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"Of course, the Sue, being noble enough to attract the attentions of two high-ranking Elves, said that she would be betraying Legolas’ trust if they slept together, and it would constitute a marriage according to the customs of the Eldar, and therefore it was best to refrain.
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Popular expression during the late 1980s and well into the 1990s, where someone would describe an event, fact or opinion by stating the exact opposite then saying in a louder tone of voice, NOT!

For example, describing the database crash this wiki experienced a while ago that wiped out a lot of content, it could be said that, "We really enjoyed it and had a marvelous time having to rebuild all the lost entries. NOT!"

This usage of saying something then saying "NOT!" at the end actually goes all the way back to the 19th century (when "...I don't think!" was the preferred form); it just became cool again back during the 1980s. It was popularized by the movie Wayne's World. (along with That's What She Said! and other Totally Radical stock phrases of the 90's). While the expression itself is rarely played straight anymore, it has a successor for The New Tens in "..., said no one ever."note 

The evil version involves the phrase I Lied.

Compare Hahaha No.


Examples:

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     Advertising 

  • There was a commercial many years ago involving a Moogle from the Final Fantasy series interviewing villains, and rejecting them one by one for not being scary enough. At one point, when one villain auditions, the Moogle comments, "Ooh, scary...NOT!"

     Anime And Manga  

  • Ranma pulls one of these on Shampoo in Ranma ˝ after he snatches the pork buns she made that could force you to follow a command after a certain signal is given:
    Ranma: Gee, I never realized how cute you were before.
    Shampoo: Then you love Shampoo? Oh! So happy! Now, we live happily ever after-
    Ranma: *grabs the pork buns* Ha! Not!
    • Also said in the manga when Shampoo takes from Akane what she thinks is an engagement ring from Ranma.
      Shampoo: Is mine, now!
      Ranma: *takes it back* Not!

    Comics 

  • In the first Death mini-series, Sexton mocks a guy for saying it.
  • Used in Little Nemo, when they distribute valentine cards from their zeppelin: One policeman gets one mocking him, "You are truly a brave policeman; NOT!"
  • Used in the 1991 Justice Society of America series, to jokingly point out how slang goes in and out of fashion.

    Film 

  • In Borat, Borat attends a lesson on humor in which the instructor tries to teach Borat this joke, apparently believing it to be cutting-edge comedy. Borat cannot seem to grasp the concept, and his attempts to figure it out becomes a Running Gag throughout the movie, with him finally getting it in the end.
  • Do be careful with the usage of this. Kate from The Taming of the Shrewnote  tried to get out of a marriage ceremony thusly:
    Preacher asks the "do you take this man?" part.
    Kate (gathers herself): I...will...n—
    Petruchio kisses her, so she doesn't manage to get out that last word. And so they're married! Hooray!
  • Used in the Richie Rich movie, which instantly became Totally Radical due to the writers not realizing you actually needed "NOT!" to follow a sarcastic remark, and couldn't just have it as a random declaration.
  • Wayne's World: Invoked by Wayne and Garth. After spending time with the two, Benjamin's dragon Russell catches himself doing it, expressing regret immediately afterwards.

    Literature 

  • Dave Barry suggests in Dave Barry Does Japan that, since Japanese people are obviously humor impaired, they should begin adapting American jokes that are most easily adapted to foreign cultures. He starts with "NOT!"

     Live Action TV  

  • The 1980s resurgence in use may have started with an MTV promo spot featuring Jim Turner of Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre, in which Turner plays both burnt-out hippy rock star Randee of the Redwoods and his business-suited alter ego, staring at each other through a mirror. After a brief, hostile exchange, his uptight counterpart departs and the image of Randee turns the camera to declare, "I like that guy... NOT!"
  • Wayne and Garth in SNL Wayne's World skits.
  • Doctor Who, during the Master's triumphant return with more Genre Savvy:
    Master: "Why don't we stop and have a nice little chat while I tell you all my plans and you can work out a way to stop me, I don't think!"
  • Robin Hood has another variation with one of the Sheriff's many Catch Phrases. "A clue: No."
  • Michael uses "It's been fun...not," on Arrested Development. The narrator comments that he wishes he could have come up with something cleverer, or at least less dated.
  • If The Soup catches you doing this, they'll call you out on it.
  • On Will and Grace, Will's long-absent and eccentric boss, Mr. Stein, turns up unexpectedly in the office:
    Mr. Stein: You may think that just because I've been in London all this time that I've failed to notice this office's deficiencies. Well...I have. (Beat) NOT!!
  • In an episode of Psych, Shawn tries to bring "not" back. He then decides to also revive "said the liar" only to have it pointed out that the two cancel each other out if used at the same time.
  • A scene from The Office which cannot be described, but must be seen: Enjoy!
  • Horrible Histories' William Wallace song:
    I took against the English back when I was fairly wee
    'cause an Englishman called Selby bullied my whole family
    It upset me, so I struck him dead - well, wouldn't you?
    Then an English sherrif came along - guess what? I killed him too!
    They say he killed my wife, so he deserved what he got,
    Then England's King Ed came for me - ooh, I'm scared, NOT!
    • Also used in the pilgrims' song:
    New Plymouth, man, we claimed it!
    The natives said "Not!", but ran when we shot!

