Rocky Roll Call
Brad: Janet!Say My Name taken to the limit. A scene consisting entirely (or almost entirely) of characters saying other characters' names. This tends to occur when four or more characters happen to cross paths unexpectedly, often under very awkward circumstances. Usually ends when a character, not wanting to feel left out, says their own name or something entirely unrelated. Very often combined with Doctor Doctor Doctor. See also Say My Name. Not to be confused with Robot Roll Call.
Rocky: (looks over) note
Doctor Scott: Janet!note
(cue Overly Long Gag)
Rocky: (looks over) note
Doctor Scott: Janet!note
(cue Overly Long Gag)
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Anime and Manga
- Stan Freberg has a hilarious comedy routine called "John and Marsha" that consists of nothing but the names John and Marsha repeated with different intonations.
Comics — Books
- In J. Michael Straczynski's run on Amazing Spider-Man, there's a storyline where a new villain steals Dr. Octopus's technology and builds himself a new, improved Octopus suit. He then takes a group of people, including Aunt May and Mary Jane, hostage:
- One of the old Archie Comics features a story in which the only dialogue was the words "Archie" and "Veronica", said in different intonations each time. Archie and Veronica were on a date, Archie flirted with another girl, Veronica got mad at him and broke up with him, Betty and Reggie plotted to steal their respective objects of affection away, Archie and Veronica got back together, and Betty and Reggie pined. All with only two words.
Films — Animation
- The table scene in Shrek 2.
Queen Lillian: Harold!
King Harold: Fiona!
Queen Lillian: Harold!
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs takes this Up to Eleven, dragging it even longer and including a monkey wearing a speech-translation invention that often defaults to the monkey's own name.
- Happened in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Concluded with Timon sarcastically introducing himself and Pumbaa. "Great! Now that we all know each other..."
Films — Live-Action
- The Trope Namer is, of course, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as outlined above. Rocky and Janet are in bed together, Doctor Scott is shocked to see his prudish student in bed with a gleaming muscleman, and Brad and Frank are both pissed off to see their respective lovers in flagrante delicto. And Janet is of course freaked out to have been caught in bed with a gleaming muscleman by her college professor, her fiance, and the muscleman's lover. Rocky actually looks kind of relieved to not have a voice, so he doesn't have to join in. Brad, Janet, and Doctor Scott all thus call out both the other two's names in sequence. Frank repeats himself out of sheer stupification. And thus an Overly Long Gag becomes perhaps the single most awkward moment ever depicted in media.
- Arguably, the "dude!" scene in BASEketball also qualifies.
- Near the end of We're the Millers, the Miller "family" has been reunited and is about to leave the carnival, but comes across the mom and daughter of the Fitzgeralds, a family they've come across numerous times on their trip. To clarify, the Millers are a fake family who secretly smuggled drugs across the Mexican border; the dad of the Fitzgerald family is a DEA agent, and the daughter of the Fitzgeralds had a mutual crush on the Miller "son", but walked in on him kissing his "sister" and his "mom" while his "dad" watched and so is now grossed out by him. This exchange occurs:
- In Thor: The Dark World Darcy and Ian are teleported in front of Jane and Selvig:
(Mjolnir shoots by)
- Lightly parodied in the novel The Map of Time by Félix J. Palma:
The exchange that followed was as inconsequential as it was idiotic, but I will reproduce it word for word, even though it is scarcely worth mentioning, simply because I am not trying to make any one episode in this story stand out.
"Jane," said Wells, in a faint, almost inaudible voice.
"Bertie," replied Jane, alarmed.
"Charles-" Andrew began.
"Andrew," Charles interrupted him.
Then there was silence.
- The Dick Van Dyke Show, with Mel complaining to Rob about Buddy's insults. I don't remember the exact order, but we got a couple of rounds of "Rob!" "Buddy!" "Sally!" "Mel!" and then Buddy said "Your turn" to Mel.
- The "Chief?" "McCloud!" running gag from the MST3K show "Pod People" grows longer throughout the episode.
- A Stargate Atlantis scene involves various characters acknowledging each other using their joint title — "Colonel". McKay follows the introductions with "Seriously?"
- From an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Mr. Moseby: London!
- It happens in the Spin-Off of the above, The Suite Life On Deck:
Woody: Woody! Sorry, I wanted to play.
- It turns up in The Big Bang Theory:
Sheldon: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Cooper.
Leonard: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Hofstader.
Raj: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Koothrapali.
Howard: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Mister Wolowitz.
- Used as a Running Gag:
(Cue Dave looking smug as the audience laughs)
Dave: Don't yell at me, this is your deal, Titus.
