While many characters have a Catch Phrase
, it's difficult for a monster, animal, or other kind of non-intelligible creature to have one. As such, they'll often have a recurring noise they make that serves as their calling card: a signature roar.
This is not just a roar that a monster happens to make; it is unique to that creature, or in the very least hearing it will instantly remind one of it, thus making it Recognizable By Sound
A Signature Roar is usually a result of a Roar Before Beating
. Compare Hell Is That Noise
, Signature Sound Effect
and Mighty Roar
Anime & Manga
- Tarzan's yell qualifies, as despite being a human, he's known for his famous jungle cry.
- Aslan was known for his signature roar.
- Shadow ships in Babylon 5 have a high-pitched inhuman screech as their signature sound.
- The cat in MTM Productions Vanity Plate is a parody of the MGM lion.
- The Prisoner. Rover (the giant white bouncing ball) has a horrible roar that it uses when pursuing a victim. Listen to it here.
- In Chrono Trigger, Lavos has a very well-recognized BREEEAAAAWWWWAAAUUURRRRGHHHH-sounding roar.
- Ganon's skreech in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
- All Pokémon have a distinctive cry; while the anime has them speak their own names, the video games have them making digital noises (often being more advanced and realistic sounding the farther along you go). The earlier games had a tendency to reuse sound clips for multiple species with some modulation, though, with some Pokemon sharing cries as a result (Charizard and Rhydon's are basically the same, for example). As of Pokémon X and Y, almost all of the cries have been redone, making many of them more distinct and/or realistic, as well as giving each Pokemon numerous variations of their cry that are used in Pokemon Amie for the sake of expressing different emotions like joy, anger, and sorrow.
- The Tank's roar in Left 4 Dead is always a signal for disaster.
- Bowser of the Super Mario Bros. games has two different well-known roars from separate eras: the more bestial, hissing roar first heard in Mario Kart 64 and also prominently used in Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the deeper, more human-like roar first heard in Super Mario Galaxy and featured in every subsequent game in which Kenny James provides Bowser's voice.
- Most bosses from Terraria use the same roar sound effect when transforming into their second form. Whenever you hear this, you know something bad is about to happen.
- Mass Effect: the Reapers' distinctive BWOOOOORNGGGGG, which is generally the point when everyone both in and out of universe has to go and change pants. Also, Banshee screams.
- Many animals have a distinctive roar that is impossible to mistake for anything else, such as lions, elephants, bears, and so on. It would probably be easier to list animals that don't have a unique roar.