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->''"Scream later! Escape now!"''
-->-- '''Buffy Summers''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

When a truly terrifying danger rears its ugly head, maybe a monster appears or a large object is about to fall on them, one of the female characters stands there and screams helplessly, necessitating that one of the heroes pull her out of harm's way. Is guaranteed to become even more annoying when said female character sees something dangerous, and stands and screams for the hero to help, when they would have had plenty of time to get out of the way themselves. Not necessarily limited to the DamselInDistress or TheChick, but can be infuriating if the character is [[FauxActionGirl supposed to be]] a hardened ActionGirl.

Contrast with ScreamingWarrior (a badass fighter screams to psych himself/[[ActionGirl herself]] up and/or ''cause'' fear in his/her enemies) and ScreamsLikeALittleGirl (a [[AlwaysMale man]] who issues a comically high-pitched scream when danger rears its ugly head). Also see MakeMeWannaShout, when the scream is superpowered and weaponized.

A woman's scream is a powerful auditory bomb: nothing conveys terror quite like it. However, it can easily become {{Narm}}ful when overused, especially if {{Stock Scream}}s are used. See EekAMouse for one example of something that can trigger this phenomenon. Actresses [[TypeCasting frequently cast in the role]] of the Screaming Woman are often called "UsefulNotes/ScreamQueens".



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In every single scene she's in, Kaori in ''Manga/{{Gyo}}'' is likely to scream. She's considerably calmer in the {{OVA}}.
* Amy Rose screamed in some episodes of ''Anime/SonicX''. [[ScreamingWarrior Albeit not always in fear...]]
* In ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' (the anime version), Miyabi gets one when she discovers she's not alone in the room she's cleaning. It's quite funny when it turns out to be a cat. Given that her normal role is MamaBear to Aoi, it makes her a bit more sympathetic after the way she's been treating Kaoru up to that point.
* Jessica does this a few times in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. [[KillEmAll You can't really blame the poor girl, though.]]
* The first episode of ''Manga/FutureDiary'' has one of [[SerialKiller Third's]] victims shown running away, calling for help, and ''begging'' the killer to spare her life, all before we're treated to screaming coupled with a GoryDiscretionShot of [[{{Gorn}} blood spattering the concrete]].
* In Go Nagai's ''Manga/{{Shutendouji}}'' (both in the manga and anime versions), Miyuki Shiratori is guaranteed to scream whenever she sees a demon or anything horrifying. [[MsFanservice And usually while stark-naked.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': It happens almost every single time when one of the corpses' first discoverers happens to be female. Ran, Sonoko, Kazuha and Ayumi are frequently subjugated by this trope, even though they should to be used murder cases at this point. And since most of Heiji's cases happen to be "monster mystery" cases nowadays, Kazuha and Ran always scream whenever they see something remotely scary because both of them are afraid of ghosts.
* Chihiro screams a lot in ''Anime/SpiritedAway''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Whenever Wiske screams, it can be heard from miles away. Jerom even refers to it as "I recognize Wiske's hi-fi installation."
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'': Though not exactly ''screaming'', Bianca Castafiore's opera singing has the effect of scaring off humans and animals because it is so loud and able to shatter glass.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In one of the first scenes of ''WesternAnimation/Beowulf2007'' a woman screams while Grendel slaughters everyone in the hall. Unlike most instances of this trope, however, the screams actually hurt Grendel.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'':
** Spoofed when General [[PunnyName W. R. Monger]][[note]]"warmonger"[[/note]] is showing [[Creator/StephenColbert the President of the United States]] footage of all the monsters he's got locked up. ''Every time'' he shows one, the coffee lady screams in sheer terror and drops her tray. Finally, Monger has had enough and angrily orders her thrown out of the room. He then shows his next clip, that of "Ginormica", a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever 49 foot, 11 1/2 inch woman]]. Whereupon there's an identical high-pitched scream... from [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl the President]]!
** Susan herself briefly lapses into this upon first bumping into Insectosaurus. Not that one could blame her, considering that it is a grub seven times as tall as she was.
* ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'': The lady outside the Farbucks coffee provides an excellent scream complete with hands clutched backwards beneath her face.
