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There are some unique laughs that, when imitated by anyone, immediately bring to mind a single person. It may be an Annoying Laugh
(even a Most Annoying Sound
) or an Evil Laugh
, it may be the sounds/words used, or the fact that it's at a terribly inappropriate time
, but everyone knows who it's connected to. When this happens, this person has a Signature Laugh.
It doesn't count if it reminds you of a type
of person (like the Noblewoman's Laugh
), nor just a type
of laugh (like The Hyena
). It must be an individual who springs immediately to mind when it's heard. Can overlap somewhat with Verbal Tic
Some of these sounds are difficult to translate onto a page, but when you hear them, you know.
Compare Annoying Laugh
, Evil Laugh
, Laughing Mad
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Anime And Manga
- Dragon Ball: Master Roshi.
- Almost every major character in One Piece has a unique laugh. Villains especially. Here is a list.
- Giants in particular always seem to have some incredibly strange laughs.
- Ryuk from Death Note: "Hyuk hyuk hyuk!" Light Yagami's typical Evil Laugh even became a Memetic Mutation.
- Tsuruya from Suzumiya Haruhi.
- Kinnikuman: Ashuraman's "Ka ka ka ka ka" laugh is so deeply associated with him that it's featured in his Villain Song.
- Prussia from Axis Powers Hetalia has the rather unique "Kesesesesese".
- In the dub, France has "onhonhonhon", the stereotypical French laugh.
- Some fans use "kolkolkolkol" as Russia's laugh and "fusosososo" as Spain's laugh, but they are actually a Madness Mantra and a "cheer-up charm" respectively. Russia's actual "laugh" is "ufufufu~" (or "uhuhuhu")
- America's "DDDDDDDD"... no, that's not how it's actually pronounced. The anime/drama CDs just go with a loud "Ha ha ha ha!"
- Kururu in Keroro Gunsou.
- Hell, all of the Keronians do: Keroro = "Kerokerokero!", Giroro = "Girogirogiro!", Tamama = "Tamatamatama!".
- Ranma ˝: Kodachi Kuno's (high pitched in the anime) "ohohohohohohohoho". Her appearance is always accompanied or heralded with that laugh.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Weevil Underwood/Insector Haga's laugh is written as "Hyo hyo hyo!" in the manga and the video games.
- Bleach has Don Kanonji, whose signature is striking a pose and going, "BO-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
- In Strike Witches, Sakamoto Mio had a signature laugh in the first season, when she was played by Chiba Saeko (Ha! Ha! Ha!). In the second season, Chiba was unavailable to play the character, so she was played by Seto Saori, who didn't use the laugh.
- In Samurai 7 everytime Okara makes a snide comment she follows it with a SHSHSHSHSH hissing laugh
- Kaname Madoka has a "Weheeheehee" laugh.'
- Kusukusu of Shugo Chara! has a distinctive laugh that sounds much like her Meaningful Name.
- In Japanese, kusukusu is onomatopoeia for giggling.
- Yuushibu: Fino. Her laugh is quite consistent too.
- Louis from Revenge of the Nerds.
- Tommy's signature "haha" from The Room. Often used at inappropriate times.
- Sid James's dirty laugh was a staple of the Carry On films.
- John Wayne, in many of his roles. "Dah-Haa, dah-haaa, da-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
- Pee-wee Herman had a very distinctive laugh.
- Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley has a distinctive laugh, to the point where it was featured in the promos.
- Christopher Lambert seems to have a signature laugh across multiple characters. As Connor Macleod (of clan Macleod) from Highlander, he frequently used a creepy "heheheh" sort of laugh, and then later used the same laugh as Lord Rayden in Mortal Kombat.
- Dr. Evil from Austin Powers.
- Mozart's Annoying Laugh in Amadeus announces his presence whenever he's in the area.
- Terry Pratchett seems to love these:
- "Hat. Hat. Hat." from Mr. Cletes
- Dragon-King-of-Arms and his "ah-ha".
- The Death of Rats and his "Snh-Snh-Snh".
Live Action TV
- The Three Stooges: Curly's "Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuk"
- The Muppets have plenty:
- Stadler and Waldorf use "DOH-ho-ho-ho-hoh!"
- Ernie's hissing "hee-hee-hee"
- And don't forget Bert's bleating "ahahahahahahahahahah!"
- The Count's "ONE! Ah... ah...ah!"
