Punctuated For Emphasis / Live-Action TV

  • Basically in any game show where the prize is some large amount of money, for example: "One. Million. Dollars!"

  • American Idol: Simon Cowell. "What. The Hell. Was That?"
  • The Therapy Buddy from American Inventor: Everything. Is. Going. To. Be. All. Right.
  • Angel: Harmony. "Chanel's. Not. TACKY!"
  • Ashes to Ashes: We are police officers. And we are Un. Bloody. BREAKABLE!
  • Babylon 5: No more! No more of you! No more Nightwatch! No more hostages! No more LIES! Not on my station! Not on my watch! NO MORE!
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): But I was! Elected! To Office! Which is more. Than Roslin. Can claim.
  • The Big Bang Theory: Our whole universe was in a HOT! DENSE! STATE!
  • The Big Comfy Couch: HEY...WHO MADE THIS BIG MESS!!?
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I. Owe. You. Pain.
    Oz: Buffy, it makes sense to...
    Buffy: Have. A nice. Time.
    • Flooded: NO! MORE! FULL! COPPER! REPIPE!
  • In The Borgias, Rodrigo has had a few of these moments, most notably "We will. EXCOMMUNICATE! FLORENCE!" Then there's Juan, who's not exactly sane at this point, yelling "MACHIAVELLI! KNOWS! EVERYTHING!" as part of a rant blaming Cesare and Machiavelli for not telling him another army was joining the battle.
  • The Bozo Show: GRAND! PRIZE! GAME!
  • Chappelle's Show: FUCK! YOUR! COUCH! NIGGA! FUCK! YOUR! COUCH!
  • Chef!: "Who — made — this — sauce?"
  • Stilgar in the Children of Dune miniseries, in response to being told that Alia has placed a bounty on his head: Well I say unto you! Send. Men. To summon. WOOOOOoooooorrrrrmmmmssssss. And we shall go to Arrakeen. To collect it. Also, in response to Muad'dib relaying an alliance offer from the spacing guild: "We haven't forgotten about the Guild...how they BLACKMAILED us for SPICE!". In fact, Stilgar's actor in the Children series (different from his actor in the first miniseries) delivers enough of these lines to qualify as a Large Ham.
  • CSI: Miami: "You forget one thing: We. Never. Close."
    • Horatio talks like this to show that things are really serious now.
  • Deadliest Warrior: Who? Is? DEADLIEST?!
  • Dr. Oz and his audience introduce the GAME! OF! THE! DAY! in this manner.
  • Doctor Who is in love with this trope and always has been, right back from the camp days of the 60's and 70's (or is it 80's?) right up to the (arguably just as camp) present, with epic scale ham.
    • EX-TER-MI-NATE! The Daleks Turn It Up To Eleven by emphasizing every single syllable, and it's made them icons of British TV. And the Dalek Emperor says that yes, actually, this is blasphemy.
    "THOSE. WORDS. ARE. BLASPHEMY!"
    • "DO! NOT! BLASPHEME! DO! NOT! BLASPHEME!"
    • E-LE-VATE.
    • And who could forget — "THERE ARE! NO! MACRA!"
    • The Dalek Emperor: "DO! NOT! FIGHT! IN! HEEERE!"
    • In "The Three Doctors", Omega, who is one of the largest hams what ever hammed, even by Doctor Who standards, speaks pretty much all of his lines this way. "I. AM. THE. CREATOR. OF. TIME. LORD. SOCIETYYYYYYY!"
    • Davros, the Daleks' creator, taught them how to talk this way, so naturally he does it himself. Big Finish Doctor Who has one of the more epic examples: "I! Will! Not! Cower! I! Will! Not! Die! I! Will! Not! Die! This! Is! Not! The end! This! Is! Only! THE BEGINNING!"
      • "YOU! WILL! TELL! ME!"
      • "I! WILL! SHOW! YOU! THE FOLLY OF YOUR WORDS! DOK-TOR!"
      • "YOU FOOLS! YOU! CANNOT! KILL! ME! I! AM! DAVROS!"
      • I! WILL! GO ON!
