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"Each new technology is usually followed by the invention of a new practical joke. For example, soon after the match was invented, some joker came up with the hot foot. After the invention of the door, someone invented the bucket of water over the door. So, of course, it makes sense that after the invention of e-mail, someone came up with this."

A Screamer Prank (usually referred to as a "Screamer") is a type of Jump Scare that's combined with Surprise Creepy. Originating on the Internet, it pretends at first to be a game, a test, a still image, a video that is not meant to be scary, etc. (more often than not, you will be instructed to look very closely at the image or turn your volume up). Then a scary image (usually a Nightmare Face) pops up with either a scream or a Scare Chord, which is when you realize — after you've pried yourself off the ceiling, of course — that you've been pranked.

All screamers are supposed to startle the viewer, though some go Up to Eleven with the Nightmare Fuel and others are so comical or ineptly done that they end up being Nightmare Retardant.

These are known for utilizing Schmuck Bait to a shameless degree and one of the many reasons why one should be wary of clicking on certain links on the internet. Also see Shock Site (horrifying imagery without the Jump Scare) and Last Note Nightmare, the latter being when a song has a creepy ending.



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  • "K-Fee" is a coffee beverage sold by a German company with a similar name. They have made nine different television commercials that imitate the screamers found online (they were actually shown on TV in Germany). The most popular one is the one featuring a car driving through a scenic country road, but after the car disappeared, a green zombie jumps up with a loud monstrous scream, following with their slogan; ¨You´ll never feel more awake. The reason why it is more popular than the other commercials is because it was passed around the internet and was said to be a commercial that was never aired on TV because a ghostly mist would appear next to the car about halfway through the commercial. In all, there wound up being nine K-Fee screamer commercials:
    • "K-Fee Car" - the first, infamous car commercial that started it all.
    • "K-Fee Beach" - Shows a couple on the beach looking at each other, then when they are about to kiss, a white demon pops up with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Boardwalk" - Shows a boardwalk panning to the right before the white demon comes from the top of the screen upside down with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Buddah" - Shows a young girl meditating, then then white demon pops up with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Golf" - Shows a golfer man preparing his golf shot, then the white demon comes from the top of the screen upside down with the scream right when the golfer hits the ball.
    • "K-Fee Fish" - Shows a man fishing in the water, then the zombie comes out of the water with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Meadow" - Shows a meadow with yellow flowers, a bike, and a tree, then the zombie pops up with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Surfing" - Shows a man running out to the beach to surf, but before he reaches the beach, the zombie pops up with the scream.
    • "K-Fee Yoga" - Shows a person doing Yoga on top of a cliff from a far view during a sunset, then the zombie pops up with the scream, this time shaded from the dark. This is widely considered to be the scariest of all of the adverts.
    • In 2006, there were three parody commercials released on German television to advertise a new variant of K-Fee coffee with less caffeine.
      • "K-Fee Car Lite Parody" - Shows a car driving by and a girly man pops up where the zombie would pop up in the normal version. The music is also higher pitched in this parody.
      • "K-Fee Beach Lite Parody" - Shows a couple on the beach looking at each other, then when they are about to kiss, a man in a bear costume pops up and makes a funny noise. The music is also higher pitched in this parody.
      • "K-Fee Golf Lite Parody" - Shows a golfer man preparing his golf shot, then a right-side up man wearing a gorilla costume with antennas pops up and says "Ooga Booga" (you can actually see the antennas before he jumps up) when the golfer hits the ball. There are also many more birds chirping in this parody than in the original.
    • Video featuring all of the K-Fee Commercials (including the parodies)
    • Just for fun, all 9 K-Fee commercials playing at the same time in windows
  • Busch Gardens' 2011 Howl-O-Scream TV ad is scary in and of itself, what with the creepy imagery and dark Nursery Rhyme being played in the background, but the kicker comes at the end, when the song ends ("Come play in my garden...") and a female zombie tears through the "O" and lets out a very loud scream. If you're that curious, here's the ad.
  • Universal's Halloween Horror Nights did this for the event's commercial in 2008, which had the theme of Bloody Mary. Considering the famous legend, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out when the screamer comes up.
  • In 2012, Liberty University put out two advertisements for its yearly Scaremare event. The first one is 30 seconds long and contains no screamer. The longer version is twice as long, and as soon as you think it's about to end, a cloaked man with a scary-looking red and white striped mask abruptly comes from the side with a loud shriek and tries to hit you with an axe.
  • In The New Russia, during the nineties, many TV programs were preceded by the vanity plate of the TV company ВИД (VID, pronounced "veed"). It is a strange image of moving lines and circles with jackhammer or film projector noise in the background, and then, after a few sparks and loud Scare Chord, a mean-looking scary mask appears. Many thought it was Yeltsin's, but in fact, it was a computer-generated image of a statue of Guo Xiang, edited to look mean. Word of God is that they picked this because it appeases their sentiment of uncertainty and fear among Russians due to the collapse of the USSR. Nowadays, this video is a hugely popular meme on the Russian segment of internet, because many of the modern Russian Internet users were kids during The '90s, and they were shit-scared by this video.
  • This was done for one particularly infamous ad for the short-lived [adult swim] series Saul Of The Mole Men which, itself, was known for mood-whiplashing gore in an otherwise Sid & Marty Kroft-style show.
  • This Japanese tire commercial features two Japanese men driving out in the snow before stopping at a female ghostly figure. At the 17 second mark, the figure immediately appears right on the windshield with a loud sound. There is a warning at the beginning that it is not for the faint of heart.
  • A PSA from the '70s showed a wind-up toy monkey while a childlike voice said, "They say that people on heroin have a monkey on their back. Isn't that cute?" Then the camera zooms in on the monkey's face while a loud primate scream plays. Here's a link to the PSA in question.note 
  • A 18-rated British PSA from 1987 called Scavengers (watch at your own risk) takes this to the next level with animal flesh infested with maggots and flies coming out of a fur coat at 1:13 with multiple loud synth chords. The only time this advertisement was publicly shown was during the previews before horror movies in British movie theaters.
  • This ad for the 2016 Six Flags Fright Fest starts as a normal ad, with people enjoying the park, and a woman voiceover saying "There's something for everyone at Six Flags". Cue a Monster Clown jumping onto the screen ala the K-Fee car ad and screaming.
  • An ad for horror film The Nun drew ire for not only utilizing this trope in an ad played before YouTube videos, but also for imitating an iOS volume bar being lowered on the screen before showing the movie's monster appearing suddenly with a loud scream. This resulted in some people getting panic attacks and dropping their phones, even breaking them. The backlash resulted in the ad getting taken down after attention was brought to it, and the site took action against the ad for violating its shocking content policy for ads. This ad would often play when someone was trying to watch completely innocuous videos unrelated to horror or the film.


