Overly Long Scream
For want of an extension cord, Jon's voice was lost.
A character freaks out about something, and screams
. And screams. And screams
, to the point where it becomes hilarious. (Although, sometimes it goes even longer than that.
) Sometimes, the character takes a deep breath to continue screaming, and even comments something like "Why do they make buildings this tall?
Everyone knows you should be able to fall to your death in the same scream
This is almost always intentionally Played for Laughs
; unintentionally hilarious long screams qualify as Narm
May overlap with The Scream
, Big "NO!"
, Heroic BSOD
or Faux Horrific
. Reactive Continuous Scream
is a subtrope.
- Dragon Ball Z is king of this trope. Granted the characters in question are trying to charge up their ki, but they do it by screaming their heads off, and oh boy, sometimes their scream can go on for a minute without pause! Fun fact: Sean Schemmel did pass out in the booth at least once from this, when performing his famous "Super Saiyan 3 Scream".
- Non-comedic example: Mewtwo in Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns screams in agony for nearly thirty seconds straight when he tries to break free of Giovanni’s machines, though this is justified since he’s using telepathy and not actually vocalizing.
- In Gintama, Shinpachi lets out one of these that lasts around 15 seconds when he hears that Kondo and his sister have gotten married and are expecting a child (Depicted in the manga by having his scream filling some of spaces between the panels on the page it happens on). Made funnier by the fact that he's speeding across the city the entire time, swimming through a river and outpacing some marathon runners and a bullet train in the process before finally reaching the ocean and exclaiming his utter disbelief.
- In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron uses up two whole lines of text to scream "AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHH! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" after he wakes up to find Sirius Black standing over him with a knife.
- In one French translation of the book, the first word is actually spread over two lines, with the "H"s alone occupying one.
- Used as an Overly Long Title for the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
- Unintentional version: In the Tomb Raider series, if Lara falls more than a certain distance, her death scream starts playing, on the assumption that she'll die from impact damage when she lands. There are a handful of places in the early games where you can fall so far that the scream loops multiple times before she hits the ground (and at least one place where Soft Water will allow her to survive such a drop).
- In Shadow Warrior, if Lo Wang is falling from a dangerous height, he will scream all the way down. Find a pit deep enough and he will actually pause for breath and then continue shouting.
- Non-comedic example: in First Encounter Assault Recon, the intro combines this with Distant Reaction Shot to show the full extent of the second Synchronicity Event.
- In the 2012 Halloween Update for Team Fortress 2, the update's new map features a bottomless pit with a fully restoring health pack above it. Any class that falls into it will let out one of these, but the Scout and Spy will lampshade it on a couple of occasions should they fall in. The Scout will say "Holy crap, dis goes on forever..." after a while of screaming. The Spy will either say "Come on, I don't have all day!" after some screaming, or he will scream for a bit and continue after taking a breath.
- Vincent Brooks in Catherine screams for twenty seconds straight when on Day 8, Katherine screams that she'll never forgive him for cheating on her for Catherine.
- Used as part of the background music for Quake I. A scream which is incorporated into the music goes on, and on, and on and on, fading in and out and becoming ragged at times but going on for far longer than should be humanly possible.
- Serious Sam brings us the Headless Kamikazes, suicidal Mooks who will charge at Sam and scream until they explode either from charging into Sam or getting blown the hell up. If you have a big enough space, it is possible to have the Kamikaze keep chasing you and screaming all throughout.
- The witnesses in Ace Attorney have been know to scream their lungs out for incredible lengths, especially during their Villainous Breakdown.
- Happened at least a couple of times in Freefall, in accordance with Cap'n Sam Starfall's philosophy, "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!" Helix is usually eager to join in. In one notable incident near the beginning, the two of them are running in circles and screaming for long enough that they have to stop to take a deep breath (synchronized, even) before continuing. Florence comments on how inexplicable it is that Helix, who is a ROBOT, needs to stop for breath... Then she tears out his voicebox to shut him up, and offers to do the same to Sam if he doesn't quiet down.
- Alex's Atomic F-Bomb in Captain SNES: The Game Masta.
- In Witchprickers, Ilemauzer the bat has one when she discovers she became a lot more humanoid.
- This comic from Planet Zebeth.
- Homestuck has John's Big "NO!" in Act 6, that has him take a deep breath twice.
- Uncyclopedia has AAAAAAAAA!, an article consisting of nothing but this.
- Vegeta's scream in Dragon Ball Abridged can be heard by Krillin and Gohan miles away, Goku in outer space, the Home for the Infinite Losers, and Trunks twenty years in the future. An alternate future!
