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When anyone shouts a single word hard and loud (although that one word can be shouted more than once), for various reasons, as long as the reason is other than actually needing to shout. If someone is shouting because of a noisy room, someone is far away, or that someone is barking out orders, it doesn't count.

If the word is someone's name, this often takes the form of a Skyward Scream.

If any other word is included, even if it's not shouted, it doesn't count as this trope.

A Sub-Trope of Chewing the Scenery.

A Super-Trope to:

Compare Gasp!, Say My Name, Calling Your Attacks, Metal Scream, Death Wail, Big "OMG!", Big "SHUT UP!", Punctuated! For! Emphasis! (those three would be sub tropes, but use more than one word).


Kiai is a variant of this, when used as Kung-Foley.

Not to be confused with Big Words.


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  • "SUUUURGE!" from one of Coca-Cola's attempts to enter the citrus soda market dominated by Mountain Dew.
  • "Cillit BANG!"
  • "SEGA!": The Sega Scream from North American commercials for the Sega Genesis and its add-ons, the Sega CD and 32X. Some commercials for Genesis ports of third party games used the scream. Used in-game in at least one title: Sonic 3D Blast.
    • "SE-GAAAAA!": While best known in North America for it's use in SonicTheHedgehog 1, 2, and 3 (and Knuckles), this jingle was used in Japanese commercials for all of Sega's console offerings from the SG-1000, to the Sega Saturn (when it was replaced by the "Segata Sanshiro" campaign).
  • "HARRISON!": from a 2009 advert for Specsavers.
  • "(It's) BACON!!!"note 
  • "AFLAC!!!"
  • "RAID?!!!" ([Boom!])note 
  • From one of The Simpsons' Butterfinger commercials:
    Lisa: Dad says if you make us scream, you're dead meat.
    Bart: You wouldn't scream.
    Lisa: (takes deep breath) DAAAAAAD!!note 
  • Anyone familiar with Lucky Star may have heard this one: "TIMOTEI!"note 
  • This commercial for Gainomax has the monkeys getting so angry over the human race mocking their kind, they do this three times.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Used many times in Soul Eater, with many contributions by none other than the resident ham, Black* Star. Also on a similar note "FOOL"
  • "BAAAAAN... KAI!" from Bleach. Japanese for "Final Release".
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS: TEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAA!!!
  • A few times in Dragon Ball Z. Example: after being beaten by the Androids, Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy Vegeta vents his frustration by shouting "KUSOOOOOOOO!" ("SHIIIIIIIIT!") so loudly it crumbles the mountain he's standing on.
    • At the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, when Goku doesn't recognize Chichi she suddenly gets really mad and yells BAKA/FOOL! so loud everyone in the room falls over.
  • AKIRA:
  • This is a trope that's not so unusual in anime, with two characters shouting their names back and forth. Inuyasha and at least one .hack series do it often, for example.
  • Gundam:
  • S Cryed:
  • One Piece:
  • Fairy Tail:
    • "Karyuu no...HOUKOOOOOOOOU!" and all variations thereupon. The English equivalent: "Fire Dragon...ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAR!"
  • Futari wa Pretty Cure: ZAKENNA!
  • Samurai Pizza Cats:
    • Fuh-RED!note .
    • TEYANDEE!note 
    • KUYASHII!!note 
  • The Pokémon Speak from the Trope Namer is occasionally done this way.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: "RELEASE!"

    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 49, Wolffy has his sewing robot help him to trap the goats in a pit he's set up once they fall into it. Wolffy himself falls into the pit instead, but the robot sews the pit shut anyway and Weslie and Sparky taunt Wolffy as he's being trapped in the pit; by the time the robot is finished sewing, Wolffy shouts "NUMBSKULL!!!"