* The woman in the monster movie Norman watches at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' has no lines, just a lot of terrified shrieks.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in the movie ''Film/TromasWar'', where a screaming woman appears during the opening... and is promptly shot.
* In the SciFi BMovie ''Film/ItCameFromBeneathTheSea'', said woman was a marine biologist, utterly convinced a gigantic monster octopus was terrorizing the coast. After spending the day ''swimming in the ocean looking for it'', said monster finally made an appearance when she was standing on shore with the men... and she promptly started screaming like a little girl. One wonders what she would have done had she found it while in the water.
* An impressive subversion occurs in ''Film/KingdomOfTheSpiders'', when the [[HotScientist Hot Entomologist]] opens a drawer in her rural Arizona motel room to reveal a live tarantula. Not yet aware she's in a Nature's-revenge flick, she calmly scoops it up and shoos it outside. (According to the IMDB, Tiffany Bolling beat out other actresses for the part because she was able to do this scene without turning into a RealLife example of this trope.)
* Willie Scott more-or-less does this for the entirety of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom''. Creator/KateCapshaw even had to be taught how to scream.
-->'''Kate Capshaw:''' ''(in a DVD featurette)'' Can she do more than just screaming?
* ''Film/KingKong''
** In the original ''Film/KingKong1933'', Fay Wray spent hours in the recording booth so she could scream in just the right way. It succeeded, producing one very memorable scream.
** In the [[Film/KingKong2005 Peter Jackson remake]] (in a scene deleted from the movie but used for the trailer) a fake movie scream by the actress gets an answering roar from the as-yet-unseen King Kong.
* Dorothy in the 1939 movie ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' sometimes screamed.
* Jamie Lee Curtis has made a career out of this, she's known as the "Scream Queen" for a reason. However, her portrayal of Laurie Strode in ''Film/Halloween1978'' was her StarMakingRole, partially thanks to her blood curdling screams.
* Helen Benson is one of these in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill1951''. She has been ''told'' [[KlaatuBaradaNikto exactly what to say]], but still feels the need to scream for half an hour or so. If she'd kept screaming too much longer, Gort would've gone on his rampage, not knowing that Klaatu didn't want him to.
* Shannon Sassomon, who stars in the terrible movie ''Catacombs'' as an [[spoiler: unsympathetically ridiculously gullible]] over-emotional lady who plays this trope straight several times, plays this trope, most of the time randomly, as she runs about the underground Catacombs because she's seeing evidence of scary stuff.
* The ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise:
** ''Film/{{Alien}}'':
*** Lambert, most notably in her final scene when she's paralysed with fear as the alien advances on her.
*** Ripley screams in the end of the movie, before blowing the alien out the airlock.
** Newt in ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Excusable though as she is just a little girl facing very real monsters. It also saves her life when she's coccooned awaiting the facehugger. Ripley has found her TrackingDevice lying on the floor and breaks down in tears, thinking she's dead. Suddenly she hears Newt scream and thus knows exactly which direction to go.
* Averted in the movie ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. When Dr Manhattan is shown turning Moloch's mooks into sticky gore hanging from the ceiling, a close-up is shown of one of his bar girls who is not screaming hysterically as one would expect, but is staring with the same terrified religious awe as the VC soldiers shown [[AGodAmI bowing before Dr Manhattan]] when he single-handedly wins UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar.
* The original script for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' has Francine screaming a bit. The actress refused, saying that it would undermine the character's strength.
* Vicki Vale in the 1989 ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie, who would scream at ''everything'' -- when the clowns shooting at the City Hall, when the Joker nearly sprays her with acid, when Bruce Wayne gets shot by the Joker, when her friend Knox jumped to the windshield of her car and when the Joker pulled the trigger on his BANGFlagGun (which is even more absurd in context, since the Joker was pretending to shoot ''himself'').\\\
In the City Hall scene, Vicki wasn't screaming; she was ''shouting'' "Bruce!" at Bruce Wayne because he wasn't paying attention and nearly wandered into the clowns' line of fire. In other words, she was trying to ''save him'', which is not something you'd expect a Screaming Woman to do. Vicki is actually pretty capable for the first half of the movie, and doesn't [[{{Chickification}} turn into the scaredy-cat character we all remember until the museum scene]]. [[JustifiedTrope Also, wouldn't you scream if a guy who killed everyone in the museum you were in started trying to kill you as well]]?
