Victory often floods many a sentient being with a variety of emotions. Occasionally, it's a sense of bittersweet sadness or emptiness, but more enough, it is anything that would fall under the sense of pure triumph. In such cases, some may simply strike a heroic pose. Others, however, might just let out all those pent up emotions built up over the course of the battle into one long and very loud scream.
Such cries can have a multitude of benefits, beyond just emotional release. Animals in general, or animalistic characters and Kaiju in particular, will do this as a final assertion of their dominance, be over territories, mates, or a gentle remainder to any other observing species that their beloved human(s) are under their protection. For the decidedly more sapient and/or heroic characters, it can be a huge morale boost for their allies, perhaps going so far as to imbue them and the audience with a sense of things going right and that the opposing evil will be defeated forever.
Of course, if on the rare occasion it's a villain who does the roaring after emerging victorious, the best any of the characters can hope for is that it's a simple intimidation tactic against the hero's remaining forces and allies, though the audience will probably know in that moment that it'll be a ''long'' time before the heroes will rally themselves again. If they ever do.
Nonetheless, it's undeniably awesome every time such a roar happens, especially when it's accompanied with a great soundtrack. Sometimes a little funny, too, if the audience gets in on it.
A Screaming Warrior, regardless of moral affiliation, will probably be the most frequent character in any given work to invoke this. Overlaps with Signature Roar, obviously since it's unlikely the characters will have different vocalizations that only show up after winning a battle. If both tropes are in play, this only needs to apply if the character shouts/roars/etc. whenever they win a fight. May also overlap with Skyward Scream and Big "YES!". If the roaring creature has a humanoid form, they may perform a Primal Chest-Pound at the same time.
A Sub-Trope of Mighty Roar. Compare to Victory Pose. Sister trope to Victory Quote, as a Victory Quote in All Caps usually implies and/or leads into this. See Clifftop Caterwauling if the character is standing atop a cliff/mountain/etc. Contrast Roar Before Beating and Kiai.
Given that this trope can only occur after a fight, no matter how downplayed the example might be in and of itself or within the context of the characters and work in question, and likely result in the deaths of other characters, this is spoiler heavy territory and spoilers WILL be unmarked. You have been warned!
- Ace of the Diamond: In this shounen baseball drama, every character is prone to this when something goes right, especially protagonist Eijun Sawamura, who is known as a Hot-Blooded loud-mouth that wears all of his emotions on his sleeve. If Sawamura gets a big strikeout or his teammates bail him out with a great fielding play, he will commonly roar to psych up himself and his team, especially when they win.
- Downplayed in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Inosuke is prone to roaring or screaming over pretty much everything, especially in the heat of battle or when claiming victory, due to his upbringing in the wilderness.
- In the Metroid manga, Samus lets out a cathartic roar after beating her series Arch-Enemy Ridley for the first time. Considering all the torment and grief he put her together prior, it's well-deserved.
- In My Hero Academia, Midoriya lets out a victorious scream from atop a hill of hauled trash after completing All Might's ten-month training program to prepare him to take on One For All.
- Overlord (2012): Ainz himself, while in his adventurer persona "Momon", shouts in victory in the episode "The Ultimate Trump Card", with a little encouragement from Evileye, when he drives off the demon Jaldabaoth, who is forced to retreat with his forces from the city of Re-Estize. He's shortly joined afterwards in cheering for their victory over the demon by the other adventurers and the surviving forces of Re-Estize. Of course, only Ainz, his companion Naberal, and the audience are aware of the true irony of the entire situation, as "Jaldabaoth" is just a pseudoname Demiurge (one of Ainz' beloved Guardians) chose, and the invasion was just a ruse to cover up the true targets of their attack, the entire Eight Fingers criminal organization.
- Pokémon anime
- Ash's Charizard usually roars whenever he is victorious in battle, also while firing his flamethrower in tandum for added "coolness", such as when he defeated Cinnabar Island Gym Leader Blaine's Magmar in the episode "Volcanic Panic".
