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Basic Trope: A character plays annoying music very loudly to harass/annoy/torture another.

  • Straight: Tired of her noisy neighbor's nonstop chatter, Darla turns her stereo speakers toward his house and plays speed metal at full volume.
  • Exaggerated: Tired of her noisy neighbor's nonstop chatter, Darla gets a military-grade mobile broadcast system (which she got through various dubious connections on- and offline), points it towards his house, and plays speed metal at full volume.
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  • Downplayed: Darla puts the music on average volume to annoy her neighbors.
  • Justified:
    • Darla's neighbor is hard of hearing and doesn't realize how loud his chatter is.
    • Darla and her neighbor are in the middle of a feud/prank war and it's escalating.
  • Inverted:
    • Darla is a teenage witch and puts a spell on her neighbors to shut up.
    • Darla's neighbors are used to her playing loud music to annoy them. In a pique of inspiration, Darla shuts the music off for the night, which startles her neighbors.
  • Subverted:
    • Tired of her noisy neighbor's nonstop chatter, Darla turns her stereo up... and listens to some relaxing music to calm herself before going over and politely asking him to keep it down.
    • Instead of speed metal, Darla plays teenybopper music to annoy them.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Her neighbor doesn't comply and Darla is forced to play speed metal to annoy him.
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    • Or: Said soft, saccharine music rapidly changes into a piece of blistering, high-volume noise.
    • Her neighbor is intensely hateful toward calm, relaxing music. Darla ends up annoying her neighbors without trying.
  • Parodied:
    • When Darla plays speed metal at full volume, she shatters all of the windows in the neighborhood.
    • Darla's plan backfires when she realizes that her neighbor is a speed metal fan.
  • Zig Zagged: Tired of her neighbor's constant chatter, Darla turns her speakers toward his house and... starts to play a soft, saccharine pop tune. Which she believes her neighbor hates. Though she was only informed of this - her neighbor actually loves the pop tune. However, the volume is high enough to cause her neighbor permanent hearing loss so he still sues her. But the neighbor forgot to mention to the judge that his hearing was already damaged due to working on constructions without hearing protection equipment, knew about Darla's stereo, so engineered a Batman Gambit to extort money from Darla.
  • Averted:
    • Darla has no neighbors.
    • Darla actually goes to her neighbor's house and tells them that their loudness is disturbing her.
    • Darla's neighbors are not that loud.
  • Enforced: The Loud of War scene is actually a commercial for a home stereo system.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh... a present? For me? A Dragonforce CD? Thanks, this will be great if my neighbor pisses me off."
  • Invoked: Darla's neighbor deliberately chats like crazy to drive her nuts and make her play ultra-loud speed metal.
  • Exploited: A window salesman gets wind of the neighborhood's escalating sound war, and plans to sell everyone new windows after the sound-waves shatter every glass object in the vicinity.
  • Defied: As Darla storms off in a huff after failing to convince her neighbor to keep things quiet, he runs out to buy a pair of earplugs.
  • Discussed: "If he's going to pollute the airwaves, I'll pollute 'em even more!"
  • Conversed: "She just pissed off the teen band next door; grab the earplugs."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Darla turns her stereo speakers toward her neighbor's house and plays speed metal at full volume. Her neighbor dies from sonic pressure (or arrhythmia) from the bumping bass and Darla feels guilty about inadvertently murdering someone.
    • Or, Darla's neighbor loses his hearing from the music, resulting in Darla getting sued and being forced to pay his medical bills.
    • Darla gets complaints from the neighbors for what she's doing and is either put on charges for disturbing the peace or run out of town.
    • Darla loses her own hearing.
    • The noise has a ripple effect as more neighbors play loud music in retribution to other peoples noise.
  • Reconstructed: Darla realizes how dangerous powerful sound waves can be, so she sets the noise loud enough to annoy the neighbor, but low enough not to cause any serious damage, and only for short enough intervals.
  • Played For Laughs: After Darla's neighbor disturbs her with his chatter, she turns up her stereo extra loud. This leads to a literal war between the two neighbors to out-loud the other, eventually culminating in a rock-off (or rap battle).

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