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6th Mar '17 11:17:46 AM Hjortron18
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* Music/BrianTyler's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quh3SHw0ruI&t=2m26s "Into Eternity"]] from the ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' OST (played during [[spoiler: Frigga's funeral]]) used this.

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* Music/BrianTyler's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quh3SHw0ruI&t=2m26s "Into Eternity"]] from the ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' OST (played during [[spoiler: Frigga's funeral]]) used uses this.
6th Mar '17 11:12:56 AM Hjortron18
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* Music/BrianTyler's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quh3SHw0ruI&t=2m26s "Into Eternity"]] from the ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' OST (played during [[spoiler: Frigga's funeral]]) used this.
26th Feb '17 4:52:15 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Used over the end of ''For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)'' after Anna is struck in the heart by Elsa's ice magic. [[PainfulTransformation It really drives home how screwed she is.]] Oddly, the wail is absent in the soundtrack version of the song.
* Used to great effect in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "Deliver Us" and several other tracks feature vocals by Ofra Haza, who also voices Moses' mother.



* Used to great effect in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "Deliver Us" and several other tracks feature vocals by Ofra Haza, who also voices Moses' mother.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Used over the end of ''For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)'' after Anna is struck in the heart by Elsa's ice magic. [[PainfulTransformation It really drives home how screwed she is.]] Oddly, the wail is absent in the soundtrack version of the song.



* Godzilla's Requiem in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' plays with this, by having a whole choir sing alongside Akira Ifukube's Orchestra. This is especially striking, as the notes continue to be sung, even as Godzilla's death is played out in full.

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* Godzilla's Requiem in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' plays with this, In the opening sequence of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', a boy soprano sings mournfully over the score as Peter Parker is handed over by having a whole choir sing alongside Akira Ifukube's Orchestra. This is especially striking, his parents to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' features Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics wailing away
as the notes continue titular ship disappears into radio silence behind the far side of the Moon and Marilyn Lovell finally breaks down crying. She sings several other times, but usually with accompaniment. The soundtrack to be sung, even as Godzilla's that movie is ''awesome''.
* Used when [[spoiler: the marines destroy Hometree]] in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** Also used in the beginning of the movie, when Jake remembers [[spoiler: his taking the contract after the
death is played out in full.of his brother]].



* ''Film/BladeRunner'' has this. It was a great effect with the blue light filtering in from overhead.
* Heard for a while in ''Film/{{Borat}}'', after Azamat leaves.
** This same piece of music, ''Ederlezi'', was first used in Emir Kusturica's ''Time of the Gypsies'' during Perhan's dream on the river.
* Chika Fujino's score for ''Film/BoysLove'' repeatedly features a string heavy piece with a soaring soprano part (sung in Latin, of course) particularly during the film's [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet climax]].
* Several cues in the score for Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' featured an especially ghostly female vocalist.
** A One Woman Wail provides an "eerie vampire sadness" motif in ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' as well.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvilAUufaVQ&NR=1 Inama Nushif]] from ''Children of Dune'', which plays over the [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition Cleansing of the House montage]] towards the end of the first film. For added points, it's in [[BilingualBonus Fremen]]
* There's a bit in the end credits music of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* The trope is used many times in the movie ''Crash'' (the one without James Spader or fetishism) to make some scenes [[TearJerker more moving]]. It actually pushes them into {{Narm}} territory.
* Not surprisingly, the Graeme Revell score for ''Film/TheCrow'' has a lot of this going on.



* Heard during the execution sequence in ''Film/DeadManWalking''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yBvYG1_vI The main theme]] for ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''.
* ''Film/DropZone'' has one right after the hero's kid brother is shot and yanked out of the depressurized airplane cabin.
* Ennio Morricone's score for ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' features some weird [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]]-esque keening in spots.
* ''The Field of the Dead'' from ''Alexander Nevsky''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJB5Rqc1m0Y The Diva's song]] in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' during Leeloo's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fight against the Mangalore soldiers]] is a partial example of this trope (partial in that it is a moment of high asskickery rather than of grief or dramatic tension). Also an example in which the wail is a part of the CrowningMusicOfAwesome.



