Trrrilling Rrrs

Enrrrique Mas: You can call me... Enrrrique!
Rrrose:, I don't think I can.

Forrr added emphasis in yourrr worrrds, speak with rrrolling R's to show yourrr contrrrol overrr yourrr dominion.

Usually the Hammy Evil Overlorrrd will constantly rrroll his tongue. Forrreign People will also speak like this. In some cases justified, as in severrral languages/dialects the R is always prrronounced like this (Rrrussian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, some Gerrrman and Trrrransylvanian dialects, and Scots), otherrr than in English. Also frrrequently employed when the speakerrr is rrrelated to felines in some way, imitating a cat's purrring.

In Japan, it's a marrrrrkerrrr of being rrrreaalllyyy angrrrrrry orrr intentionally rrrruude, orrrr of being a Japanese Delinquent such as a bosozoku or yankii, orrrr someone trrrying to imitate one.

Not to be confused with the way pirrrates constantly say "Arr!"note . Compare Sssssnake Talk.


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  • "Rrrruffles have rrridges". You prrrobably have to be of a certain age to rrrremember that ad campaign.
  • The Tim Horrrton's Donut/Coffee shop in Canada occasionaly has a contest called "Rrrrolll up the rrrim to win." Bonus points for those who can rrroll the R's.
  • There was a great Taco Bell commercial where these two lions were talking about the latest roast beef burrito. The one said to the other, "No, say it like Ricardo Montalban." So the other lion says, "Okay. Carrrrne asada." It was funny.

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  • The Japanese comedy group Rahmens, in the Italian version of their language-class skit. "Tokyo... Osaka... Ibarrraki!"
  • Greg Behrendt once made a joke about how Jesus Christ is always depicted as having rock-hard abs, and he says that he wants to train every day so that he can be "rrrripped, like Jesus."

    Comic Books 
  • Catwoman tends to do this.
  • The villain Katastrophe from Empowered. (It's not an accent, rather him purring to fit in with the sabertooth theme. Although sabertooth tigers probably are unlikely to purr.)

    Fan Worrrks 

  • Braveheart: Scottish rebels have routed one of my garrisons and murdered the noble lord.
  • What arrr ye doin'?
  • Superman Returns: Krrryptonite!
  • Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars IV. You may fire when rrready...
    • Extra ham/elocution points for also pronouncing the "h" in "when".
    • "We will deal with yourrr rrrebel frrriends soon enough."
  • Any character played by 1930's actor Herman Bing (who was usually typecast as a comic German foil).
  • Street Fighter's M. Bison did this so hammily that it became delicious! I darrre you to watch this.
  • Could be a drinking game in Lord of the Rings. Sophisticated characters, like wizards and elves, will have a great go at this; more rustic folk like Hobbits just won't bother. "Morrrdorrr," "A Balrrog of Morrrgoth," "Isildurr's Heirr," etc.
    • Sylvester McCoy has been cast as Rrradagast the Brrrrown in The Hobbit. Good times ahead.
    • Justified in these examples (except for "heir" and "brown"), as the Elvish languages have rolled R's. (Then again, from what language is the name Radagast?)
  • The Golden Compass: I am queen of the witches of Lake Enarra."
  • In Cars 2, McQueen lampshades this trope when Sally pronounces Francesco Bernoulli's name:
    McQueen: (frustrated) "And don't say it like that. It's three syllables, not ten."

