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"Mario, wherever you are, HEEEEEEEEEELLLP!!!"
Luigi, Super Mario World, "Mama Luigi"

A Camera Trick where the camera is placed directly over the actor, pointing down, while the actor looks up into the camera or at the sky overhead and makes a ear-piercingly elongated and somewhat bloodcurdling scream of bloody murder. For extra LargeHam-tacularity, the camera may even be spinning upwards or panning upward.

This can be done to show intense anguish in the character, implying that they are screaming at the sky because there is nothing on the planet to hold responsible, possibly cursing some deity. This is especially likely if they are screaming phrases rather than pure noise.

If the cause for this is as simple as running out of Cheesy snacks, the trope immediately becomes comedic. Indeed, it's exceeding rare to be used seriously these days and will almost certainly fall into Narm.


Showing something like this from the front results in a Volumetric Mouth. If the character is screaming at fate or the gods, its also an example of Heaven Above. See also Big "NO!", Big "WHY?!", The Scream, Say My Name, and Death Wail. Often accompanied by Milking the Giant Cow and Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!. Do not confuse with Skyward Sword.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Gundam:
  • Combined with Say My Name in Umineko: When They Cry's second arc, at a point where Battler's kind of gone to the end of his rope. "BEATORIIIIIIIIIIIICHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
  • One Piece:
    • Tiny Luffy (heartbreakingly) in ch.588: SABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    • After Luffy battles Bellamy for the second time, he looks up and screams DOFLAMINGOOO!!!!!
  • In Bleach:
    • Komamura does this ("AIZEN!!") after Tousen's death.
    • Kenpachi does this after realizing he killed Unohana.
    • Incidentally, Ichigo actually has a non-tragic one after he defeats Byakuya Kuchiki. When a greatly-wounded and worn-out Byakuya walks away and concedes that Ichigo had finally won, and that he wouldn't hunt down Rukia for execution anymore, Ichigo looks up to the sky while the camera pans up away from him, as he let's out a primal, victorious scream to the heavens. Justified, considering how far he'd come and what he had achieved.
  • Fakir in Princess Tutu "AHIRUUUUUU!!!!!!"
  • Several anime (Ranma ½ springs to mind as an example) combine the Skyward Scream with some kind of reaction elsewhere, especially when the scream is either a curse (usually causing the subject to react, such as by sneezing) or a Battle Cry (in which case, someone may slip or accidentally break something).
  • Wolfram von Bielefeld in the Wham Episode of Kyo Kara Maoh!: his beloved king was last reported in this church which has since burnt down—but all anyone can find in the ruins is the lonely severed arm of the dedicated once-beloved brother he's been rejecting for years. Cue scream of frustration.
    • Also cue Character Development. Like anything. It's also after this that he reverts to referring to Conrad by name, which he apparently hasn't done since he was a little kid and found out niisan was half human.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    Asuka: I don't wanna die. I don't wanna die. I don't wanna die. I don't want to die. I DON'T WANNA DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE!!!!!"
  • Non angsty example in No. 6. Sion during the storm in episode 1.
  • Happens an awful lot in Inuyasha, mostly from the title character.
    • A wordless variant happens in the second movie, complete with spinning camera.
  • At the end of One Stormy Night, Gabu the wolf actually does this after he and his goat friend Mei are now together again and that the moon is rising right in front of them for the first time.
  • Mitsunari in the Sengoku Basara movie. He's already had his This Is Unforgivable! rant, so he just screams.
  • Bakugan:
  • Transformers Armada: Optimus Prime lets out a Big "NO!" after Smokescreen in the episode "Sacrifice". After he dies in "Sacrifice", Jetfire screams, "NEVER!" after telling his leader's lifeless body that the autobots would never forget him.
    • And let's not forget the infamous episode "cramp", where Rad cries out for the hero-bot, who had given his life to show just how dangerous Unicron truly was.
  • Transformers Cybertron: (after being soundly betrayed and imprisoned by his backstabbing second-in-command) Megatron: STARSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!!
  • Pushed Up to Eleven in Dragon Ball Z. Characters can scream for minutes just to power up or transform. When yelling out names or lines, you could instigate a Drinking Game! Notables include:
    • "HURRY, GOKU!!!"
    • "PICOLOOOOO!!!"
    • "CHIAOTZUUUU!!!"
    • "YOU'RE DEAAAAAAAAAD!!!! WHEN I FIND YOU, I'LL KILL YOU!!!!" (Vegeta, realizing he's been duped out of getting the rest of the Dragon Balls by Krillin and Gohan, when they were inches away from him)
    • And let's not forget this gem:
    • Dragon Ball Super gives us Fused Zamasu's epic "SON! GOKU!" after he Saiyan gets in a good hit on him.
  • Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch blows the pants off this trope in the last episodes of the first season.
  • Done for comedic effect in episode 4 of Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, when Oscar comes across Zenigata unconscious and covered in blood. Lupin had just sprayed fake blood all over the Inspector, and Oscar had inadvertently knocked him out by coming out of the trapdoor just as Lupin escaped.
  • Haruka of Kotoura-san does this during the Downer Beginning in the Gray Rain of Depression when the mean old lady sends the stray cat to an animal shelter (effectively a death sentence in Japan). Made even more poignant since the scene itself becomes silent as the Grief Song swells over.
  • Kagerou Project: One of these is performed by Marry, when the Snake of Clearing Eyes kills all of her friends at the end of each timeloop. They're usually drowned out by the background music, but that somehow makes it even more disturbing.
  • This trope (combined with Say My Name and I Will Find You) seems to be a recurring theme in Yu-Gi-Oh!, as it's been done by every single main character in the franchise (spoilers in the link!).
  • Katsuhira at the end of Episode 10 of Kiznaiver, upon meeting the old Kiznaivers in the worst situation.
  • Munakata in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School in Episode 10 of the Future Arc, upon realizing that Yukizome was Evil All Along.
  • Riku does this in Gundam Build Divers when he finds out that Sarah has surrendered herself to his idol Kyoya.
  • At the end of Tenchi Muyo!: Mihoshi's Space Police Adventure, we see Kiyone stranded in space at the very end and ends the special by screaming out that she's going to murder her.
  • In Sakura Wars the Animation, Hatsuho screams "Damn it all!" after her Mugen gets seriously damaged by the demon at the end of "Tokyo Trembles! The New Moscow Combat Revue!".
  • In episode 21b of Tamagotchi, the cavity Tamagotchi inside Mametchi's mouth considers inviting his mother to come live with him since he thinks she'd like how comfy Mametchi's tooth is. After Mametchi imagines his cavity becoming bigger after the cavity Tamagotchi is visited by his mother and grandkids, ends up married and with his own kid, and eventually an entire cavity neighborhood forming, Mametchi looks to the sky and screams "OH NO, IT CAN'T BE!"
  • My Hero Academia: Having completed 10 months worth of Training from Hell and having cleaned a whole beach worth of rubbish, protagonist Izuku Midoriya stands atop the pile and lets out some very war-like screams with his head held high.
  • Fate/Zero: Kiritsugu lets out a heartbreaking one after he is forced to shoot down Natalia's plane.
    Kiritsugu: Shut your mouth! Just shut up! BASTARD!
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure Battle Tendency: SHIIIIIIIIIZAAAAAAAAAAAA!. Subject to Memetic Mutation.