      • Or this exchange between Davros and the Seventh Doctor:
    Davros: "THE DALEKS! SHALL! BECOME! LORDS! OF! TIME! WE! SHALL! BECOME! ALL-"
    Seventh Doctor: (Interrupting him) "-POWERFUL! Conquer the galaxy! Crush! The lesser races! UNLIMITED! RICE! PUDDING! ETCETERA! ETCETERA!"
    • "HOW! MANY! NIMONS?"
    • Seven in "Battlefield": "STOOOOOOOP! I COMMAND IT! THERE. WILL. BE. NO. BATTLE HERE!!!"
    • The 1996 Eighth Doctor TV movie gave us "THIS! IS! AN! AMBULANCE!" from the Master.
      • WHO! AM! IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII??????????????????!!!!!!
      • The same film gave us "I! AM! THE DOCTOR!"
    • Nine in "Father's Day": "Jackie Tyler, do as I say! GO! AND CHECK! THE DOORS!"
    • The Ninth Doctor in "The Doctor Dances": "GO — TO — YOUR — ROOM!"
    • In "The Christmas Invasion", the Sycorax leader and the newly-regenerated Tenth Doctor both speak like this: "I DEMAND TO KNOW. WHO. YOU. ARE!" "I. DON'T. KNOW!"
      "By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... IT! IS! DEFENDED!"
    • From "The Idiot's Lantern";
    Mr. Connolly: I! AM! TALKING!
    The Doctor: And I'M! NOT! LISTENING!
    • A villainous example by the Master, done in a menacing hiss and far more effective as a result, from "Utopia":
    "I. Am. The Master."
    • And this one, which was just a bit louder: "HERE! COME! THE DRUMS!!!" Right before pumping out Voodoo Child by the Rogue Traders, which has the repeated refrain, "Here come the drums, here come the drums!"
    • Donna pulled this off when she first saw the Doctor again in "Partners in Crime", although we only see her mouthing the words (through soundproof glass): "Oh! My! GOD!" followed by, "This! Is! BRILLIANT!"
    • "The Doctor's Daughter" contains the line "I. Never. Would." Cranking that Tranquil Fury.
    • "Journey's End", courtesy of Davros: "THIS! Is my ultimate victory, Doctor! THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!"
      • "DETONATE! THE REALITY! BOMB!"
      • "NOTHING! CAN! STOP! THE DETONATION! NOTHING! AND! NO ONE!"
      • "NEVER FORGET! DOCTOR! YOU! DID THIS! I! NAME! YOU! FOREVER! YOU ARE THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS! AAAAARRRGGGHHH!!"
      • Again from the 2008 finale, the absolutely epic Moment of Awesome from Dalek Caan, of all characters, ends with:
      "And I decreed: No! More!"
    • "The Waters of Mars": I am the Last of the Time Lords! The Laws of Time are mine! And They! Will! Obey me!
    • "The End of Time" gives us this, combined with a Crowning Moment of Awesome AND a Heroic Sacrifice from the Master, of all people: "YOU DID THIS TO ME! ALL OF MY LIFE! YOU! MADE! ME!! ONE! TWO!! THREE!!! FOUR!!!!"
      • As he comes back to life: "NEVER! NEVER! NEVER DYING! NEVER DYING!"
      • Lucy Saxon gets hers in this dueling Punctuated! For! Emphasis! with the resurrected Master:
      Master: DON'T! YOU! DARE!
      Lucy: TILL DEATH! DO US PART! HARRY!
      • Also from The End Of Time: "Worst! Rescue! EVER!"
      • FOR THE END! OF TIME! ITSELF!
      • Timothy Dalton's furious "I will NOT! DIE!!!!"
    • "Victory of the Daleks": "YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY!" (each word punctuated by the Dalek in question being pummled by a big wrench) and later "I am the Doctor, and YOU ARE! THE! DALEKS!"
      • The Daleks in that episode as well: "WOULD! YOU! LIKE! SOME! TEA?!" "I! AM! YOUR! SOLDIER!" and "YOU! DO! NOT! REQUIRE! TEA?!"
    • "Flesh and Stone": "LIKE! ME! FOR! INSTANCE!" Matt Smith can yell with the best of them.
