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  • Disney movies often tend to have these.
    • Basil lets out one in The Great Mouse Detective when he discovers that the bullets don't match, meaning Ratigan has evaded him yet again.
    • The Rescuers Down Under, the bird McLeach was referring to was an eagle Cody befriended that McLeach was trying to capture. McLeach, after the above dialogue, adds "she could have been mine if it weren't for you," implying that the bird's death was Cody's fault for refusing to tell him where the bird was. It turns out that the bird was alive, but McLeach was just telling Cody the bird was dead to get Cody to go to its nest and, in turn, McLeach followed Cody there and waited for the bird's arrival.
      • Also, when McLeach falls off the waterfall to his doom.
    • The Disney English dub of Castle in the Sky has one delivered by Mark Hamill: Muska, blinded by the Spell of Destruction, staggers through the now collapsing corridors of Laputa's underground labyrinth. This is the last thing he says.
    • The Lion King has several:
      • Simba screams it as Mufasa falls to his death in a well-done and dramatic way.
      • That Big No was overlapped with a second Big No with Simba's flashback in the same movie, right before adult Simba jumps back onto Pride Rock.
      • And again in the sequel, in which he has a flashback/dream sequence — two "Big No"s in a span of 11 seconds!
    • The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning. King Triton lets out one at the beginning when Queen Athena sacrifices herself to save the music box.
    • Mulan. Shan-Yu yells "Nooooooooooooo!" when Mushu fires a big rocket at him.
      • Doesn't he also do it when he thought all his soldiers were killed in the avalanche?
    • The main page quote refers to a more parodical approach to this; in Disney's Aladdin. Jafar, after he betrays Aladdin and realizes he doesn't have the lamp. Also, when he's sucked into a lamp in the ending he yells out three in quick succession.
    • In Disney's Tarzan, it's none other than the main character with his powerful vocal cords who does this (albeit more out of rage than anything else), after being captured by Clayton's thugs on the ship and struck with the revelation that he was used by Clayton himself so that he could find and capture the gorillas. This 'NO' was SO big, loud and irate that even allies Terk and Tantor could hear him from within the African jungle and went to his rescue!
    • In Disney's Hercules:
    • In Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, all four times in the climax:
      • Quasimodo does it when Frollo starts the fire to burn Esmerelda.
      • As Phoebus rally the people of Paris and the gypsies to fight back against Frollo's tyranny, when he ask the people if they will allow him to desecrate Notre Dame, they shout "No!" as they charged against Frollo's troops.
      • Frollo in complete horror as the gargoyle comes to life and roar at his face as it cracks and fall to his well-deserved death.
      • Esmerelda does it when Quasimodo slips off her hands and falls near the end of the film.
    • Frankenweenie:
      • Done twice by the same person (Victor) in the same way for the same reason: Sparky died.
    • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope in the Imagine Spot where Sugar Rush is taken offline and she's destroyed along with the game world.
      • As well as twice in the climax. First when King Candy/Turbo as a Cy-Bug due to being eaten by one lifts him in the air after a brief scuffle on top of Diet Cola Mountain, preventing Ralph from knocking the Mentos stilactites into the diet cola lava to attract and get rid of the Cy-Bugs. Then Ralph dose this again after King Candy grabs Ralph's face to force him to watch Vanellope get eaten by Cy-Bugs.
    King Candy: Let's watch her die together, shall we.
    Ralph: NOOO!!!
    • Rabbit lets out a truly epic one in Winnie The Pooh Springtime For Roo when he finds out that the Easter supplies were taken with his friends when they moved (this part was never seen or known), and he finds out that he is already too late (or possibly unaware that he's still in the future). mixed with Eat the Camera.
    • In Atlantis: Milo's Return, as Erik Hellstrom's mad dream and Napoleon Delusion crumble along with his destroyed flying castle, he lets out an unusually heartbreaking example.
    • Mother Gothel in Tangled. Followed by several Little Nos after Flynn/Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair.
    • Anna shouts this in Frozen (2013) when she rushes to protect Elsa from Hans, who is about to strike her with his sword.
    • Pocahontas screams that word when her father was about to kill John Smith with his club.
  • Pixar in particular sometimes uses this too.
    • WALL•E:
      • Eve does this multiple times, once with her voice when WALL•E fires her laser arm by accident and a few times with a movie scream whenever something bad happens to WALL•E. May be Lampshade Hanging.
      • Auto manages a couple as well, despite being "played" by a voice synthesizer. Seems Macintalk puts a lot of emotion into that one word for some reason.
    • Toy Story 2
      • Parodied during the elevator fight when the Al's Toy Barn Buzz Lightyear gave one after Emperor Zurg told him he's his father.
