How many times in the Star Wars films (including SW stories) has the Wilhelm scream been used? I'm only asking about Episodes 1-8, Rogue One, and Solo.

  • youtube.com/watch?v=9ua2RWL5big
    – Valorum
    Aug 24, 2018 at 21:13
  • @ToddWilcox None excluded just not TV stuff, a Clone Wars, Rebels as too many to count. Aug 25, 2018 at 0:51
  • @Valorum thanks for the clip, will watch it later. What's the count? Aug 25, 2018 at 0:51
  • @Seamusthedog - Dunno. Didn't count 'em. You tell me.
    – Valorum
    Aug 25, 2018 at 7:23
  • @Valorum only seems to be 1 per film with nothing for TLJ, might have to watch them all back to back to be sure! Aug 25, 2018 at 8:02

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In the 10 films you specified, there are 12 Wilhelm Screams.

Wookieepedia gives us the following list:

Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace

  • Naboo soldier shot in the Theed Hangar
  • Another Naboo soldier 14 seconds later

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones

  • Naboo guard falling from the ramp of the exploding J-type diplomatic barge on Coruscant,

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

  • Knocked-back clone trooper on the Guarlara during the broadside battle with the Invisible Hand

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope

  • Stormtrooper shot by Luke Skywalker prior to the chasm swing aboard the Death Star (this was the scream's debut in the Star Wars franchise)

Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back

  • Rebel soldier as a turret is destroyed by an All Terrain Armored Transport
  • When Chewbacca throws a stormtrooper down right before Han Solo is put into carbonite

Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi

  • Weequay falling into the sarlacc pit
  • Another skiff guard falls into the sarlacc one minute later
  • Colonel Dyer knocked off a catwalk by Han Solo in the Endor shield bunker
  • Stormtrooper lifted by crowds on Coruscant

Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

  • First Order stormtrooper hit by an explosion aboard the Finalizer, as Finn and Poe Dameron attempt to escape in a TIE fighter

There are an additional 6 Screams heard in Canon you did not ask about

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (film)

  • At the monastery on Teth, after having recovered Rotta, a clone trooper is hit when an AT-TE cockpit explodes from the just-arrived Separatist Droid Army's fire

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (show)

  • S02E18 - The Zillo Beast: Hawkeye is hit by the Zillo Beast's foot
  • S02E20 - Death Trap: A couple of clone troopers are sent flying into space after the air vent opens
  • S03E13 - Monster: In the ambient noise during Savage Opress's transformation)
  • S03E20 - Citadel Rescue: During the space battle, a clone trooper aboard an exploding Republic vessel

Star Wars Rebels Spark of Rebellion

  • A stormtrooper hit by Ezra Bridger's energy slingshot

Fun fact, Colonel Dryer in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi was portrayed by Ben Burtt (the man who found, and arguably popularized the Scream) and he mimicked the Wilhelm Scream himself on camera.


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