The polar opposite of a Screaming Woman
. While a Screaming Woman
instinctively yells at the top of her lungs at the first sign of terrifying danger, hitches up her skirts, and runs away from it, screaming all the way, a Screaming Warrior yells at the top of their lungs at the first sign of terrifying danger, raise their weapon, and then proceeds to charge headfirst into it
, screaming all the way. Occasionally, the Screaming Warrior is
the terrifying danger, at least to his enemies. Or friends
Everyone likes a good Battle Cry
right before a big fight, but this character just keeps on yelling even while the fight is well underway. Perhaps it's to intimidate their opponent, maybe it's just a habit, maybe it's to follow tradition, or maybe it's just cool
to do. For bonus points, once the fight is over, don't be surprised if the character lets out one last cry of victory while standing over the pile of heap that was their opponent.
Not to be confused with Make Me Wanna Shout
(where the screaming is an attack in its own right).
Make note that the trope is not limited to simply to screams. Loud, consecutive grunts and various roars very well qualify. A Screaming Warrior is most likely an angsty Badass
, Action Girl
, Proud Warrior Race Guy
, a berserker
or all of the above.
An Onrushing Army
have the same impact without this trope, so expect it to go hand-in-hand with examples of the former - the likelihoods formerly mentioned can be disregarded in Onrushing Army
Compare Calling Your Attacks
, Leeroy Jenkins
, Stab the Sky
, Shouting Shooter
. Contrast Tranquil Fury
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- Of the numerous Screamers within comic books, Wolverine is the most well known. The characteristic has since been endowed into just about all of his incarnations.
- Naturally, his clone X-23 also shares the habit.
- The Incredible Hulk ties him with the trope.
- The Tick's battle-cry of "Spoon!" looks like it fits here.
- The Rambo franchise loves this. Especially in III, where both he and the Big Bad are Screaming Warriors while playing chicken using a tank and a helicopter.
- Parodied mercilessly by "Weird Al" Yankovic in his film UHF.
- For comedic effect, Han Solo can be seen in Star Wars as the Screaming Warrior chasing after a detachment of Stormtroopers, blaster drawn, until he runs into their reinforcements, at which point he begins screaming and running away from them.
- One of Bruce Lee's iconic traits.
- Joker has 2-4 guys like this in the '89 Batman film. One of them fights Batman in an alley with dual swords, and the other three fight in succession in the belfry scene at the end. The last guy, a Scary Black Man, provides the only real threat.
- Appears in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas: after being swallowed and spat out by a sea monster, one of Proteus's soldiers charges screaming at the monster, prompting Sinbad to remark to Proteus, "Give that guy a raise."
- Just about every male character in Big Trouble in Little China is one of these.
- Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune), the farmer's son crazy pseudo-samurai in Shichinin no Samurai.
- Even characters who aren't normally warriors can pick up this habit. As Jay and Silent Bob leap in to save Bethany from the Stygian Triplets in Dogma, Jay howls "SNOOTCH TO THE MOTHERFUCKIN' NOOOOOOOOTCH!"
- Darkwolf from Fire and Ice.
- Shan-Yu from Disney's Mulan, is the Screaming Warrior after his army is killed by the avalanche created by Fa Mulan (disguised as Ping).
- In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Admiral Kirk is seen as the Screaming Warrior while jumping on Commander Kruge.
- Brendan Fraser's character attempts to scare off a group of warrior mummies in The Mummy. Turns out warrior mummies have a pretty impressive scream of their own.
- It's actually a bit of a Brick Joke or a Call Back. When Rick first encounters the titular mummy as he's cornered Evie:
Imhotep: [intimidating scream]
Rick: [Screams back and unloads a shotgun into his chest]
- And when running into a group of mummified Medjai:
Rick: [screams at the mummies]
Mummies: [far more intimidating scream]
- Ardeth gets some Screaming Warrior moments too, notably in the sequel before he attacks Lock-Nah.
- Last Action Hero. Jack Slater's daughter is attacked by one of the Big Bad's goons, and starts out a Screaming Woman... then continues to scream while beating the tar out of him (so his buddies will think he's still slapping her around and not interfere).
- Allied troops yell as they charge into the dunes in The Longest Day.