* ''Film/TheMatrix'': while they're giving Neo acupuncture as part of his transition into the real world.



* Godzilla's Requiem in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' plays with this, by having a whole choir sing alongside Akira Ifukube's Orchestra. This is especially striking, as the notes continue to be sung, even as Godzilla's death is played out in full.
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Music/EnnioMorricone gives us the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PwpOmjAu1M The Ecstasy of Gold]]". Not so much a One Woman Wail as a One Woman Orgasmic Scream, though.
* Is a recurring theme throughout the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGrudge 2''.
* Used at the start of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2'' as Snape [[spoiler: overlooks the soulless military camp that Hogwarts has become.]] For bonus points, it's "Lily's Theme".
** Used twice more to great effect: the tracks are called [[spoiler:"Snape's Demise"]] and "The Resurrection Stone". While "Lily" and "Snape" are very mournful lamentations that complement each other, the warmer, more hopeful "Stone" plays as Harry prepares to join his loved ones in the Forbidden Forest, bringing the Marauders' strand of the story to its close.
* During the opening scenes of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', ethereal vocalizations play as we are introduced to Katniss and her impoverished home in District 12.
* The opening sequence of ''Film/IFrankenstein'' features this.



* In ''[[Literature/TheMysteriousIsland Journey 2 The Mysterious Island]]'', there's a one-woman-wail during the giant bee chase when Kaylani falls off the bee and plummets to the jungle floor below, until [[spoiler: she is caught by Sean astride his giant bee.]]
* Used in ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' during the cobra scene (and whenever it makes reference to it).
* In the film ''Film/KingArthur'' with Clive Owen. While Bor's... wife? Wife-to-be? is singing what appears to be a Sarmatian song, her voice gradually fades out as the scene cuts to the other knights, who are mouthing the words.
* Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) while the Harif army in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top of the cliff with the mourning women drowning out the stirring battle songs from below.
** It's called "ululation", which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as the women giving the men an encouraging send off.
*** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.



* Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) while the Harif army in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top of the cliff with the mourning women drowning out the stirring battle songs from below.
** It's called "ululation", which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as the women giving the men an encouraging send off.
*** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.
* The trope is used many times in the movie ''Crash'' (the one without James Spader or fetishism) to make some scenes [[TearJerker more moving]]. It actually pushes them into {{Narm}} territory.
* There's a bit in the end credits music of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.

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* Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) while A serene version is the Harif army in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top centerpiece of the cliff with song accompanying the mourning women drowning out first trailer for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' ([[RecycledTrailerMusic taken from]] ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the stirring battle songs from below.
** It's called "ululation", which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as
Rings: The Fellowship of the women Ring]]''.
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': while they're
giving Neo acupuncture as part of his transition into the men an encouraging send off.
*** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that
real world.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11NURuaPwQ Injection]]
and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpn8f7iIgSY Mano a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.
Mano]].
* The trope is used many times in entire ending sequence of ''Film/TheMist'', starting after they escape the movie ''Crash'' (the one without James Spader or fetishism) food mart and continuing to make some scenes [[TearJerker more moving]]. It actually pushes them into {{Narm}} territory.
the DownerEnding.
* There's a bit in One of these is delivered near the end credits music of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.the "Shiver My Timbers" opening number in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', shortly before we're reminded that dead men tell no tales and Flint opens fire on his crew.
* The "Jill's America" motif in Music/EnnioMorricone's soundtrack to ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': slow, arching very high and very low, and achingly beautiful. It first appears in the background when she arrives at her house and sees what should have been her new family, every member gunned down in cold blood.