    Comic Strips 
  • In-Universe example in this The Argyle Sweater comic.
  • An off-computer variant in Calvin and Hobbes, where Calvin performs an "Emergency Broadcast test" to his mother - it's just him screaming very loudly.
    Calvin: Had this been a real emergency, the scream you just heard would have been followed by lots more like it...

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Dick & Dom in da Bungalow essentially made this a game, in the form of Bogies. Dick and Dom (plus occasional guests and celebrities) would go to public places and gradually increase the volume when saying the word "Bogies". Eventually, they'd get so loud that the word would practically have to be screamed, and the camera crew made sure to capture startled reactions of people nearby.
  • In-Universe in The Good Wife episode "Parallel Construction, Bitches". A couple of NSA techs acting as Those Two Guys are goofing off while on the clock and one of them shoots the other a video. The second one says it'd better not be one of those videos where a guy suddenly jumps up in front of the camera to scare you. The first one says it's a cat video. It's a guy-jumps-up-in-front-of-camera video.
  • In the drama Cyberbully, the anonymous troll lets Casey know he has full control of her computer by employing one of these.
  • On The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon pulls this on The Roots by convincing some of them to watch the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer and give their reactions...not knowing that Jimmy snuck a screamer into it.
  • In the Modern Family episode "Undeck the Halls", Jay Pritchett watches Miracle on 34th Street which has had a screamer edited into it by Manny as a prank.

  • NightMare is probably the precursor of all screamer pranks on computers. It was developed in 1990 by Patrick Evans for Commodore Amiga computers and distributed via Fish Disks. All it does is staying idle in the background then, every five minutes, a skull with a bleeding crack appears all of a sudden for less than a second accompanied by a loud shriek. It is credited as first scareware of its kind.