- Lampshaded when Goku is screaming his head off in pain from heart disease:
Yamcha: I can't really remember the last time he inhaled! And while that's sort of impressive, I don't think it's healthy! *Goku inhales a massive breath* Oh, good, he took a br—- *Goku starts screaming again*
- 5 Second Films: "Late For Work" features an Atomic F-Bomb which is implied to last all day.
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine summed up in 30 seconds.
- The Simpsons: The family goes to a nightclub/restaurant. Homer gets hypnotized by a stage hypnotist, and unearths a traumatic childhood memory and starts screaming. He continues screaming as they leave, he tips the valet, drives home, brushes his teeth, and lies in bed. The next day Lenny and Carl bring him home from work still screaming; it was interrupting naptime at work.
- Homer and Bart join the crew of a fishing boat. While at sea, they are caught in a heavy storm. When the boat crests a huge wave and begins a precipitous drop, everyone screams for a few seconds, pauses for a deep breath, then continues screaming.
- In "Brother from Another Series", Bart and Sideshow Bob are falling down the side of a dam and are screaming as they fall. The fall takes so long, they have to stop and take a breath before continuing.
- Adventure Time
- Lemongrab screams all the time as his default speaking voice, but this trope is invoked after he is pranked. In the scene, Finn and the princess leave a sign by his bed that says, "You really smell like dog buns." After he reads it, Lemongrab clenches his fists tightly, starts shaking, opens up his eyes wide, opens up his mouth wide, and screams loudly for several seconds, his tone rising in pitch until it cracks.
- In a later episode, Finn does this while running away after a few clown nurses hold him down while kissing his toe.
- Happens in Johnny Bravo when Johnny and Carl go over a waterfall, and at one point, stop screaming to take a breath.
- Peter Griffin does it in Family Guy, when the experimental drug that temporarily turned him gay wears off in the middle of a group sex session. Also his shriek of acclamation when the drug first kicks in and Lois asks if he has turned gay. Also when his doctor performs an intimate anal examination.
- On SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton did it once in the episode where he and Mr. Krabs switch places.
Plankton: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *Takes a drink of his soda* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
- Squidward's scream when SpongeBob and Patrick walk in on him during his bath, in a scene from "Have You Seen This Snail?" that has been subjected to Memetic Mutation.
- In Taz-Mania, the Dingo and Taz are both knocked off a tall mountain and start to fall. They take so long to fall that they have to draw for breath and Dingo has time to admire his house.
- Bender from Futurama is quite fond of these;
We're Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- [stops to inhale
- Lampshaded by Sheen in Jimmy Neutron when Jimmy finds out in the Bad Future that he is MARRIED to Cindy, and his scream lasts the entire commercial break.
Carl: "Wow, you just screamed for four minutes, Jim."
Sheen: "I'm both impressed and disturbed."
- In the second Eek! The Cat episode, Eek has a very long scream after his dream ended with his head exploding.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, Richard did this as a child when he found out that magic doesn't exist. He didn't stop for 15 years.
- Richard also screamed for a long time when he found out he had to get a job.
- In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Crown Fools", King Julien loses his crown, which causes to let loose a nonstop scream that lasts well into the night.
- In Total Drama Island, DJ screamed and ran a rather long way away from Heather, who was still wearing her facial mask and shaving her leg.
- Done several times on Courage the Cowardly Dog. A notable example would be when he uses it in "Ball of Revenge" to defeat a handful of recurring villains from the show in a game of dodgeball.
- Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy: In "Little Ed Blue", Ed's shout of "BIG TROUBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!" is loud enough to rip Eddy's shirt off.
- Phineas and Ferb:
- In "I, Bro-Bot", Candace's reaction to seeing robot versions of her brothers running around is to run for the family panic room, shrieking her head off.
- In "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation", Candace screams as she falls over a waterfall for ten seconds straight.
- Happens twice in the VeggieTales episode "The Ballad of Little Joe". The first time with the Baker and the Blacksmith (played, respectively, by Jimmy and Jerry Gourd), and the second time with the Mayor of Dodgeball City (played by Mr. Nezzer).
- Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur opens Shaggy being taken to the ER because the gang's latest mystery had him on a nonstop scream for almost three hours. He finally stops when the doctor tells him to, since people listen to doctors.
Daphne: Do you think it's a world record?
Doctor: Oh, definitely. I'm just wondering if it's a violation of the laws of physics.
- The Fairlyodd Parents: In "The Great Fairy Share Scare!", Timmy lets out a Big "NO!" that lasts 47 hours when he finds out that he now has to share his fairies with Chloe. He claims he just stopped to take a breather, but is stopped by Jorgen when he tries to start again.
- An episode of Invader Zim featured a man about to be crushed by a falling planet who spends a good minute and a half shrieking "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! NOOO! OH NO! OH NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" and breathing heavily.