"I'm so frustrated I could just scream!"
Thing have been getting crazy, the plot has been thickening, and The Hero
has been keeping calm
the whole time, despite the fact that the one thing The Hero
wants to do is to go off and scream for a little while.
Despite the similarity in name, has nothing
to do whatsoever with And I Must Scream
, or The Scream
(which is a Fate Worse than Death
and a horrific reaction, respectively. This is a frustration trope). May overlap with Skyward Scream
Anime and Manga
Film — Live Action
- In Ergo Proxy, The Stoic detective Re-l keeps her calm throughout the series until a particular episode where nothing whatsoever happens for the entire episode. This forced idleness, multiplied by her lack of understanding of the overall plot and her companions' weirdly relaxed attitudes, finally drives her frustration over the edge. She decides to take it all out on the wind, which died at the beginning of the episode, stranding them in the middle of nowhere (since they are traveling on a wind-propelled land "boat"). The wind picks up immediately after she's done yelling.
- In Sangatsu No Lion, Rei belts one out amidst an empty street after his post-game encounter with Yasui, venting out the frustration he gained from Yasui during and after the match. Yasui implicitly blaming Rei for not being able to have a have a happy last Christmas with his daughter (whose mother he's having an impending divorce with) is what sets it off.
Film - Animated
- In the film Bringing Down the House, Steve Martin's character listens to a (presumably long) confession from his teenage daughter about all the things in her life. After hearing this, he calmly walks upstairs, takes a pillow, holds it to his face, and screams.
- High Anxiety: "I'm so close to my menstrual cycle that I could scream!"
- The Dragon in the original Total Recall (1990) does this at least once after Quaid has gotten away from him.
- Aragorn's Skyward Scream in The Two Towers doubles as this, since it follows a realization that he, Legolas, and Gimli have been chasing after their kidnapped friends for days on foot only to discover that they have been slaughtered along with their captors. And then Aragorn calms down, looks around and realizes that Merry and Pippin may have not been killed, after all. Of course, the real reason for the scream was that Viggo Mortensen broke his toe kicking a helmet, but they decided to just Throw It In because it fit the story so well.
- In 42, Jackie is brutally verbally harassed by a racist hick on the opposing team. You will want to punch the guy in the face, and maybe a few other places as well. After five straight minutes of this, Jackie calls a timeout, goes down to the dugout hallway, and screams his lungs out while slamming his bat into the walls so hard it breaks, and even after that he keeps hitting it.
- Early on in Lilo & Stitch, after an argument between Nani and Lilo, both of them retreat to scream into their respective pillows in frustration.
- Played for laughs in The Golden Girls, the episode where Rose fears she has AIDS. Blanche tells her to scream or throw something or whatever to let it all out, and it appears she's going to, but it's just a loud "HECK!". Possibly a subversion. Played straighter another time when someone, I think Blanche, said "I'm so mad I could scream" and then did. Prompting a "that's the first time I ever heard someone say that and then do it" type comment from Rose.
- In Andromeda, Rev Bem mentions that when he studied at the Wayist school, there was a cliff nearby for such screams.
- In Malcolm in the Middle, Hal is so frustrated over an expensive dental bill that he asks Lois for his "scream box". He screams and thrashes about after putting it on.
- In Final Fantasy X, early in the game Tidus states that he just wants to scream. And he does so, right in the middle of the Killika Temple.
- There's an NPC in Pokémon Black and White that mentions it's best to scream at the ocean to vent your frustration.
- In Linkara's review of Power Rangers Turbo, he drops this little gem.
"After a filler episode where they get baked into a giant pizza... Excuse me for a moment." *walks away from the mic, lets out a loud scream of torment, then walks back* "The story then continues in The Phantom Phenomenon..."
- In the Hellfire Commentaries playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), FTA's reaction to the "Who's the Captain?" mission.
FTA: WHAT?! You're fucking joking! Please tell me you're joking on that. Please tell me, tell me he, what, I, just... Excuse me for ten seconds, please... (walks away from his mic) WHAT THE FUCK?! GRAAAAAAAAH! (thud thud thud thud)
NTom: All better now?
FTA: You have no clue how close I am to wanting to kill myself, now.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, the school counselor tries to teach Gumball and Darwin scream therapy. Gumball can only muster up a feeble squeak, while Darwin blows a huge bubble that pops so loud it leaves the other's ears ringing and is shown with Stock Footage of an atomic bomb test.
- Fluttershy does this in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Green Isn't Your Color". Because she's timid and quiet, her scream humorously came out as more of a long squeal.
- In the last episode of Undergrads, Brody and Krueger are studying for exam week, when the social and academic pressures become too much for Brody. He opens up a window and starts screaming. Krueger declares it brilliant, and joins in, sparking a chain reaction which eventually causes the entire city to erupt in a massive chorus of screams.