* In ''The Red Violin,'' a woman humming, called "Anna's Theme" on the soundtrack, introduces the titular violin. In a subtle transition, the woman's hum becomes the sound of [[strike: Joshua Bell]] the violin. And if you pay attention, during the credits the violin's score returns -- and then fades back into Anna's humming.
* The "Jill's America" motif in Music/EnnioMorricone's soundtrack to ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': slow, arching very high and very low, and achingly beautiful. It first appears in the background when she arrives at her house and sees what should have been her new family, every member gunned down in cold blood.
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Music/EnnioMorricone gives us the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PwpOmjAu1M The Ecstasy of Gold]]". Not so much a One Woman Wail as a One Woman Orgasmic Scream, though.
* Not surprisingly, the Graeme Revell score for ''Film/TheCrow'' has a lot of this going on.
* Ennio Morricone's score for ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' features some weird [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]]-esque keening in spots.
* Music/AmonDuulII has a lot of this on their first album, ''Phallus Dei.''
* The entire ending sequence of ''Film/TheMist'', starting after they escape the food mart and continuing to the DownerEnding.
* Heard for a while in ''Film/{{Borat}}'', after Azamat leaves.
** This same piece of music, ''Ederlezi'', was first used in Emir Kusturica's ''Time of the Gypsies'' during Perhan's dream on the river.

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* Lestat's song "Forsaken" (as sung by [[Music/{{Disturbed}} David Draiman]]) in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' features this.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj8_ZBeb-2E Battle Adagio]] from ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* In ''The Red Violin,'' Violin'', a woman humming, called "Anna's Theme" on the soundtrack, introduces the titular violin. In a subtle transition, the woman's hum becomes the sound of [[strike: Joshua Bell]] the violin. And if you pay attention, during the credits the violin's score returns -- and then fades back into Anna's humming.
* Gavin Hood's jaunt through [[CrapsackWorld real-life]] [[ColdBloodedTorture attrocity]], ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendition_%28film%29 Rendition]]'' features a lot of ''one-woman wailing'' since much of the movie is poignant.
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. There is a short burst of this at the start of 'AtTheOperaTonight', and the choir backing up 'We Started This Op'ra Sh*t'.
* Certain versions of "Lux Aeterna" from ''Film/RequiemForADream'' have this.
* Used in ''Film/RobRoy''. As Archibald Cunningham murders Alan [=MacDonald=], setting the plot in motion, Rob and his clan listen to a woman (Karen Matheson of Capercaillie) sing a mournful solo performance.
The "Jill's America" motif film cuts between the two scenes with the song playing over both.
** GeniusBonus if you know that she's singing "Aleinn duinn" ("Dark Alan"), the lament of a woman whose lover was lost at sea...and the last, shadowy image we have of [=MacDonald=] is that of Cunningham sinking his body
in Music/EnnioMorricone's the loch.
* A MoodWhiplash moment in the Kevin Bacon comedy ''She's Having My Baby'': Kevin Bacon's wife is in labor, and he's in the hospital, psyching himself up to coach her. Before he can enter the delivery room, a nurse pushes him back, informing him that, due to complications in the delivery, they have to perform a potentially dangerous cesarean section on his wife. As it dawns on him that he may lose both his wife and unborn child, the
soundtrack shifts to ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': slow, arching very high and very low, and achingly beautiful. It Kate Bush wailing the first appears notes of "This Woman's Work".
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' has an extremely eerie one as Anakin is sitting
in the background when she arrives at her house his quarters and sees what fighting with himself as to whether he should have been save Padme by protecting Palpatine. At the same time, Padme senses that something is wrong with him and goes to her new family, every member gunned down in cold blood.
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Music/EnnioMorricone gives us
window to look outside. Without realizing it, they are looking at each other from miles away as they're sharing the "[[http://www.same fears. Cue chilling wail, with no other sound.
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' has [[http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=2PwpOmjAu1M com/watch?v=stwJTgJitIk The Ecstasy of Gold]]". Not so much a One Woman Wail as a One Woman Orgasmic Scream, though.
* Not surprisingly, the Graeme Revell score for ''Film/TheCrow'' has a lot of this going on.
* Ennio Morricone's score for ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' features some weird [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]]-esque keening in spots.
* Music/AmonDuulII has a lot of this on their first album, ''Phallus Dei.''
* The entire ending sequence of ''Film/TheMist'', starting after they escape the food mart and continuing to the DownerEnding.
* Heard for a while in ''Film/{{Borat}}'', after Azamat leaves.
** This same piece of music, ''Ederlezi'', was first used in Emir Kusturica's ''Time of the Gypsies'' during Perhan's dream on the river.
Mission]].



