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Misophonia is a condition where the person has a select hatred to sounds, by narrative or by nervous sensitivity. They are usually the only character(s) who lacks the tolerance to these sounds, and are mocked in-universe, or by plot-serving means.

Neurological sensitivity

In a certain Planet of Hats, the tolerance to sounds are the hats there that are rarely rejected. Most people consider "normal" sounds to be neutral, such as reproducing sound effects with the mouth, humming, whistling, singing, etc., while those with misophonia are acutely sensitive to these. Because of this, they are considered to be aliens and not their real kind, because it was too rarely detracted against. When this happens, they are most likely to be ostracised, publicly beaten, falsely rumored of monstrosity, or all and also become a Hero with Bad Publicity and a Socially Awkward Hero. Truth in Television: While this condition was discovered in 2000, this trope is Older Than They Think. There have been cases of famous people having this by complaining about the sounds around them at certain times. If a villain has misophonia of this type, then they count as a Tragic Villain if that is their main issue, or one of them. They are either embedded within their neurological disorder(s), or added to it through traumatic events.


Generic, theme-serving, oppositional characterization

Often, some characters, usually villains, are depicted as having the opposite views of sounds, generally music, for the sake of An Aesop, Foil-run villainy, or both. This type means that the character is misophonic For the Evulz instead of being neuroatypical.

A subtrope to Sensory Abuse and Berserk Button. Compare Trauma Button (from Teach Him Anger when this was added to the character), and Your Normal Is Our Taboo. Those with misophonia are often a Fish out of Water who view the bodily sounds as signs of being Conditioned to Accept Horror, self-indulgent, overall selfish, and Too Dumb to Live. Reactions to these sounds include Brain Bleach, Rant-Inducing Slight, and or Freak Out. If this applies to the audience, then this is annoying combined with Squick. Especially in real life, there are cases where the character may sometimes indulge in some of these sounds, making it very likely to zig-zag. As part of its extremely complex functionality, it never counts as hypocrisy, contrary to popular belief. This trope is about psychological harm and demoralization. If this actually causes obvious physical harm instead of only distress, then it is Weaksauce Weakness, Brown Note, and the verbal equivalent Weapons-Grade Vocabulary.



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Neurological sensitivity:

     Anime and Manga 
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, the Ambiguously Human Mikitaka claims to be an alien whose species is extremely sensitive to the sound of sirens. He breaks out in terrible hives at the sound of them, to such a point where he can't escort himself away.
  • Both Yutaka and Vladimir from Shounen Note have a sensitivity to certain sounds. This either has to do with them being boy sopranos or due to their Ambiguous Disorders.
  • Kaguya from Kaguya-sama: Love is War is shown at several points in the manga to be very sensitive to loud noises (with a bonus chapter establishing that this extends to any strong stimuli). It appears to be genetic on her father's side of the family, as her cousin Maki also displays the same sound sensitivity.

     Live Action TV 
  • One episode of Royal Pains had Hank treating a UN translator who suffered from seizures brought on by the sound of her boss' voice. He solved the problem by adjusting her headphones so that her boss' voice came in at a slightly higher than normal pitch, thus moving it out of the frequency that caused her seizures.
  • One witness on Law & Order was an autistic savant who suffered from misophonia. The judge found this out the hard way when she banged her gavel and scared the wits out of the girl.
  • Elementary: Sherlock develops a sensitivity to certain sounds due to a brain injury.

     Web Original 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: Whistling causes intense pain to Namekians. One villain compares it to getting both eardrums drilled out.
  • Epithet Erased: In episode three, it is revealed Molly is averse to the sound of fire alarms.

     Western Animation 
  • On one episode of Regular Show, the gang goes to a planet where the inhabitants are giant ears. Naturally, their hearing is very sensitive, and when Mordecai and Rigby accidentally make a racket, they are put on trial.
  • Gravity Falls: In "Northwest Mansion Mystery", Pacifica is shown to be sensitive to the ringing of a bell by her father, who uses it whenever she steps out of line. She manages to overcome her fear of it in order to open the gates of the mansion and break the ghost's curse.

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Generic characterization:

     Film (Animated) 
  • The Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine absolutely cannot stand music. They "shrink at the very sound," as one character puts it.

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Lily from How I Met Your Mother hates the sound of the word "moist". After she takes her friends to a bad play she was in (and then complaining when Barney gives her his honest/insulting opinion), Barney gets even with her by performing a play specifically designed to annoy Lily, which begins with him saying "moist" over and over for forty minutes.

     Western Animation 


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