* Almost every single character Kim Basinger played in every movie she is in. Her character, Michel, has a Screaming Woman moment in the 1986 film, ''No Mercy'', when she realizes Eddie Gilette is driving the car off to the river.
** Kim Basinger gets another screaming woman moment in the 1985 film ''Fool for Love'', when her character, May, dodges the gunshots while being held on by Eddie as the Countess shoots Eddie's car.
* Subverted in ''Film/X2XMenUnited''; when the soldiers attack, a girl starts screaming. [[spoiler:She's Siryn, and [[MakeMeWannaShout screaming is her superpower]]. She nearly defeats the soldiers that way, and although she still gets knocked out, her scream wakes up all the other mutants and gives them a chance to escape.]]
* Rachel in the 2005 remake of ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Justified in that she's a ten-year-old girl.
* Renee Russo's character in ''Film/GetShorty'' was a famous B-movie "scream queen" with an extremely impressive scream. When a villain pulls a gun on Chili Palmer, she screams and it distracts the villain long enough to give Chili the upper hand.
* Noticeably averted in ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. A female CIA analyst looks up and sees three men pointing silenced submachine guns at her, and realises what's about to happen.
-->'''Joubert:''' [[AffablyEvil Would you please]] step away from the window.\\
'''Janice:''' ''[calmly]'' I won't scream.\\
'''Joubert:''' I know.
* Happens at the opening of ''Bollywood/{{Lajja}}'', accompanied by the burning of a red sari.
* Amanda Kirby from ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' movie does this a ''lot'', to the point that it seems like she spends the majority of the her screen time on the island either doing that, or making some sort of terrible decision that puts her in TooDumbToLive territory. Predictably, most people who have seen it feel that it gets old pretty fast.
** Lex gets a few good moments of her own in the [[Film/JurassicPark first film]], both during the ''T. rex'' attack, and later in the climax as the raptors close in on them in the visitor's center. Much more tolerable as it's neither as overused as the above example, and Lex is also a teenager. ''VideoGame/LegoJurassicWorld'' parodies this by making her scream her ''power'', letting her [[GlassShatteringSound break glass]] with her screams.
* Blanche Barrow in ''BonnieAndClyde''. 95 percent of Estelle Parson's Oscar winning lines were ear splitting screams while the gang was fleeing from the police.
* A woman's scream starts off the staircase shootout in ''Film/TheUntouchables'', when she sees Elliot Ness take a shotgun out from under his BadassLongcoat. After that her screams are all silent with only the gunshots and the wheels of the BabyCarriage bumping down the stairs being heard.
* In the 1985 film of ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' Alan Quatermain and Jesse Huston are CapturedByCannibals. Our hero suggests they FaceDeathWithDignity.
-->'''Jesse:''' Well I don't need to die with dignity! I want to scream... ''ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!''\\
''[[ComicallyMissingThePoint Cannibals give war-cry in response]]''
* An InvokedTrope by [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} The Cat]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', who hugs the floor shrieking in terror when a SWAT team burst in on a meeting she has with the villains, so they'll assume she's an InnocentBystander.
* Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson From Sam Raimi's Film/SpiderManTrilogy screams in all three movies whenever she is in danger or is kidnapped by the villian.
** Then again, pretty much any woman in the series screams at the top of her lungs anywhere near danger. Itsaworld of screaming women
* In the ActionPrologue of ''Film/StarTrek'', a female RedShirt is sucked out through a hole blown in the hull of the starship. Her screams last until she enters the vacuum of outer space, where we just see her flailing in silence.
* ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers''. At one point the protagonists [[PretendWereDead feign being emotionless pod people]], only to be given away by the woman screaming in shock. In the [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1956 1956 film]] she witnesses a dog almost being run over by a truck, but in [[Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers1978 1978]] this was less plausible, so it's because she bumps into a [[BodyHorror failed assimilation]].
