McLeach: Your bird's dead. Someone shot her; shot her right out of the sky.
The moment when a character realizes that something awful has happened, or notices that something awful is about to happen, and screams "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
It can also be used when a character is angrily refusing to do something.
If the character is rushing to prevent the something-awful from happening, a slow-motion effect can be employed to draw out the tension of the moment, sometimes to the point of drawing out the "No" into a comical bass growl. This trope is very susceptible to becoming Narm
, but does raise the question of exactly how
a character should handle a crisis without coming off as a psychotic (by going catatonic
), a monster (by cracking a grim joke
), or a potty-mouth (by swearing one's head off
Used both seriously and for comic effect. Very common on sitcoms. Sometimes the Big "NO!" ends the episode with a Cliff Hanger
Nearing the point of becoming Narm
and a Discredited Trope
, though a good actor can still pull it off. Some variants still have credibility, including a shorter but still intense "No", and a panicked "No no no no no!" Or you can just go for the simpler Skyward Scream
. Occasionally the character will shout something other than "No!" — usually shouting the name of the character
that something bad is about to happen or has just happened to. This is slightly
Language matters a lot. For example, Big "NO!" is commonly played straight in Japanese media, due to the equivalent iya's
But not very common in Russian, due to the equivalent nyet
's very low screamability.
When a villain screams the Big "NO!", it's usually as his plans are crashing down around his ears
. And also usually the last thing he ever says
for a side-by-side comparison of a LOT of No's. Here's two more
with a ton more famous ones. And see here
for a hilariously useful Instant-Noooo.
The thing that makes this trope so effective is the fact that most people identifying the word "no" with something going wrong. So when we hear a character screaming with a very loud "nooooooooo!", it really gets to us. People with different psychologies are not as affected by this and may view the scene as comical
instead of as the emotional moment it may be intended as. When this shot of a character exclaiming negatively while in slow motion
, the scene may be even more dramatic (although this is usually a sign that the character is dying).
Often combined with a Futile Hand Reach
will pull out a Giant "NO!" if given the opportunity
A Sub Trope
of Big Word Shout
A Sister Trope
to Slow No
Compare Big "YES!"
, Little “No”
, Big "NEVER!"
, Rapid Fire No
, Comical Overreacting
, Death Wail
, Big OMG
, Howl Of Sorrow
, Say My Name
, and Atomic F-Bomb
Not to be confused with a certain mecha series with a similar-sounding title
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