* ''Film/BladeRunner'' has this. It was a great effect with the blue light filtering in from overhead.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' features Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics wailing away as the titular ship disappears into radio silence behind the far side of the Moon and Marilyn Lovell finally breaks down crying. She sings several other times, but usually with accompaniment. The soundtrack to that movie is ''awesome''.
* ''The Field of the Dead'' from ''Alexander Nevsky''.
* Several cues in the score for Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' featured an especially ghostly female vocalist.
** A One Woman Wail provides an "eerie vampire sadness" motif in ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' as well.
* ''Film/DropZone'' has one right after the hero's kid brother is shot and yanked out of the depressurized airplane cabin.
* ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' has an extremely eerie one as Anakin is sitting in his quarters and fighting with himself as to whether he should save Padme by protecting Palpatine. At the same time, Padme senses that something is wrong with him and goes to her window to look outside. Without realizing it, they are looking at each other from miles away as they're sharing the same fears. Cue chilling wail, with no other sound.
* In the film ''Film/KingArthur'' with Clive Owen. While Bor's... wife? Wife-to-be? is singing what appears to be a Sarmatian song, her voice gradually fades out as the scene cuts to the other knights, who are mouthing the words.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvilAUufaVQ&NR=1 Inama Nushif]] from ''Children of Dune'', which plays over the [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition Cleansing of the House montage]] towards the end of the first film. For added points, it's in [[BilingualBonus Fremen]]
* Used when [[spoiler: the marines destroy Hometree]] in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** Also used in the beginning of the movie, when Jake remembers [[spoiler: his taking the contract after the death of his brother]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJB5Rqc1m0Y The Diva's song]] in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' during Leeloo's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fight against the mongolore soldiers]] is a partial example of this trope (partial in that it is a moment of high asskickery rather than of grief or dramatic tension). Also an example in which the wail is a part of the CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* Gavin Hood's jaunt through [[CrapsackWorld real-life]] [[ColdBloodedTorture attrocity]], ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendition_%28film%29 Rendition]]'' features a lot of ''one-woman wailing'' since much of the movie is poignant.
* Heard during the execution sequence in ''Film/DeadManWalking''.
* Certain versions of "Lux Aeterna" from ''Film/RequiemForADream'' have this.
* A MoodWhiplash moment in the Kevin Bacon comedy ''She's Having My Baby'': Kevin Bacon's wife is in labor, and he's in the hospital, psyching himself up to coach her. Before he can enter the delivery room, a nurse pushes him back, informing him that, due to complications in the delivery, they have to perform a potentially dangerous cesarean section on his wife. As it dawns on him that he may lose both his wife and unborn child, the soundtrack shifts to Kate Bush wailing the first notes of "This Woman's Work".
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. There is a short burst of this at the start of 'AtTheOperaTonight', and the choir backing up 'We Started This Op'ra Sh*t'.
* Is a recurring theme throughout the soundtrack of ''Film/TheGrudge 2''.
* Used in ''Film/RobRoy''. As Archibald Cunningham murders Alan [=MacDonald=], setting the plot in motion, Rob and his clan listen to a woman (Karen Matheson of Capercaillie) sing a mournful solo performance. The film cuts between the two scenes with the song playing over both.
** GeniusBonus if you know that she's singing "Aleinn duinn" ("Dark Alan"), the lament of a woman whose lover was lost at sea...and the last, shadowy image we have of [=MacDonald=] is that of Cunningham sinking his body in the loch.
* Used in ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' during the cobra scene (and whenever it makes reference to it).
* Used at the start of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallowsPart2'' as Snape [[spoiler: overlooks the soulless military camp that Hogwarts has become.]] For bonus points, it's "Lily's Theme".
** Used twice more to great effect: the tracks are called [[spoiler:"Snape's Demise"]] and "The Resurrection Stone". While "Lily" and "Snape" are very mournful lamentations that complement each other, the warmer, more hopeful "Stone" plays as Harry prepares to join his loved ones in the Forbidden Forest, bringing the Marauders' strand of the story to its close.
* During the opening scenes of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', ethereal vocalizations play as we are introduced to Katniss and her impoverished home in District 12.
* In ''[[Literature/TheMysteriousIsland Journey 2 The Mysterious Island]]'', there's a one-woman-wail during the giant bee chase when Kaylani falls off the bee and plummets to the jungle floor below, until [[spoiler: she is caught by Sean astride his giant bee.]]
* In the opening sequence of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', a boy soprano sings mournfully over the score as Peter Parker is handed over by his parents to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
* Chika Fujino's score for ''Film/BoysLove'' repeatedly features a string heavy piece with a soaring soprano part (sung in Latin, of course) particularly during the film's [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet climax]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yBvYG1_vI The main theme]] for ''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''.
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stwJTgJitIk The Mission]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj8_ZBeb-2E Battle Adagio]] from ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* A serene version is the centerpiece of the song accompanying the first trailer for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' ([[RecycledTrailerMusic taken from]] ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
* The opening sequence of ''Film/IFrankenstein'' features this.
* One of these is delivered near the end of the "Shiver My Timbers" opening number in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', shortly before we're reminded that dead men tell no tales and Flint opens fire on his crew.
* Lestat's song "Forsaken" (as sung by [[Music/{{Disturbed}} David Draiman]]) in ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned'' features this.
* ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11NURuaPwQ Injection]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpn8f7iIgSY Mano a Mano]].



