When a canine character howls to express sadness.
Can overlap with Clifftop Caterwauling
, when this is done at the edge of a cliff. Similar to Big "NO!"
See also Wolves Always Howl at the Moon
and Howling to the Night
, for other howling tropes.
Frequently done because of a death, so spoilers ahead.
The wolves in Wolf's Rain
, after finding Tobe's dead body.
- Jock in Lady and the Tramp after Trusty's apparent death.
- Also, the dogs in the pound have a song made up entirely of sorrowful howls.
- In the Van Helsing movie, the eponymous character does this in the werewolf form after having a cure injected into his body at the cost of the Action Girl Love Interest's life. It morphs into a Big "NO!" as he transforms back into a human.
- In the "Pecos Bill" sequence of Disney's Melody Time, the coyotes howl at the moon out of sympathy with Pecos, who howls for sorrow at losing Slew Foot Sue.
- Gaspode starts a mourning howl, which is passed on into the night by unseen wolf packs, near the end of The Fifth Elephant.
- In The Mammoth Hunters Wolf (a domesticated wolf) howls during the funeral of Rydag.
- J. R. R. Tolkien's Farmer Giles of Ham. When Giles rides off to slay a dragon, his dog Garm howled all night because he thought Giles would be killed.
- The legendary wolf Lobo is said to have done this after his mate was killed.
- Many dog owners can attest to this trope after a human/other pet has died, though only the dogs know whether this is truly sorrow or simply the dogs looking for their missing packmate.
- One use of werewolf howls in Dominic Deegan is to announce the break-up of a pack. Given what breaks up a pack...this is generally a combination of rage and painfully deep sorrow.
- In ElfQuest the Wolfrider elves and their wolves share communal howls when one of their number dies, or when the elves are commemorating the dead.