- Lampshade in an earlier episode:
Erin: Guys! This never goes anywhere!
Titus: Because you always interrupt it.
- The Scrubs season three episode "My Fault" has the following sequence:
Dr. Cox: KELSO!
Danni: Oh, Danni!
Dr. Cox: Kelso!
J.D.: Not here.
- Happens in the Seinfeld episode "The Virgin":
Jerry: Hi, Marla.
Jerry: George, Marla
Marla: George. Jerry, Stacey.
Jerry: George, Stacey.
Jerry: (hinting) George.
George: (getting the hint) Jerry. Marla... Stacey!
- In Ned's Guide to School Carwashes, Moze and her rival-turned-friend Suzie Crabgrass confront Missy Meaney:
Moze: (menacingly) Meaney.Missy: (menacingly) Mosely. Crabgrass.Suzie: (menacingly) Meaney. Mosely.Moze: (hurt) Crabgrass!Suzie: (apologetic) Mosely!Missy: (taunting) Crabgrass... I mean, Mosely!Moze and Suzie: (menacingly) Meaney.
Margaret: Colonel Blake...Henry Blake: Oh, uh, Major Houlihan, Major Stoner.Margaret: Major.Maj. Stoner: Major.Henry Blake: Major. Major Burns, Major Stoner.Frank Burns: Major.Maj. Stoner: Major, Major.Hawkeye: Major Pierce.Henry Blake: Major.Hawkeye: Well, I think we've made a major breakthrough here.
- From How I Met Your Mother episode "The Wedding Bride":
(Barney slurps his drink)
- Typical conversation in Mass Effect:
Wrex: Commander Shepard.Shepard: Wrex.Grunt: Shepaaaaaaaaard...Shepard: (confused) Grunt?
- Spoofed in Mass Effect 3: Citadel, during the party scene. If Wrex and Grunt are there, they proceed with an epic Ascended Meme:
- Knights of the Old Republic: There's a Romeo and Juliet quest (Sandral-Matale Feud), when the lovers and their fathers have a confrontation (apparently in homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show):
(Rahesia's father shows up)
Shen: Mr. Matale!
Mr. Matale: Rahasia!
(Shen's father shows up)
Rahesia: Mr. Sandral!
- From Tales of Monkey Island:
LeChuck: LECHUCK! Arr, this name shoutin' be fun!
- From Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin:
- One mission in City of Heroes has you rescuing Dr. Frank N. Scott and references The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
First Enemy: Dr. Scott! Hero Name!
Dr. Frank N. Scott: Hero Name!
Second Enemy: Hero Name! Dr. Scott!
- Kid Icarus: Uprising has this happen twice. "Pit!" "Hades!!" "Pit!!" "Hades!!!" "Piiiiiiiiiiiiiit!!!!!!"
- RWBY had this occur when the gang are meeting up in Episode 8.
- Looking for Group: Richard is upset that he wasn't included.
- The Order of the Stick, last panel of this strip.
Sam's father: Samantha!
Belkar: Hot chick!
- Done in Punch an' Pie (with a Rocky Horror reference) here.
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: "Masterful Series of Tiny 3-dimensional Klips"
- Dexter's Laboratory: "Dexter!" "Mandark!" "DeeDee!"
- While they do it a lot in general, the science fair episode took it up to eleven where the entire conclusion (Dexter and Mandark having to rescue Deedee from a monster using their giant robots) has them communicating in nothing but their three names.
- Here's a delightful exchange from an episode of DuckTales:
- Family Guy, between Quagmire, Cleveland, Loretta, Lois, Peter and Bonnie. Which finishes off with Loretta angrily prodding Cleveland to say her name as she had been left out.
- The Penguins of Madagascar has one with the 2010 Christmas Special "The All-Nighter Before Christmas." The Crowning Moment of Funny was Mort finishing the roll call with the non-sequitur "Potato!"
- In Steven Universe, it's the Crystal Gems in "Beach Party." Complete with flamboyant Transformation Sequences... into regular summer wear. This is the way that they formally introduce themselves to the Pizzas, an angry family whom had their restaurant destroyed in a monster fight. Mr. Pizza thinks that they're circus performers at first.
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast, during an interview with Kevin Smith:
Kevin Smith: Zorak.Zorak: Kevin.Kevin Smith: (throws horns) Zorak!Zorak: Kevin!Kevin Smith: ZORAAAK!Zorak: KEVIIIN!!!Space Ghost: SPAAAAAAACE GHOOOOOOOOST!
- Spongebob Squarepants:
- Phineas and Ferb gives us a repeating one in a direct shout-out to the Trope Namer in Night of the Living Pharmacists
- Phineas: Candace?
Ferb: (turns around)