* Heard in the background every so often on ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
* Used often on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_from_Star_Trek theme song]] for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* The opening credits for the CBS detective series ''Series/ColdCase'' features a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSDwnYrhX0c rather ghostly]] female wail.

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* Heard Used to great effect when Jack Bauer raids the warehouse where the Drazens (who Jack believes to have killed his daughter Kim) are hiding out near the end of the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
* A big feature of the revamped theme tune of the second season of ''Series/{{The 100}}''.
* Parodied
in the background every so often on ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
latest season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', in which the wail turns out to just be a very overworked rendition of the word 'coincidence'.
** Also used when Jack kills [[spoiler: Curtis Manning]].
* Used often on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_from_Star_Trek
''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' examples include "A Call to Arms" and "The Storm and the Dead", the start of the main theme song]] for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* The opening credits for the CBS detective series ''Series/ColdCase'' features a [[http://www.
and in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSDwnYrhX0c rather ghostly]] female wail.com/watch?v=NqJ56yZLIaM Lords of Kobol]]".



* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' examples include "A Call to Arms" and "The Storm and the Dead", the start of the main theme and in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ56yZLIaM Lords of Kobol]]".
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s main theme carts out this trope.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had bunches of these, though the most notable was probably Scully's theme from Season 8.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where the singing is heard while Herc is mourning the death of his second wife, and the singer turns out to be [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
** The funeral song that Xena sang in multiple episodes of the franchise was actually a pre-existing song called "Burial" written and performed by Lucy Lawless.

