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For want of an extension cord, Jon's voice was lost.
"In the meantime, though, we're going to skip straight to the theme song, so I can scream for a full minute. [deep breath]

A character freaks out about something, and screams. And screams. And screams, to the point where it becomes hilarious. (Although, sometimes it goes even longer than that.) Sometimes, the character takes a deep breath to continue screaming and even comments something like "Why do they make buildings this tall? Everyone knows you should be able to fall to your death in the same scream!"

This is almost always intentionally Played for Laughs; unintentionally hilarious long screams qualify as Narm. May result in an Inopportune Voice Cracking if the tone can't be sustained.

May overlap with The Scream, Big "NO!", Heroic BSoD, or Faux Horrific. Reactive Continuous Scream is a subtrope.

Hope you brought your earplugs!


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  • Played for Drama in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba when Tanjiro, Zenitsu, Inosuke, and Tengen let out a LONG ANGRY scream in unison right when they brutally decapitated Gyutaro and Daki simultaneously who were screaming loudly out of fear. The look on the Demon Slayers' faces may be Nightmare Fuel as they suddenly resembled Berserk artwork.
  • Dragon Ball Z is king of this trope. Granted the characters in question are trying to charge up their ki, but they do it by screaming their heads off, and oh boy, sometimes their scream can go on for a minute without pause! Fun fact: Sean Schemmel did pass out in the booth at least once during recording for Dragon Ball GT.
  • In Chapter 325/Episode 202 of Gintama, Shinpachi lets out one of these that lasts around 15 seconds when he hears that Kondo and his sister have gotten married and are expecting a child (Depicted in the manga by having his scream filling some of spaces between the panels on the page it happens on). Made funnier by the fact that he's speeding across the city the entire time, swimming through a river, outpacing some marathon runners and a bullet train in the process before finally reaching the ocean and exclaiming his utter disbelief.
  • My Hero Academia: Played for drama as a young Tomura Shigaraki turns his father to dust.
  • Non-comedic example: Mewtwo in Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns screams in agony for nearly thirty seconds straight when he tries to break free of Giovanni's machines, though this is justified since he's using telepathy and not actually vocalizing.

  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin lets out a four-panel-long scream upon learning that he is going to have Rosalyn as his baby sitter.
    Mom: For goodness sake, Calvin! Take a breath before you pass out on the floor!
  • Tucker in this Dogs of C-Kennel strip, after a download on his laptop fails at 99%. The scream takes up the top half of all the panels of the strip.
  • Jon does one in this Garfield strip because he decorated the entire house with Christmas lights but ran out of cord inches before he reached the plug.
  • Nero: The babies Adhemar and Clo-Clo are infamous for screaming so loud and long that workers nearby think it's the siren that announces it's time to take a break to eat.