- Elmo has one of the most distinctive laughs in children's television, as anyone who has ever owned a Tickle-Me-Elmo doll can attest to.
- Arnold Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter had two signature lines: "Oooh, Oooh, Mr. Kotter," and his Signature Laugh.
- Tim Allen's grunting laugh from Home Improvement, which came from his standup routine).
- The Nanny: Fran Drescher's nasal, snorting laugh.
- Kitty on That '70s Show. Both how she laughs, and how often she laughs.
- Fawlty Towers: Sybil Fawlty
- Janice from Friends, with her nasally "nghanghanghangha"
- In an episode of Sister Sister, Tia has a boyfriend whose laugh is very hard to miss, and it ends up being the way she finds out that he is on a date with another girl.
- Moss uses this trope in The IT Crowd when acting as dungeon master for a game of Dungeons & Dragons. He announces that the players see a familiar face emerge from a crowd, then, as the character, gives a distinctive "Ho ho ho!" The players all recognize the laugh and shout the character's name.
- Rik Mayall's characters all share the same over-the-top nervous laugh.
- Steve Urkel in Family Matters snorted whenever he laughed.
- Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His very fake-seeming laugh is more of a brief bout of hyperventilation, and underscores his general lack of humor.
- Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars has a distinctive staccato, wheezing laugh.
- French singer Henri Salvador had a very unique and amusing laugh. He even worked it into many of his musical singles.
- Louie the Turkey on Frank Zappa's album "Lumpy Gravy" has a very eccentric laugh. Let us put it this way: there is a reason they called him "the turkey".
- Flemish singer, TV presenter and politician Margriet Hermans has a very loud and instantly recognizable laugh.
- Difficult to type, but the radio version of The Shadow had a very distinctive laugh, at least when Orson Welles was in the role.
- Carolina Bermudez (of Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo) has a quite a distinctive laugh, a "Ha ha ha ha!" that is almost like a fusion of an evil cackle and Elmo's laugh.
- The Great Gildersleeve... Again, impossible to spell out. Also crosses over to Live-Action TV.
- Amagami: Miya's "Nishishishi"
- Final Fantasy VI: Kefka' "Uwehehehe!" It's so iconic, it got incorporated into his Final Boss Battle Theme Music.
- Final Fantasy VII: Heidigger and Scarlet are at one point referred to as "Gya-Ha-Ha" and "Kya-Ha-Ha" by Cait Sith.
- Resident Evil: Code: Veronica: Alfred Ashford is known for his hideous laugh.
- Fassad's "Nwehehehehehe!" in Mother 3
- The dog in Duck Hunt, as well as the pose he makes.◊
- The Pokémon Croagunk and its evolution, Toxicroak, both have distinctive high-pitched, cackling cries.
- In Gold/Silver/Crystal and the remakes, there's one particular rocket grunt who has a distinctive laugh of 'hyuk hyuk hyuk'. In fact it's practically the only way he is differentiated from the other grunts.
- And all of the villains from the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games.
Skuntank: "Chaw haw haw haw!"
Koffing: "Whoa ho ho ho!"
: "Ooh hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!"
- Donkey Kong, in the arcade game: AAH. AAH. AAH.
- Exit Fate's Those Two Bad Guys: Trevor's "Hohohohoho" and Sick's "Hihihihihi".
- Larxene's laugh as well as Vexen's laugh and death cry are pretty well known around the Kingdom Hearts fandom.
- Banjo of Banjo-Kazooie fame has a Goofy-like but still distinct "guh-hyuck".
- In Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon's ending, The King has a rather well-known "OAHOHOHOHOHAHAHAHA!" partnered with Zelda's "Eh heh heh... Ehehehehe!"
- Dr. Eggman of the Sonic the Hedgehog series has his "Ohohohoho!" laugh, originally from the Japanese version of Sonic Adventure, but starting with Sonic X, Mike Pollock began imitating the laugh in English.
- Iori Yagami: "Mmhmhmhm... ahahahaha... AHAAHAHAHAHAHA!" It's his Victory Pose, no less.
- Brian Fury from Tekken has a mechanical, echoing "Ahahahahaha!" when he throws an enemy.
- Heaven smiles in Killer7 have very distinctive laugh. Possibly invoked, as variations of Heaven smiles have different laughs, allowing you to tell what exactly is about to blow your face off.
- Many villains from the Mario RPGs have signature laughs. They may or may not be rendered as a sound effect (most are simply printed out as text, especially in the Paper Mario series).
