"Wilhelm's on Mars now? Man, that guy gets around."
Overused Stock Sound Effects
can screw with a TV viewer's attention span — repeated use makes them instantly recognizable to those in the know. One of the worst offenders is the Stock Scream
— one of several vocal effects used when a character has to scream and the sound the actor recorded isn't loud or piercing enough. From the popularity of some stock "scream" effects, you would think they were the only ones in existence. Currently there are about 15 commonly used stock screams, most of which have yet to be named.
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Wilhelm Scream Examples:
The "Wilhelm Scream
" has been a running joke among sound editors for decades, to the point that whole websites
exist for tracking its appearances, and the Internet Movie Database often includes instances of the Wilhelm in its trivia entries for movies and shows. Some directors, notably Quentin Tarantino
, Peter Jackson
and George Lucas
, make a point of using the Wilhelm in all their action movies. It was recorded for and first used in the 1951 film Distant Drums
when a soldier, played by Sheb Wooley, is attacked by an alligator, and it got its name from the character Private Wilhelm, who used it in the 1953 movie The Charge At Feather River
, the second movie it was used in.
Anime and Manga
- The English dub of Burst Angel uses "a tribute to" the Wilhelm Scream when a soldier gets shot and falls off a train.
- The uncut version of Dragon Ball Kai uses it in episode 34.
- The English dub of Highschool of the Dead uses it in episode 1.
- Sailor Moon S The Movie: Hearts in Ice uses it in The Nineties English dub when, as Amara, Michelle, and Trista watch, a second wave of freezings happens. The scream can be heard seconds before the three transform into Sailor Soldiers.
- Lupin III Island Of Assassins includes the scream during the melee in the opening scene.
- In his opening scene in Ranma ½, Ryoga emits something that sounds like Take 3 when his lack of sense of direction gets him in a mess.
- It can be heard during the last episode of Toradora's specials.
Films — Animated
- One of the Rhinos in Kung Fu Panda gives one of these during Tai Lung's prison escape.
- Up features a faint Wilhelm when Muntz's hounds tumble down a cliff.
- The Pixar short feature Lifted (that accompanies Ratatouille) ends with the Wilhelm scream.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs:
- The first film features a short Wilhelm when Sardine Land starts collapsing.
- The sequel features one when Steve triggers Flint's Celebrationator during Live Corp's Thinkquanaut vesting ceremony and sends a guy flying away as a result.
- The Wilhelm scream appears in the Disney version of Beauty and the Beast, when a clip is shown of the castle's living furniture attacking the angry mob that's trying to kill the Beast, and when Gaston falls to his death.
- Happens once in Osmosis Jones, while Thrax is hijacking a car.
- Despicable Me features the Wilhelm Scream when Gru's mother karate kicks a hanging bag into her instructor, sending him flying.
- Aladdin when Genie lifts the castle off the ground and someone nearly gets hit by the falling debris.
- Hercules when a villager nearly gets stepped on by the cyclops.
- In Superman: Doomsday when Doomsday strangles a worker and tosses him to the ground.
- In Cars, this happens to a car in Lightning McQueen's dream sequence as a result of him being zapped by a giant sparkplug.
- Uttered by a group of Bone Hunters (who normally only communicate in their own language) in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn. It's not the only stock sound effect used though.
- Happens near the end of Finding Nemo during the scene where Marlin, Dory, and Nigel are chased by the seagulls.
- Used in both Toy Story (when Buzz falls out the window) and Toy Story 3.
- Used in Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf when Dracula is dumped off the drawbridge, and then again a moment later when a car falls on him.
- Used by a monster student in Monsters University, after he is hit by Mike while riding the school floor buffer.
- In My Little Pony Equestria Girls, when the demonized Sunset Shimmer invades the school building.
Films — Live-Action
- All Star Wars movies use it, most notably a falling Stormtrooper during the Death Star escape in A New Hope, and when one of Jabba's skiff guards gets knocked into the Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi. (others are: Stormtrooper in the carbonite chamber, soldier in Naboo hangar, person in Coruscant landing platform, and clone trooper in exploding ship-to-ship gun)
- Interesting bit: the sound editor Ben Burtt (who popularized the scream, despite not making it) cameos in Jedi as an Empire officer. After being hit by another officer's helmet thrown at him by Han Solo, he imitates the Wilhelm as he's tossed over the railing. Also, in the 1997 Special Edition a stormtrooper emits one during the celebration scene at the end as the rioting crowd on Coruscant tramples him.
- Also in the Special Edition, Luke lets one out when he falls off the Cloud City platform in The Empire Strikes Back. This one was taken back out in the DVD release.
- There's even one in The Star Wars Holiday Special when a Trooper suffers a Railing Kill.
- George Lucas seems to love this scream. Even Indiana Jones movies have it. One is probably heard every movie, even in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
- Hey, even the Nazi Propaganda Office loved this one; so says Quentin Tarantino, anyway...