    Asian Animation 
  • Akis: In "Why Oh Why", the woman in a TV show Akis' family is watching screams a Big "WHY?!" up to the sky.
  • Happy Heroes:
    • In Season 8 episode 1, Big M. screams "I HATE YOU, HAPPY SUPERMAN!" when he's informed that his monsters can't get past Planet Xing's Blue-Ray Defense System.
    • In Season 8 episode 6, after Little M. accidentally trips and drops fire wands on the floor, some of them fall onto him and Big M., and the latter yells "NOW WHICH ONE IS THE REAL FIRE WAND?! NO!"
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys of Seasons episode 16, Wolffy does a skyward scream of "OH, MY DEAR COMFORT ROBOT!!!" after he tries and fails to find his comfort robot.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Rainbow Dash unleashes a chilling scream by the end of chapter 11, reason being Gilda betraying her trust and breaking Medley's wings.
  • Advice and Trust: In chapter 3, when Shinji decided that he would rescue Asuka, not matter what, his Evangelion Unit-01 threw back its head and roared.
  • Evangelion 303: In chapter 12, while she is breaking down completely, Asuka screams she can't take it anymore and she hates everybody before throwing back her head and yelling: "AND I HATE MYSELF!!"
  • Blackjack gets a great one in Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons at the end of a Heroic RRoD.
  • Subverted in Thousand Shinji. When Shinji found out the truth behind his mother's death, he threw back his head, and he screamed. But his shout sounded in the Warp, not in the physical world.
    Shinji threw his head back and opened his mouth to scream, but no sound came out in the physical world.
  • In A Prize for Three Empires, Carol Danvers lets a long, loud scream out when Marcus dies and his mind-control upon her disappears.
  • Turnabout Storm: Cruise Control pulls several of these off, most accompanied by a Big "NO!". It's all Played for Laughs, as he uses them to chastise himself for committing petty mistakes.
  • In "The Doctor Games", this is the Eleventh Doctor's reaction to Four killing Ten.
  • In the second chapter of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Pikachu lets out one upon discovering that, with the time crash and subsequent reset, his physical experience and learned moves are all gone, and they'll have to retrain from scratch to recover them.
  • You Are Not At Fault: As he is lying face up on the shore after the end of the world, Shinji comes to the realization that he has committed the greatest genocide in History. Horrified, he screams.

