If a cartoon character stops suddenly, there will be puffs of smoke and a sound akin to car brakes. This will occur even if said character is hovering or flying, because it's just funnier that way.
Their legs will be in front of their body. In more exaggerated depictions, they may bend forward heavily, dig a trench, blow on their feet afterwards to cool them down, etc.
Often comes at the end of a Scooby-Dooby Doors
scene. Compare Record Needle Scratch
- The Greatest American Hero. The first time Ralph Hinkley used his super-suit to run super-fast, he was not only accompanied by a train-like "chugga-chugga-chugga" as he ran, but when he tried to stop, it was accompanied by a Screeching Stop. And he was running on gravel.
- Scooby-Doo, frequently.
- Johnny Bravo, just as frequently.
- Cow and Chicken.
- A variant in Futurama: Hovering cars can and will screech to a halt.
- Classic Disney Shorts (and some of their movies for that matter), along with Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, MGM cartoons, and many, many, many other animated productions had, and still have this thrown in whenever appropriate.
- The Filmation's Ghostbusters did this all the time, especially on their way to the Transformation Sequence.
- In Super Mario Bros. 3, Mario produces that noise whenever trying to change the running direction quickly.
- In just about any Sonic the Hedgehog game you'll get a noise like this when skidding.