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->''"This moronic laugh must be...!"''
-->-- '''Rin Tohsaka''', ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' ''[[https://youtu.be/FW1QY76d-40?t=9 Specials]]''

A stereotyped laugh used by women from [[BlueBlood aristocratic]] Japanese or pseudo-Japanese families, usually written "ホホホ" or "ほほほ" (ho ho ho), or sometimes "お~~ほほほ" (o~hohoho) representing a high-pitched, somewhat artificial form of refined feminine laughter (rather than the belly-laugh "ho ho ho" represents in English). Typically associated with TheOjou character type, or haughty, stuck-up women.

These characters are most likely to exhibit this laugh in moments of arrogance or when contemplating how they'll humiliate their enemies. They frequently will pose holding a straightened palm vertically to the side of or below their mouth, or holding a fan over their mouths. This comes from the custom that refined Japanese women don't expose their mouths while laughing.

No matter what, the Noblewoman's Laugh is almost always [[BitchAlert the mark of]] a [[RichBitch bitch]].

Male villains may also laugh this way, particularly if they're similarly prim or aristocratic or if they're effeminate (so expect to hear it from the WickedCultured man or the SissyVillain).

Compare EvilLaugh, LaughingMad, and AnnoyingLaugh. Very frequently a case of IncomingHam. Also compare the similar pose FlourishCapeInFrontOfFace.

'''[[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNCUFLgcOm3aYY-iMnRjDAA There is an entire YouTube channel dedicated to this trope.]]'''

!!Female Examples:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Kodachi Kunō is the trope codifier. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nc3bc_8_m8 Even when singing.]] Although the laugh has existed in other mediums, Kodachi's voice actress Creator/SaekoShimazu [[TropeCodifier was the first to display this laugh in anime.]]
** In severe bouts of deliberate haughtiness, female Ranma is also capable of this laugh. Complete with a bent-wrist-to-cover-the mouth pose.
* Mitsuko Kongou from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' and its {{Spinoff}} {{Manga}} ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' has one of these. Her variant however is not nearly as annoying as most examples of this trope.
%%* Greta from ''Anime/ALittleSnowFairySugar''.
%%* Dorothy and Yakko from ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''.
* Akiko in all versions of ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatGirlNukuNuku'', Chieko in the TV version.
* Yuri from ''Anime/AngelBeats'' does it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aduSGRn_sG0&feature=related at least]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ff5coI6PqM0&feature=related twice in the anime]]. Complete with hand near mouth. The other person talking to her over the walkie even [[LampshadeHanging asks if she's the villain for doing such a laugh.]]
%%* Elle in ''Manga/AoiHouse''.
* Madame Monterlant in ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'' lets out these as sign of how much of a RichBitch she is.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Tomo (yes, [[{{Jerkass}} that]] [[GenkiGirl Tomo]]) occasionally does this, as does Yomi.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. The unnamed female arrancar that controls Aizen's hollow fortress in anime episodes 213 and 214 has such a laugh. She displays it at the end of episode 213.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' had Meilin Li, [[SpellMyNamewithAnS Shaoran/Xiaolang/Syaoran's]] [[ClingyJealousGirl clingy, jealous]] [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend childhood friend]]. Whenever she'd talk to Sakura...especially early on in her appearances...she would almost ''always'' end with a kid-sized version of this laugh. And when cast as the villainess in the ShowWithinAShow, one asks "Did somebody order a '''LargeHam?!'''"
** Although she is a very nice, polite girl, Tomoyo is prone to this. Although she uses this almost for pure comedic effect.
* Himeko/Princess does this in ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ''. So does her sister, Miko/Duchess.
* Princess Vina in ''Manga/DragonHalf'', as a parody of the typical fantasy story princesses, often laughs like this in public.
* In an early episode of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', after she overhears Renton self-narrating an embarrassing admission of his feelings for Eureka, Talho walks around the [[CoolShip Gekko-go]] doing a Noblewoman's Laugh as he follows her pleading with her not to tell anyone. [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to Renton, everyone's already aware of his crush on Eureka, so Talho's just screwing with him, making this a particularly effective example.]]
* Bizarrely enough, [[TeamMom Mamori Anezaki]] of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' does this during the field day mini-arc--although, she was deliberately acting as deviant as possible in order to facilitate one of [[TricksterArchetype Hiruma's]] notorious plots.
