Signature Laugh

Imagine that laugh in your head now!

"You put your whole self into that laugh, don't you?"
Marcia to Lonesome Rhodes, A Face in the Crowd

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.


Examples

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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 Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • 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 rhythmic "Ha ha ha ha!"
    • Poland has "WAHAHAHA!"
  • Kururu in Sgt. Frog.
    • 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's Wehihihi is an onomatopoeia of that little giggle of hers. Japanese fanworks naturally follow this and literally write it as ウェヒヒヒヒ.
  • 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.

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    Literature 
  • 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".
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Walder Frey always laughs with a nasal "heh". His grandson in a narration mentions how much he hates it.

    Live Action TV 
  • 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.
  • The Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who has a really distinctive, booming, rather sinister laugh that Who fans just love doing impressions of.

    Music 
  • 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.

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    Radio 
  • 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.

    Theater 

  • Veronica from Heathers has an incredibly infectious, distinctive laugh.

    Video Games 
  • 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 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games.
      Skuntank: "Chaw haw haw haw!"
      Koffing: "Whoa ho ho ho!"
      Zubat: "Heheheheheheheheh!"
      Dusknoir: "Ooh hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo!"
      '''The Sableyes''': "Weh heh heh heh!"
      Darkrai: "MuhehehehehehehehahahahahahahaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!"
  • 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.
  • In Sengoku Basara, Matabe has a high-pitched "Kekekekekeke" as his maniacal laugh.
  • From Animal Crossing:
    • Tortimer has "Heh heh HORF!"
    • Lazy villagers have "A huh huh huh!"
    • Cranky villagers have "GAH HA HA HA!" There's even a conversation in New Leaf where a cranky villager will try to convince a lazy villager to adopt their laugh.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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.
  • Dangan Ronpa has Monokuma with his "Upupupupu..." and Genocider Shou's "GYAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" which she tends to introduce herself with.

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    Western Animation 
  • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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.
      • Some of the laughs are distinctive in German, too. Spongebob got an impish giggle, while Squidward's voice was low and rough.
  • 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.
  • South Park:
    • Eric Cartman's "nyeh nyeh nyeh nyeh nyehhh nyeh, heh heh heh heh heh hehhh!"
  • Peter Griffin's" Heheheheheheheheheh!"

    Real Life 
  • Drew Carey, mostly in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, whenever the laughs got out of hand.
  • Tom Hiddleston's laugh. Ehehehehe!
  • Ed McMahon from The Tonight Show had a distinctive, deep belly laugh.
  • Peter Lorre's "A-henh" laugh is a standard part of any impression done of him.
  • Renard Queenston of Lapfox Trax has an unspellable laugh that has become famous among those of their fans who watch their livestreams. Really, it's indescribable.
  • Iron Chef Michael Symon's hysterical laugh sounds somewhat like the laughter of a hyena.
  • French cartoonist Roland Topor had a very loud and haunting laugh, which can be heard in Werner Herzog's adapation of "Nosferatu" (1979), in which Topor plays Dracula's assistant.
  • Craig Charles has a distinctive and recognizable laugh, which he, of course, passed over to his characters.
  • There are few who can laugh as loud as Ricky Gervais when Karl Pilkington is around.
  • Jimmy Carr has an unusual, gasping laugh that is often mocked on panel shows. He says it sounds like a dying seal.

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  • 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.