- Chinese armies usually scream SA! as they charge in movies (drawing it out, of course). It means 'Kill.'
- Ace Ventura in the second film, while fighting the Hatutu tribe champion.
- See any Reb Brown movie, even though he Screams Like a Little Girl.
- In The Matrix, Morpheus, when he busts out of the wall to take down an Agent to allow the others, including Neo, to escape. His capture sets up the rest of the film.
- Beaten to a gruesome death in John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. The leader of the zombie-type-things goes through every possible emotive inflection of "RARRrrrrh!" in his first ten minutes onscreen, depending on his apparent mood. Then he gets to deliver them all over again, a few times each. Scarily enough, this makes him one of the best actors in the film.
- Subverted in Young Guns. When the outlaws are seemingly cornered, Chavez appears to launch his horse at a cliff with a battle cry. Inspired by his courage, the other outlaws follow and to everyone's surprise they make it unscathed. When one of the other outlaws tells Chavez that was awesome and asks what the battle cry means in his native language, Chavez gives him a wry look and says, "Stop!"
- The climactic fight of Undefeatable has both male fighters (especially the villain) screaming at the top of their lungs.
- Played straight by Hobbits, of all people, in Return of the King. Li'l tiny Merry and Pippin are the first to charge into the trap sprung by the Big Bad.
- In the X-Men films, Wolverine usually lets out a battle cry when taking down foes.
- There's a lot of screaming during the fights in Pirates of the Caribbean, but the prize goes to Davy Jones, who has a wide range of bloodcurdling yells. Also includes the "opponent screams back" variant!
Jones: [furiously roars in Jack Sparrow's face, tentacles writhing]
Sparrow: [shrieks in terror]
- In Larry Niven's Ringworld, a Kzin describes the proper response to a fighting-words insult as "You scream and you leap."
Speaker-to-Animals: "Louis Wu, I found your challenge verbose. When challenging a Kzin, a simple scream of rage will suffice. You scream and you leap."
- In A Harvest Of War the main character loves to (impressively) roar her lungs out in battle. Sometimes she sings bad songs badly instead.
- Discworld variations:
- Sam Vimes from the City Watch books does this in Thud!!, when he's in a cave full of dwarves, going crazy from a combination of a demon in his head and not being able to read his son his bedtime story. Say it with me: THAT! IS!! NOT!!! MY!!!! COW!!!!!
- The Nac Mac Feegle do this. In abundance. At the same time. With individual yells.
- In Guards! Guards! the dwarfs are described as:
"...by nature dutiful, serious, literate, obedient and thoughtful people whose only minor failing is a tendency, after one drink, to rush at enemies screaming 'Arrrrrrgh!' and axing their legs off at the knee."
- In Interesting Times, Cohen advises Teach (a geography teacher who joined the Silver Horde out of curiosity) to imagine the enemy is everything he hates in order to work up a good beserk:
"Head teachers! Sports masters! Boys who chew gum!"
"Smoke pipes at me, would you? You! That boy there! Answer me back, eh! Take that!"
- In Brian Jacques' Redwall series, the badgers and hares have their famous battle cry, "Eulaliaaaa!". Other characters often yell "Redwall!" or "freedom!".
- Second Apocalypse: Cnaiur urs Skiotha has a combination of this and Badass Boast. During battle, he screams challenges to his enemies ("Who? Who will murder me?!") or about how many of their countrymen he has killed ("I bear your fathers and brothers upon my arms!"). At one point this is intimidating enough that his enemies see him as an avatar of their god of war.
- Sigismundo Celine in Robert Anton Wilson's Historical Illuminatus Chronicles does this in the rare instances he's forced to fight, since his fencing teacher told him it throws the enemy off. When a mild mannered intellectual suddenly screams "DIEEEE!" at the top of his lungs, it certainly seems to work.
- Eidolon in the Horus Heresy novels.
- Charisian Marines in David Weber's Safehold series are famous for their howling war cry. They are also famous for being the best marines in the world, trained with muskets (and rifles & pistols), swords, and tomahawks. Just hearing them coming has been known to make lesser opponents flee.
- Subverted in The Warrior's Apprentice after Miles observes his companion's assault on an empty room, complete with a "war whoop":
Miles: You know, it might be better if we don't yell, going in. It's startling. It's bound to be a lot easier to hit people if they're not jumping around and ducking behind things.
