Big "NEVER!"

Not even for a coffee maker.

Zoidberg: "Forgive me, my friend."
Bender: "NEVER!"
Futurama, The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Shouting the word "NEVER!" to show a character is determined not to do something, and will proclaim it, usually either angrily or proudly.

Note, without the determination being expressed, it's not this trope. It's just shouting a word that happens to be "NEVER!".

A Sub-Trope of Big Word Shout.

Compare Big "NO!" and Big "WHY?!".

Contrast Big "YES!".


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  • In One Piece when Kuma is about to finish off the whole crew on Thriller Bark, he offers them a chance if they give Luffy in. They all answer "NEVER!!" and get nuked by his attack.
  • In the final battle between Simon and the Anti-Spirals in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon shouts "Eat this!" with a huge "NEVER!" as a response.
  • In Trigun, Wolfwood lets out a rather epic "I won't let any more children suffer... NEVER AGAIN!!" in episode 10.


  • In The Smurfs comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress", the waste disposal robot, who became the tyrant of the Smurf Village, shouts this when he tries to escape from the front door of his castle, but finds himself surrounded by the Smurfs that were once his captives, demanding for his surrender. He tries to use a secret escape hatch, only to be turned into furniture when Handy cuts off his escape with his furniture-making machine.
  • While it was written and not spoken, Rorschach's response to the Keene Act probably still qualifies.

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  • In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Vader is about to say he will take Leia to the dark side if Luke wouldn't turn, thus taking the last family Luke has. Luke shouts this before unleashing his Unstoppable Rage.
  • Home Alone 2:
    Kevin: You guys give up? Have you had enough pain?
    Marv: Nevah!
    Harry: (shakes head at Marv)
  • Mortal Kombat: This is the last word Shang Tsung utters during the final battle of the film.
  • Robin Hood's father shouts one of these at the beginning of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when the Sheriff of Nottingham and his lynch mob/cult asks him to join them.
  • Enchanted:
    Queen Narissa: So this is the forest rat who thinks she can claim my throne... NEVER!!!
  • In Oz: The Great and Powerful, Oscar offers Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, a chance to return to Oz if she rejects the wickedness in her heart. Theodora shouts "NEVER!" and flies off laughing.
  • Man of Steel: Zod's Famous Last Words.
  • Appears in Excalibur as befits a World of Ham.
    Arthur holds Excalibur to the neck of rebelling knight Sir Uryens, demanding he swear fealty.
    Sir Uryens: A noble knight, swear faith to a squire?
    • Later, when Merlin refuses to use is magic to make Guinevere fall in love with Arthur:
      Merlin: Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called 'love', this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again! Never!
  • Midnight Madness: The Sorority Team has lost its transportation. The Motorcycle Geek Team has lost its clue. The Geeks propose cooperation. Two of the Sorority girls pause, look at each other, then shout "NEVER!" Followed by the Gilligan Cut of each Sorority girl on a motorcycle behind a Geek.
  • The final word in Colossus The Forbin Project is a defiant "Never!" from the protagonist, after all their attempts to stop the Master Computer from taking over the world have failed, and Colossus says that humanity will one day accept its rule and even love him.


  • Joseph Lemaitre's French: How to Speak and Write It uses this trope in a comic illustration to make the introduction of the word "never" more memorable:
    Il: Embrassez-moi!
    Elle: Jamais!

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  • In Seinfeld, Kramer has a jacket which used to belong to his mother's ex-boyfriend, and is refusing to give it back to him. Later, the boyfriend turns up pounding at Jerry's door demanding the jacket. Kramer responds with an over-dramatic "Never!"
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dramatis Personae" has the following dialogue (for context, the characters are Not Themselves):
    Sisko: What can we do?
    O'Brien: Leave the station.
    Sisko: NEVER!! Get me a phaser, and I'll get rid of Kira.
    O'Brien: Hear me out, sir. We leave the station, raise a Federation attack force and return. And on that day, you should get rid of all your enemies.


  • Done repeatedly and with...erm, the ending of "Day Sixteen: Loser" from Ayreon.
  • The English version of Rammstein's Du Hast uses one of these in place of the original version's nein, which just means "no" in German.
    Will you until death does sever
    Be upright to her forever?


