one of them suggests they should make animal sounds to distract their opponents. One of them makes duck sounds - "quack quack". The other makes elephant sounds - also "quack quack".

  • "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say)" by Ylvis, the singer wonders what do foxes sound like. They come up with several humorous suggestions such as "Wap-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow" and "Hattee-hattee-hatte-ho".
  • According to Li'l Deuce Deuce's ditty Beep Beep I'm A Sheep, sheep go "beep beep." And further, cows go "meow meow." It's a subset of Refuge in Audacity in songwriting: As Long As It Rhymes.
  • In "Under a 'C'", a parody of "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid (1989), a dumb student mistakenly thinks dogs say, "meow".

    Puppet Shows 
  • Sesame Street:
    • In one episode, a duck gets a disease called "The Moos" where she moos instead of quacking.
    • Attempted when a cat tries to bark and a dog tries to meow, but they can't.
    • Ralphie, Baby Bear's parrot, can speak Hamster.
    • In one cartoon skit, a cow tweets, a dog meows, a bird barks, and a cat moos. The boy switches the doors and this somehow brings them back to normal. The cow then crows like a rooster but then reveals she was joking.

  • Two Storyteller skits in John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme feature Mr Floofywhiskers, a horse who was raised to believe he was a cat, and therefore makes a peculiar noise that sounds like a cross between a whinny and a meow.
  • Also by John Finnemore: Cabin Pressure: Martin and Arthur are driving a baggage cart 20 miles across the Spanish countryside to fetch a plane engineer, singing 'One Man Went to Mow' to pass the time. Arthur replaces the 'woof woof!' with 'wah wah!' ("That's what French dogs say") because they're abroad. On the return journey, the plane engineer adds Spanish versions of Silly Animal Sounds to the mix.
    Martin: "Carolyn, Douglas, this is Diego: a fine engineer, a useful light baritone, and a man with an inexhaustible knowledge of how Spanish animals go. Diego, do your Spanish cockerel."
    Diego: "Quiquiriquí!"
    Martin "...yep, that's my favourite one."

  • Many toys squeak, but they depict a duck or a bear or some other animal that doesn't squeak.

    Video Games 
  • In a Licensed Game of Sesame Street called "Elmo's Silly Mixed-Up Farm", some farm animals make the wrong sounds and it's up to the viewer to re-sort them.
  • Escape from Monkey Island: If you have Guybrush "use" the duck he finds wandering around Lucre Island, the duck will occasionally moo instead of quacking.
    Guybrush: "Moo"? What kind of weird duck are you?
  • Plants vs. Zombies: In the Almanac, Cattail, who is a cross between a cat and a cattail plant, is shown to woof like a dog. She says that it's because she hates to be stereotyped.
  • In Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Cecile is under the impression that rabbits make a faint cheeping noise, insisting that this is something that you will only recognise if you are someone who has kept a rabbit. It actually manages to make Big Boss crack up.

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • In the Betty Boop cartoon "Crazy Town", among tons of other backwards and crazy things, Crazy Town's zoo is full of incorrect sounding animals including a lion that Cock-a-doodle-doos like a rooster, barking cats, a meowing rhino and a mouse that roars like a lion.
  • In Bilby, after the bilby beats up an eagle, it flies away clucking like a chicken. One could say it's chickening out of the fight.
  • In Ed, Edd n Eddy, the all-too abundant slapstick is accompanied by randomly edited animal sound effects: elephants, horses, pigs and chicken among others.
  • In one Cutaway Gag of Family Guy, Stewie plays with an European See-and-Say. He gets baffled by the unconventional sounds that, according to the toy, the animals make. Unlike most Cutaway Gags, this is actually referenced in a later scene. As Stewie and Brian use a Time Machine and end up in an unfamiliar place, Stewie correctly deduces that they must be in Europe from a cow saying "Shazoo".
  • Hero: 108: "Deer Castle" features deer and the Deer King who sound nothing like actual deer. As the matter of fact, the sounds they make are those of a horse.
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches:
    • The titular character from the episode "The Neighbor's Cat", who, in addition to being treated like a dog by his owner, barks like one.
    • In "Penguin Pandemonium", when the penguin hiding in Oggy's fridge the whole time falls in love with Oggy (who is then dressing up like a penguin), Oggy tries to dissuade it by meowing. To his surprise, the penguin meows back! It then takes Oggy to (allegedly) the South Pole, where all the penguins meow!
  • In an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar, a giant lobster roars like the Tyrannosaurus rex in Jurassic Park.
  • In the Peppa Pig episode Granny and Grandpa's Attic, Mummy Pig finds a vinyl record of a novelty song she used to listen to when she was a child, "Birdy Birdy Woof Woof", all about this trope.
    The birds go, "Woof" and the dogs go, "Tweet",
    Woof, tweet, woof, tweet, woof, woof, woof!
    The sheep go, "Moo" and the cows go, "Baa",
    Moo, baa, woof, tweet,
    Woof, baa, moo, tweet,
    Woof, woof, woof!
  • In The Simpsons episode "Dude, Where's My Ranch?", one brief gag features a rabbit chirping like a dolphin at the moon.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, snails, including Gary, Spongebob's pet snail, meow like a cat. Meanwhile, worms bark like dogs.
  • Teen Titans: For some reason, whenever Raven manifests her magic it shrieks like a red-tailed hawk instead of cawing like a raven.
  • Invoked in an episode of Teen Titans Go!: after every sound in the world disappears, the Titans find themselves tasked to recreate the sounds with their voices, resulting in stuff like dolphins saying "Booyah" in Cyborg's voice, Starfire's pet Silkie sounding like Starfire doing a Fat Albert impression and a giant monster meowing because Starfire had no fitting sound examples in her mind.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "The Milky Waif", Jerry the mouse, upon seeing Tom spanking his adopted child Nibbles, goes into Papa Wolf mode, and produces a lion-like roar before giving Tom an epic thrashing.
  • Played with in Quaqquao. The main character is a duckling that in every episode meets a different animal, and at the end of every episode he now makes the same sound as that animal. Then his father comes up and teaches him to quack again.