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You will hear our mighty roar!
It's quite simple: Big monsters have big lungs, that let them make big noises. Sometimes little monsters make big noises, too
, but that's neither here nor there. When a T. rex
, lion, tiger
or some other scary monster
appears in a work that contains sound, it will
make a mighty, terrifying
If the creature roars before attacking someone, it's Roar Before Beating
. If the roar is unique to that certain creature and hard to confuse with anything else, it is Signature Roar
- Godzilla has a unique roar that all his fans recognize. And oh how mighty it is. Sounds like a freakin' jet engine.
- As mentioned with the T. rex reference in the description, dinosaurs have a tendency to do this. Jurassic Park comes to mind as a specific example. In that case, it's most definitely a Signature Roar, and what an epic one it is!
- This particular roar has been used and parodied in other mediums, especially by Rex in Toy Story 3 during their kid's imaginative adventures.
- Taken Up to Eleven in Jurassic Park III with the T. rex and the Spinosaurus roaring at each other during their fight.
- King Kong isn't the quietest gorilla in the jungle, either, for that matter.
- The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio has a roaring lion at the start of each of its movies.
- Little baby Clover from Cloverfield may have the most impressive set of lungs out of all the monsters. In fact one of the OST songs is explicitly called "Roar".
- The shark from Jaws: The Revenge actually roars like a lion in one of the most egregious cases of Artistic Licence Biology.
- Otherwise loveable Ben Grimm aka The Thing confronted a bear on the verge of attack in the second Fantastic Four movie; he freaked out the grizzly with a loud, animalistic roar which sent the brute in retreat!
- In the movie Primeval, Very Loosely Based on a True Story of a 20-ton giant man-eating crocodile in Africa, the giant reptile lets out a lion-like roar after devouring the Big Bad.
- Invoked by the designers of ED-209 from the Robocop films, who gave their giant security-robot the ability to project animal roars and snarls for intimidation purposes.
- In Star Fox Adventures, the King Redeye puts his head into the room to roar before fully entering. On an earlier note, the Galdon does some roaring, as well.
- Pokémon has the move Roar, which makes the opponent Pokemon switch or flee the battle. Of course, it's learned by a lot of big Pokemon, but is specially notable on the legendary beasts of the second generation, which use it to escape from you if you ever find them and block their exit.
- Ōkami's very own Orochi has one, and it's the key to defeating him. When he roars, your pour Sake into his mouth to lower his barrier.
- Gekigami has one of these. Fitting, as he's a tiger god of thunderstorms.
- From Sengoku Basara, the White Tiger's most powerful attack in an awesome howl that knocks you back several feet and makes the ground tremble.
- In Spore, the special ability in the creature stage that is rewarded upon completing cell stage as a carnivore is Raging Roar, which makes all nearby creatures run away in fear.
- While Asura in Asura's Wrath usually does a lot of screaming, His transformation into Berserker asura destroys tons of ships just from its shockwave. When they are above the earth's Orbit. It's his default scream in Berserker form as well.
- Chimeras in Dragon's Dogma are able to roar with their lion head, which will cause any character nearby to fly away. However, characters clinging to its body are exempt, and heavier characters don't fly as far as lighter ones. The roar doesn't do any damage itself, but the time it takes to get up could be enough for the chimera to make another attack.
- Subverted by the Tyranto Rex dream eater in Kingdom Hearts 3D. Big and scary it is, but it sounds like an angry house cat. On the other hand, it can still "roar" loudly enough to stun its foes for one of its attacks.
- In Starbound lore the Apex, a technologically advanced humanoid race of monkey people, can indeed roar.
- The Lion King has these right on cue for each Crowning Moment Of Awesome. Though when Simba's still a cub, this ends up being an anticlimax. His "roar" is a kitten-like "Reeer!". Truth in Television, as seen here.
- James P. Sullivan on Monsters, Inc.. Comically averted by his very tall friend Ted, who clucks. (They wanted the Godzilla roar, but couldn't get clearance.)
- In the credits, there's a blooper reel, in which Rex auditions. He does roar. In his own...special way.
- Gargoyles let loose a Mighty Roar when they wake in the evening. They can also make some pretty bestial sounds depending on how ticked off they are.
- Leobreaker and Scourge of Transformers Cybertron can let out some pretty impressive roars.
- A Crowning Moment Of Awesome moment happens in the Tom and Jerry episode "The Milk Waif" where Tom sets off Jerry's Berserk Button when witnessing him slapping baby orphan mouse Nibbles with a flyswatter. In a rage he lets out a ferocious roar before pummeling the cat into submission.
- The shark-men heroes from Street Sharks bellow roars.
- In The Legend of Korra, the heroine of the title calls in her polar bear dog to deliver one of these when being confronted by Jerk Ass prettyboy Tahno, who gets scared off by it along with the rest of his team.
- Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon gives an ear splitter right into Hiccup's face before running off after he's cut loose.
- Timber Wolf in Legion of Super Heroes does this a few times in the series, fitting seeing he's the team's feral member (to the point where Phantom Girl nicknames him 'Simba' in the comic book adaption of the series). One of the more noteworthy examples is when he confronts his father in his lab he roars at the animal test subjects (his Dad wanted to unleash the animals on the Legion but they decided they'd rather go after him instead) forcing them to back off in fear.
- The lion has the loudest roar of all the big cats which can be heard up to 5 miles away. The other big cats aren't so bad either.
- Bull crocodilians pump up the volume on their usual rumbling vocalizations when contending for mates or territory.
- Low-pitched elephant trumpets may qualify