In many works, wolves are heard howling at dusk or at night. It is a case of Noisy Nature
. Also, it is often a case of not doing the research or Artistic License
: wolves don't live in all settings, and they usually howl to communicate with each other, not to establish the mood or tell time. Often overlaps with Cock-a-Doodle Dawn
, which is when roosters crow at dawn.
This trope has two main types:
Wolf howls are heard to herald the coming of the night. The wolves that do the howling are rarely seen.
The howls are heard late at night, to reinforce a creepy setting or establish a fearful mood. Again, the wolves are rarely seen.
See also Wolves Always Howl at the Moon
and Howl of Sorrow
. Related to Cock-a-Doodle Dawn
Type A: At Dusk Version:
- Occurs in three installments of the Zelda series. Wolves howl whenever night falls.
- Happens in Ōkami.
- Warcraft III has a wolf howl to tell the player that night has fallen (and a rooster crowing to indicate daybreak).
- When you visit Garoh in Golden Sun 2 for the first time (at night), mournful wolf howls are heard (because it's a village of werewolves). Sadly, the version of the BGM with howls is not part of the soundtrack.
Type B: Late at Night Version:
Anime / Manga:
- In A Wolf In The Soul, Greg joins in howling late at night with the jackals who live in the forest just outside of Jerusalem.
- Banjo-Kazooie features howling wolves prominently in the background ambiance of various "spooky areas", most notably Mad Monster Mansion in the first game and Witchyworld's "horror zone" in the sequel.
- Conkers Bad Fur Day parodies the above "What beautiful music they make!" line.