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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' examples include "A Call to Arms" and "The Storm and Used in ''Series/TheColbertReport'' during the Dead", the start segment [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/314131/june-30-2010/mysteries-of-the-ancient-unknown---king-tut-s-penis Mysteries of the main theme and Ancient Unknown: King Tut's Penis"]], with some accompanying eyebrow twitches. Also used the first time he talks about the revolts in "[[http://www.Egypt.
* The opening credits for the CBS detective series ''Series/ColdCase'' features a [[http://www.
youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ56yZLIaM Lords of Kobol]]".
com/watch?v=PSDwnYrhX0c rather ghostly]] female wail.
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s main theme carts out this trope.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had bunches of these, though
Parodied in the most notable was probably Scully's theme from Season 8.
* Lampshaded in an
''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples." A female vocalist ululates Abed's name for a sort of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where joking Biblical epic effect many times throughout the singing is heard while Herc is mourning episode, then in the death of his second wife, and "dramatic" ending, the singer turns out to be [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
eerily wails Shirley's name.
** The funeral song that Xena sang Also parodied in multiple episodes of "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" when Brutopolis is cruelly slain by Pierce the franchise was actually a pre-existing song called "Burial" written Insensative (read: Chang's character is killed by Pierce's character, and performed by Lucy Lawless.has to hand in his character sheet).



** "The Ice Warriors" has a weird score, especially by Classic series standards, consisting of a wailing operatic soprano over dissonant orchestra stabbing. It's very Sixties. And terrifying.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E3TheIceWarriors "The Ice Warriors" Warriors"]] has a weird score, especially by Classic series standards, consisting of a wailing operatic soprano over dissonant orchestra stabbing. It's very Sixties. And terrifying.



** The Creator/StevenMoffat era seems to have switched over to Yamit Mamo, who sang "The Stowaway" and "My Angel Put the Devil in Me," for the wailing, as heard in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5qYqgqD3I The Mad Man with a Box]]."

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** The Creator/StevenMoffat era seems to have switched over to Yamit Mamo, who sang "The Stowaway" and "My Angel Put the Devil in Me," Me", for the wailing, as heard in "[[http://www.[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5qYqgqD3I The "The Mad Man with a Box]]."Box"]].



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsrrSzwfmU Gray's Theme]] from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a rather heart-wrenching one. It first appears in "Adam" when Jack recalls losing his brother as a child.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsrrSzwfmU Gray's Theme]] from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a rather heart-wrenching one. It first appears in "Adam" when Jack recalls losing his brother as a child.''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s main theme carts out this trope.



* Used to great effect when Jack Bauer raids the warehouse where the Drazens (who Jack believes to have killed his daughter Kim) are hiding out near the end of the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
** Also used when Jack kills [[spoiler: Curtis Manning]].
* "Take This Sabbath Day," ''Seties/TheWestWing'''s VerySpecialEpisode about the death penalty, has the female cantor at Toby's synagogue practicing "Hashkiveinu" as he discusses the issue with his rabbi. The song is also played over the montage at the end of the episode. "7A WF 83429", the episode in which the President's daughter was kidnapped, used Dead Can Dance's "Sanvean (I'm Your Shadow)" over a montage showing thousands of floral tributes left at the White House Fence, evoking memories of Princess Diana [[spoiler: although Zoey has not died and will eventually be found]]. Toby lampshades it by asking if the Rabbi placed the cantor there on purpose.
* Included in the theme music for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' (otherwise an InstrumentalThemeTune).

