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Make Me Wanna Shout: Video Games
  • Three words: FUS RO DAH!
    • In The Elder Scrolls lore, some special Nords known as Tongues use a power called the Thu'um, which is used to shout with various effects ranging from sharpening swords to teleporting to wherever their shout lands. The strongest Tongues, known as the Greybeards, are said to be so powerful that they have to gag themselves and use sign language in order to not destroy everything around them by simply talking.
    • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, we actually get to use the Thu'um, where it is explained that it is literally a Language of Magic that makes real whatever is spoken in it. The Thu'um uses the dragon language, as dragons naturally have the power to alter reality by simply speaking. When they're "breathing" fire, they're technically commanding fire to come into existence, and battles between dragons are essentially very loud debates. (Gives a new meaning to Flame War).
    • We also get to meet the Greybeards. When they call for the Dragonborn, all of Skyrim can hear it. When they whisper, it shakes the mountain they live on.
    • The Dragonborn is special because s/he can use the Thu'um without any training after absorbing dragon souls, thanks to being the spirit of a dragon in a mortal coil.
    • There are also... other people who can use the Thu'um. When you see a Draugr with a pointy helmet and the words "death," "over," or "lord" somewhere in its name, brace yourself. Ulfric Stormcloak can also Shout, as can Miraak, the Big Bad of the Dragonborn DLC, as well as the Bonus Boss known as "The Ebony Warrior."
  • The Mercenary (Melee Area of Effect) class in Dragon Nest has an entire range of shout skills. One of the higher level ones actually creates a vacuum when he inhales to bring enemies closer so that the actual shout can hit more of them.
  • Kirby with his "Mike" powerup.
  • Pokémon has a few attacks like this, such as Uproar and Hyper Voice. There are also sound-based status-affecting moves such as Screech and Supersonic, and the Pokémon ability Soundproof can protect a Pokémon from any sound-based attacks. The evolutionary line of Whismur/Loudred/Exploud and Noibat/Noivern are also all based on this trope.
  • Queen Sindel from Mortal Kombat. Notable in that she can scream the flesh off people.
  • Redeads in The Legend of Zelda can stun people with their screams.
    • Skull Kid in Majora's Mask, whose scream speeds up the falling of the moon.
    • Pol's Voices can be stunned by the player shouting into the microphone—on systems that have one, that is. Phantom Hourglass was the first game where this was possible outside Japan, but it could be done in the original The Legend of Zelda using the microphone built into the Famicom's second controller.
  • Warriors in World of Warcraft get a few "shout" attacks. They don't damage, but at least one causes "fear".
  • In Guild Wars Shout skills are simply skills that have no cast time (and, indeed, can be used while you're casting or using another skill) and have an effective range of "earshot" (which is approximately aggro range). Their effects are generally damage modification (either increasing or decreasing it), but one shout, "You Move Like A Dwarf", actually damages, knocks down, and cripples whichever foe you have targeted when you use it.
    • Similarly, The Lord of the Rings Online has many, many damaging shouts. Minstrels alone get at least three ways to kill via yelling, with bonus points to Dwarven minstrels, whose shouts, rather than wordless "AAGH!" of every other race, consist of the war-cry "Baruk Khazâd! Khazâd ai-męnu!"
  • The barbarian of Diablo II has a number of vocal capabilities (howl, taunt, shout, battle cry, battle orders, war cry and battle command) with a number of effects on enemies ranging from fear, stunning or status penalties all the way to immediate damage. And they can grant allies temporary buffs.
  • In Condemned and its sequel, there's a whole cult with this ability. You're one of them, and gain it for the last level of Condemned 2.
  • Mega Man and Shade Man had the sonic weapon "Noise Crush" in 7, but that came from their Arm Cannon.
  • In a twist on this trope, the Street Jam psych from The World Ends with You is triggered when the player stimulates the DS' mic. It comprises of Neku summoning giant speakers that blast sound into every Noise in the current battle. A variant, the Twister psych, turns mic stimulation into gusts of wind that blow enemies up and then slam them down.