  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: Ace proves that Podacter's death was a homicide by opening and closing the balcony door while screaming; the door is soundproof when it's closed, meaning that someone else was there to close the door after Podacter fell to his death.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip: Dave does this in style of his catchphrase "ALVIN!"
  • Austin Powers: In ''International Man of Mystery", a security guard is frozen in fear when he's in the way of a slowly-moving steamroller being driven by Austin and Vanessa (the other security guard was smart enough to dive out of the way). His response is to scream "STOOOOOOOOOPPP!", continue to scream as the steam roller very slowly moves closer to him, and finally muster a Big "NO!" as the steam roller runs him over.
  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: They fall down a pit to Hell, screaming the whole way, but the pit is so deep that they eventually get tired of repeatedly screaming and start playing 20 questions.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Cameron's scream when he realizes how much mileage is on his father's Ferrari when he and Ferris pick it up from the garage.
  • The Fifth Element: Chris Tucker's ear-molesting performance as Ruby Rhod. Akin to a seemingly endless loop of a stuck pig.
  • A good example of this trope being played straight is in The Green Mile during Eduard Delacroix's execution. When Percy Wetmore purposely doesn't wet the sponge, the electrical current isn't conducted directly to the brain, and instead, Del is left to take the force of electricity full-charge with no current. This results in him basically cooking alive. For most of the ordeal, Del is screaming in ungodly agony, and probably would have right up until he actually died had his vocal cords not been fried.
  • Home Alone:
    • Macaulay Culkin's Overly Long Scream became practically iconic, and his "scream face" made up 90% of the trailers and marketing materials.
    • Harry and Marv both get some good long screams in during the movies as well:
      • Harry opens a door to the MacCallisters' house and immediately gets his head set on fire. He stands there making a noise to the effect of "HWUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!" for several seconds straight before making a 180 and diving headfirst into the snow outside. One ad for the movie shown on Freeform during its annual Christmas event exaggerated the trope by drawing out his already long scream for even longer.
      • And of course, there is Marv's hysterically loud and long scream when Kevin drops his brother's pet spider on Marv's face.
  • In HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, both times Dan Geraldo falls down a hole (well, he's The Klutz), he lets out a comically long scream, hinting at Bottomless Pits.
  • The ending of House on the Edge of the Park, after Alex, a rapist and murderer, have the tables turned on him and gets a bullet put through his dick. Cue Alex letting out a looooooooooooooooooooong scream in slow-motion (at least some 40 seconds) before falling backwards into a pool.
  • In another rare example that's played straight and doesn't come across as Narm, in Into the Woods, when the Baker attempts to take Red Riding Hood's cape by force, she responds with an 8-second scream, not pausing until the Baker brings back her cape and puts it back on her.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008): When the main characters fall down the hole leading to the center of the earth. Of the "take a deep breath, then continue screaming" variety.
  • In Kiss Me Deadly, Mike Hammer slams a desk drawer on the hand of a scientist after he gets the information he was looking for. The man continues to scream even well after Mike has moved on to examining what he got.
  • Walter in The Muppets (2011), upon learning of the trouble his heroes' studio is in, screams across several short scenes. (Odd that nobody tried even to muffle him on the bus.)
  • Westley does it in The Princess Bride, when Humperdink charges into the Pit of Despair and cranks Rugen's life-sucking machine to its maximum setting. This causes Inigo to say "Fezzik, you hear? That is the sound of Ultimate Suffering".
  • The film version of Ronja the Robber's Daughter has a memorable one.

  • In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron uses up two whole lines of text to scream "AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHH! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" after he wakes up to find Sirius Black standing over him with a knife.
    • In one French translation of the book, the first word is actually spread over two lines, with the "H"s alone occupying one.
  • In the Warrior Cats novella Tree's Roots, Tree's mother Moonlight yowls a terrified "Mrrrrooooooooooow!" during a storm.

  • Angel. In "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb" Cordelia is presented with Lorne's severed head to encourage a more compliant attitude. She doesn't start screaming though until the head starts talking to her (turns out Deathwok demons can survive decapitation). Lorne patiently tells Cordy to get it out of her system, but when the scream goes on and on without stopping, Lorne tells her to shut up because he no longer has the hands to cover his ears.

