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* The Sosumi ("so sue me") beep sound on {{Macintosh}} computers is a tritone piano chord. Also the Chimes of Death on older Macs.

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* The Sosumi ("so sue me") beep sound on {{Macintosh}} UsefulNotes/{{Macintosh}} computers is a tritone piano chord. Also the Chimes of Death on older Macs.
18th Aug '17 4:01:00 PM NCISfan2000
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* Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 through Tony Hawk's Underground 2 does this every time when you fail the goal.
11th Aug '17 3:19:57 PM StFan
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->'''Stranded Visitor, to Scientist:''' How big do [the shrews] get?\\
[''creepy music plays'']\\
'''Tom Servo:''' "How big does that music make it sound?!"
-->-- ''Film/TheKillerShrews'', as riffed on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''

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->'''Stranded Visitor, to Scientist:''' Visitor:''' ''[to Scientist]'' How big do [the shrews] get?\\
[''creepy ''[creepy music plays'']\\
plays]''\\
'''Tom Servo:''' "How How big does that music make it sound?!"
sound?!
-->-- ''Film/TheKillerShrews'', as riffed on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''
''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', riffing ''Film/TheKillerShrews''






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* ''Klarion the Witch Boy'' briefly added one in his name ("Klarion... bum bum BUM... the Witch Boy!"), and [[InsistentTerminology insisted that others addressing him use it as well]]. Since they were basically ''saying'' "bum bum BUM" (presumably with tonal changes) it didn't really do much for him.

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* ''Klarion the Witch Boy'' briefly added one in his name ("Klarion... bum bum BUM... the Witch Boy!"), and [[InsistentTerminology insisted that others addressing him use it as well]]. Since they were basically ''saying'' "bum bum BUM" (presumably The ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio adventure ''Dead Air'' does this several times. It's written like a recording rescued from a sunken ship, complete with tonal changes) it didn't really do much for him.out of tune, too-slow voices and frequent staccato bursts of sound and creepy record screechings.
* The audiobook novella ''Literature/{{Hours}}'' features a couple scare chords, although tastefully done using an original sound effect which fades into a creepy musical jingle.



[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Strangely enough, used quite a bit in the soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Be prepared to jump out of your seat a lot.
** In an interesting twist, a scare chord is used to start off one of the score's most popular and heartwarming tracks.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' puts a {{lampshade}} (... windowshade?) over his in a scene where thunder and lightning clashes whenever the characters say the word, "BULLET!" Annoyed, Lord Victor slams down the nearby windowshade, which stops the entire effect.
** With the exception of ''A Grand Day Out,'' all of the shorts and TheMovie have music in their title sequences which end on a Scare Chord.
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'': The scene where the head Velociraptor [[NightmareFace lunges at the camera.]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': similarly to the LogoJoke seen (or rather, heard) in ''Film/{{Alien3}}'', the final note of the first part of "Out Of The Penthouse, Off To The Race" is held in an intense crescendo; the scene in which that part plays is when Ralph notices [[spoiler: Vanellope's artwork on the side of the game console]], a [[TheReveal realization]] that shows part of the movie's big twist and kicks off the obligatory MisfitMobilizationMoment.

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* Strangely enough, used quite a bit in ''Klarion the soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Be prepared to jump out of your seat a lot.
** In an interesting twist, a scare chord is used to start off
Witch Boy'' briefly added one of in his name ("Klarion... bum bum BUM... the score's most popular Witch Boy!"), and heartwarming tracks.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' puts a {{lampshade}} (... windowshade?) over his in a scene where thunder and lightning clashes whenever the characters say the word, "BULLET!" Annoyed, Lord Victor slams down the nearby windowshade, which stops the entire effect.
** With the exception of ''A Grand Day Out,'' all of the shorts and TheMovie have music in their title sequences which end on a Scare Chord.
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'': The scene where the head Velociraptor [[NightmareFace lunges at the camera.]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': similarly to the LogoJoke seen (or rather, heard) in ''Film/{{Alien3}}'', the final note of the first part of "Out Of The Penthouse, Off To The Race" is held in an intense crescendo; the scene in which
[[InsistentTerminology insisted that part plays is when Ralph notices [[spoiler: Vanellope's artwork on the side of the game console]], a [[TheReveal realization]] that shows part of the movie's big twist and kicks off the obligatory MisfitMobilizationMoment.others addressing him use it as well]]. Since they were basically ''saying'' "bum bum BUM" (presumably with tonal changes) it didn't really do much for him.