** Yukimitsu also dreads the day his mother lets one of these loose.
* Luvia Edelfet from ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'' and various other parts of the ''Fate'' franchise is a master at this, much to the constant annoyance of her rival [[{{Tsundere}} Rin]].
* Pinako from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' apparently used to do this as a young woman.
* Hestia from ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQNynAgBfQ has one of these.]]
* Takane Hiroin from ''Manga/FutabaKunChange'' has a particularly maniacal laugh, especially in her alternate identity as the Queen of Darkness.
%%* Chitose from ''Manga/GoldfishWarning''
* In ''Animation/GuardianFairyMichel'', Lady Salome laughs like this.
* In ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'', Ryuuka Jihiyou does this on a regular basis.
* From ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Tsuruya pulls it and is from a prominent family even if they are not royalty, so it technically counts. Subverted in that she's a NiceGirl; she'll just [[TheHyena laugh at anything]].
* ''Anime/HeartCatchPrettyCure'': The drama club is doing a play where an extra is playing TheOjou and tries this laugh but gets yelled at that its not grand enough.
* A particular Elite for the Information Alliance in ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' delivers a Noblewoman's Laugh every time she speaks. It's so prevalent that the main characters, who don't know her real name, nickname her "Oh Ho Ho."
* Hikaru from ''Manga/HimechanNoRibon'' does this after she tells Hime-chan that Daichi likes her romantically.
* ''Ichinensei ni Nacchattara'': Miho, the RichBitch elementary schooler.
* Iono from ''Manga/IonoTheFanatics'' has a laugh [[SayItWithHearts that ends with a little heart]].
* In ''Manga/{{Karin}}'', Karin's mother Carrera has let some of these on occasion.
* Katherine [=McDowell=] of ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' does this, along with just about every other noblewoman cliche.
* Customer Service from the original Japanese version of ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'' laughs like this.
* Done by Ritsu in ''Manga/KOn'' when she flaunts her high grades in an exam that Yui failed spectacularly. She only stops when Mio says that she passed because she begged for her help on the exam's eve.
* Miya from ''Manga/KoiKoi7'', in one of the more annoying versions of this trope.
* Happens on occasion in ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub''. Owing to the nature of the subject matter, many of the laughing noblewomen in question are scheming, heartless women whose ultimate fate is often preceded by "ASSASSIN, Lone Wolf and Cub! I TAKE YOUR LIFE!"
* ''Manga/LadySnowblood'' from the same author has Oyuki laugh this way once. Just once.
* Konata periodically uses the Noblewoman's Laugh in episode 7 of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', as part of a set of {{Shout Out}}s to ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru''.
** Yui also does it when asked to demonstrate her shooting skills.
* Akako in ''Manga/MagicKaito'' has a respectable noblewoman's laugh, especially in the anime adaptation.
* LampshadeHanging of it in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. Lady Aska says it's therapeutic, and she [[LaughWithMe encourages Sanyun and Chang And to join in]], although the latter just makes it sound weird.
* Takakura's rival Mizuha Miyama from ''Anime/MagicUsersClub'' is a constant user of this laugh, normally when she's finished knocking him down the only peg he has left.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** [[spoiler:Lutecia]] when she first appeared in ''[=ViVid=]''. [[spoiler:Yes, ''that'' [[EmotionlessGirl Lutecia]]. Amazing what a few years away from a MadScientist while being properly raised by her mother can do to a TykeBomb DarkMagicalGirl]].
** ''VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable: The Battle of Aces'' gives us Hayate's EvilTwin Material-D who does this a few times, most obviously when she connects with a CounterAttack.
* Ayaka Yukihiro from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has this as a trademark.
* In ''Manga/MayoiNekoOverrun'', Chise does this from time to time. In one hilarious instance, she does it at school after she reveals that she helped Nozomi get into the school, only to have Ieyasu shut the door in her face while she does the laugh.
* The Red Queen in ''Manga/MiyukiChanInWonderland''.
** In the OVA, the Door, of all characters, does it too.
* This is performed with surprising skill by Tatsukichi of ''LightNovel/{{MM}}!'', despite the fact that Tatsukichi is a crossdresser.
* Eva from ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' does this, to the point where strong men of all moral and character alignments flinch at the sound.
