Quite a mouth(s)ful.
Multiple characters say the same thing, at the same time.
The Creepy Monotone
this naturally creates make this a favourite characteristic of the Hive Mind
(especially ones linked psychically
), Creepy Twins
and people under Mass Hypnosis
. It also turns up when reciting Badass Boasts
or other well-known texts, where it's intended to show unity, strength in numbers, and discipline. A common enough joke is mixing this with an Expo Speak Gag
Comics demonstrate this by drawing a Speech Bubble
with two or more tails leading to the speakers.
Taken for granted in musicals, where it happens constantly during Crowd Songs
Also common is the comedic Subversion; Two characters attempt to do this, but fall out of sync or mess up their lines. Bonus points if they then argue about who was supposed to say what, or about how one isn't sticking to the plan, or if they Lampshade that speaking in unison is more trouble than it's worth. This particular variant also can show up with Finishing Each Other's Sentences
and similar tropes.
Compare Voice of the Legion
, where one character speaks with the voice of many, and I Say What I Say
, where two people say the same thing because they're the same person (transplanted in time or from alternate universes). See also Finishing Each Other's Sentences
, Finish Dialogue in Unison
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Anime and Manga
- Happens frequently for comedic effect in various series where multiple individuals react to something going on; One Piece is a repeat offender in this department.
- The twins Hikaru and Kaoru in Ouran High School Host Club often will speak in unison.
- Lampshaded humorously in Death Note's dub, when L suggests a rather... questionably ethical plan for their next move, everyone around him screams "Ryuuzaki!" to which he replies "What? There's no need to shout in unison!"
- The Sisters in A Certain Magical Index employ a variant. Only one of them speaks at a time, but each sentence is spoken by a new one. In Railgun, they switch off seamlessly mid-sentence.
- Alice Through the Looking Glass has Alice boarding a train whose passengers, apart from Alice herself and the character she was conversing with, all keep remarking on the subject of the conversation in unison (and, at one point, thinking in unison).
- In the Warrior Cats series, StarClan is described as sounding like every cat Firestar has ever known, all speaking at once in one clear voice.
- Spore of Galaxy of Fear takes people over and has them speak this way.
- In John W. Campbell's story "The Brain Stealers of Mars", Ted Penton and Rod Blake encounter shapeshifting aliens who impersonate them, and they have to spot the impostors. Because the aliens can read minds, they can flawlessly imitate what Penton or Blake would say, and it's not long before all twelve Pentons start speaking and acting in unison. (Blake, on the other hand, is more uncertain, and the Blakes argue with and contradict one another despite all having access to the same mind.)
- One Harry Potter book has Harry and his friends encounter the Weasley twins at the Owlery and do three sentences two at a time.
Ron and Fred: "What're you doing here?"
Harry and George: "Sending a letter,"
Hermione and Fred: "What, at this time?"
Live Action TV
- "WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE."
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? has a whole game involving this, aptly titled All In One Voice.
- We! Are! Coming!
- The Ood do this in the Doctor Who two-parter "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", while possessed by Satan (or whatever it was), complete with glowing red Mind-Control Eyes.
- Also the monster in "Midnight," which possesses a woman, starts repeating everything the other characters say, catches up and speaks in unison with them for the bulk of the episode, before eventually picking only the Doctor and forcing him to repeat after her, giving the impression that he's now the monster and goading the other characters to kill him.
- The Doctor meets the Ood again, this time accompanied by Donna Noble, and they encounter a number of Ood in a shipping container. At first, just one Ood responds to them verbally, but when they ask what "the circle" is:
All of the Ood: The circle must be broken.
Donna: Oh, that's creepy.
Doctor: What is it? What is the circle?
All of the Ood: The circle must be broken.
All of the Ood: So that we can sing!
- In The Twilight Zone episode "The Obsolete Man," a man condemned to death for holding an outlawed vocation (librarian) and prohibited beliefs (religion) is met with the chant "Obsolete!" at his sentencing; in the end, so is the judge who sentenced him.
- Super Sentai and Power Rangers have its heroes doing this a lot.
- Subverted on one occasion on the Japanese game show DERO! - after a team of 4 players was presented with a multiple choice question with 4 choices, the team leader suggested that everyone should, on his mark, say the answer they think is correct at the same time (so as to avoid having the first person to speak influence everyone else). At the exact same time, all 4 members each said a different answer. The show had to add simultaneous subtitles for all 4 members in post-production.
- Babylon 5 has John Sheridan and Susan Ivanova do this on occasion. In their case, it's a demonstration of the fact that the two are old and close friends.
- Supernatural. In the episode "Mystery Spot", Sam is trying to convince Dean's he's stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, leading to this Crowning Moment of Funny:
Dean: You don't know everything.
Sam: Yeah, I do.