- Quentin Tarantino isn't shy about using the scream either — several mooks during the course of Kill Bill Volume One's Crazy 88 battle let one out as the Bride takes her Hanzo blade to them.
- It also crops up in Death Proof (the first car full of victims).
- Innocent Bystanders let one out as Mr. Pink goes running from the robbery in Reservoir Dogs.
- Also, at the end of Inglourious Basterds, one German soldier gets blown out the theatre's window, and lets out a scream you might have heard come from Stuntman Mike in Death Proof.
- A member of the raid belts one out as he falls from his horse in Django Unchained.
- A HYDRA grunt gives this in Captain America: The First Avenger in what is possibly a Star Wars reference, as they do so while falling off a speeding motorbike in the middle of a dangerous forest bike chase scene.
- Avatar uses two within two minutes during the final battle: Wainfleet just before he's killed in the stampede, and the soldier crushed between the pallets of explosives on the shuttle.
- In the comedy Death at a Funeral (the one with Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock) the mourning wife lets out one after her husband's coffin is knocked down and his body rolls out of it!
- The Wilhelm scream is used in all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
- Used more than once in the classic mutant-ant movie Them!!.
- There's a Wilhelm Scream in New Moon, in the movie that Bella, Jacob and Mike watch in the theater.
- Which was, of course, pointed out by the Rifftrax team:
"They shot Wilhelm!"
- Heard when a mook is shoved over a railing in Agent Cody Banks.
- When Batman shoves a mook aside in Batman Returns the unfortunate guy lets out the Wilhelm Scream.
- Australia uses it as a guy is blown away from an exploding cart.
- Naturally, Star Wars parody Spaceballs includes it as well. It shows up when Barf deflects four blaster shots using a chunk of curved metal pipes, and hits the last Spaceball in the ass as he tries to run away.
- Also used twice in Willow once when a chariot with two evil mooks overturns, and later during the final battle when an enemy soldier falls off their horse. It's another George Lucas movie, so go figure.
- One shows up in the Ĉon Flux adaptation towards the end of the climactic fight scene.
- Used as Yogi Bear's scream in the film adaptation of the same name. It does not fit in with Dan Aykroyd's voice at all.
- TRON: Legacy features distorted Wilhelm Screams mixed with deresolution sound effects during the fights in both the End of Line club and the Rectifier.
- In Sin City, when Marv throws the cop from the squad car, you hear a Wilhelm Scream.
- In Paul, a government agent lets one out as he falls to his death.
- In Gremlins 2: The New Batch when a gremlin latches onto a man's face and causes him to fall from a railing.
- Machete when a man is crushed by Machete's truck.
- In Peter Jackson's King Kong when a stampeding brontosaurus knocks a man off a cliff.
- Used in Knowing during the subway crash scene.
- Used twice in Small Soldiers. First when Brick Bazooka's legs get torn off causing him to fall off Alan's bicycle, and when a malfunctioning Kip Killigan's head is punched away by Alan's dad.
- In 30 Days of Night when a vampire bites a man and tosses him off a roof.
- One is uttered by Frenzy in the 2007 Transformers film when his head is kicked by Sam, digitally altered of course.
- One can hear a Wilhelm Scream during the big battle scene in the remake of Planet of the Apes
- Particularly noticeable in the Hellboy when a nazi is dissolved by the hell portal.
- Shows up in 'DOA: Dead or Alive'' when Hayabusa throws a ninja off a balcony.
- It happens twice in the film version of 21 Jump Street, where the third character to fall off of his motorcyle does so, and during the end credits.
- The Lord of the Rings: In Two Towers, during the fight at Helm's deep when one of the Uruk-hai throws an elf off of the Deeping Wall to his death. Another in Return of The King when a mook gets pushed off an oliphaunt by Legolas.
- While John McClaine is driving through a park in Die Hard with a Vengeance, he's asked if he's aiming for people. "No..." (Wilhelm scream) "Except for maybe that mime."
- The over-the-top schlock celebration Chillerama treats us to a scene of a victim being sodomized by a zombie—and repeatedly Wilhelm-screaming in time with the—ahem—action.
- One can be overheard in Accepted when a skateboarder wipes out offscreen.
- In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the scream can be heard when the helicopter crashes into a group of police cars, during the ape battle.
- Heard in the Bollywood FX-spectacle Endhiran, when a chopper pilot is pulled out of his chopper (by a stack of evil robot clones tall enough to reach it) and hurled to the ground.
- Belted out by a guy getting run over by a UPS truck in Premium Rush.
- During the fight scene in Nutcracker: The Motion Picture, when one mouse is killed this scream can be faintly heard, right after an unrelated and higher-pitched scream.
- The ads for Jack the Giant Slayer have a noticeable Wilhelm as a group of soldiers are taken out by a thrown bell.
- By one of the soldiers tossed out a plane in Man of Steel.
- Primeval had it as a Once an Episode Running Gag in the first two seasons.
