->''"A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more."''
-->-- '''[[Literature/TheBible Jeremiah 31:15]]'''

It's not OminousLatinChanting, it's not the CherubicChoir, but somewhere in between, close to the EtherealChoir. A solitary, usually wordless wail (possibly to simulate wind or grieving), usually done by either a woman or, for extra poignancy points, a child (usually a boy soprano). The best time to include this trope is during the aftermath of something really dramatic -- a battle, natural disaster, etc. Basically, any event where vanilla OLC would just fall short in the sadness department.

Often fills out a MomentOfSilence. Kin to the LonelyPianoPiece. This is also what can come to mind when you hear the word "{{Opera}}".

You get ''extra'' extra poignancy points for cutting out all sound during the epic event, go into SlowMotion, and having the One Woman Wail play over it.

Note that this is ''explicitly'' part of the soundtrack, though a DiegeticSwitch is allowed. [[IThoughtItMeant If you're looking for]] a single character, male or female, screaming in anguish, try SkywardScream or perhaps ScreamingWoman.

'''Clean-up note:''' Wordless singing that isn't the otherworldly, often anguished, and even startling wail is not this trope, it's {{Scatting}}. Feel free to move examples which would be more at home over there.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Volkswagen Jetta [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXOrbo6DX9U "Big Day"]] commercial.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USeoyat4yos This]] Nina Ricci Perfume ad.
* Parodied in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM13b2smxCc this]] Hyundai ad.
* An [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQMD4XudxoE eerie trailer]] for ''TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' sure had this.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcVCP4A8Wng This gun violence PSA]] from 2003 used a ''supremely'' haunting one.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* The track "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT6LFOIofRE&feature=related Libera Me From Hell]]''" from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', instantly identifiable by being an integral part of all the most BadAss scenes of the second arc. [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly And for being a fusion]] of {{opera}} with OminousLatinChanting (the words actually are a ''Latin prayer'') and ''{{rap}}'' (although the rap part is skipped the second and third time it plays).
** The Latin lyrics used thereof are derived from two songs used in a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Requiem_Mass Requiem Mass]], to note:
** The first Latin line, from the ''Introit'':
-->Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine...
** The second line (The first full Latin stanza) from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libera_Me Libera Me]]'', albeit with a bit of variation:
-->Líbera me, Dómine, de morte æterna
-->in die illa treménda, in die illa
-->Quando cœli movéndi sunt et terra.
-->Dum véneris iudicáre
-->sǽculum per ignem.
-->Tremens factus sum ego, et tímeo,
-->dum discússio vénerit,
-->at que ventúra ira.
** The second full stanza, although mistaken for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dies_Irae Dies Irae]], is actually an altered continuation thereof:
-->Dies illa, dies iræ,
-->calamitatis et miseriæ,
-->Dies illa, dies magna
-->et amara valde, et amara valde.
** The final line, after going back from the ''Introit'', is the last half of the final verse, before going back to the first half of the first stanza:
-->Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
-->Libera me, Domine...
* The song "Dante" from ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' features a uniquely low female voice echoing Dante's {{leitmotif}}.
* The opening theme to ''Anime/{{Gatekeepers 21}}''. The second half flips the themes, and this is moved to the ending credits, while the catchy JPop song "Ima, Egao ga Areba" in the ending credits plays to a new OP sequence.
* During [[spoiler:Misuzu]]'s final moments in ''VisualNovel/{{AIR}}'', the acapella intro of the song "Aozora" starts playing. It evolves into a full-blown song after a while, but it serves its purpose as a OneWomanWail at that point very well, immensely heightening the impact of an already [[TearJerker very sad scene]].
* Prominently featured in Anemone's theme from ''EurekaSeven''.
* "Lilium", ''Manga/ElfenLied'''s opening theme, is ''both'' this trope and OminousLatinChanting by being a one woman Latin wail. When it's used during scenes, it sounds like it's sung by a bunch of monks instead.
* The "Introjection" track from (disc III of) the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' soundtrack.
* ''[[GhostintheShellStandAloneComplex Ghost in the Shell: SAC]]'', where almost ALL the opening themes are sung by a Russian singer named Origa. The first theme, "InnerUniverse" even takes the next step and features latin vocals from boy soprano Ben Del Maestro.
* Appears frequently in ''[[BloodPlus Blood+]]'', where the aria "Diva" is sung by Elin Carlson.
* Kira Yamato's personal battle theme in ''GundamSEEDDestiny'', "Kira Just As He Pleases" features the OneWomanWail, in direct contrast to Shinn Asuka's theme, which has OminousLatinChanting.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcufqjuOsYE Innovator]]" from the second season of ''{{Gundam00}}''.
** Most pieces of music pertaining to the ELS in ''Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' make heavy use of this, to the point that it's pretty much their {{Leitmotif}}.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2f5rgTkA0I Black History]]" from ''{{TurnAGundam}}'' playing when said Black History is revealed and during the final battle, is a funeral dirge, underlining severity of the catastrophe that set up the premise of the series and now is on the verge of being repeated.
* "Ake ni Somaru" from ''Anime/HellGirl'' features both a woman ''and'' a child, mixed with creepy trance music. It did a damn good job of turning mundane, peaceful scenes (like a cityscape at sunset) into spooky panoramas.
* The ending credits to ''GunslingerGirl'' has [[OneWomanWail One Woman Wailing]] in Italian, with a second voice occasionally speaking without tone during interludes. The entire sequence shows a handgun lying on a cobblestone street as it rains and the credits scrolling up, heightening the tragic overtones of the series.
* ''{{Flag}}'''s opening puts a OneWomanWail over photographs of war and the childhood of the protagonist. It's actually pretty good.
* ''SaintSeiya'' had ''two'' different OneWomanWail songs. One sung by none other than famous theme song singer Horie Mitsuko, who'd later join the cast as Princess Hilda.
* The ''Anime/SailorMoon S'' anime featured one of these every time [[spoiler: Hotaru manifested her powers as Mistress Nine]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4LjdiW9V4M Here it is.]]
* The track "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ScJ94qITwA Cage of Fate, Circle of Destiny]]" from ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Used in scenes such as the final confrontation with [[BigBad Precia]].
* The track that accompanied the opening scenes of the ''MahouSenseiNegima ~Ala Alba~'' OAD's first episode, where Ku:Nel confirmed that Nagi was alive and could possibly be found in the Magicl World and Negi and crew proclaim their intent to search for him there.
* Spoofed in ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': the track that would normally serve as a OneWomanWail tends to play during faux-dramatic scenes and sometimes at completely random times, such as during the sponsor message. It's also often cut short when the shot suddenly changes.
* ''Manga/DragonBall [[Anime/DragonBallKai Kai]]'': When Goku [[spoiler:dies in front of his friends]], the BGM changes to a OneWomanWail as the episode draws to a close.
