Created By: Evdog on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Evdog on June 29, 2011
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Rapid Fire No

A character says 'No' several times in quick succession

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Alice is about to do something on accident, or on purpose, that Bob and Charlie doesn't want her to do. Let's say "knocking over a priceless vase". If they use a Little "No", they run the risk of Alice not hearing them and knocking it over. If they use a Big "NO!", they might accidentally startle Alice and actually cause her to knock it over. So what do they do? They go "Nononononononononononononononononono..." until either she stops, or knocks it over, causing it to shatter into 9001 pieces.

This is not usually effective, as half the time, Alice will ignore them. In Comedy, the instances in which it does work are generally a Set Up to have the vase get smashed anyway, just after they were relieved that it wasn't broken. In Action, however, Alice is more inclined to listen to them, but may sometimes choose to do it anyway.

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  • When the Mythbusters took on claims that a tattoo would explode in an MRI, Kari and Tory suggested that Scottie should get some super-metallic ink added to her arm before going into the machine, Scottie delivered one of these.
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  • June 24, 2011
    Deboss
    Suggest Rapid Fire No as a redirect. Recursive Rejection Recitation if you want something longer and clunkier but more humorous.
  • June 24, 2011
    Meeble
    I actually prefer Rapid Fire No as a main title, as I think it's more evocative of what the trope is about.
  • June 24, 2011
    aurora369
    Music example: Danny Kaye "Civilization": Bingo, bango, bongo, I don't wanna leave the Congo, oh no-no-no-no-no!...
  • June 24, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Don't italicize actor or character names, italicize names of works.

  • June 24, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    "Civilization" is actually a Theatre example, as it comes from the 1947 revue Angel In The Wings. It was originally performed by Elaine Stritch (yes, Jack Donaghy's mother), and she does the song-- and the original choreography!-- in her one woman show Elaine Stritch At Liberty.
  • June 24, 2011
    Evdog
    Took your comments on board. It took a while to figure out how to link things properly.
  • June 24, 2011
    Antigone3
    When the Mythbusters took on claims that a tattoo would explode in an MRI, Kari and Tory suggested that Scottie should get some super-metallic ink added to her arm before going into the machine. Scottie delivered one of these.
  • June 24, 2011
    GinaInTheKingsRoad
    Evdog, you can go into a comment using the little pencil icon on the left to get the phrasing and retain the links/potholes/formatting that the contributing troper provided. I suggest a sort by media (ie, Theatre) as well.
  • June 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Tron. While Flynn is doing some bad piloting in the Recognizer, his friend Bit repeatedly says "No No No No".
  • June 25, 2011
    AlexSora89
    Another example: Dr. Rabbit's "No no no no".

    Yeah, it's a much-needed trope. I'll give you my hat Nice Hat (by clicking on "ready to publish", I think). Hi-5!
  • June 25, 2011
    Octagon8
    This is to the Big No what the Cluster F Bomb is to the Atomic F Bomb.
  • June 25, 2011
    Koveras
    Max Payne does it during flashbacks of his wife and daughter's murders.
  • June 25, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Robin does this frequently on How I Met Your Mother.
  • June 25, 2011
    Gort
    In Watchmen, Rorschach's rapid fire No when the police surround the recently-deceased Moloch's apartment.
  • June 25, 2011
    Topazan
    • A very long running gag in Family Guy involves Peter causing something to crash into Cleveland's house, knocking the second story off balance. Cleveland does this as the bathtub he's in slides off the floor into his front yard.
  • June 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Can't cite which sketch but I'm sure I've seen in Monty Python:
    No no no no no no no no no. Yes.
  • June 26, 2011
    TheFifthWall
    Chuckie of Rugrats famed does this in the movie, and occasionally in the show. Justified in that it's the only word he can say.

    Also, Jim from the The Vicar of Dibley. This is usually a Verbal Tic but occasionally played straight
  • June 26, 2011
    Aielyn
    Practically ubiquitous in Friends. Pretty sure every one of the main characters has done it at least once, and many of them multiple times.
  • June 26, 2011
    Raso
    • Persona 4 Chie has more than a few when Yukiko is up to something.
  • June 26, 2011
    TBTabby
    The Nostalgia Critic reacted this way during his Drop Dead Fred review, when someone said the main character's craziness was "wonderful."
  • June 26, 2011
    Darthcaliber
  • June 26, 2011
    Deboss
    This was a recurring gag in You Dont Mess With The Zohan.
  • June 27, 2011
    deltanine
    And this was also in Uncharted
  • June 27, 2011
    c0ry
    Hitler does this in German in this clip of Inglorious Basterds.
  • June 27, 2011
    Micah
    In Doctor Who, this is one of the Tenth Doctor's Catch Phrases.
  • June 27, 2011
    AFP
    In regards to Tron it is worth noting that the only things Bit is capable of saying are "Yes" and "No". Because he's a Bit.
  • June 28, 2011
    Techhead
    ^^^ Should also be noted its Memetic Mutation status.
  • June 28, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Why do I think I've seen this from every third murder victim just before the deed is done?
  • June 29, 2011
    Chabal2
    Suburban Knights: Joe's reaction to learning he's once again been conned into helping the Nostalgia Critic on one of his Zany Schemes is to go NO! NO! NO! over and over for half a minute.
  • June 29, 2011
    NerdaRena
    Dr. Cox on Scrubs has done this multiple times, out of anger.
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