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Overly Long Scream

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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.



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  • 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.
  • 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 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.


  • 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.
  • The film version of Ronja the Robber's Daughter has a memorable one.
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth (the 2008 film) - 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.
  • 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.
  • Home Alone: Macaulay Culkin's Overly Long Scream became practically iconic, and his "scream face" made up 90% of the trailers and marketing materials.
  • 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.
  • Austin Powers: In ''International Man of Mystery", a security guard is frozen in fear when he's in the way of a slowly-moving steam roller 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 inexplicably comes closer to him, and finally muster a Big "NO!" as the steam roller runs him over.
  • 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".
  • Walter in The Muppets, 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.)
  • 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 onto examining what he got.
  • In a 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.
  • In HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami, both time Dan Geraldo falls down a hole (well, he's The Klutz), he lets out a comically long scream, hinting of Bottomless Pits.
  • Another 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 chords not been fried.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Drew Carey Show has this happen to Lewis.
    "AAAAAAH! I'm still falling - I just ran out of breath! AAAAAAAAAH"
  • 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!"

  • 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.

  • 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!
  • 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 its the siren that announces it's time to take a break to eat.
  • 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.

  • Used as an Overly Long Title for the game AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - A Reckless Disregard for Gravity.
  • 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).
  • In Shadow Warrior, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Used as part of the background music for Quake I. 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.
  • 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.
  • The witnesses in Ace Attorney have been know to scream their lungs out for incredible lengths, especially during their Villainous Breakdown.



  • Uncyclopedia has AAAAAAAAA!, an article consisting of nothing but this.
  • Vegeta's scream in Dragon Ball Z Abridged can be heard by Krillin and Gohan miles away, Goku in outer space, King Yemma in the afterlife, and Trunks on Earth twenty years in the future. An alternate future!
    • Lampshaded when Goku is screaming his head off in pain from heart disease:
      Yamcha: I can't really remember the last time he inhaled! And while that's sort of impressive, I don't think it's healthy! *Goku inhales a massive breath* Oh, good, he took a br—- *Goku starts screaming again*
  • 5 Second Films: "Late For Work" features an Atomic F-Bomb which is implied to last all day.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine summed up in 30 seconds.
  • 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::").
  • When The Nostalgia Critic reviewed Son of the Mask, the CGI scenes featuring the baby horrified him so much that he let out a scream that stretched out through the commercial break.
  • As seen in the page quote, Linkara did this in his Fist of the North Star review after his YouTube account was temporarily disabled.
  • Scott the Woz screams for the entirety of the end segment of his "The Worst Games of All Time" video, after he's played and reviewed the aforementioned games.

  • 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!
  • 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 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.
  • Adventure Time
    • Lemongrab screams all the time as his default speaking voice, but this trope is invoked after he is pranked. In the scene, 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 a later episode, Finn does this while running away after a few clown nurses hold him down while kissing his toe.
  • Happens in Johnny Bravo when Johnny and Carl go over a waterfall, and at one point, stop screaming to take a breath.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Futurama:
    • Bender is quite fond of these.
      Leela: They're [the Omicronians] back!
      Bender: We're Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- [stops to inhale] -oooooooooooooooooooooooooomed!
    • In another case, or possible a Re-Cut of the same episode, the show cuts to commercial in mid-scream, creating the impression that Bender keeps going indefinitely.
  • Lampshaded by Sheen in Jimmy Neutron 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.
  • In the second Eek! The Cat episode, Eek has a very long scream after his dream ended with his head exploding.
  • 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.
  • In The Penguins of Madagascar episode "Crown Fools", King Julien loses his crown, which causes to let loose a nonstop scream that lasts well into the night.
  • In Total Drama, DJ screamed and ran a rather long way away from Heather, who was still wearing her facial mask and shaving her leg.
  • 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.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Little Ed Blue", Ed's shout of "BIG TROUBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!" is loud enough to rip Eddy's shirt off.
  • The title character of Dan Vs. does this at the beginning of every episode with his Skyward Scream.
  • 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.
    • In "Phineas and Ferb's Hawaiian Vacation", Candace screams as she falls over a waterfall for ten seconds straight.
  • 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).
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smilinguido: The Latin Spanish dub of "The Thing" turns Forfo's crying at the beginning into this.

Alternative Title(s): Long Scream


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Richard finds out that he has to get a job.

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