* In the classic giant-ant movie ''Film/{{Them}}'', Dr. Pat Medford is mostly a calm and competent professional, but she does cut loose once when she abruptly and unexpectedly finds herself face-to-face with one of the ants. The little girl who survived an early attack also screams when finally snapped from her traumatized catatonia.
* ''Film/Frankenstein1970'': Caroline. She first appears screaming as she flees a monster in what is later revealed to be a scene in the movie they are shooting. She later screams in exactly the same way when the real monster appears. She even screams when Victor von Frankenstein is explaining his family history (and ruins the take).

* Brought up in ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar''. Lanen fights back in every situation, but she screams like bloody murder as she does so, too -- her philosophy there is to never deny anyone the chance to come help.
* Mentioned in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. Cimorene's princess training included lessons in how to scream while being carried off by a giant (because being abducted by horrific monsters and rescued by a prince or knight is a major form of matchmaking in the setting). Fortunately for the plot, she's not that kind of princess.
* Lampshaded in the 1951 sci-fi novel ''Seetee Ship'' by Jack Williamson, when the LoveInterest asks the heroic space captain to stop their search through the [[LostTechnology creepy abandoned alien spaceship]] because she can't possibly scream any more.
* {{Invoked|Trope}} by Hobbie Klivian in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', when he and his fellow pilots are DisguisedInDrag. Wedge is actually surprised at how well his fellow (male) pilot can [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl Scream Like A Little Girl]].
-->'''Hobbie:''' I do it all the time. Whenever [[ManChild Wes]] makes plans for the squadron. Whenever [[LethalChef a Corellian cooks for us]].\\
'''Wes and Wedge(a Corellian):''' ''[=[=][[DeathGlare glare]][=]=]''
* Aline Penhallow from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Despite being a Shadowhunter, from a prestigious Shadowhunter family, her reaction to Alicante being besieged by demons is to basically panic, adding her to the roster of people in need of rescuing as opposed to helping with the defense.
* One of the protagonists in the novel ''The Harem of Aman Akbar'' observes sensibly that it only makes sense to scream, "or how is anybody to know some one is in trouble?"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'', "[[Recap/TheAdventuresOfSupermanS2E6TheDefeatOfSuperman The Defeat of Superman]]", Lois doesn't scream, but she does spend her time fussing while Jimmy looks for some way to save Superman.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Sheridan's wife (played by Melissa Gilbert) screams [[spoiler:when the White Star comes plowing through the dome of the city on Z'ha'dum... carrying two 500 MT nukes]]. Perhaps justified in her case as in ''that'' situation, there wasn't really anything she could do ''but'' scream. The novelization of this moment (in the Technomage trilogy) states that [[spoiler:this was actually her ''[[DefiantToTheEnd battle scream]]''; she had previously been the core of a Shadow vessel, which emits a psychic scream in battle]].
* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'' features this practically every time someone is murdered in public.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has a fraught relationship with this trope due to being heavily associated with it in the 1970s. While not doing it as often as some make out, "she's not just a screaming girlie" has to be emphasized whenever any new companion is created, especially in the new series.
** The first regular to leave the series, Doctor's granddaughter Susan, did so because the actress portraying her felt Susan had no depth beyond the screaming girl slash damsel in distress. (Curiously, in her very last serial ("The Dalek Invasion of Earth"), she nearly [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drops a literal bridge on herself]].)
--->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-keys-of-marinus-written-by-terry.html Joe Ford]]:''' Unfortunately ''[[{{Recap/DoctorWhoS1E5TheKeysOfMarinus}} The Keys of Marinus]]'' is the story that turned Simon away from Susan for good. I was watching it in bed whilst he was reading Sky News on his phone (yep, apparently that is the preferable option) and Creator/CaroleAnnFord was screeching and screaming and wailing and bawling and he begged me to turn it off. I naturally refused and kept watching and as he tried to settle and go to sleep she was still going at it! He suggested I either turn it off or he would [[ToiletSeatDivorce start proceedings for divorce.]]
** The Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield is an exaggeration bordering on subversion -- she is actually quite brave and adventurous, but has a truly eardrum-shattering scream considered painful even in-universe. In "Tomb of the Cybermen", Victoria even stuns someone pointing a gun at her and a friend by shrieking so loud he can't think. In "The Ice Warriors", her scream causes an avalanche that takes out her captor. In "Fury from the Deep", her scream is the weapon that defeats the BigBad. The actress was nicknamed "Leatherlungs" by the rest of the cast.