    • "The Vampires of Venice": "WE! ARE! VENETIANS!!!"
    • "Amy's Choice": "THIS VILLAGE! IS SO! DULL!"
    • "The Pandorica Opens": "Could you lot just stay still for a minute, 'cause III! AAAAM! TALLLLKIIING!"
    • Rory gets an excellent one in "A Good Man Goes to War": Where. Is. My. Wife.
      • Bonus points for this being delivered in Roman uniform.
      • Even more for managing to scare the living crap out of the Cybermen.
    • "The Wedding of River Song": "Doctor Who!? Doctor Who!? DOC!TOR! WHOO!?"
    • "Asylum of the Daleks": "I AM! HUMAN, I AM NOT! DALEK! I! AM! HUMAN!"
    • "The Snowmen": "CLARA! OSWIN! OSWALD!"
  • Drake & Josh: Josh:
    "I repeat things for emphasis. EMPHASIIISSSS!"
  • The Electric Company (1971) and 2009: HEY, YOU GUUUYYYSSSSS!
  • Entourage — GET! THE FUCK! OUT!
  • From "The Equalizer": LEAVE! THE LADY! ALONE! and YOU!.. ARE!!.. SCUMMM!!!
  • Eureka has almost the exact quote in the bowling episode.
    Bismark: This is blasphemy! Okay! This is madness!
    Fargo: This! Is! EUREKA!
  • Everybody Loves Raymond: When Raymond has a meltdown because of an approved snacks incident. "I don't think THAT'S! AN APPROVED! SNAAaaAACK!!"
  • Family Matters: "Carl! Carl … Otis … Winslow!" Said by Harriet, reprimanding her husband (for accidentally discarding her late aunt's cremains in with fireplace ashes and keeping quiet) … shortly after Carl had lectured Eddie about gambling at an underground casino to cover up the fact that, while being an unlicensed driver, he was involved in a car accident with the family car.
  • Farscape: "HUMANS! ARE! SUPERIOOOOORRR!"
  • Father Ted: Most of the time, Father Jack, who tends to stick with a handful of words. Namely "WHAT?!", "NO!", "DRINK!", "FECK!", "ARSE!", "GIRLS!"
    Father Jack: NUNS! NUNS! REVERSE! REVERSE!
  • Frasier: I! AM! WOUNDED!
  • Freaky: In "Dog":
    • "Okay, you've taken it too far. The joke's over. Let. Me. In. Now!"
    • "I! Am not! An animal! I'm a human being!"
  • Hilariously, in a recent tour promoting his latest film (Law Abiding Citizen), Gerard Butler of 300 fame appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and was asked (persuaded? bullied?) to introduce each and every guest in exactly this way. He introduced heavyweight champion of the world David Haye, Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding and comedian Michael McIntyre. Who then introduced Butler himself in similar style, complete with kick.
  • Friends has Janice's Incoming Ham phrase "Oh! My! God!", that makes Chandler's balls "jump back up inside his body".
    • Ross does it twice in the same scene. An emphatic version of an infamous phrase ("We! Were! On! A! Break!") and "Front — and back'''!"
    • And Ross again in this scene. As in:
    Ross: It. Was. My. Sandwich.
    Colleague: Now, now. Calm down — come look in my office. Some of it may still be in the trash. W-well, it was quite large; I had to throw most of it away!
    Ross: You-you-you-you. Threw. My. Sandwich. Away? My sandwich?! MY!! SANDWICH!!!!
  • In Full House:
    Danny: How was your—
    Jesse: DO — NOT — ASK — ME — ABOUT — MY — DRIVING — TEST — CAPISHE?!
  • Fun House: Let's! Get!! MESSY!!!
  • Game of Thrones:
    • King Joffrey's response to his uncle threatening to geld him.
    "What did you say? What...did you...SAY?!"
    • And later when he is dismissed for insulting his Dragon-in-Chief grandfather.
    "I'm not...TIRED!!"
    • And later still, when he's trying his hardest to publically humiliate his uncle. This really seems to be his main tactic for intimidation.
    "Kneel. I said...KNEEL!"
    • The Master Torturer: "I. Want. The. Truth!"