    Film — Animated 
  • The beginning of Asterix and the Vikings, when Timandahaf realizes that village his crew are sacking is empty.
    "Hello...? Anyone home...? By Thor...WHHHHYYYYY!?"
  • The Book of Life:
  • Brother Bear: When Kenai first realizes he's been turned into a bear, he screams so loudly it can be heard from miles away.
  • Daffy Duck's Quackbusters ends on one of these when J.P. Cubish, after already taking away every last bit of his inheritance from Daffy Duck from beyond the grave, also takes away Daffy's first honestly-earned dollar, with the implication that he will be doing this to Daffy forever.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show: The character Kevin on the ten-year Cartoon Network classic was renowned for calling the three titular stooges out as being dorks. With the other cul-de-sac kids, save for Sarah and Jimmy trying to rip the Eds open at the playground, it make sense that when the Eds fly away in their car thanks to Double D's quick thinking that Kevin invokes the trope, screaming "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORKS!" with a pole in his hand, angrily tossing aforementioned pole and its dirt anchorage into the ground ahead of him.
  • Frozen (2013): HERE I STAND AND HERE I'LL STAY!!!! All while the camera comes up and spins.
  • In Pooh's Heffalump Movie, Piglet does this when Pooh eats the jellybeans he left on the ground to find their way back.
  • In The Thief and the Cobbler, King Nod does this upon realizing that the prophecy which tells of his kingdom's doom is coming true.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Donnie Darko: Miss Pomeroy does this after being unfairly sacked from her job. Doubles as an Atomic F-Bomb.
  • Done by Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. In a rare unscripted version, where Viggo Mortenson broke his foot on the helmet he kicked, eliciting a cry of real physical pain that fit the scene well enough that Peter Jackson kept it in.
  • Flash Gordon: GORDON'S ALIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! is sometimes misremembered as an example. In fact, the line was delivered with restraint by BRIAN BLESSED's standards. See it here.
  • Star Trek:
    • For some reason, people think that Kirk screaming "KHAAAAAAN!" in Star Trek II was like this. It wasn't (it's a close-up of Kirk's face if you're wondering, cutting to a long shot of the moon he's on/in), but parodies of it do this. The misconception is prevalent enough that this trope was formerly named The Khan despite The "KHAAAAAAN!" not actually being an example.
    • Star Trek (2009) has an actual example of this trope, though - Nero screaming "SPOOOOOOOOOOOCK!" during his Villainous Breakdown. This interrupts Nero beating the stuffing out of Alternate-Kirk, who sits up with a faint glimmer of recognition as Nero launches into it.
    • The "KHAAAAN" in Star Trek Into Darkness is an example of it, however.
  • One does this in The City of Lost Children.
  • John Belushi's character screaming after the beer bar is taken away in Animal House.
  • Iconic movie example: In the film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, just after realizing the error of his ways, Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando) screams out in the rain. The "STELLA! STELL-LLAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!" is done with this camera angle and has become one of the most famous one-word lines in movie history.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: "Damn you, Jack... SSSPARRROOOWWWWW!!!!" complete with the pullaway camera angle from above (and Davy Jones spraying seawater).
  • Performed by Cindy (Anna Faris' character) at the end of every one of the Scary Movie series, although usually punctuated by her being run over.
  • Bartleby does this near the end of Dogma while laughing maniacally.
  • In Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, the line "I am... FORTUNE'S FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!" gets this treatment.
  • "WILLIAAAAAMMM!" William Thatcher also does this, screaming his own name, at the end of A Knight's Tale. Not quite skyward, though.
  • Parodied in the movie Charlie's Angels (2000) with Matt Leblanc howling "DAMN YOU, SALAZAAAR!" at the soaring camera while his girlfriend lies dead in his arms. And then we find out they're shooting a movie within the movie.
    • Don't forget that the scene takes place at the end of a montage showing the romantic B-plots of the other two angels, furthering the assumption that the girlfriend is Lucy Liu.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off combines it with Distant Reaction Shot.
  • The My Favorite Martian movie does a variant of this, as it is executed during Elliot Coleye's Evil Laugh at the height of his One-Winged Angel act (initiated by one of the Martians' "nerplex").
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • X2: X-Men United: Logan does this in a flashback where he wakes up in a tank of water with no memories and metal claws shoot out of his hands.
    • X-Men: The Last Stand: Wolverine does this after reluctantly killing Jean Grey/Phoenix.
    • This was done three times in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    • X-Men: First Class: Xavier does this right after a bullet enters his spine.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Blink lets out a small cry towards the heavens after being stabbed by three Sentinels.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Magneto, whose powers have been boosted by Apocalypse, does this as he disintegrates the Auschwitz concentration camp.
  • Thor: After the Curb-Stomp Battle in the S.H.I.E.L.D. complex, Thor realizes that he cannot reclaim Mjölnir, which leads to a Heroic BSoD.
  • In Detroit Rock City, school security mook Elvis does this when the boys cross the school property line and leave the range of his powers.
  • Star Wars Episode III: Upon hearing news of the death of his wife, Darth Vader proclaims to the sky, "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
  • The end of The Mist features this from the main character; Might be more of a Big "NO!".
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt in I Know What You Did Last Summer screaming: "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOOORRRR?!?!?!?!
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990): "DAAAAAAAMN!!!"
    • And after that, Raphael (who also did the aforementioned scream) screams out in anguish when he and the other Turtles find their lair trashed and Splinter missing.
    • Later in the movie: "SPLINTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!"
  • Rain Man: SON OF A BITCH!!!
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Voldemort does this in his death scene. The effect of the rebounding death curse starts to disintegrate him, and he lets out a last, haunting scream as he turns to the sky and breaks up into nothing.
  • Ivan's reaction to his father's death in Iron Man 2.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. After Kincaid witnesses Freddy's resurrection in the car graveyard dream, he tries to escape but is then cornered. He screams towards the sky, trying to signal his friends that Freddy is back, as the camera pans out to reveal that the graveyard covers the whole planet.
  • Spider-Man 2: "I WANT SPIDER-MAN!" roars J. Jonah Jameson after Spider-Man steals his suit back from the Bugle editor-in-chief.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Andy in the rain after his escape, laughing more than screaming.
  • In Mad Max: Fury Road, Furiosa after she learns that the Green Place, her birthplace from when she was a little girl, turned into a horrid poisonous swamp performs a version of this where she drops her arm in the sand, falls down to her knees and basically loses her shit.
  • Dead in Tombstone: What Red does as Satan brands him, marking the beginning of Red's eternity of suffering.
  • Goodspeed does this at the end of The Rock when after launching the flares, one of the pilots accidentally fires one of their missiles.
  • A heartwrenching one in Superman: The Movie when the Man of Steel finds Lois' corpse. For added "skyward", Superman rockets off into the sky as he screams.
  • Johnny Mnemonic: I WANT! ROOM! SERVICE!!!
  • Stardust: Lamia screams in rage at the sky when Tristan and Yvaine use a Babylon candle to escape her first attempt on their lives.