[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Strangely enough, used quite a bit in the soundtrack for ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Be prepared to jump out of your seat a lot. In an interesting twist, a scare chord is used to start off one of the score's most popular and heartwarming tracks.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'':
** WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'' puts a {{lampshade}} (... windowshade?) over his in a scene where thunder and lightning clashes whenever the characters say the word, "BULLET!" Annoyed, Lord Victor slams down the nearby windowshade, which stops the entire effect.
** With the exception of ''A Grand Day Out'', all of the shorts and TheMovie have music in their title sequences which end on a Scare Chord.
* ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'': The scene where the head Velociraptor [[NightmareFace lunges at the camera.]]
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Similarly to the LogoJoke seen (or rather, heard) in ''Film/Alien3'', the final note of the first part of "Out of the Penthouse, Off to the Race" is held in an intense crescendo; the scene in which that part plays is when Ralph notices [[spoiler: Vanellope's artwork on the side of the game console]], a [[TheReveal realization]] that shows part of the movie's big twist and kicks off the obligatory MisfitMobilizationMoment.
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-->'''Knight Who Says Ni:''' We demand...a shrubbery!
--->(''Cue a very loud, screeching chord.'')
* Creator/DavidLynch ''loves'' these. See for example the first appearance of BOB in Series/TwinPeaks, the hobo/monster behind the Winkie's dumpster in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', or their extremely frequent use in ''Film/InlandEmpire''.
** The orchestral chaos noise that occasionally punctuates ''Wild at Heart'' (driving up to visit Isabella Rosselini?) is a Badalamenti version of this.
** Henry's Baby is indeed sick.

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-->'''Knight Who Says Ni:''' We demand... a shrubbery!
--->(''Cue
shrubbery!\\
''[cue
a very loud, screeching chord.'')
chord]''
* Creator/DavidLynch ''loves'' these. See for example the first appearance of BOB in Series/TwinPeaks, ''Series/TwinPeaks'', the hobo/monster behind the Winkie's dumpster in ''Film/MulhollandDrive'', or their extremely frequent use in ''Film/InlandEmpire''.
**
''Film/InlandEmpire''. The orchestral chaos noise that occasionally punctuates ''Wild at Heart'' (driving up to visit Isabella Rosselini?) is a Badalamenti version of this.
** Henry's Baby is indeed sick.
this.



* Sure, it's a blatant ripoff of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'', and sure, probably [[TheFilmOfTheBook everyone in the theater knows it's coming]]. But combined with some really excellent timing, the scare chord as the Inferi hand grabs Harry's in the ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' movie is going to make the entire theater jump a foot in the air.
** It doesn't help that they draaaag the scene out, feinting at least three times, before it actually happens.

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* Sure, it's a blatant ripoff of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'', and sure, probably [[TheFilmOfTheBook everyone in the theater knows it's coming]]. But combined with some really excellent timing, the scare chord as the Inferi hand grabs Harry's in the ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' movie is going to make the entire theater jump a foot in the air.
**
air. It doesn't help that they draaaag the scene out, feinting at least three times, before it actually happens.



* Used at one point in [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Planet Terror]], where it sounds like someone [[ButtonMashing mashing low notes]] on an old synthesizer.

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* Used at one point in [[Film/{{Grindhouse}} ''[[Film/{{Grindhouse}} Planet Terror]], Terror]]'', where it sounds like someone [[ButtonMashing mashing low notes]] on an old synthesizer.



* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''?, shortly the reveal that [[spoiler:"Judge Doom" is a toon, his voice builds higher in pitch until his eyes turn into daggers and pop out]] and the soundtrack jolts. As if it wasn't scary enough already...

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* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''?, ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', shortly the reveal that [[spoiler:"Judge Doom" is a toon, his voice builds higher in pitch until his eyes turn into daggers and pop out]] and the soundtrack jolts. As if it wasn't scary enough already...



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's chord in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Chilling and ratchets up the tension. About the only time two notes have been considered Oscar worthy.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's chord in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''. Chilling and ratchets up the tension. About the only time two notes have been considered Oscar worthy.