      • Emperor Zurg does one as he falls down the elevator shaft.
      • Stinky Pete as the toys carry him to his fate (this combined with Eat the Camera).
    • Toy Story 3
      • Woody shouts this when he falls into the incinerator.
    • Cars 2: Rod "Torque" Redline shouts this when he is about to be killed by the Lemons' radiation cannon.
    • Cars 3: Lightning McQueen shouts this, following several Little Nos, as he struggles to catch up to Jackson Storm in the Los Angeles 500, just before his crash.
    • A Bug's Life
      • Hopper lets out a ton of these in the midst of a huge Freak Out as the bird feeds him to its chicks.
    • In Monsters, Inc. Sulley has one when he and Mike are banished, right after a Say My Name.
    • Marlin in Finding Nemo screams a lot of "No's" when his son, Nemo, was taken by divers and when he can't see the boat carrying them anymore.
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade has one Big No by Fuse in a dream sequence.
  • In Spirited Away, Yubaba says this when she realizes that her baby is gone.
  • In Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, we get to see not one but two characters deliver the "Big No", combined with firing their weapons wildly, in very short succession.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children gives Kadaj a good one (of the primal scream variety) when he realizes that Jenova's head has been shot. And stabbed. And generally mutilated.
  • Played for laughs in Mirrormask: "NOOOOO! I DON'T WANT TO BE A WAITER!"
  • In the 2007 TMNT film, Raphael lets out a Big No after the bad guys have kidnapped Leonardo. In the original movie, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael let one out as the Shredder is about to kill Leonardo.
  • 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-mo Big No.
    • King Harold does this as Fairy Godmother aims her killing spell at Shrek and he leaps in front of the spell to save him. The spell bounces off his armor and rebounds, hitting the Fairy Godmother, causing her to disintegrate into thousands of bubbles. Harold's alive, just turned back into a frog.
  • Vakama does this twice in BIONICLE: Legends of Metru Nui. First is when he sees Lhikan apprehended by the Dark Hunters, followed by It's All My Fault. Next is a shorter version after he sees a vision of the city being destroyed.
  • Done straight by the villain Zeebad in Doogal as he is pulled back into imprisonment.
  • Chuckie bursts into the chapel with one near the end of Rugrats in Paris. Which just happens to be his first word ever. He shouts it to stop the wedding his dad had almost completed.
  • In Help! I'm a Fish, Chuck lets out one of these when he thinks Fly is dead.
  • In 9, 9 has a couple, complete with Futile Hand Reach, when 1 dies.
  • Rocky in Chicken Run does one when he thinks Ginger has been killed.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Tigress does this when Po gets shot out of the fireworks factory by Lord Shen's cannon.
  • Mikey does this in Recess: School's Out when T.J. tells him that Benedict is trying to get rid of summer vacation.
    • Then again in the cafeteria later in the movie.
  • The Simpsons Movie: The DVD contains a deleted scene where Homer takes a ride at a sausage truck. After he leaves, the driver checks his cargo. Anyone who knows Homer probably expected the driver's reaction.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, Jack Frost lets one out when Sandy is overwhelmed by Pitch and is killed.
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. Sheila lets one out before shooting Terrence and Phillip.
  • Shark Tale has two of them.
    • Oscar does the slo-mo version when the seahorse Lucky Day trips and loses the race.
    • Lenny does it when Frankie dies.
  • Odette from The Swan Princess says this when she finds Derek unknowingly making a vow of everlasting love to her Evil Twin, since Odette's curse causes her to die when the man she loves swears his heart to a different woman.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup, when Toothless is about to kill Stoick.
  • The LEGO Movie - Good Cop yells one out during his ordeal when he's being forced to Kragle his parents, overriding Bad Cop's decision to get the job done to prevent any trouble. Of course, this sadly results in him being erased due to his disloyalty towards Lord Business' masterplan.
    • Later on, Emmet does this when Vitruvius is decapitated.
  • Dingo Pictures' knockoff of Balto, when Balto's teammate Komo falls to his death down a crevasse: "NO, KOMO! NOOOOOOOOOO!" Or more memetically, in the Swedish dub: "NEJ, KOMO! NEEEEEEEEEEJ!"
  • While the TV series virtually always used this trope for comedic effect, The Powerpuff Girls Movie went a MUCH more serious route with it. When the girls realize that their friend Jojo (now the infamous Mojo Jojo) has been lying to them all along and they've inadvertently helped him take over Townsville, resulting in the townspeople hating them even more, they beg the Professor to believe that this isn't what they wanted. When even HE expresses doubt in them, they fly straight up through the sky and into outer space in despair, shouting their big no as they go.