** And also after when [[spoiler:Yamcha is killed by a Saibaiman's sacrifice]], also before that [[spoiler:Tenshinhan it's going to do the Kikoho and sacrifice their life, in the same moment that Kamisama is predicting their own death]], when [[spoiler:The Saichoro dies, and by consequence, the namek Dragon Balls are turned in stone before the third wish]], when [[spoiler:Vegeta is dying by the hands of Freezer]], and in a filler scene when [[spoiler:Goku is having a nightmare during their combat with Freezer, now using the 50% of their maximum power]].
* ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' has a creepy OneWomanWail (accompanied with either clanging piano or doomy sounding kettle drums, depending on the version) titled "Nikushimi no Hate" that's a {{leitmotif}} for the DarkMagicalGirl. It's one of the best (and creepiest) songs on the entire soundtrack.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' when Ulquiorra releases his Zanpakuto.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iP-Jv2c-yU Autumn of Life]]" during the final confrontation with Kagato in ''Anime/TenchiUniverse''.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuofG8a7EEk main theme]] of VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi. It's the main theme because it sort of embodies the tragic insanity everyone, including most of the young girls [[spoiler:and the male lead]], fall under. It's most often used during scenes regarding the aftermath of the [[BadEnding Great Hinamizawa Gas Disaster]].
* A great example is from UchuuSenkanYamato. Almost every movie and TV series opening starts with a voice-over narration accompanied by a magnificent OneWomanWail ''The Infinity of Space''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWT4vOrQJ08 Example from the Space Battleship Concert 1984]]
* In ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', the [[SuperMode Burst Mode]] evolution theme is an orchestral piece accompanied by a OneWomanWail.
* There are a couple of songs in the anime Soul Eater that fall under this category - usually the darker sounding negative ones played during parts dealing with evil magic users in the show. Notable are [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs6TckpsQ9g&feature=related Kindertotenlied]] (translating roughly as "Song of the Dead Children") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Df_V6lLnIc&feature=related Peace be with you]].
* ''TigerAndBunny'' scores Barnaby's flashbacks of his parents' murder with an ominous operatic wail.
* The non chorus-parts of "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCs7RjDSCYM Karma]]", the first opening to ''[[VisualNovel/PhantomOfInferno Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom]]''
* Features in a few tracks on the ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' soundtrack (most notably the tracks "Attack on Titan" and "Bauklötze").
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', one particular soundtrack starts with this, and gets played when one or more of the heroes is about to unleash some major ass-kicking on the enemy.
* RevolutionaryGirlUtena has this twice the first with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9K6zcNcDPc "Bara No Tameiki"]] which is Anthy's theme and then again later with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Ee8CF7ecI "Poison"]] which uses elements with of Anthy's theme used especially after [[spoiler: the dark reveal of the relationship between Anthy and Akio]].
* Much of the score to ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' feature vocalist Eri Ito. The noted examples include, ''A Song of Storm And Fire,'' ''Voices Silently Sing'', ''Ship of Fools,'' and ''Sacrifice'' to name a few.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Mocked in ''TeamAmerica: World Police'', during the scene after the dam bursts and everyone drowns.
* Used to great effect in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "Deliver Us" and several other tracks feature vocals by Ofra Haza, who also voices Moses' mother.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Used over the end of ''For the First Time in Forever (Reprise)'' after Anna is struck in the heart by Elsa's ice magic. [[PainfulTransformation It really drives home how screwed she is.]] Oddly, the wail is absent in the soundtrack version of the song.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* The main theme of ''Film/BlackHawkDown'' features vocals by a tenor, a male variation.
* This happens in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', as the camera lovingly [[SceneryGorn pans over scenes of meteorological destruction]].
* ''Film/TheMatrix'': while they're giving Neo acupuncture as part of his transition into the real world.
* The soundtracks of ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' and ''Film/{{Troy}}'' indulged in a fair amount of this.
** ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' is [[http://dir.salon.com/story/ent/feature/2004/05/25/wails/index.html probably responsible]] for lending the trope much of its considerable current momentum. This kind of wailing, not always on soundtracks, constitutes some 75% of LisaGerrard's career.
* ''Film/TheInsider'', which also starred Russell Crowe one year earlier than {{Gladiator}}, uses (and some would say abuses) the wail.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' had several moments like this.
** A boy soprano cutting in at dramatic moments like Gandalf's escape from Orthanc and the Ents breaking Saruman's dam, and almost any other moment when nature shows resurgence.
** Faramir's [[spoiler: apparent death]] is accompanied by a One Hobbit Mournful Solo (that's [[strike: happening]] [[InvokedTrope invoked at]] the same time InUniverse).
** Female solos when:
*** Gandalf's fall from the bridge of Khazad-dum.
*** Leading a chorus of other singers during Gandalf's lament in Lothlórien, and as Haldir and the other Lórien elves are cut down at the Battle of Helm's Deep.
*** The [[strike:revitalizing]] resurrecting dream Arwen sends to Aragorn after his tumble fighting the wargs.
*** When Gollum recovers the One Ring.
*** When the Eagles rescue Frodo and Sam at the end.
*** Used in-universe in a [[strike: deleted scene]] scene of the extended version in which Éowyn sings a lament at her cousin Théodred's funeral.
* Appears in-universe and to chilling effect (though there was more than one woman performing it) while the Harif army in ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' is setting out to cross the Nefud and attack Al-aquaba. The shot from the top of the cliff with the mourning women drowning out the stirring battle songs from below...
** It's called "ululation", which is different from a wail and could also be interpreted as the women giving the men an encouraging send off.
*** That's what it is when Native American women do it (well, that and to scare the enemy). Lakotah holy man Black Elk refers to it as the "tremolo". It's also a way of showing respect or honor and is done in many other world cultures.
* ''Film/FlashGordon'': While Aura is resuscitating Flash. But that was Freddie Mercury: One Queen Wail.
* The trope is used many times in the movie ''Crash'' (the one without James Spader or fetishism) to make some scenes [[TearJerker more moving]]. It actually pushes them into {{Narm}} territory.
* There's a bit in the end credits music of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* [[IronicNurseryTune Mercedes' lullaby to Ofelia]] in ''Film/PansLabyrinth''.
* In ''The Red Violin,'' a woman humming, called "Anna's Theme" on the soundtrack, introduces the titular violin. In a beautiful and subtle transition, the woman's hum becomes the sound of [[strike: Joshua Bell]] the violin.
** And if you pay attention, during the credits the violin's score returns -- and then fades back into Anna's humming.
* The "Jill's America" motif in Music/EnnioMorricone's soundtrack to ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'': slow, arching very high and very low, and achingly beautiful. It first appears in the background when she arrives at her house and sees what should have been her new family, every member gunned down in cold blood.