- The Middleman also had it turn up Once an Episode. The comic adaptation of the unproduced 13th episode also has one henchman scream "Aaaah-aaaargh!", with the commentary at the end pointing out that that was their best approximation of the Wilhelm.
- Given LOST's penchant for Star Wars homages, it's somewhat surprising it took them until season 5's "316" to use the Wilhelm Scream.
- One episode of QI used the Wilhelm Scream as a buzzer sound.
- The extended episode "Films and Fame" discussed the scream and its ubiquity.
- Used in Chuck 1x08, "Chuck Versus the Truth": The Baddie of the Week does a triple backwards handspring to escape from Team Bartowski, and when Sarah shoots him in the knee the Wilhelm Scream can be heard.
- Undercovers - Spy husband takes out a rocket-launcher-wielding mook with a well-aimed gunshot close to the end of the premier episode.
- On Bombshells, House cane-shoots zombies; one of them lets out a Wilhelm.
- Appears in episode 9 of Game of Thrones. After the Lannisters' battle with Stark forces, as the camera pans over the battlefield at the Lannister camp, you can hear it.
- The Mythbusters are particularly fond of this sound effect, and it appears in many of their animated shorts that set up myths. They sometimes also add it to their live-action scenes, such as when Grant and Tory amuse themselves by mock-reenacting Star Wars scenes.
- In the third-season finale of Southland, a bad guy does one of these as he misjudges the distance between buildings and falls to his death from a roof.
- In Community episode "Epidemiology" a Wilhelm is heard when Troy re-enters the zombified party in the Power Loader.
- This is something of a Running Gag in the show. Every time a video game or film (especially Kickpuncher) is played/watched onscreen, the scream is heard prominently.
- In the Supernatural fourth season episode "It's the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester" a cutoff Wilhelm is heard while Dean is staring at a mask in a Halloween shop and presumably experiencing memories of his time in Hell.
- In the second season of Reaper, when Nina and the other demons kill Morgan, Sam's half-brother, he can be heard making the scream during his death.
- The Wilhelm scream's one of the sound-effects upon dying in earlier Avernum games.
- In Mass Effect 2, one person gets blown up, and you can faintly hear this. If you're wondering, it's when Zaeed causes an explosion with his gunfire on his Loyalty mission. One of the Blue Suns mercs (Yeah, Zaeed gets a lot of shoutouts to Firefly) goes flying, and he does the yell.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, one of the unfortunate soldiers killed by the Archdemon in the cutscene before the final battle gives a Wilhelm as he's sent flying. BioWare seems to like this.
- Home Front uses this often and even has a secret achievement for getting the enemy to scream the Wilhelm Scream 10 times (by knocking them off the Golden Gate Bridge with your M203 Grenade Launcher).
- Red Faction: Guerrilla has one in the intro cutscene. Lampshaded in the RF:G Un Skippable: "Wilhelm's on Mars now? Man, that guy gets around."
- Wet wastes no time and uses the Wilhelm Scream in the opening cutscene.
- The Wilhelm scream is used in the opening sequence of Bionic Commando. MST3K-esque web series Unskippable lampshades it: "Just ignore Wilhelm back there. Nobody likes him anyway."
- This is the standard enemy death sound effect in Dirk Valentine and the Fortress of Steam.
- In Command & Conquer 3, human infantry can sometimes give voice to a Wilhelm.
- In God of War 3, Wilhelm shows up in the opening cutscene being hit off a bridge by a Cyclops.
- Appropriately for something set in the Star Wars universe, The Force Unleashed uses the Wilhelm when Starkiller throws a stormtrooper out of an Imperial dropship in a cutscene.
- Halo: Reach. A warthog full of marines think they can make the jump between the collapsed parts of a bridge. They can't.
- A Russian soldier in the last part of the Facility level in GoldenEye Wii Wilhelm screams as he dies.
- In Blue Planet, a fan-made expansion for Freespace, Lieutenant Wilhelm Nehru screams this when he dies.
- In Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, if an enemy is close enough to a ledge when killed, they'll fall off while delivering one of these.
- The scream can be triggered in the Star Wars game Shadows of the Empire if a Storm Trooper falls.
- This is one of the standard sounds of the Wraith unit movement commands in StarCraft
- In the Opening Cutscene for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, a poor marine makes a short one when an Ultralisk steps on him.
- A soldier gives one towards the end of Act 1 in Vanquish.
- Used exactly once in Grand Theft Auto IV, if you shoot the guard standing at the top of the escalator in the mission "...Final Interview".
- Also used once in Grand Theft Auto V, when a gangster falls from Michael's yacht during one mission.
- In the last mission of Saints Row 2, "...And a Better Future", a security guard makes the Wilhelm scream when Johnny Gat throws him off a roof.
- In Saints Row: The Third this scream is heard during the introductory video for the Prof. Genki game show.