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* Used to great effect when Jack Bauer raids the warehouse Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where the Drazens (who Jack believes to have killed his daughter Kim) are hiding out near the end of the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
** Also used when Jack kills [[spoiler: Curtis Manning]].
* "Take This Sabbath Day," ''Seties/TheWestWing'''s VerySpecialEpisode about
singing is heard while Herc is mourning the death penalty, has of his second wife, and the female cantor at Toby's synagogue practicing "Hashkiveinu" as he discusses the issue with his rabbi. singer turns out to be [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
**
The funeral song is also played over the montage at the end that Xena sang in multiple episodes of the episode. "7A WF 83429", the episode in which the President's daughter franchise was kidnapped, used Dead Can Dance's "Sanvean (I'm Your Shadow)" over actually a montage showing thousands of floral tributes left at the White House Fence, evoking memories of Princess Diana [[spoiler: although Zoey has not died pre-existing song called "Burial" written and will eventually be found]]. Toby lampshades it performed by asking if the Rabbi placed the cantor there Lucy Lawless.
* Used often
on purpose.
* Included in the theme music for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' (otherwise an InstrumentalThemeTune).
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* played with in the ''Series/ModernFamily'', in the episode Family Portrait, where Cameron is singing Ave Maria in a wedding, while Mitchell is trying to kill a pigeon who got into their house.



* Used in the fifth episode of "The Philanthropist" when [[spoiler:a bomb goes off in Kosovo and kills four people.]]
* Used in ''Series/TheColbertReport'' during the segment [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/314131/june-30-2010/mysteries-of-the-ancient-unknown---king-tut-s-penis Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown: King Tut's Penis"]], with some accompanying eyebrow twitches. Also used the first time he talks about the revolts in Egypt.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples." A female vocalist ululates Abed's name for a sort of joking Biblical epic effect many times throughout the episode, then in the "dramatic" ending, the singer eerily wails Shirley's name.
** Also parodied in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" when Brutopolis is cruelly slain by Pierce the Insensative (read: Chang's character is killed by Pierce's character, and has to hand in his character sheet).

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* Used in the fifth episode of "The Philanthropist" ''The Philanthropist'' when [[spoiler:a bomb goes off in Kosovo and kills four people.]]
* Used in ''Series/TheColbertReport'' during the segment [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/314131/june-30-2010/mysteries-of-the-ancient-unknown---king-tut-s-penis Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown: King Tut's Penis"]], with some accompanying eyebrow twitches. Also used the first time he talks about the revolts in Egypt.
* Parodied
Heard in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples." A female vocalist ululates Abed's name for a sort of joking Biblical epic effect many times throughout the episode, then in the "dramatic" ending, the singer eerily wails Shirley's name.
** Also parodied in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" when Brutopolis is cruelly slain by Pierce the Insensative (read: Chang's character is killed by Pierce's character, and has to hand in his character sheet).
background every so often on ''Series/{{Rome}}''.



* Included in the theme music for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' (otherwise an InstrumentalThemeTune).
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_from_Star_Trek theme song]] for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.



* Parodied in the latest season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', in which the wail turns out to just be a very overworked rendition of the word 'coincidence'.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTDZrBZVH-8 Here's another example]] from a re-enactment of Princess Diana's death.
* played with in the ''Series/ModernFamily'', in the episode Family Portrait, where Cameron is singing Ave Maria in a wedding, while Mitchell is trying to kill a pigeon who got into their house.
* A big feature of the revamped theme tune of the second season of ''Series/{{The 100}}''.

