Used for parody effect in a late 2004 commercial for the "Geek Squad" computer tech support service.
A Taco Bell ad featuring short-lived mascots Nacho and Dog (no relation to the chihuahua) had the two screaming loud enough to crack the glass on a distant alien spacecraft... because they had reached the bottom of the food bag. A moment later, they remembered they had plenty more bags in a short reach.
Greenpeace is using a radiation symbol in the shape of the Scream face as a protest against nuclear power.
Anime and Manga
In Gundam Wing, when Duo Maxwell sees his Gundam Deathscythe destroyed right in front of him, he lets out an overblown, reaching-into-space scream. When his English voice actor Scott McNeil was asked how he came up with such a scream, he said that it was a copy of a scream he did when his wife was backing out of the driveway and accidentally ran over and damaged his motorcycle.
Used for serious effect in the Soul Eater anime. Maka is fighting Asura unconscious and in her weapon form. Asura fights her off by stabbing his hand into her chest. Maka let's out a scream so chilling, anyone who's ever had a serious injury will remember it.
Used in an episode of D.Gray-Man when Road stabs Allen in the eye with a pointed candle and also beforehand, when he rips his once-stuck arm from the wall.Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize he can't see Akuma without his formerly good eye. The scene cuts all around the room until he pulls the candle out, not allowing you to look at it.
Taken to an extreme in Pani Poni Dash!, where Becky Miyamoto screams so loudly that the onomatopoeia splits the ceiling and calls down a Pillar of Light. Meanwhile, a crowd in Cairo is shown to be alarmed.
Another example of being caused by anguish, in Tenchi Muyo!'s second OVA, the android Zero, having taken Ryoko's form and memories, is ordered to kill Tenchi due to how her emotional reactions (inherited from what she copied of Ryoko) are interfering with her mission of capturing Washu. Reflecting on the order, she makes to stab Tenchi with a dagger, and the image cuts away to her agonized scream as we pull out from the room to the house, to the exterior galaxy...all the way out to Dr. Clay's ship hovering (potentially outside of conventional reality itself). However, the next episode makes it clear this is an exaggeration, as not only does this not wake up the entire house, but Tenchi sleeps right through it AND Zero plunging the energy dagger into his pillow inches from his head.
Renton from Eureka Seven unleashes a horrifying scream in Episode 20.
Cheza from Wolfs Rain definitely fits this. Upon seeing or just sensing spilled wolf's blood nearby, she gives an unnervingly loud and high-pitched scream. The first time she did, Toboe went crazy. His increasing hysteria overlapped with a wolf's howls of pain can be unsettling.
Also a potential subversion in the fact that only the wolves seem to notice it.
Another time Cheza screams is near the end, when Giant-Crazy-Wolf!Darcia hauls her around in his jaws by the spine. Very much on the Tear Jerker side.
A comedic version occurs in Fushigi Yuugi when Nuriko, sleeping peacefully, is woken up in the morning by Miaka cracking open his eye and shining a flashlight into it. Cut to the palace exterior and Chika Sakamoto issuing a truly fantastic scream that's both bloodcurdling and hilarious.
He gets one early on in the first series with his mother's assassination and Nunnally's injury at Aries Villa (in this case, combined with Nunnally's name). He only screams like this twice in the whole story, and they both hurt.
The piano scene from episode 3 of Kaiba uses a skyward anguished sob that's powerful enough to be a scream. That single scene, plus the buildup over the first episode...Did you know crying can sometimes be likeyawning?
Harima from School Rumble turned into The Scream when Yakumo showed no fear toward the anime editor.
In a tragic example from Berserk, Guts lets out a rageful one of these in the climax of the Eclipse after Casca falls limp out of the arms of her rapist Femto and lands on the ground in front of him — the last thing he sees before the demons holding him down claw out his right eye.
In Yu-Gi-Oh!, the pharaoh realizes that Bakura's voice was somehow still resonating even when he was supposedly gone in the past. This is impossible, unless, he realizes: "Unless... this is all just a game?" The word 'game' echoes as the scene pans and expands, until it reveals that indeed, the entire world is a game board.
During episode 15 of Baccano!, we are greeted to a flashback of a younger Nice Holystone experimenting with explosive chemicals. The mixture explodes in her face, scarring her,destroying her eye, and making her deliver an ear drum rattling scream, that lasts until the flashback ends.
