Created By: Prophet on August 7, 2011 Last Edited By: Paradisesnake on June 10, 2014

Inhuman Scream

When a character\'s scream is much worse than any normal person\'s.

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Gwen Cooper: I'd never heard a sound like it. This primal howl. The scream lasts 20 hours every day.
Torchwood, "Adrift"

A quick way to have a character slip into the Uncanny Valley is to turn their screaming into something unnatural. Maybe it's just far too high or low pitched, maybe it lasts for an impossibly long time, or maybe there are just one too many voices. Either way, it's clear that something is very, very wrong.

If the scream is used as an attack, see Make Me Wanna Shout. May overlap with Brown Note.

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Examples:

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    Film 
  • The Brides' screams in Van Helsing have odd echoes and a distressing pitch.
  • The Nazgūls' shriek in The Lord of the Rings films, which was a modified recording of screenwriter Fran Walsh.
  • The Matrix: After Neo takes the blue pill and begins to be pulled out of the Matrix, he lets out a scream that quickly becomse digitized before turning into the distinctive squeal of an analogue modem.
  • Monsters from The Thing let out a distinctive, warbling howl when in danger.
  • The eponymous Screamers let out a high-pitched keening sound when on the attack.

    Literature 
  • In Hercule Poirot's Christmas, a horrible Inhuman Scream brings everyone to the scene of the murder. It turns out to have been a novelty balloon deflating, to establish a false time of death.
  • Inverted in The Princess Bride. Westley's death scream from being hooked up to The Machine is described as much worse than that of the dog Count Rogen tested it on earlier, not because The Machine was set over three times higher with Westley, but because it was a human making it.

    Live Action TV 
  • Occurs in the Torchwood episode "Adrift" as illustrated in the page quote. Looking into the time vortex drives one of the characters insane, causing him to scream for hours on end every day.
    • And in Children of Earth when the 456 uses all the children in the world to transmit their signal through their screams.
  • Jool on Farscape had a grating scream that could melt metal.

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    Western Animation 
  • Comedic example: It's a Running Gag on The Fairly Oddparents that Timmy's Dad screams like a girl when under stress.
    Timmy's Mom: Timmy, you know you're not supposed to make your father scream like a girl three times in one day!

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Community Feedback Replies: 28
  • August 7, 2011
    LeeM
  • August 7, 2011
    ZarbiNerada
  • August 7, 2011
    Moosebomber
    Lola in Run Lola Run has one of these. It can shatter glass and causes everyone in the vicinity to cover their ears.
  • August 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    • The Brides' screams in Van Helsing have odd echoes and a distressing pitch. Of course, the Brides are vampires, so it's justified.
  • August 8, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Black Canary's Canary Cry.
  • August 8, 2011
    benjamminsam
    I believe that in Space Cases, Catalina's power was a super-sonic scream. Can any other children of The Nineties confirm this?
  • August 8, 2011
    Generality
    The Nazgul's shriek in The Lord Of The Rings films. The sound was a modified recording of screenwriter Fran Walsh, as I recall.
  • August 8, 2011
    Antheia
    @69BookWorM69 Most examples will be justified, so there's no need to note it.
  • August 8, 2011
    AFP
    • The Matrix: After Neo takes the blue pill and begins to be pulled out of the Matrix, he lets out a scream that quickly becomse digitized before turning into the distinctive squeal of an analogue modem.
  • August 9, 2011
    celticwhisper
    Alex's Nightmare in Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete has something like this. "Alex...A-lex...ALEX! ALEEHHHHHHHUUHHHHALEEEHHHHUUUHHHHHALEEEEHHUUUUUUUUHHHHH." Really creepy the first time you hear it.
  • August 11, 2011
    Prophet
    Any examples of a sonic scream as a super power would go under Make Me Wanna Shout.
  • August 12, 2011
    kjnoren
    Compore Brown Note, though the many examples there of non-vocal variations make it hard to mine for examples.
  • August 12, 2011
    NetMonster
    Cacophonix in that Asterix movie.
  • August 18, 2011
    Prophet
    Bump
  • November 27, 2012
    MarqFJA
    Bump.
  • November 28, 2012
    WeAreAllKosh
    Live-Action TV

    Jool on Farscape had a grating scream that could melt metal.
  • November 28, 2012
    chihuahua0
    We need to consider the definition, since some of the examples given in the comments are Make Me Wanna Shout.

    Is Inhuman Scream a scream that's supposed to characterize a character in a negative light, or just a scream in a horror context? This is important, to avoid problems in the future with shoehorning.
  • November 28, 2012
    dvorak
    Film
    • Monsters from The Thing let out a distinctive, warbling howl when in danger.
    • The Emponymous Screamers let out a high-pitched keening sound when on the attack.
  • November 28, 2012
    JonnyB
    The screams of the headcrab zombies in Half Life 2, when they catch fire, are pure Nightmare Fuel.
  • November 29, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Hmm, I can think of two screams that are really hard to watch but they're from normal human characters. They're hard to watch because the characters screaming are in massive pain (from The West Wing and Game Of Thrones, if you know the incidences I mean). Would these count?
  • November 29, 2012
    Duncan
    It's a Running Gag on The Fairly Oddparents that Timmy's Dad screams like a girl when under stress.
    Timmy's Mom: Timmy, you know you're not supposed to make your father scream like a girl three times in one day!

  • November 29, 2012
    Randomman5
    Most of Asura's screams probably fall under this, considering how ungodly loud he can get.
  • November 29, 2012
    StarSword
    Flagging as Up For Grabs since the OP hasn't been here for ages.

    Literature:
    • Inverted in The Princess Bride. Westley's death scream from being hooked up to The Machine is described as much worse than that of the dog Count Rogen tested it on earlier, not because The Machine was set over three times higher, but because it was a human making it.
  • January 26, 2013
    SqearBear
    Western Animation:

    In "The Iron Giant", the titular character's mechanical, inhuman scream of rage can make Chuck Norris shudder.
  • June 10, 2014
    Doodler
    From Wolfs Rain, Cheza's scream, so much that it physically hurts the wolves who hear it.
  • June 10, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Fixed the broken folder tags + took the title of Asuras Wrath out of the Pot Hole.
  • June 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Uh... some of the examples are monsters. This is supposed to be humans letting out an unnatural scream, right?
  • June 10, 2014
    arbiter099
    I'm wondering how this relates to Hell Is That Noise
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