A type of verbal Running Gag
that's not quite a Catch Phrase
and not quite a Stock Phrase
. A Plucky Comic Relief
character, of the more annoying Characters as Device
variety (i.e. a Trickster
, Devil in Plain Sight
, or Tagalong Kid
), is so
annoying, one or more other characters can only express their exasperation by saying their name. They use the exact same
tone and inflection every time, maybe even accompanied by the same music/ sound effect. The tone is so individual and memorable that some cases, if old enough, can even be parodied in future shows.
Full Name Ultimatum
(if it becomes a Running Gag
), and Loud Last Name
, could also be examples of this. Compare Say My Name
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Anime and Manga
- This one is likely to be incomprehensible to non-Swedes, but it has to be said: "EEEEMIIIIIIIL! FÖRGRÖMMADE ONGE!!" (Just in case: Astrid Lindgren, Emil of Lönneberga, The Movie (well, one of them). It's always Emil's father who yells this ('Wretched child!'.)
- Parodied in Last Action Hero, where the police captain always shouts out Slater's name whenever he does something to piss him off. (Which is usually the case)
Live Action TV
- The Electric Company:
- Buster Brown: A skit from the first season sees an angry mother (Judy Graubart) scold her mischievous, often fibbing son, Buster (Skip Hinnant), for making a huge mess in the bathroom. Every time Buster tries to explain an alibi – with various shouts out to Mighty Mouse – mommy says, "Buster, I want to know who did this right now!" Finally, the parrot is the one who saves Buster's hide, as "It was the plumber (squawk); he came to fix the sink" (a shout out to the popular animated short) that was the guilty party, vindicating Buster (who gives mommy a "'Told you so" look).
- Spencer the Spaceman: Bill Cosby as the title character in a classic skit, where he acts like a buffoon instead of taking his mission seriously, irritating Mission Control (voice of Jim Boyd), who constantly prefaces his reprimands, "Spencer!" In the end, a splotch of spinach is spotted on Spencer's spacesuit, and Mission Control immediately calls for a splashdown. Spencer naturally delights in what he thinks will be the best part of the space mission … until he realizes he's only in for a spanking.
- Family Matters: Most often used with Urkel in the Running Gag bit where the nerd rambles on about something, the hapless person he's talking to (usually Carl) says, "Steve," the process repeats with Urkel ignoring the request to stop talking and the irritated Winslow growing louder before finally shouting out "STEVE!!!!!"
- "CROOOOOOOOOW!" (That's one O!)
- Used more traditionally thanks to Memetic Mutation; MST Fan Fic has a habit of turning one member of the riffing crew into a pervert, whose lewd comments often elicit a First Name Ultimatum from the group's Straight Man.
- It was used this way in a couple of episodes, memorably Riding With Death when Crow took the "trucks as metaphor for sex" gag a little too far. What most forget is, Mike follows up with a joke that makes Crow remark "And you say I'm bad..."
- Drake & Josh: "Megan!"
- Stargate SG-1: "Jack..." "Daniel...". To the point that even when they're completely unrecognizable, that exchange is usually enough to make them realize who they're talking to.
- Kyle of 8 Simple Rules tends to cause this in Paul.
- "Lucyyyy! You got some 'splaining to do!"
- Gus's signature Shawn! so much that there's a montage on the DVDs.
- As Bert is carried off by "The Boogie Woogie Sheep," he helplessly cries EEERRRNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
- "Miss FINE!" So habitual that it was still used as-is after Fran got married. Also once lampshaded with a Shout-Out to I Love Lucy: "Miss FINE! You got some 'splaining to do!"
- DAVE!(usually accompanied with Dope Slap to back of the head)
- An inversion; in Moonlighting, many, if not all episodes end with Maddie yelling David's last name. "ADDISON!!" And that's when she's not arguing with himnote
- In the Mexican sitcom El Chavo del ocho, Quico knows he's in trouble if his mother Dońa Florinda calls him by his real name (ˇFederico!).
- NCIS: Gibbs frequently inverts this by calling out his agents by their last name. ("DiNozzo!", "McGee!", etc)
- Referenced on The Now Show: in one episode, Robin Ince says that John Howard (former Prime Minister of Australia) should be in a generic children's sitcom (he suggests the name Don't Ask Stanley!) playing the grumpy old man who lives next door; he decides an episode would end with Howard's house burning down and him staring over the fence (hat slightly aflame) yelling "Staaaaan LEEEEEEY!!!".
- This is the reason Rodney Carrington gave for giving his sons one-syllable names. When he's pissed at them, he doesn't want to spend a lot of time thinking (IE, "Bartholomew!").
- In The Clue Finders 3rd Grade Adventures, we get this little one in the opening.