Dean & Sam: Yeah, right. [beat] Nice guess.
Sam: It wasn't a guess.
Dean & Sam: Right, you're a mind reader.
Dean & Sam: Cut it out, Sam!
Dean & Sam: Sam!
Dean & Sam: You think you're being funny, but you're being really, really childish!
Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester wears makeup!
Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester cries his way through sex!
Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by the bed and every morning when he wakes up... okay, enough!
- iCarly in the episode "What?! Why?". This happens twice between Sam and Freddy. The first time resulted in a random double slap between the two of them, the second time Sam simply said, "Dude, we gotta stop doing that."
- Lampshaded in The Importance of Being Earnest. To show their solidarity, Gwendolen and Cecily decide to voice their displeasure with their fiancÚs in unison. Gwendolen even keeps time with her finger to make sure that they stay in sync with each other. Then Jack and Algernon reply in perfect unison, completely unrehearsed.
- In The Pirates of Penzance, the policemen chant in monotone during their conversation with Mabel after Frederick's Face-Heel Turn.
- Mass Hypnosis example from The Simpsons: "You are watching FOX!" "We are watching FOX."
- Another Mass Hypnosis example from the Simpsons, 8F13, "Homer at the Bat" (parodying The Natural):
Hypnotist: You are all very good players.
Team: We are all very good players.
Hypnotist: You will beat Shelbyville.
Team: We will beat Shelbyville.
Hypnotist: You will give 110 percent.
Team: That's impossible. No one can give more than 100 percent. By definition, that is the most anyone can give.
- "Don't push your luck! Don't push your luck!"
- "Someone else, someone else!" "I'm someone else!" "Hey he's right!"
- After Lisa convinces the town to recycle in "The Old Man and The Lisa" only to stop them later on as they're helping Mr. Burns.
Townspeople: Stop. You can't mix plastic with paper!
- Phineas and Ferb: Dr.Doof's Hypno Fool s talk like this. link
- The Powerpuff Girls: The Aesop of one episode is, "Do not believe everything that you see on TV". Realizing that they are in a TV show, the characters quickly switch to chanting the opposite in a brainwashed voice.
- The Delightful Children from Down the Lane from Codename: Kids Next Door take this to the extreme. In addition to speaking and even moving in perfect unison, they are also always bunched up together in the exact same positions all the time. On a very rare occasion, they will even say "I" instead of "we". They were brainwashed into being the way they are, though; not only that, but the brainwashing process was fantastically intensified due to a lab accident.
- The Little Green Men from Toy Story 2.
"You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!"
- The Twins in Superjail! do this most of the time.
- Home Movies:
Mr. Lynch: Who are we going to beat?
Class: The fourth graders.
Mr. Lynch: That's good, and it's good to speak in unison. What are we speaking in?
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Spike: That sounded like the worst night ever.
Twilight and Friends: It WAS! *laughs*
- And in The Last Roundup, Applejack has just driven her stagecoach past a train, just barely beating it.
: Lady, you're trouble. *exeunt
- Scooby-Doo shows are fond of this formula:
All: *GASP* Name of the villain!
- On Family Guy, when Lois tells the family that it's time for spring cleaning.
- In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Strings", the Puppet Master has the people he brainwashed do this to taunt Susan, Johnny, and Ben.
- Hector Heathcote, an obsure Terrytoons character from the early 60s, had an episode titled "Pig In A Poke," where he and his dog Winston are to meet Lewis and Clark and assist in facilitating the Louisiana Purchase. The real Lewis and Clark (whom the evil Benedict and his stooge who posed as in an attempt to thwart the Purchase) show up, and they both speak in unison.
- Played With in Adventure Time in the episode "Wizard" with Boofo, a wizard who are/is nine tadpoles residing in the necksac of a toad. The trope is played straight through the remainder of the episode but for Boofo's introduction...
(Leonard, one of Boofo's number is one second delayed from the group)
Boofo: So, you wish to be inducted into the ancient order of...
Singular Unnamed Tadpole: DANG IT LEONARD! If we don't talk at the same time nobody can understand us!
Leonard: Sorry, yeesh...
- Happens alot in Kim Possible. Afterwards, someone usually calls "Jynx!", mostly Kim.
- In Danny Phantom, Danny and Sam often have a moment where they not only speak in unison, but act the same way as well.
- In Total Drama World Tour, the third season of the Total Drama series, Heather and Alejandro started doing this during the episode "African Lying Safari," much to the amusement of the Chris and Duncan as it only reaffirmed the belief that the two were meant for each other.
- Any time you have a large crowd reciting a well-known text: In church, with prayers; any time Americans swear the Pledge of Allegiance; the national anthem of any country; rock concerts, war cries, etc.
- Game of Thrones is making one of these of the Oath of the Night's Watch as promo for the Season 2 DVD set. You can add your voice here