Chances are quite good you've heard the Wilhelm Scream. It's been used in (as per Wikipedia) at least 389 movies and TV series. It was supposed to be the sound of "Man being eaten by alligator" and was originally recorded for the 1951 film "Distant Drums" but has found a perennial existence since then.
Need a refresher on what it sounds like?
It's been used in everything from Star Wars to Red Dead Redemption.
And now it's become a beloved in-joke across the decades for entertainment buffs. In a recent piece on EW.com, the Wilhelm Scream's influence is discussed:
It was sound designer Ben Burtt who made the Wilhelm scream famous, tucking it into 1977’s Star Warsthis link opens in a new tab when a stormtrooper falls off a ledge in the Death Star. Burtt went on to include the scream in six more Star Wars films and the Indiana Jones series, inspiring dozens of other sound designers to use it in their own projects.
The Wilhelm Easter Egg search on YouTube brings up some fun results!
What's your favorite Wilhelm Scream?