  • The late, great country comedienne Minnie Pearl: "HOWDYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!"note 

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Done in every one of the Pigeon books, big enough to fill a double-page spread.
  • Cinderella: CINDERELLA!!note 
  • The Bible: "Treason! Treason!" (from Queen Athaliah, from 2nd Kings 11:14 and 2nd Chronicles 23:13)

    Live-Action TV 

  • 4 Non Blondes:
    (And I say) HEY-EY-EY-EYYYY! HEY-EY-EYYYY!note 
  • Alice Cooper: "STEEEEVEN?"
  • The Wall: STOP!
  • Kaizers Orchestra and their: "HALLELUUUUUUUJA". Or Handel and his (except that's more of a HAAAAALLELUJAH or, at the end of the piece, HALLEEEEEEEEELUJAAAAAAAH!)
  • Underground Metal (death, black, etc), and sometimes even mainstream genres (e.g., "hair" metal) will often have this at some point.
  • "Hit and Run" by Loletta Holloway: "When it comes to... LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!"
  • This also often occurs in classical opera.
  • This was a trademark of the late mambo / salsa singer Célia Cruz: "¡AZÚCAR!" (lit.: "sugar")
  • This happens in the song Clarity by Zedd featuring Foxes:
    "If our love's insanity, why are you my clarity?"
  • Eric Clapton: LAY-LA!note 
  • "RE-MIX!!"note 
  • Tears for Fears: SHOUT! SHOUT! note 
  • Billy Joel's "All For Leyna":
    So I wait in the dark,
    Listening for her
    Instead of my old man saying,
    STOP! kidding yourself,
    Wasting your time.
  • George Michael combines this with Rule of Three on his solo Protest Song Freedom '90.note 
  • Carly Simon: Anticipation!note 
  • Snoop Dogg:note  "MURDER!"note 
  • In a similar vein to the above, Barrington Levy: MURDEREEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
  • The second verse of "Parabola" by tool is one single screamed word: "ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE...!!!"


    Pro Wrestling 

  • Spanish (and Brazilian Portuguese)-speaking football sportscasters: "¡¡¡GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!"
  • Italian sportscaster Tiziano Crudeli: PIPPOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!note 
  • Korean Starcraft commentarots: "GEEEEEGEEEEEEEE!"
  • Murray Walker's BBC commentary on Formula One: "And it's...GO GO GO GO GO!"
  • An old golf expression: "FORE!"
  • Baseball:
    • "STRIKE!"
    • "(You're) OUT!"
    • "SAFE!"
    • "FOUL!"note 
    • "BALK!"note 
    • "TIME!"
    • "CHANGE!"note 
  • Tennis:
    • "FAULT!"
    • "OUT!"
  • American Football players will often do several of these in a row when calling out signals.

  • In Bells Are Ringing, when Jeff realizes that "Melisande Scott" is the same person who answers his calls at Susanswerphone, he shouts the only other name he knows her by: "MOOOOOOOOOOM!!!"
  • In Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the Celebrant interrupts "Dona Nobis Pacem" by shouting "PA-CEM! PACEM! PAAAAAAAAAAA-CEM!" and shattering the holy vessels.
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: "STELLLLLAAAAAA!!!"
  • Oliver!:
    Oliver: Please sir, I want some more.
    Mr. Bumble: WHAT?!
    Oliver: Please sir, I want some...more?
    Mr. Bumble: MORE?!!
  • In Wicked: FIYEROOOOOOOO!!
  • The Barber of Seville: FIGARO!note 

  • The earliest "talking" dolls did this ("MA-MA!").

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • Very, very frequent: "OBJECTION!" "GOTCHA!" "EUREKA!" "SILENCE!"
    • The series also has various other moments were a word is shouted out, a lot of the time in captials with multiple exclamation points and even a lot of the time drawn out. "WHAAAAT?!" is pretty common, as is "N-NOOOOOOOOO!!". In Dual Destinies even Edgeworth does one of these, when Phoenix proves that the true murderer posed as the victim whom they had just killed.
      Edgeworth: B-But that's...Im...Im...IMMMPOSSIBLEEEEEEEE!!!
  • Say it with us now: "EX...CALIBUR!"


    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Any First-Name Ultimatum can take this form when a parent is especially angry at their son/daughter.
  • Whether literally, or figuratively, anyone living in (especially extreme) poverty will likely be saying this at some point: "FOOD!"
  • "Taxi!"
  • This is the whole point of "kakegoe" in Japanese festivals, with words such as "sore!" and "yoisho!". These are also often heard in Ondo songs as well.note 
  • Any time a lumberjack cuts down a tree: "TIMBER!"
  • The loudest word ever spoken by a human came from Irish schoolteacher Annalisa Wray, who shouted "QUIET!" at a festival occurring on April 16th, 1994, clocking in at 121.7 decibels.


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