  • On Cheers during the last season, Carla got drunk and had sex with one of the regulars, but couldn't remember which one at first. When she realized it was Paul, she let out a scream that went through the commercial break.
  • The Closer: A 6-year-old girl did this in the police station to demonstrate what her parents told her to do if the recently murdered child molester living next door ever approached her.
  • The Drew Carey Show has this happen to Lewis.
    "AAAAAAH! I'm still falling - I just ran out of breath! AAAAAAAAAH"
  • Supernatural: In the second-season episode Hollywood Babylon the brothers investigate a possible haunting on a movie set. This trope is one of the signs of how terrible the horror movie being filmed is.
  • A non-comedic example in Torchwood Series 2 episode "Adrift": a boy gets zapped through a spacetime rift and returns seven months later (but 40 years older). What he saw on the other end of the rift has driven him mad and he ends up in a mental hospital screaming for twenty hours straight, every day.
  • Definitely non-comedic in The Monocled Mutineer, where a condemned deserter screams like an animal all the way to the firing squad and during his execution. One of the soldiers threw up afterwards.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • Near the end of "The Leech Woman", Tom Servo cracks up and starts doing an impression of Granny Clampett, repeatedly shouting "JED!" This culminates in him letting out a ridiculously long shout of "JEEEEEEEEED!" that lasts throughout the entire end credits of the movie.
    • In "The Mole People", the SOL crew have a bake sale, and Crow's showing is a mile-high meringue pie... that really is a mile high. He falls off trying to cut a slice for Mike and screams all the way down, for a full seventeen seconds.
    "... can I just get that to go?"
    • In "Space Mutiny", Servo installs railings EVERYWHERE on the SOL, including but not limited to in front of Mike's bedroom and an ankle-high railing around the carpet, in jest of the tropenaming railing kills that dominated the horrid film. Mike trips over one and falls into a previously unmentioned pit. Hilarity ensues.
    "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! *takes breath* Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Servoooooooooooo!"
  • Odd Squad:
  • London does one of these in the episode 'Poor Little Rich Girl' of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody after finding out that she is broke. She starts screaming in her hotel room and is still doing so when she steps out of the elevator in the lobby.
  • Literally happens in the middle of every episode with Shelby and Cyde in Best Friends When Ever, when they find out something bad and proceed to start screaming at the camera and viewers whilst overlapping each other. However, their screams last the entire commercial break in every episode, so we recommend you cover your ears for this one.

  • Linkin Park: The song Given Up features a scream at the beginning that lasts 18 seconds.
    • Some live performances had singer Chester Bennington stop for a bit to catch his breath.
  • The Metal Scream during Lamb of God's song "Laid to Rest" lasts for sixteen seconds.

  • Used as the title for the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
  • The witnesses in Ace Attorney have been knowing to scream their lungs out for incredible lengths, especially during their Villainous Breakdown. Furio "The Tiger" Tigre in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations takes the crown: his introduction is roaring for over seven dialogue boxes.
  • When Agon is first encountered in Brutal Orchestra, he spends four screen-filling text boxes doing nothing but screaming in terror before calming down and joining the party (although not without getting one last little scream out of his system first).
  • Vincent Brooks in Catherine screams for twenty seconds straight when on Day 8, Katherine screams that she'll never forgive him for cheating on her for Catherine.
  • Non-comedic example: in First Encounter Assault Recon, the intro combines this with Distant Reaction Shot to show the full extent of the second Synchronicity Event.
  • LittleBigPlanet 3: Newton does one in the cutscene when he and Sackboy, along with the trio of heroes fall to their doom until they landed on his dad's ship.
  • Serious Sam brings us the Headless Kamikazes, suicidal Mooks who will charge at Sam and scream until they explode either from charging into Sam or getting blown the hell up. If you have a big enough space, it is possible to have the Kamikaze keep chasing you and screaming all throughout.
  • In Shadow Warrior (1997), if Lo Wang is falling from a dangerous height, he will scream all the way down. Find a pit deep enough and he will actually pause for breath and then continue shouting.
  • In the 2012 Halloween Update for Team Fortress 2, the update's new map features a bottomless pit with a fully restoring health pack above it. Any class that falls into it will let out one of these, but the Scout and Spy will lampshade it on a couple of occasions should they fall in. The Scout will say "Holy crap, dis goes on forever..." after a while of screaming. The Spy will either say "Come on, I don't have all day!" after some screaming, or he will scream for a bit and continue after taking a breath.
  • Unintentional version: In the Tomb Raider series, if Lara falls more than a certain distance, her death scream starts playing, on the assumption that she'll die from impact damage when she lands. There are a handful of places in the early games where you can fall so far that the scream loops multiple times before she hits the ground (and at least one place where Soft Water will allow her to survive such a drop).
  • Used as part of the background music for Quake. A scream which is incorporated into the music goes on, and on, and on and on, fading in and out and becoming ragged at times but going on for far longer than should be humanly possible.

