Also, when McLeach falls off the waterfall to his doom.
The Disney English dub of Castle in the Sky has one delivered by Mark Hamill: Muska, blinded by the Spell of Destruction, staggers through the now collapsing corridors of Laputa's underground labyrinth. This is the last thing he says.
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children gives Kadaj a good one (of the primal scream variety) when he realizes that Jenova's head has been shot. And stabbed. And generally mutilated.
Played for laughs in Mirrormask: "NOOOOO! I DON'T WANT TO BE A WAITER!"
In the 2007 TMNT film, Raphael lets out a Big No after the bad guys have kidnapped Leonardo. In the original movie, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael let one out as the Shredder is about to kill Leonardo.
Shrek 2: When Mongo, the giant gingerbread man, falls into the moat during the Storming the Castle sequence, both Shrek and Gingi do a slow-mo Big No.
Vakama does this twice in BIONICLE: Legends of Metru Nui. First is when he sees Lhikan apprehended by the Dark Hunters, followed by It's All My Fault. Next is a shorter version after he sees a vision of the city being destroyed.
Done straight by the villain Zeebad in Doogal as he is pulled back into imprisonment.
Chuckie bursts into the chapel with one near the end of Rugrats in Paris. Which just happens to be his first word ever. He shouts it to stop the wedding his dad had almost completed.
In Kung Fu Panda 2, Tigress does this when Po gets shot out of the fireworks factory by Lord Shen's cannon.
Mikey does this in Recess: School's Out when T.J. tells him that Benedict is trying to get rid of summer vacation.
Then again in the cafeteria later in the movie.
The Simpsons Movie: The DVD contains a deleted scene where Homer takes a ride at a sausage truck. After he leaves, the driver checks his cargo. Anyone who knows Homer probably expected the driver's reaction.
Oscar does the slo-mo version when the seahorse Lucky Day trips and loses the race.
Lenny does it when Frankie dies.
Odette from The Swan Princess says this when she finds Derek unknowingly making a vow of everlasting love to her Evil Twin, since Odette's curse causes her to die when the man she loves swears his heart to a different woman.
The LEGO Movie - Good Cop yells one out during his ordeal when he's being forced to Kragle his parents, overriding Bad Cop's decision to get the job done to prevent any trouble. Of course, this sadly results in him being erased due to his disloyalty towards Lord Business' masterplan.
Films — Live Action
Bootstrap yells this before the Kraken is summoned to destroy the ship Will has escaped on in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
Averted with Luke's "NEVER!!" right before attacking Vader, when he realizes that Leia is his sister, and could potentially be powerful in the dark side of the Force, or something else terrible would happen to her depending on what Vader would have said if Luke hadn't cut his sentence short then.
Attack of the Clones: Obi-Wan again, when Anakin charges recklessly in to fight Dooku. Also, Yoda hears a Big "NO!" from Qui-Gon's ethereal voice as Anakin slaughters the Tusken Raiders.
Revenge of the Sith: Anakin/Vader, upon discovering that Padmé is dead. Darth Vader's usage of it at the end of Revenge of the Sith was criticized by many fans (and, subsequently, memed to death). Some voices just can't handle the Big No, and audiences found out that James Earl Jones' is one of them. Do Not Want.
In fact, because it became so popular, they made sure that their first Vader soundboard had a clean, no-BGM version of it here. Nobody had used this sound until this came up (although it's meant for those who hadn't previously learned the existence of the no BGM sound).
Parodied when Austin is driving a steamroller toward a guard. The guard has plenty of time to move out of the way—Powers even beckons him to do so—but just keeps screaming "No!" instead and doesn't move a muscle.
Austin does it just before leaping to push the underground drill's abort button.
Vlad has a classic "NOOOOOOOOO!" in the prologue, as he realizes too late what his Rage Against the Heavens has turned him into — namely, Dracula.
Harker gets a downplayed (loud, but short and intense) "No!" when he learns that Dracula's successfully claimed Mina as his.
Ator from Cave Dwellers is mocked on MST3K for shouting "No!" while helplessly tied to a stick.
Constantine. After Constantine makes an ash out of Balthazar, the mysterious Big BadGabriel appears. After Balthazar asks him to resurrect him, he instead uses a wind to blow him away. He yells "Noooooo!" just before his remains crumble to dust.
Said by Ralphie in A Christmas Story when the mall Santa tells Ralphie that he can't give him a Red Ryder BB Gun because "He'll shoot his eye out" and then kicks him down the slide.