* A good example is in ''Film/TheTerminator'', right after [[spoiler: Kyle's HeroicSacrifice]], Blowing up the Terminator using the last pipe bomb. When Sarah goes over [[spoiler: to Kyle's dead body]] you can see a large chunk of the Terminator move slightly, then WHAM! right as it sits up and starts to chase her once again, barely moving using its only other arm.
* Used relatively frequently in ''Film/BlackSwan''.

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* A good example is in ''Film/TheTerminator'', right after [[spoiler: Kyle's [[spoiler:Kyle's HeroicSacrifice]], Blowing up the Terminator using the last pipe bomb. When Sarah goes over [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to Kyle's dead body]] you can see a large chunk of the Terminator move slightly, then WHAM! right as it sits up and starts to chase her once again, barely moving using its only other arm.
* %%* Used relatively frequently in ''Film/BlackSwan''.



* As if the scary mask isn't enough, the first VanityPlate of the Russian TV company VID had five scare chords to go along with.
* The VanityPlate for Paramount Television in the early 1970s also featured a {{Sting}} so over-the-top that it could only be described as a Scare Chord -- the plate is affectionately known as the "Closet Killer". Ironically it was considerably less scary than other vanity plates of the era, just a bit startling if you didn't know what to expect.



* The Paramount "closet killer" VanityPlate features, as its nickname suggests, a trumpet scare chord sounding like something out of a SlasherMovie.



-->'''Organist''': It's a mystery! [Plays scary chord]

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-->'''Organist''': -->'''Organist:''' It's a mystery! [Plays ''[plays scary chord]chord]''



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* The Sosumi ("so sue me") beep sound on {{Macintosh}} computers is a tritone piano chord. Also the Chimes of Death on older Macs.
* The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation had a creepy off-key version of the logo sting when an error occured on boot-up, known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ92RVruaxs "Personified Fear"]].
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* ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ''LOVES'' doing this. Mercifully, the scariest moments are usually not accompanied by these.



* The original sound novels of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' use these occasionally, and get some bonus points for actually making [[HellIsThatNoise the damn things]] ''scary'' rather than just startling.
** ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' does this even better. Especially when a sentence stops midway for a second, and when the shocking part is said, SCARE CHORD! If the text itself isn't enough to make you go 'oh shit', then the scare chord is the push that WILL make you go 'oh shit!'



* The [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos-themed]] indie horror game ''{{VideoGame/Slender}}'' has a rather startling one play any time you turn around and find that Slendy's just a bit ''too'' close to you... This noise also means that your running speed is boosted for about ten seconds due to your character having been spooked so badly. MostWonderfulSound, or HellIsThatNoise? You decide...
** It's even worse in ''VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival''.

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* The [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos-themed]] indie horror game ''{{VideoGame/Slender}}'' has a rather startling one play any time you turn around and find that Slendy's just a bit ''too'' close to you... This noise also means that your running speed is boosted for about ten seconds due to your character having been spooked so badly. MostWonderfulSound, or HellIsThatNoise? You decide...
**
decide... It's even worse in ''VideoGame/SlenderTheArrival''.



* Used in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' when enemies detect you, and again when the area is cleared. Sometimes in the latter, scary stings are randomly heard out in the wasteland for no particular reason.

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* Used in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' when enemies detect you, and again when the area is cleared. Sometimes in the latter, scary stings are randomly heard out in the wasteland for no particular reason.



** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' has one as part of a jump scare in the parking garage maze near Fallon's Department Store, where you round a corner to find two decapitated corpses, one hung from a meat hook, the other positioned upright, and two heads impaled on stakes.
* Every enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' has a distinctive audio cue, each of which is heard before an encounter.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' has one as part of a jump scare in the parking garage maze near Fallon's Department Store, where you round a corner to find two decapitated corpses, one hung from a meat hook, the other positioned upright, and two heads impaled on stakes.
* Every enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Metro 2033}}'' ''VideoGame/Metro2033'' has a distinctive audio cue, each of which is heard before an encounter.



* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', in the BBL route, has the faint creaking sound that presages an appearance by [[spoiler: Labor 9]]. The characters think they'll be able to hear it coming and avoid it. They don't imagine that it could be lying in wait.