** Leela's MomentOfAwesome might just be when she [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan slaps one of these]] in "The Horror of Fang Rock".
** Louise Jameson, who played Leela, was often scripted as screaming but refused to do so in almost all cases as she felt it was out-of-character. Leela only screams once in her whole tenure -- a scream of pain when a giant rat starts biting her leg off in "The Talons of Weng-Chiang".
** Mel is famous for this trope. Reputedly her actress was told to pitch her screams to match the start of the theme music, so there wouldn't be any dissonance at cliffhangers. The fan webcomic ''Webcomic/The10Doctors'' has fun with this, with an author's note commenting that "Mel, as we all feared, screams".
** A double example from "Delta and the Bannermen": gratingly, Mel [[PseudoCrisis ends an episode]] screaming at the hatching of a friendly alien's egg. Later, the growing child's screams are used as a weapon against the real villains.
** An inversion in Series 2 of the new show: it's Rose's boyfriend who ScreamsLikeALittleGirl, and is called upon by the Doctor.
** Donna in "The Runaway Bride". A ''lot''. Though almost all those screams are mostly rage. After all, she's "Donna Noble, screaming at the world because you think no-one's listening."
** In Season 6, while going into danger alone, River Song tells the Doctor he shouldn't worry, because she's "quite a screamer." Considering how flirtatious she is, and the fact that she's a genuine ActionGirl, we think she's talking about a [[ImmodestOrgasm different kind of scream]].
** In "Thin Ice", the Twelfth Doctor has a NoJustNoReaction when Bill threatens to do this (because they're tied to a bomb) no doubt remembering some of the above-mentioned companions. It does no good anyway as the [[CacophonyCoverUp noise outside is so loud no-one hears her]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Ellaria Sand screams when [[spoiler:her lover Oberyn Martell's [[YourHeadAsplode head is crushed]] by [[TheBrute GregorClegane]].]] [[http://static.origos.hu/s/img/i/1607/20160719ellaria-sand-tronok-harca-sikoly.jpg See for yourself.]]
* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'': the 2nd season episode ''Voodoo Doll'' has Nancy Drew. Dear Gods, it has Nancy Drew, who is reduced to screaming endlessly and uselessly...at the sight of a man in an obvious skull mask who is merely standing there. In a brightly lit room. She's reduced to the ScreamingWoman again in ''Arson & Old Lace'', when Frank Hardy finally finds her...and she stands there and screams as he's tossed around by a lawyer and menaced by a 70-year-old man. Yeeeesh.
* The first time viewers of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' see Shannon, she is standing unharmed in the midst of the airplane wreckage, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_stress_reaction screaming continuously]].
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Played with in the episode "Hush", in which Buffy ''must'' scream in order to [[YourHeadASplode destroy]] The Gentlemen. The problem is they've cast a spell to stop anyone in Sunnydale from speaking.
** Cordelia, though less so after she moves to ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and toughens up. PlayedForLaughs in "Theres No Place Like Plrtz Glrb". Cordelia screams when [[LosingYourHead Lorne's decapitated head starts talking to her]]. Lorne patiently tells Cordy to get it out of her system, [[OverlyLongGag but when the scream goes on and on without stopping]], he tells her to shut up because he no longer has the hands to cover his ears.
* Several civilian women react to dead bodies and other gruesome sights by screaming uselessly on ''Series/{{NCIS}}''.
* Subverted in ''Series/SpaceCases''. Catalina screams when threatened or in trouble, yes... but [[MakeMeWannaShout her scream is a sonic weapon]], and a very effective one at that.
* Kira in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' also has a scream that serves as a weapon.