In the Dungeons & Dragons movie, Riddley Freeborn's "NOOOOOOOOOO!" when Snails dies. The anguished slow-mo scream of the protagonist in the Dungeons & Dragons movie, upon seeing his Sidekickfriend Snails stabbed to death (after heroically attacking a villain all by himself), drew involuntary laughter from a movie-going audience at a cinema in Germany. It didn't help that Snails the thief was clearly supposed to be the Plucky Comic Relief but failed miserably, except at becoming the proof that even in Fantasy, the Black Dude Dies First.
Used in Evil Dead 2, when Ash finds that the only bridge to escape the haunted forest is destroyed. "No... Oh, God no... No... NO! NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!" That's not the only example in the film.
Parodied in The Musical. Ash receives several bits of bad news, and with each bit he runs to a different part of the stage, drops to his knees and screams. The less "bad" the news gets, the funnier the scene becomes.
In many cases, it's the character's final line of the movie (there are even cases where it's the final line of the movie: here, Wesley Snipes' Jungle Fever, the telefilm Christmas Every Day...).
Some of the Star Trek movies use the Big No at least once:
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Decker gives a Big No as Captain Kirk gives the order to Chekov to fire phasers at the asteroid when the Enterprise is trapped in the wormhole. This one only sounds like a "Big No", but was really elongated by the time-warping effect of the wormhole.
Contrast that with the "Little No" when Kirk realizes what Spock has done...
Star Trek: First Contact: Captain Picard yells a Big No and smashes the glass cabinet with the models of the past Enterprises with a phaser rifle after Lily tells him to self-destruct the Enterprise after the ship is assimilated by the Borg. Lily makes it effective by a subdued reaction that contrasts his scream.
Lily:(quietly) You broke your little ships. See you around, Ahab.
Star Trek: Insurrection: Ru'afo shrieks it when the Starfleet Admiral tells him to have a private discussion with Picard. Ru'afo wails it again when Picard threatens to ignite the fumes on the collector.
Doesn't he also do it when he realises he's trapped in a holodesk simulation?
Star Trek: Nemesis: Counsellor Troi screams a Big No when Shinzon invades her mind, the Reman Viceroy yells it when he falls to his death after being kicked by Commander Riker.
Gimli has a Big No when he discovers the tomb of Balin, which dissolves into mournful sobbing.
Frodo also has one that doubles as a Slow No upon Gandalf's "death".
Aragorn's scream upon thinking Merry and Pippin are dead in the second film (when he kicks the helmet) isn't quite distinct, but seems to be a Big "NO!". Interestingly, Viggo Mortensen's tremendous howl of anguish here was actually because when he kicked the helmet, he broke his toe. They kept that take in because it was, as such, his best.
Right at the climax of the third film, when Frodo succumbs to the lure of the One Ring while standing on the edge of the Crack of Doom. It's actually two smaller "no"s, then followed by what might be the biggest "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" ever heard as Frodo puts on the Ring, alerting the Big Bad to his presence.
Another in the third film is screamed twice by Éomer upon the discovery of his uncle King Théoden dead and his sister Éowyn almost dead on the battlefield. Here it is one of the rare effective moments of Big No.
Treebeard yells a rather narmy one upon the realization that Saruman has burned the forest of Fangorn.
Samwise also has one when Frodo gets spotted by Sauron's eye in Mordor.
Yet another in the third film is Legolas in the final battle when Aragorn's about to be killed by a troll. It's definitely in the extended cut and the trailers at least.
Continues in The Hobbit, with Thorin Oakenshield letting one rip on seeing his grandfather decapitated by Azog. Since this happens during the film's prologue, there's little point in hiding the previous sentence behind a spoiler. (Compare with the entry immediately following.)
Heck even Balin gets one during the climax when Thorin is at Azog's mercy. So yeah, the pale orc was responsible for both incidents.
According to this, yelling "NOOOOOOO!" is the distinguishing characteristic of the hero from Battlefield Earth. His first Big No occurs less than two minutes into the movie, after he learns about his father's death.
Imhotep, the titular returning mummy, actually slides on his knees into the frame to deliver one (in ancient Egyptian) when the other Big Bad for the film is defeated. To compound it all, he was kinda late, sliding into frame about a second and a half after the stabbing. So blatant, it has to be some self-aware parody.
Rick O'Connell delivers a much more believable one earlier in the film when Evy gets stabbed.
so does Evelyn when it looks like Rick is going to fall into a bottomless pit after stabbing the Scorpion King.
At the beginning of The Hunger Games, Prim has several of these when Katniss volunteers in her place for the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
And again when she is shooed out of the "Final Goodbye" room.
In the 1986 movie No Mercy, Eddie Jilette (played by Richard Gere) threatened to shoot Alan Deveneux's arm off, Alan screamed it at Eddie pleading to not shoot.
Michel (played by Kim Basinger) in the end of that same movie, delievers it when Eddie Jilette moves Losado's shotgun fire to the wall behind her.