- In Wraith Squadron, the pilot Runt has a Mind Hive. His initial pilot mind has a terrible tendency to scream a wordless, wavering warcry and plunge after the closest enemy, heedless of tactics, orders, or the fact that his craft's weapons would probably work better than ramming. His wingmate Kell helps cure him of this, and in time he apparently switches to a pilot mind that's more erudite.
- Warcries abound in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Aragorn and …omer often use the names of their swords as battle cries, and Aragorn often uses the name of his ancestor, Elendil, as a battle cry as well. The Rohirrim have quite a few warcries, and Gimli has his famous Dwarven battle cry, "Baruk Khaz‚d! Khaz‚d ai-mÍnu!"
- Xena: Warrior Princess is the crowned queen of this for female fighters.
- Arch-Enemy Callisto plays this more straight. Whereas Xena's ululation is a badass Battle Cry, Callisto just screams like a raving lunatic when she fights. But then again, she kind of is.
- Cole Turner of Charmed.
- This is the trademark of B-movie action hero Reb Brown. In virtually all of his films, he'll let out a distinctively high-pitched scream during some action scene. This happens in Space Mutiny at the end of this clip which features his final confrontation with the villain.
- Tyr Anasazi of Andromeda, not usually his normal style, but when facing a group of screaming monks, returned one of his own, causing them to flee.
- Captain Benjamin Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 7th season episode: "The Siege of AR-558".
- Action Girl Ziva David of NCIS lets loose with one when invited to take a shot at Jerk Jock Tony DiNozzo's abs. It quickly degenerates into cooing and belly rubbing when she halts the punch an inch from her target and takes the opportunity to mock his conditioning.
- Chiana of Farscape has a very distinctive warcry that can best be described as "BBBBBBRRRRRRIIIIIYIYIYIYYIYAAARGH!"
- Recurring foes the Daleks of Doctor Who customarily scream "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!" before and during attacks on any living thing they perceive.
"Sealed inside your casing. Not feeling anything, ever. From birth to death, locked inside a cold metal cage, completely alone. That explains your voice. No wonder you scream.
- In the Community episode "Modern Warfare" Jeff does this while redecorating the Dean's office with the business end of a paint ball gun.
- Drink every time a warrior screams in Spartacus. You won't make it to the end of the episode.
- Former WWF wrestler The Ultimate Warrior built a career out of being a screaming, snarling, grunting, face-painted lunatic.
- Those who are aware of his behavior since his retirement are convinced it's not an act.
- "Native American warrior" wrestlers have also traditionally fallen back on this trope, such as Tatanka.
- Goldberg used to snarl and scream a lot from the moment WCW started giving him entrances. One memorable instance was at the 2004 Royal Rumble, when he was ambushed in the ring by Brock Lesnar. He snarls "You son of a bitch!" and literally hisses like a cobra. Prime Nightmare Fuel for a lot of the kids watching, no doubt.
- Former WCW and TNA and current SHINE Wrestling manager Daffney Unger also made her mark on the business by screaming. She even raised it to Make Me Wanna Shout level at WCW Spring Stampede 2000. During the six-way WCW World Cruiserweight Title match involving Shannon Moore, Crowbar, Chris Candido, Juventud Guerrera, Prince Iaukeanote and Lash LeRoux, where she was seconding Crowbar, Juvy ran after her and she held him off by SCREAMING!
- Gateway and later SHIMMER/Ring of Honor wrestler MsChif screams at her opponent all throughout her matches. At the 2006 WWWC Tournament in Odaiba/Tokyo, Kyoko Kimura tried to shut her up by screaming louder. When that didn't work she tried to crush MsChif throat with a chain...which didn't work either.
- Rebbeca Knox when not acting as Sweet Saraya's manager. She's also (unsuccessfully) tried to out scream MsChif.
- Melina - though sometimes she's simply throwing a tantrum rather than trying to frighten her opponents, making her a mix of this and Screaming Woman. She does it so much, her screams are referred to as "The Primal Scream". She screams before doing both of her finishers, one of them appropriately titled the Last Call.
- Kelly Kelly seems to be trying to out-do Melina in terms of screaming. It's a little unnerving to see the smiley happy Kelly suddenly turn into an aggressive Screaming Warrior whenever one of her matches gets serious.