- The new You Don't Know Jack game features the Wilhem Scream if you happen to miss during the Jack Attack.
- Near the end of Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4: The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood, the Marquis De Singe's final squeal before his molecular dissection is a Wilhelm scream cut off halfway through.
- The 2011 Winner of Team Fortress 2's Saxxy Award for "Best Overall Replay", El Muchacho, features the scream midway through the video. Team Fortress 2 also features two Wilhelms in its gameplay trailer (one by a soldier, another by a scout), although the scream isn't present in the game itself.
- The scream was present in the Trailer 2 as one of the generic death screams in the game, before the classes were given their unique personalities. The stock sound was subsequently dropped once individual voice acting was implemented for all classes.
- In Deus Ex: Human Revolution 's launch trailer, a mercenary does the Wilhelm Scream as he plunges over a railing.
- The Wilhelm scream can sometimes be heard in Metal Slug, mostly when the enemy soiders are burned with the flamethrower.
- In Dante's Inferno, a short cutscene shows a soul falling into hell and doing the Wilhelm Scream until he hits his head on a cliff.
- Splinter Cell: Conviction the Wilhelm scream is sometimes used when you push someone through a window.
- Red Dead Redemption contains infinite amounts of Wilhelm as a Shout-Out to old spaghetti westerns, enemies may give of the Wilhelm scream at random when shot
- Transformers: Fall of Cybertron: Random Autobots will let out the scream when knocked away by Bruticus.
- In LEGO Star Wars, if your ship is destroyed during the first level of Episode III (Battle over Coruscant), a cutscene plays with Anakin/Obi Wan Wilhelming as his ship blows up.
- The chili pepper in the third Moskito mission in Rayman Origins shouts the Wilhelm scream.
- In Anarchy Reigns, Blacker Baron makes his introduction by sending a random mook flying off a steel platform and falling to his death right in front of Jack. The last thing he ever utters is the Wilhelm scream.
- In Assassin's Creed III it can be heard during the first cutscene during the Battle of Bunker Hill.
- Dwarf Fortress doesn't have any built-in sound effects, but there's a third-party application that provides some by reading the log files. The wilheim scream is the stock death sound-effect.
- In Telltale's The Walking Dead, Episode 1: A New Day, the player is forced to choose between saving either Doug or Carley. The Wilhelm scream can be heard if Doug is not saved.
- In Kingdom Rush Frontiers, killing a Saurian that's climbing the vines will cause them to make this scream. Kill enough Saurians climbing the vines and you'll even get an achievement: "Is that Wilhelm?"
- The Wilhelm scream appears in the Bandwidth Theater episode "Hit Man" as well.
- Metamor City: In Making the Cut, one of the guards defending the hospital lets out a Wilhelm as Victor kills him.
- Dragon Ball Z Abridged
- An alien lets out this, when punched by Bardock in the Bardock special
- In Episode 23, a pair of Mooks discuss it shortly before providing examples.
- Episode 25 of International Moron Patrol has LOTS of repeat action with the Wilhelm Scream as soldiers die fighting the Daleks.
- The Fake AP Stylebook informs us that "Contrary to popular belief, the famous 'Wilhelm scream' is not a recording from 1951. Foley artists have just been hitting the same guy for over fifty years."
- The Angry Video Game Nerd lets out one when shot by Super Mecha Death Christ.
- It's also used repeatedly in his Board James review of Weapons and Warriors. Given it's a game about knocking enemies off high places, it seems appropriate.
- Almighty Hans, a user on Newgrounds.com, included a Wilhelm in "The Ballad of Cripple Kane", which is only fitting given that it's a sort of tribute to the Spaghetti Western and Ennio Morricone.
- Each movie in The Cartoon Man trilogy includes a Wilhelm Scream - in the first, when Roy falls out of the tree, and in the second when Simon falls into Roy's portable hole.
- Used in the Smosh video "Anthony's Death" when a guy walks into the minefield.
- A ninja that gets shot by a crossbow yells this in the Dick Figures short "Role Playas".
- Used at the very end in the episode "Memories of Boom Boom Mountain" of Adventure Time.
- It pops up in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn when some Bone Hunters get flattened by a rockslide. It's not the film's only use of stock sound effects.
- Drawn Together is a frequent abuser of the Wilhelm Scream as a parody. For a specific instance listen to the bar brawl in the "Very Special Episode".
- Used in The Venture Bros. throughout the series.
- An episode of The Simpsons, "Millior Dollar Maybe", where the subplot is about parodying the Nintendo Wii: Mr Burns is seen using the Zii Zapper to shoot some Nazis. Guess how every single one screams.
- In the American Dad! episode "Meter Made", the scream literally comes in at the last minute. As Stan (the CIA agent who regularly engages in espionage, assassinations, and other forms of badassery) contemplates the end of his mandatory community service as a meter maid, he ends with a wistful internal monologue: "No more excitement. No more power. I'm back to being a nobody." (Wilhelm Scream heard in the background of an intense jungle firefight.) "Just a regular schnook."