  • Fortissimo from Freedom Force vs The Third Reich, fitting for an Italian opera singer. Naturally, his vocal blasts are accompanied by a high note.
  • Ecco the Dolphin gets various weapons-grade augmentations to his voice over the course of his games; he is a dolphin, after all.
  • Magical Battle Arena turned Naga's Noblewoman's Laugh into this for her Limit Break Super Move, where she encases her target in ice with a Freeze Arrow then simply laughs beside her hapless victim, dealing massive damage. Somehow, this just feels right.
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 the Allied attack dog and Soviet war bear have functionally-identical stun abilities based on their roar/bark. The dog has an amplifier to help, and can pass this along to the Multigunner IFV if the dog hops in the shotgun seat. The Allied dolphin (also in Red Alert 2) has an amplified sonic weapon as an actual damaging attack that can take out boats if they attack in groups.
    • In Tiberian Sun, the GDI had the Disruptor tank which was derived from Scrin technology. It fired high powered sound waves at targets, and was one of the more powerful units in the game. In Tiberium Wars, GDI used sonic weapons as static base defenses, and later built smaller mobile versions as well. According to the backstory, this technology was useful in combating the spread of tiberium, though it doesn't seem to have much of an in-game effect.
  • Universe at War has the Amplifier for the Novus faction, which basically functions as a sonic artillery unit.
  • Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords has the Force Scream power, which is one of the best Force powers in the entire game. note 
  • The sirens in God of War II have a migraine inducing attack of this nature.
  • The Sonic Boom weapon in Destroy All Humans!, which uses audio waves from Crypto's Flying Saucer to bring down buildings and send vehicles flying.
  • In Godzilla Destroy All Monsters Melee and its sequels, Anguirus, the go-to Badass Normal of Kaiju appearing in the Godzilla series, uses his really loud roar as his ranged attack against monsters who instead have Breath Weapons and lasers as theirs.
    • Titanosaurus and Varan, two other Badass Normal Kaiju, get sonic beams in the third game in the series, Unleashed.
  • Cynder in The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon has one of these, officially called "Fear" in-game.
  • The Sonic weapons in X-COM: Terror From The Deep, which are this game's equivalent to the first game's Plasma weapons.
  • Guile of Street Fighter has Sonic Boom and Flash Kick as special attacks. It's explained as him punching/kicking so hard that his fist/foot reaches supersonic speeds.
  • From BioShock 2: KYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! (Screen distorts) Mr B! Mr B! Big Sister doesn't want you playing with me...
  • BioShock Infinite, meanwhile, has two monstrous enemies who have screaming as a big part of their motif. The Siren's voice is so powerful she can tear through the veil between worlds, allowing her to summon the souls of the dead — she uses this to resurrect the enemies you kill. The Boy of Silence, on the other hand, is a living alarm system whose freakish scream draws swarms of enemies to kill you.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Bowser does this in the final battle, but it doesn't do any damage, just pushes you back a little.
    • Bowser Jr. uses sound waves as part of his super ability and mega strike in Mario Strikers Charged.
  • The Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl enemy in The Haunted Mansion video game uses this attack.
  • The Sjas in Ghouls Vs Humans can attack with supersonic shouts (and even when he doesn't attack this way, he screams bloody murder all the time.)
  • Rikuo/Aulbath from Darkstalkers has a special move called Sonic Wave, where he emits ultra-sonic waves to stun his opponents and that inflicts some damage on them.
  • City of Heroes offers Sonic Attack and Sonic Resonance as powersets. The default animation for these powers are a range of screams and shouts. Oddly, while Sonic Attack damages targets and renders them vulnerable to more damage, Sonic Resonance includes a number of powers that make your allies tougher instead. All by making strange shrieking noises.
  • One of the warrior's abilities in Dragon Age: Origins is "War Cry". When upgraded it can knock enemies off their feet.