    Video Games 
  • Upgrade Complete 2 offers one through the Heartrate upgrade. Upgrade Complete 3 has a three-level Heartrate upgrade. First level is a cartoonish, Stylistic Suck little bedsheet ghost that pops up immediately, second level is a slightly scarier one that still lacks the surprise element, and third level is of high quality and delivers the actual scare far later and very suddenly, often during the actual gameplay.
  • Mortal Kombat 9 has the Krypt Monster, a little fucker that can pop up every now and then when the player is in the Krypt.
    • Speaking of MK, one of Kabal's fatalities counts as this: he tears his mask off, revealing a Nightmare Face and screams at his opponent, which scares them so badly that their spirits exit their bodies & run away!
  • In the Call of Duty: Black Ops II "Mob of the Dead" campaign, if you zoom in on a fireworks display on the roof, a distorted picture of what appears to be Russman's face will appear for a split second, accompanied by a high-pitched scream.
  • Abused to no small extent in the Arise series of Flash games, to the point that it's more tedious than actually frightening.
  • League of Legends champion Fiddlesticks's Crowstorm tends to be used to this effect. He'll jump out of the brush with no prior warning, and then you're getting eaten alive by a murder of crows.
  • A now-long-defunct location in the Second Life virtual world featured a "haunted" maze where visitors could wander the halls to find free money. Occasionally, however, the visitor will trigger a screaming face that appears on screen for a few moments.
  • Eternal Damnation, a fan-made re-imagining of the second Postal game (and included with Postal 2 in the Fudge Pack box set) has a few scare faces thrown at the player during the first mission.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 3 has Matt's aptly-titled Screamer spell, which flashes this on the screen. It also does Dark-elemental damage to the enemies.
  • Soul, on Xbox Live Indie Games, does this. On one of the early levels, the shadowy figure of a girl can be seen standing on the course. When the player passes over the figure, the image of a monstrous screaming woman fills the screen, with appropriate sound effect. The same thing also sometimes happens randomly when you die.
  • Which Way Adventure, a flash game, features these as a running gag, and in fact the most common way to lose the game. Sometimes you can see it coming, but other times, particularly when you're doing something with a female character that is inteded to be sexy, it will appear and kill you with a loud scream for no apparent reason. Hitting the play button again will lead you back to the start area, but clicking anything from there will lead to the same screamer. Persevering past that will lead to the manticore that's been killing you sitting in the playground you start in this time, and the same result. From the fourth go on, you can continue to play the game normally.
  • The Creeper from the Doom Game Mod The Ghoul's Forest 3 and Ghouls vs. Humans has this as its attack - it's usually almost invisible and creeping across the ground, and attacks by suddenly jumping up in front of its victim's face with a scream, killing them.
    • The Ghoul's Forest 3 and some custom versions of Ghouls Vs. Humans also have Yurei, a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl who has the ability to subject the player to a screamer prank, as a disturbing photo suddenly fills the screen. In the latter games, it's possible for players to turn off the screamers so that they can participate in matches without the fear of being suddenly subject to dead babies out of nowhere.
    • Many of the infamous "Terry" wads lead the player into a trap room where they are endlessly bombarded with ear damagingly loud screams or other noises, walls of Nightmare Faces, and Epileptic Flashing Lights.
  • How most of the animatronics attack the player in Five Nights at Freddy's qualify.
    • A straighter example of this occurs in some of the games after a game over. Rarely, instead of being taken to the front menu, the player gets to enjoy a few seconds inside an 8-bit minigame where they can wander around. While they are kind of interesting in that some of them portray a little bit of background of the game's setting, they have a tendency to suddenly end with one of the animatronics from the actual game lunging out of the screen.
  • Killer Escape 1 is a legitimate horror game that uses a severe jump scare at one point. You play as the latest victim of a sadistic pyromaniac murderer making your way out of his building/cells using a bunch of items and machinery, but at one point you must inspect some lockers, and whilst three of them are empty, a scary mutilated/burned woman's corpse will fly out in your face before collapsing on the floor when looking in one of the four. The sudden unexpected appearance of the killer at the end when he says "What the hell?!" is also slightly alarming.
  • M.U.G.E.N has a few characters that do this.
    • Giygas, a boss character, randomly after being either defeated or winning a round, will randomly show a video clip in which, for example, the creator of this character (The_None), appears wearing a Jeff the Killer mask, admitting that the character is not scary, before a disfigured woman pops out of a book he opens with a loud scream.
    • Dark Donald, a cheap character, is capable of doing this before a round starts, in which he randomly gets replaced with another character for a moment, before a scary picture pops up with a loud scream, and after this, Dark Donald appears normally.
    • F-Sanae, a VERY, VERY cheap character has a move in which the screen darkens and turns to static, before the static shatters, revealing the eyeless face from What's Wrong With This Picture, but red with a loud roar.
  • A fairly popular web browser game nowadays is, and considering the tens of thousands of people that can be on a server at one time, it's pretty brilliantly cruel that someone would make a screamer based about it. If you try to type in "" instead of "", you'll be greeted by none other than Jeff the Killer, whose face will be flashing repeatedly between regular and negative (epilepsy warning, of course) while an extremely loud droning scream is heard in the background.
  • Cooking Breakfast 2, a Game Maker "game", claims to be an "all time family classic" which is supposed to "learn [you] in seven steps to create your very own breakfast". The true nature of the "game" is something a bit different; it shows a poorly-drawn MS Paint picture of an odd-looking face spinning, accompanied by Epileptic Flashing Lights and a gratingly high-pitched tone. And it has no exit feature; you have to turn it off via the task manager. If we are to believe the reviews, some people got seizures from this, and it's suspected that this game is actually the author's revenge against people who gave his previous games bad reviews. Footage is available for the morbidly curious.
  • The PlayStation licensed game based on The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea has Ursula popping up on the screen with a somewhat loud, evil laugh the very moment Ariel's health reaches zero.
  • The Japanese Namco arcade game Yokai Dochuki has the optional false goddess in Stage 4. While the game's real goddess was in Stage 2, Stage 4 has what looks like a goddess facing away from the player's character. But when approached, she will turn around and reveal her actually hideous self while this ten second frightening tune plays.
  • Escape From Lavender Town: It seems at first to be a simple top-down Town Escape Game, until you press the ESC key.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has an enemy that does this, but you have to deliberately find it during the train ride (after killing the boss in a timed sequence, that is) by sitting on a chair in the first passenger carriage. Miriam will start to blink and slowly nod off when the train passes by the lake before being greeted by it. Good thing is that you can kill it, but trying to fight it right away without preparation will get you cursed and killed in short order.

    Visual Novels 
  • Grisaia no Meikyuu: On Michiru's after story, Yumiko falls pray to one such video when surfing the net.

    Web Comics 
  • The Bongcheon-Dong Ghost is a Korean webcomic which depicts a young woman's encounter with the titular entity; it's most infamous for a Jump Scare wherein the page hijacks your scroll bar to create the illusion of movement in order to show you the ghost's horribly scarred face (alongside a weird clicking sound). (It won't work properly if you have NoScript active on your browser, though.)

