The heroes have fought the monster, given it some good licks, but the monster isn't done yet. It pauses for a moment to hiss or screech loudly with its [[FangsAreEvil fangs out]], its arms outstretched and claws extended, before leaping offscreen. Perhaps it just wanted to get the last word in. Time for the heroes to pursue.

Maybe it wants to frighten the heroes away, or just wants to vent some rage at being beaten up by mere humans. Whatever the case, it's VillainExitStageLeft! Mostly, it's animal monsters that do this, though vampires and aliens are also fond of hissing before fleeing. Occasionally, anything that cause a burning reaction or GlamourFailure is sure to make the creature hiss before fleeing.

The exit counterpart to RoarBeforeBeating. It seems like while monsters roar to say hello, they hiss to say goodbye. This is a very common trope, possibly an UndeadHorseTrope. It appears to be based on the idea that [[AllAnimalsAreDogs all animals are cats]].

Variants for more humanoid villains include scowling or [[AngryFistShake shaking a fist]], often while spewing "Curse you!" or some other {{Badbutt}} insult.

[[folder: Anime / Manga ]]

* ''{{Hellsing}}''. Episode 7, ''Duel'' has the scene where Vatican priests tell Integra that their paladin is about to ambush their soldiers in the subway, right when Integra and Alucard were about to kill said priests in a museum. Integra doesn't actually ''hiss'', but she does make a similar noise, give one hell of a mean glare, and promptly spins around and walks away (retreating) defiantly, followed by Alucard who does something very similar. Subversion seeing as they're the good guys.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* A rat creature in ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'' does this after an unsuccessful face-down with the Red Dragon.
* One of the turned babysitters in ''[[ComicBook/{{Peculia}} Peculia and the Goon Grove Vampires]]'' tries then when a gypsy starts firing stakes at them. She get the hissing part down, the running..not so much.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* Gríma Wormtongue does this in Creator/RalphBakshi's ''WesternAnimation/TheLordOfTheRings'', an action taken directly from the book.
* Toothless in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' takes a moment to screech in Hiccup's face before fleeing, soon after Hiccup almost plunges a dagger into his heart.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/{{Alien}}'', possibly the TropeCodifier.
* Parodied by Pee Wee Herman in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'': He is stalking down the street on a rainy night, slowly going insane from the theft of his bicycle. A group of gang members walk up and [[MuggingTheMonster threaten him]] - and Pee-Wee frightens them off with a feral hiss.
* Things in Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' scream a lot.
* Very common with vampires. See ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' for a good example or two.
* ''{{Film/Avatar}}'': Appears to be an instinctive gesture of contempt used by the Na'vi - and often as not is [[RoarBeforeBeating Hiss Before Righteous Ass-Kicking]] instead.
* [[spoiler: Frank Butterman]] of ''Film/HotFuzz'' at the end of the bar scene in the movie's climax, though that was more of a growl than a hiss. Specifically, a lion's growl.
* ''Film/MadMax''. Toecutter, the leader of the biker gang, does this after Max shoots TheDragon dead. He then jumps on his bike and roars off, but Max soon chases after him.
* Wez does this in ''Film/TheRoadWarrior'', just after leaping out of the oil drillers' compound.
* Immortan Joe does this in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'', identically to how Toecutter did his, as an ActorAllusion: both Toecutter and Immortan Joe were played by Hugh Keays-Byrne.
* The ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' tend to hiss at their attackers before they flee a scene.
* Shelob does something very like this trope after Sam cuts her a good one in ''Film/TheReturnOfTheKing'', although her "voice" is pretty much nothing but hissing in any case.
* A non-horrific (and funnier) variant occurs at the end of ''Film/BigDaddy'' when Vanessa realizes that Sonny and all his friends have just found she fell on hard times and had to become [[BadJobWorseUniform a scantily-clad Hooters girl]]...after having taunted Sonny back when they were a couple that she would go on to have a successful career and he'd always be lazy and worthless (oh, and to make the scenario even more humiliating, Sonny's a ''lawyer'' by this point, and is dressed the part). Vanessa is too proud to betray any mortification, so she just shoots Sonny a DeathGlare (pretty much the nonverbal equivalent of this trope) and then runs off.
* The 1966 ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' has a "Hiss ''Instead'' of Fleeing" from Catwoman. Attempting to escape from the Penguin's submarine after the Penguin, the Joker, and the Riddler and their henchmen have already been captured, she is caught and hisses at Robin as Batman orders him to handcuff her.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens at the end of several battles in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series, naturally.
* As above, Gríma Wormtongue does this in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' as he leaves Théoden's service.