Black Butler II episode 10. It begins with Hannah talking to Ciel and saying that she has something to show him. Then her mouth opens unnaturally wide to reveal this black abyss where the inside of a human mouth would be. The eye she stole from Alois Trancy is rooted in the back of her throat, and since Ciel's soul has been partially fused with Alois's at this point, he's basically staring at himself from inside her. Hannah watches calmly while Ciel suffers a severe nervous breakdown and screams before falling unconscious.
In Deadman Wonderland, Ganta does this understandably as he's being forced to watch the Carnival of Corpses.
In Elfen Lied, Kouta does this after he sees his sister get killed in front of him by Lucy.
In Black★Rock Shooter, Mato does this when she wakes up in Black Rock Shooter's body... a few seconds after BRS just impaled Dead Master, who has the same face as Mato's friend Yomi, on a katana.
Used to unique effect with the Marvel Universe character Black Bolt, whose voice was a sonic weapon; early in his run, his scream could destroy cities. As time went on, it became his whisper that could destroy cities. The possibility of him screaming made gods stand at attention!
Deadpool played with this in the game Marvel Ultimate Alliance, by trying to get Black Bolt to say the word spatula, just to see how much destruction it would cause.
Used in the World War Hulk story to show how tough Hulk was. He didn't come to hear Black Bolt whisper. He came to hear him scream.
In Earth X, he screams his loudest scream yet, but does not use it for purposes of destruction...
You want overblown? In a Donald Duck story from Italy or someplace, Donald manages to really mess up Scrooge's finances while the latter is on an enforced vacation. Nothing happens for a moment, then the nearest TV cuts to a special bulletin about a deafening blast of air that's crossing the globe, just in time to have it strike the studio. "-AAAAAAAAAAAAA-"
An extended Don Martin story has Fester making a fortune displaying his sidekick Carbunkle's imperviously hard head, but falling objects intended for his head usually land on Fester's foot - one example resulting in a yell that can be heard by the Yeti in the Himalayas.
Mild example: A couple of times when the father in Curtis hurt his back, his scream accompanied a diagonal view of the outside of the apartment building.
In one Calvin and Hobbes strip, Calvin, upon learning that Rosalyn is coming to babysit again, lets out a large "AAAAAAUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHHHH!" that takes up the top half-inch of the entire strip, and continues throughout the next strip, prompting his mother to say "For heaven's sake, Calvin, take a breath before you pass out on the floor!"
Happens twice in Kyon Big Damn Hero, both times when girls are seeing evidence of a voyeuristic illegal photography ring in their school.
In The Princess Bride, Westley is being tortured by Count Rugen. When the evil Prince Humperdinck pushes Rugen's device to its maximum power, and Westley starts screaming, the camera cuts to the countryside, again to the castle, and again to the village beyond, where the townsfolk look about, wondering where the scream is originating from. It's a plot point, in that Inigo and Fezzik start looking for Westley because of the scream.
Inigo: Do you hear that, Fezzik? That is the sound of ultimate suffering. My heart made that sound when the six-fingered man killed my father. The Man in Black makes it now.
Back in the 1930s, this was still serious, and an early scene in M has a distraught mother calling for her missing daughter as the camera cuts further and further away. Somehow avoids Narm, and is a chillingly effective scene.
Played straight in the 1973 version of The Wicker Man, with the line "In the name of God, THINK WHAT YOU'RE DOING!" Cut to the sunset, with "doing" echoing. And guess what? It's really creepy.
Used in The Godfather when Woltz finds the head of his prized stallion in his bed and screams, and we then cut to the outside of his house and still hear him screaming.
Michael himself lets out one of these in The Godfather Part III after his daughter Mary is gunned down.
In the same movie, Aragorn finds out he's too late to rescue Merry and Pippin, and he kicks a nearby helmet and lets out a massive scream of frustration. May also count as a Skyward Scream.
Made all the more impressive in that Aragorn's actor, Viggo Mortensen, broke his foot kicking the helmet. That scream is genuine.
In the Extended Edition, Éomer gets a pretty impressive one when he finds Éowyn near death and Théoden dead.
Done often in the Scream movies usually when someone is being chased by the killer. The opening scene of the first movie ends with one where Casey's mother finds her mutilated body hanging from a noose on a tree.
Also, the Ghostface mask looks similar to the aforementioned painting, which may be where the film got its name.