* In ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'', Music/EnnioMorricone gives us the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PwpOmjAu1M The Ecstasy of Gold]]". Not so much a One Woman Wail as a One Woman Orgasmic Scream, though.
* Not surprisingly, the Graeme Revell score for ''Film/TheCrow'' has a lot of this going on.
* Ennio Morricone's score for ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' features some weird [[Music/YokoOno Yoko]]-esque keening in spots.
* The entire ending sequence of ''Film/TheMist'', starting after they escape the food mart and continuing to the DownerEnding.
* Heard for a while in ''Film/{{Borat}}'', after Azamat leaves.
** This same piece of music, ''Ederlezi'', was first used in Emir Kusturica's ''Time of the Gypsies'' during Perhan's dream on the river.
* Like many tropes, this one is parodied hilariously in ''Film/TropicThunder''.
* ''Film/BladeRunner'' has this. It was a great effect with the blue light filtering in from overhead.
* ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' features Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics wailing away as the titular ship disappears into radio silence behind the far side of the Moon and Marilyn Lovell finally breaks down crying. She sings several other times, but usually with accompaniment. The soundtrack to that movie is ''awesome''.
* ''The Field of the Dead'' from ''Alexander Nevsky''.
* Several cues in the score for Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' featured an especially ghostly female vocalist.
** A One Woman Wail provides an "eerie vampire sadness" motif in ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'' as well.
* ''Drop Zone'' has one right after the hero's kid brother is shot and yanked out of the depressurized airplane cabin.
* ''RevengeOfTheSith'' has an extremely eerie one as Anakin is sitting in his quarters and fighting with himself as to whether he should save Padme by protecting Palpatine. At the same time, Padme senses that something is wrong with him and goes to her window to look outside. Without realizing it, they are looking at each other from miles away as they're sharing the same fears. Cue chilling OneWomanWail, with no other sound.
* In the film ''Film/KingArthur'' with Clive Owen. While Bor's... wife? Wife-to-be? is singing what appears to be a Sarmatian song, her voice gradually fades out as the scene cuts to the other knights, who are mouthing the words.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvilAUufaVQ&NR=1 Inama Nushif]] from ''Children of Dune'', which plays over the [[BirthDeathJuxtaposition Cleansing of the House montage]] towards the end of the first film. For added points, it's in [[BilingualBonus Fremen]]
* Used when [[spoiler: the marines destroy Hometree]] in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
** Also used in the beginning of the movie, when Jake remembers [[spoiler: his taking the contract after the death of his brother]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJB5Rqc1m0Y The Diva's song]] in ''Film/TheFifthElement'' during Leeloo's [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome fight against the mongolore soldiers]] is a partial example of this trope (partial in that it is a moment of high asskickery rather than of grief or dramatic tension). Also an example in which the OneWomanWail is a part of the CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* Gavin Hood's jaunt through [[CrapsackWorld real-life]] [[ColdBloodedTorture attrocity]], ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendition_%28film%29 Rendition]]'' features a lot of ''one-woman wailing'' since much of the movie is poignant.
* Heard during the execution sequence in ''Film/DeadManWalking''.
* Certain versions of "Lux Aeterna" from ''Film/RequiemForADream'' have this.
* A MoodWhiplash moment in the Kevin Bacon comedy ''She's Having My Baby'': Kevin Bacon's wife is in labor, and he's in the hospital, psyching himself up to coach her. Before he can enter the delivery room, a nurse pushes him back, informing him that, due to complications in the delivery, they have to perform a potentially dangerous cesarean section on his wife. As it dawns on him that he may lose both his wife and unborn child, the soundtrack shifts to Kate Bush wailing the first notes of "This Woman's Work".
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''. There is a short burst of this at the start of 'AtTheOperaTonight', and the choir backing up 'We Started This Op'ra Sh*t'.
* Is a recurring theme throughout the soundtrack of ''TheGrudge 2''.
* Used in ''Film/RobRoy''. As Archibald Cunningham murders Alan MacDonald, setting the plot in motion, Rob and his clan listen to a woman (Karen Matheson of Capercaillie) sing a mournful solo performance. The film cuts between the two scenes with the song playing over both.
** GeniusBonus if you know that she's singing "Aleinn duinn" ("Dark Alan"), the lament of a woman whose lover was lost at sea...and the last, shadowy image we have of MacDonald is that of Cunningham sinking his body in the loch.
* Used in TheKarateKid (2010) during the cobra scene (and whenever it makes reference to it).
* Used at the start of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows: Part 2'' as Snape [[spoiler: overlooks the soulless military camp that Hogwarts has become.]] For bonus points, it's "Lily's Theme".
** Used twice more to great effect: the tracks are called [[spoiler:"Snape's Demise"]] and "The Resurrection Stone". While "Lily" and "Snape" are very mournful lamentations that complement each other, the warmer, more hopeful "Stone" plays as Harry prepares to join his loved ones in the Forbidden Forest, bringing the Marauders' strand of the story to its close.
* During the opening scenes of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', ethereal vocalizations play as we are introduced to Katniss and her impoverished home in District 12.
* In ''[[TheMysteriousIsland Journey 2 The Mysterious Island]]'', there's a one-woman-wail during the giant bee chase when Kaylani falls off the bee and plummets to the jungle floor below, until [[spoiler: she is caught by Sean astride his giant bee.]]
* In the opening sequence of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', a boy soprano sings mournfully over the score as Peter Parker is handed over by his parents to his Uncle Ben and Aunt May.
* Chika Fujino's score for ''Film/BoysLove'' repeatedly features a string heavy piece with a soaring soprano part (sung in Latin, of course) particularly during the film's [[BittersweetEnding bittersweet climax]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yBvYG1_vI The main theme]] for ''Film/DeathWish V: The Face of Death''.
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stwJTgJitIk The Mission]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj8_ZBeb-2E Battle Adagio]] from ''Franchise/{{Rambo}}''.
* A serene version is the centerpiece of the song accompanying the first trailer for ''Film/ManOfSteel'' ([[RecycledTrailerMusic taken from]] ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]''.
* The opening sequence of ''Film/IFrankenstein'' features this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Heard in the background every so often on ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
* Used often on ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theme_from_Star_Trek theme song]] for ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''.
* The opening credits for the CBS detective series ''Series/ColdCase'' features a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSDwnYrhX0c rather ghostly]] female wail.
* Used in "Slayer's Elegy" from the ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' episode "The Wish" when [[CrapsackWorld absolutely everything is going wrong]].
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' yet? Examples include "A Call to Arms" and "The Storm and the Dead". And, y'know, the start of the main theme. It also shows up in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqJ56yZLIaM Lords of Kobol]]",where it's combined with ThePowerOfRock to make, um... [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome holy crap]].
