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Screamer Prank
Some schmuck just won The Maze Game.

A Screamer Prank (usually referred to either as a "Screamer" or a "Prank") is a type of Jump Scare that's combined with Surprise Creepy. Originating on the Internet, it pretends at first to be a game, a test, a still image, a video that is not meant to be scary, etc. (more often than not, you will be instructed to turn your volume up... all the way up). Then a scary image (usually a Nightmare Face) pops up with either a scream or a Scare Chord, which is also when you realize that what you were viewing before the Jump Scare was fake all along.

While all screamers are supposed to be scary, there are a few that go Up to Eleven, but there are also some others that end up being Nightmare Retardant.

These are known for utilizing Schmuck Bait to a shameless degree and one of the many reasons why one should be paranoid clicking on certain links on the internet. Also see Shock Site and Last Note Nightmare, the latter being when a song has a creepy ending.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • "K-Fee" is a coffee beverage sold by a German company with a similar name. They have made nine different television commercials that imitate the screamers found online (they were actually shown on TV in Germany). The most popular one is the one featuring a car driving through a road, but after the car disappeared, a green zombie jumps up with a loud monstrous scream. The reason why it is more popular than the other commercials is because it was passed around the internet and was said to be a commercial that was never aired on TV because a ghostly mist would appear next to the car about halfway through the commercial.
    • The K-Fee car commercial was only one of the nine K-Fee screamer commercials. In 2006, there were three parody commercials released on German television to advertise a new variant of K-Fee coffee with less caffeine.
      • "K-Fee Beach" - Shows a couple on the beach looking at each other, then when they are about to kiss, a white demon pops up with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Boardwalk" - Shows a boardwalk panning to the right before the white demon comes from the top of the screen upside down with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Buddah" - Shows a young girl meditating, then then white demon pops up with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Golf" - Shows a golfer man preparing his golf shot, then the white demon comes from the top of the screen upside down with the scream right when the golfer hits the ball.
      • "K-Fee Fish" - Shows a man fishing in the water, then the zombie comes out of the water with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Meadow" - Shows a meadow with yellow flowers, a bike, and a tree, then the zombie pops up with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Surfing" - Shows a man running out to the beach to surf, but before he reaches the beach, the zombie pops up with the scream.
      • "K-Fee Yoga" - Shows a person doing Yoga on top of a cliff from a far view during a sunset, then the zombie pops up with the scream, this time shaded from the dark.
      • "K-Fee Car Lite Parody" - Shows a car driving by and a girly man pops uo where the zombie would pop up in the normal version. The music is also higher pitched in this parody.
      • "K-Fee Beach Lite Parody" - Shows a couple on the beach looking at each other, then when they are about to kiss, a man in a bear costume pops up and makes a funny noise. The music is also higher pitched in this parody.
      • "K-Fee Golf Lite Parody" - Shows a golfer man preparing his golf shot, then a right-side up man wearing a gorilla costume with antennas pops up and says "Ooga Booga" (you can actually see the antennas before he jumps up) when the golfer hits the ball. There are also alot more birds chirping in this parody than in the original.
    • Video featuring the infamous K-Fee car commercial
    • Video featuring all of the K-Fee Commercials (including the parodies)
    • Just for fun, all 9 K-Fee commercials playing at the same time in windows
    • Videos of the parodies: Auto Lite, Beach Lite, and Golf Lite.
  • Busch Gardens' 2011 Howl-O'-Scream TV ad is scary in and of itself, what with the creepy imagery and dark Nursery Rhyme being played in the background, but the kicker comes at the end, when the song ends ("Come play in my garden...") and a female zombie tears through the "O" and lets out a very loud scream. If you're that curious, here's the ad.
  • In 2012, Liberty University put out two advertisements for its yearly Scaremare event. The first one is 30 seconds long and contains no screamer. The longer version is twice as long, and as soon as you think it's about to end, a guy with a red and white striped mask abruptly comes from the side with a loud shriek and tries to hit you with an axe.
  • In The New Russia, dutring the nineties, many TV programs were preceded by the vanity plate of the TV company ВИД (VID, pronounced "veed"). It's a strange image of moving lines and circles with jackhammer or film projector noise in the background, and then, after a few sparks and loud Scare Chord, a mean-looking scary face appears. Many thought it was Yeltsin's, but in fact, it was a statue of Guo Xiang. What the TV's bosses were thinking, when they broadcasted this every day for years, is anyone's guess. Nowadays, this video is a hugely popular meme on the Russian segment of internet, because many of the modern Russian Internet users were kids during The Nineties, and they were shit-scared by this video.
