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- The Rogue Titan from Attack on Titan starts off every major battle (usually involving tearing every other Titan in its vicinity a new asshole) with a terrifying roar. Justified in that Eren is usually in the throes of Unstoppable Rage whenever he's in this form.
- The second titan that the Rogue Titan fights onscreen attempts this, but before it can get to the "beating" part of the trope, the Rogue Titan punches it so hard both his hand and its head go flying into the air, with the head landing in a church steeple halfway across the city.
- Jurassic Park does this pretty constantly.
- Parodied in Night at the Museum, with the T. rex skeleton.
- The cave troll in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- It had just smashed through a rotten old wooden door. Poor thing must have been feeling the splinters.
- Also happens with the Balrog in the same film.
- Happens twice in a row in Star Trek.
- All Predator movies have the title alien doing this after unmasking.
- The graboids in Tremors do this, which is especially odd because not only does it give the protagonists time to get away as per the trope, but it also totally negates their stealth advantage from being underground, and it partially blinds them—since they "see" through vibrations in the ground, sticking half their mass into the air should only make it harder to find their prey. More than one protagonist has survived an encounter simply because the creature saw fit to jump out of the ground right next to them and roar first, rather than just sneaking up under them and devouring them without warning, which is what happens to anyone who isn't a main character.
- Justified with the shriekers, since their scream is how they navigate and identify prey.
- The Lion King:
- Nala makes a lot of noise while chasing Pumbaa.
- The Hyenas do this.
- Subverted in the Conan the Barbarian story "The Tower of the Elephant," which has Conan fighting off one of a pack of lions in the title tower that are completely silent when they go for the kill. He asks his partner Taurus of Nemedia why the lion he fought did not roar, and Taurus's reply was that "All things are strange in this garden. The lions strike silently — and so do other deaths."
- According to Tarzan of the Apes, all big cats do this, as their roar paralyzes their victim with fear. Edgar Rice Burroughs wasn't really famous for his biological accuracy.
- The Incredible Hulk: Upon transforming, The Hulk usually gives a big roar to let the now terrified villains know that he is really pissed off.
- Most of the enemies in Tomica Hero Rescue Force do this, as well as two of the friendly Mecha (Dozer and Shovel). Its sequel, Rescue Fire, kicks it into overdrive by having most of the friendly mecha do it as well.
- Legendarily, the Daleks in Doctor Who always waste time shouting "Exterminate!" before opening fire, giving the Doctor time to escape. Lampshaded in "The Parting of the Ways", where a Dalek gets in a firefight with a robot that's designed to spout a catchphrase before firing its disintegrator ray (the Dalek wins because, unlike the android, it can just fire without shouting first if it really wants to).
- Justified as of "The Witch's Familiar", which established that saying "Exterminate!" is the usual way for them to trigger their weapons, by concentrating their own hostility. They can fire without speaking, but it's easier if they shout first.
- The X-Files: Occurs in some Monster Of The Week episodes, e.g. 1x02 Squeeze, 6x16 Alpha, 8x04 Patience.
- On The 100, the mutated Killer Gorilla always lets out a roar before, during, and after attacking.
- Lampshaded in an installment of The Far Side: Two leopards are in a tree, preparing to pounce on some explorers on safari passing underneath. One of the leopards tells the other: "Roar just as you leap; these things have some of the greatest expressions." (Also counts as a Mixed Metaphor or maybe a Malaproper, since the real expression is, of course, "Look before you leap.")
- Most beasts in Bloodborne tend to roar at you, however, they are not yelling in aggression, consider how their skins exploded during their beast transformation, one can tell they are instead screaming in agony.
- Most of the Skag types in Borderlands open up their three jaws to screech at you before charging...which is incredibly stupid. Some of the most dangerous boss Skags can be shot dead before they even start fighting you thanks to this trope and an emptied magazine.
- In the Halo games, Elites will roar when their shield breaks, giving ample opportunity to blow their heads off.
- All bosses in the Dark Cloud series pose as the battle begins. They also get Boss Subtitles, even if the characters had been conversing with them several minutes beforehand.
- The karkians in Deus Ex roar before charging you. The baby karkians don't, most likely because they can't kill you with one bite.
- Demons in Doom 3 will roar at you, take a charge, then roar again every few feet.