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'''s main theme carts out this trope.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' had bunches of these, though the most notable was probably Scully's theme from Season 8.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', where the singing is heard while Herc is mourning the death of his second wife, and the singer turns out to be [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]].
** The funeral song that Xena sang in multiple episodes of the franchise was actually a pre-existing song called "Burial" written and performed by Lucy Lawless.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The series has its resident wailist, Melanie Pappenheim, notable for contributing wordless vocals for tracks such as the old Doctor's theme, "Doomsday", "Martha's Theme", and "The Doctor Forever".
** The Creator/StevenMoffat era seems to have switched over to Yamit Mamo, who sang "The Stowaway" and "My Angel Put the Devil in Me," for the wailing, as heard in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KH5qYqgqD3I The Mad Man with a Box]]."
** And in Season Six [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx6dnwGbVIU we have one]] for the, as a fan described it, "having my brain explode" moments.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsrrSzwfmU Gray's Theme]] from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a rather heart-wrenching one. It first appears in "Adam" when Jack recalls losing his brother as a child.
* The beginning of the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Heart of Gold". That one is an old Punjabi wedding song called Madhaniyan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5rvdZCTZB8&feature=related if anyone cares to listen]].
* Used to great effect when Jack Bauer raids the warehouse where the Drazens (who Jack believes to have killed his daughter Kim) are hiding out near the end of the first season of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]''.
** Also used when Jack kills [[spoiler: Curtis Manning]].
* "Take This Sabbath Day," ''Seties/TheWestWing'''s VerySpecialEpisode about the death penalty, has the female cantor at Toby's synagogue practicing "Hashkiveinu" as he discusses the issue with his rabbi. The song is also played over the montage at the end of the episode. "7A WF 83429", the episode in which the President's daughter was kidnapped, used Dead Can Dance's "Sanvean (I'm Your Shadow)" over a montage showing thousands of floral tributes left at the White House Fence, evoking memories of Princess Diana [[spoiler: although Zoey has not died and will eventually be found]]. Toby lampshades it by asking if the Rabbi placed the cantor there on purpose.
* Included in the theme music for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' (otherwise an InstrumentalThemeTune).
* Promos for various cop shows, especially ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'', use a wordless Arabic-style women's vocal when this week's episode is going to feature Muslims in some way.
* In ''OverThere'', the OneWomanWail would usually play in the Iraqi side-story.
* Used in the fifth episode of "The Philanthropist" when [[spoiler:a bomb goes off in Kosovo and kills four people.]]
* Used in ''Series/TheColbertReport'' during the segment [[http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/314131/june-30-2010/mysteries-of-the-ancient-unknown---king-tut-s-penis Mysteries of the Ancient Unknown: King Tut's Penis"]], with some accompanying eyebrow twitches. Also used the first time he talks about the revolts in Egypt.
* Parodied in the ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Messianic Myths and Ancient Peoples." A female vocalist ululates Abed's name for a sort of joking Biblical epic effect many times throughout the episode, then in the "dramatic" ending, the singer eerily wails Shirley's name.
** Also parodied in "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons" when Brutopolis is cruelly slain by Pierce the Insensative (read: Chang's character is killed by Pierce's character, and has to hand in his character sheet).
* The ''Series/SilentWitness'' theme tune, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oupRSgld_5I Silencium]] by Jane Sheldon.
* ''{{Series/Survivor}}'' used this during its ''Pearl Islands'' and ''All-Stars'' seasons; the former when Sandra and Lil were leaving the camp for the last time, and the latter when Jenna chose to take herself out of the game to be with her terminally ill mother.
* Parodied in the latest season of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', in which the wail turns out to just be a very overworked rendition of the word 'coincidence'.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTDZrBZVH-8 Here's another example]] from a re-enactment of Princess Diana's death.
* played with in the ''Series/ModernFamily'', in the episode Family Portrait, where Cameron is singing Ave Maria in a wedding, while Mitchell is trying to kill a pigeon who got into their house.
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[[folder:Music]]
* One of music's [[UrExample Ur Examples]] is surely Blind Willie Johnson's "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground." Supposedly a musical interpretation of [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Christ's suffering on the cross]], it was considered such a powerful expression of human loneliness that it was chosen to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyager_Golden_Record sent into space.]]
* Music/PinkFloyd, ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', "[[WentToTheGreatXInTheSky The Great Gig in the Sky]]".
* The soprano solo in Ralph Vaughan Williams's "Sinfonia Antarctica", who alternates with a wordless wailing female chorus accompanied by a wind machine. (The symphony is derived from the film score for ''Scott of the Antarctic''.)
** Vaughan Williams's "Pastoral" symphony features another wordless soprano solo.
* Music/YokoOno is known for this. Example: "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)". Particularly the version on her release with Music/JohnLennon, ''Some Time in New York City/Live Jam''.
* The opening guitar solo from Asia's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40nYZbX0uCM "Don't Cry"]] was written to sound exactly like this.
* ''Music/TenaciousD'' does a one-''man'' wail in "Tribute": "Nay, we are but men! Rock!"
** To not mention the various "Ah"s from "Master Exploder" here would be a crime. One of them, focused on a single target, is capable of ''blowing his brain out of his skull''.
* The Cat Empire do the male version of this all the time, making use of Harry James Angus' magnificent falsetto.
* Ian Gillan also does the one-man wail in DeepPurple's "Child in Time", especially the live version.
* Some early Music/JudasPriest songs had Rob Halford doing the male version of this, most notably the incredibly powerful falsetto passages in "Run of the Mill" and "Dreamer Deceiver".
* ''Fortress Europe'' by Asian Dub Foundation.
* DeadCanDance: It was while a member of that band that Lisa Gerrard developed her aforementioned signature style.
** Also The CocteauTwins and Elizabeth Fraser.
*** Plus Vas and Nyiaz, both featuring Azam Ali, who also has her own soul career, and also contributed to ''SyphonFilter: Logan's Shadow''.
*** [[MassiveAttack Love, love, is a verb...]]
* Tiesto -- A Tear in the Open (A TearJerker, of course). The Gaelic [[StandardSnippet stock vocal snippet]](based on a Scottish folk song) was also used in the ''VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend'' soundtrack.
* Inverted: Music/OzzyOsbourne does a one-man wail in the song "Black Rain".
* Used by various GothicRock bands such as Music/WithinTemptation (''What Have You Done'', ''The Cross'' and the haunting live performance of ''Memories'') and Music/LacunaCoil (''Our Truth'' - twice).
** Another Within Temptation song makes excellent use of this trope is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuJI73Uxns The Truth Beneath the Rose]]'', immediately after the first chorus and again at the end of the song.
* Henryk Górecki's "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs", although not a straight example as the Wail is in Polish and sung in a rather traditional operatic style, as opposed to the more recent examples that have an "exotic" flavor to them.