  • This was done for one particularly infamous ad for the short-lived [adult swim] series Saul Of The Mole Men which, itself, was known for mood-whiplashing gore in an otherwise Sid & Marty Kroft-style show.
  • A PSA from the '70s showed a wind-up toy monkey while a childlike voice said, "They say that people on heroin have a monkey on their back. Isn't that cute?" Then the camera zooms in on the monkey's face while a loud primate scream plays. Here's a link to the PSA in question.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In-Universe in The Good Wife episode "Parallel Construction, Bitches". A couple of NSA techs acting as Those Two Guys are goofing off while on the clock and one of them shoots the other a video. The second one says it'd better not be one of those videos where a guy suddenly jumps up in front of the camera to scare you. The first one says it's a cat video. It's a guy-jumps-up-in-front-of-camera video.

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    Video Games 
  • Upgrade Complete offers one through the Heart Rate upgrade.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 has the Krypt Monster, a little fucker that can pop up every now and then when the player is in the Krypt.
    • Speaking of MK, one of Kabal's fatalities counts as this: he tears his mask off, revealing a Nightmare Face and screams at his opponent, which scares them so badly that their spirits exit their bodies & run away!
  • In Call of Duty Black Ops II "Mob of the Dead" campaign, if you zoom in on a fireworks display on the roof. A distorted picture of what appears to be Russman's face will appear for a split second, accompanied by a high-pitched scream.
  • Abused to no small extent in the Arise series of Flash games, to the point that it's more tedious than actually frightening.
  • League of Legends champion Fiddlesticks's Crowstorm tends to be used to this effect. He'll jump out of the brush with no prior warning, and then you're getting eaten alive by a murder of crows.
  • A now-long-defunct location in the Second Life virtual world featured a "haunted" maze where visitors could wander the halls to find free money. Occasionally, however, the visitor will trigger a screaming face that appears on screen for a few moments.
  • Eternal Damnation, a fan-made reimagining of the second Postal game (and included with Postal 2 in the Fudge Pack box set) has a few scare faces thrown at the player during the first mission.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 3 has Matt's aptly-titled Screamer spell, which flashes this on the screen. It also does Dark-elemental damage to the enemies.
  • Soul, on Xbox Live Indie Games, does this. On one of the early levels, the shadowy figure of a girl can be seen standing on the course. When the player passes over the figure, the image of a monstrous screaming woman fills the screen, with appropriate sound effect. The same thing also sometimes happens randomly when you die.
  • Which Way, a flash game, features these as a running gag, and in fact the most common way to lose the game. Sometimes you can see it coming, but other times, particularly when you're doing something with a female character that is inteded to be sexy, it will appear and kill you with a loud scream for no apparent reason. Hitting the play button again will lead you back to the start area, but clicking anything from there will lead to the same screamer. Persevering past that will lead to the manticore that's been killing you sitting in the playground you start in this time, and the same result. From the fourth go on, you can continue to play the game normally.
  • The Creeper from the Doom Game Mod The Ghoul's Forest 3 and Ghouls Vs Humans has this as its attack - it's usually almost invisible and creeping across the ground, and attacks by suddenly jumping up in front of its victim's face with a scream, killing them.
    • The Ghoul's Forest 3 and some custom versions of Ghouls Vs. Humans also have Yurei, a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl who has the ability to subject the player to a screamer prank, as a disturbing photo suddenly fills the screen. In the latter games, it's possible for players to turn off the screamers so that they can participate in matches without the fear of being suddenly subject to dead babies out of nowhere.

    Web Original 
  • "Kikia" is one the first screamers to be widely spread and thus provide inspiration for other similar creations. It originated on Taiwan's Kimo webhosting service from a person with the online username "Netspooky." The first frame shows a cartoon boy sits on a lawn gazing at the sky. Two lines of Chinese text appear. A rough translation is "Hasn't it been a long time... / Haven't looked at the sky closely...". The second frame shows the boy walking down a city street lined with buildings. A rough translation of the Chinese text is "Walking on the street... / You see...". Third frame shows a picture of a ghost woman from Fatal Frame with a piercing scream. The last frame has "Kikia" in yellow text. This does not loop.