* When confronted by Van Helsing and company and beginning to feed on a small boy, the newly turned Lucy in ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'' throws the child to the ground, "growling over it as a dog growls over a bone." Shortly afterwards, the vampiric Lucy is driven back by Van Helsing's crucifix. She isn't described as hissing at this point, but does have a mouth grown "to an open square, as in the passion masks of the Greeks and Japanese."
* The gwanna ''Literature/{{Ketrin}}'' [[ lpart ten]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Vampires in ''Series/ForeverKnight'' always hiss when they expose their fangs. More than a few times, this has been immediately before a withdrawal.
* Though he's too old to flee, Gormogon's mentor on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' hisses viciously at Brennen and Booth when they confront him at a nursing home, then "retreats" into sullen (feigned?) senility.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' and ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' both did this in their earlier episodes, though both waned shortly into their respective runs.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'''s "The Vampires of Venice". If you're lucky, the vampires flee after they hiss. If not, you will.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Seen early on in with a Spider Splicer in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}.''
* Alma does it in the second ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' game, after you fight off her rape attempts.
* Mileena in ''MortalKombat'' does this when she is tagged out in a two-on-two match.
* ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' gives this for all alien encounters. When you find a group of them, they all turn around and hiss at you before fleeing to cover.
* The Wraith from ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'' does this in the end of the Stalker trailer.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' example: when Robin gets into a CatFight with Sarah Palin, the latter does this when confronted by reporters, because free press burns her. Moments later, Robin similarly flees when Amber reminds her that it's her turn to clean the toilet.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', when going through the events of the third ''Mega Man'' game, when Mega Man comes across Shadow Man, he makes his eyes bright like headlights while looking at Shadow Man, who had/is accustomed to seeing in the dark. Shadow Man hisses and throws a Shadow Blade in Mega Man's eyes, breaking his high beams and allowing him to flee.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* For [[RuleOfFunny some reason]], WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd of all people does this to WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic in the early stages of their FinalBattle. Uh, that is, their ''second'' FinalBattle.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Played for laughs in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in the episode where Butters thought he'd turned into a vampire. He does this because he thinks it sounds menacing. It was actually hilarious, which made it even funnier when people were genuinely shocked by it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E4BartSellsHisSoul Bart Sells His Soul]]", Bart does this when he is caught trying to buy Ralph Wiggum's soul. For bonus points, he disappears into smoke like a supernatural being and his eyes are briefly reptillian-slitted.
** Another Simpsons example is [[EvilTwin Hugo]] in one of the Halloween specials.
** Still another example has bunch of comic convention nerds scrounging in a trash can, who look up with red eyes and hiss when a flashlight beam falls on them, causing them to run away.
* Momo from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' when Aang and Sokka reach out to him. The former wants Momo as a pet and the latter wants him for lunch.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' ChristmasEpisode 'Comfort and Joy', ComicBook/MartianManhunter has been invited to [[Franchise/{{Superman}} the Kents']] for Christmas. J'onn is given [[Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} Kara]]'s room to sleep in. (She's off skiing with her friend [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2011}} Barbara]]). While taking in the ''incredibly'' different décor, he's approached by a cat, which he attempts to greet warmly. "Kitty." The cat does this trope, clearly unused to martians.
* Corey did this after being Frightened by Trina when they were younger (as shown in one of her Flashbacks) in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}'' episode "In-D Road Rager".
* Finn of all people does this in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' after Princess Bubblegum [[ItMakesSenseInContext accidentally on purpose cuts his cheek when he tries to steal her crown]] [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext with a pair of scissors she was using to cut the limbs off of miniature candy people.]]


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Many species of animal (Including cats, snakes, and toads) will puff up their bodies and hiss loudly to look more intimidating before simply running away.