* Natalie Merchant's "My Skin".
* Ryann of SchoolyardHeroes pretty much is this trope. Try Children of the Night, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNaPcD9hAWA Cemetary Girls]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM-nOJ76jN0 Plastic Surgery Hall of Fame]]
* In Havergal Brian's Symphony No. 1 "The Gothic," the extended ACapella opening of the fifth movement trails off into a wordless, unaccompanied soprano solo.
* MichaelJackson's "Little Susie" starts with sad chanting, and then moves on to a small girl (presumably the titular Susie) singing wordlessly accompanied only by a music box.
* Blixa Bargeld does this often. NickCave once described Blixa's wailing as "a sound you would expect to hear from strangled cats or dying children."
* Ayreon's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siM9NBGdWT8 "Ride the Comet"]].
* A signature of {{Enya}}.
** And {{Bjork}}, who does not.
* KateBush and her various devotees, most obviously Music/ToriAmos, SarahBrightman and SarahMcLachlan... the latter of whom used a classic example of this trope in the song "Silence" with...
** Delerium, a side project by Bill Leeb and Rhys Fulber of FrontLineAssembly, who employ this trope to the point of [[RefugeInAudacity excess]]. Featuring a series of female back-up singers (including their label-mate, a pre-superstardom [=Sarah McLachlan=]), Delerium songs rarely employ more than a handful of words; the substance of the song comes from long wordless vocal interludes over techno-rock orchestrations. Originally an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambient_techno#Ambient_techno ambient soundscape]] band, Delerium found commercial success with a more emotionally-oriented techno-pop approach - the keystone of which involves this trope.
*** Conjure One, another side project of Rhys Fulber, records albums that are virtually indistinguishable from those released under the name Delerium... especially in their (over)use of this trope.
*** Kristy Thirsk, a regular vocalist with Delerium, also appears on FLA's cover of "[[Music/{{Madonna}} Justify My Love]]".
* The late Ofra Haza provided one in ''Temple of Love'' by TheSistersOfMercy.
* Music/{{Orbital}}: "Belfast", "Halcyon (& On & On)", "Are We Here", "Dwr Budr", "Nothing Left" (both featuring Alison Goldfrapp), and "One Perfect Sunrise" (featuring Lisa Gerrard). The latter is [[TearJerker depressing as all get]].
* Hybrid featuring Kirsty Hawkshaw - Just For Today, which also samples the vocal from the aforementioned "Belfast" at one point.
* Blue Amazon: "The Javelin", "Paradise Regime", etc.
* Juno Reactor's "Pistolero", "Giant", "Mona Lisa Overdrive", and "Navras", all featuring Taz Alexander, and maybe others. The latter two also use OminousLatinChanting.
* "First Strike" by Signum.
** "Healesville Sanctuary" also uses this.
* BT - Firewater.
* DaveMatthewsBand: "The Last Stop".
* LinkinPark (circa 1999, when they were known as "Hybrid Theory"): "Carousel".
* The Inner Child from MikeOldfield.
* Rhapsody (of Fire)'s "Queen of the Dark Horizons" uses this.
** Spinoff band Luca Turelli's Rhapsody does this in "Dark Age of Atlantis."
* SarahMcLachlan.
* Found in [[http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2008/04/a-scientific-at/ The Most Unwanted Song]]
* {{Vocaloid}} KAITO's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdIz5lHxYOw Sayang]]'': The beginning and ending's wail obviously sung "Sayang", but it's officially a One Man Wail in the middle.
** Another KAITO song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeWXZw07oR8 Pane dhiria]]'', features this as one of the background vocals.
* AmandaPalmer likes this on tracks like Slide and Deliah
* Rapsody's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-blfPCOeLQ0 Prince Igor]]'' features frequent switches to an impressive OneWomanWail from SisselKyrkjebo, wherein she sings an excerpt from the original ''Prince Igor''.
* "Persia" by The Art of Trance uses a Middle-Eastern wail.
* Swans' former vocalist Jarboe was prone to this. "Blood On Your Hands" comes to mind, as does the ''Swans Are Dead'' version of "I Crawled", in which [[spoiler:it eventually mutates into a truly BadAss MetalScream. [[HellIsThatNoise Hell?]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Yes.]]'']]
* Music/RozaRymbaeva, especially in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGll0KmTW2w Alia]]". "AAAAAALIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Aru qyzy sen khaaaaalqyyyyyymnyyyyyn! AAAAAALIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Batyr qyzy sen khaaaaalqyyyyymnyyyyyn! Yerke kusy sen daaaalaaaamyyyyn! AAAAAALIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
* Music/NinaHagen's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcKhFZj0nFY Natuträne]]. The song starts out as a very positive, poetic description of a German city. Then she mentions how much seeing a loved one outside makes her want to cry, and how the little bits of nature around the city touch her heart, and she starts to ''warble'' in the most CrazyAwesome way.
* TheTigerLillies do this occasionally, despite being an all-male band -- the lead singer is a perfect falsetto. Their song "Maria", a 9-minute wail about a woman who is slaughtered by a madman, is the most prominent example.
* Music/TarjaTurunen naturally is rather fond of this. Music/{{Nightwish}} tunes "Astral Romance," "Angels Falls First," "Swanheart," "The Siren" and especially "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb2dlQFN5-c Passion and the Opera]]" use it, and most of her solo works as well.
* Much of IcedEarth 's recent Set Abominae-based material has made use of both this and OminousLatinChanting. Most blatant one is probably "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to8-U75pJBE Awakening]]."
* The third movement of Music/LeonardBernstein's "Jeremiah" Symphony has a mezzo-soprano singing extracts from the Lamentations of Jeremiah in Hebrew.
* Another rare male example occurs in {{Rush}}'s 2112, at roughly 1:45 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzpDOB2JYKc here]]. Of course, if any man can do a OneWomanWail, it's Geddy Lee.
* The deeply unsettling [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp_yhrltWow Doom. A Sigh]] by Istvan Marta features field recordings of two Romanian women singing laments for the dead; the first seems to be actually weeping as she sings, and the poor quality of the recordings gives it all an otherworldly feel.
* On the {{ABBA}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HnOFwqpLRQ "The Day Before You Came"]], Agnetha Falskog sings the verses with lyrics about a romantic affair and then Frida Lyngstad(who is a trained opera singer) sings a long mournful wail.
* EmilieAutumn likes this, and it's most notable in "Shalott" and "God Help Me". Usually preceded by a MadnessMantra.
* Deborah Sasson's "Carmen (Danger in Her Eyes)" samples "[[StandardSnippet Habanera]]" from Bizet's ''Carmen''.
* {{PJ Harvey}} does this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWghMNiJVsY The Mountain]]
* How was DiamandaGalas [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWbchljYtCA overlooked?]]