  • "What's Wrong with this Picture?" starts a rather innocent photo of a dining room. This is actually a flash file, but because of its early appearance, many viewers had little or no knowledge of flash. After staring at the picture for about thirty seconds, a black and white close-up photo of a screaming woman with dark spots instead of eyes in the eye sockets briefly pops up and screams.
  • "Good Intentions" pretends to be just a slide show of very pretty, peaceful photos (to the tune of R.E.M.'s Shiny Happy People) but, after a while, a photo will come very slowly and all of a sudden it screams, and the Fatal Frame image from Kikia (see above) covers it. It's not over yet, because after this it starts doing the complete opposite, showing scary and unpleasant pictures of murders, monsters, and more, and appears to be over, but after a short time, will scream again.
  • "Subliminal Music and Images" is often considered to be the scariest screamer on the internet. After loading, an advertisement for gin is shown. After a few seconds, part of the image is highlighted and the word "SEX" is visible. An image for a flooring company appears, with a woman appearing to be touching her shoulder. The image is then flipped, so it appears the woman is masturbating herself. Then a song, Cradle of Filth's "Dinner at Deviant Palace" begins to play backward. The Lord's Prayer is heard along with faint noises. In the middle of the prayer, a loud scream is heard, after that. A flurry of disturbing pictures appears really fast before it cut to the message; the first one is a demon face from the movie Demoni, then Pazuzu's face from The Exorcist, then a gray-scale image of a dead woman from Rotten.com (don't go to that site, it's a Shock Site), and then a harlequin baby (which is not safe for work don't look that up either), and a gray-scale image of a mummy without wrappings. It ends with a message, "Never trust strange flash documents talking about subliminal stuff!" with metal music playing in the background.
  • "The Maze" is a famous screamer that gets the user's attention by presenting a game where the challenge is to get to the red area with your cursor while not touching the walls. Usually, there is note saying that few people have completed the game to intrigue you further. There are three levels in all, and after one finishes the 3rd level, a closeup image of Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist appears on the screen and lets out a blood-curdling scream, and if you touch the wall near the end of level 3 where the level gets progressively thin, it will still surprise you. To cheat, hold down the mouse and drag it to the red area.
    • There is also another version shown on America's Funniest Home Videos that changes the picture of Regan MacNeil to the pic that was used in "What's Wrong with this Picture?", most likely for licensing reasons. The scream is also changed to the one in "What's Wrong with this Picture?".
  • "Steady Hand 2" (this one's in Japanese) is another screamer that plays similar to the maze. The "game's" objective is to go to the "goal" without touching the wall. The first level operates entirely as a normal game, and will result in a game over if lost. However, on the second level, always at the same place on the course (3/4 of the way through), a black and white portrait of a deformed person will zoom in and out on a red background with a long scream.
  • "Where's Waldo" shows a realistic Where's Waldo comic, then Pazuzu's face from The Exorcist pops up with a loud scream.
    • There is also an alternative version of this screamer, it uses same image from "What's Wrong with this Picture?" but with light in the eye sockets, the screen also flashes white during the Jump Scare in this version.
    • Note that Waldo was nowhere in the scene, but Odlaw and Wenda were both in it.
  • "Chris the Jack O Latern" is a crudely animated Halloween cartoon featuring a sad jack-o-lantern, who says "Hi kids, my name is Chris. You guys know what Sunday is? Yeah, that's right, Sunday is Halloween, and that makes me upset. You know why it makes me upset?" He pauses until you click the screen, then he says, "Yeah, because Sunday is the day that..." then a rather scary smiling ghost face with a deafening high pitched scream appears. Chris' comments date this prank to 2004 (as Halloween fell on a Sunday that year).
    • There were also 2 sequel episodes, at the end of episode two, there was a menu where you could select to either to go back to Albino Blacksheep's main site, replay the video, or go to the creator's website. However, moving the mouse over any of them brings up a picture with the same scream used in the first CTJ. Moving the mouse over "Back to ABS" makes the ghost used in the first CTJ pop up, moving it over "Replay" makes a grey-scale cloaked man pop up, moving it over "Website" makes a picture of the creator pop up (as a joke). None of the buttons actually work. Episode three could be a parody since it was the only episode to have no real screamer part. In the middle, there was a quick appearance of the ghost from the first one (with no scream).