* Megumi from ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' does this whenever she thinks she has the upper hand over Miki.
* Even as a kid, Luna of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' was working a particularly deranged version.
%%* Grandis in ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater''.
* Karna from ''Anime/NieaUnder7'' indulges in this from time to time.
* Koyori Kokubunji in ''Anime/NurseWitchKomugi''. On the DVDCommentary for the dub, her voice actor notes that performing the laugh is like being kicked in the stomach.
* Reika Tamaki from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi''.
** Her cousin Erika does it as well. Considering she looks ''exactly like Reika'', this is no surprise.
** Lucca has a similar laugh, though whether this is from attempted womanliness or her mad scientist ways is uncertain.
* Being a stereotypical stuck-up {{Ojou}} (before CharacterDevelopment kicked in anyways), Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' did this on several occasions.
* Renge Houshakuji from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' definitely qualifies, as hers is most of the time even accompanied with a hidden [[IncomingHam High-Powered Motor]] ([[https://youtube.com/watch?v=_F1z5gQse9U Now in three different languages!]].)
* Unlike the Japanese version, [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Stocking]] laughs like this in the English dub. This is likely a ShoutOut, as [[Creator/MonicaRial her English voice actress]] also voiced [[Anime/OuranHighSchoolHostClub Renge]].
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Jessie in the anime, usually when getting away with a theft. Oddly enough, however, James is the wealthy one, not Jessie. Yes, his ''wealth'' is the reason why it's strange that [[MasculineGirlFeminineBoy James]] doesn't laugh like this.
** A one-shot opponent of Ash's in the Pokémon League tournament -- Jeanette Fisher, a girl rich enough to have an entire cheer section also had this laugh while thrashing Ash with a [[WaifFu Bellsprout]].
** One episode of the ''Black and White'' series features three snobby rich girls who are prone to laughing like this. When Iris masquerades in a fancy dress and beats them at their own game, she laughs in the exact same way to top off her successful revenge scheme.
** Blue of ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' exhibits one whenever Green makes his "noisy woman" comment.
* Mayune from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'', occasionally.
* B-Ko of ''Anime/ProjectAKo'' has both the Noblewoman's Laugh and the [[EvilLaugh Mad Scientist's Laugh]] when introducing and designing her GiantMecha.
* Nanami from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' very frequently laughs this way.
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'': Misora Utagawa, a ghost Rinne is trying to help pass on, does this when she admits that she was very popular when alive.
%%* Tesla Gauss of [[Anime/MegamanNTWarrior Rockman.EXE Stream]].
* Suiseiseki, TheOjou in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', does a "hee hee hee" version of this while playing the Wicked Queen in Snow White, and after the apple is bitten, breaks into the full "OH-ho-ho-ho!"
* Megumi from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' does this with such passion, she even [[ImagineSpot sprouts fox ears and a tail]].
* ''Manga/SailorMoon'':
** Green Esmeraude (shown above) does this ''a lot''. Lampshaded on one occasion in which her evil "co-worker" Saphir tells her she's being too loud. Lampshading it is practically a RunningGag!
** Zoisite in the Creator/DiC American dub (but not the original) also definitely qualifies for this. They do have the same voice actress, after all.
** And even more so in ''WebVideo/SailorMoonAbridged.''
** Usagi managed to pull this laugh at least once in the original anime.
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': A signature of Blue Snow's, demonstrating her arrogance and wild abandon.
* Yamabuki Saaya in ''Manga/ShugoChara''. She has a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when she COPIES AMU'S TRANSFORMATIONS. Especially being as she's a bit ''ThoseTwoGuys''ish, only appearing occasionally.
* Naga from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' [[{{OVA}} OVAs]] and movies is likely the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffiiYPg5qSc most powerful example]] of this, perhaps because of the sheer [[CuteButCacophonic volume]] of it; her '''Noblewoman's Laugh''' has been known to scare small animals and old ladies. When she was cloned, the simultaneous laughter of a dozen Nagas was all it took to destroy the villain of the piece.
** Naga's laugh is apparently so destructive that it's used as her ultimate attack in the ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena'' doujin game. That's right, it's on the same level as Dragon Slave and [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Starlight Breaker]].
