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"Oh, I love that sound. [It's] the sound of us getting out of here in one piece."

—Darman, Hard Contact

The complete polar opposite of the Most Annoying Sound, this is for a sound/visual cue/etc - usually in a video game (but not always), that may or may not come up often, but is so satisfying to hear that sometimes you just want to reset the game/rewind the video and hear it again. Whereas Most Annoying Sound is universally caused by the sound itself, the Most Wonderful Sound can either be caused by the sound itself (perhaps it's a particularly catchy jingle, is an iconic sound, or is a quote that's just that Badass), or because hearing means that something really good just happened or is about to happen.

The most wonderful part of these wonderful sounds, of course, is figuring out how to spell them.

Compare Awesome Music. Contrast Hell Is That Noise.


Examples of Most Wonderful Sound (Sugar Wiki) include:

Anime[edit | hide | hide all]

  • The steady, humming cadence of the Super Saiyan battle aura in Dragonball Z.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has the chambering of cartridges into the Intelligent Devices, especially those of the two leads. Carried to its logical conclusion here. Yeah.
  • Gunbuster's Buster Machine March. The sequel even had a scene especially made to subvert this.
  • The Newtype flash.
  • A certain sound effect occasionally used for energy weapon by Artmic. It can be found near the climax of Bubblegum Crisis episode 3 (when Priss destroys that last Boomer), or all over the anime-style training videos for Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (Occurs a few seconds in here)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 has several unique themes as part of its soundtrack, but the most notable of late has been Season 2 deploying a specific and highly recognizable music track whenever the protagonists are about to really pull something impressive off. Audible around the 3 minute mark here, as the Ptolemaios II enters the atmosphere.
    • Not sure if it's the same song, but this is the song that usually gets played right when the protagonists are about to kick some serious ass.
    • There's nothing quite like the sound of the Gundams's eyes flashing in the middle of a heavy action sequence, or right after one.
    • The Braves piloted by Graham Aker's squad in A Wakening of the Trailblazer have a particle rifle that fires with a highly pleasing sound effect.
  • The sound of the original Mobile Suit Gundam's beam rifle is so awesome that the Unicorn's beam magnum fires with the same sound.
  • The plink-plink-plink sound of the Freedom Gundam's targeting scope picking up ZAFT/Earth Alliance mobile suits, preparatory to unleashing a load of Beam Spam.
  • 'Here I go! THIS HAND OF MINE IS BURNING RED! IT'S LOUD ROAR TELLS ME TO GRASP VICTORY! ERUPTING! BURNING! FINGEEEER!
  • VrrrEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Ah, the sound of Mind Rape...
    • "Lelouch vi Britannia commands you!"
  • Drills. Spiral Gauges from that series as well.
  • The Mach 5 from Speed Racer had three specially distinctive and loved sounds: the starting, the engine and the "chuck-chuck-chuck" from the Auto Jack.
  • Bankai.
  • "Omae wa mou shinde iru." / "You're already dead."
    • ATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATATA...WA-TAA!!
    • Kokuoh galloping.
    • Lightning strikes that sometimes occur in the background.
  • Audible Sharpness. Specifically, the kind that was prevalent in 70s and 80s anime, whenever a sword was drawn and light curves up the blade. Shows up occasionally in Samurai Jack. Anyone have an example?
    • Urusei Yatsura, though I cannot even remember which OVA or OAV it was.
  • Speaking of Urusei Yatsura, This Troper loves the "twinkling" sound effect that you hear whenever Lum flies.
  • "Mii~" "Nipaa!"
  • Sata Andagi!
    • Nekokoneko: Nyaa~!
    • Heeeee~
      • In other words, Osaka's reaction to splitting chopsticks cleanly, a couple of years before Chiyo reveals the trick to it.
    • Sakaki giggling on the English track as she rolls around with Mayaa.
  • Hellsing's English dub: anything said by Alucard. Anything.
