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Something is very wrong with the Mann family.
The Cry of Mann: A Trool Day Holiday Spectacular is a series by Wham City that streamed on the [adult swim] website in late October/early November 2017. It tells the story of a family whose patriarch, industrialist Tank Mann, has gone missing; meanwhile, due to the machinations of the stepmother, Courtney, the company is on the verge of a hostile takeover. Viewers could call in and talk to the characters thanks to the many orange phones that the "Ghost Lady" sets up around the house.

Episodes of the show were followed by Tanking Mann, a parody of aftershows like The Talking Dead.

In 2018, a new series, The Call of Warr was announced, continuing the Trool Day celebration. This time the focus shifts to a group of soldiers from the "M" Company lost in an abandoned town, along with some civilians. The callers and "Ghost Lady" now take on a more active role, and must decide to help the soldiers survive or aid the mysterious "Vid."



    "The Cry of Mann" contains examples of: 
  • Afterlife Welcome: When Jouglat is dying, he is greeted and kept company by the Ghost Lady, who remains with him even while he's in his casket. Notably, she'd been there the entire time, but his death allows him to actually see her, unlike everyone else.
  • The Alcoholic: Both Jouglat and Courtney, as part of their Sanity Slippage, start to drink heavily. Jouglat is constantly wasted, unkepmt and angry right up until he decides to go back to the warr, and Courtney was very much drunk when talking to her callers or monologuing, even asking Berry to get her a drink.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Agent Martinez appears to have a crush on Berry and gets very happy when female callers tell her she's pretty, even calling one of them "sweet cheeks"; however, she also seems to have a crush on "George Washington", and has accepted a sex proposal from one male caller.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Knowing that Martinez has a heavily implied crush on Berry, it's also left ambiguous as to whether or not Berry returns the feelings.
  • Ambiguous Ending: Tank Mann returns and solves the conflict almost instantly, which leads the callers to question in his subsequent faux-Q&A whether they did the right thing at all. Tank dodges every question posed to him, including those calling him out for not being there for his family, and the whole thing ends with a bright white light followed by several minutes of ocean noise.
  • Aw Look They Really Do Love Eachother: The Mann children. Quirky as they may be, and all clashing over the course of the story due to their personal struggles, they do sincerely love each other. Being told Jouglat was dead snapped Jack out of his "Jack Prime" state, leading to an emotional monologue where Jack expressed his sincere love for his brother. In the same scene, Berry was struggling to keep everyone respectful during the ceremony, and was incredibly worried during Jack's outburst, telling him that he's not a buff monster, but a sweet boy who paints sweet trains.
  • Badass Boast: Courtney tells Berry that "I am the thunder and light that shatters bodies. I AM THE KILLER SUPREME!"
  • Beard of Sorrow: While suffering from being away from the warr, Jouglat falls into a state of depression, and grows stubble almost overnight, reflecting his mental state.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": After sitting through Courtney's Motive Rant and hearing her insult their family, Berry just tells her to SHUT UP.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While Tank Mann returns and the family seems to be slowly returning to normal, Jouglat was killed by Frank and Jack has turned into an orange-muscled behemoth. Agent Martinez's attraction to Berry also ends badly as a caller preoccupies Berry as Martinez is about to leave, who was planning on making her move.
  • Body Horror: Jack, who turns into a grotesque, buff, orange nightmare.
  • The Cameo: Pan Pizza was one of the callers on the show; he was the one who kept saying "no" to Courtney in episode 3 and was was subsequently deemed a "giggly machine".
  • Can't Take Criticism: Jack couldn't handle his family not appreciating his art show, becoming utterly enraged with each of them for not liking his work; he even temporarily turned against "Palmer" due to one caller not expressing support for his art.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Combined with Rapid-Fire "Shut Up!"; when his callers keep speaking during his attempt to record something for Tank Mann, Jack becomes very angry, and repeatedly tells them to "Shut the fuck up! Shut the fuck up!"
  • Color Motif:
    • Orange is associated with "supernatural" elements, including the phones, Ghost Lady, and Jouglat's funeral clothes.