  • "Jingle Bells Reversed" plays an excerpt of Jingle Bells, then plays it backwards. During the 3/4 mark of the reverse excerpt, heavy breathing is heard and a negative image of a man screaming suddenly pops up with a loud scream that vibrates/echoes afterwards. The words "Hmm... It sounds slightly different in reverse. Hidden message? Who knows? I'm a bastard? Yes." appear at the end.
  • "The Fact About Sajjad Ali" uses soothing music from a Pakistani pop singer Sajjad Ali. Text appears over a picture of Stonehenge describing the song played in the flash, "Paniyon Mein", followed by some Romanized Hindi. A Banshee with glowing eyes suddenly zooms out to a scream, covering the Stonehenge picture. The scream is the same as "What's Wrong With The Picture".
  • "Zoeken" is a Dutch prank ("Zoeken" is a Dutch word for "search") that asks you to find the three differences between two (actually identical) pictures. After a short while, a picture of a vampire woman from the movie Fright Night (uses the same image as the shock item as the "Jessica Alba Nude" screamer) suddenly appears, zooming in and out a few times over a long scream (same as in "Steady Hand 2"), before heading to the end portion with a picture of SpongeBob and the sound of SpongeBob laughing.
  • "Swearing Baby" shows a video of a baby sleeping, then the baby opens its mouth, but a few seconds after that, it turns blue, it's head grows giant, and lets out a high pitched distorted scream before turning back to normal.
  • "Little Dancing Girl" is a video of a young girl dancing down a hallway, but after the girl is gone from the screen, a red demon woman jumps up with a powerful scream. Another scary thing about the screamer is the TV on the right which just has constant static.
  • "Escape The Spooky Room" is a prank that shows a picture of a rather poorly drawn room, in which you're supposed to find a way out of (like a game called The Crimson Room). However, clicking on anything has no effect at all and, after about half a minute, a creepy shadow is shown moving across the floor. Upon waiting a few more seconds, a rather scary picture of a deformed person's face leaps onto the screen, accompanied by a woman screaming.
  • "Ghost Chair" is a video that shows a room with a rocking chair, green lighting, and a bunch of toys. After a while, the chair starts rocking on its own, then Linda Blair quickly crawls up to the camera a few seconds later with a distorted and echoing scream.
  • "Clock Crew Quiz" pretends to be a test which involves a series of questions, all of which gives the following choices: "Strawberry Clock," "Josh Bedn," "Tom Fulp," or "George Bush." First Question: Who is king of the Portal? Answer: Strawberry Clock. Second Question: Who was the first clock? Answer: Strawberry Clock. Third Question: Who is from Canada? Immediately after the question is revealed, an image of a distorted woman's face will appear with a scream. The Clock Crew of the title is a reference to a group of people who make Macromedia Flash animations on Newgrounds (where this prank is hosted), with "Strawberry Clock" referring to the person who started it all.
  • "Meaning of Life 2006" is a Newgrounds animation that states it is a serious Flash and apologizes for a quiet music rip. It appears to be a rather substandard Flash presentation talking philosophically about the meaning of life. After several frames, a picture of a woman's skull (it still has long hair and one eye) that's boiling in a gorey goo-like substance appears accompanied with a continuously looping scream.
  • "3D Practice" is a Newgrounds animation that shows a few 3D animations. at the end, a hideous bloody green zombie face pops up with a horrifying scream, despite it being rated suitable for everyone (most likely on purpose to trap to some viewers).
  • "Watch This While High" is a prank spread across YouTube for people that are drunk and/or high. It starts of with a sun smiling, and then shows random pictures from Sponge Bob Square Pants as the "The Best Day Ever" song plays. At the end of the video, a flurry of disturbing art pops up with a roar.
  • "Hot Blond in Tanning Bed" is an infamous, no scream Youtube prank. It shows a pretty 18 year old getting ready to tan (stripping down to a bikini, putting on tanning lotion, etc.). Then she turns on the tanning bed. She then sits on the edge of the tanning bed and puts tanning lotion on her leg, but then the top lid of the tanning bed closes quickly (kind of like a Venus flytrap) and distorts her body, but with no blood. It cuts off to a message saying "Tanning can kill you". Finally, it goes back to the video and electric sparks come out of the tanning bed.
