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
, 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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- 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.
- 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 does this when trying to stop Donkey from watching the Duloc introductory animatronic again.
Donkey: Let's do that again!
: No! No! Nononono! (beat)
- 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 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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 no’s? 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.
- 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.
- 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 is also prone to doing this.
- The NONONO cat.
- Angry Joe uses one in Suburban Knights, when he realizes the "free car" he thinks he won was just a ruse to get him to the Nostalgia Critic's house.
Joe: [enraged] NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! [breaks down sobbing] No, no, nohohooooo...
- The Nostalgia Critic had one that lasted for about a minute in the middle of his review of Drop Dead Fred.
- Linkara, in his review of "Mr. T Comics #2" had not one, but two of these scenes upon finding that Mr. T gets knocked out by "Stare Roy," a man pumped up on steroids.
- When reviewing Caligula, The Cinema Snob reacts this way when he sees a flock of sheep onscreen with the title character. This is some fun meta humor for two reasons: he had reviewed Island of Death previously (which featured a man having sex with a goat in a similar setting), and Caligula is Brad Jones' favorite movie, so he's overreacting to a scene he's watched numerous times.
- He also does this at the end of his Death Nurse 2 review, when he learns the actress who played Crazy Fat Ethel had also been in a few pornos and assumes the worst.
- Jim of the Jimquisition did this as a form of Oh, Crap when he was told that week's subject was the controversy of "The Definition of Art Games".
- Dr. Rabbit lashes out one of these in Dr Rabbits World Tour.
- Chuggaaconroy does this in his Super Luigi Galaxy Let's Play when he doesn't get everything in a volcano that's filling up with lava. Of course, he still doesn't get anything.
- Billy MC does one after falling off a truck in Fear Factory Unleashed.
- The Autobiography of Jane Eyre: Jane's answer to a question whether she sings in Q&A 2. She then says her voice is OK only for singing in showers or cars.
- Used for comedy in Red vs. Blue. Upon realizing that he is actually the one responsible for a lot of the screwups in Blood Gulch, Church ends up doing this while continually attempting to correct his mistakes, chasing after Sheila while Caboose is piloting in his rescue attempt from way back in Episode 8. This is after Church accidentally enables Sheila's ability to target friendlies. We are treated to a humorous scene of Church in a futile run across Blood Gulch in a desperate attempt to avert two seasons' worth of suffering and failure, going "No no no no no" the entire time.
- Markiplier will often break into a panicky "No no no" when things go horribly wrong while playing a horror game, especially if it's a game built on dreadful anticipation like Five Nights at Freddy's.
- JonTron freaked out in one video game when he saw a dog with a human face in Monster Party.
"Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope SO MUCH NOPE."