    • Blue is associated with happy things, such as Trool Day and Tank Mann's return, as his vest is blue.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Agent Martinez, who's straight-laced sincerity often leads her to misunderstand what the other characters, and the callers, are trying to tell her. For example, when told that Jouglat's killer was Frank, she spends the rest of the call saying "Frank" repeatedly and comparing his name to hotdogs, apparently forgetting she'd met Frank earlier in the series. She also responded to a caller telling her she had the hots for Berry by saying "Berry Hots... Berry Hots... that sounds like a delicious cereal", and went on another tangent with a caller who told her that Frank is dangerous and could snap bodies:
    "Snapping bodies? Like peas? Well, I really like snap peas...if he's gonna snap those, then I don't really mind, ya know?"
  • Corpsing: As a live show, this was inevitable.
    • Looking closely, Lorelei can be seen trying not to laugh in one scene when doing Martinez's funny walk.
    • As a literal example, Ben can be seen struggling to keep his straight face when playing a corpse, outright grinning when Jack hugs Jouglat.
  • Dance of Despair: In one scene, as Courtney is losing her mind and suffering a breakdown, she asks her callers to tell her about their favorite dance moves, so she can try them out. Shortly after, her mood goes spiraling down, as she gives a sad monologue and listens to a recording from Tank Mann.
  • Dead All Along: It's implied that Frank was drowned by Gergiev and is controlled via some form of necromancy.
  • Flashback Nightmare: When Jouglat faints at the end of a scene, the next scene shows him re-experiencing his Near-Death Experience in the warr, eventually waking back up in the living room.
  • Flowers of Romance: Courtney states that her boyfriend before meeting Tank Mann was a sweet young man who brought her a bouquet of wildflowers.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Berry is the responsible sibling, to Jouglat and Jack's foolish sibling. While she works hard trying to keep the family from falling apart and tries to act as a moral compass of sorts, Jouglat goes crazy due to his warr obsession, and Jack spirals out of control due to his obsession with his art.
  • Forbidden Holiday: Trool Day is very nearly cancelled as a result of Jouglat's death, however Tank Mann makes sure it comes back.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Both Ghost Lady and Gergiev could communicate with the stream's chat. Played down with Ghost Lady, as she was her usual kooky and adorable self. Played straight with Gergiev, who actively threatened the chat on a regular basis. After Jouglat dies, he also joins the chat, wondering where he is and eventually gets comforted by those in the chat. Once Tank Mann returns, he begins answering calls himself, all while staring at the viewers the entire time.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jouglat starts to crush on Agent Martinez almost as soon as she arrives. Witnessing her share close moments with Berry contributes to his overall mental decline, as he drinks more heavily and goes on bitter rants about how secrets being kept.
  • Hearing Voices: When Gergiev plants an orange tooth in Jack's ear, he begins hearing voices, which becomes the main method of how callers interact with Jack. During a flashback to Jouglat in the war getting treated for his injuries, he begins hearing callers in his mind, believing to be having an out-of-body experience.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Gergiev looks like a human, but with bright orange teeth and the power to infect and curse the Mann family with said teeth; he speaks mostly in gibberish, and uses his powers to try and kill Mann.
  • Jerkass Realization: After discovering that Jouglat is dead, Jack temporarily snaps out of his "Jack Prime" state and admits that he should've been nicer to his brother while he were back from the warr, rather than his stubborn insistence on being angry and caring only about his art show.
  • I Am the Noun: Courtney tells Berry that "I am the thunder and light that shatters bodies. I AM THE KILLER SUPREME!"
  • I Just Want to Be Beautiful: Courtney is so obsessed with her own beauty that she goes so far as to cover her face in rhinestones and ask her callers if they think she's pretty or not.
  • I'll Kill You!: Berry threatens Courtney with a very violent death; she also tells Jack that if he doesn't stop ruining the funeral, she will end his life.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Implied: After everything starts to go wrong at Jouglat's funeral, Berry gives up on trying to keep everything in line, and just sits on the couch with a drink.
  • Insistent Terminology: Berry like the fruit, Jouglat like the plant.
  • Important Haircut: Jouglat chops his hair off messily with scissors when he decides he's going back to the warr. His mental state not doing well, he does it while staring intensely at a mirror, and leaving large chunks behind.
  • Literal-Minded: Jouglat asked a caller what to say to make someone like them:
    Caller: I would yourself.
