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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- 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.
- 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.