  • The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland does this.
  • In the Heralds of Valdemar series, gryphons both hissss their essess and trill their arrrs. Skandranon can and usually does speak carefully and deliberately to make his speech as articulate as any human's, but when he's tired or angry, or trying to convince someone that he's feeling that way, he reverts.
  • Outcast of Redwall gives us the spy Wrrrraith.
  • The Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Chronicles of Narnia gets as her introduction: "Good day, t-r-r-avellers," she cried out in a voice as sweet as the sweetest bird's song, trilling her R's delightfully.
  • The Grand High Witch from The Witches, along with Vampire Vords; it's said to be derived from a Norwegian accent as witches originated in Norway.
  • The Gonnagles of the Nac Mac Feegle tend to roll their Rs in their battle poetry, and even in casual converrrsation.
  • The maid at one of the families Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle helps speaks like this.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Seventh Doctor in Doctor Who turned this into an art form as a means of underlining Sylvester McCoy's status as the first Scottish Doctor. Which led to extreme Narm when he had to face The Gods Of Rrrragnarrrok.
    • The number of r's he could put into a word such as "rrrrrule" was one of the hammier qualities of the Delgado incarnation of the Master. In The Daemons, the daemon he summons tries to do it too, but there's really no competition.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: Gavin Millarrr.
  • The Two Fat Ladies frequently do this.
  • Batman:
    • King Tut.
    • The Joker, particularly when he enunciates "Batman and Robin."
    • Both Catwomen, especially Eartha Kitt.
  • Fez on That '70s Show: "You know how he rolls his Rs? He did that in my mouth!"
  • In Greetings From Tuscon, a whole episode was primarily on the fact that one of the daughters couldn't roll her r's despite being Hispanic.
  • Rico in Hannah Montana did this a lot. In one episode, he trilled for so long that he actually passed out.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. Dr Chaotica in the holodeck program The Adventures of Captain Proton, as he's an Affectionate Parody of 1930's sci-fi Film Serial supervillains.
    "I'm afrrraid your SEC-cretarrry has alrrready been prrromised to Queen ArrrrACK-nia as a SUPrrreeeeme sACKrrrrifice!"
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace. Todd Rivers, the Large Ham actor playing Dr. Sanchez. "So, what happened between you and this Renwick customerrr?"
  • In El Chavo del ocho, Doña Clotilde ("La Bruja del 71") does this whenever she mentions "Don Rrrramón".
  • In the Granada TV Sherlock Holmes series, Jeremy Brett, as Holmes, occasionally trills his Rs for emphasis.
  • Square One: On their Dragnet parody, "Mathnet," one story had a character (played with an Orson Welles-like Large Hamminess), Mr. Stoutman, who once said, "If you had asked me yesterday, the answer would have been a rrresounding yes!"
  • Stephen Fry does this on occasion when presenting QI. Brrrilliant!
  • In The Office (US), Dwight does this when announcing the names of his garden party guests, ostensibly because he interprets this as a "fancy" way to say things:
    Dwight: Misterrr Rrrrrrrrobert Califorrrrrrnia!
  • Toei's Supaaaaaaa Heeeeeerrrrrrrroooooo Time prrrrograming block intros from Magirrrrrrrangerrrrrrr and Hibiki to Gekirrrrrrrrangerrrrrrrr and Kiva.
    Supaaaaaaa Heeeeeerrrrrrrroooooo Time! Starts now.

  • The Beatles rrroll up, roll up for the "Magical Mystery Tour".
  • Rrrammstein. Even Germans make fun of Till Lindemann's use of overly theatrical rolling R's.
  • Gorillaz bassist Murdoc tends to do this in interviews.
  • John Lydon from the The Sex Pistols. They made you a MORRROOON.
  • Miss Lotte Lenya was famous for this.
  • Two words: Nina Hagen. Then she goes and covers a Rammstein song, and turns the trilling Up to Eleven by rolling an R for an entire measure.
  • Billy Stewart, in "Summertime".
  • Japanese singer Shiina Ringo.
  • Morrrrissey likes doing it on his live albums, even when there isn't an 'r' to begin with.
  • "Shabondama" by Morning Musume.
  • IAMX singer Chris Corner often rolls his R's in songs.
  • Rin Kagamine. "Don't MyList Me!" It's really subtle, but once you can hear it, it's really awesome.
  • Rrrroza Rrrrymbaeva will roll her Rrrrs a lot, as seen in "Love Has Come". Not that it's a bad thing in any way.
  • Eartha Kitt.
  • Kraftwerk: "Wirrr sind die Roboterrr" on The Man-Machine.
  • The Comedian Harmonists, a German A Capella band active during the 20's and 30's, because that's how people used to sing back in the time of the Weimar Republic.
  • The Present Day singer Max Raabe, because he is basically a walking homage to the music of that era.
  • In Merv Griffin's '40s novelty hit "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts", he does this on one of the choruses. ("Rrrroll or bowl a ball...")
  • "Rubber Biscuit" (originally by The Chips, later covered by The Blues Brothers) has one of these at the end.
    "What do you want for nothin'? Rrrubber biscuit?!!"
  • Peter Steele does it very often.
  • Christopher Lee doing the dramatic narrative parts for Rhapsody of Fire.
  • A trademark of Édith Piaf when she sang.

    Prrrofessional Wrrrestling 
  • Alberto Del Rio. Or, as he's introduced by his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez, Albertooo del Rrrriooo.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The leader of the Erdman Gang in the Thunderbirds episode "30 Minutes After Noon".

  • On Car Talk, the hosts once had a caller they referred to as "Rrroberrrt Burrrns!" (Probably no relation to the famous poet, but they joked about it a lot.)

    Tabletop RRRPG 
  • Paranoia:
    • The Acute Paranoia adventure "Me and My Shadow (Mark IV)" has two encounters with Communists who trill their R's.
    • Clones in Space has the McShmegegus of Shmegego.
    "...the shimmerrring currrtains through which ye ha'e passed on yourrr explorrration of the ship."

  • When the Reduced Shakespeare Company assumes fake Scottish accents to perform Macbeth, they inevitably fall back to simply trilling their R's. A lot.
  • In the 1979 BBC productions of Richard II and Henry IV, Jon Finch did this all the time when playing a suprisingly hammy Bolingbroke/Henry IV.

