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Overly-Long Scream
aka: Long Scream

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.

Examples

Anime
  • 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 Pokemon Mewtwo Returns screams in agony for nearly thirty seconds straight when he tries to break free of Giovanniís machines, though this is justified since heís 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.

Film
  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: They fall down a pit to hell, screaming the whole way, but the pit is so deep that they eventually get tired of repeatedly screaming and start playing 20 questions.
  • The film version of Ronja the Robber's Daughter has a memorable one.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (the 2008 film) - When the main characters fall down the hole leading to the center of the earth. Of the "take a deep breath, then continue screaming" variety.
  • Home Alone: Macaulay Culkin's Overly Long Scream became practically iconic, and his "scream face" made up 90% of the trailers and marketing materials.
  • The Fifth Element: Chris Tucker's ear-molesting performance as Ruby Rhod. Akin to a seemingly endless loop of a stuck pig.
  • Austin Powers:
    "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOOAAAAAHHHHH-" *Steam Roller runs him over.*
  • Westley does it in The Princess Bride, when Humperdink charges into the Pit of Despair and cranks Rugen's life-sucking machine to its maximum setting.
  • Walter in The Muppets, upon learning of the trouble his heroes' studio is in, screams across several short scenes. (Odd that nobody tried even to muffle him on the bus.)
  • In Kiss Me Deadly, Mike Hammer slams a desk drawer on the hand of a scientist after he gets the information he was looking for. The man continues to scream even well after Mike has moved onto examining what he got.

Literature
  • 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.

Live-Action TV
  • The Closer: A 6-year-old girl did this in the police station to demonstrate what her parents told her to do if the recently murdered child molester living next door ever approached her.
  • Supernatural: In the second-season episode Hollywood Babylon the brothers investigate a possible haunting on a movie set. This trope is one of the signs of how terrible the horror movie being filmed is.
  • A non-comedic example in Torchwood Series 2 episode "Adrift": a boy gets zapped through a spacetime rift and returns seven months later (but 40 years older). What he saw on the other end of the rift has driven him mad and he ends up in a mental hospital screaming for twenty hours straight, every day.
  • Definitely non-comedic in The Monocled Mutineer, where a condemned deserter screams like an animal all the way to the firing squad and during his execution. One of the soldiers threw up afterwards.
  • Angel. In "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb" Cordelia is presented with Lorne's severed head to encourage a more compliant attitude. She doesn't start screaming though until the head starts talking to her (turns out Deathwok demons can survive decapitation). Lorne patiently tells Cordy to get it out of her system, but when the scream goes on and on without stopping, Lorne tells her to shut up because he no longer has the hands to cover his ears.

Newspaper Comics

Video Games
  • 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.

Web Animation

Webcomics

Web Original
  • 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*
  • FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUU-
  • 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.

Western Animation
  • 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;
    Leela: They're [the Omachronians] back!
    Bender: We're Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- [stops to inhale] -oooooooooooooooooooooooooomed!
  • 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.
    Sheen: "Wow, Jimmy, you just screamed for like 4 minutes."
  • 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: BIG TROUBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!
    • That yell is loud enough to rip Eddy's shirt off.

Metal ScreamScreaming TropesReactive Continuous Scream
Overly Long NameAdverbly Adjective NounOverly-Long Tongue
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alternative title(s): Long Scream
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