    Web Original 
  • "Kikia" is one the first screamers to be widely spread and thus provide inspiration for other similar creations. It originated on Taiwan's Kimo webhosting service from a person with the online username "Netspooky." The first frame shows a cartoon boy sits on a lawn gazing at the sky. Two lines of Chinese text appear. A rough translation is "Hasn't it been a long time... / Haven't looked at the sky closely...". The second frame shows the boy walking down a city street lined with buildings. A rough translation of the Chinese text is "Walking on the street... / You see...". Third frame shows a picture of a ghost woman from Fatal Frame with a piercing scream. The last frame has "Kikia" in yellow text. This does not loop.
  • "What's Wrong with this Picture?" starts a rather innocent photo of a dining room. This is actually a flash file, but because of its early appearance, many viewers had little or no knowledge of flash. After staring at the picture for about thirty seconds, a black and white close-up photo of a screaming woman with dark spots instead of eyes in the eye sockets briefly pops up and screams.
  • Qem 95's scratch project, Night Of The Demon, has Very Hot playing. But it gets lower and lower until its silent... ...then you get a visit from a red figure that screams as it looks like it'ss going to smash through the project and hit you in the eye.
    • He does this again in his "Thank You For 300 Projects!" animation where at the start, Qem instructs the viewer to turn up their volume. Then he comes back thanking the viewers for 300 projects. Just about when he's going to say something else, he jumps at the viewer with red eyes and a bunch of loud sound effects. He then apologizes for scaring his fans and the animation ends.
  • "Good Intentions" pretends to be just a slide show of very pretty, peaceful photos (to the tune of R.E.M.'s Shiny Happy People) but, after a while, a photo will come very slowly and all of a sudden it screams, and the Fatal Frame image from Kikia (see above) covers it. It's not over yet, because after this it starts doing the complete opposite, showing scary and unpleasant pictures of murders, monsters, and more, and appears to be over, but after a short time, will scream again with the Fatal Frame image zooming in.
  • "Subliminal Music and Images" is often considered to be the scariest screamer on the internet. After loading, an advertisement for gin is shown. After a few seconds, part of the image is highlighted and the word "SEX" is visible. An image for a flooring company appears, with a woman appearing to be touching her shoulder. The image is then flipped, so it appears the woman is masturbating herself. Then a song, Cradle of Filth's "Dinner at Deviant Palace" begins to play backward. The Lord's Prayer is heard along with faint noises. In the middle of the prayer, a loud scream is heard, after that. A flurry of disturbing pictures appears very quickly before it cut to the message; the first one is a demon face from the movie Demoni, then Pazuzu's face from The Exorcist, then a gray-scale image of a dead woman from a Shock Site, and then a harlequin baby (for the best of sanity, don't look that up), and a gray-scale image of a mummy without wrappings. It ends with a message, "Never trust strange flash documents talking about subliminal stuff!" with metal music playing in the background.
  • "The Maze" is a famous screamer that gets the user's attention by presenting a game where the challenge is to get to the red area with your cursor while not touching the walls. Usually, there is note saying that few people have completed the game to intrigue you further. There are three levels in all, and after one finishes the 3rd level, a closeup image of Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist appears on the screen and lets out a blood-curdling scream, and if you touch the wall near the end of level 3 where the level gets progressively thin, it will still surprise you. To cheat, hold down the mouse and drag it to the red area.
    • There is also another version shown on America's Funniest Home Videos that changes the picture of Regan MacNeil to the pic that was used in "What's Wrong with this Picture?", most likely for licensing reasons. The scream is also changed to the one in "What's Wrong with this Picture?".
    • There's also a Justin Bieber version that makes the maze lavender, makes the dot red, replaces the goal with Justin Bieber, and the pop-up image is a negative image of Justin with the scream and Baby playing in the background.
    • Another variant of this maze is The Ultimate Maze, or Navigate the Maze. In this version, the dot is controlled by the arrow keys. When Level 3 has almost been finished, a character from the Ring pops up with a LOUD scream.
  • "Steady Hand 2" (this one's in Japanese) is another screamer that plays similar to the maze. The "game's" objective is to go to the "goal" without touching the wall. The first level operates entirely as a normal game, and will result in a game over if lost. However, on the second level, always at the same place on the course (3/4 of the way through), a black and white portrait of a deformed person will zoom in and out on a red background with a long scream.
  • "Where's Waldo" shows a realistic Where's Waldo comic, then Pazuzu's face from The Exorcist pops up with a loud scream.
    • There is also an alternative version of this screamer, it uses same image from "What's Wrong with this Picture?" but with light in the eye sockets, the screen also flashes white during the Jump Scare in this version.
    • Note that Waldo was nowhere in the scene, but Odlaw and Wenda were both in it.
  • "Chris the Jack O Lantern" is a crudely animated Halloween cartoon featuring a sad jack-o-lantern, who says "Hi kids, my name is Chris. You guys know what Sunday is? Yeah, that's right, Sunday is Halloween, and that makes me upset. You know why it makes me upset?" He pauses until you click the screen, then he says, "Yeah, because Sunday is the day that..." then a rather scary smiling ghost face with a deafening high pitched scream appears. Chris' comments date this prank to 2004 (as Halloween fell on a Sunday that year).
    • There were also 2 sequel episodes, at the end of episode two, there was a menu where you could select to either to go back to Albino Blacksheep's main site, replay the video, or go to the creator's website. However, moving the mouse over any of them brings up a picture with the same scream used in the first CTJ. Moving the mouse over "Back to ABS" makes the ghost used in the first CTJ pop up, moving it over "Replay" makes a grey-scale cloaked man pop up, moving it over "Website" makes a picture of the creator pop up (as a joke). None of the buttons actually work.
    • Episode three could be a parody since it was the only episode to have no real screamer part. In the middle, there was a quick appearance of the ghost from the first one (with no scream).
  • "Jingle Bells Reversed" plays an excerpt of Jingle Bells, then plays it backwards. During the 3/4 mark of the reverse excerpt, heavy breathing is heard and a negative image of a man screaming suddenly pops up with a loud scream that vibrates/echoes afterwards. The words "Hmm... It sounds slightly different in reverse. Hidden message? Who knows? I'm a bastard? Yes." appear at the end.
  • "The Fact About Sajjad Ali" uses soothing music from a Pakistani pop singer Sajjad Ali. Text appears over a picture of Stonehenge describing the song played in the flash, "Paniyon Mein", followed by some Romanized Hindi. A banshee with glowing eyes suddenly zooms out to a scream, covering the Stonehenge picture. The scream is the same as "What's Wrong With The Picture".
  • "Zoeken" is a Dutch prank ("Zoeken" is a Dutch word for "search") that asks you to find the three differences between two (actually identical) pictures. After a short while, a picture of a vampirized Amy from Fright Night (1985) (the same image as the shock item as the "Jessica Alba Nude" screamer) suddenly appears, zooming in and out a few times over a long scream (same as in "Steady Hand 2"), before heading to the end portion with a picture of SpongeBob and the sound of SpongeBob laughing.
  • "Swearing Baby" shows a video of a baby sleeping, then the baby opens its mouth, but a few seconds after that, it turns blue, its head grows giant, and lets out a high pitched distorted scream before turning back to normal.
  • "Little Dancing Girl" is a video of a young girl dancing down a hallway, but after the girl is gone from the screen, a red female demon jumps up with a powerful scream. Another scary thing about the screamer is the TV on the right which just has constant static.