[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''ChasingTheSunset'' our heroes encounter a wizard whose name evokes [[DramaticThunder a clap of thunder]] when spoken. At one point Leaf makes a dramatic entrance by [[GenreSavvy speaking the name]] right before opening the door.
* Invoked in-universe by [[GenreSavvy Elan]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "Dunh dunh DUUUNH!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', last seen [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/12/17/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sketch Comedy}}'' invokes it [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/tag/dramatic-organ/ repeatedly]], each time a different character playing a dramatic organ along with large DUN DUN DUNNNNN, including, [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/2013/06/17/previously/ on one occasion]], an added Gdim7, and culminating with a [[spoiler: puppy...it's somewhat difficult to consider that a spoiler, but just to be on the safe side]].

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* In ''ChasingTheSunset'' our heroes encounter a wizard whose name evokes [[DramaticThunder a clap ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' ''LOVES'' doing this. Mercifully, the scariest moments are usually not accompanied by these.
* The original sound novels
of thunder]] ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' use these occasionally, and get some bonus points for actually making [[HellIsThatNoise the damn things]] ''scary'' rather than just startling.
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' does this even better. Especially
when spoken. At one point Leaf makes a dramatic entrance by [[GenreSavvy speaking sentence stops midway for a second, and when the name]] right before opening shocking part is said, SCARE CHORD! If the door.
text itself isn't enough to make you go 'oh shit', then the scare chord is the push that WILL make you go 'oh shit!'
* Invoked in-universe ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'', in the BBL route, has the faint creaking sound that presages an appearance by [[GenreSavvy Elan]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "Dunh dunh DUUUNH!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', last seen [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/12/17/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Sketch Comedy}}'' invokes it [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/tag/dramatic-organ/ repeatedly]], each time a different character playing a dramatic organ along with large DUN DUN DUNNNNN, including, [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/2013/06/17/previously/ on one occasion]], an added Gdim7, and culminating with a
[[spoiler: puppy...it's somewhat difficult Labor 9]]. The characters think they'll be able to consider hear it coming and avoid it. They don't imagine that a spoiler, but just to it could be on the safe side]].lying in wait.



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* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'': "It's like...bad ''{{fanfiction}}!"'' [Scare chord!] She cringes from the dramatic strike like there's something awful approaching. There is; it's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas''.
* [[MemeticMutation Dramatic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Chipmunk]]. That is all.
* The [[http://boingboing.net/2011/07/22/parody-ads-tell-the.html parody ad]]s protesting the AT&T&T Mobile merger play the T-Mobile jingle ending with a discordant low piano note.
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'':
** The music playing when [[{{Pikmin}} Olimar]] takes Luigi to his spaceship in Episode 5 is haunting, but not quite scary. It does, however, start setting the tone for what comes next. Once they enter the spaceship, the music gets creepier, and the [[PsychoStrings violin screeches]] when Olimar [[spoiler: kills and chops up the Pikmin, combined with their death screams,]] will make you shudder every single time, even when you know it's coming.
* Machinima/RedVsBlue: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeoNDckp0ZE The Meta's theme,]] because you just ''know'' something bad is about to happen.
* Tomska's "The Hole" (POOOOOO ♪) emphazises almost every mentioning of said Hole (POOOOO ♪) with a Scare Chord.
* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'''s Nightmare Circus video, where the scare chord is provided by Fred screeching away on a violin on-camera (see the page image).
* Also very popular when parodying Christopher Nolan's films.

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[[folder:Web Originals]]
Animation]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'': "It's like...bad ''{{fanfiction}}!"'' [Scare chord!] She cringes from the dramatic strike like there's something awful approaching. There is; it's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas''.
* [[MemeticMutation Dramatic]] [[http://www.
''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Chipmunk]]. That is all.
* The [[http://boingboing.net/2011/07/22/parody-ads-tell-the.html parody ad]]s protesting the AT&T&T Mobile merger play the T-Mobile jingle ending with a discordant low piano note.
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'':
** The music playing when [[{{Pikmin}} Olimar]] takes Luigi to his spaceship in Episode 5 is haunting, but not quite scary. It does, however, start setting the tone for what comes next. Once they enter the spaceship, the music gets creepier, and the [[PsychoStrings violin screeches]] when Olimar [[spoiler: kills and chops up the Pikmin, combined with their death screams,]] will make you shudder every single time, even when you know it's coming.
* Machinima/RedVsBlue: [[https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=EeoNDckp0ZE The Meta's theme,]] because you just ''know'' something bad is about to happen.
* Tomska's "The Hole" (POOOOOO ♪) emphazises almost every mentioning of said Hole (POOOOO ♪) with a Scare Chord.
* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'''s Nightmare Circus video, where the scare chord is provided by Fred screeching away on a violin on-camera (see the page image).
* Also very popular when parodying Christopher Nolan's films.
happen.