Raiders of the Lost Ark - after Indy stoically endures getting dragged behind a truck, shot in the shoulder, and generally beaten while retrieving the Ark, he and Marion are ensconced in the captain's quarters of a freight ship. As he achingly examines himself in a floor mirror, she pivots it from the other side, smacking him on the chin. Cut to long shot of ship and pained yell.
Looney Tunes: Back in Action does this when Bugs, Daffy, and Elmer Fudd chase each other in the Louvre's paintings. Inside Munch's masterpiece, Bugs steps on Elmer's toe, causing him to briefly morph into the "Screamer."
In Batman Begins this is Falcone's response when Crane sprays the fear toxin in his face. And it's unending too implying that he descended into insanity out of fear.
A Running Gag in Parker Lewis Can't Lose; the enraged screams of school principal Ms. Musso would cut to her door's glass pane shattering cartoonishly, or sometimes more distant fragile items.
Used in Friends, with Ross' repeated enraged cry of "MY SANDWICH???" causing pigeons to take off in fright.
Used in one of Coupling`s many point-of-view gags - we see a scene twice, once from Sally's perspective and once from Patrick's. Sally thinks she's seen the eponymous Munch painting on the wall and mutters about how she hates it - when we see it from Patrick's perspective, however, we see that she was very drunk and it is in fact a mirror...
Done rather chillingly on The Wire - the normally coolly unflappable Omar is brought in to the police station to identify his boyfriend's horrifically mutilated body. At first, he just shakes his head and seemingly, begins to cry, but then the shot cuts to McNulty's kids waiting in the lobby, who jump in shock at the resulting scream.
Also in season two, a mother's screams at seeing her dead son are heard from the now empty street outside after a gunfight has been broken up by the police.
Frequently happens in Sister Sister when either Ray or Tia discovers Tamera did something stupid that they are angered at (it's not really a scream as much as them screaming Tamera's name, as it pans out, sometimes even starts in before panning out).
Bulk and Skull from Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers also have their scream, when seeing a monster or any creature. They even scream in a Megazord cockpit from the 'Crystals of Nightmare' episode (we only see Bulk screaming) when Skull warned Bulk that they're going to crash.
In True Detective Rust and Marty make a suspect watch a horrible torture video. When he screams in distress the show cuts away to the landscape around them in a wide shot.
Barry Godber's cover art of King Crimson's In The Court Of The Crimson King depicts a man wearing an expression similar to the Munch painting.
This is part of the soundclip that plays when the ball is eaten by the T-Rex in Jurassic Park.
This was used in Legend of the Five Rings RPG. A group of clan champions had gathered at the castle of the Crab clan, which essentially borders that universe's hell (called the Shadowlands). While there, the three visiting champions saw a single Crab soldier standing at the wall, looking out. They ordered their yojimbo to stay outside their quarters for the night, along with the Crab champion, that their soldiers would not fail in their duty. In the middle of the night, there was a piercing scream that woke up the three champions, and moments later, a demon burst through their room. Almost overwhelmed, their host managed to kill the beast. Shocked, they left the room to find their soldiers dead, frozen in terror, or torn limb from limb. When they exited the building, they saw the lone Crab soldier, still standing, head slumped forward. One of the champions murmured that it seemed like none of them won the bet. The Crab champion snorted, "His job was to scream."
In Asura's Wrath, the second half of Episode 12 has Asura unleash one of these when the girl who looks like his daughter is killed in Olga's orbital bombardment, with the scream being an outpouring of both his helpless grief and his pure, unadulterated, mindless RAGE. And accompanying the scream is a blast of raw power so intense it destroys half of Olga's thousands-strong fleet of warships — and this is before Asura goes into Berserker form and begins utterly annihilating the other half.
In Sluggy Freelance, when Bun-bun finds out his collection of Baywatch tapes has been magnetically erased. What's really hilarious/terrifying about this is the implication of what he's going to do to the other main characters once he catches them.
In Dubious Company, Walter needs to upgrade his ship with a homing device in order to find Tiren. Leeroy thinks this is taking too long and decides to help while Walter is sleeping. Walter wakes up to find his Cool Ship in ruins. Cut to Tiren asking Izor if he heard that scream.
Done in The Annoying Orange whenever a character is suddenly killed. Also in The Onion Ring (a The Ring parody) when Orange appears on TV to terrorize a group of friends before climbing out of the TV into the real world.
Krillin when he sees Vegeta's spaceship landing on Namek. It lasts quite some time and can be heard miles away.
