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Slow No
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.

Straight Examples:

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    Films 
  • The Slow No from EVE when WALL•E shoots her disconnected Arm Cannon in the robot repair ward.
  • At the climax of the first Austin Powers, he does this as he leaps to stop a bomb.
  • Accidentally done in the film preview in Singin' in the Rain, as the film got screwed up.
  • A Slow No occurs from Duke (Apollo's trainer) in Rocky III in which, near the end of the rematch, Balboa is making Clubber Lang angry enough to KO him; and another Slow No from Duke in Rocky IV after Apollo Creed was KO'ed (killed) by Ivan Drago in an exhibition match.
  • Shrek 2: When Mongo, the giant gingerbread man, falls into the moat during the Storming the Castle sequence, both Shrek and Gingi do a Slow No.
  • A non-death version happens in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as time distortion thanks to a failure in the warp drives means that Decker's words come out very slowly as he gets Kirk to not order the firing of the phasers at an in-the-way asteroid (which he knows are offline).
    Decker: Nooooooooo! Beeeellllaaayyyy thhhhhhaaaaaatttt Phhhhaaaaasssseeeeeerrrrr ooooorrrrrrdddddeeeeerrrrr!
  • Played With in The Mask in an attempt to modernize it: when a bomb is about to go off, everything goes into slow-mo, but rather than anyone giving a protracted and warped, "Nooooo!" it's a weird, echoing, "Get it!"
  • When a military helicopter is shot down by the aliens in Skyline, Jarrod lets out a Slow No, complete with silly camera angle. It's almost the cheesiest thing in the movie, which is really saying something.
  • Frozen: Used when Anna leaps in front of Hans' sword for Elsa, and subsequently freezes solid.
  • Oscar from Shark Tale does it when seahorse Lucky Day trips and loses the race.

    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.

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • 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

    Web Original 
  • Happens in a dream sequence in the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series "Bonds Beyond Time" movie.
    Yusei: I said, "Card games on motorcycles".
    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.
    Jack: COME ON, CROW, LET'S GO PLAY A CARD GAME. WHILE STANDING COMPLETELY STILL. ON. THE. GROOOOOUUUUUND.
    Yusei: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
  • Done by The Hardcore Kid in his review of An Extremely Goofy Movie, upon learning that Pauly Shore is the voice of Bobby.

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    Western Animation 
  • Principal Skinner of The Simpsons has done it more than once. Ex.: "Bart's Comet", "Lisa's Date With Destiny", "Duffless," "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em"
    • Homer gets one in "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" when Flanders is about to baptize Bart.
      • Even Apu gets one in "Homer and Apu" when some gun-wielding maniac is about to shoot James Woods. Apu takes the bullet. And lives.
  • Undergrads: Just before teetotaler Nitz is about to take his first sip of alcohol, Rocko, his alcoholic best-friend (who has been having hallucinations about a giant whiskey bottle and decided to abstain), lunges at him with a long, drawn out "Nooooo!" in slow motion.
  • In Danny Phantom when Danny's family and friends (and teacher) were about to be blown up to their doom in an alternate timeline, Danny cries one out, complete with slow motion movement.
  • Almost every Big "NO!" that has ever occured in The Penguins of Madagascar — and there are several — has been a Slow No.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender :
    • Zuko when Azula breaks the rules of their Agni Kai and aims a lightning shot at Katara, goading him into Taking the Bullet.
    • In The Ember Island Players, the actress playing Aang delivers one of the looooooooooooooooo(...)ongest dying screams. It goes "Nooooooooooooooooooo(...)ooo!" of course.
  • Deadpool's reaction to getting his gun sliced in half by Wolverine in Slow Motion:
    Deadpool: No! That was my favorite gun!
  • Adventure Time: Finn's reaction to a water drop.
  • In ThunderCats (2011) Lion-O performs a Downplayed one (with no pitch-lowering) that coincides with a Futile Hand Reach upon seeing his father King Claudus stabbed In the Back, before a Slow Motion Fall.
  • In the episode "Mo Job" of The Powerpuff Girls there is an ULTRA-slow motion sequence (the likes of which the series had never even done before) where Buttercup is about to be shot with a laser with an antidote for Chemical X stripping the Powerpuff Girls of all their powers. The sequence starts with Blossom yelling "NOOOOOOOOO! BUTTERCUP!"
  • In an episode of The Amazing World of Gumball called "The Debt" Gumball jumps towards Mr. Robinson, trying to save his life from a falling light. During his jump he is yelling a long drawn out slow motion "NOOOOOOO."
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Eddy after Rolf smacks him with a fish in their duel in "Dueling Eds".
  • Used in X-Men: Evolution when Nightcrawler witnesses Mystique, who's been turned to stone, get chucked off a cliff. Combined with his accent and relatively high-pitched voice, the effect is somewhat undramatic.


Parodies, lampshade hangings etc.:

    Advertising 
  • 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.

    Films 
  • 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 
  • iCarly:
    • 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?
    Delivery Man: SUCKER! (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 Marenghi's 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • A very funny Slow No occurs in Invader Zim when a time-affected Dib is about to strike a similarly affected explosion.
  • In the Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Bubble Buddy," SpongeBob does the Big No when Squidward is about to pop the bubble with a needle. It goes into ridiculously slow motion, and he starts randomly messing with the vowel, making this a spoof as well.
  • Hulk Vs. Wolverine, Wolverine just sliced Deadpools gun.
    Deadpool: NNNOOOOO!!! That Was My Favorite Guuunnn!!!
  • In Phineas and Ferb, the episode Canderemy makes fun of this trope. When the robotic dog gets shut down and drops the device that can return Candace and Jeremy to normal, the program goes into dramatic slow-mo and Phineas, Candace, Isabella and Bufford all yell "Nooo" frantically (save for Ferb, who blinks in slow motion), complete with loud distorted voices. The only exception is Baljeet, who merely stands in his place and does the lampshade by asking why are they doing that.
  • In the Western Animation/Futurama episode "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", Fry does this when he sees a credit card fall on the dinner table. Fun fact: The "no" was not done in slow motion, Billy West actually made his voice sound like that.

    Jokes 
  • 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

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