- The feral ghouls from Fallout 3. Unfortunately for them, this is no free action; they still take normal damage while roaring instead of charging right away, with often fatal results. Unless they're the infamously bugged Feral Ghoul Reavers in which case that roar is your 3 second head start to get going.
- In Fallout 4, if you give the Sole Survivor some combat chems before a fight, he or she will yell "Fucking KILL!" before shooting.
- The large trigens from Far Cry.
- The Final Fantasy series is fond of this before a boss fight; Bahamut is most notable.
- Wretches in Gears of War.
- Nine times out of ten, mooks in God Hand will stop to throw off a one-liner before charging in.
- Euryale in God of War 2.
- This is a good way to know how badly Kratos wants you dead.
- Half-Life: The headcrabs who emit a screech when throwing themselves on the player. Especially notorious are the black headcrabs from Half-Life 2 who screech even before attacking their prey. Zombies might or might not qualify, dependent on how much their vocal function is controlled by the headcrab.
- The Half-Life 2 Fast Zombies stop and scream before they attack. Apparently this is a way of keeping them scary without making them too easy or too annoying.
- In Left 4 Dead and the sequel, the Tank will roar and pound its chest after incapacitating a survivor, for much of the same reasons that Fast Zombies stop and scream.
- Thresher Maws in Mass Effect.
- Used extensively in Resident Evil to compensate for the fact that you can't move while aiming your weapon.
- The boss at the end of the Shank trailer. Though he isn't a monster he's a monstrously large man.
- Ugh Zan III in Serious Sam roars quite a while before he starts attacking.
- Wyverns and Dragons in Vagrant Story roar impressively as they attack; D'Tok, the first such enemy in the game, is a notable example. Also, a variety of bosses will even cause a small pause in the action and have their own mini-cutscene instants before they initiate their ultimate attack (including the Final Boss,) relinquishing control to the player just in time to defend or flee.
- In Warcraft III's teaser trailer an Infernal falls from the sky, crawls from its flaming crater, and roars at the footman and grunt facing it.
- In-game, any unit with Roar (increases ally damage) or Howl of Terror (decreases enemy damage) will do this before attacking.
- In Starcraft II cinematics, the hydralisks roar before attacking General Warfield (and subsequently one of them get punched in the face).
- The Lord of Change at the end of the Warhammer Online Cinematic.
- All Pokémon will roar when they enter a battle. Wild, trained, or legendary, stupid or super-genius, it doesn't matter. They'll do it.
- Used to terrifying effect in the dinosaur hunting game Carnivores. While all the other dangerous dinosaurs just run in and kill you without making much noise until it's too late, the T-rex has poor eyesight and must sniff the air to know if you're nearby. If one smells you, it immediately lets out a horrifyingly loud roar and runs right for you. Seeing as their only weak spot is the eye (shoot anywhere else and you'll just piss them off), unless you somehow manage to shoot their eye as they're charging you, if you hear that roar you're pretty much screwed.
- A lot of the creatures in Monster Hunter roar when they see you (Or when they get ticked off), but it's not always the kind of roar that leaves you stuck covering your ears. The mook and boss raptors (-Preys and -Dromes) take a noticeable amount of time roaring, so a quick-witted hunter can easily get the first hit on them. On the other hand, wyverns and any other large boss-sized monster can deafen you with roars, stunning you briefly (Unless you have the Earplugs ability). The Zinogre does roar as well, but if you don't deal significant damage within the first few seconds of encountering it, it will roll its neck before doing anything else. A few monsters like the Tigrex and Akantor even roar loudly enough to injure you and send you flying if you're too close.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, the Grey Warden is tasked with reaching the top of the darkspawn-infested Tower of Ishal to light a beacon. An ogre is hunched over in front of the beacon, gnawing on something. When it notices you, it lets out a massive roar before attacking.
- Another ogre does the same thing to King Cailan before killing him.
- In Dragon Age II, Flemeth roars at the horde of darkspawn before slaughtering them, thus saving the lives of Hawke and his companions.
- At the climax of the Bone Pit quest, a dragon comes flying out of the sky and roars at Hawke before attacking.
- A wyvern also lets out a roar before attacking you in the Mark of the Assassin DLC.
- At the climax of the Bone Pit quest, a dragon comes flying out of the sky and roars at Hawke before attacking.
- Many Metroid bosses.