[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ChasingTheSunset'' our heroes encounter a wizard whose name evokes [[DramaticThunder a clap of thunder]] when spoken. At one point Leaf makes a dramatic entrance by [[GenreSavvy speaking the name]] right before opening the door.
* Invoked in-universe by [[GenreSavvy Elan]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': "Dunh dunh DUUUNH!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Weregeek}}'', last seen [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/12/17/ here]].
* ''Webcomic/SketchComedy'' invokes it [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/tag/dramatic-organ/ repeatedly]], each time a different character playing a dramatic organ along with large DUN DUN DUNNNNN, including, [[http://thesketchy.com/ic/2013/06/17/previously/ on one occasion]], an added Gdim7, and culminating with a [[spoiler: puppy...it's somewhat difficult to consider that a spoiler, but just to be on the safe side]].
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas'': "It's like... bad ''{{fanfiction}}!"'' [Scare chord!] She cringes from the dramatic strike like there's something awful approaching. There is; it's ''Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas''.
* [[MemeticMutation Dramatic]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Y73sPHKxw Chipmunk]]. That is all.
* The [[http://boingboing.net/2011/07/22/parody-ads-tell-the.html parody ad]]s protesting the AT&T&T Mobile merger play the T-Mobile jingle ending with a discordant low piano note.
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'':
** The music playing when [[{{Pikmin}} Olimar]] takes Luigi to his spaceship in Episode 5 is haunting, but not quite scary. It does, however, start setting the tone for what comes next. Once they enter the spaceship, the music gets creepier, and the [[PsychoStrings violin screeches]] when Olimar [[spoiler: kills and chops up the Pikmin, combined with their death screams,]] will make you shudder every single time, even when you know it's coming.
* Tomska's "The Hole" (POOOOOO ♪) emphazises almost every mentioning of said Hole (POOOOO ♪) with a Scare Chord.
* Parodied in the ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'''s Nightmare Circus video, where the scare chord is provided by Fred screeching away on a violin on-camera (see the page image).
* Also very popular when parodying Christopher Nolan's films.
[[/folder]]



[[folder:Other]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio adventure ''Dead Air'' does this several times. It's written like a recording rescued from a sunken ship, complete with out of tune, too-slow voices and frequent staccato bursts of sound and creepy record screechings.
* The Sosumi ("so sue me") beep sound on {{Macintosh}} computers is a tritone piano chord. Also the Chimes of Death on older Macs.
** The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation had a creepy off-key version of the logo sting when an error occured on boot-up, known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ92RVruaxs "Personified Fear"]].
* As if the scary mask isn't enough, the first VanityPlate of the Russian TV company VID had five scare chords to go along with.
* The VanityPlate for Paramount Television in the early 1970s also featured a {{Sting}} so over-the-top that it could only be described as a Scare Chord -- the plate is affectionately known as the "Closet Killer". Ironically it was considerably less scary than other vanity plates of the era, just a bit startling if you didn't know what to expect.
* The audiobook novella ''Literature/{{Hours}}'' features a couple scare chords, although tastefully done using an original sound effect which fades into a creepy musical jingle.