* Another one-man wail inversion occurs in Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's live rendition of "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her".
* Music/{{Namgar}} uses these both in her own songs (often reinterpretations of traditional Buryat-Mongol songs) and in her vocal work on the soundtrack for ''Inspector Putilin'' and ''Prince of the Wind''.
* Canadian goth-synthpop band Austra uses this trope regularly.
* Traditional music has many great examples. Here's Yo-Yo Ma and Mongolian singer Khongorzul introducing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15kVupa7vVk a Long Song]]. The name refers not to how long it takes to sing the song, but rather the long distances over which the song may be heard, as it is an ancient method of communication.
* ElectricWizard employs this in "Ivixor B/Phase Inducer".
* The intro of Funker Vogt's "Hard Way".
* Solarstone uses these in "Ultraviolet", "Zeitgeist", and "The Last Defeat (Part 2)", the latter also using EtherealChoir at its climax.
* The verse of The Crüxshadows' "Cassandra" has a vocodered background wail, alongside [[PlayingTheHeartStrings electric violin]].
* Music/DreamTheater uses this in the intro to ''Through Her Eyes'' from their ConceptAlbum ''Scenes From a Memory''.
* Music/LindseyStirling in her music video for ''Assassin's Creed 3'', when she's not rocking out on her violin.
* Vangelis uses this on the ''Heaven and Hell'' concept LP. On the ''Hell'' side, a chorus of the damned souls in Hell (who are being whipped by demons) morphs into a classic One Woman Wail, loaded with pain and sorrow and regret.
* Music/WithinTemptation uses a two women wail in their song Paradise (What about Us). It also features Music/TarjaTurunen as the second wailing woman.
* The Frozen Autumn's "Fragments of Memories", which was their first song to feature the female vocalist Arianna, also known as Froxeanne.
* Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy" has a male countertenor wail, courtesy of Jimmy Somerville.
* {{Front 242}} used this trope in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UmBo_srI6E "Modern Angel"]], and its reprise, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlaYLXgfHd8 "Happiness(More Angels)"]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* BernardHerrmann's opera ''Wuthering Heights'' ends with an eerie soprano voice resembling Cathy's, accompanied mostly by the sound of the wind, calling out to Heathcliff.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil occasionally uses this, such as the Songbird's numbers in ''Theatre/{{Saltimbanco}}'', the "Aftermath" interlude in ''KA'', "Le reveur" from ''{{Varekai}}'', and the Chinese pole act("Creature of Light") in ''Amaluna''.
* Richard Strauss's opera ''Daphne'' ends with Daphne transformed into a laurel tree and her now-wordless voice singing through the branches.
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Prominently used in the soundtrack of the [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland Paris]] version of ''TheHauntedMansion'', ''Phantom Manor'', with the voice being that of the Bride character.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheTwoThrones'' often has this as background music when navigating the ruined city of Babylon.
* The music in the Velvet Room from the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, from the first game on (variously translated as "Aria of the Soul" and "The Poem For Everyone's Souls"). In the first two games, it was justified by having the singer (Belladonna) actually standing at a mike in the Velvet Room.
** Also used in the final boss battle of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', which makes sense given that the song's title can be translated as "The Battle For Everyone's Souls". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFIYXvsm09o&feature=channel_page Here it is]].
** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', a frightened woman's scream [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3By2_ycEaQc is repeated]] throughout [[GodOfEvil Nyarlathotep's]] {{leitmotif}}.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ1dMULckK0 This clip]]" from ''VideoGame/{{Darius}} Gaiden''. It doesn't help that in that clip it is heard just as the boss appears. Not only this is the final stage music, the bosses in Darius Gaiden is NintendoHard in and of itself. Even the uploader admitted that he'd die if the boss pulls the disappear into the background trick again; yeah, TheComputerIsACheatingBastard. For bonus score? This particular boss resembled the very first boss, giving a very nasty surprise to any unprepared players.
** That same warbling voice [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlvfFfvzkf8 echoes in the game's many different endings]], most of which are either tremendously nihilistic or just downright weird, kinda like the music.
** While from Darius Burst we have "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRzXwf5akfE The World of Spirit]]".
*** Speaking of Darius Burst, Another Chronicle gives us this in similar vein as with Darius Gaiden. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3t3PEJpBiA Zones A, D, and H's BGMs are this trope in spades.]]
* When regular video games do this it's emotional, when Michael Giacchino does this you f-ing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLiRgNFvfGw Sob.]]
* The opening (and later, the ending) of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' features a One Woman Wail... in Irish, which not even a native speaker can follow. (Ironically, if you look at the official translated lyrics, she's singing about how life is wonderful and how people aren't alone).
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' took it to a more obvious extreme by wrapping the trailers in a Hebrew One Woman Wail which is more emblematic of the trope. It's about how terrible war is. [[spoiler: A vocal only version accompanies Snake's trip through the microwave hallway, as he damn near kills himself, and his allies do the same thing.]]
*** ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' also [[spoiler:features a callback to the first game's OneWomanWail when Snake goes back to Shadow Moses Island.]]
** ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' also has the credits song "Here's To You", which probably counts as a one-woman wail if you don't speak English. The bulk of Japanese gamers probably don't have to sit and wonder who Nicola and Bart are.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has a rare fusion of OminousLatinChanting and the OneWomanWail: before you fight one of the major story bosses, as he and your character have their dramatic discussion before fighting one another, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_6zdvxOF0E this piece]] will play: a One Woman Wail that isn't sad or forlorn, but rather ominous and chilling. Once the fighting starts, though, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc-0CI86qok it kicks right into]] OminousLatinChanting.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** The "Enchanted Banquet" boss music in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', appropriately enough used only when fighting female bosses.
*** There's also "Prayer", the song used on the menu screen.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yko8bREz-tE this]].
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'', Emperor Griffon's [[{{Leitmotif}} battle theme]], "Sun", features a dramatic OneWomanWail set against a male choir of OminousLatinChanting, representing [[spoiler: Sirus' [[LoveMakesYouCrazy longing for Alexandra]] as well as [[OmnicidalManiac his psychotic hatred towards humanity]].]]
* Appears prominently in the soundtrack for ''BatenKaitos'', particularly as things get darker around the second disc. Probably the most memorable use is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX-_-lH6YwA Ruinous Commander]], the FinalBoss theme from ''Origins''.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', an obscure questline ends with you going to Undercity to give Lady Sylvanas a necklace she lost in battle, at which point she conjures a [[EtherealChoir choir of banshees]] and sings "[[http://www.wowwiki.com/Lament_of_the_Highborne Lament of the Highborne]]" as she recalls the fall of Silvermoon and her own death. The song replaces Undercity's normal BGM for its duration, and all players in the city will hear the ghostly dirge, which especially adds to the city's haunted feel for players who don't know about the quest. There ''are'' words, but they're entirely in Thallasian (the High/Blood Elf language).