* Joolushko "Jool" Tunai Fenta Hovalis from ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' spends a good portion of her introductory appearance doing just this. And it continued throughout the third series. Interestingly enough, Jool's screams are so high-pitched, they can ''melt metal,'' resulting in a hilarious moment when Aeryn decides to forgoe finding power for a welding torch and simply breaks Jool's thumb.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Bad Guys" spoofs this slightly by having the usually calm and diplomatic Daniel finally [[RageBreakingPoint lose his patience]] and [[SuddenlyShouting shout]] at the two screaming girls who decided to have a catfight, in the middle of a [[MistakenForTerrorist mistaken]] hostage situation.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
** Parodied in the ''[[ShowWithinAShow Captain Proton]]'' holodeck program, a riff on 1930's Republic {{Film Serial}}s. Proton's secretary, Constance Goodheart, is a busty blonde DesignatedVictim whose only dialogue is an ear-piercing scream.
** In "Cold Fire", a mistake with Kes' psychic powers causes Tuvok's blood to boil in his head. Kes reacts with a shriek several pitches higher than any human female could produce.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' plays this straight in virtually every episode.
* Discussed in ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' when Fujii is told to go into a creepy room first because "it's the heroine's job to get scared and scream." She doesn't and instead Tenkaichi gets scared, screams and faints.
* UpToEleven in ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. A woman who brought in her severely wounded husband screams and ''keeps screaming for more than a quarter of the episode'' until Alex makes her stop -- by screaming back at her.
* While ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' was admirably progressive in [[RaceTropes other respects,]] unfortunately its female characters wound up screaming an ''awful'' lot at the MonsterOfTheWeek.
* Parodied in the slasher movie-themed episode of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''. Angela takes on this role and after several big screams Jack says "You know, you are really good at that." and she thanks him. Later, when Jennifer Love Hewitt's character shows up she lets out a big scream of her own and Angela then tries to out-scream her because she "is the screamer around here".
* Employed several times in the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', with opening scenes regularly depicting female nurses screaming at the horrifying case-of-the-week. Stretches suspension of belief, since an emergency room medical professional in a major urban hospital would be trained to deal with the unexpected and horrible.
* Lydia Martin of ''Series/TeenWolf''. The show makes a point of emphasizing her piercing scream whenever she lets it rip, something that usually happens in proximity of events involving the dead or the soon-to-be-deceased. [[spoiler:This culminates in the third season's revelation that she is in fact a [[OurBansheesAreLouder banshee]] and her screams are omens of death.]]
* Played for horror in ''Film/TheStoneTape'' where the scream of a housemaid killed back in the 1890's has become a LivingMemory imprinted in the foundations of a castle. [[spoiler:Later on a female colleague is killed by whatever lurks there, and it's her scream that's now imprinted in the building.]]
* This 1989 ''Series/SesameStreet'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHMyYP0Lt9E take on "Little Miss Muffet"]] has the titular character frequently screaming very loud when she [[SpidersAreScary comes across a spider]] [[StalkerWithoutACrush that keeps following her]].

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* A special case in WWE, where heel Divas are as likely to scream out of rage as out of fear (not that the screams are any less annoying in the former case). Examples: Vickie Guerrero, Melina Perez, Wrestling/AJLee.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': Subverted by the [[SpaceElves Eldar]]'s Howling Banshees, who certainly scream when faced with combat but for different reasons: an AmazonBrigade ([[WholesomeCrossdresser most of the time]]) whose screaming is amplified and distorted through their helmets to paralyze their enemies, which they then cut apart with monomolecular-edged swords.

* This is used to a character's advantage in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Eponine screams loudly to frighten off her father and his friends, who are planning to break into Valjean and Cosette's home.
* Little Red Riding Hood uses this to get her cape back from the Baker in ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods''. A more melodic version ("Ah ha-ah ah-ha...") is used as Rapunzel's main line, especially in "First Midnight" and the finale [[spoiler:(she also does the non-melodic version after going insane)]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'', Pauline does nothing but stand there yelling "HELP!" while Mario tries to save her.
* In ''VideoGame/LegoIndianaJones'', due to an "extra", you can actually ''weaponize'' Willie Scott's screams (which already serve a purpose as a GlassShatteringSound otherwise).
* In Creator/{{Taito}}'s ''Dead Connection'', pretty much the only thing women do is scream and flee the scene.