    Jouglat: Okay, thank you. (Hangs up phone).
    (Jouglat and Agent Martinez stand in silence)
    Jouglat: ...Be yourself!
  • Love Triangle: Jouglat is attracted to Agent Martinez who is attracted to Berry.
  • Missing Mom: The family's original mother is never mentioned.
  • Motive Rant: Courtney responds to Berry's hateful accusations by monolaguing about why she wanted to take down the company, which included feeling ostracized by the Mann family for not being wealthy, and being pushed down by the company itself when she was the one who created the battle machines and turned the tide of the warr, rather than Tank.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • Frank is left reeling after killing Jouglat, claiming that what he did felt wrong, and not taking kindly to Courtney's mockery about the situation.
    • Jack becomes remorseful for how he treated Jouglat, stating that he shouldn't have cared more about his art and his ego than the fact that his brother was home.
  • Mythology Gag: One caller tried telling Jack that he had Lynks Disease, much to Jack's confusion.
  • Nap-Inducing Speak: Jouglat pours his heart and soul out to Agent Martinez, who responds by going to sleep in the middle of his monologue.
  • Near-Death Experience: Jouglat nearly died in the warr, shown in a flashback. He was badly injured and losing a lot of blood, and survived mostly thanks to Ghost Lady and his helpful callers.
  • Nice Guy: Berry is far and away the nicest member of the Mann family, until her work in keeping the family together becomes too much for her; she's even polite to her callers, who she often asks if she can help, and tells one caller that claims to work for Courtney:
    I'd like to confront you face to face! ...And of course offer you cheese cubes...I'm not rude...
  • The Nicknamer: Frank seems to like giving nicknames; Jack is "Bouncy Boy", Courtney is "Princess", and Jouglat is "Plant Boy".
  • Not Used To Freedom: Jouglat preferred the warr, and openly regretted even coming back home; he found it too quiet and hated not having anything to do, and eventually decided to just pack his bags and leave again.
  • Ominous Knocking: Every single time someone knocks at the Mann family's door, it's played dramatically, as everyone in the room goes silent and stares at the door in fear as the knocking continues for several seconds. Each time, it drags on just long enough for it to feel just as worrying for the audience as it does for the characters, despite it usually just being the mail-man.
  • One-Track-Minded Artist: At the start of the series, Jack is only interested in making paintings of trains. His studio is filled with paintings he'd already finished, and he is seen attempting to make even more, telling a caller that his paintings have to look like trains. However, he later begins to paint orange phones instead, filling his art exhibition with nothing but art of phones.
  • Only in It for the Money: Frank teamed up with Gergiev at the promise of getting rewarded for his efforts in destroying Mann Corp., expecting a large sum of money and asking for it often.
  • Only Sane Man: In a very dysfunctional house filled with very quirky people, Berry stands out as the most level-headed and sane person around, forced to try and keep everyone else in line while also protecting her father's company. This is deconstructed, when her struggle to keep things in order lead to her undergoing a Sanity Slippage, to the point where she starts drinking and making death-threats against everyone else.
  • Parting Words Regret:
    • Jack admits he wasn't even able to say goodbye to Jouglat before he left for the warr, being too upset by the news, and eventually got used to the idea that his brother would die a soldier. By the time he returned, Jack was so wrapped up in his art show, he cared more about Jouglat's lack of interest in art than he did about the fact that his brother was actually home again.
    • Jouglat's last conversation with Tank Mann was an argument over whether or not he should go to warr; he later admits that he wish he and his father never fought at all, now that Tank is missing with no signs of a return.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In a lot of scenes where the family is experiencing drama and clashes between members, Ghost Lady can be seen in the background watching as an engaged spectator with food.
  • Percussive Therapy: After his art show is ruined, Jack goes berserk and destroys not only the work in the living room, but also the work in his artist's studio.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A major theme of the show. Everybody just talks at each other, only truly holding conversation with the callers, who in turn struggled to keep up with the conversations and often failed to make things better. When Jouglat was killed, it was heavily implied that it could've been avoided, had the callers communicated with him properly.
  • Rapid-Fire "Shut Up!": Combined with Cluster F-Bomb: when his callers keep speaking during his attempt to record something for Tank Mann, Jack becomes very angry, and repeatedly tells them to "Shut the fuck up! Shut the fuck up!"