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  • Homestar Runner: Subverted in Limozeen's hair metal cover of sloshy's emo hit song "We Don't Really Even Care About You." At one point, Larry Palaroncini sings "We don't rrreally even care," but a minute later changes it to the tongue-twisting "Rrre rrron't rrreally rrreven care!"
  • "Rrraquelle", being who she is, sometimes does this in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.

    Web Comics 
  • Grim-Eyes in Digger used to do this, especially when dealing with that pesky Earrrrth Rrrrat.

    Web Orrriginal 
  • Sir Ron Lion Heart: Rrrrupees!
  • Jill Whelan's character in The Brian And Jill Show "Shakespearean Actor" sketches (in which Shakespearean actors re-enact celebrity arguments) does this. Brian does this to a far lesser extent.
  • Caddicarus sometimes does this when he's emphasizing a word for effect.

    Westerrrn Animation 
  • Dr. Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog does this all the time:
    "I'll have to give myself a PRRROMOTION!"
  • In Disney's Lady and the Tramp, Jock the Scottish terrier does this (among other times) while he's singing a song: "forrr me own", "back yarrrd".
  • Scrooge McDuck, another Scottish character, often does this on DuckTales.
  • In an effort to show how perfect her Spanish is, Peggy Hill does this way too much.
  • Principal Luna from Class of 3000 does this, but then again, he's Latino.
  • The early Looney Tunes short Daffy Duck in Hollywood features a pig movie director with a thick German accent named von Hemberger, a parody of Josef von Sternberg voiced by Herman Bing (see "Film" above), who keeps doing this.
    • Bugs Bunny imitates an elderly Scotsman: "Poachin' rrrrrabbits on m' prrrroperty! I'm displeased, Mac Rrrrrrrary!"
  • Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons:
    • Sideshow Mel fits this trope to a tee.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan, in his Villain Song.
  • The old goosenote  in Charlotte's Web (the animated 1973 film), especially noticable in her part during the "Veritable Smorgasbord" number.
  • The "Grrreat and Powerful Trrrixie" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law had a trilling R and a trilling M:
    Phil Ken Sebben: And as a reward for hard work people get-
    Harvey Birdman: Promotions!
    Phil Ken Sebben: Prrrromotions!
    Harvey Birdman: And raises!
    (awkward pause)
    Harvey Birdman: Uh, promotions!
    Phil Ken Sebben: Prommmmotions!

    Rrreal Life 
  • The weak English "r" sound is actually quite rare among languages. The "r" is trilled in Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Greek, Swedish and Norwegian. Spanish and Italian have both a tapped "r" and a trilled "rr". The trilled "r" appears in dialects of other languages, such as Scottish English. French and German speakers don't normally trill the "r", but instead pronounce it at the back of the throat.
  • Esperanto, the Universal Language is meant to be pronounced with trilled R's, but native English speakers usually omit them.
  • Norio Wakamoto really loves doing this when he's voice acting... and even when he's not voice acting.
  • Adolf Hitler often did it. And as the Reichstropen page points out, you can't roll Rrrrs while speaking German anymore without immediately reminding everyone of him.
  • Jon Gaunt.
  • Patrrrrick Stewart.
  • Brazilian sportscaster Galvão Bueno (yeah, that Galvão) is a great fan of Ronaldo, I mean, RRRONALDINHO! (Anyone who parodies him turns his "Rs" Up to Eleven).
  • Mexican sportscaster José Ramón Jiménez also used to signal the beginning of a match with "¡ARRRRRANCA la primera mitad!".
  • This is reflected in the Spanish language alphabet, which has a few consonants alien to English. "R" is almost always read like "tidal", in most (all?) American accents. Nobody feverr errs in rreading "Rr".
    • The rules are actually pretty simple: If it's a single "r" in the middle of a word, it's the weak pronunciation. If it's a double r ("rr"), or a single r at the beginning of the word, then it's the trilled one.
  • One possible way to identify someone from El Salvador is whether or not they roll their "r"s exaggeratedly at the end of sentences that end with words that end in an r. A longer trill correlates with high Salvadoran-ness.
  • Jack Black. Through the skies, he flies, he doesn't know the RRREASON why, but he flies... so high... you'll know that it's TRUE!
  • Everyone's favorite dirty old little lady, Dr. Rrrrruth Westheimer is known particularly well for this.
  • Christopher Lee is famous for this, along with his baritone and cool British accent.
  • Björk.
  • Mixed Martial Arts announcer Lenne Hardt's signature announcing style involves rolling every R in each fighter's name, often holding them for several seconds. They didn't call her "PRIDE Crazy Lady" for nothing.
  • Cats have these in almost all of their extended vocalizations.

  • Megatron as voiced by Earl Hammond in the Transformers book and record sets by Kid Stuff Records.

Alternative Title(s):

Roll Your Rs, Trilling R, Trilling Rs