    • This was referenced in BIONICLE Heroes with the Piraka Sun Lounger, except with a lawn chair.
      • Speaking of, wasn't there a Piraka Connect-the-Dots game you could download on the Piraka website? It told you to turn up the volume. There were no numbered dots and if you got it wrong a number of times a Piraka (or other picture) would appear and flash at you until it showed the Piraka logo. Not to mention this was for KIDS.
  • "Freaky Picture" is not a video or a flash file, it is an animated GIF. A normal messy room is shown, and the instructions tell you to watch closely at the blue sack hanged on the door for about one minute, the time to figure out what's wrong on this room. After 60 seconds a picture of female ghost appears from the door toward you before disappearing really fast. No scream but the sudden appearance is quite (hence the title) freaky.
  • All five Luna Games (a series of Creepypasta fangames) contain screamers. However, the first and fourth ones are tame especially compared to the second and third ones (The fourth one has alot more actual game-play). The screamer in the full version of the fifth game (titled "Luna Game 0") only pops up if you try to restart the game.
    • Another MLP creepypasta game, Smile.exe, ends with a Zalgo-ified Pinkie screamer whose sound loops for about 30 seconds.
  • Hour of Death is a screamer that fakes a death guesser. It tells you it guesses your death, you enter the info about yourself. Now this is where the scary part happens; it tells you that your death will be caused by a Heart Attack then afterwards it will roll off what day where you die and a clown wearing glasses appears with a scream. But this is not the scariest part, there is a button that says "find out your real death date", once you click it, an explicit photo of a bleeding deformed person vomiting appears with an even louder scream. After the picture disappears, text appears saying you've been sabotaged, and during the text appearing, an animated ninja drops down to the bottom of the screen.
  • The Red Room is an interesting horror animation with a "screamer" element of sorts thrown in. The text is in Japanese, but the story related is of a student trying to encounter a mysterious pop-up ad that simply asks, "Do you like-?" that has been linked to the disappearance of a classmate. Once he finds it, he discovers that attempting to click out of the pop-up simply causes it to reload, adding on more to the phrase until it asks, "Do you like the red room?" The student is then presented with a list of the names of others who have encountered the pop-up and gone missing, and rumors of his suicide circulate the next day. The final shot is of the list, with the student's name on the bottom. The screamer comes at the very end - an actual pop-up window will activate in your browser, asking, "Do you like-?"
  • In a Pony Dot Mov short that aired at Trotcon (viewable here), Spike reassures the viewer that so the short can be family-friendly, nothing scary will happen. This is followed by the RD-5000 smashing through the wall, causing the camera to get disconnected. After this, Fluttershy's Nightmare Face from SHED.MOV pops up with a loud scream.
    • And the fun doesn't end there. In the other Trotcon short, no screamers appear. This is lampshaded by Rainbow Dash.
      • Rainbow Dash: "Well, at least nothing scary happe-" Cue Jump Scare
  • Alrena Roushe's Profile is a prank that pretends to be a Facebook profile of Alrena Roushe, the ghost woman in the scary flash game "The House". The profile picture is her baby picture. Moments later, Alrena pops up tearing the Facebook page with a loud scream at the same time, her baby picture will have its eyes open. There is also an alert box warning upon loading the site saying that it is not for the faint of heart.
  • UFO Screamer (Real or Hoax?) is a prank that tells viewers that a rumored UFO was supposedly spotted. Then it shows a picture of a forest that zooms in before an alien jumps out and shakes with a long distorted screech.
  • A two part V-log (10-19-12) from Noah Antwiler discusses jump scares. Early into the first video, a random assortment of screamer faces appears, complete with loud shriek, in order to prove a point. It appears again at the very end of the video for absolutely no reason. The second part is more straightforward, though.
  • Viacom BND of Doom starts out with a video of the infamous Viacom "V of Doom" logo. Suddenly it shatters to show the angry-looking VID mask flying at you with its eyes wide open and its tongue sticking out with a piercing roar and the same Scare Chord from VID logo right after it.
  • VID TV Logo in G-MAJOR Viewer Discretion Is Advised starts out with VID mask in G-Major, then the aforementioned VID mask appears with scream. It also appears at the end with a text bubble "Pleasant Dreams!".
