Rapid-Fire "No!"

"I am sensible. I am calm. I'll give you my answer calmly and sensibly, my final answer. My final answer is finally no. The answer is no! Absolutely and finally no! Finally and positively no! No! No! No! N - O!"
Leo Morse, Force of Evil (1948)

Alice is about to do something by accident, or on purpose, that Bob and Charlie don'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, 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. Contrast Rapid-Fire "Yes!".


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  • 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:
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: 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.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic NOPE!, Marinette does this while using her sketchpad to beat the crap out of an Akuma that had just tried to possess her.
  • In This Bites!, Perona gives one, capped with a Big "NO!", when she hears that Chopper has got his hands on her real body.

    Film — Animated 
  • Flik in A Bug's Life when the offering stone falls and spills its contents into the lake, and later when his bird inadvertently hits P.T. Flea's circus wagon, which leads to P.T. Flea incinerating the bird.
  • 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.
  • There are two instances of this in Inside Out.
    • Because she entrusted the core memories to Bing Bong earlier, Joy lets out one of these when Dream Productions' security takes Bing Bong to the Subconscious.
    • Fear does one to say he's not with Anger's plan to run back to Minnesota.
  • 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.
  • Anakin Skywalker does this when Ahsoka Tano brings down a wall on him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Woody in Toy Story when the match he was going to use to light a rocket goes out.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Edward Nygma gives out one in Batman Forever after Two-Face busts up his big mind-melding party in an attempt to rob the patrons attending the party and kill Bruce Wayne.
  • In Cop Out, here.
  • 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.
  • Hitler does this in German in this clip of Inglourious Basterds.
  • 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.
  • In Repo! The Genetic Opera, Shilo goes through several nos when racing to her mother's grave to make it back home in time.
  • Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) in Sexy Beast: "No! No no no no no no no no! No!"
  • 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.
  • Star Wars: In The Force Awakens, Finn rapid-fires a few no's followed by a Big "NO!" as he realizes that Rey has been kidnapped, feeling responsible for this.
  • 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.
  • Performed by Bit in the first TRON when Flynn is about to drive the Recognizer into a bridge with a Game Tank on it.
  • 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.

  • In horror series Escape from Furnace, this tends to be the only sound that pierces the silence of a Blood Watch, the ritual where the wheezers mark up an inmate's cell to be dragged down into the infirmary, never to be seen again.
  • Hollow Places features this trope when, upon Austin's final trip to the cave, he finds that the anomaly within no longer works.
  • In the novelization of Superman Returns, Lex Luthor of all people does this when he discovers Superman is pushing his island into space.
  • In Will Grayson, Will Grayson when the second Will Grayson found out Maura was posing as his online crush Isaac.
    Will: no. no no no no no no no no no no no no no no. no please no what no no please no fuck no NO.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: This is one of the Tenth Doctor's catchphrases.
  • In Drake & Josh, Josh dishes this out during a massive breakdown in the middle of a classroom:
    Josh: No. NO! NO NO NO NO- YOU! *points at Drake*
    Drake: *shrugs* What?
  • Practically ubiquitous in Friends. Every one of the main characters has done it at least once, and many of them multiple times.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Michael on The Office (US) when Toby returns. Combined with a Big "NO!" for maximum effect.
  • Dr. Cox on Scrubs has done this multiple times, out of anger.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Rodney once does this while high as a kite on Wraith serum.
  • Jim, from the The Vicar of Dibley, has a Verbal Tic where he goes "Nonononononononononono..." He only ever means the last word he says, which can be either no or yes.

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  • 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 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".
  • 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 Myst III: Exile, this is Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Saavedro's Madness Mantra. It gets worse as the game progresses.
  • Torbjorn in Overwatch lets this off in the prepare phase on Numbani, a city where humans and Omnics — whom he harbors great resentment for — live peacefully:
    "No no no! N-O NO!"
  • Persona 4: Chie has more than a few when Yukiko is up to something.
  • In Pikmin Alph will let out rapid fire noes when he's getting chased or hurt by enemies.
  • Portal 2
    • GLaDOS reacts this way when Wheatley attempts to initiate a core transfer.
    Announcer: Substitute core, are you ready to start the procedure.
    Wheatley: Yes!
    Announcer: Corrupted core, are you ready to start the procedure?
    GLaDOS: NO!
    Wheatley: Ooh, yes she is!
    GLaDOS: Nonononononono!
  • In Slender, one of the pages has this written on it and a drawing of Slender.
  • In There Is No Game, the narrator goes "no, no, no, no, no, no" when you type in "GAME" in the "THERE IS A" screen.
  • Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series is prone to doing this.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • Commonly occurs in Go Animate "Grounded" videos, as well, most commonly when a person (or several people) is about to have something terrible happen to them by way of the troublemaker of the day. The troublemakers have been known to use this trope themselves when they get busted, sent to their rooms after being grounded, or during "Punishment Days}".

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  • Played straight and then defied in The Legend of Maxx, after Cyril dies:
    Cyril: ...Oh no. Oh NO. No, no, no, NO, NOOOO!!!
    Angel: Sorry, in this situation you're only allowed a maximum of 3 horrified 'no's.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Xykon does this when V's explosive runes explode on his phylactery.
      Xykon: No no no no no no—NO!
      [phylactery misses the rift]
      Xykon: YES!
    • Nale, when he learns that his Gate is in another pyramid.
      Nale: Is this — what is — ? What am I looking at?
      Malack: Hrrm. It seems fairly straightforward to me.
      Nale: No no no no no no NO! Scan it! SCAN IT!

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    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: All together now: "No, no, no, no, no, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!" *crash*
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Starlight Glimmer utters a string of "no" twice in the episode "All Bottled Up":
    • First in anxious worry, right after Trixie made the Cutie Map table disappear.
    • And then, when it is recovered at the spa, she frantically says this while tackling Trixie to stop her from attempting to teleport the table again.
  • 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 simultaneously spins his head around and muttering the trope.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • Ezra has a tendency to do this.
    • "The Honourable Ones": Agent Kallus' reaction when the pike holding him to the ceiling of the ice cave, and thus away from the Immune to Bullets lizards below, starts to slip. Did we mention the pike is from his bo-rifle, which is also currently serving as a splint for his broken leg?