    Music 
  • "Not", a song released by The Bellamy Brothers in 1993, is this trope in song:
    I could walk out now, get in my truck
    Never look back, forget your love
    Sure, I could leave, 'cause I'm tough enough...Not!"
  • Used in the "Weird Al" Yankovic song I Was Only Kidding:
    Weird Al: I really LOOOVVVEE you...NOT!
  • Steven Curtis Chapman's album The Great Adventure has an intentionally corny rap song called "Got to B Tru", in which Christian rapper Toby MacKeehan makes the following observation about SCC's rap skills at the end of the song: "I think rap music is most definitely you!" *record scratch* "NOT!"

     Pinball 
  • The Bride of Frankenstein sometimes does this upon meeting her husband in Monster Bash.
    Bride of Frankenstein: "Tall, dark, and handsome — NOT!"note 
  • A variation appears in Cirqus Voltaire.
    Ringmaster: You make me weak...not really! HA HA HA HA HA!

     Video Games  
  • Gilgamesh crosses this with fake surrender in Final Fantasy V after getting badly beaten:
    "I suppose I misjudged!"
    Casts Haste on self
    "Fighting all four of you..."
    Casts Protect on self
    "...is just too tough for me..."
    Casts Shell on self
    "NOT! Ha, I lied! Like a rug! Oh, I kill myself!"
    Attacks heroes
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, party can find and read magazines called Timber Maniacs. When trying to read the fake one found in Zell's house in Balamb, the message reads: "An old issue of [Timber Maniacs]...............NOT!"
  • Used in plenty of winquotes on SNK fighting game characters. One example here:
    Haohmaru: What a fight, I'm speechless. Not!
  • Used in Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity at one point. After the party, Emolga decides to pull a prank on you and your partner in a Crowning Moment of Funny, where Emolga himself scatters Frisms around the house. After you spot a Frism, your partner finds out. You and your partner approach Emolga, who is setting up another Frism. Cue the following dialogue:
    Partner: ...Hey.
    Emolga turns around surprised.
    Emolga: {P-P-Partner name}! H-h-how's it going?
    Partner: Oh, just great... NOT! What d'you think you're doing?!
    Emolga: N...no, I just... You know, the Frisms you brought me are just so great and so much fun, so... I was thinking about some of the ways I could use 'em... and needed a little test... B-but the important thing is...
    Emolga is suddenly happy.
    Emolga: It was all made possible by you guys conquering the Great Glacier! Wow! That was sure awesome! You're just the best!
    Emolga laughs while your partner sweatdrops.
    Partner: Why you...
  • Guitar Hero World Tour has a song with sections in about the middle named "Outro" followed by "Just Kidding!", and later "Ok Now It's the Outro" followed by "NOT!" Yup, Overkill has two Fake Out Fade Outs.

     Web Original 

     Western Animation  

  • Iago in Aladdin uses it to describe the sultan. "Oh, excellent judge [of character], sure... NOT!"
  • Sarah on Liberty's Kids used the "I don't think" version often.
  • X-Men episode "Night of the Sentinels Part 2" has this trope with Cyclops as he is about to take down a sentinel.
    Sentinel: Surrender, Mutant.
    Cyclops: Of course... NOT!
  • BIONICLE: Web of Shadows:
    *beat*
    Matau: Not.
  • In The Simpsons episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", the deliberately Totally Radical Poochie comes out with "Catch ya on the flipside, dudemeisters...NOT!"
  • Jackie Chan Adventures season 5, episode 1:
    Jade: Excuse me... not!
  • In the Recess episode "Outcast Ashley":
    Ashley Q.: Hey second grader, nice ensemble!
    Second grader smiles at them
    Ashleys B., Q., and T.: NOT!

     Other Languages  

  • In the German Language, due to more liberal word order, normal sentences can end with "nicht" (not), which may remind English-speakers of this trope. Example:
    Parent to kid: "You have to learn how to deal with money, so I will raise your pocket money... NOT!"
  • This concept translates directly into Japanese. In anime and manga, it's fairly common for a sarcastic character to start explaining something and end it with "-ja nai!" ("...is not!") with the same meaning as the sarcastic "NOT!"
    • A variant is to end a thought with "...is what I'd like to say," meaning that while they'd like to say all that, the truth is the opposite. This is generally used when the intent is a softer let-down than the abrupt brush-off of "NOT!", assuring the person that they're not being put off lightly or given a mere excuse. But it does sometimes get used to be just as cruel as the ruder variant, depending on the context.
    • Sometimes it isn't meant that way but comes off that way nonetheless, when the hearer (or viewer) can't see the reversal coming and really wanted the first part to be true. Phrasing the bad news as "Your use of the Dangerous Forbidden Technique isn't going to turn your brains into pudding ten minutes after use after all... is what I wish I could say, but the truth is you should go tell your family goodbye in the three minutes you have left." is a really good way to soften the blow... not. (This has nothing to do with Could Say It But, by the way.)


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