- In fact, most monster-like pokemon in the anime tend to roar after a battle, another example being Gary's Nidoking and Arcanine.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami: From the chapter, "Underworld Army Attack", when Rabixtrel killed a dragon:
A moment before it struck the ground, the reaper blurred and leapt, swinging his scythe. The dragon's head separated from its neck already before the giant body crashed, releasing a huge gout of hot blood. Rabixtrel landed on the corpse and screamed his triumph at the wavering soldiers.
- Braveheart: After William Wallace and the Scots defeat the English at the Battle of Stirling (technically the Battle of Stirling Bridge), a bloodied Wallace raises his blade high above him and lets out a brief, yet defiant roar that his men eagerly join with in unison.
- Jurassic Park: Rexy the Tyrannosaurus rex usually lets loose one of her famous roars victoriously in each film she's in just as each movie is about to end, almost always after unintentionally saving the heroes.
- Jurassic Park: In the film's climax, she arrives in time to save Alan, Ellie, Lex, and Tim from a pair of Velociraptors, instantly killing one before fighting off the second Velociraptor, whom she also kills just as the heroes, Malcolm and Hammond included, make their escape. Immediately thereafter, in one of the most iconic shots of the film, as the "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth!" banner falls before her, she strikes a pose and roars.
- Jurassic World: A belated example, as after Claire releases her from her exhibit to fight the Indominus Rex, whom she kills with Blue's help, she climbs up the Masrani's helipad overlooking the park the morning after the battle, reclaiming the island of Isla Nublar as her own with one last roar.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: She gets two victorious roars here, the first after she pins down a Carnotaurus (saving Owen in the process) as Mt. Sibo erupts and destroys Isla Nublar, and the second occurs after she kills Mills, striking the exact same pose as she did in the first film.
- Godzilla: You'd be hard pressed to find any creature or character who has asserted their victories in battle by roaring as much as the King of the Monsters himself.
- King Kong: Not to be outdone by his longtime cinematic rival Godzilla, King Kong gets more than his fair share in.
- King Kong (1933). After killing the Tyrannosaurus rex on Skull Island, King Kong roars triumphantly and performs a Primal Chest-Pound.
- King Kong (2005): After pulling a Big Damn Heroes moment and saving Ann from the jaws of a V-Rex, and a prolonged fight to the death with three V-Rexs, Kong manages to kill the giant predators and retain his position as Skull Island's ruler. Amusingly, Kong plays with his final fallen opponent for a bit, before rising to his full height, and beating his chest and roaring victoriously.
- Mortal Kombat: The Movie: Goro was quite fond of roaring after each of his victories, the biggest example being when he killed Art Lean.
- In Raising Arizona, Gale and Evelle let out a long, joyful roar in unison once they realize they've successfully tunneled out of prison. This receives an Ironic Echo later on when they realize they accidentally left Nathan Jr. behind, and are thus out of 25 grand, and let out the exact same scream, this time in despair.
- Red Dawn (1984): when the resistance shoots up a bunch of Russians, one of them screams "WOLVERINES!"
- Gods and Warriors: After spending The Crocodile Tomb trying to let out a proper roar without success, Havoc finally manages it in the climax after killing the crocodile that was about to attack Hylas and Pirra, making her realization she's a full-grown lioness final.
The crocodile was huge, yet Havoc was stronger: a cub no longer, but a full-grown lioness and finally, she knew it. Still with her jaws clamped on the monster's throat, she reared out of the water, gave one tremendous shake from side to side that snapped its spine, and flung its lifeless body in the mud. Then she swung round to face Hylas and Pirra, her muzzle red with blood and her golden eyes ablaze and roared her triumph to the sky.
- In the Tarzan novels, the apes who raise Tarzan have a roar the males always use after winning a battle, and Tarzan himself does it too when he grows up and defeats Sabor the lioness.
- Subverted in one instance in Warhammer 40,000: An ork warboss named Tuska led his army on a merry carnage through the Warp, finally being defeated on a Daemon World ruled by the Blood Prince. The Prince wins in the end and roars victoriously, but Khorne was so impressed with this he brought the orks back to life in what is, for them, Warrior Heaven.
