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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.
Anime and Manga
- Code Geass: Happens a lot, usually with Lelouch. From Turn 17: "YOU BETRAYED ME, SUZAKU...! YOU BETRAAAAYED MEE!!"
- Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: "MOTOKOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
- Used by Hayate with the Big No in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's after Vita getting executed in front of her breaks her thoroughly.
- Ed in the Fullmetal Alchemist anime: "QUIT JERKING ME AROOOOOOOOOUND!"
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. "ANIKIIIIIII!"
- In Digimon Adventure, Myotismon unexpectedly did this once with a fit of maniacal laughter. Lovely face that guy has...
- Lord Darcia in Wolf's Rain.
- One happens in the final arc of Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon is shouting No at the time so it doubles as a Big No.
- Gundam Seed Destiny: Shinn's entire family has just died, and the opening hasn't even played. Insert multi-angled scream of anguish. And again when Stellar dies. Poor guy.
- Setsuna in Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is not usually prone to these but even he does this trope when he fails to save Lockon: he is seen holding Lockon's targeting sight in his Gundam's hand, shedding Manly Tears while muttering Lockon's name then finally releasing an inarticulate scream of grief. In the second season, Louise is the one delivering this trope when she realizes successfully taking revenge for her family also made her a killer, slowly turning her Tears of Joy into ones of Oh Crap.
- Combined with Say My Name in Umineko no Naku Koro ni's second arc, at a point where Battler's kind of gone to the end of his rope. "BEATORIIIIIIIIIIIICHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!"
- "KANEEEEEEEEEEEEDAAAAAAA!" "TETSUOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" "KANEEEEEEEEEDAAAAAAAAA!!!"
- Tiny Luffy (heartbreakingly) in One Piece ch.588: SABOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
- And of course, AAACEE!!!!!!!
- In Bleach, Komamura does this ("AIZEN!!") after Tousen's death.
- Fakir in Princess Tutu "AHIRUUUUUU!!!!!!"
- Several anime (Ranma One Half 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.
- "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 Arashi no Yoru ni, Gabu the wolf actually does this after he and his sheep 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 just screams.
- Transformers Cybertron: (after being soundly betrayed and imprisoned by his backstabbing second-in-command) Megatron: STARSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!!
- Pushed Up to Eleven in Dragonball Z to the point you could instigate a Drinking Game! Notables:
- "HURRY, GOKU!!!"
- "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:
- "I'M RECOOOOME!!"
- "OI! JEICE!!"
- "CAPTAAIN GINYUUU!!!"
- "NOW YOU SEE THE POWER... OF THE GINYU FORCE!!!"
- MATSUDA, YOU IDIOOOOOOOOT!!!
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch blows the pants off this trope in the last episodes of the first season. LUCHIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
- And recently, BAAANNNNERR!
- This Strangers in Paradise cover.
- Also in Cerebus.
- Aragorn, in The Two Towers. In a rare unscripted version, where Vigo 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.
- GORDON'S ALIVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
- 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.
- 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 does this in the second movie, 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 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 Buellers 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").
- This was done three times in X Men Origins Wolverine.
- In addition to X Men the Last Stand, where Wolverine does this after reluctantly killing Jean Grey/Phoenix.
- In X 2 X Men United Logan also does this in flashback following a shriek/roar of horror that is exactly how anyone would react to waking up in a tank of water with no memories and having metel claws shoot out of your hands.
- 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?!?!?!?!
- In Mulan, realizing that his whole army has been murdered, Shan-Yu's rage grows as he lets out a huge yell of frustration.
Live Action TV
- Xena: Warrior Princess featured this once, with Xena, in the episode "The Ring".
Xena: ... who am I? WHO AM I?!?!
- Seinfeld parodied this three times. The first time was George yelling "KHAAAAAAN!" after realizing his life must be dedicated to the Susan Ross foundation. 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.
- 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.
- 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 sweitched 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!
- Duncan does this once in Highlander the Series, when he screams Darius's name after finding his dead body.
- Like Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report also has engaged in this trope occasionally. ("MANILOWWWWWW!!!")
- Also "RAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIINNNNN!!!"
- Also "RAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIINNNNN!!!"
- "THERE WILL BE REPRISALS FOR THIS! REPRISAAAAAAALS!"
- 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!"
- Wade in the first season finale of Sliders: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
- Thirty Rock: "I GAVE MY WHOLE LIFE TO PORN! AND HE DOES IT IN ONE DAY!]] ONE!! DAY!!!"
- In the TV movie finale of Prison Break, T-Bag does this. "SCOOFIEEELD! SCOOOOOOOOOFIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELD!"
- 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)
- Danish... Scum... DANISH SCUM!
- 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.
- "This is not happening!" "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
- I AM TALKING!
- "WHOOO.... AM.... IIIIIIIIIII?!?!"
- 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.
- 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!"
- 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.
- Used by the Joker in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe's DC story mode after Captain Marvel tells Superman and the four DC villains the name of the Original Generation Big Bad (Dark Kahn, a merger of DC's Darkseid and MK's Shao Kahn). Though the camera is above him, it cuts thrice, each one more distanced from him (and echoing his voice) rather than pulling away smoothly. Then Deathstroke tells him to shut up.
- The first major turning point in Star Ocean 3 ends with Fayt screaming "WHAT THE HELL AM I!?!?!"
- Super Mario Galaxy's WELCOME! WELCOME NEEW GAAAAAALLAAAAAAXXXYYYYYY!!!
- In Warcraft 3 in the scene when Grom Hellscream kills Mannoroth there are some pretty dramatic screams, that however being wordless don't quite qualify as Big Nos, and at the end of the scene, following Grom's death, a very powerful Khan Scream.