  • Snowball uses this in BFDI 6 when he gets Rocky and Golf Ball on his team.
  • In the "BURN STUFF!!!" PSA, upon learning that his ice cream has melted:
  • Russell does this once in an episode of Happy Tree Friends
  • Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "sibbie", Strong Bad's frustration at accidentally writing a song about Sibbie (and then somehow creating a follow-up to that song called "I Freaking Hate Sibbie") drives him to repeatedly body-slam Homestar's radio while screaming in frustration for five straight seconds.
  • Used a lot in Siblings's first April Fools' Day cartoon called "Siblings Untitled 01", such as the part where Rob and Johny ride a mine cart to a tropical forest screaming. Also at the end, Rob does this before Johny smacks him in the head with a chair.


  • Uncyclopedia has AAAAAAAAA!, an article consisting of nothing but this.
  • This What If? entry features illustrations of Mount Thor in Canada, with the vertical drop labeled "AAAAAAAAAAAAA". The Alt-Text for both images are also literally "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" (the second image's Alt-Text has a "::gasp::").


  • Adventure Time:
    • Lemongrab screams all the time as his default speaking voice, but it tends to turn into this when he gets really mad. In one scene in "Too Young", Finn and the princess leave a sign by his bed that says, "You really smell like dog buns." After he reads it, Lemongrab clenches his fists tightly, starts shaking, opens up his eyes wide, opens up his mouth wide, and screams loudly for several seconds, his tone rising in pitch until it cracks.
    • In "Another Way", Finn does this while running away after a few clown nurses hold him down while kissing his toe.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, Richard did this as a child when he found out that magic doesn't exist. He didn't stop for 15 years. All other episodes showing him younger contradict this, though.
    • Richard also screamed a Big "NO!" for a long time when he found out he had to get a job.
  • Animaniacs (2020): In "Who Donut?", Wakko does this after he finds out that someone ate his donuts.
  • Back at the Barnyard: Done at the end of one episode when Bessy shows Otis the album she made. When Otis sees the album Bessy had created, he was shown screaming forever.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "Lorenzo's Oil? No, Linda's", Gayle freaks out when she hears Linda is getting involved in essential oils. She's so freaked out, she's shown screaming non-stop as she goes to pick up the kids and take them to Angie's house.
    Tina: Aunt Gayle, you're scaring me!
  • Done several times on Courage the Cowardly Dog. A notable example would be when he uses it in "Ball of Revenge" to defeat a handful of recurring villains from the show in a game of dodgeball.
  • The title character of Dan Vs. does this at the beginning of every episode with his Skyward Scream.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Little Ed Blue", Ed's shout of "BIG TROUBLE!" is loud enough to rip Eddy's shirt off.
  • In the second Eek! The Cat episode, Eek has a very long scream after his dream ended with his head exploding.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In "The Great Fairy Share Scare!", Timmy lets out a Big "NO!" that lasts 47 hours when he finds out that he now has to share his fairies with Chloe. He claims he just stopped to take a breather but is stopped by Jorgen when he tries to start again.
  • Peter Griffin does it in Family Guy when the experimental drug that temporarily turned him gay wears off in the middle of a group sex session. Also his shriek of acclamation when the drug first kicks in and Lois asks if he has turned gay. Also when his doctor performs an intimate anal examination.
  • Futurama:
    • Bender does this once in an Episode.
      Farnsworth: Dear Lord, They're [the Omicronians] back!
      Amy: We're doomed!
      Hermes: Doooomed!
      Bender: [[[{inhale}]]] Doooooooooooooooooooooooooo-
    • In "Rebirth", a robotic version of Leela wordlessly screams in horror, for an entire night, after discovering that her arm is full of wires, she's not the real Leela, and the original version of her is in a coma.
  • In the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode "Collect All Five", Ami lets out one of these when she finds out that...
    Ami: I'm missing Bunny Huggles!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!
  • An episode of Invader Zim featured a man about to be crushed by a falling planet who spends a good minute and a half shrieking "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! NOOO! OH NO! OH NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" and breathing heavily.
