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* Disney's ''Disney/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople'' had a banshee that appeared and wailed to warn that someone was about to die. It also summoned the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Coach Cóiste-bodhar]] (Death Coach) to take away the soul to the afterlife. It's generally considered a standard-bearer of childhood terror.

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* Disney's ''Disney/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople'' ''Film/DarbyOGillAndTheLittlePeople'' had a banshee that appeared and wailed to warn that someone was about to die. It also summoned the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Coach Cóiste-bodhar]] (Death Coach) to take away the soul to the afterlife. It's generally considered a standard-bearer of childhood terror.


* Siouxsie and the Banshees. Obviously in name only.

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* Siouxsie and the Banshees. Obviously in name only.
Music/SiouxsieAndTheBanshees are named for them, of course.

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* The [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish and Scottish]] tradition of [[DeathWail keening]] (singing a lament combined with wailing) over the body during the funeral procession and at the burial site is strikingly similar to the death wail of the [[OurBansheesAreLouder Banshee]]
**"Keen" comes from the Gaelic verb "caoin", meaning "to cry/weep, to mourn" and its active article "caoineadh" ("weeping", "crying", "wailing") can also be translated as "elegy/lament". The caoineadh itself was often composed and performed in an improvised way, with at least one keening woman (bean chaointe) hired to lead the rest of the mourners, who generally joined with the chorus. The caoineadh generally consisted of [[StockCharacter stock poetic]] elements (the genealogy of the deceased, praise for the deceased, emphasis on the sorrow of those left behind etc.) set to vocal lament.
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* In [[Myth/CelticMythology Irish and Scottish folklore]], the banshee (or [[OurBansheesAreLouder bean-sidhe]]) is a [[TheFairFolk fairy-woman]] and often guardian spirit of the old Gaelic families who can [[PortentOfDoom foretell death]] in "her" family; she [[HowlOfSorrow wails]] and [[OneWomanWail cries]] through the night to warn the family that one of them will soon die; if the family hears her crying three nights in a row, they know that they should begin planning a funeral. As she can foretell death in the family that she protects, the banshee is also grieving for the family as well as warning them of impending death. When multiple mná-sídhe (fairy-women) are heard wailing at once, it foretells the death of an important political or religious figure. As she is often a guardian spirit to specific clans and can foretell death in "her" family, she is [[DeathWail mourning]] the impending death as well as warning the family. Most often, the banshee is depicted as an old, frightening woman, but she can also appear as a strikingly beautiful woman of any age that suits her.
* Much of Latin America believes in the legend of [[LaLlorona La Llorona]], the spirit of a woman who died after she drowned her children and cannot enter Heaven until she has found them; she is heard crying "¡Ay, mis hijos!" ("Oh, my children!") as she searches for them. Those who hear her crying supposedly are doomed to die soon.
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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to [[HowlOfSorrow mourning]] for members of the family who were about to die, which often served to [[DeathWail inform others]] of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century. And, as often in the original folklore, the fairy woman might be explicitly described as a ghost; TheFairFolk were a little unclear about the edges.

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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were crying was due to [[HowlOfSorrow mourning]] for members of the family who were about to die, which often served to [[DeathWail inform warn others]] of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century. And, as often in the original folklore, the fairy woman might be explicitly described as a ghost; TheFairFolk were a little unclear about the edges.


They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning for members of the family who were about to die, which often served to inform others of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century. And, as often in the original folklore, the fairy woman might be explicitly described as a ghost; TheFairFolk were a little unclear about the edges.

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They are also prominent in Irish legends, where many of the more well-known banshee stories come from, as being a type of fairy typically connected to a single family. Their screams were due to mourning [[HowlOfSorrow mourning]] for members of the family who were about to die, which often served to [[DeathWail inform others others]] of their loved one's death. There have been stories of banshees haunting families even as late as the 19th Century. And, as often in the original folklore, the fairy woman might be explicitly described as a ghost; TheFairFolk were a little unclear about the edges.



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* The now-defunct ''VideoGame/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirlOnline'' had Nia the banshee. As the name of the game implies, Nia is a CuteMonsterGirl almost indistinguishable from a human besides her MysticalWhiteHair and [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]]. Personality-wise she's entirely benevolent: she's described as a total [[TheWoobie woobie]] prone to crying jags when she randomly remembers an unfortunate event, and she enjoys animes with happy endings. Whether she has a sonic scream or anything of the sort is unclear, but unlikely.
* The ''Blood And Wine'' expansion for ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'' has banshees as enemies. Functionally they are a specter enemy similar to higher wraiths like the noon and night variant, but with a sonic scream that can stun Geralt and the ability to [[MookMaker summon skeletons]] to harass him. Lorewise they are closer to the original folklore: they are drawn to death and misfortune and weep over it, but despite not being particularly malicious they are still considered a bad omen.


Here we have the ghostly women who originate from Myth/CelticMythology. They are usually noted for their voices, which are either [[OneWomanWail hauntingly hypnotic wails]], or blood-curdling screams. Traditionally, hearing a banshee wail is a PortentOfDoom, though this is often SadlyMythtaken for the wail itself being a [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attack]] or BrownNote that ''causes'' death.

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Here we have the ghostly women who originate from Myth/CelticMythology. They are usually noted for their voices, which are either [[OneWomanWail hauntingly hypnotic wails]], or blood-curdling screams. Traditionally, hearing a banshee wail is a PortentOfDoom, though this is often SadlyMythtaken for the wail itself being a [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attack]] or BrownNote that ''causes'' death.
death, which to be honest is [[RuleOfCool a lot cooler]] and [[RuleOfScary a lot scarier]].


* Banshees appear as enemies in the wacky ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', but their gimmick is ''crying'' instead of shouting. Their CrocodileTears can inflict the Crying status on the playable Miis.

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* Banshees appear as enemies in the wacky ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', but their gimmick is ''crying'' instead of shouting. Their CrocodileTears can inflict the Crying status on the playable Miis. There is another variant, the Basheevil, who instead turn Miis evil.



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* Siouxsie and the Banshees. Obviously in name only.

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* Banshees appear as enemies in the wacky ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'', but their gimmick is ''crying'' instead of shouting. Their CrocodileTears can inflict the Crying status on the playable Miis.


* Averted with the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] Banshee flyer from ''Franchise/Halo'', which is actually rather quiet.

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* Averted with the [[ScaryDogmaticAliens Covenant]] Banshee flyer from ''Franchise/Halo'', ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', which is actually rather quiet.


** Jeanette's scream won't kill you, but it ''will'' [[MindRape completely fuck you up]] [[BrownNote if you hear it]], as she forces you to relive her botched execution, where her head was clumsily cut off with several crude blows. It reduced ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' to a crumpled head on the ground, foaming at the mouth!

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** Jeanette's scream won't kill you, but it ''will'' [[MindRape completely fuck you up]] [[BrownNote if you hear it]], as she forces you to relive her botched execution, where her head was clumsily cut off with several crude axe blows. It reduced ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' to a crumpled head heap on the ground, foaming at the mouth!

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** Jeanette's scream won't kill you, but it ''will'' [[MindRape completely fuck you up]] [[BrownNote if you hear it]], as she forces you to relive her botched execution, where her head was clumsily cut off with several crude blows. It reduced ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' to a crumpled head on the ground, foaming at the mouth!


* Creator/TimBurton's and Creator/DannyElfman's ''Film/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' opening song ''This is Halloween'':

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* Creator/TimBurton's and Creator/DannyElfman's ''Film/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' opening song ''This is Halloween'':

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