If a character is truly evil or just wants to threaten another, they may throw in a snake-like hiss to scare them. While they may combine this in speech to form Sssnake Talk
, they may just hiss alone to emphasize the threat.
A cat hiss may also work to a similar effect, but is usually not as threatening.
See also Hiss Before Fleeing
- In the Lord of the Rings movie, when Smeagol's evil Gollum personality is in control, he often hisses.
- Doctor Lecter in Silence of the Lambs: "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. SSSSSSSS!"
- The Aliens tend to hiss a lot.
- Crowley of Good Omens has "a tendency to hiss," although for a field agent of Hell he's really not quite as evil as he ought to be.
- Non-demonic version in Bones: The original Gormogon (now an Altzheimer-ridden old man) hisses at Bones when she tries to get a dental record from him.
- In the Charlie Daniels Band song "The Devil Went Down To Georgia", this is the sound the Devil's fiddle makes when he first pulls the bow across its strings.
- The cacodemons from id Software's Doom hiss when they detect the player character and move to attack. Cacodemons are durable, needing two rocket hits or six to eight shotgun blasts to go down.
- Marceline in Adventure Time does this fairly often to intimidate Finn and Jake.