*** BrownNote power to the max!
*** Not only that, when all characters are charging their stamina in the game (a bar of energy that is used whenever a character dashes or double dashes), the character is seen focusing on their inner strength for the bar to fill up. Naga ''laughs''. Yep, not only is a BrownNote, but it is also able to recover her enegy!
** In one of the final episodes of ''Slayers Try'' (the Japanese version), Lina does her '''Noblewoman's Laugh''', to which Amelia says, "Miss Lina, I don't like that kind of laugh!" This is one of the hints which suggests that [[spoiler:Amelia and Naga are sisters.]]
** This is also used as [[spoiler:one of the clues as to Nama's ([[TheUnreveal unrevealed]]) identity in ''Evolution-R''.]]
** Recurring antagonist turned party member Martina in ''Slayers NEXT'' is also prone to this.
* In ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen'', in the dancing contest episode, there's a whats-her-name female character prone to Noblewoman's Laughing.
* Ayeka in ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' in the Japanese version.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/To_Love-RU_laugh_1215.jpg Saki]] in ''Manga/ToLoveRu''. She has a proverbial laughter that is very stereotypical to her stuck-up personality.
* The Triplets of ''VisualNovel/ToukaGettan'' do this, especially when exiting. There's nothing quite like hearing three noblewomen's laughs at the same time.
* Mega in ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' laughs like this.
* Ryoko Mendou from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' does this, albeit a less annoying version of it.
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD''. In the 1985 film Countess Lamika Lee has one that she uses to express her disdain toward D and Rei Ginsei.
* Jura in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}'' when plotting on how to lure Hibiki into, er, merging the Van-type with her Dread fighter ([[BlatantLies No innuendo, honest]]).
* ''Anime/WickedCity''. After the female spider Dark World radical wraps up Taki and Makie in her webbing, she used this laugh as she's cutting them with her claws.
* Yuuko from ''Manga/XxxHolic'' is a renowned practitioner of this trope. She sometimes even goes as far as to whip up a fan out of nowhere for extra dramatic effect.
* Parodied in the first ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' [[TheMovie movie]], where Urara, Komachi and Karen tried to make up their 'Princess' impression. Rin then butts in and say it sounds weird on Karen, because she thinks Karen [[ObaSan looks more like a queen than a princess]], much to Karen's annoyance.
%%* Koshiro Miya of ''Manga/YumeiroPatissiere''.
* Frieza of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' fame provides possibly the most famous male example in anime, thanks to his rather upper-class view of himself. If he uses this laugh, you know he doesn't think much of you.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Iron Queen from ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic The Hedgehog]]''. Even though it's ''in print'', her laugh is still grating.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12290311/1/The-Black-Emperor The Black Emperor]]'', Milly sometimes lets loose with one of these. The story calls it her "Queen Bitch laugh".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Darla Dimple in [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=y3rtXkJuulo&feature=related the German-language version]] of ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' has one of these; she then [[GoshdangItToHeck swears]], as if we couldn't tell how evil she was already.
* Ursula the Sea Witch from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''--though many female Disney villains have this kind of laugh (and some male ones too), few are more rich and booming than hers. It's especially noticeable in a deleted version of her VillainSong.
-->'''Ursula:''' So I think you ought to take my little bargain\\
Yes I think you ought to make my little deal\\
Sure it's hard to leave your life, but you could be a prince's wife\\
Why don't you let me take that dream and make it real?\\
Oh oh oh HO HO ''HOHOHOHOHO!!!''

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Rare wholesome example: In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', Glinda, the Witch of the North, has this line when confronting the Wicked Witch of the West: "Ohoho, rubbish! You have no power here. Begone! Before someone drops a house on you too!"
* Katherine Ellis of ''Film/GoodbyeMrChips'' has one of these before CharacterDevelopment sets in.
* Boss' laugh from the [[TheMovie live-action adaptation]] of ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity''. But she ain't no lady.
* Maude from ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' has a pretty impressive one. "Che ridiculo! Oooohohohoho!"

* A rare example in print: Aurora, the Summer Princess, in "Literature/SummerKnight", book four of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. During the climactic battle scene, she utilizes what can only be a Noblewoman's Laugh to literally drive her enemies to their knees.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ''Literature/TheScarletCitadel'', Literature/ConanTheBarbarian finds an EldritchAbomination that can imitate human sounds. One is this.