    Live-Action TV 


  • Along those same lines, who can forget Conan O'Brien's tortured scream... "BOOOLLTEEEENN!"
    • And again, when he realizes he cannot have Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. "STAAAAUGH-MOS!"


  • Used in an episode of The Big Bang Theory. After realizing that Wil Wheaton tricked him into losing a card game, Sheldon screams "WHEATON!" as the camera zooms out. A somewhat odd example, in that the moment resembles the actual scene from The Wrath of Khan instead of the Beam Me Up Scotty version.
  • Boy Meets World has Cory scream this way when he suffers from a very bad hairdo. Worse for him is the fact that he still has to go to school that day — without being permitted to wear a hat inside the school building.
  • The Broad City episode "Working Girls" has three examples: Ilana when she thinks the dog she was supposed to walk is dead, then Bevers when Abbi kicks his rotisserie chicken, then a dog owner when he realizes Ilana took his dog to the wrong address.
  • Like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report also has engaged in this trope occasionally. ("MANILOWWWWWW!!!")
      • "Vigoda?"
  • Jon Stewart does this a lot on The Daily Show, and was especially gratified when the scientist found to be supplying rogue regimes with nuclear technology was actually named A.Q. Khan. They once even subverted/failed to do the shot.
    "How does a glissando make sense there? Am I introducing a toaster?"
    • A great recent example was Stewart switching bodies with Justin Bieber. When they switched back, Bieber told Stewart, "Hope you don't mind the new tattoo."
      Stewart: Did he say something about a tattoo? And why is my ass sore? *cut to screencap of Stewart's tattoo* '#neversaynever'?! *cut back to Stewart* BIEBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!
  • The Devil Judge: Ga-on does this after learning Young-choon escaped prison thanks to the corrupt system.
  • Done twice on Dexter, both involving the serial-killers-o'-the-season: in season three there's a "MIGUEEEEEELL!", complete with room-smashing although it was revealed he was just imagining how he'd like to react, and in season four, after the Trinity Killer evades his clutches once again, "ARRTHURRRR!"
  • Doctor Who:
  • The Flash did this unironically when he discovered Zoom's secret identity.
  • Forever Knight. In "The Human Factor", Janette gives a skyward Big "NO!" after her human lover is murdered, and she discovers she's become mortal and so can't turn him into a vampire to save him. Later when Janette herself is murdered (refusing to be turned herself), Nick vamps out and does a skyward roar of rage.
  • Game of Thrones: Irri does this after Rakharo's death, though not in the typical bird's eye view manner.
  • Gotham features one in the first few minutes of the pilot from a young Bruce Wayne after he and his parents are confronted by a mugger in a dark alley and...well, you know the rest.
  • Duncan does this once in Highlander: The Series, when he screams Darius's name after finding his dead body.
  • Used in I Shouldn't Be Alive, to emphasize a stranded survivor's isolation as they yell for help and the camera zooms out to show they're alone in the midst of hostile terrain.
  • The Legend Of William Tell Will finds himself brooding over his parents' death for no apparent reason.
  • In the classic "Dreams" episode of M*A*S*H, each main character's nap is disturbed by nightmares. Hawkeye's ends with him staring helplessly at a bleeding Korean girl, armless, as a patient-loaded helicopter flies low overhead, ending with a bloodcurdling No.
  • Merlin screams desperately for help from the Great Dragon when Arthur is dying in the Grand Finale.
  • In the pilot episode of Mr. Show, the sketch about Ronnie Dobbs features Terry taking this Up to Eleven in the death scene of Ronnie's biopic. Allegedly the scream went on for two hours, although we don't get to hear most of it, mercifully.
  • Preacher (2016) recreates the infamous montage featured in the comic of Herr Starr trying different wigs to cover his head after it got carved "into the image of a big fat gleaming DONG!". At some point, Starr's assistant Hoover thinks his boss put the wig backguards. Then he realizes it was the right way. Starr finally snaps tossing the wig into the floor while screaming "SON OF A WHORING BIIIIIIIIIITCH!!!" with the camera panning out all the way to space.
  • Princess Agents: Yan Xun screams "Mother!" at the sky after Bai Sheng's suicide.
  • In the TV movie finale of Prison Break, T-Bag does this. "SCOOFIEEELD! SCOOOOOOOOOFIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELD!"
  • Riget: The Swedish doctor Helmer declares his hatred for his Danish colleagues and Denmark in general Once per Episode in the first season this way:
    "Dansk... jävlar... DANSKJÄVLAR!!!" (Danish scum)
  • Seinfeld parodied this three times. The first time was George yelling "KHAAAAAAN!" after realizing his life must be dedicated to the Susan Ross foundation.note  The second time was Elaine yelling "SUUUUUUUUUUZIE!" after realizing her life must be dedicated to the Susie foundation, a fake character she initially made up to avoid troubles and later "killed" her to avoid exposure. The third time was George screaming "TWIIIIIIIIIX!!" after people ate up his candy lineup, which he set up to catch his candy's thief in a car dealership.
  • Wade in the first season finale of Sliders: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Smallville:
    • "Hothead" ends with Clark and Lana screaming up at the sky to vent their frustrations.
    • In "Hourglass", Clark lets one out during a vision of seeing all his loved ones dead.
    • Lex does one at the end of "Persona" after his hired assassin informs him of successfully murdering Grant Gabriel, a clone that he created of his dead younger brother Julian, who turned his back on him for Lionel. This normally would have counted as his Moral Event Horizon, but because of the grief and regret that he showed by doing this, he was still considered at least a little sympathetic among most fans.
  • The Klingon death ritual first seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation invokes this, roaring into the sky to warn the afterlife that a Klingon warrior is on their way.
  • Parodied in an episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway?? During a game of Weird Newswcasters (in which the comedians had to portray certain characters while being in a newscast), Ryan (the weatherman) was assigned a character of a self-centered actor about to give his "Oscar-worthy performance". Ryan finished off his bit with his character bellowing his last line as he looked up towards an overhead camera—while he spun instead of the camera. The audience burst out into applause at the end. View the whole game here (Ryan's performance starts at around 2:40)
  • Xena: Warrior Princess featured this once, with Xena, in "The Ring".
    Xena: ... who am I? WHO AM I?!?!
  • The X-Files: "This is not happening! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

