A cousin to the Big "NO!"
, a Slow No is one that happens when Bullet Time
is used at the same time as a character going into denial. Usually used in places of war, explosions, just after death...yeah, it tends to be morbid. And occasionally subverted. Using it as a parody or in Mundane Made Awesome
sequences are becoming increasingly common than playing it straight however, making it a Dead Horse Trope
. (It's a time-tested source of Narm
, since it tends to make the screamer sound kind of like a Wookiee
Not to be confused with Slow Mo
. Can happen simultaneously with a Slow Motion Fall
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Live Action TV
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In the season one finale Sisko does this while charging towards an assassin. The scene is in slow motion, making his already deep voice hilariously deep.
- Near the start of Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening, Sam trips on his cape and does this while flying through the air in slow motion, before landing on the Big Red Button
- Happens in a dream sequence in the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series "Bonds Beyond Time" movie.
Yusei: You're kidding, right?
Jack: HEY CROW, DO YOU KNOW WHAT A MOTORCYCLE IS?
Crow: Can't say that I do.
Jack: YEAH, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS.
Yusei: But we ride them all the time!
Jack: WHAT FOR?
Yusei: To play card games on!
Jack: THAT SOUNDS LIKE A REALLY STUPID IDEA.
Yusei: Jack, you're scaring me.
- Done by The Hardcore Kid in his review of An Extremely Goofy Movie, upon learning that Pauly Shore is the voice of Bobby.
Parodies, lampshade hangings etc.:
- Parodied in a commercial for Corn Pops, we see a box sitting on a ledge overlooking the San Francisco skyline, someone knocks it over, and tries to grab it before it falls, in slow motion along with the obligatory "Noooo!!!", only he fails, and the camera pulls back to show us that the ledge was only 3 feet off the ground of a hill overlooking the skyline. The man reaches down and retrieves the box.
- Hilariously parodied in Tropic Thunder: The penultimate scene has most of the characters' dialog in slow motion, including Jack Black screaming "myyyyyyy assssssssssssss!"
- Jack Black did it before in Tenacious D The Pick Of Destiny: "POOOOWEEERRRRR SLIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE!!!"
- Megamind: The Button of Doom. Megamind sells his dehydration ray to some brat kids who use them to turn their parents into cubes so they can run rampant. Then Megamind and Minion barge in to get their ray gun back, announcing that while they could haul the kids off to jail, their parents will think up worse punishments. Cue slow motion Big "NO!" from the kids as Megamind dumps a glass of water on the cubes to restore said parents.
Live Action TV
- Spencer beautifully evokes a "Non-Lethal K.O." version in iSaved Your Life during a paintball assassin game sub-plot, complete with Slow Motion Fall and distorted voice effects.
Spencer: What's that, a lollipop?
Delivery Man: Yeah, except from where I'm from, we don't call it a lollipop.
Spencer: What do you call it?
! (slaps Spencer and dives on the floor)
(Sam hangs upside down from the doorbeam, blowtube in her mouth ready for the "kill")
Spencer: NOOOOOOOOOOO! (attempts to draw his blowtube but Sam strikes him with a headshot, claiming victory)
- Carly also evokes this in iBeat the Heat (again, with distorted vocal effects) when Sabrina blindly tramples on her model of an Utopian City ala Godzilla.
- Parodied to the max in Garth Marenghis Darkplace, in which practically every dramatic / tragic moment in the series will be punctuated by someone - usually Rick Daglass - screaming "Nooooooo!!!" at the top of his lungs, in slow motion, for at least a full minute. Usually more than once.
- Frasier provides a hilarious slow-motion example when he tries to stop his girlfriend Faye—whom he's been accidentally calling by the name of his ex-girlfriend Cassandra, explaining it as the name of a favorite aunt—from meeting the real Cassandra, exposing his deception. Tables are overturned, dishes are dropped, people are knocked over, and, of course, it doesn't work.
- A bit on Late Night with Conan O'Brien demonstrated what the show would look like as directed by an action movie veteran. Conan lets out one of these when Andy is shot.
- Uttered by Howard on The Big Bang Theory, when he thought someone was about to kiss his girl. He dashed in to intervene, and ended up kissing Rajesh instead.
- 8-Bit Theater: Red Mage does this by casting slow and feather fall on himself for dramatic effect when Thief and BM talk about burning the Rat Tail they need to complete their side-quest. He overdoes it and gets stuck in mid air for several hours.
- A guy just arrived in States and phones late in the night to a hotel:
-I want to know if there are any free rooms for one person, but my americano is very, very bad, so answer me very, very slow, okay?
-Nnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooo! - the receptionist answered