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[[folder:Other]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' audio adventure ''Dead Air'' does this several times. It's written like a recording rescued from a sunken ship, complete with out of tune, too-slow voices and frequent staccato bursts of sound and creepy record screechings.
* The Sosumi ("so sue me") beep sound on {{Macintosh}} computers is a tritone piano chord. Also the Chimes of Death on older Macs.
** The original UsefulNotes/PlayStation had a creepy off-key version of the logo sting when an error occured on boot-up, known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJ92RVruaxs "Personified Fear"]].
* As if the scary mask isn't enough, the first VanityPlate of the Russian TV company VID had five scare chords to go along with.
* The VanityPlate for Paramount Television in the early 1970s also featured a {{Sting}} so over-the-top that it could only be described as a Scare Chord -- the plate is affectionately known as the "Closet Killer". Ironically it was considerably less scary than other vanity plates of the era, just a bit startling if you didn't know what to expect.
* The audiobook novella ''Literature/{{Hours}}'' features a couple scare chords, although tastefully done using an original sound effect which fades into a creepy musical jingle.
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29th Jul '17 10:02:38 AM EdibleSamurai
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** Another happens in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'', when a spooky cello chord plays after you cut a guard's throat with the knife. It happens because this gets the player [[KarmaMeter Demon Points]], bringing him closer to becoming [[VillainProtagonist Demon Snake.]]
11th Jun '17 11:47:13 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata", the final repetition of the theme of the slow movement variations ends with a UsefulNotes/DeceptiveCadence on a diminished seventh chord which is then repeated fortissimo to begin the allegro finale.

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* In Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven's Music/LudwigVanBeethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor Op. 57 "Appassionata", the final repetition of the theme of the slow movement variations ends with a UsefulNotes/DeceptiveCadence on a diminished seventh chord which is then repeated fortissimo to begin the allegro finale.
11th Jun '17 12:55:37 AM Piterpicher
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* ''SilentHill1'' has a Scare {{Leitmotif}}, heard in the first encounter with an Air Screamer and in the scene where you have to save Dr. Kauffman from a Romper.

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* ''SilentHill1'' ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'' has a Scare {{Leitmotif}}, heard in the first encounter with an Air Screamer and in the scene where you have to save Dr. Kauffman from a Romper.
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* ''ThereWillBeBrawl'':

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* ''ThereWillBeBrawl'': ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'':
20th Apr '17 10:22:07 AM CosmicFerret
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* The dramatic "chunk-chunk" noise in ''LawAndOrder'' and its spinoffs. Parodied by ''Series/SesameStreet''.

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* The dramatic "chunk-chunk" noise in ''LawAndOrder'' ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' and its spinoffs. Parodied by ''Series/SesameStreet''.
20th Apr '17 10:03:05 AM FF32
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* In the [[BigBoosHaunt third dungeon]] of ''VideoGame/PersonaQ'', the [[CreepyDoll Lovely Doll]] [=FOEs=] are invisible until you get next to them, at which point [[JumpScare they appear right in your face]] with a piano chord and laughter. You can avoid the JumpScare and piano sound by walking backwards.

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* In the [[BigBoosHaunt third dungeon]] of ''VideoGame/PersonaQ'', ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'', the [[CreepyDoll Lovely Doll]] [=FOEs=] are invisible until you get next to them, at which point [[JumpScare they appear right in your face]] with a piano chord and laughter. You can avoid the JumpScare and piano sound by walking backwards.
14th Apr '17 2:50:24 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[{{VideoGame/FableII}} Fable II]]'' has the winter lodge area, which first appears as a pleasant lodge. [[spoiler:Upon entering, the entire level smash cuts to a burned out version of the same location with an accompanying scare chord.]]

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* ''[[{{VideoGame/FableII}} Fable II]]'' ''VideoGame/FableII'' has the winter lodge area, which first appears as a pleasant lodge. [[spoiler:Upon entering, the entire level smash cuts to a burned out version of the same location with an accompanying scare chord.]]



* The [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos-themed]] indie horror game {{VideoGame/Slender}} has a rather startling one play any time you turn around and find that Slendy's just a bit ''too'' close to you... This noise also means that your running speed is boosted for about ten seconds due to your character having been spooked so badly. MostWonderfulSound, or HellIsThatNoise? You decide...

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* The [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man Mythos-themed]] indie horror game {{VideoGame/Slender}} ''{{VideoGame/Slender}}'' has a rather startling one play any time you turn around and find that Slendy's just a bit ''too'' close to you... This noise also means that your running speed is boosted for about ten seconds due to your character having been spooked so badly. MostWonderfulSound, or HellIsThatNoise? You decide...
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