* In ''VideoGame/NightTrap'', Lisa mostly falls into this category. She seems to be MadeOfIron and very tough when fighting off against Augers. In her GameOver scene, even when her blood is extracted from her, she refuses to stay dead while the Augers are dragging her into the secret passage behind the mirror in the bathroom, all the while she is still screaming to the very end.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', [[ThePresidentsDaughter Ashley Graham]] does a lot of standing around and screaming for Leon as the hordes of [[ParasiteZombie Ganados]] converge on her.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Spoofed in the flash cartoon ''WebAnimation/TheDementedCartoonMovie'':
-->'''Generic Damsel:''' Aaaaah!\\
'''Evil Blah:''' Screaming won't get you anywhere!\\
'''Generic Damsel:''' Actually, I'm screaming because my head's about to fall off.\\
'''Evil Blah:''' (''beat'') What?\\
''[Generic Damsel's head pops off.]''
* In this ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz-RmSG2s1k animated music video]], a pervert dwarf makes a woman scream by flashing her. Based on a French song by Richard Gotainer, "La Ballade de l'obsédé".

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a side character who exists only to fill this role.
** She first screams during the [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-10-12 goo attack,]] then later makes a reappearance when the [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2008-08-04 "evil monkey"]] shows up. Her role is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the [[TheRant commentary]] of the second strip.
--->''If there is monster business at Moperville North, I believe she should get her scream on.''
** Her line during the first incident:
--->'''Girl:''' EEEK! A giant slime monster! Everyone run around in a dangerous panic, quick!\\
'''Ellen:''' Damnit, if the goo starts to eat people I hope whoever that was is the first to go.
** To her credit, though, she does compose herself pretty quickly in the latter incident, given that she phones for help only a panel later (albeit not in the most convincing terms).
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' when the eponymous Agatha Heterodyne, prior to achieving ActionGirl status, succumbs to this the [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20030203 first time she's left alone with a Jägermonster.]]
-->'''Agatha:''' AAAAH!\\
'''Jäger:''' Vots de matta, gurl?[[note]]Transcribed from the Jäger accent, sort of their own version of VampireVords.[[/note]]\\
'''Agatha:''' They sent you out here to ''eat'' me!\\
'''Jäger:''' Hy em ''not'' gun eatchu.\\
'''Agatha:''' ''[over several panels]'' WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA--\\
'''Jäger:''' Onless dots de only vay to shot hyu op!\\
'''Agatha:''' ...

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Several female characters in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' do this at least once, such as Helena Van Garrett when Hawley Faust starts shooting at her, though it's rather understandable considering the circumstances they're in.
* In the [=YouTube=] series ''WebVideo/OneHundredYardStare'', Avery becomes one of these when she sees Franchise/{{The Slender Man|Mythos}} for the second time.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had Starfire playing the Screaming Woman rather a lot. Raven, however, did it in one episode, off-screen, before she was attacked by a were-creature.
* Sissi Delmas, from ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', frequently lets out a frightened scream when confronted to XANA's latest attack. Parodied in episode "End of Take", where the only line of dialogue Sissi gets in James Finson's horror movie is "AAAAAH!"
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' episode "Babel". Shriek uses a device which messes with the hearing of everyone in Gotham. A construction crane falls off a skyscraper and is falling straight towards a traffic cop, about to crush him into strawberry jam. An elderly, meek-looking woman notices this and yells at him trying to get his attention, but when it doesn't work she proceeds to jump into the middle of the road without a thought of incoming traffic, and pulls the idiot out of the way and to safety. BadassBystander? Certainly.
* Princess Sally Acorn screams in the ''WesternAnimation/SonicTheHedgehog'' episode "Blast in the Past" part 1.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TheBOTSMaster'' episode, "The Duel" had Blitzy Zulander recklessly going by herself into a cave where the Corps were doing an excavation, and suddenly letting out a bone-chilling scream as she went off-screen. It doesn't help that it's never shown what was inside that made her screech in such horror.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Also happens in high stress situations when a person is not used to them, like say a combat situation. This can result in people not doing anything but scream. Usually they either get killed, or someone who isn't screaming drags them out of the way.
* It is believed that the distinctive high-pitched woman's scream evolved in early humans as a danger alarm. If a predator came near the camp, a woman's scream would summon all the men to drive it off.