  • Some minor enemies in Golden Sun games can use a vocal attack. Bats unleash sonic waves, Harpies let out a shriek, and Scuttlers bellow a bloodcurdling cry. These deal damage and sometimes prevent an action or even stun a character. Also, until Dark Dawn, unleashed weapon techniques were narrated as "(character)'s (weapon) lets out a howl! (technique name)!"
  • Video Game/Warframe has the Banshee warframe, which primarily relies on sonic strikes and echolocation to find and kill enemies.
  • In Brütal Legend, General Llyonwhite does this to a mirror falling on him. Unfortunately for him, his scream breaks the mirror and the huge, sharp shards kill him
  • Popka from Klonoa has this as his Limit Break in Klonoa Beach Volleyball.
  • In Monster Hunter, the majority of the monster's roars have the ability to stun you and, for the most part, can only be avoided by rolling or blocking with your weapon. However, some monster's roars (such as the Tigrex)have roars powerful enough to inflict minor damage and send you hurtling dozens of feet across the landscape.
  • In Archon, Banshees have this as their power. It has very short range, but they are the only melee unit that can move and attack at the same time.
  • In Dune II, after getting the IX building upgrade, House Atreides can manufacture Sonic Tanks, capable of hitting multiple targets if they're all in the line of fire.
  • In the flash-based webgame Swords and Sandals 2, a valid min-maxing strategy is to focus mostly on Charisma, so that your Taunt skill becomes your free, deadly, ranged, and only, weapon.
  • Mauru, the resident Totoro expy in Waku Waku 7, is Cute, but Cacophonic, and has a very loud shout as his Limit Break.
  • Dead Rising 2: Metal band Angel Lust obliterates an entire horde of zombies by blowing up their heads with a deafening Big Rock Ending. This specific trope would best apply to Jeanna, the band’s sultry siren of a lead singer, but her Metal Scream is only implied, and never actually heard on the soundtrack. Rescuing the band allows the player to craft a "Power Guitar", a combination of an electric guitar and amp that will blow the heads off of zombies with The Power of Rock.
  • Orc barbarians in Heroes of Might and Magic V are forbidden from learning magic, instead they get a selection of battlecries that function as buffs for their soldiers.
  • Orpheus, one of the titular Personas in Persona 3 is seen attacking in this way, thanks to the big speaker embedded in its torso. It's worth noting that this ability is only shown in cutscenes; Orpheus only casts regular magic and bashes enemies with its huge harp in actual gameplay.
    • In the Spin-Off Persona 4 Arena, Kanji Tatsumi's standing heavy normal attack is him screaming "You want some?" with a large speech bubble appearing behind him and damaging the opponent if they touch it.
  • Kyouko Kasodani from Touhou Project is able to manipulate sound waves. Her attacks are normally centered on her amplifying her own voice to ungodly levels and stunning her prey with infinitely-repeating echoes. On a related note, the Prismriver sisters' attacks include actual visible sound waves in the form of musical notes, but their powers are limited to what their instruments can do.
  • In After The War, certain hybrids will attack you with a cone of loud sound, which will also knock down even enemies caught in the middle.
  • Atlantis No Nazo has a microphone powerup that lets the player stun all enemies on the screen by shouting into the second Famicom controller.
  • Lakelurks from Fallout: New Vegas have a sonic shriek attack. And it hurts.
    • Lakelurks are based on the Mirelurk King from Fallout 3. He has the same attack, and it does hurt a lot (it ignores armor).
    • New Vegas also has the Sonic Emitter in the Old World Blues DLC, basically a gun which fires sonic blasts that play hell on anything mechanical, and can disable forcefields. You can also bring more samples to one of your AI helpers so he can tinker with your emitter and change the blast's effects. Or, in his words, "Get me a good sample base to work from and I can whip up a wave that makes Jericho look like a kazoo".
  • If you ever so sadly happen to pull a mandrake out of pot without the earplugs equipped in Mad Father, it unleashes a hellish scream that can kill Aya.

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