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Screeching Stop

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If a cartoon character stops suddenly, there will be puffs of smoke and a sound akin to car brakes. This will occur even if said character is hovering or flying, because it's just funnier that way.

Their legs will be in front of their body. In more exaggerated depictions, they may bend forward heavily, dig a trench, blow on their feet afterwards to cool them down, etc.

Often comes at the end of a Scooby-Dooby Doors scene or accompanies someone who's Stopped Dead in Their Tracks after hearing something unexpected. It's also very usual when someone gets Wheel o' Feet while running. Compare Record Needle Scratch, a stock sound effect of a phonograph record being scratched, used to represent surprise or shock. Contrast Brake Angrily, the act of slamming a vehicle's brakes out of anger.



Fan Works

Films — Animation

Films — Live-Action

  • Labyrinth: Ambrosius does one when Sir Didymus threatens to never feed him again if he runs from the goblins.
  • Natural Born Killers: In the opening sequence, one bullet about to hit a waitress suddenly screeches to a halt so the camera can show her expression before her brains are splattered.

Live-Action TV

  • The Greatest American Hero: The first time Ralph Hinkley uses his super-suit to run super-fast, he is not only accompanied by a train-like "chugga-chugga-chugga" as he runs but when he tries to stop, it's accompanied by a screeching stop. And he was running on gravel.
  • LazyTown: In "Defeeted", Sportacus is put to one after Robbie's done having fun sending him gliding across the stage.

Video Games

  • Pizza Tower: Peppino emits a screeching sound when stopping or turning around, assuming he moves at considerable speed.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: Kat does this during the cool-down for her Spiraling Claw (Forward + Circle) and during the cancelling process for her Gravity Slide (Down + Triangle). Both cases involve her skidding on her heels and kicking up a bit of dust.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Mario produces that noise whenever trying to change the running direction quickly.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: In just about any game you'll get a noise like this when skidding.

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Western Animation

  • 101 Dalmatian Street: Delgado's Saying Sound Effects Out Loud tic includes making a screeching sound whenever he's skidding around a corner or coming to a halt. A great part of it is due to him having wheels for hind legs.
  • Adventure Time: In "The Dark Cloud", Marceline leaps into the fight against the Dark Cloud with a shout of "I'm gonna poop my pants if Finn kills this guy instead of me!". Then she comes to an audible halt, and it cuts to literally everyone else being involved in the battle, along with the citizens of the Candy Kingdom and the half-melted King of Ooo, reacting to the sight.

Real Life