  • "Come with me" has poems early but after the Kikia face pops up, various Body Horror images pop up, followed up by a demon face with man screaming. Then, as an apologize, a Rickroll ends it. Try it at your own risk.
  • Raining Blood Expert 342K 100% FC Guitar Hero III - The video's title is self-explanatory, but at 1:14, a zombie woman pops up with a powerful scream and a roar at the same time. The rest of the video is a blank black screen (which is majority of the video).
  • The Creepy Pasta called "The .gif". It's about one of these on 4Chan, what looks like a smiley face made out of a mouth and eyes cut out of a magazine and placed on a yellow circle. After a minute, it turns into a frowney face and lets out an ear-splitting, blood-curdling scream, and rapid-fires a bunch of horrifying imagery. Then it closes your browser. People who watch it in it's entirety are found dead with a smiley face drawn in blood next to them. However, in a cliche' twist, the admins removed it and banned the person who put it up. However, the 'pasta warns it could be on other sites...
  • Sorta-parodied, as befits the joking nature of the site, by the www.GhostSingles.com chat— the whole website is supposed to look like a fake dating site for ghosts, including a supposed chatbox where you can talk to other ghosts. If you decide role-playing as a ghost might be fun and go to the chat page, it looks like you're being logged in in the midst of a conversation between some users already talking. They "greet" you, and you can type "Hi" back and before "YOU'RE NOT DEAD" flashes on the screen, and then the entry box types "BEWARE", "A MORTAL IS IN THIS CHATROOM", "I AM INSIDE THEIR KEYBOARD" and "I WILL MAKE THIS MORTAL PAY" for you. Then an angry man's face (nothing horrifying, just a regular-looking man with an angry expression) flashes on the screen and you hear evil laughter. It can still make you jump if you aren't expecting it, though.
  • First Legitimate 3DS SD Card Hack - Starts off with a person turning on his 3DS. He opens up the photo app. After he presses the more pictures button, a picture of Jeff the Killer from Creepy Pasta pops up and flashes with a loud long lasting scream.
  • FOllOW thE Red DOt!!!!! - A screamer that starts with the words "Huthsweg Productions prasentiert" and "Verfolge den roten Punkt!" . Then, a red dot is shown moving across a white maze, like the title, it tells you to follow the dot. As it reaches the end of the maze, another maze comes out and the dot appears again continues to move (the second maze is somehow a section of the first maze, so it's actually only have one maze). Before the dot reach the end of the section, an image of Katie Embry about to die with eyes yellow from the movie 'The Ring' appears during a loud scream until the end of the video. It was created by the user Ricci Aika.
  • This downplayed example is a prank that shows a woman staring away at the viewer. Shortly (around 12 seconds), her eyes will move looking at the viewer and quickly turns back to her normal stance. There is no scream but it startled most viewers.
  • The Elmo Song =) - An infamous screamer that plays "The Elmo Song" from Sesame Street, until a picture of Sadako from "The Ring" at 0:11 pops up with a scream.
  • UFO Crashes into Plane (WARNING: Graphic Footage) - It pretends to be a footage that shows an actual UFO footage. It starts with a warning that the footage is shocking. Afterwards, the video cuts to a rooftop of a house until it reaches a telephone wire. However, near the end of the video, a scary alien pops up with a distorted roar.
  • Gamemun - The purpose of this one is to fool people into thinking they're going to play a game. A loading screen is shown, then a screen giving the option to choose "1 Player" or "2 Players". After either one is chosen, a female face is shown in white makeup and red eyes with a scary noise. The picture zooms in and out.
  • Ghost Illusions In Clouds Screamer - A 30-second screamer that pretends to be an optical illusion video which shows a sad face hidden in a picture of clouds. It then shows a still picture of a cloud-filled sky. But at the end of the video, a grayscale and negative image of Reagan Mac Neil pops up with the scream from "What's Wrong With This Picture?" extra loud and played four times.
  • Google Earth: Couple Caught Having Sex - A "short film" created by Jasbo and Mc Fly under the username We Touch Yourself. It shows a map of the western portion of the United States zooming in slowly, when the video reaches 0:24, it shows an image of a couple having $3 covering the map for two seconds. The video then resumes to normal until zooms in into a house with a green roof (which then be encircled) where then a scary-looking manipulated photo of a smiling baby with mouths as eyes at 0:39 pops up with a loud scream.