  • Youtube Poops appear to have screamers (with no scary picture) where normal things are happening nearly like in the K-Fee commercials but then the volume suddenly boosts up so high it nearly makes the viewers ears bleed. This is known as "ear rape" and it's extremely popular among many poopers. Headphone users beware!
  • "Escape The Spooky Room" is a prank that shows a picture of a rather poorly drawn room, in which you're supposed to find a way out of (like a game called The Crimson Room). However, clicking on anything has no effect at all and, after about half a minute, a creepy shadow is shown moving across the floor. Upon waiting a few more seconds, a rather scary picture of a deformed person's face leaps onto the screen, accompanied by a woman screaming.
  • "Ghost Chair" is a video that shows a room with a rocking chair, green lighting, and a bunch of toys. After a while, the chair starts rocking on its own, then Regan MacNeil quickly crawls up to the camera a few seconds later with a distorted and echoing scream.
    • An alternative version replaces Regan MacNeil with a mask that has long black hair and an extra widely open mouth.
  • "Clock Crew Quiz" pretends to be a test which involves a series of questions, all of which gives the following choices: "Strawberry Clock," "Josh Bedn," "Tom Fulp," or "George Bush." First Question: Who is king of the Portal? Answer: Strawberry Clock. Second Question: Who was the first clock? Answer: Strawberry Clock. Third Question: Who is from Canada? Immediately after the question is revealed, an image of a distorted woman's face will appear with a scream. The Clock Crew of the title is a reference to a group of people who make Macromedia Flash animations on Newgrounds (where this prank is hosted), with "Strawberry Clock" referring to the person who started it all.
  • "Meaning of Life 2006" is a Newgrounds animation that states it is a serious Flash and apologizes for a quiet music rip. It appears to be a rather substandard Flash presentation talking philosophically about the meaning of life. After several frames, a picture of a woman's skull (it still has long hair and one eye) that is boiling in a gorey goo-like substance appears slightly zooming in and out accompanied with a continuously looping male scream.
  • "3D Practice" is a Newgrounds animation that shows a few 3D animations. at the end, a hideous bloody green zombie face pops up with a horrifying scream, despite it being rated suitable for everyone (most likely on purpose to trap to some viewers). This flash was removed from Newgrounds but it can still be viewed through Web Archive.
  • "Watch This While High" is a prank spread across YouTube for people that are drunk and/or high. It starts of with a sun smiling, and then shows random pictures from SpongeBob SquarePants as the "The Best Day Ever" song plays. At the end of the video, a flurry of disturbing art pops up with a scream.
  • "Hot Blond in Tanning Bed" is an infamous, no scream Youtube prank. It shows a pretty 18 year old girl getting ready to tan (stripping down to a bikini, putting on tanning lotion, etc.). Then she turns on the tanning bed. She then sits on the edge of the tanning bed and puts tanning lotion on her leg, but then the top lid of the tanning bed closes quickly (kind of like a Venus flytrap) and distorts her body, but with no blood. It cuts off to a message saying "Tanning can kill you". Finally, it goes back to the video and electric sparks come out of the tanning bed.
    • This video was parodied in BIONICLE Heroes with the Piraka Sun Lounger, except with a lawn chair.
      • On the subject of BIONICLE, there was a promotional flash game released in 2006 called "Draw a Piraka". The objective of the game is to connect the dots forming the head of the Piraka. However, should the player click on the fourth dot, Hakann's face appears with a loud roaring.
  • "Freaky Picture" is not a video or a flash file, but an animated GIF. A normal messy room is shown, and the instructions tell you to watch closely at the blue sack hanged on the door for about one minute, the time to figure out what's wrong on this room. After 60 seconds, a picture of female ghost appears from the door toward you before disappearing really fast. There is no scream (as it is a GIF), but the sudden appearance is quite (hence the title) freaky.
  • All five Luna Games (a series of Creepypasta fangames) contain screamers. However, the first and fourth ones are tame especially compared to the second and third ones (The fourth one has alot more actual game-play). The screamer in the full version of the fifth game (titled "Luna Game 0") only pops up if you try to restart the game.
    • Another MLP creepypasta game, Smile.exe, ends with a Zalgo-ified Pinkie screamer whose sound loops for about 30 seconds.
  • Hour of Death is a screamer that fakes a death guesser. It tells you it guesses your death, you enter the info about yourself. Now this is where the scary part happens; it tells you that your death will be caused by a Heart Attack then afterwards it will roll off what day where you die and a picture of scary-looking clown with glasses appears with a scream. But this is not the scariest part, there is a button that says "find out your real death date", once you click it, an explicit photo of a bleeding deformed person vomiting from Braindead appears with an even louder scream. After the picture disappears, text appears saying you've been sabotaged, and during the text appearing, an animated ninja drops down to the bottom of the screen telling you to go to Liquid Generation.
  • The Red Room is an interesting horror animation with a "screamer" element of sorts thrown in. The text is in Japanese, but the story related is of a student trying to encounter a mysterious pop-up ad that simply asks, "Do you like-?" that has been linked to the disappearance of a classmate. Once he finds it, he discovers that attempting to click out of the pop-up simply causes it to reload, adding on more to the phrase until it asks, "Do you like the red room?" The student is then presented with a list of the names of others who have encountered the pop-up and gone missing, and rumors of his suicide circulate the next day. The final shot is of the list, with the student's name on the bottom. The screamer comes at the very end - an actual pop-up window will activate in your browser, asking, "Do you like-?"
  • In a PONY.MOV short that aired at Trotcon (viewable here), Spike reassures the viewer that so the short can be family-friendly, nothing scary will happen. This is followed by the RD-5000 smashing through the wall, causing the camera to get disconnected. After this, Fluttershy's Nightmare Face from SHED.MOV pops up with a loud scream.
    • And the fun doesn't end there. In the other Trotcon short, no screamers appear. This is lampshaded by Rainbow Dash.
      • Rainbow Dash: "Well, at least nothing scary happe-" Cue Jump Scare
  • Alrena Roushe's Profile is a prank that pretends to be a Facebook profile of Alrena Roushe, the ghost woman in the scary flash game "The House". The profile picture is her baby picture. Moments later, Alrena pops up tearing the Facebook page with a loud scream at the same time, her baby picture will have its eyes open. There is also an alert box warning upon loading the site saying that it is not for the faint of heart.
  • UFO Screamer (Real or Hoax?) is a prank that tells viewers that a rumored UFO was supposedly spotted. Then it shows a picture of a forest that zooms in before a picture of grey alien appears and shakes with a long distorted screech.
  • A two part V-log (10-19-12) from Noah Antwiler discusses jump scares. Early into the first video, a random assortment of screamer faces appears, complete with loud shriek, in order to prove a point. It appears again at the very end of the video for absolutely no reason. The second part is more straightforward, though.
  • Viacom BND of Doom starts out with a video of the infamous Viacom "V of Doom" logo. Suddenly it shatters to show an edited version of the VID mask— while it normally has its eyes and mouth closed, this version has them both open in a manic, snarling glare to create a more-or-less demonic version of it. It flies out and slams into the screen (appearing to crack it) with a loud distorted roar, with the BND logo's Scare Chord playing after as it slowly backs away.
  • "Come with me" has poems early but after the Kikia face pops up, various Body Horror images pop up, followed up by a demon face with man screaming. Then, as if to apologize, a Rickroll ends it. Try it at your own risk.
  • Raining Blood Expert 342K 100% FC Guitar Hero III - The video's title is self-explanatory, but at 1:14, a zombie woman pops up with a powerful scream and a roar at the same time. The rest of the video is a blank black screen (which is the majority of the video).