  • This may be subjective, but Light's laugh, especially the English version, is incredibly addictive.
    • Seconded so hard. This Troper keeps laughing along with him...or just at random moments. It's so infectious!
    • Sakujo sakujo sakujo sakujo sakujo!
  • Overlapping with Leitmotif (yet belonging here because it's not one single track), is the choral segment of Shiki Ryougi's asskicking music. Someone or something is going to get cut.
  • Admit it, when you hear the sound of the G-Stone sliding into place, follwed by the loud whine of Genesic GaoGaiGar's eyes lighting up, and concluded with a chorus letting off one loud note as the hair pops out, you know things are going to be Badass
  • The Big O's foot steps.
    • From the same clip, "Sure Promise" means it's time for an ass-whuppin', and Big O is the one doing the giving.
  • Haaaaaaaaaaoooooooooo... ohhhhhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaa! When Dann of Thursday starts playing, shit gets real.
    • When Van turns his hat sideways, you hear the ring attached to it make a very distinctive jingle. Awesomeness ensues.
  • 3...2...1...let's jam! DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DUN-DUN DAH-DAH!
  • Heat Guy J's steam release sound, often accompanied by bagpipes.
  • A lot of the sound effects on Sailor Moon. The best ones are the sounds being played before and during transformations and attacks.
    • That little bell noise made when Sailor Moon first appears in an episode is great.
    • Se! Ra! V!
  • Poyo!
  • The KCHA-doooOOOOO...sound that Poké Balls make in the Pokémon anime. Makes this troper's arms all tingly.
    • Not to mention the sound they make when the Pokémon is recalled: PSHHHEEEEWWW-dooooOOoo.
    • Or the sound they make when a Pokémon is successfully caught. Toh.
  • Naruto has many: the sounds made by many attacks (the bird-cry finish of a striking Chidori, the whirling of a Rasengan, and when one first sees the Rasenshuriken and hears that ringing sound, you just know it's gonna cause a shitload of damage if/when it hits), the sound of a Sharingan or Mangekyo Sharingan activating, and Killer-B's "WHEEEEEE!!!!!!."
    • Lariattoo!
    • WHEEEEEE!!!!!! may be found here.
    • Naruto's new form gives off a sound similar to a calm, soothing flame.
    • Also, the sound of a compressed bijuudama before being swallowed.
  • That little motif that plays at the beginning of the Ideon Gun music. Buuuumbaaaabababaaaaa.
  • The sounds the Transformers make while walking around in Transformers Victory, as well as Star Saber shouting "SABER BLAAAAADE!"
  • In the English dub of Digimon Adventure, there is that high pitched screech noise whenever a digimon digivolves. Like this.
    • In the Japanese original and most other foreign dubs, evolution sequences start with a loud guitar riff, the opening of the Theme Song Power Up Brave Heart. The riff is played regardless of whether Brave Heart follows, but it (and the evolution sequences) in an interesting twist comes across as downright eerie without Brave Heart following it; sometimes (notably in Our War Game) to the point of coming across as Hell Is That Noise instead. It may be a matter of recognition; if an evolution is happening and Brave Heart isn't playing, it's probably not going to end well...
    • Hell, any time an insert song comes on in any Digimon series.
  • English-dub Sana Kurata or Tohru Honda making that exasperated squeal. It makes their characters in my opinion.
  • Belldandy's singing voice is absolutely beautiful, especially in some of her drama albums and the movie. To put things in perspective, this troper was on the floor crying his eyes out after hearing this song.
  • One very specific line in the English dub of FLCL is this troper's Favorite Thing Ever: In episode 4, at some point after Naota and Kamon's epic airsoft battle, Mamimi says to Kitsurabami, "Actually, confusing cyborgs and robots is a common mistake." The way she slightly pauses after "actually" and "robots", and in general the fact that she's Stephanie Sheh is just... asssaldjfhjgaljshdflovelovelove ;~;.
  • When Kimbley in episode 61 of Brotherhood appeared from Pride's soul and started talking to him, therefore distracting Pride and making Ed win. The voice actor must have had something to do with it, though.