Vegeta: Ugh, I just got here and this planet's already annoying me.
Vegeta takes this Serial Escalation when he realizes Gohan stole one of his Dragon Balls. It can be heard across Namek, by Goku in space, by King Yemma in the afterlife, and by Trunks on Earth 20 years in the future.It must be heard to believed.
Taking some notes from Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1, Four Swords Misadventures had Green Link, upon learning that Vaati sent him a Cucco (which he refers to as "cock" as in "You love cock!"), screaming "Vaati, you NO-GOOD MOTHERF-!, which pans throughout Hyrule, breaking the peace and was apparently loud enough to break the sound barrier.
Noah Antwiler (The Spoony One) commits a Scream after being utterly broken by one of the worst PC games of all time, Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge. In a parody of/tribute to The Princess Bride, Benzaie hears it and remarks that it is the sound of the Ultimate Suffering.
So after one filler episode where the Rangers nearly got baked into a giant pizza... (Beat)... Excuse for a moment. *steps outside* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!. *goes back in and calmly continues the history*
The Earl of Lemongrab from Adventure Time does this a lot, especially in his premiere episode "Too Young":
Princess Bubblegum: Yo, Earl! Lemongrab:(from far away) WHAT?! Princess Bubblegum: Hey—you're fired! Ya BUTT! Lemongrab:(from far away) HHHHRRRRRUUURUUUUGGGGHH!!!!!!
In "Wizard Battle", Finn screams so loud at the prospect of Abracadaniel getting a chance to kiss Princess Bubblegum that it turns into a sonic attack that knocks out his opponent, winning Finn the contest.
In an episode of Invader Zim, a little girl's scream is heard by The Tallest, who are on a spaceship on the other end of the galaxy.
But the crowner is in "Battle of the Planets", when Zim uses Mars as a giant steamroller to flatten Earth. The planet comes down gently and crushes a man's soda can. The man's screams go on for about a minute onscreen without end.
A variation appears on the first half of the "Who Shot Mr. Burns" episode of The Simpsons; on realizing that Mr. Burns has forgotten his name yet again despite all his efforts, Homer takes a deep breath and yells a profanity (starts with an "F", the rest is covered by the sound of an organ playing). It's given exactly the same treatment as The Scream.
"Dear lord, that's the loudest profanity I've ever heard!"
Subverted in "Mona Leaves-a". Homer arrives in the living room to apologize to his mother for his jerkish behavior to her lately, but then asks her name when she doesn't respond (as she had died). It cuts to the outside of the house, yet Homer says "...Mother?" in the exact same tone and volume as he did before the cutaway point.
South Park's "The Red Badge of Gayness": when Kyle rips the beard off of Cartman's General Robert E. Lee costume, Cartman's scream can be heard all the way to the planet Marklar.
In episode "A Smith in the Hand" of American Dad!, Stan does this when he first gets his family jewels burnt, and then a second time when he discovers masturbation.
In an episode of King of the Hill when Bobby joins a modeling agency for overweight boys he shows Hank a bunch of pictures they took of him and when he finds they are going put one of him wearing trapdoor pajamas, holding a tray of cookies, and putting his pinky finger to his mouth in the newspaper Hank lets one out that echos.
In one episode of Total Drama Island Heather screams after her hair gets shaved off and Chris tells her she has to leave the island the scene then cuts to the eliminated campers at the Playa Des Losers Resort all looking up in surprise.
Used in Lilo & Stitch when Pleakley and Jumba spend their first night on Earth, and Pleakley discovers a very painful truth about one of the so-called wildlife preserve's inhabitants:
Pleakley: Look! A mosquito has chosen me as her perch. She's so beautiful. Look, another one! And another one! Why, it's a whole flock! They like me! They're nuzzling my flesh with their noses! Now they're... they're...
(Cut to a distant shot of their campsite near the house as Pleakley screams in pain)
Done hilariously in an episode of The Replacements when all the characters suddenly went into "The Scream" style during a GASP! moment.
Stewie does this in Family Guy when he walks in on Lois and Peter having sex.
(Cut to Mayor West sitting in his office several miles away)
Mayor Adam West: So, it's a shouting match you want, eh, Quahog? Well game on! Aaah aaah aaah aaah aar - I'm beating you!
In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Rambling Ed", Rolf reaches his Rage Breaking Point and shouts "The burden of hospitality is too great for Rolf!!", leading to a series of reaction shots from the other kids.