-->''It was exactly such laughter as he had heard bubble obscenely from the fat lips of the salacious women of Shadizar, City of Wickedness, when [[MadeASlave captive girls were stripped naked on the public auction block]].''
* ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'': Ella has her own, milder but still pretty cocky version. And that laugh may mean ''everything'', depending on the context; thank her limited vocabulary.
** ''[[WikiMagic Ho-]][[DontExplainTheJoke ho.]]''
* Bellatrix from Literature/HarryPotter does this sometimes, though most of the time, she doesn't bother with dapperness and just goes straight into LaughingMad. She actually is wizarding aristocracy, though.
* A running gag in ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' is Honoria Glossop's scarily loud laugh, which gets described in various creative ways every time it's mentioned ("a squadron of cavalry charging across a tin bridge", "waves breaking on a stern and rock-bound coast", etc.).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', Shizuka briefly goes through a {{Yandere}} period, marked by pseudo-{{Imagine Spot}}s where she has devil horns, a pitchfork, and does the laugh as she attempts to break up Wataru and Mio. It gets weirder (and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny funnier]]) later on when she realizes that Mio does honestly love Wataru and tries to patch them up. Afterwards she muses that maybe her true role is to be Wataru's surrogate mother, followed by an ImagineSpot of her as an angel... ''still'' doing the laugh.

* Music/{{Mothy}}'s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q46Osg9C4pA "Daughter of Evil"]] starts out with Rin delivering one of these. Warning: Do not play while wearing headphones!
** Interestingly averted in [[SpearCounterpart Len's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbpdZ4Ps2V0 version]], where it's changed to a more gender-neutral "Ahahahaha." Still liable to give you a heart attack if you're wearing headphones, though.
** Also by mothy is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Eugl-EKi8 "Master of the Graveyard"]], where the titular [[VillainSong villainous]] [[VillainousGlutton glutton]] (played by MEIKO) delivers one somewhere at the 1:25 mark.
-->'''Master of the Graveyard:''' Oh ho ho ho! Welcome to the Evils Forest!
* Not by mothy but another Music/{{Vocaloid}} example; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoSG2oWppzY Part two of the "Synchronicity" series]] features Miku pulling a [[NightmareFuel really creepy one]] at the 3:44 mark. She does it again in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuEVRkT7C2g part three]], at the 2:21 mark.
* Adele, the chambermaid disguised as a lady, attempts this in ''The Laughing Song'' from {{Die Fliedermaus}}.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saXH7CG1Ehc Karin]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08ZbH_FBofA Kanzuki]] in StreetFighter. In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'', she does it when selected and at the end of her Critical Art; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNtVw-UvljQ if this happens at a live event like a tournament, you can expect the audience to join in, too]]. It became a big enough meme that Capcom added a Karin laugh emote to their official Twitch channel.
* One of the only voice clips used in ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', which appears after what can only be accurately termed the "Evil LesbianVampire Queen" [[MultipleEndings ending]] of Asellus's quest, is a rather chilling Noblewoman's Laugh. In her final boss battle, Orlouge's princesses laugh similarly.
* The Great Fairies in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]''.
%%* Celia in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow''.
* Scarlet from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' does this right down to the hand over the mouth.
* Shantotto from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''; so much so that ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has her doing it in both her character art and at the end of her LimitBreak it is also one of the many voice clips she does if you win with her.
** On a side note Bio one of her normal brave attacks and some hp attacks has her in the stance in in her brave attacks she is laughing. So besides a few times she is trying to laugh at you all the time.
** She also ties it into her RhymesOnADime speech pattern by incorporating into one of said rhymes.
** She even writes it!
* Venus from ''VideoGame/SaGa2'' (AKA ''Final Fantasy Legend 2''), after welcoming you to her world and saying you won't find any MAGI here, laughs "ho ho ho..." The lie and the laugh both give her away as a villain.
* Sofia from ''VideoGame/BattleArenaToshinden''.
* In ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'':
** Flea, the crossdressing henchman [[GenderBender (henchwoman?)]] laughs like this. The player doesn't get a sound clip of it, though.
** Lucca gets a few of these as well. She always pulls one of these whenever the Hypnowave Single Tech is cast, at the very end of the casting-animation.
** Queen Zeal revels in them, especially as she stands on top of a world-eating horror. She laughs even as, upon being defeated, ''she fades from existence''.