Kimbley: Oh, this won't do. This just won't do, homunculus Pride.
Pride: Kimbley? There's no way! How could you maintain your own self-awareness in this tempest of souls...?!
Kimbley: Tempest? You make me laugh. Howls of anguish are like are like lullabies to my ears!

    • Also the sound that any alchemical reaction (that isn't about to backfire horrifically) makes. Combine that with the blue light = epic.
  • One Piece has loads of wonderful sounds. Aside from the general awesome sounds most devil fruit transformations create, and the Audible Sharpness every sword has, there's some very good ones associated with individual characters' attacks. Let's see...
    • Whenever Bartholomew Kuma uses his power.
    • A lot of the Evil Laughs can qualify. Wost notably, Crocodile's "Kua ha ha ha" and to a lesser extent, Fukurou's "Chapapa"
    • Luffy: "Gear: Second." *Sssshhh.* "Gomu gomu no... *stretch* Jet Pistol!" *zuu thwack*
    • Zoro: "Santōryū Ougi: Sanzen Sekai! *Slash, slash, slash*
    • Sanji: *Zuu zuu zuu zuu zuu* Diable Jambe. *Whoosh*
    • Whitebeard's power's sound definitely qualifies.
  • T.K.'s Gratuitous English lines. "GET CHANCE AND LUCK!"
  • The sound that swords make when the wielder shifts grips. Sth-CHICK!
  • The first words the Pharoh says after arriving on the scene. Same goes for Yami Bakura. Bonus points for usually being a pun, or something like "I don't think you know who you're talking to." Both of them have voices about three octaves lower than their hosts, and when you hear them speak it only means one thing; shit's going down.
    • The Japanese Yami Bakura's evil cackle is addicting.
  • *flapflapflapflapflapflapflapflap*
    • *splooosh* *splash* *drain*
  • ZETSUBOUSHITA! MY DESPAIR BEING A WONDERFUL SOUND HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!
  • The guitar riff signalling the end of an episode of Ouran High School Host Club.
  • FLY AWAY NOW! FLY AWAY NOW!FLYYYY AWAYYYYY~!!
  • The sound that Touma's Imagine Breaker hand makes when it destroys any kind of supernatural spell. It's impossible to describe, but for some reason it's a perfect fit and gives this troper chills.
  • Sayuri's Verbal Tic "Ahaha." So cutesy and somewhat soothing.
  • Every time in a super robot show someone screams the name of the attack they're using, you know this is gonna be awesome. Prime example: ROCKET PUNCH!!!
  • The roar Shogoki/EVA-01 makes in bousou/berserk state is one of the most beautiful sounds this troper has ever heard. Hear it for yourself

Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • X-Men has the sound effects we know and love: Nightcrawler's "Bamf," Wolverine's "Snikt," and the "Zakt/Zapt" of Cyclops' Eye Beams.
    • "Snikt" has a dozen different versions: Unsheathing is "snikt", re-sheathing is "snakt", when X-23 does it it's "shikt" and "shakt", and when he had the bone claws, it was "schlikt" (sp?) and "schlakt". Some writers forget and use "snikt"/"snakt" for all versions, though.
    • When Storm gets mad...really mad...the sound effect "Skara-KOOM!" (or some variant thereof) shows up. Raw elemental awesome will usually ensue.
  • Dreamwave Comics' Transformers series had "SPOOM!" It was a wonderfully Narmy sound for the explosion of someone getting a hole blasted in his gut, and fans loved it. Simon Furman, not so much, and he didn't use it for very long despite - or perhaps because of - delighted fans begging him to use it more.
    • On the flipside, "SHEAAAAGGGGH!" and variations tend to be poked at.
  • Don Martin of "Mad Magazine" was the master of wonderful onomatapoeia.
  • In Howard Chaykin's American Flagg, the Sonambutol guns (which shot tranquilizers at rioting crowds) when "Papapapapapa" when the trigger was pulled back, "OOOOO" as they shot and "mow mow" when the Sonambutol capsules burst and released the drug.
  • Thor and Hercules tend to have wonderful sound effects: "Ska-crack!" "DOOM!" and so forth.
  • There's something to be said for Spider-Man's "Thwipp". Though it takes three more steps towards Crazy Awesome with Marvel 1602 where the sound effect is changed to... wait for it... "Thwippe".
  • "Hurm"
    • Ronch ronch ronch
    • RRRRRAAAARRRLL
  • "Snicker-Snack!"
  • For fans of a certain maniacal Monster Clown, "AAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!". Spells doom for his victims, but spells awesome for his fans.
  • The old Captain Mar-Vell from, well, Marvel comics, when he switched places with Rick Jones to become the Cap: K-TANG!
  • Two words: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Bonus points if it's Captain America (comics) who gets to call that out.


Film[edit | hide]

  • Film examples don't start without THE sound to end all sounds. Let's hear it in THX.
  • Similarly, the Universal Logo. There's just something about that fanfare...
  • To many a Batman fan who'd been skeptical of Heath Ledger as The Joker and really wanted to be proven wrong, his Evil Laugh at the end of the first The Dark Knight teaser filled their hearts with warmth as a chill traveled down their spine.
  • A lightsaber igniting is a movie sound Star Wars fans love.
    • No, every sound a lightsaber makes.
    • Similarly, Darth Vader's breath mask. Even the prequels and the worst Big No in the series couldn't take away from the chill when Darth Vader takes his first tech-assisted breath.
    • That "powering up" sound when Han pulls on the levers and makes the Falcon jump to lightspeed never fails to send a thrill down my spine.
    • If you're playing the Empire in Empire at War FoC. "Death Star ready to fire" means an enemy capital ship, or their planet is about to die.
    • The unique roar of TIE fighter engines.
      • Which is the reversed sound of any giant lizard in a sixties 'Lost World' movie.
      • According to the source, it's traffic on a rain-slick highway mixed with the trumpeting of an elephant.
    • Lasers from TIE and Rebel ships.
    • "Seismic Charge... Standby!... Standby!..." -------- "TWAAAAAANGGGGGG!!!!!!!"
    • BO SHUDA!
      • Ben Burtt makes Most Wonderful Sounds for a living. And he is really good at his job.
    • The low descending note, BWOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo if you will, just prior to the Death Star's main laser firing.
    • Roger roger.
    • How is it nobody has mentioned R2-D2's beeping?
  • Nearly every sound effect in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, given that they originated in classic video games.
  • In the Lord of the Rings films the Ringwraith scream is one of the most chilling, coolest sounds ever. It's actually a slightly pitched-up recording of a shriek delivered by Peter Jackson's LOTR co-writer/co-producer and wife Fran Walsh. As PJ tells it, he asked her if she'd like to try, and when she did, the sound guy almost fell out of his chair.
    • Alternately, the car-stalling glub noise the Nazgul-steed makes in its death throes.
      • The very voice of the Ringwraiths, especially when interrogating that farmer: "Ssshhhhiiiiire...Baaaaaggginnnnssss...."
  • The roar of Godzilla.
    • The first sound recorded for the Big G was a bird-like chirping; used later for other monsters. Gojira's original roar is a double-bass's strings being rubbed with a cloth covered in rosin. Slowed down and re-recorded. It has been modified to sound like speech, notably in Son of Godzilla.
    • The sound it makes when "charging up" its energy breath.
  • Honk honk.
  • That metallic clang Cap's shield makes whenever he hits somebody is the harbinger of righteous, AMERICAN, asswhupping.
  • The Wilhelm Scream.
    • And the YEEAAAARRGGGHHH scream.
  • The raptors and the T-Rex roar in Jurassic Park
  • That horrible (yet awesome) mechanical "GROOOOAAAAN" noise that plays when a Terminator is doing something... Terminator-y.
  • The sound of the Ghostbusters' proton packs charging.