- Oh yeah? How about a nice serving of HEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALP!
- When von Karma sees that his goose is cooked in the first Ace Attorney game, he can't help but cry "EEEEEEEDDDDDGGGGEWOOOOOOOOOORRRRRTTTTHHHHH!"
- In Case 4 of Apollo Justice, 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.
- Dude even gets fireworks in his Skyward Scream!
- Yakuza 3: "RIKIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!"
- Haseo from the .Hack//G.U games whenever he unleashes his hidden powers.
- "Come on... come on... I'm right here... SKEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTHHHHHH!!!!
- In Final Fantasy IV DS, during the disaster at Mist, Cecil does a textbook one.
Kain: "He wished this village torched!"
- 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.
- Dr. Nefarious: QUAAAAAARRRRRRRKKKKK!
- LAAAUREEEENCE! might also count, but without the camera angle.
- Iori lets out one in the anime opening of Dreamcast-only The King of Fighters 1999 Dream Match. We don't hear his voice, but the image is there.
- In Overblood Raz shouts Pipo's name like this when he "dies" (he is a robot).
- 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.
- 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.
- In Tales of Symphonia, Genis does this when he and Lloyd realize the monster they just killed was actually his friend Marble.
- The Safe ending of Nine Hours Nine Persons Nine Doors has Junpei doing this. KANNNNNYYYYY!!!
- The Tales of RPG characters are known to do this when performing their signature Limit Break attacks.
- 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.
- Miguel in Tekken 6, on his Dead Little Sister.
- Done multiple times in Nie R, most notably by Nier when the Shadowlord and Grimoire Noir kidnap Yonah, and by the Shadowlord himself with Gestalt Yonah commits suicide.
- 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.
- Xenoblade Chronicles. "FIOOOORAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 SEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!
- 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.
- "LOLCAAATS!" and "SMITHYYYY!!!!"
- A running gag in PvP.
- Featuring Talking Guinea Pigs: "DAMN YOU, FOURIER!"
- From Penny and Aggie, when the normally unflappable Katy-Ann discovers Jack's beer stash after he's promised to stay sober: "HE HAS ME!"
- Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi gives us one combined with a Big No, from Professor Utonium, in response to the dreaded news of having to attend a Parent-Teacher Conference, for Buttercup.
- El Goonish Shive gives us SKIRRRRT!
- Done not once, not twice, but three times in this VG Cats strip.
- Happens near the end of Fite, though you'll need to have paid some attention to the symbols used before now to know what he's saying.
- Bobwhite. The Bobwhite girls beat their male doppelgangers in a snowball fight. "Damn you, Bobwhite! Damn youuuu!"
- Often heard from MS Paint Adventures readers when Andrew Hussie brilliantly connects his confusing stories.
- 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.
- This was also used in his review of Saved by the Bell while recapping the oil drilling episode. When he announces the evil culprit behind Becky the duck's death, he dramatically looks up and proclaims "OIL!" complete with a spinning camera pull away shot.
- Again in his review of A Simple Wish, when Mara Wilson shows up and plays embarrassing videos from the Critic's youth. "MARA WIIILSOOOON!!!"
- 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.
- 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 Bads 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!
- DAMN YOU, SWEDEEEEN!!
- 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!!!!
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!
- 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.
- 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 the Futurama film 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.
- Also Nibbler in the Futurama film Bender's Big Score: "Doooomed!"
- In the season 2 opening of Legion Of Superheroes, Imperiex does one of these. WITH SPINNING of course.
- Cartman after Scott Tenorman burns his money.
- Parodied in The Simpsons with Rainier Wolfcastle's "MEN-DO-ZAAAA!"
- Also done when Skinner accidentally lets go of the "Hi! I'm big butt Skinner!" weather balloon, in a Big No moment.
- This is actually part of three Skyward Screams, the first is when he gets back to Bart only to find he's called the observatory with his find of a meteor and they're gonna name it after him. The second is when he let's go of the balloon, the third is when he read a disparaging remark about the Elementary school from a newspaper landing in front of him.
- Also, Homer: Kids, would you step out side for a second? (kids run out, Homer stands up, looks skyward) F-- (cut to church organ hitting a minor chord)
- "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:
- Also done when Skinner accidentally lets go of the "Hi! I'm big butt Skinner!" weather balloon, in a Big No moment.
Homer:He took Bart, too? (runs to window) That wasn't part of the deal, Blackheart! THAT WASN'T PAAAARRRRRRRT!
- "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.
- 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.
- DAMN YOU HASBROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
- KUH-LOOOOOOOOOWNS!!!! (Clowns, clowns, clowns...)
- Super Mario World:
Mama Luigi: Mario! Wherever you are! HHHHEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!
- 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.
- Phineas and Ferb: Candace does this in "Gaming the System" when it looks like her brothers have been killed by the final boss of the video game they've been pulled into.
- My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spike does this twice 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.
- 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.
- A parody of the A Streetcar Named Desire example above occurs in Over the Hedge.
- SpongeBob SquarePants, "The Fry Cook Games": "MY NAME'S! NOT! RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK!!!"
- 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.
- As stated in Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, Prof. Utonium is not a fan of parent teacher conferences.
Utonium: (Handed a note from school) P-P-PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
- 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!"
- In the Warhammer 40000 machinima A Day in the Life of a Commissar, Commissar Steeve does this when he's told there's no coffee left. Also parodied...
- In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Rainbow Dashunleashes a chilling scream by the end of chapter 11, reason being Gilda betraying her trust and breaking Medley's wings.
- This is just after Jerry told how he had inspired Susan's parents to start the foundation with a line from The Wrath of Khan.