* Jam Kuradoberi from ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', during her throw more specifically.
* Kokonoe from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' does this when performing her Mecha Tager Distortion Drive (as well as its [[SuperMode Overdrive]] version, Golden Tager) and her Astral. Given [[MadScientist the sort of person that she is]], though, it's to be expected.
* Akane Miyahara, the resident RichBitch of ''Rumble! @ The Campus''.
** Well, so does her sister Minako.
* Kagura in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'' before bitchslapping her opponent.
* Various [[AristocratsAreEvil Evil Aristocrats]] in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'', especially Empress Teodora.
* Pretty much every hostile character (''except'' the final bosses) from the ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'' games.
* Kasumi Todoh from ''VideoGame/ArtOfFighting'' and ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' (in her victory pose).
** Also from KOF, [[WhipItGood Whip.]]
* Etoile Rosenqueen from ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure'', and Marjoly.
* Creator/{{Capcom}} naturally has at least '''three''' of these: [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Karin]], [[VideoGame/MegaManLegends Tron]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2 Bonne]] and [[VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}} Devilot]].
* In ''VideoGame/ZackAndWikiQuestForBarbarosTreasure'' Rose Rock the evil spoiled air pirate will do this on the bridge of her ship while firing at you with cannons.
* Valentina from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG.'' Her theme song even includes the laughter!
* Flurrie from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' has this as her victory animation and in some of her Stylish combos.
* (Lady) Bow in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', being a noblewoman (or whatever a high-class female Boo is called), uses her fan to cover her face when she laughs.
* Melody from ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion''.
* [[spoiler:Queen Sectonia]] from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' laughs this way when she attacks Kirby. [[spoiler:It evolves into LaughingMad during her last-ditch attempt to kill Kirby in her Soul form.]]
* Kitty Lily from ''[[VideoGame/GanbareGoemon Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon]]''. It's her only spoken line of dialogue. In the Japanese version, the cutscenes were fully voice-acted. The English version cut the rest and kept the laugh, for whatever reason.
* Female blood elves in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. Actually, blood elves in general.
* Fantina in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl and Platinum''.
** Lusamine in ''Videogame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' often does this when [[spoiler:talking down to her daughter Lillie]].
* Echidna the She-Viper from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''.
* The mermaid boss of the second stage of ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Gokujou Parodius]]'' has this as an attack. The laugh even produces [[WrittenSoundEffect onomatopoeic hiragana]] that kill the player on contact and can be shot down.
* Ivy, being a noblewoman, from ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur''.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
** Adell's mom, [[UnnamedParent Mom]], in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}''. She ''claims'' that her lack of a conscience is due to Zenon's curse.
** ''VideoGame/Disgaea5AllianceOfVengeance'' has Seraphina, the Overlord of a Netherworld known for its riches who does these with regularity.
* Suzuka from ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier''. She lets out an especially epic one sometimes while performing her LimitBreak.
* Yelma from ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare'' has one of these.
* Janne, also being a noblewoman, from ''VideoGame/WorldHeroes''.
* Alouette in ''VideoGame/RecettearAnItemShopsTale'' does this in every one of her scripted scenes.
* Sumire in ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'', as befitting her RichBitch tendencies.
* Basanda in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII''. Her laugh was butchered in the English version, like all the other voices.
* [[spoiler:Iris]] from ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' likes doing these [[spoiler:when she's carrying out her organization-manipulating plans for entertainment]]. Once again, she does one really nicely for a little kid.
* In ''Pop'n Magic'', the boss Fräulein Viper uses the hiragana representation of this as one of her attacks.
* One of Tron Bonne's taunts from ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
* Cheria does this as one of her end battle quotes in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}'', royal couturière Mme. Papilo does this laugh (in written text) after her boast, "You will never have the occasion to wear our creations!"
* Mycale from ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is capable of letting out a rather impressive one in some of her victory poses, nevermind how she has the looks of a 12-year-old girl.
* [[VideoGame/HarryPotter The PS1 adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]] utilizes this in the Chess sequence, where Queen pieces perform this laugh when they make a capture.
* Muffet the [[CuteMonsterGirl spider girl]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' laughs like this, despite not being particularly mean.