  • The Creepypasta called "The .gif". It is about one of these on 4chan, what looks like a smiley face made out of a mouth and eyes cut out of a magazine and placed on a yellow circle. After a minute, it turns into a frown-looking face and lets out an ear-splitting, blood-curdling scream, and rapid-fires a bunch of horrifying imagery. Then it closes your browser. People who watch it in it's entirety are found dead with a smiley face drawn in blood next to them. However, in a cliche twist, the admins removed it and banned the person who put it up. However, the creepypasta warns it could be on other sites...
  • Sorta-parodied, as befits the joking nature of the site, by the chat— the whole website is supposed to look like a fake dating site for ghosts, including a supposed chatbox where you can talk to other ghosts. If you decide role-playing as a ghost might be fun and go to the chat page, it looks like you're being logged in in the midst of a conversation between some users already talking. They "greet" you, and you can type "Hi" back and before "YOU'RE NOT DEAD" flashes on the screen, and then the entry box types "BEWARE", "A MORTAL IS IN THIS CHATROOM", "I AM INSIDE THEIR KEYBOARD" and "I WILL MAKE THIS MORTAL PAY" for you. Then an angry man's face (nothing horrifying, just a regular-looking man with an angry expression) flashes on the screen and you hear evil laughter. It can still make you jump if you aren't expecting it, though.
  • First Legitimate 3DS SD Card Hack - Starts off with a person turning on his 3DS. He opens up the photo app. After he presses the more pictures button, a picture of Jeff the Killer from Creepypasta pops up and flashes with a loud long lasting scream.
  • FOllOW thE Red DOt!!!!! - A screamer that starts with the words "Huthsweg Productions prasentiert" and "Verfolge den roten Punkt!" . Then, a red dot is shown moving across a white maze, like the title, it tells you to follow the dot. As it reaches the end of the maze, another maze comes out and the dot appears again continues to move (the second maze is somehow a section of the first maze, so it's actually only have one maze). Before the dot reach the end of the section, an image of Katie Embry about to die with eyes yellow from the movie 'The Ring' appears during a loud scream until the end of the video. It was created by the user RicciAika.
  • Peeping Tom is a screamer that shows someone filming a woman in the bathroom, then a female zombie jumps out with the same scream from the K-Fee advertisements.
  • This downplayed example is a prank that shows a woman staring away at the viewer. Shortly (around 12 seconds), her eyes will move looking at the viewer and quickly turns back to her normal stance. There is no scream but it startled most viewers.
  • The Elmo Song =) is an infamous screamer that plays "The Elmo Song" from Sesame Street, until a picture of Sadako from The Ring at 0:11 pops up with a scream.
  • UFO Crashes into Plane (WARNING: Graphic Footage) pretends to be a footage that shows an actual UFO footage. It starts with a warning that the footage is shocking. Afterwards, the video cuts to a rooftop of a house until it reaches a telephone wire. However, near the end of the video, a scary alien pops up with a distorted roar.
  • Puppy Talk is a video on Winterrowd that fools the viewer into thinking a puppy is going to say a human word. 48 seconds later, Reagan MacNeil pops up with the scream from The Maze.
  • There was a Simon Says online game by the same person who made The Maze. If you got the pattern wrong, Reagan MacNeil would pop-up with the same scream as The Maze.
  • Gamemun is a screamer flash with the purpose of tricking people into thinking they're going to play a game. A loading screen is shown, then a screen giving the option to choose "1 Player" or "2 Players". After either one is chosen, a female face is shown in white makeup, red lips, and red eyes with a repeating male scream. The picture zooms in and out slowly.
  • Ghost Illusions In Clouds Screamer is a 30-second screamer that pretends to be an optical illusion video which shows a sad face hidden in a picture of clouds. It then shows a still picture of a cloud-filled sky. But at the end of the video, a grayscale and negative image of Reagan MacNeil pops up with the scream from "What's Wrong With This Picture?" extra loud and played four times.
  • Google Earth: Couple Caught Having Sex is a "short film" created by Jasbo and McFly under the username WeTouchYourself. It shows a map of the western portion of the United States zooming in slowly, when the video reaches 0:24, it shows an image of a couple having $3 covering the map for two seconds. The video then resumes to normal until zooms in into a house with a green roof (which then be encircled) where then a scary-looking manipulated photo of a smiling baby with mouths as eyes at 0:39 pops up with a loud scream.
  • untitled is one of the shortest screamers out there because it is part of the "5secondfilms" Youtube series. It shows a man who got his TV working, but on the screen, it shows Brian on the TV screen having his throat slit. With the real Brian asking "What's wrong?", a bloodied cloaked man pops up with a woman's scream.
  • The SCP-136 from SCP Foundation is an in-universe example. It is a doll which, when observed for a prolonged time, causes the victim to hear a creepy laughter and then abruptly see a Humanoid Abomination appear out of nowhere and scream in their face.
  • The video ''Halloween'' by Matt Santoro turns out to be this at the end.
  • DoomsDay Csupo purports to be a warped version of the infamously scary "face" Klasky Csupo Vanity Plate - however, about 15 seconds into it, an edited version of the even more infamous VID mask flies into the screen.
  • "Creepy Grudge Ghost Girl in the Mirror!" is a 15-second video of a young girl putting in earrings and shaking her head around. The girl then turns and waves to the camera smiling, but her reflection stays still. The reflection girl's face becomes demonic and screams at the camera while the real girl is still waving.
  • The FNAF Duck Song is a Five Nights at Freddy's themed parody of the The Duck Song which has the duck is edited to look like Chica. At the part where the duck would say "Hey!" in the actual version, a clip of Chica scaring the player from FNAF starts playing.
  • This video, uploaded exactly four months after Michael Jackson's death, culls news footage on Larry King Live with the promise of being able to see his "alleged" ghost. The cameraman ends up entering a long hall. A shadow briefly appears at the end of the hall but the cameraman doesn't seem to notice. The video then freezes as a Thriller-type MJ zombie pops up with a loud scream, and ends with "Thriller" playing as text appears: "Just a small tribute to a man who will never stop thrilling us. We'll miss you MJ."
  • This Animaniacs video lands somewhere in between a regular screamer and a parody - the "scary" image is Dr. Scratchnsniff imitating The Scream. Check the comments and you'll find that very few people find it scary (most finding it hilarious instead).
  • "Barney special" seems to be just a regular Barney episode... except it cuts to a (somewhat) creepy picture of Barney's face, accompanied by a very loud scream. Not many people found it scary, however.
  • One rip from the "high quality video game ripper" SiIvaGunner, specifically that of "Puzzle Room" from Kirby: Planet Robobot, ended with a Vinesauce reference - a screen with "да" (yes) and "нет" (no), and annotations for both. Clicking the former lead to a music video for "Russkij Pusskij" by Carlito; clicking the latter lead to a shock video of a harlequin fetusnote  screaming; what's worse is that a man's hand slowly inched from the bottom of the screen towards "нет"; when it did, it displayed a still of the harlequin fetus from that video with the mouth edited to be open wider and a Hypernova filter applied to it (accompanied by "Игра окончена" - "the game is over"). The rip itself was a reference to Joel's playthrough of an unauthorized Russian Sega Genesis port of the Felix the Cat NES game; in the bootleg, choosing not to continue on the game over screen led to an image of Felix tearing his face off and standing in a pool of his own blood, with the image itself being taken from a parodical t-shirt design called "Felix the Cat Unmasked" (the Felix image in question is the page image on the Nightmare Fuel page for Vinesauce). Virtually everyone thought it crossed the line as a result of its gory content, and SiIva broke character to apologize for it (as one person had uploaded it without permission from the rest of the group - he was removed for this, of course, though he did re-upload it on his own YouTube channel "Happy Happy Cultist'').
  • The Nostalgia Critic has a couple ones. One in his video about the Top 11 Mindf###s and another one a bit before the end of his review for Milk Money.

