Non-speaking sound effects performed by voice actors. This includes grunting, heavy breathing, moaning, coughing, sighing, laughing, etc.

According to actress Tiffany Grant, much of the quality of a dub comes from the parts where actors aren't speaking, but grunting and groaning. "Sometimes even if the voice acting is good, if the incidental stuff isn't, that'll blow it for me," Grant said. In the business, sound effects are called "foley," and it's not easy to do. After Grant won a Sailor Moon tape and watched it, she found "...the voices were cute and it was the weakest foley I had ever heard. Later someone said if they did this blood curdling foley they would scare the kids."

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