* In ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'', Symmetra's laughing emote has her do a more subdued version of this.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' series, Risky Boots laughs like this. In ''Half-Genie Hero'', it's even voiced!
* Seren and Cordelia in ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' give a Noblewoman's Laugh when they score a chain or combo.
* The Queen enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Miitopia}}'' have such a laugh as a part of their IdleAnimation.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Satoko has a rather impressive noblewoman's laugh for a [[VagueAge 9-12 year-old]]. Full with {{Keigo}} speech.
** [[spoiler: [[BigBad Miyo Takano]]]] gets this as her first EvilLaugh.
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Lambdadelta has one of these as well, as Satoko's {{Expy}}, though she's based off Takano.
** Most of [[{{Troll}} Beatrice's]] EvilLaughter is like this, complete with pipe. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_1QuqO4dRo But it lacks elegance]].
** Eva has a fan, but she tends to sneer more than laugh.
* In the Japanese version of ''VisualNovel/PrincessDebut'', when introduced to Kid (Vince in the English version), this is the "proper" response choice when asked if you're the princess.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MSFHigh'', being that it embraces Anime Tropes, has a character, Althea, who not only has this as a laugh, but has bequeathed said laugh to her 'daughter' Ilushia/Queen Ichigo. Furthermore, Althea's weapon of choice is a whip.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'', [[EvilCounterpart Evil Spinnerette]] tends to introduce herself with this. (Since she seems to be basically {{LightNovel/Slayers}}'s Naga with a spider motif, it's not surprising.)
* Belle of ''Webcomic/{{Catena}}'''s character does this. [[OverlyLongGag Nonstop]].
* In one issue of ''Flying Suit Reiko'', after Mentos Freshmaker's psychotic ex-girlfriend lets out one of these, GenreSavvy OccidentalOtaku Bob [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decides to leave]] before things get out of hand.
* In one of the ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' radio theater extras Zeetha has a proper [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081205 noblewoman's laugh, even daintily posing her hand in the stock posture]].
** In the main story Lucrezia gives a noblewoman's laugh [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100219 while threatening Theo.]]
* While it didn't really show up in the comic (and probably never will) [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Her Imperial Condescension]] from Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} has one at the end of her and Meenah's shared theme song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gU_54ibyKM "Hate You"]].
* Phala from ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' did this once. Her minions mentioned that she sounded out of practice ([[SealedEvilInACan since they had all been sealed up for 1500 years]]).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Midler laughs at the Joestar team during the High Priestess arc in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo''. Jotaro immediately compares it to Kefka's laugh.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' did a very half-assed version when dealing with her one weakness - [[TheComicallySerious social ineptitude]]. She laughs just fine when she's mocking Zuko however.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Eska tells a bad joke and explains how she thinks it's funny. When she and her brother Desna laugh, they sound like vultures...and Eska makes Bolin [[LaughWithMe laugh with them]], which he does only halfheartedly.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': in "Sonic Rainboom", Rarity does one after realizing just how much the pegasus ponies ''adore'' her temporary butterfly wings.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Sardonyx does this twice in her introductory episode. Bonus points for doing the pose both times as well. She's not evil or mean, but she is quite a showoff.
** In "Your Mother and Mine", Garnet's retelling of Rose Quartz's origin story has Rose pleading with Pink Diamond to spare Earth and humanity. Pink Diamond responds with a laugh like this complete with the pose and cruelly dismisses Rose. [[spoiler:Given that Rose and Pink Diamond were one and the same, this was probably fake.]]

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Katey Sagal from Series/MarriedWithChildren does this naturally, albeit without the fan or the limpwrist over the mouth.
* A common [[FrenchJerk stereotype]] of the French, regardless of gender. "Oh hon hon hon hon!"

!!Male Examples

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** As voiced by Mr. Ryusei Nakao in the original dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', merciless despot Freeza exhibits a formidable Noblewoman's Laugh which, when combined with his general politeness and his tendency to use feminine pronouns in Japanese, is meant to make "him" sound disturbingly like an actual noblewoman..
** General Blue in the Japanese dub for Dragonball also exhibits this. Bonus points if anyone can guess his sexual preference.
** The West Kai also briefly does one of this kind of laugh during the fight between Torbie and Tapkar.
* The titular character of ''Anime/{{Kaiba}}'' has a rather high-pitched voice to begin with. In the eighth episode, [[spoiler::the evil clone of]] Kaiba demonstrates a classic Noble Woman's Laugh.