- The Wilhelm Scream is also used in many an episode of Generator Rex, typically when Providence foot soldiers get tossed into the air and/or fall from high places.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic features this quite often, usually when something painful happens or panic spreads out.
- Used in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) in the episode "Door-Jammed". The song "Wolf-i-fied" has a Vincent Price-like narrator (for the song's parody of "Thriller"), and he says "you hear [...] a bloodcurdling cry". Right afterwards, the scream is heard.
- In the short film on the Brave DVD, "The Legend of Mor'du", the backstory being told has a soldier fall of a cliff, with this scream.
- In keeping with the longstanding Star Wars tradition, in Clone Wars, when Grievous' magnaguards knock a group of clone troopers off a Coruscant skyscraper, one of the troopers does a Wilhelm scream.
- Similarly, In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, episode 20 of season 3, a clone trooper lets out a Wilhelm during a space battle when a Cruiser is shot.
- Earlier, in episode 18 of Season 2, a clone trooper lets out a Wilhelm scream when crushed by the Zillo Beast.
- In accordance with their tradition of parodying action movies, a bystander looses one in Family Guy during one of the Peter/Chicken fights.
- Happens to Dopey after being killed by the Witch in a Mortal Kombat parody at the very beginning of Runaway Brain.
- Used in the Winter Soldier episode of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes during a flashback when Bucky kicks a Hydra sniper off the castle.
- Shows up in the Justice League pilot Secret Origins when J'onn throws an invader off the power core.
- This scream is used once in Sponge Bob Square Pants in the episode, "Oral Report" when Squidward was thrown in the air by a bunch of zombie-like starving costumers.
- Shows up in the Lego Star Wars special The Empire Strikes Out. Of course.
Howie Long Scream Examples:
Another famous Stock Scream is the Howie Long Scream, named for its best-known appearance in John Woo
's Broken Arrow
, when Howie's villain character was kicked through the wall of a train car and off a bridge, and basically sounds like '''EEERRRAAAUUUAAAGGGHHH!'''
Apparently its official name is "Gut Wrenching With Fall", which frankly sums it up pretty nicely. It is also sometimes referred to as the "TIE-Fighter Scream" for its similarity to the sound of a TIE Fighter from the Star Wars
- The "Howie Long" scream is used in all the Ads for Iron Man Cereal in Australia.
- In Australia, for an extended periods in the 1990s, this scream was used in all the Nutri-Grain breakfast cereal ads, to help sell its "Iron Man Food" angle.
- The "Howie Long" scream can be heard in this MTV bumper.
Anime and Manga
- The Howie Long Scream is used at the end of the omake that comes with episode 7 of Mai Hi ME.
Films — Live-Action
- That scream was also used at the very end of the trailer for the Doom movie.
- Also used in the Cloak & Dagger movie when a man falls down several flights of stairs.
- It appears in a very Narmy way in Serial Mom in this scene.
- Jackie Chan's movie The Medallion uses this scream twice, but in both instances it relates to the titular item. Jackie's character "releases" the scream at one point. The villain of the movie also releases it when he is stabbed through the medallion, as it is the only way to stop him after he has received 100% of the power that the medallion can bestow which amounts to trapping his soul within the structure of the medallion itself.
- Final Destination 3 uses it while the characters are going up on the roller coaster. Or at least, something that sounds eerily similar to it.
- The Howie Long Scream is used, briefly though, in a trailer for The Road movie '''At the 2:02 mark'''
- Not a true example, but pretty darn close. Anyone who claims this correlation never crossed their mind is lying through their teeth.
- It was also used in the film Saving Silverman.
- The obscure B-movie Cage 2: Arena of Death has a truly baffling example: after the first cage match, a guy in the background cheers by doing the scream.
- Tropic Thunder uses this one in a scene or two, with a latter sequence being absolutely hilarious due to it - the scream is much higher pitched and childish, but definitely the stock effect.
- The Howie Scream is used at least three times in the trailer for the 2011 movie "Conan the Barbarian" The first time is at 0:51.
- The Howie Long scream is heard in Beethoven's Second when Beethoven knocks Ashley out of his house after yanking off a support beam.
- The Howie Long scream is used in the SyFy original movie 51 for one of the alien's victims.
- America's Funniest Home Videos makes use of numerous stock screams, including the Howie Long and the Eeeyah! Eeeeyaaagh, Eeeyah! (it would be awesome to have a link here for the latter mentioned scream)
- Death Valley uses the Howie Long Scream in its 7th episode for a vampire getting fried in a tanning bed.
- The series Adventure Inc. used the Howie Long scream in its opening credits.
- A distorted version of this scream was used in the very beginning of the opening sequence of Walking with Dinosaurs.
- "Howie Long" scream also appears when players click on the Terran "Academy" building in Starcraft.
