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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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