Why is the wilhelm scream so prevalent?

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Why do so many movies and shows use it? I feel like every time I hear it, I’m just taken out of the show I’m watching.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdbYsoEasio](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdbYsoEasio)

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For the same reason any in-joke gets popular: because people who are in on it are amused to recognize it, and it gives them a rush if others don’t recognize it. Now that the joke is out, its uses tend to be a bit more subtle so that the only people who will get it are the people paying fairly close attention to sound effects.

It’s a bit of an in-joke with tv/movie sound designers. They try to include in their work because they find it funny, and probably to see if anyone at the studio notices and makes them take it out.

Same reason people used to Rickroll each other.
It’s a meme among film makers, and they think it’s funny.
It’s an example of a meme in the modern sense that predates the internet.