Peter Venkman: "Doeeeee..."
Ray Stanz: "Rayyyyyyy..."
Egon Spengler: "Egonnnnn!" The Take. Fascinating Eyebrow.

    • And by extension, any time this effect is used on other instruments of doom powering up.
      • Ecto One's siren.
        • MRAOOOOW! MRAOOOOOW!!! MRAOWWWWWWW!!!
  • Chi-chi-chi-ha-ha-ha
  • Everything Doug Bradley says as Pinhead.
  • That sort of shriek that happens in Highlander...and the occasional bits of vocalisation from Freddie Mercury in the background. I can't really write them down, but they really add to the atmosphere.
  • The gun sounds in Blade Runner: The Final Cut are just amazing.
  • While THE SOUND can never really be matched, the more complex transformation sounds in the Transformers movies are a wonderful symphony of mechanisms, with special mention being given to the "whirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRR" of Optimus Prime's wheels spinning into place in robot mode.
    • However, why do the transformers have to vocalize things like excertion, getting hit or falling down? It sounds like the sounds a boy makes when he plays with transformer toys. This troper does not approve.
      • One has to remember that they are living machines with something resembling biological processes, and as such what we would vocalize for, such as the above, are the things they'll vocalize for as well. Just because they're stronger than us and can take bigger hits doesn't mean they aren't feeling it.
    • Arrival to Earth.
  • THIS! IS! SPARTA!!
    • *HWOMPHF*
      • GWAAAAH!
  • The lightcycles from Tron
  • The title character in Black Dynamite is accompanied by a funky musical sting whenever he appears or does something cool: "DY-NO-MITE! DY-NO-MITE!" was practically made to become a ringtone.
  • This Troper loves the sound of the Alien Mothership starting up towards the end of District 9.
  • The dude with glasses getting hit with the hammer on the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • DAH-DAH! DAAAAAHHHH! DAH-DAH! DAAAAAHHHH! DAH-DAH DA DAH DAH!!
  • The roar of the tripods from War of the Worlds. It's somehow both the scariest and most exciting sound this troper has ever heard in a movie.
  • That wonderful swishing whoosh noise that accompanies each rush of the credits toward you at the beginning of Superman.
  • Its not even done being shown in theaters, but the BWONG! sound from Inception is already becoming both a Most Wonderful Sound and an Ear Worm for audience members, if the Youtube comments are anything to go by.
  • Oo-ee-oo-ee-oo!
    • Dew, dew, DEWW.
  • In the first Tomb Raider movie, the first time Lara lights a flare, it makes the EXACT noise it makes in the game, and this troper just went crazy with squee.
  • **WHIRR** **CHUNK** **WHIRR** **CHUNK** **WHIRR** **CHUNK**....Get away from her, you BITCH!
  • The Morse code beeping during the RKO logo.
  • The War of the Worlds (1953). The sounds made by the Martian war machines' weapons: the Skeleton Beam's firing and the Heat Ray's warm-up sequence and firing.
  • The little machine that goes "BING!" in Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.
  • AAAAA-AOA-OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-OAO-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • The sound The Iron Giant makes when he's rebuilding himself, especially after the ending.
  • *silence* . . . . . scrrrreeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEEE - "NIGHT FURY!" "GET DOWN!" - EEEEEEEEE fhwoooaph BOOM!
  • Lily's One-Woman Wail from Harry Potter. Luna Avril could listen to it all day.
  • BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
  • The 20th Century Fox fanfare. Need I say more?
  • The Click/Blip sound of the motion tracker in Aliens is both this and the scariest thing imaginable.
    • And the sound of the common pulse rifle the marines use.
  • Predator chirring.
  • Every time a pump-action shotgun is cocked in a movie.
    • Hell, every time any weapon is cocked in a movie. And when a minigun is spinning up.
  • In the new Red Tails movie, the roar of the Rolls-Royce and Allison engines used by the American fighters, or the Daimler-Benz engines used in the German Me-109s.
  • The Disney logo. The little bit of music...brings back memories.