- Lord Crump's "Buh! Buh! Buh huh huh!"
- Grodus's "Gack ack ack ack!"
- Count Bleck's "Bleh heh heh heh heh! BLECK!"
- This is practically an unspoken requirement to be an Overlord in the Nippon Ichi multiverse, as Laharl, Zetta and Mao all have their own Evil Laughs. Laharl deserves special mention as his laugh is almost always the first thing you hear whenever he shows up.
- Suikoden II: Luca Blight and his "HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!" (Yes. Tons of exclamation mark)
- Wario's "Wahahaha!"
- Clank of Ratchet & Clank has a distinctive "Ee-hehehehehe!" for his laugh.
- Bald Bull and Soda Popinski from the NES Punch-Out!! are the only characters who laugh at you.
- Katawa Shoujo has Misha's "Wahahahaha~!" Yes, the tilde is mandatory!
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni has quite a few of these.
- Ihhihihihi! (Battler)
- Hohohohoho… (Kumasawa)
- Wahahaha! (Hideyoshi)
- Kihihihihihihi… (Maria)
- Kukkukuku… uhyahyahyahyahya!!! (Beatrice)
- EVA-Beatrice in the PS3 version has a high-pitched laugh that is… hard to describe. It has to be heard.
- And the sound novels themselves have their signature laugh.
- Scooby-Doo has his "heHeHEHeHehe" chortle, often followed by, "Rooby Roo!"
- The Simpsons:
- Nelson's distinctive mocking laugh is his catchphrase.
- Also, Ms. Krabapple's single "HA!"
- And Krusty's "HoohoohoohooHAHA!"
- And also, Dr. Hibbert's various "Eh-HEH-HEH-HEH!"
- Marge's giggle and Patty and Selma's cackle
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender , Toph's laugh was what tipped Aang off that she was the girl from his vision.
- The Proud Family has Papi's nigh-irreproducible laugh. It was a plot point once, when an imposter actually managed to get it down perfectly.
- The distinctive throaty snickering of Dick Dastardly's canine sidekick, Muttley, in The Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Pioneered by a wiseguy dog in a Huckleberry Hound cartoon, then perfected later by Precious Pupp on The Atom Ant Show. Used later by Muttley expy Mumbly.
- Several Batman villains:
- Young Justice gives us Robin's (Dick Grayson's) signature cross between giggling and a maniacal cackle that is often heard right before he appears on-screen from wherever he had ninja-d off too. It has to be heard to be believed
- Harvey Birdman: HA-HA! Phil Ken Sebben!
- Goofy's distinctive "Ah-Hyuk!"
- Which has passed onto his son, Max Goof.
- Looney Tunes: Elmer Fudd's "Huhuhuhuh".
- Mickey Mouse's high-pitched giggle from when Walt Disney was voicing him. Wayne Allwine's short "Ha-ha!" from more recent times is almost as memorable.
- Most Sponge Bob Square Pants characters have distinctive laughs:
- SpongeBob's dolphin giggle.
- Patrick's moron laugh.
- Squidward's nasal chortle.
- Mr. Krabs' pirate-accented "Ar-ar-ar-ar".
- Plankton's Evil Laugh.
- Dishonest John's "Nya-ha-HAH!" from Beany And Cecil.
- Popeye: "Ug-ug-ug-ug-ug!"
- In at least one early cartoon he actually vocalizes "Arf! Arf! Arf!" as per his comic-strip self.
- Mandark from Dexter's Laboratory has his "HA haHA! HA haHA haHA!" In fact, one episode has no dialogue apart from this, Dexter's laugh and a few other sounds.
- Woody Woodpecker's "Ha-ha-ha-HAAAAA HA!"
- The titular characters of Beavis And Butthead were practically defined by their signature laughs, "Ehhhehehe" and "Uhhhhuhuhu" respectively. One episode is dedicated to their inability to cease this laughter.
- Roger Klotz from Doug: "HUH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH!"
- June's cute high-pitched laughter in KaBlam!.
- Theodore's "huhuhuhuhuhuh!" giggle in The Alvin Show.
- Yak-Yak on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Laughs at everything, even if he's on the receiving end of pain. And the Hooded Claw as well.
- The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Flapjack's laugh.
- Santa Claus, in all his incarnations, is thought to give a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" which often indicates his presence when he's not visible.