- The "Challenge Complete" sound from the Modern Warfare series consists of a distorted Howie scream combined with other sound effects.
- The same scream, slightly shortened and increased in pitch, is used as the 'Fast Zombie' cry in Half-Life 2.
- Used in the game over screen on Ketsui: Kizuna Jigoku Tachi.
- Crash Bandicoot (1996) and Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back used the "Howie Long" scream in several circumstances involving the death of Lab Assistant enemies.
- The "Howie Long" scream, with various bits of pitch alteration, is mixed in with guitar riffs for some of the SFX on planet Gravitas in Meteos. They're best heard in the sound test, as they're not often played during gameplay.
- The Howie Scream is also heard in Need for Speed II: Special Edition during one of the music tracks (Angry Ghosts for the Last Resort track in Mexico).
- The Howie Long Scream is the death cry of a Frus monster in Ragnarok Online.
- As noted in the beginning of the reference clip above, the scream is heard when your character takes a fatal fall in Dark Forces.
- Present in the unofficial Sound Sense build of Dwarf Fortress, whenever a dwarf dies.
- The scream used a lot to imply rage in video game and movie trailers (see Ninja Gaiden 2 trailer for an example) is the Howie Long scream with some reverb added to it.
- The same "Howie Long" scream mentioned above was also used in the intro of the Nickelodeon cartoon Aaahh!!! Real Monsters.
- Used for a quick clip of the Brotherhood in later seasons' openings for X-Men: Evolution.
- Also appears in the The Powerpuff Girls episode "Paste Makes Waste".
- It shows up in the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Sun, Surf and Science" when one of Mandark's artificial whirlpools pulls in a surfing contestant.
- Used in the Teen Titans Go! episode "The Date" when Robin charges at Speedy.
- Used in the Metalocalypse episode "Dethclown", as Dr. Rockso is making his escape.
- Used in a few episodes of Robot Chicken. For instance, in the skit Walt Disney Attacks, the Howie Scream can be heard when Disney knocks down one of the jets.
Other Stock Screams
Anime and Manga
- In the Funimation dub of Fairy Tail, one may hear a shrill, girly scream reused in one or two episodes whenever a background character is terrified or being attacked.
- In-canon in Finder, Marcie Grosvenor is a professional stock screamer who gets dubbed in over actors who can't do it so convincingly. She's got a lot of pent-up emotion.
Films — Live-Action
- In Werewolf, one of the women being attacked by a werewolf mysteriously has two screams. Simultaneously.
- Left out by the main villain Three Finger in Wrong Turn 3 Left For Dead when his Outside Ride comes to sudden stop.
- In House of Frankenstein, when the monster throws Daniel out the window, Boris Karloff's monster death scream from Son of Frankenstein is played.
- Trailer Park Boys has its own unique scream: Virtually every time a scene devolves into chaos or brawling, an off-screen character (eventually named Donny) yells "WHAT IN THE *** ?!!"
- James Bond has its own version of this. No fewer than five different characters scream to their gravity-assisted deaths in the space of five films. (Four of them were by the same director, John Glen.) Watch this video and learn.
- Roger Moore has a very distinctive scream that shows up in his later Bond movies. Its especially noticeable when he is dangling from the blimp and takes a Groin Attack by an antenna on the Trans-America Pyramid as he zooms past in A View to a Kill.
- In the 1997 Updated Re-release of The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke falls down the Cloud City shaft, he makes the same scream as the Emperor's death scream in Return of the Jedi. Removed in the DVD release.
- Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, rather than record a new scream from Naomi Watts, simply used Fay Wray's scream from the original film. It worked.
- The B-movie D-War did the scream twice. Narmtastic since the first screamer was an ancient Japanese peasant the second was a modern day U.S. soldier. Apparently half a world and one thousand years dividing these people didn't change how people scream as they are crushed under the foot of a stegosaurus looking dragon.
- The "Insane Tantrum" is often used whenever someone is horribly injured. It sounds kind of like a siren and goes "EEEAH! EEEEAH! EEEEAH!" See the beginning of this video for reference.
- The Lord of the Rings movies have someone yell "Watch out!" whenever a catapult is about to hit, though it's only used once in the second and third movies, respectively.
- The Harry Potter series uses their own set of stock screams, something that becomes Egregious within the first trailer of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2", where, almost every few seconds a "NYAAAAH HAAAAAAH!" can be heard.
- Heroes dubbed in a Stock Scream for Claire in a recent episode.
- The same female stock scream appears in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 1 episode The Harvest, and is inexplicably dubbed over the DVD menus of season 5. It also appears in Dawn of the Dead and Timestoppers 2.
- The same scream as the Twisted Metal below was used in an episode of I Shouldn't Be Alive when one of the castaways is eaten by sharks.
- The History Channel's show Gangland takes a scream sound effect of a man's voice going "AAAAARGH!" and just fucking RUNS WITH IT! Almost every single transition of any still or moving picture or video footage, no matter if it's 2 minutes apart or 2 seconds apart, plays the exact same scream sound effect with it, for every single episode of Season 1 and beyond.