  • The whole process is described in "Razorblade Sigh" by Gamma Ray.
  • Simple Plan's Untitled music video has the singer perform a skyward scream during, appropriately enough, the lyrics "I just wanna SCREEEEEEAAAAAAAAMMMM!"
  • The music video for Marianas Trench's "Shake Tramp". Completely hammed up.

  • Eiffel has an absolutely heartbreaking one in the Wolf 359-episode "Mayday". After Lovelace's shuttle accidentally breaks loose form the Hephaestus, the bomb set inside the engine goes off, leaving Eiffel trapped in a non-functioning spacecraft heading into deep space. Then he loses contact with the Hephaestus. Reading the recording script only makes it more heartwrenching.
    He shuts off the receiver. For the first time since the explosion things are silent.
    And then Eiffel screams.
    It's pure, unadulterated rage. Bitterness. Indignation. After everything -
    everything - that he's been through, this is where he ends up?!?
    Finally, slowly, the scream stops. And, aside from Eiffel hyperventilating, everything is silent again.

    Video Games 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • When von Karma sees that his goose is cooked in the first game, he can't help but cry "EEEEEEEDDDDDGGGGEWOOOOOOOOOORRRRRTTTTHHHHH!"
    • In Case 4 of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, when Kristoph Gavin realizes that he's been ultimately outdone, he screams: "WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT"
    • Quercus Alba takes this Up to Eleven when he starts screaming Edgeworth's name so forcefully, he can't even finish the name before continuing into high pitched shrieking. He even gets fireworks in his scream!
  • In Def Jam: Fight for NY, every fighter does this when the player hits the blazin control stick once their special fills up.
  • Haseo from the .hack//G.U. games whenever he unleashes his hidden powers.
    • "Come on... come on... I'm right here... SKEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTHHHHHH!!!!
  • Metal Gear:
  • Final Fantasy:
    • In Final Fantasy IV DS, during the disaster at Mist, Cecil does a textbook one.
      Kain: "He wished this village torched!"
      Cecil: "But why? WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!"
    • At the end of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Cloud, after Zack's death.
    • Final Fantasy X: HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYY! (Tidus, realizing that he's stranded and alone in Spira. The camera even pans upward as he yells.)
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kingdom Hearts II, when Roxas, upon discovering that all of his memories are fake, that he has no right to exist, and that to restore Sora's memories and wake him up, Roxas must be sacrificed. He attempts to attack DiZ for putting him through all of it, only to find out that he isn't even in the room, just showing him a projection of himself. Roxas's anger, despair, and frustration reaches a boiling point there, and he just screams. Poor kid has gone through some serious sh*t.
    • Ventus in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep when he arrives at the Castle of Dreams: Somebody tell me how I got so SMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLL???!!!
  • The World Ends with You: At the end, after Neku learns that Joshua is the one who killed him, and then waking up at the Scramble Crossing after being shot again by Joshua, he can only cry out a confused:
    Why... WHAT THE HELL?!?
  • Played for Laughs in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Zelda, now a wandering spirit, learns that The Dragon is going to use her body as a vessel for the Big Bad. Her reaction? She flies up and screams right at the camera.
  • The ending(s) of the original Diablo, after the Player Character jams Diablo's soulstone into their own forehead.
  • Garlot of Blaze Union is prone enough to doing this (sans corny camerawork) that the game developers saw fit to give him an actual dialogue portrait devoted to passionate yelling.
  • Dead Rising: At the end of Overtime Mode, Frank belts out a fantastic scream, complete with camera pan and spin.
  • The Tales Series RPG characters are known to do this when performing their signature Limit Break attacks.
    • In Tales of Symphonia, Genis does this when he and Lloyd realize the monster they just killed was actually his friend Marble.
    • In Tales of Innocence, when Luca finds out who caused the Fall of Devaloka, he summons this trope - camerawork and everything - to curse him for all the suffering it has caused.
  • In TimeSplitters: Future Perfect, Sergeant Cortez lets out a furious 'Urgh... Gawd-DAAAAAAAMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!' after unwittingly giving the Big Bad the details of his plot. This takes place in the middle of the 21st century, but the skyward scream is so intense, it echoes through time, being heard by ally Harry Tipper in 1970, and a man implied to be Tipper's elderly son. Bonus points for the implication that Tipper is at the point of conceiving said son.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn wrings a Big "NO!" from Eoleo this way during the Grave Eclipse, when his father dies of monster-inflicted wounds.
  • Done multiple times in NieR, most notably by Nier when the Shadowlord and Grimoire Noir kidnap Yonah, and by the Shadowlord himself with Gestalt Yonah commits suicide.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles. "FIOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
  • Asura's Wrath: Asura gets in on this one a few times, though it's actually rather rare that we see him doing so. His Skyward Scream for his wife is a single howl of rage and grief, though he does scream his daughter Mithra's name out as he goes to rescue her. However, when a human girl who looks like Mithra dies in front of him, he has a long moment where he seems like he can't breathe OR scream, and then the overhead view of the trope comes into play and very bad things happen to very bad people.
  • In Dragon Age II, this gets Played for Laughs in the Mark of the Assassin DLC, where Hawke's idea of finding a way past the Chateau guards, involves taking a massive bite out of the scenery whilst pretending to be a foppish noble, stung by a bee.
    Hawke: If I die, makes sure world knows... *Falls to their knees* I DIED AT CHATEAU-HAINE!
  • Brock lets out a real primal one in Poker Night 2 if he loses with a strong hand.