- Dolph Ziggler is partial to this. He often yells and hollers when entering a match and when he is in control of a match. He sometimes does this after winning as well.
- Following his Face-Heel Turn in 2011, Mark Henry began a run of truly epic mid-match trash talk at a volume loud enough to be picked up clearly by the house mics.
- Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 have the Orcish battle cry, which they are known to scream until such time as they pass out. Say it with me: WAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!!
- Though you can't get the full effect of the WAAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHHH!!! shout unless it's coming from at least one hundred throats. All of which are attached to berserk, bloodthirsty monstrosities that are fully capable of ripping you apart with their bare hands.
- Also: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE!
- Harriers for the cup!
- Note that Cain himself has charged in battle yelling Waaagh to throw his enemy off: First in the short story Traitor's Gambit, then in The Emperor's Finest.
- As for the Imperium: FOR THE EMPEROR!. Doubles as a battle cry of Traitor Alpha Legion.
- And the Tau: FOR THE GREATER GOOD! Or alternatively TAU'VA!!.
- Particularly notable are the Eldar Howling Banshees, whose shrieking, wordless battlecry is psychically amplified by their helmets to disorient the enemy. Their Phoenix Lord, Jain Zar, Storm of Silence wears original, much more ancient and powerful mask, capable of paralyzing the enemy.
- Lucius the Eternal wears Armor of Shrieking souls, a suit of daemonically possessed armor that traps souls of his would-be killer. As name suggests, the thing is loud and its screams are known to be lethal on more than one occasion.
- The list is fairly long considering the vastness of the universe. Most Space Marine chapters, both Loyalist and Traitor have official battle cry. Various litanies and chants also used extensively by all human and superhuman forces.
- To the extent were the Necrons and Tyrannids are seen as more terrifying because they fight silently.
- Also the Legion of the Damned are considered scary as hell because they are wholly silent (aside from the sound of their guns)
- Not to mention they appear out of nowhere, wearing black Power Armor decorated with bones and wield heavy weapons, as pictured here◊.
- Dungeons & Dragons has multiple mechanics for this, the simplest being the Kiai Shout feat. All of them allow you to render enemies shaken or panicked by shouting at the beginning of battle.
- Given the Truth in Television entry above, it probably isn't surprising that characters with the appropriate background in Deadlands can actually take a Rebel Yell as an Edge. But wait, weren't Native Americans known for their warcries, too? One thing that virtually any Native American warrior with his salt can do in the setting is a fast Ritual called "War Cry," which tends to earn favor with the War Spirits. Worth mentioning here because the Ritual has a higher chance to succeed if the player yells, too. What's that, you say? Role-playing? In a Tabletop Games? What are the odds?
- Trollkin Fell Callers are born with innate vocal powers which are so strong they can deafen opponents within their immediate vicinity if they yell loud enough.
- In Magic: The Gathering, Goblins tend to be depicted this way if they aren't being depicted as Plucky Comic Relief or Dirty Coward. Goblin Deathraiders is a good example.
- Finn of Adventure Time.
- Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Sokka initially tries to be this in the second episode, but gives up on it once he realizes he's no match for Zuko. After some training, he's shown to indulge in it from time to time. He also tried to do a sneak attack on Aang from behind...whilst screeching "SNEAK ATTAAACK!!!" at the top of his lungs. He is forcefully reminded of the negatives of this trope.
- Sokka's attempt in the second episode turns a comical few moments into something less funny when one considers how much he's trying to emulate the warriors who left home, i.e. his dad Hakoda.
- We also see the Southern Raiders all letting out a battle cry before attacking the Southern Water Tribe.
- Who reply with ones of their own.
- Anyone who saw G.I. Joe: The Movie can guess who goes here. COBRA-la-la-la-la-la-la-la! Hey, it helps them fight...somehow.
- Subverted in Invader Zim: Zim, being something of a Proud Warrior Race Guy, attempts a badass battle cry but winds up with an irritating, high-pitched "eeeeeeeeeeegh" sound.
- Hawkgirl in Justice League. On average, it was about one yell for every swing of her mace.
- Tell me that a woman with huge wings flying/charging at you with an indestructible mace of Nth metal which she uses to "fix" everything isn't scary. I dare you.