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* Parodied in the latest season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', in which the wail turns out to just be a very overworked rendition of the word 'coincidence'.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsrrSzwfmU Gray's Theme]] from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a rather heart-wrenching one. It first appears in "Adam" when Jack recalls losing his brother as a child.
* "Take This Sabbath Day," ''Seties/TheWestWing'''s VerySpecialEpisode about the death penalty, has the female cantor at Toby's synagogue practicing "Hashkiveinu" as he discusses the issue with his rabbi. The song is also played over the montage at the end of the episode. "7A WF 83429", the episode in which the President's daughter was kidnapped, used Dead Can Dance's "Sanvean (I'm Your Shadow)" over a montage showing thousands of floral tributes left at the White House Fence, evoking memories of Princess Diana [[spoiler: although Zoey has not died and will eventually be found]]. Toby lampshades it by asking if the Rabbi placed the cantor there on purpose.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had bunches of these, though the most notable was probably Scully's theme from Season 8.
%%* [[http://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=jTDZrBZVH-8 Here's another example]] from a re-enactment of Princess Diana's death.
* played with in the ''Series/ModernFamily'', in the episode Family Portrait, where Cameron is singing Ave Maria in a wedding, while Mitchell is trying to kill a pigeon who got into their house.
* A big feature of the revamped theme tune of the second season of ''Series/{{The 100}}''.
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* Music/AmonDuulII has a lot of this on their first album, ''Phallus Dei.''
1st Feb '17 7:25:10 PM wolftickets1969
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* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'' has many examples sung by Aeralie Brighton, such as "Ori, Lost in the Storm", "The Spirit Tree", "Approaching The End", "The Sacrifice", and "Light of Nibel".

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* ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'' has many examples sung by Aeralie Brighton, such as "Ori, Lost in the Storm", "The Spirit Tree", "Approaching The End", "Returning to the Spirit Tree", "The Sacrifice", and "Light of Nibel".
25th Jan '17 7:03:02 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yBvYG1_vI The main theme]] for ''Film/DeathWish V: The Face of Death''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yBvYG1_vI The main theme]] for ''Film/DeathWish V: The Face of Death''.''Film/DeathWishVTheFaceOfDeath''.
16th Jan '17 12:10:18 PM eroock
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->''"A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more."''

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->''"A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, weeping,\\
Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, comforted,\\
because her children are no more."''
11th Jan '17 11:53:52 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon'': The scene in which Aura resurrects Flash after his execution is sung solo: by Freddie Mercury, making this a One Music/{{Queen}} Wail.

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* ''Film/FlashGordon'': ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'': The scene in which Aura resurrects Flash after his execution is sung solo: by Freddie Mercury, making this a One Music/{{Queen}} Wail.
24th Dec '16 1:59:08 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* Used in ''Film/RobRoy''. As Archibald Cunningham murders Alan MacDonald, setting the plot in motion, Rob and his clan listen to a woman (Karen Matheson of Capercaillie) sing a mournful solo performance. The film cuts between the two scenes with the song playing over both.
** GeniusBonus if you know that she's singing "Aleinn duinn" ("Dark Alan"), the lament of a woman whose lover was lost at sea...and the last, shadowy image we have of MacDonald is that of Cunningham sinking his body in the loch.

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* Used in ''Film/RobRoy''. As Archibald Cunningham murders Alan MacDonald, [=MacDonald=], setting the plot in motion, Rob and his clan listen to a woman (Karen Matheson of Capercaillie) sing a mournful solo performance. The film cuts between the two scenes with the song playing over both.
** GeniusBonus if you know that she's singing "Aleinn duinn" ("Dark Alan"), the lament of a woman whose lover was lost at sea...and the last, shadowy image we have of MacDonald [=MacDonald=] is that of Cunningham sinking his body in the loch.
21st Dec '16 7:56:15 PM rjd1922
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* Creator/DougWalker is [[PetPeeveTrope not]] [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/specials/30502-dougs-top-10-worst-cliches a fan]] [[note]]It's number 5 on the list, for those who don't want to watch the whole thing.[[/note]].

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* Creator/DougWalker is [[PetPeeveTrope not]] [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/specials/30502-dougs-top-10-worst-cliches [[http://channelawesome.com/dougs-top-10-worst-cliches/ a fan]] [[note]]It's number 5 on the list, for those who don't want to watch the whole thing.[[/note]].
11th Dec '16 4:33:54 PM Gamermaster
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* [[LonelyRichGirl Weiss]]'s theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qROQOpei73Q Mirror Mirror]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' features this.

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* [[LonelyRichGirl [[LonelyRichKid Weiss]]'s theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qROQOpei73Q Mirror Mirror]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' features this.
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