Live Action TV[edit | hide]

  • Hearing the TARDIS on Doctor Who arrive has made most characters who understand the significance flip out with joy. (And it probably would do the same for most people familiar with the sound, were it to happen in Real Life.) The sound in question (the "rrrnt!--rrrnt!--rrrnt!") -- official onomatopoeia for the TARDIS is VWORP-VWORP—is one of the BBC recording techs taking a house key and scraping it down the bass string of a piano at varying speeds. This almost 50-year old sound effect is still being used in the current series. Why mess with perfection?
    • In the episode "Love & Monsters", Elton describes the 'vworp' as "the most beautiful sound in the universe."
    • The Doctor himself obviously loves it: In "The Time of Angels", River Song claims that the TARDIS makes that sound because he keeps leaving the brakes on. The Doctor's response?

Doctor: Yeah, well, it's a brilliant noise. I love that noise.

      • So do the other renegade Time Lords—in the classic series, the Master's TARDIS and the Rani's TARDIS both have the "vworp" sound.
    • Captain Jack Harkness' eyes spoke for us all at the end of Series 1 of Torchwood.
    • When the good Doctor throws the switch to start the TARDIS, there's a deep 'clunnnggg!' sound that starts the whole dematerialisation sequence. Depending on how the episode has gone, this can sound like the end of the world, notably in 'Fires of Pompeii'.
    • The TARDIS also has its cloister bell alarm, the sound of which indicates something has gone very wrong with the fabric of time and space. Hearing it usually means something truly epic is about to go down.
      • A recording. Apparently it was achieved by striking a gong under water, and the result is hauntingly beautiful.
    • "EX-TER-MI-NATE!" Awesome for viewers. For characters? Not so much.
    • This is shocking. How can it be that no-one has mentioned the Master's drumbeat yet? That sound sends shivers down every spine in hearing range.
  • The Reichenbach Ballad from Sherlock. Tears will fall.
  • Similarly, the CTU ringtone (bip-bip, BEEP boop) works the same way with 24 fans.
  • "Boop-bipbip, boop-bipbip"...
  • In Babylon 5, the human security forces were armed with a space age version of the Walther PPK that had to charge a capacitor before firing. That faint 'Buhwaaaah' meant 'action scene next'.
    • The sound of the Hyperspace Gate powering up.
    • The Shadow ships.
  • K.I.T.T. had its unique engine sound and of course the scanner SFX.
  • Airwolf and its famous roar/howling of superacceleration jets.
  • Many a classic Monty Python's Flying Circus skit, when performed for an audience, will provoke a mild ovation just with the first line.
    • "Good evening ladies and gentlemen; here's a little number I tossed off recently in the Caribbean."
      • Then, of course, there's the old guy at the start of most of the shows: "IT'S...."
      • Well, by that extent, it'd be the foot stomping shit with that classic farting sound.
      • "And now for something completely different."
      • What? All this and no mention of the opening theme?
        • In all fairness, John Philip Sousa's "Liberty Bell March" long predated the show (just like the "Colonel Bogey March" long predated Bridge on the River Kwai), and so it's not really a theme and isn't automatically connected to Monty Python.
          • Says you.
  • In a similar vein, in SNL's first season, the sound of crashing as Chevy Chase falls over and then breaks character: "Live from New York! It's Saturday Night!"
  • Every Kamen Rider has a specific sound associated with their pose. Many an older fan would like the ability to produce this sound on-cue, as it tends to work as an Let's Get Dangerous cue. Example: The Shocker Monster of the Week is winning! Tokyo is doomed! Nothing can save us n- *Rider Sound*.

