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Howling to the Night

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"Listen to them—the children of the night. What music they make!"

In many works, wolves are heard howling at dusk or at night. It is a case of Noisy Nature. Also, it is often a case of not doing the research or Artistic License – Biology: wolves don't live in all settings, and they usually howl to communicate with each other, not to establish the mood or tell time. Often overlaps with Cock-a-Doodle Dawn, which is when roosters crow at dawn.


This trope has two main types:

Type A: Wolf howls are heard to herald the coming of the night. The wolves that do the howling are rarely seen.

Type B: The howls are heard late at night, to reinforce a creepy setting or establish a fearful mood. Again, the wolves are rarely seen.

See also Wolves Always Howl at the Moon and Howl of Sorrow. Related to Cock-a-Doodle Dawn. Not to be confused with Calling To The Night.



Type A: At Dusk Version:

Anime and Manga

  • When Ash's Rockruff evolves into the appropriately named Dusk Form Lycanroc in Pokémon, it joins its other two forms (the Midday owned by Olivia, and Midnight owned by Gladion) in howling into sunset.

Video Games:


Type B: Late at Night Version:

Anime and Manga:



  • In A Wolf in the Soul, Greg joins in howling late at night with the jackals who live in the forest just outside of Jerusalem.


  • Ylvis's "The Fox" parodies this with an Auto Tuned howl.
  • Howlin' Wolf: His singing voice was compared to howlin' wolves, thus earning him his stage name. His single "Moanin' At Moonlight" and the album cover from Moanin' in the Moonlight also delve into this trope.
  • Los Redondos' Capricho Magyar ends with a pack of wolves howling.

Video Games:

  • Banjo-Kazooie features howling wolves prominently in the background ambiance of various "spooky areas", most notably Mad Monster Mansion in the first game and Witchyworld's "horror zone" in the sequel.
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day parodies the above "What beautiful music they make!" line.

Western Animation:

  • In Rocko's Modern Life, the Wolfe family do this on their rooftop. To emphasize that they consider Heffer to be a part of their family (despite not actually being a wolf), Heffer joins them (only instead of howling, he says "MOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!")