    Western Animation 
  • The scene in the Adventure Time episode "Guardians of Sunshine" where Finn and Jake creep up on Sleepy Sam.
  • The Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Courage in the Big Stinkin' City" fits this trope. He walks into an old abandoned building and starts opening doors, seeing things like King Ghidorah (from Godzilla) and Jaws. He finally opens up the third door and sees a realistic girl playing a violin from behind which Courage likes at first, but the girl turns around and scares him with a giant red CGI face and a scream. It is the page image for Nightmare Fuel Western Animation.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "Summerween", Stan repeatedly tries to scare two jaded trick-or-treaters. When he asks them what they find scary, they show him a video of a cute kitten that suddenly jumps to a screaming, monstrous face.
    • An interstitial short about Mabel watching Gravity Falls' public access channel featured a Kitschy Local Commercial for the Mystery Shack, which inexplicably ended with a sudden, brief close-up of Stan's face while he let out a maniacal laugh.
  • In a Rabbids Invasion video called "Find The Rabbid," the viewer is asked to find the Rabbid, but there is no Rabbid... just a peaceful pond. A few seconds later, a Rabbid jumps out and screams, and then three Rabbids laugh, indicating that it was a Screamer Prank made up by the Rabbids.
  • As if the Wander over Yonder episode "The Pet" wasn't creepy enough, The Stinger animatic at the end of the episode shows Captain Tim sleeping near Lord Hater's bed. After more than a few seconds, Captain Tim suddenly lunges at the camera, screams, and licks it in his mouth.