  • Sanity Slippage: Everyone in the Mann family suffers:
    • Jack goes crazy after being infected by Gorgiev, becoming more and more obsessed with his art and creating images of orange phones. When his solo show turns out a disaster, he flips out, destroying everything and proclaiming his hatred for everyone else in his family. His anger drives him to obsessively work out, and he becomes a buff monster named "Jack Prime".
    • Jouglat can't get over his time in the warr and thinks about it constantly. He starts to drink and his hair becomes long and unkempt; he reaches the point where he decides to just pack his bags and go back to the warr.
    • Courtney spirals out of control due to her personal conflict with Tank Mann and his family, as well as her desire to be beautiful. She starts to drink, covers herself in make-up, has several monologues about her situation, and then bursts into Jouglat's funeral with her face covered in glittery rhinestones.
    • Berry spends her time trying to keep the company alive and keep her dysfunctional family together in Tank Mann's absence. After the rest of her family start to become uncontrollable and absorbed in their own personal issues, she starts to lose control as well, reaching the point where she starts screaming at Courtney and threatening to murder her violently.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Jouglat has a very hard time adjusting to being away from the warr, suffering from flashbacks and finding his house uncomfortably quiet.
  • Shout-Out: Most of Frank's cryptic questions to the callers are references to various H. P. Lovecraft stories.
  • Silent Credits: There's usually at least some noise being made during the credits, often a scene that runs straight to the end, often where viewers can still call and talk until the last second. At the end of episode 4, however, the scene is notably silent, just featuring Ghost Lady silently eating popcorn, emphasizing the drama that was Jack's disastrous art show.
  • Silly Walk: Agent Martinez walks very stiffly, and moves forward by moving her entire body side-to-side and shuffling ahead.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In-Universe, Sam the mail-man becomes one on Cry Of Mann and "Tanking Mann". He gave himself an unscripted monologue on Cry Of Mann just knowing that the cast couldn't stop him, and forced himself on Tanking Mann episodes, even when not booked, just to talk more about himself.
  • Starstruck Speechless: When on the phone with who she's told is George Washington, Agent Martinez can barely say a single word, and just stutters out of nervousness.
  • Stepford Smiler: Courtney at first appears to be perfectly happy with her life, being Tank Mann's wife and the leader of his company. However, it later becomes clear that she's miserable even just being in the house, saying that once she's in charge, she'd destroy the house and salt the Earth around it for good measure, all just because the house smells like Tank Mann. She later admitted to Berry that the reason she's doing what she's doing is that Tank Mann and Mann Corp. minimized her role in the company, despite her being the genius behind the battle machines, as well as the fact that she felt utterly unwelcome in the house at all. All of this, and she still pretended to be happy living with Tank and his family.
  • Something Completely Different: Unlike other Wham City projects, The Cry of Mann lacks an ARG for fans to discover and dig through in order to find extra material, with Tanking Mann and a few tweets from the cast as the only side-material on offer. As Nick Nocturne explains, the series is more in line with their live shows, which features audience participation similar to what The Cry of Mann accomplishes with the phone calls.
  • Spear Carrier: Courier Martinez only has two scenes and a few lines, in which she drops off a letter to the Mann house and then comes to take Agent Martinez back to the MPO headquarters.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Happens oh-so many times, as members of the family get more and more engraged with their situation.
    • Starts with Jack Mann, who starts yelling at his callers to shut up as he's trying to record something for his father.
    • On the call with one fan, Frank gets frustrated when they won't answer his question right away, and starts barking the questions at them.
    • This exchange happens between Agent Martinez and Frank:
    Martinez: When do you sleep?
    Frank: What? What kind of a question is that? I sleep whenever I want, I sleep when I'm tired!
    Martinez: I see, but the question I'm getting at is, when is the last time you slept?
    Frank: WHO GIVES A DAMN? I'm just tryn' to take a walk! People sleep all the time, it's not my responsibility to know, that's gotta be, like, some kinda sleeping person's office or something, I don't know, you work for the government!
    • When confronting Courtney, Berry loses her cool and starts screaming at her, shifting repeatedly from calm-to-furious with breaks to take calls.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Courtney calls out Berry and the rest of the Mann children, calling them spoiled and judgmental, after Berry claims she tried to love Courtney as a mother. It's pointed out that, since Courtney wasn't born rich, they looked at her less like family and more like an obstacle to overcome.
