The characteristic bellow of a monster as it attacks, makes a warning display, or reacts to pain, rendered as onomatopoeia. Usually, but not always, because it is incapable of speech. Common in Comic Books
without voice acting; rare in Literature
The Written Roar has some fairly standard versions, though the exact number of letters involved vary widely. There are several usual forms of the classic throaty roar, from the literal "Roar!" to the more guttural "Graar!" to the very common "Argh!" The related horrible screech has mostly been standardized around variations of "Scree!"
A subtrope of Written Sound Effect
. One of the many faithful servants of the Rule of Cool
Anime and Manga
- One of the most unusual examples comes from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. There is a certain sound vampires make as a battle cry of sorts. In the early parts it was written as "Wreeeee" or "Wriiiiii". But its most famous incarnation, thanks to Memetic Mutation is WRRRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Rak from Tower of God.
- Mikuru-chan in Haruhi-chan is fond of saying "Honya~!" (written in Hiragana when she says it).
- Watchmen has a incredibly Narmful one when Rorschach jumps out of a window: "RRAAAARRL". No punctuation. (Memetic Mutation frequently uses this for macros, photoshops, and .gifs)
- Mocked in an issue of Excalibur where Lockheed the dragon bites a burglar who yells 'Yeargh' and his companion bemusedly notes that you never really hear people say that, although you see it written down a lot.
- Wolverine, like, all the time.
- The old Dark Horse Godzilla comics would render his famous roar phonetically. AAIIEEEEEEE—UH—UNK!
- The modern IDW comics go with a mighty 'SKREEOOONK!' for Godzilla, and a divergent 'SKREAAAAK' for Zilla.
- The Scarecrow's terror yell from Batman comics: HWOOOOAAAARRR!
- The Castle of AUUGH.
- Godzilla's distinctive roar is often rendered as "Screeeeeonk!" which, admittedly, does not do justice to the true trumpety majesty of which an enraged atomic god is capable.
- The novelization of Return of the Jedi was one of the few Star Wars books to actually try to write out Chewbacca's speech (as well as that of R2-D2 and the Ewoks). "Rheeaaahhr!", "Groawwwwr!", and "Rowr ahragh awf ahraroww rowh rohngr grgrff rf rf." were typical lines. Words fail us.
- In Life The Universe And Everything, a creature named Agrajag lets forth an angry cry of "HhhhhhrrrrrraaaaaaHHHHHH!!!" by way of explanation.
- There's also Charlie Brown's famous "AAUGH!".
- The Prehistoria comic strip B.C. puts "GRONK" into the mouth of its brontosaurian dino.
- FoxTrot is fond of "AAAA!".
- Garfield frequently uses "ARRRGH!"
- The short-lived comic strip Arnold (1982-88) often had the titular character yell "AIEEE!" for no reason whatsoever.
- Pokemon Diamond And Pearl: Arceus, the apparently ultimate God, has a menacing cry written as..."Dodogyuuun".
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations has Furio Tigre (named Zenitora in the original Japanese version) from the third case, who growls so loudly at times, his roar stretches through up to six (!) text boxes. And his final one shorts out the lights in the courtroom.
- The first game did this as well in the fourth case, where it was revealed that Miles Edgeworth shot not his father as he thought, but his mentor, Manfred von Karma. The roar-scream Karma gave when shot gave Edgeworth nightmares for years, as he thought it was his father screaming in pain. When Karma was revealed as the true killer and mastermind of the DL-6 incident and the fourth case itself, he let out the scream again, causing Edgeworth to realize the truth.
- Star Ocean Till The End Of Time has a rather embarrassing example. What was supposed to be an anguished scream (after being defeated and humiliated) was subtitled as..."Raaaaaaaaaaaawr!"
- Chrono Trigger. "Droooo...", among others.
- Berserker's roars in Fate/stay night were rendered as something quite unreadable and with no actual letters. Like this: "▂▂▃▃▄▄▅▅!"
- Which actually makes sense, since Berserker's roars are described as "a sound no human could ever produce".
- Recurring Boss Balrog in Cave Story yells "Doryaa!!" when breaking through a door or ceiling. (The English versions changed it to "Huzzah!" or "Oh yeah!")