->''"Of course, the Sue, being noble enough to attract the attentions of two high-ranking [[LordOfTheRings 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.\\
-->-- '''WebOriginal/ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum''', ''Your Unhappy Elladan''

We're about to describe ''NOT!'' here. ''NOT!''

....Okay we'll describe it.

Popular expression during the late 1980s and well into the 1990s, where someone would describe an event, fact or opinion by stating ''[[SarcasmMode the exact opposite]]'' then saying in a louder tone of voice, ''NOT!''

For example, describing the [[TheGreatCrash 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 ''Film/WaynesWorld''. (along with ThatsWhatSheSaid! and other TotallyRadical {{stock phrase}}s of the [[TheNineties 90's]]). While the expression itself is [[DeadHorseTrope rarely played straight anymore]], it had a short-lived successor for TheNewTens in "..., said no one ever."

The evil version involves the phrase ILied.

Compare HahahaNo.


[[folder: 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!"

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ranma pulls one of these on Shampoo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' 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!

* In the first [[ComicBook/TheSandman Death]] mini-series, Sexton mocks a guy for saying it.
* Used in ''ComicStrip/LittleNemo'', 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 ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' series, to jokingly point out how slang goes in and out of fashion.

* In ''Film/{{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 RunningGag throughout the movie, with him finally getting it in the end.
* Do be careful with the usage of this. Kate from ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''[[note]]Franco Zeffirelli's film version. The play itself has the marriage ceremony happen offstage.[[/note]] 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 [[ShutUpKiss kisses her]], so she doesn't manage to get out that last word. And so they're married! Hooray!''
* Used in the ''Film/RichieRich'' movie, which instantly became TotallyRadical 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.
* ''Film/WaynesWorld'': Invoked by Wayne and Garth. After spending time with the two, Benjamin's [[TheDragon dragon]] Russell catches himself doing it, expressing regret immediately afterwards.

* Creator/DaveBarry 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!"
* In the 1955 Literature/NeroWolfe short story "Immune to Murder," Rex Stout has Archie nagging Wolfe: "A fine way to serve your country. Not."
* In ''Literature/{{Incompetence}}'', after Harry has been bailed out of jail, he's given a court date. He sarcastically notes that he'll be there, no problems, then adds the "Not!" [[TakeThat for the benefit of Americans]].
* In ''Website Creation in Plain English'' (an HTML, CSS, and JavaScript tutorial), this is used while describing the CSS [[{{Pun}} not()]] function.
* In Elias Butler's ''Pigs is Pigs'', Mike Flannery is ordered to collect any expenses for taking care of livestock from the consignee, who had already refused to pay ten cents extra for a pair of guinea pigs:
-->"Me, proceed to collect two dollars and [[FunetikAksent twinty-foive cints]] off Misther Morehouse! I wonder do thim clerks know Misther Morehouse? I'll git it! Oh, yes! 'Misther Morehouse, two an' a quarter, plaze.' 'Cert'nly, me dear frind Flannery. Delighted!' Not!"
* In "Ian Hislop's Guide to Libel", in the first ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' spin-off book, states that the word "allegedly" as used in ''HIGNFY'' has exactly as much legal effect as saying "Not!" at the end of a sentence.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The 1980s resurgence in use may have started with an Creator/{{MTV}} promo spot featuring Jim Turner of ''Duck's 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 ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive SNL]]'' ''Film/WaynesWorld'' skits.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', during the Master's triumphant return:
-->'''Master:''' "Why don't we stop and have a [[JustBetweenYouAndMe nice little chat while I tell you all my plans]] and you can work out a way to stop me, I ''don't'' think!"
** In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", when one of the guests at a dinner party attended by Agatha Christie turns out to be a jewel thief known in the press as the Unicorn, she replies, "Ever so nice to meet you, I don't think."
* Series/RobinHood has another variation with one of the Sheriff's many {{Catch Phrase}}s. "A clue: No."
* Michael uses "It's been fun...not," on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. The narrator comments that he wishes he could have come up with something cleverer, or at least less dated.
* If ''Series/TheSoup'' catches you doing this, they'll call you out on it.
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', 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 ''Series/{{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 ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' which cannot be described, but must be seen: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON0l0KWgucc Enjoy!]]
* ''Series/HorribleHistories''' 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!

* "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 Music/WeirdAlYankovic song ''I Was Only Kidding'':
-->'''Weird Al:''' I really LOOOVVVEE you...NOT!
** Al has stated that he actually bumped a song from ''Off The Deep End'' to ''Alapalooza'' so that he could use this one before the joke got old and obnoxious.
* Steven Curtis Chapman's album ''The Great Adventure'' has an [[PissTakeRap 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!" [[RecordScratch *record scratch*]] "NOT!"
* Music/JudyPancoast wrote a song called "The Perfect Kid-Not" which lists (sometimes stereotypical, such as in the case of not eating candy) perfect behaviour for a kid but ends every statement that the kid does them with "not!".

* The Film/BrideOfFrankenstein sometimes does this upon meeting her husband in ''Pinball/MonsterBash''.
-->'''Bride of Frankenstein:''' "Tall, dark, and handsome — NOT!"[[note]]She may also say "I don't think so!".[[/note]]
* A variation appears in Pinball/CirqusVoltaire.
-->'''Ringmaster''': You make me weak...not really! HA HA HA HA HA!