** The Wrathgrate Cinematic created for ''Wrath of the Lich King'' has one near the end, during [[spoiler:Highlord Bolvar Fordragon's death]].
** The intro cinematic to Wrath of the Lich King also features this, using the Ascension theme from ''The Frozen Throne'' (see below), except this is a boy soprano, not a woman.
* The ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' cinematic trailer unveiled in June 2008 features a OneWomanWail.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qdtTITD32s Reina Akikawa's theme]] in ''WanganMidnight R'', which can also be listened to in ''Maximum Tune 3'' by unlocking the [[CosmeticAward Wangan Midnight R soundtrack]].
* The game ''Medieval -- Total War'' uses this trope in every way it can.
** VideoGame/RomeTotalWar has it as the theme for losing battles ''and'' battles ending in a draw, as opposed to the victorious-sounding OminousLatinChanting played during victories. It is fittingly entitled "Lost Souls".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ML4IFnCHpU The first level of]] ''VideoGame/{{Einhander}}''.
** At 1:05, you can hear the same vocal sample that was used in''SanFranciscoRush'''s "Rave Rush" music.
** The final battle theme, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTWi_wJXGPI Zero Gravity]].
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'': While it has a few musical themes using this trope throughout the game, the most notable of these is Eve's [[{{Leitmotif}} battle theme]], "Influence Of Deep", which features a OneWomanWail being heard amidst techno music. It also has an instrumental segment played using an [[OminousPipeOrgan organ]] tossed in for good measure. Yoko Shimomura certainly knows how to do [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome good music]].
* "Lost Carol" from the ''SilentHill3'' soundtrack.
** Scarlet's boss theme from ''SilentHillHomecoming''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica'': Alexia's battle themes use this prominently for the "Berceuse" melody.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' also uses a track in its opening cutscene.
** "The Third Malformation of G" from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RmFjWS04fw "Room of Lisa"]] from the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' remake.
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' uses this when Arthas returns before killing his father, a One Boy Soprano Wail as he catches a rose petal and watches it wither in his hand, and a One Woman Wail in The Ascencion cinematic at the end of ''The Frozen Throne''.
** The Night Elves' defeat music also features one.
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QYdOZ-b0Zw last level]] in ''{{R-Type}} Delta'' has a One Woman Wail as a soundtrack.
** As usual, I find you a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_nMfpgAvuU music-only submission.]]
* "This Illusion", the opening for ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' turns into this halfway through.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has one in the nighttime Hyrule Field theme.
** Drove a few to nostalgic tears on realising that it was the same synthesized voice that was used for Malon's singing in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' uses one in the "enemy encounter at sea" music.
* Used in "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EHt7k-vT1U Ashes]]" from the ''HaloReach'' OST, alongside {{Lonely Piano| Piece}}.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiyWOHqhUb4 "Atonement"]] from ''{{Halo 4}}''.
* ''NoMoreHeroes'' with Bad Girl's theme, ''Pleather for Breakfast.''
* Notably in ''StarOcean: Till the End of Time'', the background music on the aptly named planet Styx. [[http://lamda.bluelaguna.net/so3music/33%20-%20Interval%20of%20Freezed%20Time.mp3]]
* This is a favorite technique of ''ShadowHearts'' series composer Yoshitaka Hirota.
* While the soundtrack of the original ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' is [[CyberPunkIsTechno almost entirely techno]] - the second game, ''[[VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar Invisible War]]'' features a OneWomanWail remix of the original game's theme. The soundtrack of [[VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution Human Revolution]], on the other hand, has a wail in almost every track.
* The main theme and related {{leitmotif}}s for ''VideoGame/NinetyNineNights'' features this technique.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' features this as the {{Leitmotif}} for Nu -13-. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uUokBy_pTk Awakening The Chaos]]''
* The themes for the battles against Fienne, Thuris and [[spoiler:Drazil]] in ''SoulNomadAndTheWorldEaters''.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series:
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' loves this trope, with wailing at the title credits and during the Battle of Ostagar. Leliana will sing in camp if you have high enough approval rating with her.
** Our Lady makes a brief reappearance in the main theme for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', but she's mostly replaced in favour of some very plaintive strings.
* The opening animation sequence of ''SuikodenII''.
* The opening animation sequence of ''SuikodenIII''.
* [[VideoGame/MightAndMagic Might & Magic 7]] features this in heaps. The wailing is present almost everywhere, but the soundtracks for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2IWkh62NJg Barrow Downs, Eofol,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVqbnGWqf6c Deyja and the Bracada desert]] really lean on it. Perfect wasteland wandering motifs.
* The BGM for ''AceCombatZero's'' final mission, [[http://youtu.be/vGjwXI0n5-I?t=1m2s "Zero,"]] includes about 50 seconds of OneWomanWail... before heading into a [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome remix]] of the BGM from ''AceCombat5's'' final mission.
** Also from 5, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkO6J8ABXhM "Grabacr,"]] starting at about 3:20.
** ''AceCombatJointAssault'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbqSeihre6w pulls one of these as well]].
** As does ''AceCombatAssaultHorizon'' with "Mrs. Krista Yoslav" (which plays during the FinalBattle). A bit confusing, [[CultureChopSuey the lyrics are in Russian but the tune is distinctly Middle-Eastern]].
* From ''LostOdyssey'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFGrxKDrluI "Parting Forever"]], which plays when [[spoiler: Lirum dies.]]
* From the ''{{Myst}}'' series, ''Uru: Ages Beyond Myst'' and ''Uru Live'' (AKA ''Myst Online'') has a OneWomanWail in Kadish's Gallery. Another such wail plays in Kadish's Vault.
* An in-universe example happens in the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'', wherein defeating the geth in the Armstrong Cluster triggers a recording of a lone quarian woman performing a OneWomanWail. This is also one of the first indications of their (for want of a better word) humanity.
** And in the sequel, [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Samara's theme]] combines this with copious amounts of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U9FW0fY0cI awesome]].
* The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trjbCckqV5w Snowy Roads]] music in ''TwistedMetal Black'' uses this. Also used, along with ForDoomTheBellTolls, on the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpKiB37jEhs&playnext=1&list=PLE0FD76BF8BB0D52E Freeway]] level.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku4eLhgsEE0 "Red Carpet Extend-o-Matic"]] from ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo''.
* One song that plays often near the end of VisualNovel/{{Snatcher}} has a decent-for-its-time clip of a woman screaming between repetitions.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pZyKzpwwzo "Critical Moment of Contra"]] from ''{{Contra}}: Shattered Soldier''.
* The '"VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' songs "L'amour et la liberte" and "Tears".
* A number of the special Infected {{leitmotif}} in both ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' games feature ominous wailing, especially the Witch's theme.
