Rapid-Fire "No!"

Alice is about to do something by accident, or on purpose, that Bob and Charlie doesn't want her to do. Let's say "knocking over a priceless vase". If they use a Little "No", they run the risk of Alice not hearing them and knocking it over. If they use a Big "NO!", they might accidentally startle Alice and actually cause her to knock it over. So what do they do? They go "Nononononononononononononononononono..." until either she stops, or knocks it over, causing it to shatter into tiny pieces.

This is not usually effective, as half the time, Alice will ignore them. In Comedy, the instances in which it does work are generally a Set Up to have the vase get smashed anyway, just after they were relieved that it wasn't broken. In Action and Drama, however, Alice is more inclined to listen to them, but may sometimes choose to do it anyway.

Essentially, this is to the Big "NO!" what the Cluster F-Bomb is to the Atomic F-Bomb.


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    Fan Works 
  • A Crown Of Stars: Asuka combined this trope with Big "NO!" in chapter 5. When Asuka insists that she does not need anyone and she has an agreement, Daniel points out that she fears that it will not last... And then what? She will try to kill herself again?
    She hadnt cried, not even the day they buried her Mama. She would not cry now. She would not. Dont take him away. I dont want to be alone. I dont want to be alone. I dont... ...need anyone. My arrangement-
    Is a hollow shell, that you both fear and expect to collapse at some point. Then what? Water again? Or this time the barrel of a gun in your mouth? Daniel said quietly, his words hitting Asuka harder than if hed been shouting them. Or a twist of hemp like your mother, feet in the air?
    NO! Nononononono! I...I...STOP IT!
  • Advice And Trust: It happens several times, often done by Asuka:
    • In chapter 2 after getting together, Asuka wonders for an instant if Shinji will not abandon her eventually how everyone do. Panicked, she replies herself:
      "No! [...] No no no!"
    • In chapter 8, when Asuka realizes her mother is inside her giant robot Asuka says mentally a long string of noes as she tries not losing it:
      'No no no no do not start losing it, Soryu...
    • And then she lets out another when she is losing it:
      'Nonononononono I want Mama now now now now n- Stop.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • Dragon Ball Abridged: Happens often whenever a villain has an energy ball closing in on him. Vegeta pulls one of these when he realises that Goku is about to kick his ass.
    Vegeta: This is the end Kakarot! You don't stand a chance! I put all my power into this attack! Now perish... WITH THE REST OF YOUR PATHETIC WORLD!
    Goku: KAIOKEN...
    Vegeta: Noooo...
    Goku: ... TIMES...
    Vegeta: No, no, no...
    Goku: ... FOOOOUUUUR...
    Vegeta: Nononononononono-(gets carried away by the blast)-FUUUUUUUUUUU-
  • My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return: Nightmare Moon gives off a string of these when she realizes that she's about to lose.
  • Turnabout Storm:
  • Turnabout Substitution: Apollo gives one when Ema claims Rhea is Apollo's girlfriend.
  • In Ashes of the Past, an Absol does this upon seeing Ash. She also tries to run away through a closed window.
    Absol Nope! Nope nope nope nope nope!
  • In The Hill of Swords, this is Shirou's reaction to realizing he is about to go through an Unwanted Revival.

    Films — Animated 
  • Woody in Toy Story when the match he was going to use to light a rocket goes out.
  • Flik in A Bug's Life when the offering stone falls and spills its contents into the lake.
  • Anakin Skywalker does this when Ahsoka Tano brings down a wall on him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Shrek: Shrek himself does this when trying to stop Donkey from watching the DuLoc introductory animatronic again.
    Donkey: Let's do that again!
    Shrek: No! No! Nononono! (beat) No.
  • In Coraline, Coraline's father does this, punctuated by a Big "NO!", when Coraline accidentally fiddles with the house's electricity and his computer shuts down while he's working.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Shia LaBeouf does this in almost every movie he is in: Transformers, Disturbia, Surf's Up. See here
    • The RiffTrax commentators call this "Shia LaBeouf-ing" when other actors do it in other movies.
  • Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) in Sexy Beast: "No! No no no no no no no no! No!"
  • In Watchmen, Rorschach's Rapid-Fire "No!" when the police surround the recently-deceased Moloch's apartment.
  • This was a recurring gag in You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
  • Hitler does this in German in this clip of Inglourious Basterds.
  • In Cop Out, here.
  • Performed by Bit in the first TRON when Flynn is about to drive the Recognizer into a bridge with a Game Tank on it.
  • Revenge of the Sith: When Mace Windu confronts Darth Sidious:
    Darth Sidious: No... no, no, YOU will die!''
  • Jordy Verrill does this in Creepshow, when he realizes he's growing. He follows it up with a really big screwdriver.
  • The Scorpio Killer does it in Dirty Harry, right before Callahan tortures him on the football field.
  • In Sword Of Gideon (1986) the Mossad assassination team are confronting their first target.
    "[Are you] Wa'el Zwaiter?"
    "Ye— (realises something is wrong). No. (team draws their guns) No! No! No! (shoot him)
  • In The Terminal, Frank Dixon utters a subdued, disbelieving version of this when he realizes that Victor Navorski is finally being allowed past security into New York City after being held in the terminal for nine months.
  • Singin' in the Rain has Lina exclaim this in the talkie The Dueling Cavalier, after her character becomes captured. Her captor responds with a Rapid-Fire "Yes!", and they proceed to exchange "No!"'s and "Yes!"'s for a seemingly endless amount of time. The Narm increases when a syncing error causes Lina's high, shrilly "No!"'s to come out of the villain's mouth, and his low, domineering "Yes!"'s to come out of hers.