* One of the comments when you lose in ''Bop It Extreme'' is this.
-->'''(cue fast paced beat, then snare drum)'''
--->"Hey, you win! Not..."

[[folder:Video Games ]]
* [[BraggartBoss Gilgamesh]] crosses this with [[ISurrenderSuckers fake surrender]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' 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!''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Ha, I lied! Like a rug! Oh, I kill myself!]]"\\
''Attacks heroes''
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', party can find and read magazines called ''Timber Maniacs''. When trying to read the [[spoiler: 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 Creator/{{SNK}} fighting game characters. One example here:
-->'''[[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Haohmaru]]:''' "What a fight, I'm speechless. Not!"
* Used in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' at one point. [[spoiler: After the party, Emolga decides to pull a prank on you and your partner in a CrowningMomentOfFunny, 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 [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler: conquering the Great Glacier!]] Wow! That was sure awesome! You're just the best!
--> ''Emolga laughs while your partner sweatdrops.''
--> '''Partner:''' Why you...
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero 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, ''[[Music/{{Motorhead}} Overkill]]'' has ''two'' [[FakeOutFadeOut Fake Out Fade Outs]].
* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' remakes, ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire'', after dealing with Primal Groudon/Primal Kyogre, your rival (or May, in the male player's case) does this while talking to you.
--> '''May:''' But you, <player>... It seems like you just keep getting further and further ahead of me... I even started to feel like you'd gone somewhere I can't even reach. It's pretty lonely, you know? Not! What would you think if I really said something like that? Hee hee!
** If the player is female, though, this is never brought up by Brendan. He basically says a different quote.
--> '''Brendan:''' It seems like you're just dashing ahead by yourself and leaving me behind... I feel like we're not even on the same level anymore, you know? It's kinda lonely thinking like that... Or it would be if I really thought that! But... well, you did do something pretty amazing. So take it easy for a while, OK, friend?
* Getting a wrong answer in ''Wacky Jacks'' will sometimes earn a sarcastic "Good answer... ''not''!" from your announcer Don Pardo.
* The SNES version of the ''Wayne's World'' game has Wayne obnoxiously belt out a "NOT!" every time he takes a hit.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControl'' ''2'' you get that if you ask a Spathi '''captain''' to ally with you.
-->Sure, consider it done. Allies to the bitter end.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Evaporate}}'' had an episode where Nerv ends up getting knocked into a dojo. The owner of the dojo appears and says "You are welcome here, in my dojo... NOT!", and Nerv [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext ends up being sent to a bully lounge]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TribeTwelve'': The Observer in "Interception."
[[HellIsThatNoise (ungodly screaming ]][[JumpScare static)]]\\
'''''HA HA HA'''''\\
'''''FOOLED YOU'''''
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic ''hates'' this trope and makes fun of it every time he comes across it in his reviews (such as the 1990s ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon).
-->'''Sentinel:''' Surrender, mutant.\\
'''ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}:''' Of course... [[ISurrenderSuckers NOT.]]\\
'''Critic:''' Ooooh, he just pulled the ''Not'' line! The thing that every second-grader said when he knew he had nothing clever to say. Snap, Cyclops, ''snap!''

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Iago in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' uses it to describe the sultan. "Oh, excellent judge [of character], sure... NOT!"
* Sarah on ''WesternAnimation/LibertysKids'' used the "I ''don't'' think" version often.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' 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!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bionicle}}: Web of Shadows'':
--> '''Matau''': "[[SarcasmMode Hurry, you guys! It's amazing! It's Keeetonguuu!]]"
--> *beat*
--> '''Matau''': Not.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", the [[StylisticSuck deliberately]] TotallyRadical Poochie comes out with "Catch ya on the flipside, dudemeisters...NOT!"
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' season 5, episode 1:
--> '''Jade''': Excuse me... not!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' episode "Outcast Ashley":
-->'''Ashley Q.:''' Hey second grader, nice ensemble!
-->''Second grader smiles at them''
-->'''Ashleys B., Q., and T.:''' NOT!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': In one episode, Yakko recited a passage from ''{{Hamlet}}'' (Act 5, scene 1, the "Alas Poor Yorick" soliloquy) while Dot translated:
-->'''Yakko''': Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft.
-->'''Dot''': We kissed a lot...NOT!
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': In the GrandFinale, Aku applies this to the show's original opening narration (as read by Creator/{{Mako}}), which was changed in Season 5, by shouting "NOT!" at the end announcing to the world that he's captured Jack.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' episode "Road Ravens" begins with Sweet Georgie Brown shouting "NOT!" after claiming to celebrate the recent quiet in Chicago by playing some easy listening music.
* ''WesternAnimation/KongTheAnimatedSeries'': When Jason, Tann and De la Porta take a plane to the island, Tann says he bought the plane and Jason asks if his parents are okay with it. Tann says "totally... [=NOT=]" and says it's not a problem thanks to the trust fund his grandfather left him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'': Principle Huggins frequently does this.

[[folder:Other Languages ]]
* In the UsefulNotes/GermanLanguage, 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 DangerousForbiddenTechnique 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 CouldSayItBut, by the way.)