    • Another episode had a banker mistaking ZIM for a criminal.
    "That's him, that's the guy. AND HE'S BACK FOR MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE! Get him!"
  • Lampshaded by Sheen in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius when Jimmy finds out in the Bad Future that he is MARRIED to Cindy, and his scream lasts the entire commercial break.
    Carl: Wow, you just screamed for four minutes, Jim.
    Sheen: I'm both impressed and disturbed.
  • Happens in Johnny Bravo when Johnny and Carl go over a waterfall, and at one point, stop screaming to take a breath.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: In the episode "Parental Glideance", upon meeting Rainbow Dash's father, Scootaloo lets out a shrill scream of excitement. It begins just as the opening starts; she's still doing it when it ends. And then she sees Rainbow Dash's mother and let out an even longer, shriller scream.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Crown Fools", King Julien loses his crown, which causes him to let loose a nonstop scream that lasts well into the night.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "I, Bro-Bot", Candace's reaction to seeing robot versions of her brothers running around is to run for the family panic room, shrieking her head off the whole way.
    • In "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation", Candace screams as she falls over a waterfall for ten seconds straight.
  • Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur opens with Shaggy being taken to the ER because the gang's latest mystery had him on a nonstop scream for almost three hours. He finally stops when the doctor tells him to since people listen to doctors.
    Daphne: Do you think it's a world record?
    Doctor: Oh, definitely. I'm just wondering if it's a violation of the laws of physics.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "The Blunder Years", the family goes to a nightclub/restaurant. Homer gets hypnotized by a stage hypnotist and unearths a traumatic childhood memory and starts screaming. He continues screaming as they leave, he tips the valet, drives home, brushes his teeth, and lies in bed. The next day Lenny and Carl bring him home from work still screaming; it was interrupting naptime and quiet time at work.
    • Homer and Bart join the crew of a fishing boat. While at sea, they are caught in a heavy storm. When the boat crests a huge wave and begins a precipitous drop, everyone screams for a few seconds, pauses for a deep breath, then continues screaming.
    • In "Brother from Another Series", Bart and Sideshow Bob are falling down the side of a dam and are screaming as they fall. The fall takes so long, they have to stop and take a breath before continuing.
  • Smilinguido: The Latin Spanish dub of "The Thing" turns Forfo's crying at the beginning into this.
  • On SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton did it once in the episode where he and Mr. Krabs switch places.
    • Squidward's scream when SpongeBob and Patrick walk in on him during his bath, in a scene from "Have You Seen This Snail?" that has been subjected to Memetic Mutation.
  • Steven Universe: Whenever a Gem does this, it's justified; they don't need oxygen to breathe.
    • In "It Could've Been Great", Peridot screams for 20 seconds straight when riding on Lion, who is going at Super-Speed.
    • In "Know Your Fusion", Garnet screams for 16 seconds straight when Smoky Quartz reveals themself and their destructive power. Not out of fear mind you, but sheer glee.
  • In Taz-Mania, the Dingo and Taz are both knocked off a tall mountain and start to fall. They take so long to fall that they have to draw for breath and Dingo has time to admire his house.
  • In an episode of Total Drama, DJ screamed and ran a rather long way away from Heather, who was still wearing her facial mask and shaving her leg.
  • In an episode of Total DramaRama, Gwen spends almost her entire screen time screaming, even causing a tornado which destroys the school.
  • Happens twice in the VeggieTales episode "The Ballad of Little Joe". The first time with the Baker and the Blacksmith (played, respectively, by Jimmy and Jerry Gourd), and the second time with the Mayor of Dodgeball City (played by Mr. Nezzer).
  • Played for laughs in the stinger of Young Justice (2010) episode "Teg Ydaer", where passengers trapped on a school bus traveling across time and dimensions are shown screaming for practically the entire credits, repeatedly gasping for air so they can keep doing so.

Alternative Title(s): Long Scream


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