  • True Companions: Jack develops this relationship with his callers, who he believes to be a single person named Palmer note . He repeatedly calls "Palmer" his best friend, thanking him for being there for him. For the caller's part, they do their best to support Jack in his art, try to calm him down, and even show their loyalty for him by "pledging allegiance" and helping him insult Berry, even when they felt guilty doing so.
  • Was Once a Man: Gergiev was just a regular man who fell through the void and experienced incomphrehensible horrors, turning him into a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Courtney is introduced as a catty, rude, spoiled woman, who only got into the family because she made Tank Mann happy as his wife. This is later explored, as though Berry claims Courtney was the problem, Courtney herself argued that she was always seen as an outsider anyway because she wasn't born rich like the Mann children were, making it ambiguous as to where the conflict started and how evil Courtney initially was.
  • You're Insane!: When Gergiev states he wants to kill Tank Mann, Frank tells him he's insane, and that his plan won't work.

"Tanking Mann" contains examples of:

  • Adam Westing: Sam Weiner, who plays as himself, the actor playing the mailman on Cry Of Mann, and is portrayed as an outright Narcissist.
  • The Alcoholic: Sam Weiner is slowly revealed as someone who likes alcohol a little too much. Not only did he come in drunk during "Tanking Mann", but he also admitted to being drunk several times on set, claiming that it was okay because nobody noticed.
  • As Himself: All of the Tanking Mann guests, being Sam Weiner, Taylor McCormic, and Casper Kelly, were playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
  • Attention Whore: Sam was so obsessed with himself that he became angry when Becca and Rebecca received praise instead of him, and made memorial videos for deceased characters that had more pictures of his living mail-man character than the actual character that had died.
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  • Brief Accent Imitation: One British caller is picked up on "Tanking Mann". As he attempts to call out Becca and Rebecca for their poorly made show, Rebecca just puts on a British accent when speaking, as one example of the show's disinterest in being serious about anything.
  • Can't Take Criticism:
    • Sam Weiner only wanted praise while on "Tanking Mann". Any bit of criticism would make him angry, even if it was his own fellow cast-member stating that his antics bothered her and everyone else on the set.
    • Becca and Rebecca seemed unwilling to listen to criticisms of their show, either ignoring the arguments or cutting the show short during unwanted calls.
  • Jerkass: Sam Weiner, who is ego-centric, rude, aggressive, and openly disrespectful toward his fellow cast and crew members.
  • Method Acting: In-Universe, Sam, Taylor and Casper all admitted to getting very deep into their roles. Sam spent three months acting as a mail man and even continued to stay in-character while on set. Taylor spent her days reading real-world missing-persons reports and gave her very minor character some deep, dark backstory. Casper...checks his mail and his email daily.
  • Narcissist: Sam contains quite a few signs; he believes himself the best actor on the show and talks constantly about how good of an actor he is and how famous he is, despite being a bit-character. He's so obsessed with himself that he felt entitled to be on "Tanking Mann", barging into the show even on days he wasn't booked and taking the spotlight away from the actual guests and hosts. His need for constant praise and attention is so great, he went berserk when a caller asked which role he played in the show, forcing the caller to claim they were just joking around. Finally, he shows a need for power and attention, with the aforementioned forcing himself into "Tanking Mann" episodes and his apparent ownership over "Tanking Mann" itself, which was considered a leech on Cry Of Mann's success as a show. He even bribed a camera guy to give him a spotlight so he can monologue when not meant to, knowing the cast couldn't do anything to stop him.
  • Product Placement: The set eventually becomes filled with cans of "La Colombe" coffee.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Sam Weiner, who uses the show as a vehicle to push himself and has an over-inflated ego, despite being disliked by everybody, kicked out of "Tanking Mann", and an implied alcoholic.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Some callers attempt to tell Becca and Rebecca how much they and their show sucks, but it never goes well, with attempts being cut away from, ignored, or outright mocked.

"Call of Warr" contains examples of:

  • Audience Participation: The callers now have a physical stand-in, "Sarah" the prisoner, where they can chat with the soldiers.

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