    Real Life 
  • Before the rise of digital videos on the internet, Japan already had live pranksters known as "random screamers" who would set themselves up somewhere they could find suitable random victims, such as on a street corner or by the doors of an elevator, and then SCREAM VERY LOUDLY at them at some opportune moment. Usually, this was done with a hidden camera somewhere nearby so they could send footage of the victims' flustered reactions to local TV comedy shows.
  • This woman caught up in a publicity stunt by British lotto company GeoLotto decided to approach the two hosts in a rather unusual way when offered a five pound note.
  • The Halloween prop known as "Peek A Boo Penny" is essentially a real-life execution of a screamer prank. It appears to be a static life-sized figure of a girl holding her hands in front of her face, but suddenly, her skull-like head pops up from behind her hands with a loud scream. Most of the people who watched the official video of the prop commented about how it startled them.
  • The real life game Hide and Seek can be played in which the hider jumps out and scares the seeker.

    Parodies of this Trope 
  • "Not Scary" shows a picture of a room, then it shows a picture of a face drawn on MS Paint with a guy going "Boogity boogity boogity boo". Then it switches between the room and the MS Paint face for a while until the guy's face says "Alright, I'm done. You can go away now". Then he says one last "Boogity boogity boogity!" with the face.
  • Played for Laughs in The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Nintendo Power. We first see a long, quiet shot of the Nerd's room with a few magazines piled up on the floor before the Nerd suddenly jumps into the screen and yells "ASS!"
  • Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has one with a picture of a RED RUPEE of all things after explaining that you only get the Giant's Wallet after completing the Oceanside Spider House on the 1st day.
  • In an episode of Gravity Falls, Grunkle Stan tries in vain to scare a couple of trick-or-treaters. When he asks what scares kids nowadays, they show him a clip of a cute kitten on one of their cell phones. Suddenly a scary face appears on the screen, scaring the bejeesus out of Stan and the kids.
  • In the Mario fangame Psycho Waluigi, in Static Void Kingdom, the whole level is surreal compared to the rest of the game, and there's one part of the level where the face from "What's Wrong with this Picture?" pops up for a second but with no scream.
  • In the Smosh episode Super Powers! Anthony is standing far away holding several objects. He is far enough not to be able to hear him at all. That is until Ian suddenly pops up close to the camera and screams really loud.
    Anthony: Hey, so, the funny thing about this is if you actually look really closely, you can see-
  • Once again, videos of the parodies of the K-Fee commercials mentioned in the Advertising section: Auto Lite, Beach Lite, and Golf Lite.
  • Parodied several times in The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • "The Internet" centered on Gumball watching what is implied to be the K-Fee car commercial and his reaction becoming an Instant Web Hit.
    • Carrie the ghost makes one in-universe in an online short that was later included in the episode "The Tape": she claims the video will let you see in 3D without glasses and instructs you to get closer, then makes a creepy face while yelling and laughs afterward.
    • Part of Anton's Death Montage in "The Recipe" includes a Hollywood Heart Attack in reaction to something on a computer desktop that involves sudden screaming.
    • When Anais tries to get Gumball to take her to a scary movie in "The Spoiler", he inexplicably pulls a Screamer Prank on both Anais and the audience by making the screen cut to a piranha on a black background. Cut back to Anais white with shock and Gumball wearing a smug grin.
  • In Iron Twilight, the haunted house area includes a chest. But when you open it, it shows a little popup of you opening the chest. When it's half open, the screen turns static and you see a close up of Qem saying hello in Michael Rosen's voice. After the popup disappears, Qem appears on the overworld, talking to you. Turns out this was a setup before he teleports you into a small room where you fight him in a 1 on 1 tennis match. Thankfully, the fight is optional.

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