* The beginning of "After The Drop" from ''MedalOfHonor: Frontline'' has a boy soprano version of this. Halfway through the song, a full CherubicChoir joins in. Ditto for "Arnhem".
* HeartsOfIron III's song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOiohuMkKD8 Letters From Home]] features this.
* The ending theme of {{Metro 2033}} that plays if you get the good ending includes this alongside the music as Artyom sits atop the tower, looking out across the world.
* The ''SuperSmashBrosMelee'' remix of the ''{{Pokemon}}'' theme.
* ''{{Skullgirls}}'' uses this trope in the intro to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i58MUmXBuY opening theme of the game]], and is also used in the FinalBoss theme: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8dSA37vN0Q "Skull Heart Arryhmia"]].
* The ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' remix of the "Road to Bowser" music from ''VideoGame/SuperMario64''.
* [[LittleBigPlanet LittleBigPlanet 2's]] Victoria's Laboratory Int Music with only the Melody playing.
* {{DEFCON}} has this in the main background music. Extra points for not being a woman singing in a sad voice, but actually crying. Which is very fitting, considering that the point of the game is to bomb as many of your enemies' cities with nukes as possible.
* There is an incredibly haunting track on the second volume of the VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} soundtrack called "Potatos' Lament".
* GearsOfWar 2 has this in With Sympathy, except that the wail slowly becomes more powerful towards the end.
* From ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' we get the theme of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9cEPUOV-GQ Apostles of the Seed]].
** And soon thereafter we get [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lf0FxvSlHu0 Segment 7]], the theme of Rex Cavalier althouth it's more of a One Man Wail.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0C6fZjY_ORk Dust to Dust]], from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', plays when you enter [[BleakLevel the ruined village of Oerba]]. Particurarly powerful, since Oerba was Vanille and Fang's hometown, but is now nothing but decaying wreckage, crystal sands, and Cie'th. The music even overrides the battle theme, driving home the sorrow and desolation.
* Some tracks of the game VideoGame/{{Malicious}} use it, such as the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Spr5f_DfuqQ eponymous music]] (very soothing by the way).
* The music in ''PN03'''s intro cutscene, and by extension the final stage, features both male and female throat singing.
* In ''.hack//G.U.'' we have the [[http://youtu.be/9QwQfak6lyU Keel Mountain Range of Briona Gwydion]], which is just one of several pieces like this.
* In {{Turgor}} found in the tracks called "The Adit" and "[[spoiler: Sister's Death]]"
* In VideoGame/DeadIsland, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbZAUcpAhHg background music]] for the church safehouse has a theme based on this trope.
* The main theme of ''DungeonsAndDragons Tactics'', also used in the map screen.
* Quake 1 has this in one of its CD music tracks, although strictly speaking it's a one-man scream. A man's yell/scream begins and continues for an unnaturally long time, fading in and out and occasionally becoming ragged. The effect is suitably disturbing for the player.
* ''Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising'' main menu theme starts with one of these, followed with throat singing and very US Army orchestral reprise (sounding very much like themes from ''America's Army'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'').
* A OneWomanWail in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' plays when Pit sees [[spoiler:the destroyed Skyworld, caused by the Chaos Kin possessing Palutena, for the first time. It later serves as a RecurringRiff throughout the rest of the Chaos Kin arc.]]
* The track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACS11BtxedA Frostfall]] in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' contains one.
* ''DarkSouls'' has a few boss themes that fit the mold.
* Another example definitely intended to be ominous rather than sad is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoImpEy9CZg the final boss theme]] of ''[[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD Sonic CD]]''.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{X}}-Universe'' series, the [[http://youtu.be/WXGnou1sOs4 BGM]] for the [[TheKingdom Boron]] capital sector Kingdom End uses this with some reverb added. In this case it's probably meant to be evocative of whale song, since the Boron are an aquatic species.
* The Judecca's {{Leitmotif}} in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotSpirits'' is basically this, probably because Levi is the final boss of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the "ROBOTS!" song on the soundtrack features this near the end, as the voice wails along with the melody.
* In ''Videogame/{{Drakengard 3}}'', whenever Zero taps into her [[MagicMusic Intoner]] powers, she sings along to the background music. This is also featured in all the Intoner boss fights, with the voices turning into jumbled murmuring when Intoner Mode is activated.
* ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}} 2: Men of Courage'' has a couple of such themes. For example, Savo island's undersea areas are set to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg_OqdVo0kA this]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' features one briefly in the ambient soundtrack for Thousand Cuts.
* The ending song by Lisbeth Scott, "I Was Born For This", from ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}''.
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* [[LonelyRichGirl Weiss]]'s theme [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qROQOpei73Q Mirror Mirror]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' features this,
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* ''BrokenSaints'', at the final part of Chapter 24 Act 4, contains a very powerful OneWomanWail titled "Truth" (as if the incredibly depressing scene wasn't [[{{Tearjerker}} heart-wrenching enough]]).
** Apart from that, the tracks "Come Into The Dark", "The Eight Element", "Belief", "Kenoma", and "Qaf", used at various points in the series.
* A rare male example: Red sings one in ''ThereWillBeBrawl'' while, across town, Peach is kidnapped. Later, [[spoiler: a recording of him does it again over Yoshi's murder and his own funeral.]]
-->[[TearJerker So, uh...was I any good?]]
* Creator/DougWalker is ''[[PetPeeveTrope not]]'' [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/specials/30502-dougs-top-10-worst-cliches a fan]] [[note]]It's number 5 on the list, for those who don't want to watch the whole thing.[[/note]].
-->''Ear poison! It is EAR POISON!!''
* [[http://snd.sc/yfqNKb "Lockdown"]] from ''WebVideo/SplinterCellExtinction''.
* Creator/CleolindaJones refers to it as "Our Lady of Soundtrack Sorrow" during her ''{{Troy}} [[http://cleolinda.livejournal.com/99710.html in 15 Minutes]]'' summary.
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** Also in the episode "Shadow of Courage", played whenever Muriel rushes over to whack Eustace with a rolling pin (because he's scaring/harming Courage).
* In ''CodeLyoko'', you hear an OneWomanWail whenever Aelita uses her Creativity power. (Some viewers mistake it for Aelita actually doing the singing, but she sometimes speaks at the same time, showing it isn't the case.)
* The ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' theme song, which begins with a wail of parts of the original ''SpaceGhost'' theme.
* The Grand Finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' features the Wail during the climax of the battle between Aang and Fire Lord Ozai.
** Also happens during the last episode, when Sokka and Toph are about to die. Just before TheCavalry arives!
* Couple of brief moments in [[SamuraiJack Jack and the Spartans]].
* Shows up in {{Squidbillies}} as the Sheriff attempts to [[SoundtrackDissonance resuscitate a pig who has died of a meth overdose.]]

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