- Shego of Kim Possible.
- Tom and Jerry: Don't EVER hurt Nibbles or Jerry will invoke this trope, followed by plenty of pain, suffering, and Laser-Guided Karma.
- Parodied in, what else, Freakazoid!. Freak attempts a multi-step plan to subdue a giant snake that starts with him giving a "Conan Yell", then jumping on it and grappling it... before realizing he has no idea what to do next.
- The infamous rolling, yipping "Rebel Yell" employed by Confederate soldiers during The American Civil War (not to be confused with the Texan yokel "Yee-haw!", by the way) was said to have chilled the blood of any Union troops that heard it. Scottish Highlanders and certain Native American tribes were also said to have employed similar-sounding yells in battle (and, since at least some Southerners had both Scottish Highlanders and Cherokees in their family trees, that last counts as a bit of Fridge Brilliance).
- The Viking Berserkers.
- "Tenno heika Bannzzaaaiii!" or so the old Nipponese war cry goes (Literally, "a thousand years [of life] to the Emperor"). A harbinger of trouble for any ill-equipped, ill-fed and ill-led Chinese conscript low on ammunition - which was most of them, most of the time. Banzai charges were a perfectly valid tactic in China, as many partisans and warlord troops would break off and flee at the cry. It was not nearly so successful against professional Chinese troops, or Commonwealth and American soldiers when they got dragged into the war. Not because it was any less terrifying, but because they had decent numbers of machine guns and reliable supplies of ammunition for them. Also "Totsugeki!!" (which literally just means "charge!")
- Kendo, a Japanese martial swordfighting art, utilizes kiai shouts before and during attacking, with the shouts before attack used to throw your enemy off-guard and help you concentrate yourself and the kiai during the hit to let others know that you are concentrating on your hit and are giving your best to hit it.
- There is an informal practice of shouting as you attack in fencing.
- A kiai turns you into a screaming warrior. Part of its intension is to add power to your attack and part of it is purely intimidation.
- In the "loud consecutive grunts" department, many tennis players are known for this. Especially the female ones.
- The "boxers' snort," which supposedly adds power to the punch.
- "Remember The Alamo!"
- Aiyo Gurkhali ("Blood for the goddess of death. The Gurkhas are coming!")
- The Scottish highland clans, with (in Gaelic) "Death comes for you, it is the Gordons" by Clan Gordon, and "Sons of the dogs, come hither and you will have flesh" from Clan Cameron
- Most of the armies would scream while charging, be it something formal, like "banzai", "charge", or "Oo-rah," or something individual for each soldier, collapsing into incoherent roar, for exactly same reasons: intimidate and focus one-self for a high-speed dash towards the enemy. Not so common now, of course, since full-scale charge is rarely performed.
- At least according to the Romans the native Britons would often scream at the top of their lungs when attacking. Combine this with spiked hair, blue warpaint and the fact that they were usually half again as tall as the Romans and you can see why they made them nervous. Not that much use against actual tactics, mind you...
- It's human nature to freeze when scared. The US Army teaches their trainees to use the "battle cry" and scream before making an assault, as this helps to "unfreeze" the soldier in question.
- Takahata101 of Team Four Star is prone to this, particularly during the Let's Plays.
- The Imperial Russian, Soviet, and Russian Army's deep bass Oo-rah! would qualify, but with as less of a scream and more of a drawn-out 'urraaaaah' sound. Stolen from the Ottoman Turks, apparently; it means "strike to kill!" in Turkish. Definitely a symbol of the Russian infantry for centuries; German WWII vets said one of the creepiest sounds you could hear was that mournful howling sound as a Soviet attack went in, regardless of whether it was directed at you or not...
- Germans also had a similar sounding war cry, "Hurrah!" Several German World War II vets noted that they occasionally mistook one for the other on the Eastern Front.
- Chimpanzees. when an entire troop attacks, screeching at the top of their lungs, the effect is absolutely terrifying. Also deafening.
- Tigers have an ultrasonic scream that even humans can hear from miles away. They never use it during hunting, because that kinda defeats the purpose. In fact, they only utilize this scream when fighting other tigers, capitalizing on the tiger's very sensitive hearing - it hurts them almost as much as the teeth and claws do.