Created By: ThePopeJuly 29, 2013 Last Edited By: ArivneAugust 11, 2013
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Signature Roar

A beast can't have a catch phrase, so it uses a roar instead

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While many characters have a Catch Phrase, it's difficult for a monster, animal, or other kind of non-intelligible creature to have one. As such, they'll often have a recurring noise they make that serves as their calling card: a signature roar.

This is not just a roar that a monster happens to make; it is unique to that creature, or in the very least hearing it will instantly remind one of it.

A Signature Roar is usually a result of a Roar Before Beating. Compare Hell Is That Noise, Signature Sound Effect and Mighty Roar.

Examples

Anime & Manga

Film

Literature

  • Tarzan's yell qualifies, as despite being a human, he's known for his famous jungle cry.

Live Action TV
  • Shadow ships in Babylon Five have a high-pitched inhuman screech as their signature sound.
  • The cat in MTM Productions Vanity Plate is a parody of the MGM lion.
  • The Prisoner. Rover (the giant white bouncing ball) has a horrible roar that it uses when pursuing a victim. Listen to it here.

Video Games
  • In Chrono Trigger, Lavos has a very well-recognized BREEEAAAAWWWWAAAUUURRRRGHHHH-sounding roar.
  • Ganon's skreech in The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time.
  • All Pokemon have a distinctive roar; while the anime has them speak their own names, the video games have them making digital noises (often being more advanced and realistic sounding the farther along you go).
  • The Tank's roar in Left 4 Dead is always a signal for disaster.
  • Bowser of the Super Mario Bros games has two different well-known roars from separate eras: the more bestial, hissing roar first heard in Mario Kart 64 and also prominently used in Super Mario Sunshine, and the deeper, more human-like roar first heard in Super Mario Galaxy and featured in every subsequent game in which Kenny James provides Bowser's voice.
  • Most bosses from Terraria use the same roar sound effect when transforming into their second form. Whenever you hear this, you know something bad is about to happen.

Real Life

  • Many animals have a distinctive roar that is impossible to mistake for anything else, such as lions, elephants, bears, and so on. It would probably be easier to list animals that don't have a unique roar.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • July 30, 2013
    Snicka
    Tarzan may be included as a rare human example.
  • July 30, 2013
    Abodos
    Bowser of the Super Mario Bros games has two different well-known roars from separate eras: the more bestial, hissing roar first heard in Super Smash Bros Melee and also prominently used in Super Mario Sunshine, and the deeper, more human-like roar first heard in Super Mario Galaxy and featured in every subsequent game in which Kenny James provides Bowser's voice.
  • July 30, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Warhammer 40 K: Since every other person is a Screaming Warrior, and firmly believes in Loud Of War, this happens a lot. The best examples would be orks (WAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!!) and Khornates (Blood for the Blood God!).
      • Dawn Of War: Just about every strong unit or instakill ability has a unique sound that heralds it. The Bloodthirster and Daemon Prince have weird sirens, the Baneblade sounds like a volcano going off, Psykers and their "Witness your DOOOOOOOM!", Flash Gits and their automatic belt-fed shotguns, Grey Knights and their "Witness the judgement of the Righteous, you scum!!!... The list goes on.
  • July 30, 2013
    Debatra
  • July 30, 2013
    ThePope
    Chabal, those aren't really unintelligible roars, so I wouldn't say they count.
  • July 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The cat in MTM Productions Vanity Plate is a parody of the MGM lion.
  • July 30, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Also related to Mighty Roar
  • July 30, 2013
    aurora369
    Chewbacca the unintelligible hairy alien from Star Wars has a very recognizable roar.
  • July 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Many of these end up becoming Stock Sound Effects.
  • July 30, 2013
    MattStriker
    Shadow ships in Babylon Five have a high-pitched inhuman screech as their signature sound.
  • July 31, 2013
    OlafMerchant
    Films

    • Both Aliens (aka Xenomorphs) and Predators have distinctive roars or screetches that are instantly recognizable.
  • July 31, 2013
    SharangaShark
    Most bosses from Terraria use the same roar sound effect when transforming into their second form. Whenever you hear this, you know something bad is about to happen.
  • August 1, 2013
    Snicka
    Chewbacca is not the only creature in Star Wars with an Iconic Roar; the rest of the monsters, like the Sand People in A New Hope, or the beasts in the arena in Attack Of The Clones, may also qualify. Maybe even Jabba the Hutt's Evil Laugh.
  • August 1, 2013
    AP
  • August 4, 2013
    randomsurfer
    ^You need the italics write-up removed from inside the brackets in order for the potholing to work. Also, not sure that Ferrigno should be listed as "playing" the Hulk in the films - he may have voiced him, but the body is CGI AFAIK (and in Hulk the CGI was based on Motion Captureing the director, Ang Lee).
  • August 5, 2013
    ThePope
    It's fine; I fixed the italicized titles.
  • August 5, 2013
    Snipertoaster
    In Chrono Trigger, Lavos has a very well-recognized BREEEAAAAWWWWAAAUUURRRRGHHHH-sounding roar.
  • August 8, 2013
    ThePope
    So I'm thinking, should this stay as "Iconic Roar", or should it be "Signature Roar", or something else?
  • August 9, 2013
    AgentLetrush
    I think "Iconic Roar" works, but "Signature Roar" might describe the trope a little bit better.
  • August 9, 2013
    JonnyB
    Aslan in CS Lewis' The Chronicles Of Narnia is known for his roar.
  • August 9, 2013
    DAN004
    Launch plz.
  • August 9, 2013
    ThePope
    Last calls on what the title should be.
  • August 9, 2013
    Stratadrake
    Signature Roar works better. Better parallels other personal tropes like Signature Move.
  • August 10, 2013
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • The Prisoner. Rover (the giant white bouncing ball) has a horrible roar that it uses when pursuing a victim. Listen to it here.
  • August 10, 2013
    ThePope
    Changed the title. Any calls before launching it?

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