Plays for laughs in The Burbs, in what may be the film's most famous scene when Art and Ray find a femur bone that they believe belongs to their missing neighbor in fact, it belongs to one of their former neighbors.
Yelled by Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 when he wakes up and finds that his tentacles — which have a mind of their own — killed all of the doctors who were about to operate on him while he was unconscious.
And later, Peter's reaction when a wall is about to flatten Mary Jane. Although, the sound he makes is more like a big "NAAAA-AAAUUUGH!!!"
The third movie has it when Eddie Brock sees Spider-Man is throwing a bomb at the Venom symbiote.
Played for laughs in Elf when Buddy is told by Santa Claus that his father is on the Naughty List.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day had the best Big No ever, when Sarah Connor sees the good terminator walk out of the elevator. Not knowing he's good, Sarah falls down, but first has a look of disbelief on her face. Then as she runs the other way, her screams build up in volume until she finally lets out her Big No.
Delivered straight in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixwhen Sirius Black falls through the veil in the Department of Mysteries. Harry screams it. In a twist (one in very good taste), the scream is given silently, with the score playing over it.
The rumor is that it originally was going to be heard.
This after, in the Goblet of Fire movie, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort delivers a painfully straight (and unfortunately delivered) double threat of Big No and (apparently) Skyward Scream when Harry got away... again.
Cedric Diggory's father also does one of these upon realizing what's happened at the end of this film.
And he does it again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 after Harry gets away from him by destroying Lucius Malfoy's wand.
Ginny does this twice in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 when she thinks Harry's dead.
Parodied in the endings of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2. In the former, as the Final Girl screams, she is run over by a car. In the latter, the Final Girl meets the psycho again. She does the Big No, he does a Big Yes... and gets run over by a car.
In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street there is a Big No issued by the title character after he is informed of his wife's rape. Rather effective due to it blending in with his wife's screams at the end of the musical number/flashback, "Poor Thing".
The infamous 1983 film The Lonely Lady seems to think this trope automatically equals brilliant writing. Roger Ebert probably said it best:
The movie's whole plot hinges on Pia's ability to rewrite a scene better than her jealous writer-husband. When the star of her husband's movie weeps that she can't play a certain graveyard scene, Pia whips out the portable typewriter and writes brilliant new dialogue for the star. What, you may ask, does Pia write? Here's what: She has the grieving widow kneel by the side of the open grave and cry out (are you ready for this?) "Why? Why!!!" That's it. That's the brilliant dialogue. And it can be used for more than death scene, let me tell you. In fact, I walked out of this movie saying to myself, "Why? Why!!!"
Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the Nazis are sliding the stone block to seal off the Well of Souls (with Indy and Marion inside), Marion yells "Noooo!" The sound is abruptly cut off when the block slides into place.
In Se7en David Mills build up to one of these after being informed that it was his wife's head in the box. "What was in the boooox? You're a liar! No! NO!"
The Abbé Coulmier in Quills achieves a massive Big No, bordering perhaps on Huge status, upon the Marquis de Sade's suicide. The Abbé's No is so big that it in fact incites a chorus of Big Nos from the asylum's inmates, which echoes off the mildewed walls and bathes the watcher in the uncensored vocal epitaph of the Abbé's bitter moral defeat.
In Superman, Superman lets out a few quiet little nos, followed by a big scream of anguish, when Lois Lane dies in the earthquake. Toy Fare magazine's Geek 100 rated this #6, as "the most agonized scream ever recorded on film."
In The Godfather Part III Al Pacino gives a huge "NO", complete with faded soundtrack when his daughter is shot.
When Art Lean is killed by Goro in the Mortal Kombat, the Big No is screamed by Sonya immediately upon his death, and then issued by Johnny Cage when Shang Tsung proceeds to consume the guy's soul.
Parodied by William Shatner in Invasion Iowa, writing 13 O's on his cue card.
In the Watchmen movie Nite Owl lets out a classic Big No complete with falling to his knees upon seeing the disintegration of Rorschach.
In Zoolander, Derek Zoolander has one of these when he sees his (even more Too Dumb to Live than he is) friends die in a tragic gasoline fight accident, not very far into the movie. (The "no" starts a bit earlier, when he sees a cigarette arcing towards his friends in Slo Mo.)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has several, all said in a row when Loomis realizes Laurie's daughter (whom he's been trying to protect) has been corrupted by Michael and has murdered her foster mother with a pair of scissors at the end of the film.
Legend (1985). Darkness yells "Nooooooo!" when he's blasted out into space by the sunlight.
"NO! I am NOT an ELEPHANT! I am NOT an ANIMAL! I am a human BEING! I am... a man."