  • In an episode of Happy Endings, Jane sees Penny's new helmet that she has to wear because of her most recent (of many) head injuries, and goes so far as to say the punctuation in her sentence. "What question mark is question mark that question mark?"
  • Hell's Kitchen: Look! At! This! Look! LOOK! LOOK! What the *bleep* is this!?
  • Heroes: "MY! NAME! IS! SYLAR!"
  • The Honeymooners: Ralph Kramden: "YOU! ARE A! BLABBERMOUTH!!!'"
  • How I Met Your Mother: "I am NEVER! Eating RIBS! AGAIN! ...In front of TED!"
    • "IT! WILL! NOT!... yield".
    • This trope is pretty much Barney's default manner of speaking.
    • The best example has to come from Ted, though. "You fight all. The. Time."
  • Freddie's countdown in iCarly: "In Five. Four. Three. Two..."
    • And in some episodes when Carly and Sam describe the sketch they're about to do. ex: "MESSING! WITH! LEWBERT!"
  • Jack Horkheimer: Star Gazer: The titular Jack Horkheimer would like to remind everyone to "keep...looking...up!"note 
  • Jeeves and Wooster: BRRRRUSSEL! SPRRRRROUTS!
    • ANATOLE! HAS! GIVEN! NOTICE!
  • Johnny Gilbert's announcement of "THIS! IS! JEOPARDY"
    • Also, "And now, here is the host of Jeopardy... ALEX! TREBEK!"
    • This came full circle on the February 22, 2012 episode, where each clue had Johnny Gilbert reading a famous phrase beginning with "This is…" in the style of the intro. Naturally, one of them was indeed "This! IS! SPARTA!"
  • Kamen Rider: RAIDAA...HENSHIN...
    [1]: "I am the child of the Sun! Kamen Rider! [[Allcaps Black! R! X!]]"
    • Kamen Rider Kabuto: The belts. "Cast! Off! Change! Beetle!" (or whatever other insect the Rider is modeled after).
    • Kamen Rider Decade: Kuuga! Agito! Ryuki! Faiz! Blade! Hibiki! Kabuto! Den-O! Kiva! Final! Kamen! Ride! Decade!
    • Kamen Rider Double: The belt announces things this way, e.g. "Cyclone! Joker!"
    • Kamen Rider OOO: Taka! Tora! Batta! Ta! To! Ba! Tatoba! Ta! To! Ba! (And similar for the other combos - though the combo names don't get this apart from Tatoba, the individual medals are ALWAYS announced this way.)
    • Kamen Rider Fourze: Three! Two! One! Henshin!
    • Kamen Rider Wizard: The Wizardriver announces spells like this, in the form of "(Spell Name)! Please!" Kamen Rider Wiseman and Kamen Rider Mage's belts substitute "Now!" for "Please!".
    • Drago Time! Set up! Start!
    • Driver on! Please! Shabadoobi Touch Henshin! Flame! Please! Hii! Hii! Hii Hii HII! (And similarly for the other forms.)
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Not ALL the belts announce transformations like this, but many do. Examples:
      • Orange! Lock! On! Soiya! Orange Arms! Hanamichi! On! Stage!
      • Pine Arms! Funsai! Des-troy!
      • Ichigo Arms! Shushutto! Spark!
      • Suika Arms! Odama! Big! Bang!
      • Wizard Arms! Shabadoobi! Showtime!
      • Kachidoki Arms! Iza! Shutsujin! Ei! Ei! Oh!
      • Fruits Basket! Lock! Open! Kiwami Arms! Dai! Dai! Dai! Dai! Dai Sho-gun!
      • Blood Orange Arms! Ja no Michi! On! Stage!
      • Silver Arms! Hakugin! New! Stage!
      • Budou Arms! Ryu! Hou! Ha! Ha! Ha!
      • Kiwi Arms! Geki! Rin! Sei-ya! Ha!
      • Yomotsuheguri Arms! Mei! Kai! Yomi! Yomi! Yomi!
      • Double Arms! Cyclone! Joker! Ha! Ha! Ha!
      • Melon Arms! Tenka! Gomen!
      • Fourze Arms! Seishun! Switch! On!
