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Two characters are carrying on a conversation. John Doe says something. Richard Roe responds in his regular voice, but then SUDDENLY HE'S SHOUTING!

Typically happens for one of three reasons:

  • Anger: Something John said just really infuriates Richard, or perhaps simply made an already bad mood worse. Often this is preceded by other visual cues of anger, such as a twitching eye, giving the impression that despite his feelings Richard is still trying to maintain some sense of composure before finally giving in and letting loose with an impassioned tirade.
  • Surprise / Fear: Richard is carrying on as normal, when suddenly a cold, dead hand settles on his shoulder, or someone sets off an explosive in his presence, or something else happens that he just didn't or couldn't expect. Often accompanied by an upward shift in pitch.
  • Drama: Richard is naturally a Large Ham and wants you to know that what he is revealing is quite important, no matter how mundane it may actually be.

Compare Careful with That Axe and Last-Note Nightmare, which apply a similar sort of logic to music. Sometimes overlaps with This Is Sparta or Ha Ha Ha No.

Examples of Suddenly Shouting include:


  • Lampshaded in a Dave Barry column on ads he and the rest of the world hates:

  "[...] ads where the announcer SHOUTS AT YOU AS THOUGH YOU ARE AN IDIOT and then reads, in very muted tones, what sounds like the entire US tax code."

Anime and Manga

  • In Dragon Ball, Bulma uses type A for snark value when complaining about how recklessly endangering her companions are.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Colonel Mustang: When I'm Führer, there will be changes. That day, all female officers will be required to wear...TINY MINISKIRTS!
    • About half of Major Armstrong's lines are like this, particularly when they have to do with things being passed down the Armstrong line FOR GENERATIONS!
  • Cowboy Bebop:
    • Vicious: The same blood runs through both of us. The blood of a ravenous beast hungry for the blood of others.
    • Spike: I've bled all that blood away.
  • In the Haruhi Suzumiya episode "The Adventures of Mikuru Asahina", when Itsuki attempts to kiss a drunk Mikuru:

 Kyon: Okay, how is this happening right now? If your mouth gets any closer to her, someone standing off camera is gonna step into frame and KICK YOUR ASS, DAMMIT!


  Jon: Be careful there, Garfield. Hanging on the drapes can be very painful. 'CAUSE I'M GONNA BREAK YOUR LEGS IF YOU DON'T GET OFF THEM THIS INSTANT!

  Jon: Some dirty, rotten, low-down, slimy, filthy, disgusting, gluttonous, hog STOLE MY SUPPER!

Film - Western Animation

  • A couple of examples from the Toy Story series:
    • From the first movie: "He's not a space ranGER!"
    • From the third movie: "He was putting you IN THE ATTIC!"
  • The Iron Giant:
    • "What you currently have IN YOUR MOUTH IS ART!"
    • "Biggest thing around here is probably the prom queenOH MY GOD!!!"
  • Ratatouille: When Skinner questions his sous chef how Linguini could have changed the recipe if he had tasted it.
    • "Because he changed it AS IT WAS GOING OUT THE DOOR!"
  • Two instances in Peter Pan. First:
    Peter: (imitating Captain Hook) For the last time, Mr. Smee, take the princess back to her people! UNDERSTAND?!?!?
    • Second:
    Hook: (to Smee) You will go ashore, pick up Tinker Bell, and bring her to me. UNDERSTAND?!
    • And in the sequel, Return to Neverland: "Mr. Smee? Be a good fellow and fix the plank SO I CAN MAKE YOU WALK IT!"
  • Jenny from Famine talks like this all the time. And yes, her classmates and teachers think there is something terribly wrong with her because of it.
  • Monsters, Inc.
    • Mike: Well, why don't you find some place for it to sleep...WHILE I THINK OF A PLAN!!!
  • In Alice in Wonderland:
    • Alice: Three inches is such a wretched height...
    • Caterpillar: I am exac-tically three inches high, and it is a very good height INDEED!
    • Alice: But I'm not used to it! And you needn't... SHOUT!
    • This is also a character trait of the Queen of Hearts.
  • Georgette in Oliver & Company, when she catches Oliver eating from her bowl.
    • Well, it may be Jenny's house, but everything from the doorknobs down IS MINE!

Film - Live Action

  • The Thing (1982). Garry (the station commander) was tied down in case he was one of the Things. He has just been proved to be human and not a Thing, but he's still annoyed.

 Garry: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter TIED TO THIS FUCKING COUCH!


Basil Exposition: The shouting is a temporary side effect of the unfreezing.

Austin Powers: Yes... I'm having difficulty controlling THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE.

 "Again, something that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!"

Live Action TV

  • From Doctor Who, New Series 1 finale (paraphrased):

 The Doctor: If there's one thing I do, it's talk, so if anyone's going to be silent, IT'S YOU!

 Kenneth Rhys-Evans: That reminds me of a story that's in no way related. I was working with John Gielgud in a production of Troilus and Cressida, when I discovered I had no control OVER THE VOLUME OF MY VOICE!

  • Crowley from Supernatural does this a lot.
  • On Frasier, Frasier Crane is the master of this trope:

 Frasier: This morning you said you two met on a double date.

Roz: Oh that's right, we did meet on a double date!


  • Firefly Mal has a particularly good unexpected one during a stand off with his "wife" in the episode "Trash".

  Mal: "While this is touching, Yosaffbridge, I really- DROP IT, NOW!"

 Host: Mr. Dove, I believe you're interested in shouting.


Host: And what does your wife think?

Mrs. Dove: (full volume) I AGREE WITH HIM!

Dove: SHUT UP!

  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Daredevil series, crime lord Wilson Fisk speaks so softly that it creates this effect when he raises his voice at all, especially with someone he actually seems to like.

Vanessa: The city's really changing.

Wilson: (partly to himself) Not fast enough.

Vanessa: I don't know. Be a shame to see all the character scrubbed away.

Wilson: You didn't grow up here, did you?

Manga and Anime

 Colonel Mustang: When I'm Führer, there will be changes. That day, all female officers will be required to wear... TINY MINISKIRTS!

Video Games

  • Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow: The final boss of the bonus mode, Julius Mode, does this when you fight him with the titular character.

 Julius: Kuru ga ii...Yuriusu...BERUMONDOOOOOO!

  • Cyberswine: When Vice-President Bryce Gets cannot see Cyberswine and Zak on the cameras, he says, “Where are they? WHY CAN'T I SEE THEM?!”
  • This legendary line from Dawn of War Soulstorm:

  Look! Rhinos, RHINOS! Our enemies hide in METAL BOXES! The cowards, the FOOLS! We... should take away, their metal boxes.

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation

  King Voracious: That baby...Daddy was telling SUCH A NICE STORY!

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