In The Wicker Man (1973), this, along with a Big "OMG!", is Sgt. Howie's first reaction to seeing the titular edifice. The camera-work, buildup, and above all, Edward Woodward's believable delivery of the line removed any potential narm.
In The Matrix, Agent Smith gives a brief one after Neo dives into his body and before he explodes.
In Bridge to Silence, Marlee Matlin's character both screams and signs her Big No when told that her husband is dead. How to do a Big No in AMSLAN: Using your right hand, make a "bird's bill" with your thumb and pointer and middle fingers. Clap them together rapidly for as long as you want your Big No to last.
Horror movie Skinned Deep has an example, with the Final Girl screaming "NOOOOOOOO!" repeatedly throughout the entire end credits.
A Big No occurs from Duke (Apollo's trainer) in Rocky III, in which, near the end of the rematch, Balboa is making Clubber Lang angry enough to KO him; there's another Big No from Duke (in slow motion) in Rocky IV after Apollo Creed was KO'ed (killed) by Ivan Drago in an exhibition match.
Soapdish. Montana Moorehead's reaction to her high school yearbook showing that she was once Milton Moorehead, of Syosset, NJ.
According to witnesses, this actually happened, and this example is more out of defiance than anguish or despair. It's not "No, you killed my [insert relative/acquaintance]!" it's "No, you bastards ain't killing me!"
Scott in Eurotrip when he finds out that Mieke is a girl.
Potentially one of the more ridiculous examples occurs in the horrible Sleep Stalker, where the goatee-sporting lead character utters one with an ape-like inflection as he does it. It's worth seeing.
In Atlas Shrugged, Dagny gives a reverberating one when she reaches the fire at the Wyatt oil fields.
Dr. Weir of Event Horizon gets one when Captain Miller activates the explosives of the bridge connecting the gravity chamber to the rest of the ship as it's about to go into the Cosmic Horror dimension that killed its last crew, sacrificing himself to save what's left of his own crew.
Undercover Brother. A mook does this as Undercover Brother is about to stamp down on him. It then turns out that UB smashed a bag of potato chips instead.
Kei does this at the end of Moon Child, when Sho is dying in his arms.
Done hilariously in Silent Movie. Mel Funn, making the first silent movie in forty years, has the brainstorm of inviting reknowned mime Marcel Marceau. Calling France, he asks Marcel if he would to star in the picture. Marcel's response is the only audible line in the entire film; "NON!"
When Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to ask him to say the line, he originally pitched it as just "NO!" Marceau replied that he would only do it if it was "NON!" instead. Why? Because it would make more sense for him to say it in French. As it happened, it inspired a great follow-up gag where the caller admitted he didn't understand Marceau because he doesn't speak French, despite the fact that "No" and "Non" sound practically the same.
A Dutch version of the trope occurs in De hel van '63, when Melle accidentally skates into a hole in the ice. He can't find back the hole and his girlfriend Annemiek can do nothing but watch him drown underneath her. She screams "NEE!" when he stops moving.
Subverted in Daredevil after Elektra dies. It looks like Matt Murdock is winding up for a NOOOOO! but doesn't do it.
Rifftrax: He's warming up for a big "Nooo!" Ready, he's got his face clenched, 'kay, good, teeth, now his head goes up and Nnnnn...hey! Where's our "No"? I feel cheated!
This is Thor's second use of this trope. In Thor, he has one when Loki lets go of Odin's staff/spear, Gungnir, and falls into the abyss below the broken Bifrost. Odin has a Little "No" to underscore this moment.
And in Thor: The Dark World he does this when Frigga is killed, when Kurse stabs Loki, and when Loki apparently dies in his arms. He really does this trope a lot, being Shakespeareesque and all.
Luther screams a classic "Nooooooooo" in the climactic scene of "The Warriors" as badass gang The Riffs close in to (presumably) hack him and his gang to pieces.
Inverted in Identity: Paris goes for a quiet, dread-filled "No..." when Timmy, the little boy who turned out to be the killer of all the other personalities inside Malcolm's head, arrives with a rake and says his only line in the movie - "Whores don't deserve a second chance."
Done by Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer after the beanstalk is chopped down. Fortunately for him, he finds the rest of the beans.
In Iron Man 3Killian screams "NOOO!" when Tony uses the Mark 42 armor to trap him and blow him up, and again just before an Extremis-enhanced Pepper detonates a missile in his face.
In The Star Chamber, Dr. Lewin quietly says a few Little "No"'s when Hardin dismisses the charges against Monk and Cooms, then yells "Goddammit, NOOOOO! NOOOOO!" when he pulls out the gun and tries to shoot them.
In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, after being mute up until this point, Joey discovers his dream power through this trope when all his friends are all being dragged into mirrors by Freddy who has managed to duplicate himself enough times to be able to do this.