  • Keeping Up Appearances: Hyacinth! Stop! That! At! Once! And! Get! Into! The! Car!
  • One of the Kitchen Nightmares openings has Gordon exclaiming "That! Is! Amazing!", possibly one of the rare occasions he's used this trope in a positive manner. His more-or-less Once an Episode Catch-Phrase of "Shut the place down!" is usually said without emphasis, but on some occasions where things have been REALLY bad, it was emphasised "Shut! The place! DOWN!"
  • Merritt Rook in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Authority": "PUSH! THE! BUTTON!"
  • The League of Gentlemen: WE! BELONG! LOCAL!
  • Luther
    Burgess: Well, DCI Luther. First you umm...you assault me... YOU PUBLICLY-ASSAULT-ME!
  • Tsch, where is your history? Who can forget Higgins' perfect enunciation of "Oh. My. GOD!" in Magnum, P.I.?
    • From the first season, also courtesy of Higgie-baby: "ZEUS! APOLLO! KILL!"
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Malcom's friend... Stevie... always talks... like this. (It's because he has severe asthma and only really has enough breath for one or two words at a time). This actually worked to his advantage at one point, when he unleashed sweet revenge on Reese while yelling (well, as much as he can yell) "Reap... the whirlwind!"
  • In the "Harper vs. Harper" episode of Mama's Family, Thelma and Naomi are arguing over a broken vacuum and a burnt rug. The judge gets increasingly agitated by their antics and delivers several lines WITH! LOTS! OF! WORD! EMPHASIS!:
    • When Thelma tries to call Vinton as a witness:
      • Naomi: He's my witness!
      • Thelma: He's my son!
      • Naomi: He's my husband!
      • Judge: IT! IS MY! COURTROOM!
    • After a subject diversion about Thelma's Aunt Minnie:
      • Judge: I don't care about your Aunt Minnie!
      • Thelma: Well, neither did Uncle Dooly. I think that's what pushed the woman right over the edge...
      • Judge: I only care... about getting this case settled... getting you OUT! of my COURTROOM! and OUT! of my LIFE! Now you tell me! WHAT! HAPPENED! WITH! THE! CLEANER?!?!
    • After Thelma tries to demand the money from Naomi:
      • Judge: Now, I will not tell you again! LET! ME! HANDLE! THIS! CASE!
    • There are other examples from the same episode. One wonders how that judge fared sanity-wise after the Harper case...
  • Medium: Dr. Charles Walker: I! WILL! NOT! GO!!!
  • The Meeting Place Cannot Be Changed: "Crrriminal! Is! To! Be! JAILED!"
  • Misfits: "If you could just see yourselves! It breaks my heart...YOU'RE! WEARING! CARDIGANS!"
  • Modern Family. In "Express Christmas", Phil tases a frozen game hen for emphasis after failing spectacularly to get a turkey and a baseball card for Jay.
    Phil: Merry! Freaking! Christmas!
  • The end of episode's Catchphrase from Most Extreme Elimination Challenge: "What do we always say? Don't! Get! ELIMINATED!"
  • From Monty Python's Flying Circus: "I! HOPE! YOU'RE! EN! JOY! ING! THIS!"
    • "I! DON'T! LIKE! SPAM!"
    • "DOCTOR! DOCTOR! MY! BRAIN! HURTS!"
    • "This! Is an ex! PARROT!"
    • Anything said by a Gumby.
  • The Muppet Show: PIGS! IN! SPACE!
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
  • Adam Savage of MythBusters parodies it when naming the dump-ammo-into-fire robot: "THIS! IS! SPARKY!!"
  • The Newsroom. Lampshaded in the opening scene of the first episode: "... you are without a doubt a member of the worst—period—generation—period—ever—period—so when you ask..."
    • Later played straight: Will asked Mac not to tell anyone the story of why they broke up. Then she accidentally sent an e-mail, explaining in some detail what happened, to the entire office...
    Will McAvoy: You know how sometimes something happens in an instant that's so astonishing you just... shut down?
    MacKenzie McHale: Of course, that's understa–
    Will McAvoy: THAT DOESN'T! FUCKING! HAPPEN! TO ME!


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