- Destroyed In Seconds uses a female stock scream in almost every crash footage they show. It is highly noticeable as it is usually the last sound heard before a commercial break and can often be clearly heard even while a crash is being shown in slow motion.
- Just For Laughs often replaces people's reactions with various stock screams.
- The one mentioned in America's Funniest Home Videos above (the "Eeeyah! Eeeeyaaagh, Eeeyah!") can be heard in the first minutes of the first episode of Grimm, from the jogger who got whisked away after picking up that garden gnome.
- Weinerville's Zip's scream was heard a couple of times elsewhere: one in an episode of Droopy the Master Detective Hound and one in a commercial.
- A ubiquitous female stock scream appears in Wu Tang Clan's The City at 00:10.
- The break of S Express's "Theme from S Express" has a scream that distorts into a siren-like sound; this sample appeared in several later techno songs.
- C.W. McCall's song Black Bear Road uses Disney's Goofy Holler when the U-Drive Jeep Car rolls over the rock and over the cliff.
- The Goofy Holler is used also in Falco's Rock Me Amadeus, among other samples.
- Another stock female scream (AIEEEEAAAAA! NO!) appears in "Brap" by Skinny Puppy.
- The scream in Pink Floyd's "Careful With That Axe Eugene" is Roger Waters. It's reused in several Floyd songs.
- In Silent Hill 3, the scream heard when the mannequin's head falls off is the same as Heather's death scream when she falls into a Bottomless Pit.
- A commonly-heard stock scream is the one heard in the NES American Gladiators game when a gladiator falls off the platform. What's this one called? Goes "aaielalialiaaah!"
- Another common stock scream is the death scream used in Twisted Metal Black. "Oliolialiaah!"
- There are nearly a full dozen stock screams (though neither the Wilhelm Scream nor the Howie Long Scream are present) used within the Command & Conquer series. Each is named "dedman" ("nuyell" in the case of C&C95) and numbered from 1 upwards, located within the sound.mix (or always.dat for Renegade) files which can be opened with utilities such as XCC Mixer. If it ain't broke, don't fix it?
- Many First Person Shooters use ubiquitous stock screams for their death sounds, such as in Red Faction and Soldier of Fortune II.
- Dead Space.
- Crowd reaction: shock. It sounds like a lot of people gasping or saying "oh" surprisingly at the same time. Occurs in Super Smash Bros. among a million other things.
- Devil Laugh: Ho-ho-ho-ho slowed down laugh. Think about Bowser's laugh when you die in Super Mario 64. Used in South Park as well.
- Sierra used the same scream sound for Graham falling off a cliff in King's Quest V and Alexander getting stabbed in King's Quest VI.
- The female scream used for the Splicers in Bioshock.
- In Doom 3, some of the Doomguy's pain grunts/screams are the same as in Turok 2: Seeds of Evil.
- In the Pocahontas game on the Sega Genesis, the Insane Tantrum scream is heard when you use the bear spirit to scare away settlers.
- A cut-off version of the Twisted Metal Death Scream is heard once in Call of Duty: Black Ops, in the mission Executive Order, when you use melee on the first guard you see on top of the comms building.
- The Sega Genesis game Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition had about three or four very entertaining screams for whenever you killed someone.
- A female scream similar to the aforementioned "Brap" scream, but pitched an octave lower, appeared in various World Builder games.
- Not quite a scream, but a characteristic "ugh" sound is used when a female character is hit or killed in Golden Eye 1997, Mission: Impossible 64, Perfect Dark, and some games in the Rainbow Six series.
- "Oliolialiaah!" is used in Return to Castle Wolfenstein when the SS Paranormal accidentally unleashes the curse in the Tombs, and sometimes when Nazis are set on fire.
- In general, Death Cry Echoes in several video games (especially fighting games) play this trope straight.
- Ashley's scream in Resident Evil 4 when she is grabbed by the enemy.
- Walk off a ledge in the VGA remake of Space Quest and Roger lets out the Goofy Holler. Check it out. (Fast-forward to 2:18.)
- Parodied in Animated Croft. When Lara discovers she has received a bomb in the mail, she lets out the high-pitched stock scream sound from the first four games in the Tomb Raider series, over and over again. When Winston hears her he asks what the matter is. When she tells him there's a bomb, he lets out the same scream.
- And that scream is looped in the first Tomb Raider when she falls down the really long pit.
- Safety Choices has the Forklift Operators scream. That scream is the same scream that the Prime Mover Driver has, because they both had the same voice actor.
- And then of course, there's Goofy's famous scream, a Stock Scream for Classic Disney Shorts: YAAAA-HOO-HOO-HOO-HOOEY!