    Live-Action TV 
  • When the MythBusters took on claims that a tattoo would explode in an MRI, Kari and Tory suggested that Scottie should get some super-metallic ink added to her arm before going into the machine, Scottie delivered one of these.
    • Later, when they're attempting to re-test the Compact Compact myth, one of the semis they'd acquired for the test went off course:
      Jamie: [singsong] It's gonna go into the waaaater...
      Adam: Oh! Nononononononononononono...
      [slow-rolling semi collides with barrier]
      Adam: Yes!
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Robin does this frequently. She keeps repeating no-no-no-no-no when she learns that her baby sister, now in her teens, plans to lose her virginity. To a jerk, but even if he was a super sweet young boy, she would have freaked out just because, as it is her baby sister.
    • Robin answers the suggestion that she's dating Barney with sixteen nos. (In the Gag Reel, it is Thirty Two nos in a row.)
      Blah Blah: Robin, how did you and Barney meet?
      Robin: No, no no no no. No no no no no no no no no. Barney and I are not together. No. No.
      Barney: Really, sixteen nos? Really?
    • When Ted tells Lily that he thinks they were kissing at their freshmen's welcoming party, Lily is horrified and does the multiplied no routine.
  • In Doctor Who, this is one of the Tenth Doctor's Catch Phrases.
  • Dr. Cox on Scrubs has done this multiple times, out of anger.
  • Michael on The Office when Toby returns. Combined with a Big "NO!" for maximum effect
  • Practically ubiquitous in Friends. Every one of the main characters has done it at least once, and many of them multiple times.
  • Also, Jim from the The Vicar of Dibley. This is usually a Verbal Tic but occasionally played straight.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Rodney once did this while high as a kite on Wraith serum.

    Role-Playing Games 
  • Dino Attack RPG:
    • Humorous example: Zed Provhezor's response to seeing a bunch of grunts protecting just two scientists, unaware that those grunts and scientists were actually disguised Dino Attack agents infiltrating the XERRD Fortress.
    • Dramatic example: Rex's reaction to Michelle Glados shooting Amanda.

    Video Games 
  • Persona 4: Chie has more than a few when Yukiko is up to something.
  • In Portal 2, GLaDOS reacts this way when Wheatley attempts to initiate a core transfer.
  • In Myst III: Exile, this is Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Saavedro's Madness Mantra. It gets worse as the game progresses.
  • Whenever you fail a mission in the first Destroy All Humans!:
    Pox: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. Krypto, you incompetent buffoon.
  • In Pikmin Alph will let out rapid fire noes when he's getting chased or hurt by enemies.
  • In Slender, one of the pages has this written on it and a drawing of Slender.
  • Mass Effect 3: in the Citadel DLC, if a female Shepard is romancing Garrus, you can end up being dragged onto the dance floor. Since Shepard is famously terrible at dancing, she responds by repeating the word "no" multiple times. The resultant tango is actually pretty good, incidentally.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, Veronica says this when you return to the Followers Outpost to find the staff wiped out by rogue Brotherhood Paladins. "Oh no, nonononononono".
  • Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series is prone to doing this.

    Web Originals 

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: All together now: "No, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!" *crash*
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • In an episode where Patrick goes to Spongebob's school, Spongebob is accused for disturbing the class and writing down "Big Fat Meanie" at Mrs. Puff, which was actually Patrick's doing. And so, as punishment, Mrs. Puff removes one star from the merit board, all the while Spongebob painfully pleading not to remove it and simuntaneously spins his head around and muttering the trope.