* Another ''Manga/ShugoChara'' example is Tadase whenever he chara-changes into his "tyrannical ruler" character, although it's a slightly more crazed version of it.
* Gyro Zeppelli of ''Steel Ball Run'' has a variant version: "Nyo-ho-ho".
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': France. "Oh-hon-honhonhonho"
* Eggman in the English dub of ''Anime/SonicX'' does this on occasion.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Master Splinter in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' has a rather noble laugh as well, though it was self-deprecating rather than evil. ("Ho-ho, [[BuffySpeak I made a funny!]]")
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Jabba the Hutt's [[MemeticMutation well-known]] signature belly laugh.
** Palpatine briefly does one during his duel with Yoda in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (complete with hand over the mouth), though he's quickly interrupted by Yoda flinging a Senate pod at him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ComicBook/TheJoker laughed something like this in the 1966-1968 ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series, as well as the 1966 tie-in movie. (Interestingly enough, that laugh was natural. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Cesar Romero actually laughed in a rather effeminate manner whenever he found something amusing]], and he was encouraged to incorporate that laugh into his Joker characterization.)
* JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf from--where else--[[Franchise/TheMuppets The]] [[LiveAction/TheMuppetShow Muppet Show]] end their bits with a similar laugh.

* In the Japanese version of ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kW4wD27h6jo King Herod has a Noblewoman's laugh]] and wields a fan.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the Japanese incarnations of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' shows and games (especially the more recent of each), the MadScientist BigBad Dr. Eggman gained a laugh rather like a Noblewoman's Laugh consisting of a long "OH" followed by a varying number of "HO"'s to increase comedic value. It is one of Eggman's most memorable traits in Japan but almost ''never'' heard in American dubbing.
** He finally says it in English if you play ''Sonic Rush''. Get hit during a boss fight, and Robotnik will whoop it out. It's also occasionally heard during gameplay in ''Sonic Adventure 2''.
** He also does this in the English version of ''VideoGame/SonicUnleashed''.
*** Eggman Nega has a more disturbing laugh.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', he actually laughs ''too'' loudly and injures himself.
--->'''Eggman:''' ''HOOOO HOHOHOHO'' -- ow... I think I gloated so hard, I pulled a muscle!
* Zexion, of all the Organization XIII members, lets out a impressive Noblewoman's Laugh during the battles against Riku in ''KingdomHearts [=Re:Chain=] of Memories'' and Sora in ''Final Mix+''. [[http://youtu.be/YU44M1Xw7kc?t=1m47s It can be heard here.]].
** Also, Vexen seemed to have a really annoying one in the English version of the ''Chain of Memories'' GBA game.
** Also, Vanitas does it in both the English and Japanese versions of Birth by Sleep.
* Sister Bismaru, who despite the name is actually a VillainousCrossdresser, from ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' possesses a really startling Noblewoman's Laugh.
* Alfred Ashford, not just when [[VillainousCrossdresser dressed as Alexia]], in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilCodeVeronica''. This is parodied by Creator/LegendaryFrog in his animated short "I Am Resident Evil."
* Heike Kagero in ''Super VideoGame/PunchOut'' has a Noblewoman's Laugh when he wins a match, which is probably linked to his feminine appearance.
* Kefka Palazzo's rather infamous laugh (which is where the Trope LaughingMad [[TropeNamer came from]]) sounds like this in the SNES versions of the games.
* [[TheDragon Dusknoir]] from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers of Time/Darkness/Sky''. "Oooh hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!!!"
* A non-villainous, non-haughty example: at the end of ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames The Wand Of Gamelon]]'', King Harkinian pulls one of these, sans the hand over his mouth.
* [[SissyVillain Yuga]] from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', which helps further his contrast to his Hyrulean counterpart, [[EvilSoundsDeep Ganondorf]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Toby, the [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0162.html 'twisted fruit']] from ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''.
* Present very early on in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' from [[http://www.bittersweetcandybowl.com/c8/p4.html Mike.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Lars lets out a smug giggle in "Lars of the Stars" to taunt a foe, complete with holding his hand below his mouth. It's one of several [[LargeHam flamboyant mannerisms]] he adopted [[spoiler:after becoming a SpacePirate]].