Kamen Rider: "Ridaa~...Henshin!"

Dr. Forrester: Push the button, Frank.
Button: Chk-WAAAAH...


New Media[edit | hide]


Literature[edit | hide]

  • *open book* *turn page* *turn page* *turn page* (several hours later) *turn page* *turn last page* *close book* *happy sigh*
    • If you are lucky enough to own a copy of Grant's Scottish National Dictionary Volume 6, go and fetch it, and then find a nice quiet room, open it at about the middle, prepare yourself, and then close the book.
    • And if you need a little more drama in your life, slam your books shut. Better than chocolate.
  • Semi-literature, semi-Real Life example: When JRR Tolkien was constructing the fictional Elven language, he composed it of all the sounds he felt were most pleasing to the ear.
    • Well, this comes from a guy who said that, ignoring the actual meaning of the words, "cellar door" sounds more beautiful than "beautiful". He had his own private theories about why certain words sounded beautiful or ugly.
    • And on the flip side of the coin, he tried to make the Black Speech as ugly as possible—lots of harsh consonant clusters, excessive use of guttural vowels, and so forth.
      • Which, for this lover of consonant-full languages (and harsh beauty in general - we need a word for that...), backfired.
  • Not exactly a sound, because...well, obvious reasons, but whenever the small caps appear in Discworld books, for the dialogue of Death and Death of Rats. squeak.


Music[edit | hide]


Professional Wrestling[edit | hide]


Theme Parks[edit | hide]


Theater[edit | hide]

  • "DUUUUNNNNNNNNNNN... DUNDUNDUNDUNDUUUUUUUUUUNNN... DUNDUNDUNDUNDUUUUUUUUUUUNNN..."
  • The opening line and musical vamp of each act of Sondheim's Into the Woods: "Once upon a time! *BA-dit, dit, dit, dit, dit...*" Try playing that vamp in a room full of theatre people. See how many pipe up with "I wish..."
  • Highly conditional, but—for the actors, the sound of one lone person reacting to something onstage is SWEEEEET. (This Troper was stage manager for a production of Hamlet once, and one night was estatic to hear two people in the audience audibly GASP in shock when Queen Gertrude drank from the poisoned flask.)
  • The "drrrrrrrrr-brum-brum-brum" before the beginning of "Der Holle Rache" from Mozart's The Magic Flute sends chills down the spine if one knows what fury and high notes are coming.
  • The ending to Les Misérables is a reprise of "Do You Hear the People Sing" and it is the very definition of a crescendo. Goosebumps every single time.


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Transformers:
    • The transformation sound. CHI-CHA-CHO-CHU-CHOO!
    • Any dialogue that Peter Cullen gets to say. His voice being the Most Wonderful Sound of the series.
  • June's adorable voice (and laugh). Hearing her sing is beautiful and really cute at the same time.
  • At the end of some Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes, we have Safe Return, a perfect way to say "for now, we're peaceful."
  • "Okay, guys, I've got a plan!"
  • "Hey Ferb, I know what we're going to do today."
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has the cheesy grin squeak, used repeatedly through the series. Fluttershy and Rarity's squeaking and squealing in general tends to be hilarious and wonderful.
    • Anytime Fluttershy opens her mouth, be it to sing or talk.
      • Rarity and Pinkie Pie's singing voices. And Pinkie Pie's laugh.
    • There's also the sound Spike's fire makes, and the little inhale he does before unleashing it.
    • In the latest two-parter, Queen Chrysalis's giggle.
  • Someone's gone and done it. They've pushed him too far. The screen zooms in on him, and a dramatic bass drum roll begins. And then, the classic line is uttered:

Bugs Bunny: "Of course you realize, this means WAR."