  • Zero does this in Mega Man X4 when Iris dies.
  • Travis does this several times in No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, most notably after defeating Ryuji in a duel and after killing the penultimate boss, Alice.
  • Dante from Devil May Cry also does this when Trish seemingly dies.
    Dante: "I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIIIIIIIGHT!"
  • Gunvolt does this when Joule dies in Azure Striker Gunvolt.
  • Bill Rizer in Neo Contra screams Lucia's name in anguish after killing her in combat.
  • Infinite from Sonic Forces does this in his Villainous Breakdown after suffering a miserable defeat from Shadow.
    Infinite: I... I'm shaking... Me!? Me... Afraid...!? Urgh. Pathetic!? Me... he's calling ME weak!? No! I am not weak! I'm... I'm not. I'm not weak! I AM NOT WEEEEAAAAAAK! URRRAAAAAAAAAAAGHH!
  • Shadow of Rome is a cult classic remembered mainly for two things: the copious amounts of Video Game Cruelty Potential, and a hilarious scene that apes the famous "Are you not entertained!?" scene from the film Gladiator and culminates in the protagonist loudly screaming "DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMNNN!" to the sky, which is meant to be serious but comes across as complete Narm.
  • In a flashback in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, it is revealed that after finding out who is the true culprit of what's been going on in Erebonia, Osborne has to scream Ishmelga's name before accepting his deal in order to save his son's life because Rean as a kid was heavily impaled by a large wooden splinter from his house.
  • A tragic example in Darkest Dungeon: If one of your party members has the trinket "Mildred's Locket" equipped during the fight with the Miller in the DLC The Colour of Madness, the Miller gains a new attack, "Immortal Beloved". This "attack" consists of the Miller dropping his scythe, falling to his knees, and screaming at the heavens. It reduces your party's Stress gain and temporarily strips the Miller of his high defenses.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Safe ending of Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors has Ace (" ZEEEEEROOOOOOOOOOO!!!") and Junpei ("KANNNNNYYYYY!!!") doing this. The former happens when Ace is trapped in the incinerator by Zero and burns alive. The latter happens when Junpei comes back to the chapel and doesn't find Akane's dying body, which disappeared in the brief lapse of time in which Junpei had left her to look for Zero.


    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic has this reaction when he meets the NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERD. Each time he says it, he draws it out longer and longer. The most recent time he was interrupted with a punch to the face.
  • Twitch streamer, The8BitDrummer did this when he realised that he had been streaming for three hours with the word "warning" in the title misspelled.
  • Also used on That Guy with the Glasses by Angry Joe, in the parking lot of a Chick-Fil-A when he realizes that it's Sunday and the place is closed.
  • Wouldn't you know, in another TGWTG example, Linkara does it in the "previously on..." segment at the start of Uncanny X-Men 424, "IIIIINSAAAAAAANOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
  • This 5 Second Film.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!"
    • There's also Vegeta's psychotic break scream which is heard by Gohan and Krillin, Freeza on his ship, Goku still out in space, King Yenma in the afterlife and Future Trunks 20 years into the future.
  • Homestar Runner: Strong Bad's poorly-done home movie series Dangeresque features the title character and his partner yelling the villain Perducci's name like this. In Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People: Dangeresque 3 it becomes a running gag, with Dangeresque almost unable to say Perducci's name without screaming it.
    • In Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad's response to finding Homestar is hiding at his house because of all the damage Strong Bad did to Homestar's reputation is to direct one of these at IIIIIIIRRRROOOOOONYYYYYYY!
  • Used in The Dr. Steel Show, Episode 1. As Doctor Steel checks his email, he becomes frustrated that his inbox is full of spam, and cries to the heavens (with accompanying jarring chord), "Damn thee, spam! DAMN THEEEEEE!"
  • The Dreamland Chronicles: ALEXANDER!!!!! The author specifically says he was going for a KHAN! vibe and proceeds to link to a youtube video of the event.
  • Phase in "Ayla and the Breakfast Brawl": "Why do I get all the crazy firebitches!?!" The crazy firebitch doesn't take this well at all.
  • Oh, Phelous loves these.
    (During his review of Pulse 3) The Internet ghost of a record player? THE INTERNET GHOST OF A RECORD PLAYER?! (To the sky with the camera spinning above him) THE INTERNET GHOST OF A RECORD PLAYER! IT MADE ME DO THE SPINNING SCREEN THING AGAIN!!!!
  • In Pokémon Apokélypse, Ash does this when Professor Oak is killed.
  • In Bonus Stage, Joel performs a Big "NO!" this way, and immediately after being tricked by Satan, screams "YOU DOUCHEBAAAAG!" in the exact same way.
  • RWBY:
    • Volume 6, Chapter 1, "Argus Limited": Adam returns to the White Fang Headquarters after his humiliating retreat from the Battle of Haven in Volume 5, only to get lip from the rank and file for abandoning his men at the academy. After slaughtering them and stewing on it, Adam destroys his throne and screams in frustration.
    • Volume 7, Episode 12, "With Friends Like These": By the end, the morning sun rises over the sight of a kneeling Qrow screaming towards the sky beside the deceased Clover.
    • Volume 7, Chapter 13, "The Enemy of Trust": Ironwood has gone full He Who Fights Monsters Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, and sent Winter Schnee to retrieve the Winter Maiden's powers so he can unlock the Relic Vault and use the Staff of Creation to raise Atlas into the sky. The events of the episode ensures that the power goes to someone unwilling to follow Ironwood's orders, so when he gets the message "It's gone" he screams in outrage.
  • Babylon Bee: After Trump shut down the government over border wall funding: "Nation's Libertarians To Scream At Sky The Moment Government Reopens"
    At publishing time, sources had confirmed the method was just as effective as libertarians' usual political strategies.

    Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door Operation: I.N.T.E.R.V.I.E.W.S.: Father combines this with a Big "NO!" when he realizes that Numbuh 1, who stole his pipe as part of the scavenger hunt, has vanished off the face of the Earth with no clue as to where he's gone.
    Father: Nigel Uno! I'm done playing games with you, boy! GIVE ME BACK MY PIPE THIS... (Explodes onto an empty cave) No. No! NOOOOOOOOOO!! (Pan up to the night sky- with one star twinkling.)
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: While this is a show that has a lot of screaming, a truly heartbreaking example of this trope occurs in "The Magic Tree of Nowhere": the titular friendly tree warns a deeply saddened Courage (after seeing it's own fate) that Eustace will cut him down. Come the actual chopping, and Courage, utterly broken by the sight of his close friend lying limp on the ground climbs up a rock and unleashes his longest scream on the show, strong enough to even shatter the sun:
  • The Critic.
    William Shatner: Hello, I'm William Shatner and this is Celebrity 911. Tonight, we devote the entire hour to police calls involving James Caan...(makes face) CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!
  • As shown in the image above, Dan does this Once an Episode in Dan Vs., when declaring his desire for revenge on the episode's subject. He even manages this while stuck to the ground in a pool of maple syrup.
    • Elise does this in a flashback in "Dan Vs. New Mexico" that shows why she hates New Mexico too.
    • At the end of "Dan Vs. the Dinosaur", Tyra the dinosaur does this when Dan mails her his car repair bill.
    • "Dan Vs. Jury Duty" features both Dan AND Elise doing it after they're summoned for jury duty.
    • The Wolf-Man gets in on the action upon seeing that someone (read: Dan) keyed his car.
  • Ed Eddn Eddy:
    • "Over Your Ed" opens with Edd taking a bath, and freaking out in this manner over "STUBBORN GRASS STAINS!"
    • "Rambling Ed" feature's Rolf's frustrated cry of "THE BURDEN OF HOSPITALITY IS TOO GREAT FOR ROLF!", which is loud enough to be heard across the cul-de-sac.
  • Parodied in The Fairly OddParents TV movie "Wishology", during "The Exciting Middle Part", which ends with Jorgen shouting "Dagnabbit!".
  • Leela does one of these in the Futurama episode "Love's Labors Lost in Space" after waking up from a night of pity sex with Fake Ultimate Hero Zapp Brannigan, who is himself a parody of William Shatner.
    • Also Nibbler in Bender's Big Score: "Doooomed!"
    • Bender himself has one in an episode wherein he takes a big breath and says "DOOOOOOOOOME-" before he's cut off by a scene change. His was the third in a series of the characters having progressively longer skyward screams.
    • "Ghost in the Machines" had Bender screaming "DAMN YOU, OBAMACARE!!!"
  • Demona from Gargoyles mixes this with a Big "NO!" when she discovers her planning got her own clan brutally killed, complete with her falling to her knees and raising her hands to the sky.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • Grunkle Stan does this in "Headhunters" when encouraging Dipper and Mabel to track down the vandal who decapitated the wax dummy of himself.
      Grunkle Stan: Avenge me, kids! Avenge me!!
    • In "Irrational Treasure", Stan does one after being locked in the stocks and humiliated by Gideon Gleeful during Gravity Falls' "Pioneer Day" festival: "PIONEER DAAAYYY!"
  • In the season 3 finale of Jackie Chan Adventures, the last scene shows the demon Shendu, petrified again, yelling "CHAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!" as the "camera" pans out.
  • Kaeloo: Stumpy does this in the episode "Let's Play Hot-Cold" when he tries to commit suicide after realizing he can't impress his girlfriend Ursula.
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: In the season 2 opening, Imperiex does one of these. WITH SPINNING of course.
  • Coop from Megas XLR gives one of these (Retracting his robot car's convertible hood to do so) when he realized his battles with the alien robot of the week have destroyed the last Mega Slush machine in the greater Jersey area.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Spike does this twice (accompanied by a Big "NO!") in "A Dog and Pony Show", first when Rarity gets kidnapped by the Diamond Dogs, then again when he and Rarity's other friends end up lost in the Diamond Dogs' tunnels.
    • Pinkie Pie does this twice in "Games Ponies Play". The first time is just a massive overreaction to Twilight's pep talk, the second when the ponies realize they mistook a tourist for the Equestria Games inspector.
    • Discord does one when he learns that Big Mac is proposing to Sugar Belle in "The Big Mac Question". They are in the farm, but his scream reaches Ponyville.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Bubbles does this in "Mime for a Change" upon being the only person in Townsville who hasn't been drained of life and color by the evil Mr. Mime, and that using her crayons isn't enough to fix things (just before she gets the idea to sing everyone back to color and life).
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • Mitchell screams Jet's full name at the end of "What Goes Up...", after proclaiming that he will figure out Jet's alien identity one day.
