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.
- Team Dai-Gurren are fond of doing this, particularly toward the end of the anime when their Hot Blood really gets going.
- Fine and Rein from Fushigiboshi No Futagohime speak this way often and tend to complete each others sentences.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Played for laughs in Airplane!.
Ted Striker: It's an entirely different kind of flying, altogether!
Other cast members: [All together] It's an entirely different kind of flying.
- The 1932 movie Freaks features the chant "One of us." It has embedded itself so deeply in popular culture that many other works use it without even knowing the original reference.
- The badass version appears in The Boondock Saints.
- The cheerleaders in Fired Up repeat in unison the dialogues of Bring It On.
- Whole crowds often do this (like the Anime instance, for comedic effect) in various Mel Brooks films; for instance, "You bet your ass!" in Blazing Saddles and "Bullshit!" in History of the World Part I.
- "Part of the crew... part of the ship. Part of the crew... part of the ship."
- YES! WE'RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!
- In Home Alone 2, a nice bit of this with the multiple employees repeating "I love you" to the imaginary bandit.
- THE GREATER GOOD.
- In ''Murder!, the other eleven jurors say "Any answer to that, Sir John?", as they badger Sir John, the last holdout, to change his vote to Guilty.
- In Unknown (2011), the two Martin Harrises find themselves in a Spot the Imposter situation, start to reiterate private information about Martin Harris, and end up doing so in unison. In the end it makes perfect sense: Both of them are fakes and have rehearsed all the personal facts about Martin Harris in exactly the same way.
- 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?
- The Tenets of Futilism features two cults, Futilism and the Disciples of Waxing. Members of both have a tendency to talk in unison.
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 Dasshutsu Game 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" (S03, E11), Sam is trying to convince Dean that 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!
- This trope is something they do on occasion just as a result of being brothers. It started in the pilot.
- 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."
- Frequently comes up in classroom scenes of older television shows such as Leave It to Beaver. The teacher says, "Good morning, class," and the students chorus back in unison, "Good morning, Mrs. Canfield." Formerly Truth in Television, but now rare in Real Life.
- 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.
- 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