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This was originally a Warner Bros. vocal effect of a man yelling, composed of 6 yells. The 4th yell is most often used when someone is shot, falls from a great height, thrown from an explosion, or kicked by some people. Debuted in Distant Drums in 1951. It shouldn't be confused with Voices - Male Assorted Screams. Very Wilhelm Like.


  • First recorded: 1951
  • Creator: Sheb Wooley
  • Owner: Warner Bros. (1951-1977); Skywalker Sound (1977-present)
  • Origin: United States
  • Year debut: 1951
  • First heard: Distant Drums
  • Area used: Worldwide

This is a common sound effect complimation of a man yelling, which debuted in the 1951 Warner Bros. film Distant Drums. The fourth yell is perhaps the best known around the world, and many films, TV shows, and video games are fond of using this sound; this scream is used mainly for whenever someone is shot, dropped from a great height, thrown from an explosion, or attacked by someone.

The voice actor of these screams is Sheb Wooley, but it was rumored performed by Ben Burtt, though he uses it fairly often and imitates the 4th scream well. Matthew Wood also does a convincing imitation of the 4th scream.

In 1977, Ben Burtt, who have worked at Skywalker Sound (formerly known as Sprocket Systems), took over its said sound department's library for the 20th Century Fox film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.

Used In

TV Shows

TV Specials



  • The Living Tombstone - My Ordinary Life (2017)
  • Pop Will Eat Itself - Not Now James, We're Busy (1989)



Theme Parks

Video Games


  • Bionic Commando
  • Terminator Salvation: The Arcade Game

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PlayStation Vita:

Atari 5200:

  • Danger Mouse




Wii U:


Nintendo Switch:

  • Akane (Occasionally heard in a high pitch when killing enemies.)
  • Darksiders
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth (Heard once in the intro.)
  • The Walking Dead (Heard when Doug is being dragged by the walkers.)
  • WWE 2K Battlegrounds


  • Agent P: Rebel Spy (Sometimes it plays when a Normtrooper is destroyed)
  • Club Penguin (Sometimes it plays when a Stormtropper is defeated or shot in mid-air in the exclusive Blaster Game of the Star Wars Takeover.)
  • Stealing the Diamond


  • AMC: Don't Mess With Mother Nature (2017) (Promos)
  • NBC The Voice (2011) (Promos)
  • Nicktoons Creepin' Weekends (2015) (Promos)
  • United Airlines Safety Video - Fly Like a Superhero (#SpiderManFarFromHome 7.2) (2019)

Twitter Videos

  • RealAnonTheAnon

YouTube Videos


TV Spots


  • Njutafilms (Logos)
  • Five Screws Inc. (Heard at the end of the logo.)

Other Media

  • Instrument of God (Other)
  • Plotagon

Special Features

  • Toy Story of Terror! DVD and Blu-Ray: Transitron (2014)

Web Originals

  • Eddsworld (Heard once in "Moving Targets".)
  • RWBY (Heard once in "No Brakes" when Blake punches a White Fang goon. Also faintly heard in another episode.)


Image Gallery

Wilhelm Scream/Image Gallery

Audio Samples

  • Original 4th Scream

  • Reverb, Long 4th Scream

  • 3rd Scream

  • 2nd Scream

  • 1st Scream

  • 5th Scream

  • 6th Scream

  • Colonel Dyer's Scream

  • Red M&M's Scream

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