Created By: fawn on August 31, 2010 Last Edited By: fawn on August 31, 2010
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Howl of Sorrow

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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.

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Frequently done because of a death, so spoilers ahead.

Examples:

Anime: The wolves in Wolf's Rain, after finding Tobe's dead body.

Film:
  • 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.

Literature:
  • 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.

Real Life:
  • 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.

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Web Comics:
  • 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.
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  • August 26, 2010
    RedWren
    I don't know the strip and don't really want to look it up, sorry.

    • 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.
  • August 26, 2010
    DarkSasami
    Gaspode starts a mourning howl, which is passed on into the night by unseen wolf packs, near the end of The Fifth Elephant.
  • August 27, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In The Mammoth Hunters Wolf (a domesticated wolf) howls during the funeral of Rydag.

    I'm not spoilering that, it's been out for 25 years.
  • August 27, 2010
    LeeM
    In Elf Quest the Wolfrider elves and their wolves share communal howls when one of their number dies, or when the elves are commemorating the dead.
  • August 27, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Could be related to Big No.
  • August 27, 2010
    Vree
    ^That's what I was associating too.
  • August 28, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • August 28, 2010
    fawn
    Going to launch this soon.
  • August 28, 2010
    fawn
    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.
  • August 28, 2010
    Ingonyama
    Nanaki (Red XIII) does this for his father Seto in Final Fantasy VII. (Note that instead of being on top of a cliff, he's at the base of one that his father's statue stands atop.)
  • August 28, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Galfor's dog Poppy from Samurai Shodown does this too when he's defeated.
  • August 31, 2010
    Arivne
    Literature
    • JRR 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.
  • August 31, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    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.
  • August 31, 2010
    Xzenu
    Compare Big No, which howled by humanoids.
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