    • "Eh, what's up, doc?"
  • Speed Racer: the automated jacks, followed by the landing sound. And the Mach 5's engine noise passing by.


Other[edit | hide]

  • A purring feline is possibly nature's most soothing white noise.
  • The sound of your baby's first cry immidiately after it's born.
    • The woosh-woosh sound of it's heartbeat in the womb. The first time he/she says 'mama' or 'dada' or 'I love you'.
    • Heck, a baby's laughter period.
  • Two from dogs: the rumbly, grumbling noise some dogs make when you scratch their ears (like the dog version of a purr) and their own personal percussion - a wagging tail as it hits your leg, the wall, nearby furniture, sometimes the floor...
  • "I LOVE YOU!"
  • Train whistles in the distance. Pure music.
  • That noise an old kettle makes when the water inside it starts to boil.
  • Adobe After Effects plays a very easily distinguished and very pleasing "Twingg!" sound when it reaches the end of a Render Queue, meaning the videos are finished being edited and are ready for viewing.
  • Click your mouse...YEAH! Now do it a couple more times, best sound ever.
  • The startup sound of Windows 3.1. Holy nostalgia.
  • The Mac startup noise.
  • Orgasmic.
  • The "Boooommm!" noise at the end of the Dolby Digital Countdown advertisment.
  • Clack-clockle... NATURAL 20!
  • In Girl Genius, the twisty musical notes emitted by Agatha when she's in full-on Spark mode. You can almost hear them.
  • Sports.
  • The noise in a football stadium - or a packed bar - when your team scores. Less wonderful if it's the other team scoring.
    • The silence in a packed bar when your team scores, if everyone else in the bar is supporting the other team.
  • The sound of a golf ball falling in the hole.
  • A tennis ball's little pa-thmp as it bounces off the court.
    • The big pa-thmp it makes when connecting with the racket is even better.
  • A nothing-but-net swish in basketball.
  • The sound of metal (or plastic) cleats on concrete as the team leaves the locker room. It's like a pre-game anthem for those lucky enough to hear it.
    • Hockey skates make a similar noise.
  • Goal Horns followed by your team's choice of celebratory song.
    • Hearing your favourite player/team/etc cheer after winning is always wonderful, especially since they've worked so hard on it. A particular nod towards Formula One drivers who love screaming in their helmets.
      • Speaking of Formula One and motors in general: the revving of an engine. So soothing.
      • Some find racecar engines to be annoying little weedwhackers compared to real horsepower: http://youtu.be/FGMkqfhlUd4
  • The drone of a large box fan. I can't sleep without switching one on its highest speed. "Whurrrrrrrrrr....."
  • The sound of a passenger jet taking off. That is, if you're inside the plane or standing sufficiently far enough from it to avoid ear damage.
    • In a like vein, the sound of a jet engine spooling up.
    • Or the sound of an entire group of fighter jets doing afterburner takeoffs, one after the other, each jet following right after the one before it.
  • The sound of serious gunfire. I'm not talking about the little fire cracks of an AR-15. I am referring to the mighty blast of a gun such as a Mosin-Nagant M44
  • Pump-action shotguns being cocked.
  • The four clicks of a Colt Single Action Army being cocked.
  • The sound of a well-maintained electric engine. For a layman, a barely audible hum. For an engineer? Basically a purring cat.
  • White noise can be a very relaxing sound.
  • Any Vanity Plate that is not Nightmare Fuel tends to induce nostalgia and ends up as this.
    • Especially this [3] and this [4]
  • The sound of a coffee grinder at 7 in the morning (or earlier) - any time of the day if you're a writer.
  • The various sounds of water. Rain, a trickling stream, a waterfall, the sea...
  • The sound of bubble wrap...bubbles popping.
  • The K 5 LA train horn (the ones you hear on Amtrak trains). Especially with the Doppler Effect.