    • Mitchell screams at the sky again at the end of "Pet Sounds".
  • Recess: Mikey is prone to uttering a Big "NO!" in this way whenever something bad happens to one of his friends.
  • Rolie Polie Olie did this in "It's A Roundiful Life". It was quite Narm Charm incarnate.
  • Rugrats: Angelica has one at the very end of "Early Retirement", which was apparently so loud the whole universe heard.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied with Rainier Wolfcastle's "MEN-DO-ZAAAA!" in the McBain movie segments.
    • Also done in "Bart's Comet", three times by Principal Skinner. The first is when Skinner gets back to Bart, only to find he's called the observatory with his find of a comet and they're gonna name it after him. The second is when Skinner accidentally lets go of the "Hi! I'm big butt Skinner!" weather balloon. The third is when Skinner read a disparaging remark about the Elementary school from a newspaper landing in front of him. Each one is accompanied by a Big "NO!".
    • Also, Homer's reaction to Mr. Burns failing to recognize him again in "Who Shot Mr. Burns, Part 1":
      Homer: (Homer's irises visibly shrink as he lowers the letter; then in an eerily calm voice) Kids, would you step outside for a second? (kids run out, Homer stands up, looks skyward, takes a deep breath) F—
      (cut to church organ hitting an F-minor chord)
      Flanders: Dear Lord, that's the loudest profanity I've ever heard!
    • And from the movie, we have "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMEE!"
    • And from season 5's "Bart Gets an Elephant", whereupon Homer mistakenly believes Blackheart, the ivory dealer, took Bart along with Stampy:
      Homer: He took Bart, too? (runs to window) That wasn't part of the deal, Blackheart! THAT WASN'T PAAAARRRRRRRT!
  • South Park:
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars: Anakin Skywalker lets out a raging scream after he defeats Asajj Ventress on Yavin IV. It signifies one more step of his eventual fall into the Dark Side.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Twin Suns" (formerly Darth, now just) Maul screams out in frustration from continuously searching for Obi-Wan. It's been a pretty big case of Memetic Mutation online.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "Escapism": Steven gives a wordless scream of frustration when he realizes that, after attempting to use his Astral Projection powers to contact Earth for help, he's now stuck in the body of a Watermelon Steven, making things that much more difficult.
    • "Change Your Mind": The fusion Obsidian gives one just after being formed before moving to attack the Diamond Mecha.
  • "Stroker and Hoop" parodied this with the character Stroker screaming "KHAAAAAN-ja" after being swindled and taken to a mental asylum by a woman, pretending to be an alien, (though later revealed to be a real alien) named Khan'Ja.
  • Super Mario World:
    Mama Luigi: Mario! Wherever you are, HHHHEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPP!
  • Total Drama:
    • DJ's pet bunny gets eaten while in Geoff's care in "Who Can You Trust?". He can't bear to tell DJ, so he lies that Bunny ran off. DJ understands, but is heartbroken that his animal friend would leave him. With tears in his eyes, he drops to his knees, raises his open hands and face, and with a forlorn yet inexplicable echo, he exclaims "Bunny! Why'd you do me like this?!"
    • For the pre-finale in "I Triple Dog Dare You!", Heather receives a dare to have all of her hair shaved off. She doesn't actually accept it, but in self-defense kicks the razor out off Chef's hand and onto her head. The result is that she's out of the game and she's bald anyway. She's seated in the barber chair when she's informed of this and she reacts by raising her fists and screaming her lungs out.
    • Sierra wants nothing more than to team-up with her Cody-substitute Cameron during the egg hunt in "No Egg-spects the Spanish Opposition", but Cameron and Gwen make it clear that now that he and Sierra are no longer on the same team, a team-up is out of the question. In desperation, Sierra drops to her knees, raises her fists and face, and screams out for "Camody".
  • Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race: In a fit of rage, Josee destroys Don's snowman Chilly Billy in "Lord of the Ring Toss". Don kneels at the snow-corpse, raises his fists and face, gives a Big "NO!", and cries out for Billy.
  • In Transformers: Prime, Starscream curses Megatron's name in an episode.
    • Arcee provides an incoherent one after Soundwave teleports her to the Arctic before she could reach an amnesic Optimus on the Decepticon ship.
    • Suprisingly, Optimus does this in "Inside Job" when Starscream steals the Omega keys. Dreadwing does it again in the following episode when he learns of what Starscream did to his brother's corpse and hearing Megatron's advice on keeping that secret from him.

    Real Life 
  • Some universities have public events where students can come and scream to relieve stress, usually around finals week.



Anne is utterly shocked upon finally discovering that she's home.

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