Fletcher Limburger: Well.... peanuts, anyone?... that's what folks are saying— and there's an old superstition about a monster and a lost city.
Leslie: Lost city?
- And who could forget
- Fallout 3: GARY!
- In Alpha Protocol, if Mike delivers a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Conrad Marburg, he ends it by calling him by his first name.
- In the Siblings episode "Don't Sleep, Robby!", Rob yells Johny's name offscreen ("JOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHNNNNNNN!") when Johny turns off his internet connection at the beginning.
- Later in the same episode, Johny yells Rob's name ("ROOOOOOOOB!").
- Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Both Frankie and Mac did this often, with Mac sounding shocked and indignant (surprising, considering he invented Bloo) and Frankie just sounding enraged.
- Superintendent Chalmers did this all the time on The Simpsons with Principal "Skinnn-errrr!", even when he wasn't particularly angry at him. In "Future-Drama", the "future" Chalmers can no longer say anything else.
- Similarly, Skinner's mother had that distinctive cry of "SEYMOUR!"
- ...so when he walks in on their date, he's greeted with "SEYMOUR!" "SKINNER!"
- Homer Simpson, before he goes to put a choke-hold on his only son, always says, "Ba-rrt!" then possibly "why you little" before proceeding to the execution. (At least he uses his name; most of the time, Bart is just "the boy".)
- The Joker shouting: "HAAAAARRRR-LEEEEY!"
- The Flintstones has one of the classic examples of this trope: "WILLLLLL-MAAAAAA!"
- Wilma sometimes did a more subtle version of this when Fred did something (or was somehow being) annoying. She would even give him a full name ultimatum when she got especially mad.
- Pebbles cereal commercials almost always have Fred yelling "BAAAR-NEY!" as Barney makes off with Fred's bowl of cereal.
- David Seville of Alvin and the Chipmunks: "AL-VIN!"
- Parodied once by Eric Camden on 7th Heaven: "SIII-MON!" (Simon was the name of another Chipmunk.)
- Also parodied on Scrubs after Dr. Kelso's new RV is destroyed in the course of the road trip to Tacoma. Ted, who had been taking the RV for a car wash when it was commandeered, runs away just before Kelso notices, prompting him to bellow "THEO-DOOORE!" (Theodore was the name of another Chipmunk.)
- In Alvin and the Chipmunks meet the Wolfman, when Dave answers the phone, Miss Miller (The Chipettes guardian) yells "DAAA-VID!" into his ear in the same manner he yells at Alvin.
- The entire class on The Magic School Bus in unison (After every instance of an Incredibly Lame Pun): "Car-los!" Parodied when his father appears in the Parents' Day episode: "Mr. Ramon!"
- This gag is also occasionally played with involving some of the other students:
- In the episode "For Lunch": "Ral-phie!"
- In one episode, after Phoebe says she wanted to feed the sea monster: "Phoe-be!"
- Stickin' Around: BRAD-LEY!
- Candace: PHIN-E-AS! Interestingly, she rarely mentions Ferb, perhaps because she knows he won't answer.
- It's also probably because Ferb is her stepbrother, and Candace has had Phineas as her brother her whole life. Knowing how much the brothers get on her nerves, she's probably been saying "PHIN-E-AS" even before Ferb came along.
- ReBoot: Whenever Mike the TV starts going all Robin Williams the rest of the cast cuts him off with a chorus of Mike!
- In the "Crippled Camp" episode of South Park: MIMSY!
- In KaBlam!!, this always happens with Henry and June. Jutified, as we never learn their last names.
- SonicSatAM - for the good guys, it was "ANTOINE!" For Robotnik, it was "Snive-LAAAAAYYYY!!"
- Hey, he's not called "BUMBLEBEE!!" for nothing.
- In Jem, whenever Pizzazz (lead singer of The Misfits) blames Eric Raymond for Jem and the Holograms beating them, she'll often give him an earful.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "The Ticket Master": Twilight Sparkle does this to Pinkie Pie after Pinkie throws a party in Twilight's honor in a shameless attempt to butter her up.
- One of the principles of how to choose your child's name: Stand at the back door and scream it, in full, First-Middle-Last. This'll give you a good idea of whether the name sounds good when used in full.
- A Baby Blues strip had a similar gag: when Wanda suggested the name "Wren" for their third child, Darryl tested it by shouting as if admonishing said child. They were talking in bed at the time, though.
- Ozzy Osbourne's near-catchphrase. Say it with me now: "SHAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!" (Sharon is Ozzy's wife.)
- The cast of Firefly developed a running joke where they'd yell "SUMMER!" whenever anything went wrong, even if the miscreant wasn't actually Summer Glau.