  • In Assassins' "Ballad of Booth," this (and a racial slur) form the song's climax.
  • In Kiss Me Kate, Kate has a wild coloratura cadenza in the first-act finale whose words are "Never!" repeated nineteen times.
  • In The Musical On the 20th Century, Lily has an entire song called "Never" (about how she won't go back to her controlling ex-lover), which culminates in a shouted "Never!".
  • In The Lion King stage musical, Nala typically responds to Scar's propositioning with: "Never, Scar. NEVER."
  • 1776
    Extra: "Will someone shut that man up?!"
    John Adams" "NEVER!!! NEVER!!!"
  • In H.M.S. Pinafore, we have a rare non-defiant example of a Big Never during the song "I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore":
    Captain: ...I am never known to quail At the fury of a gale, And I'm never, never sick at sea!
    Crew: What, never?
    Captain: No, never!
    Crew: What, neverrrr?
  • In Jekyll and Hyde, the Eleven O'Clock Number "Confrontation" ends with one.
  • Chess gets a rather notable one- "Endgame" culminates in a shouting match between Anatoly and his estranged wife Svetlana, with a series of "Liar!", "Never!", "LIAR!", "NEVER!", "LIAR!", finally ending with Anatoly belting a long sustained G# NEVER!. Chess being what it is, this ending has been rewritten and reset many times, with the other common version being between Anatoly and his opponent Freddie, with "Check!", "Never!". Depending on the version, either Freddie or Anatoly end up with the long belted G#.

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  • This is Fiona's response to Lord Farquaad in Shrek 4D after he says, "See you on the other side, princess!"
  • Optimus Prime does one in Transformers: The Ride when Megatron lands in front of the riders, telling them to "beg for mercy!".

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  • American Dad!
    • Hayley about being told to drop being angry about Bush.
    • In the episode Stannie Get Your Gun, the mascot upon learning that he is fired and will have to relinquish his costume. A beautifully rendered "NEVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!" coupled with a fantastic dive through a plate glass window.
  • Futurama had a few.
    • This exchange from Bender's Big Score
      Nudar: So what'll it be, unconditional surrender -
      Leela: Never!
      Nudar: - Or total destruction?
      Leela: Also never!
      Nudar: You have thirty seconds - make up your minds!
      Leela: NEVER!
    • From "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid":
      Zoidberg: Forgive me, my friend!
      Bender: NEVER!
  • The Simpsons
    • Spoofed in a scene where Homer is asked to do something that is only reasonable and not a big deal and then snaps "Never!".
      Bart: As long as you're doing things for me, would you tie up your bath robe when you walk around the house?
      Homer: Never!
    • In a play done by the characters involves George Washington (played unusually competently by Ralph Wiggum) responding to Lisa's character's "couldn't we just give in to the British?" question with a big "NEVER!"
  • The dialogue of the first few minutes of the first Fairly Odd Parents movie Abra-Catastrophe goes more or less like this:
    Disguised Cosmo or Wanda: Tell me your secret, Timmy!
    Timmy: NEVER!!!
  • Done twice in Spongebob Squarepants in which Spongebob inflates Bubble Buddy like a balloon to escape the crowd trying to pop Bubble Buddy and another where he "refuses" to never play on the hooks again after promising Mr. Krabs.
    Spongebob: "You'll never catch us now! Never! Haha! Never! *Suddenly starts descending* Never..."
  • Seen in the original Adventure Time pilot. Pen (later Finn) shouts this while freeing himself from the Ice King's ice.
    Abraham Lincoln: You need to believe in yourself!.
    Pen: NEVER!!!
    • And the time the keeper of "The Enchiridion!" tried to make Finn slay an unaligned ant.
    • Speaking of the "The Enchiridion!"...
    Finn: NEVERRRR!!!!!! (runs and kicks the Key-Per in the cock.)
  • Rocko's Modern Life, "I Have No Son": Ralph Bighead says "NEVER!!!", several times, very loudly, at the prospect of seeing his parents again.
    • Fun fact: The "NEVER!" monologue was creator Joe Murray's audition for the role of Ralph. The writers put that joke in because Murray never ever screamed in his life.
  • Dan Vs. "Baseball":
    Dan's arm is on fire
    Chris: Dan, stop, drop, and roll!
    Dan: *runs off* Never!
  • Happens once in Danny Phantom.
    "Now will you be my frieeeeend?"
  • Optimus Prime delivers a defiant "NEVER!" to Megatron in Transformers: The Movie in response to him saying "It's over, Prime!" before smacking him right in the face.
    Miko: YOU doublecross ANYONE — MINE is the face you'll never forget! NEVERRRRR!
  • During the climax of Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip, when present Dexter asks for the MacGuffin back, Future Mandark replies with "NEVEERRR!".
  • Even though she's being viciously tortured, Daphne shouts "NEVER!" to the Tritannus and Trix after they demand to know the secret of Dark Sirenix in Winx Club.
  • El Tigre in "Puma Licito".
    Rodolfo: Papi, take it back now!
    Puma Loco: NEVER!!

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