In triumph, the Blood Prince screamed its praise to Khorne, but whilst it was distracted, the warband's remaining Weirdboys unleashed a storm of psychic energy upon the daemon. It roared in rage at their impudence, crushing their minds with a gesture. With his final act, Tuska reached up between the creature's legs with his power klaw and made a gesture of his own.
- No More Heroes Desperate Struggle: Travis lets out a victorious roar after defeating Ryuji, the 7th ranked assassin because he had a great fight with him. He also does this after killing the 2nd ranked assassin, Alice, though the circumstances behind said scream is tragic.
- In Halo 3, the Arbiter has one of these after he kills the Prophet of Truth, effectively putting an end to the Covenant.
- Killer Instinct: Being a Fighting Game, it's only natural for the more beast-like characters to do this.
- In all three of Ludia's Jurassic World based mobile games, the victory animations for most of the dinosaurs/mammals/pterosaurs/hybrids include them either roaring or screeching. Most notably, anything using the T.rex animation will use one of the franchise's Signature Roar(s).
- Jurassic World: Evolution: All of the carnivorous dinosaurs, and sometimes the herbivores as well, will roar after scaring off or killing another dinosaur.
- Ōkami: Amaterasu, a goddess in wolf form, gives a Victory Howl after defeating a boss.
- DEATH BATTLE!:
- Pokémon Battle Royalenote : At the end of the fight, after Blastoise kills Charizard, Blastoise roars as his Rain Dance extinguishes the fire Charizard caused with his Fire Spin.
- Beast vs. Goliath: After tearing his opponent in half at the waist, Goliath raises his bloodied arms in triumph and screams at the sky.
- Godzilla vs. Gamera: After surviving Gamera's attempt to kill him by self-destructing by launching him out of range with his Red Spiral Ray, Godzilla throws back his head and lets out a victorious roar.
- Donkey Kong vs. Knuckles: After crushing Knuckles and digging himself out of a collapsed mineshaft with his severed arms, DK pounds his chest and hoots loudly in celebration.
- Dragonzordnote vs. Mechagodzillanote : After Mechagodzilla hits the Dragonzord with the Absolute Zero Cannon, it does this twice; once to shatter the frozen and effectively dead Dragonzord into ice particles, and the second as a more traditional victory roar.
- Doomsday lets out a victorious roar after killing Hulk.
- Dexter's Laboratory: In Dexter Dodgeball, shortly after Dexter satisfyingly stomps three bullies who have been tormenting him all throughout the episode, Dexter responds by doing this. And then DeeDee ruins the moment.
- Spongebob Squarepants: Played for Laughs in the episode "The Algae's Always Greener" with SpongeBob's obnoxious "victory screech" after he defeats Mr. Krabs (with whom Plankton has switched lives). Everyone else in the Krusty Krab joins in, and the noise drives Plankton one step closer to the status-quo-resetting breakdown he has shortly thereafter.
- Young Justice: In the episode "War", Wolf belts out a victorious howl when Superboy, Wonder Girl, and Arsenal knock out Mongul.
- Primal (2019): The episode "Scent of Prey" ends with the caveman Spear and the dinosaur Fang letting out a victorious roar together after fighting off an entire pack of scavenging wild dogs.
- Arguably the most famous example in sporting history is "Tardelli's Cry". After scoring in the 1982 FIFA World Cup final against West Germany, giving Italy an unassailable lead, Marco Tardelli sprinted towards the Italian bench, Manly Tears streaming down his face, screaming at the top of his lungs.
- Another iconic example: Fernando Alonso screaming in triumph after winning the 2005 Formula One World Championship, becoming the youngest-ever champion at the time and finally putting an end to the dominance of Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.
- It's probably easier to name the World's Strongest Man competitors who don't do this in some form. The one that gets repeated the most is Sigmarsson's after winning the 1986 title:
- The battle-roar of the Russian Army has been there for at least three centuries. When several thousand soldiers paraded in Red Square for the Victory Day parade note where they were addressed by Vladimir Putin, at his command they raised the battle-cry of "Uuh-RAAH!" very loudly indeed.