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
- Chopper's Monster Point in One Piece.
- When Unit-01 goes berserk, she frequently lets out a chilling howl.
- Attack on Titan has the Titan Eren's roar, which he bellows right before doing something incredibly awesome.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! has the Blue-Eyes White Dragon roar, which is oddly high-pitched for such a large monster. Several other monsters also have recognizable roars.
- Naruto has Kurama the Nine-Tailed Fox, who in addition to using stock monster roars has a shrill, rasping howl that contrasts sharply with its deep, gruff speaking voice.
- Both Aliens (aka Xenomorphs) and Predators have distinctive roars or screetches that are instantly recognizable.
- Godzilla's iconic and trademarked SKREEEEEEEONNNNNK is heard at least Once per Episode. Other monsters in the franchise have their own distinctive roars.
- The live-action versions of the Hulk has the title character rarely speaking. He does, however, have a distinctive roar since Lou Ferrigno played him in the TV show and voiced him in the movie, the other movie, The Avengers, and the cartoon from the 90's.
- The T. rex's roar in Jurassic Park is impossible to mistake for anything else and has frequently been recycled. Ardent fans of the film series will be able to recognize the sounds of the other dinosaurs just as well; some of the notable ones are Brachiosaurus and Velociraptor.
- The lion in Metro Goldwyn Mayer's Vanity Plate.
- Chewbacca the unintelligible hairy alien from Star Wars has a very recognizable roar.
- Chewbacca is not the only creature in Star Wars with a Signature Roar; the rest of the monsters, like the Sand People in A New Hope, or the beasts in the arena in Attack of the Clones, may also qualify. Maybe even Jabba the Hutt's Evil Laugh.
- The Grey's alpha wolf, alone among the generic howling of the other wolves, has a distinctive snarl so loud and resonant that it qualifies for this.
- Tarzan: Johnny Weissmuller's iconic and trademarked Tarzan yell.
- The Nazgûl in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy have a distinctive screech that is often the first sign of their presence. The scream is a mix of Fran Walsh (Peter Jackson's wife) screaming into the microphone mixed with pig and horse cries. The Balrog was apparently voiced by the ound of a lump of concrete dragged on the ground, then slowed down.
- Tarzan's yell qualifies, as despite being a human, he's known for his famous jungle cry.
- Aslan was known for his signature roar.
- Animorphs: The red-tailed hawk's distinctive cry (usually written as "tseeer") for Tobias, and the "keee-row" shrieks of the aptly-named Howlers.
- 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.
- Let's face it, you know that this is Goofy from audio alone.
- 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.