- All Metal Gears roar in their pre-battle cutscenes (despite being vehicular weapons of war without much logical reason to do so).
- In Super Meat Boy, fourth and fifth boss roar ingame and cutscene (and the third roars only in cutscene). Almost parodied with the fifth boss, whose cutscene has it roaring in three-part harmony, and the third, who roars at you just before having the fight interrupted (and never actually gets around to fighting you).
- All the bosses in Patapon roar if you attack them while they're resting, or get close enough
- In Ōkami, Orochi lets out a particularly badass roar whenever he makes a major appearance.
- The Abominable Snowbug from Bug!! does this as soon as it breaks free from the ice it was trapped in.
- The Fleshpound in Killing Floor stops for a moment to roar when it Turns Red.
- Averted in the first Dead Space game in vaccuum areas, where monsters will gladly sneak up on Isaac from behind and attack without warning (the additional music cues are also muted until the monster can actually be seen). Please straight at all other times in the series, however.
- The final boss of Chimera Beast does this when you see it flash across the screen.
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bloodsuckers, snorks and dogs.
- Big Daddies in BioShock usually let out their distinctive roar before a charge. This is carried over into their appearance in Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.
- In The Wonderful 101, final boss Jergingha does this after his transformation to Wonder-Jergingha. Particularly noteworthy since he had been so eloquent before that.
- Endermen from Minecraft make a rather disturbing noise (at 0:35 in this video) should the player provoke them by "staring" at them (moving the crosshairs directly over their torsos or heads). Then they usually teleport directly behind the player.
- The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy's notoriously utter a loud mechanical shriek when they catch you.
- Almost all enemies in the Gothic series do this; the general rule is that, if you walk into an enemy monster's aggro radius, they will first give you three warning roars before attacking, and if you leave before the third roar is up, they won't attack.
- In Dota 2, two or three of Ursa's skills are accompanied with roars. This makes him damage more and be more durable, and he's capable of killing someone in a span of seconds with this, so usually if he roars, it's a sign that he's going to beat you to death.
- Off-White: The wolves are shown growling at a elk before killing it.
- Happened quite often on Batman: The Animated Series
- Whenever Batman would face a ferocious creature of some sort, whether a born animal (the black leopard in the Malaysian temple in '"The Demon's Quest") or a human-turned-humanoid-animal (Kirk Langstrom as Man-Bat in "On Leather Wings").
- Catwoman, while usually assuming the standard Classy Cat-Burglar role, could become pretty feral when angry or aggressive. This is most effectively done in "Almost Got 'Im", where she interrupts the Joker's live TV broadcast on which Batman is scheduled to be executed by a laugh-powered electric chair. While staring daggers at Harley Quinn, she can be heard hissing during the brief moment before pouncing on Harley, and only begins using human speech toward the end of the sequence. No wonder Harley looked terrified.
- The Tom and Jerry short The Milky Waif has Jerry producing a lion-like roar before before giving Tom an epic thrashing for spanking Nibbles.
- Animals such as grizzly bears might seem to do it as survivor accounts sometimes relate, but, as stated above what's likely occurring is that the animal is giving a warning signal and the human(s) are unable or don't know to retreat to its liking.
- Same with rattlesnakes. They're infamous for their warnings before attacking, unless they're hunting for food, when they stay quiet.
- Soldiers would often roar while charging with spears and later bayonets. May originate with the behavior of certain animals among themselves in territorial disputes, or fighting over a mate. Especially in premodern conflicts, intimidating battle cries were great for making the enemy break ranks and run to prevent a full on fight. Sun Tzu advised generals to leave the enemy an avenue of escape because an enemy fighting to the death is far more dangerous than an enemy running away.
- Yelling your head off is also a good way to get your own adrenaline levels to spike, which could give hand-to-hand combatants a bit more of an advantage against less hyped-up opponents.
- The Roman legions' aversion of this trope was said to be disconcerting to the unorganized tribesmen they fought throughout their history. The barbarians would make a big show of screaming and beating their chests. The Romans lined up in their maniples, centurions barked commands, and the disciplined ranks marched down and cut you to pieces in relative silence.
- The general idea is that animals make noise when they want to intimidate, but they shut up when they want to hunt something.
- Exceptions are animals that use sound as a weapon (like pistol shrimp), use echolocation (like bats), communicate with pack members (like wolves), or a combination of the above (like dolphins).