- Here are all of the instances of the Goofy Holler in the Disney films (not counting the ones starring Goofy for obvious reasons, although for anyone interested, the scream originated in The Art of Skiing):
- Fun and Fancy Free: The first theatrical animated feature to use this scream. It appears in the Bongo short, right before the song Say It with a Slap.
- Out on a Limb: When Dale falls into the tree trunk.
- Three for Breakfast: When Donald Duck slips on the butter.
- The Legend of Coyote Rock: When Bent-tail falls off the butte.
- Cold Turkey: When Milton the cat falls into the garbage can.
- Lambert the Sheepish Lion: When Lambert headbutts the wolf off a cliff.
- Cinderella: When the King and the Duke fall off the chandelier.
- Make Mine Music: During the "Martins and Coys" segment.
- Bedknobs and Broomsticks: When King Leonidas kicks a hyena.
- Pete's Dragon: When Doc Terminus gets harpooned.
- The Rescuers: When Orville gets sucked into the Swampmobile, and when he falls off a building at the end of the film.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: When Quasimodo knocks several guards off a rope during the final battle.
- Homeonthe Range: When Maggie pushed Junior into a mine shaft.
- Enchanted: When the troll gets hit by a tree branch.
- Still Disney related, but Real Life example: the Atlanta Braves' spring training home is at ESPN's Wide world of sports, on the Walt Disney World property. During games, the scream is sometimes played when a foul ball is hit.
- A few episodes of Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life use the holler.
- Many episodes of Ed, Edd n Eddy, like "Tinker Ed", "Who Let the Ed In?", "Who, What, Where, Ed!" and Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show also have the holler.
- The oddest one out as far as the Goofy holler is concerned? Street Fighter, which uses it during an outdoor showdown at M. Bison's hideout.
- One was found in, off all places, Naruto, where Deidara launches Tobi into the air in the dub.
- Every single last time someone falls to his death in Jonny Quest, we would hear the same scream: AAIIIIEEEEEEEEEE!
- Naturally, the (somewhat) affectionate parody of JQ in Freakazoid!! spoofed this one for all it was worth
- Futurama would use the same scream every time Amy fell down.
- The Angry Beavers: "Whoo!" is Daggett's famous scream.
- Sponge Bob Square Pants: "My leg!"
- American Dad! has Stan Smith's excellent scream of much pain which is so good that the show rarely misses the opportunity to use it.
- This is even funnier in the episode "A Smith in the Hand", where they use a different scream multiple times.
- Additionally, in "Finances with Wolves" another scream is repeatedly heard every time Stan gets hurt by cactuses, razor blades, and lemon juice.
- In-universe example with the episode "Choosy Wives Choose Stan Smith": Roger is revealed to have numerous Stock Screams, misinterpreting (It Makes Sense in Context) "Plane Crash" for "Found Out My Son Is Gay".
- A Goofy Movie has several Goofy Hollers (naturally), two of which occur during the opening and end titles unconnected to any action. There is also a Wilhelm Scream when their car crashes into the scaffolding.
- All the kids in the Peanuts cartoons have the same distinctive stock scream: "AAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHH!!!"
- Not all of them. Peppermint Patty has her own (although the other one was sometimes used for her). Snoopy has his own stock scream as well.
- Rugrats also had Stu Pickles's distinctive girlish scream. Chazz and Drew also had their own recognizable stock screams.
- The old Tom and Jerry shorts would use the same screams a lot, such as Tom's signature "OOO-ooo-OOO Haaa Haaa Hoo HOO!" and well as the more straight-forward "AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!" (The screams were voiced by Bill Hanna.) Both screams occasionally turn up in other MGM cartoons as well, such as Tex Avery's.
- Generator Rex gives the stock screams to Providence's Red Shirt Army to show that they really are expendable.
- Used in the Young Justice episode "Drop Zone", when Superboy tosses a supervillain into a gang of thugs.
- Not really a scream, but Drawn Together used Toot's same cry of "OH GODDAMMIT!".
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has its own set of near-identical screams most commonly associated with Rarity. This gets rather jarring when, in "Secret of My Excess", one of them is heard off-screen and Rainbow says "That sounded like Pinkie Pie!" Not to anyone in the audience, it didn't.
- Godzilla: The Series featured N.I.G.E.L, a robot who got destroyed in almost every episode, and frequently accompanied with a robotic "AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" scream.
- Not much of a scream as it is a "Stock Gasp", but the eponymous character of Arthur's overdramatic gasp is re-used several times.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Courage, Eustace and Muriel had many different stock screams, and even lines of dialogue. Eustace's screams were used even after he got a new voice actor in the middle of the third season.
- In the early episodes of South Park, they would often use the same female scream "AAH MY GOOOODD!!!!".
- Metalocalypse uses these quite frequently (including the occasional Wilhelm and Howie Long; see above). Special credit goes to Nick Ibsen, who combines three of these during his death sequence in "Dethfam".
- The Magic Adventures Of Mumfie uses the same scream for Scarecrow all the time, done by his voice actor. It can be heard here.