  • untitled is one of the shortest screamers out there because it is part of the "5secondfilms" Youtube series. It shows a guy that got the TV working, but on the screen, it shows the same guy on the TV screen having his throat slit. The guy outside of the TV screen asks "What's wrong?" then a cloaked bloody man pops up with a woman's scream.
  • In-universe: SCP Foundation has SCP-136, a doll which, when observed for a prolonged time, causes the victim to hear a creepy laughter and then abruptly see a Humanoid Abomination appear out of nowhere and scream in their face.

    Western Animation 
  • The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City" fits this trope. He walks into an old abandoned building and starts opening doors, seeing things like King Ghidorah (from Godzilla) and Jaws. He finally opens up the third door and sees a realistic girl playing a violin from behind which Courage likes at first, but the girl turns around and scares him with a giant red CGI face and a scream. It is the page image for Nightmare Fuel Western Animation.
  • The scene in the Adventure Time episode "Guardians of Sunshine" where Finn and Jake creep up on Sleepy Sam.
  • As if the Wander over Yonder episode "The Pet" wasn't creepy enough, The Stinger animatic at the end of the episode shows Captain Tim sleeping near Lord Hater's bed. After more than a few seconds, Captain Tim suddenly lunges at the camera, screams, and licks it in his mouth.
  • In a Rabbids Invasion video called "Find The Rabbid," the viewer is asked to find the Rabbid, but there is no Rabbid... just a peaceful pond. A few seconds later, a Rabbid jumps out and screams, and then three Rabbids laugh, indicating that it was a Screamer Prank made up by the Rabbids.

    Truth In Television/Real Life 
  • Before the rise of digital videos on the internet, Japan already had live pranksters known as "random screamers" who would set themselves up somewhere they could find suitable random victims, such as on a street corner or by the doors of an elevator, and then SCREAM VERY LOUDLY at them at some opportune moment. Usually, this was done with a hidden camera somewhere nearby so they could send footage of the victims' flustered reactions to local TV comedy shows.

    Parodies of this Trope 
  • "Not Scary" shows a picture of a room, then it shows a picture of a face drawn on MS Paint with a guy going "Boogity boogity boogity boo". Then it switches between the room and the MS Paint face for a while until the guys face says "Alright, I'm done. You can go away now". Then he says one last "Boogity boogity boogity!" with the face.
  • Played for Laughs in The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Nintendo Power. We first see a long, quiet shot of the Nerd's room with a few magazines piled up on the floor before the Nerd suddenly jumps into the screen and yells "ASS!"
  • Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has one with a picture of a RED RUPEE of all things after explaining that you only get the Giant's Wallet after completing the Oceanside Spider House on the 1st day.
    Chuggaaconroy: Just ask some of the other LPers what they think of that! '''''AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!''''']
  • On Gravity Falls, Grunkle Stan tries in vain to scare a couple of trick-or-treaters. When he asks what scares kids nowadays, they show him a clip of a cute kitten on one of their cell phones. Suddenly a scary face appears on the screen, scaring the bejeesus out of Stan.
  • In the Mario fangame Psycho Waluigi, in Static Void Kingdom, the whole level is surreal compared to the rest of the game, and there's one part of the level where the face from "What's Wrong with this Picture?" pops up for a second but with no scream.
  • In the Smosh episode Super Powers! Anthony is standing far away holding several objects. He is far enough not to be able to hear him at all. That is until Ian suddenly pops up close to the camera and screams really loud.
    Anthony: Hey, so, the funny thing about this is if you actually look really closely, you can see-
    Ian: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
  • Once again, videos of the parodies of the K-Fee commercials mentioned in the Advertising section: Auto Lite, Beach Lite, and Golf Lite.
  • Parodied twice in The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Carrie the ghost makes one in-universe in an online short that was later included in the episode "The Tape": she claims the video will let you see in 3D without glasses and instructs you to get closer, then makes a creepy face while yelling and laughs afterward.
    • "The Internet" centered on Gumball's reaction to what is implied to be the K-Fee car commercial becoming an Instant Web Hit.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Good thing you brought your brown pants, huh?
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