    • They do it again in a much more triumphant setting when Mojo gives the girls his best We Can Rule Together speech and they burst from his hand with a surge of power, shouting this reaction.
  • Tarzan (2013): After going to the place he was first found by the gorillas and remembers his humanity, Tarzan screams "No".
  • Ice Age 4: Continental Drift: Manny & the gang return to the continent, only to find Captain Gutt and his crew had beaten them there, having tied Ellie to a pillar, and Gutt holding a dagger near Peaches' neck. Manny boards the next ship to exchange himself for Peaches' life, but Gutt goes back on his word, stating that the mammoth took everything he had from him, and the evil captain intended to do the same. Manny can only yell "NO!" as Gutt's crew rapidly tie him up as the evil ape prepares to kill Peaches. Luckily, Louis arrives to the rescue Just in Time.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, Rameses screams it when the waters of the Red Sea comes down and drowns all the Egyptian soldiers, but pushes him away to the other side from where he and his army came from.
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017):
    • Party Favor, after his balloon animal is crushed by the ramp from Tempest Shadow's airship.
    • Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie in quick succession: Twilight when she leaps to get the staff of Sacanas right as the Storm King does, then Pinkie Pie when Twilight consequently gets sucked into the tornado.
    • Tempest Shadow, just before the Storm King throws an obsidian orb at The Mane Six.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Bootstrap yells this before the Kraken is summoned to destroy the ship Will has escaped on in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
  • Star Wars is particularly famous for this. All the movies use the Big No at least once:
    • A New Hope: Luke gives a Big No when Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan, although it's not drawn out.
      • Parodied in Thumb Wars.
    • The Empire Strikes Back: Luke responds to Luke, I Am Your Father in a fairly predictable way. Parodied in this Irregular Webcomic! and also in Toy Story 2.
    • Return of the Jedi: A robot screams as his feet are ripped by another machine.
      • Averted with Luke's "NEVER!!" right before attacking Vader, when he realizes that Leia is his sister, and could potentially be powerful in the dark side of the Force, or something else terrible would happen to her depending on what Vader would have said if Luke hadn't cut his sentence short then.
    • The Phantom Menace: Echoing Luke in A New Hope, Obi-Wan does a Big "NO!" when Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon.
    • Attack of the Clones: Obi-Wan again, when Anakin charges recklessly in to fight Dooku. Also, Yoda hears a Big "NO!" from Qui-Gon's ethereal voice as Anakin slaughters the Tusken Raiders.
    • Revenge of the Sith: Anakin/Vader, upon discovering that Padmé is dead. Darth Vader's usage of it at the end of Revenge of the Sith was criticized by many fans as Narm (and, subsequently, memed to death). Some voices just can't handle the Big No, and audiences found out that James Earl Jones' is one of them. Do Not Want.
    • The Force Awakens: Continuing the tradition with style, the first film of the Sequel Trilogy features several:
      • Rey's force vision features her younger self wailing at whoever dumped her on Jakku. Indeed, it's a faint precursor of young Rey's big no that drew Rey into Maz's basement to begin with.
      • Finn's progressive "no!"s after witnessing Kylo Ren abducting a knocked-out Rey
      • Both Rey and the more primal, anguished roar of Chewbacca witnessing Han Solo murdered by Kylo Ren, his own son.
    • The Last Jedi: Kylo Ren lets out a pretty good one when Luke's Astral Projection disappears, and he's left alone with the realization that Luke was only stalling for the remaining Resistance members to escape.
      • Rose also has one after the Supremacy begins to destroy the escaping Resistance ships.
    • The Rise of Skywalker has several:
      • Finn lets one out after a transport that carried Chewbacca was destroyed by Force lightning shot by Rey. Thankfully Chewie was actually not on the transport.
      • Poe after Snap Wexley is killed in the final battle.
      • Rey on two occasions. The first is a rage to Kylo Ren - who crushed a Sith Wayfinder Rey retrieved on the remains of the Death Star. The second is when she shoves Finn back during her duel on Kef Bir with Ren.
    • And parodied in Reign of Fire when the protagonists are acting out Star Wars as a play.
      The Black Knight stares through the holes in his mask, and says; "I [breathes heavily] am your father!"
      Watching kids: YEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAH!
  • Virgil Brigman lets out a "NOOOOOOOO!" in The Abyss after Lindsey drowns herself so he can tow her back to the rig.
  • The Alien series:
    • In Aliens, when Ripley is dreaming that she has been impregnated by a facehugger Alien. Also shouted by Vasquez when Drake gets immolated and with Ripley again when Newt gets kidnapped in the sewers.
    • Alien³: Mr. Bishop's "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!" when Ripley decides to kill herself.
  • Delivered by Ian Hawke the end of the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie upon realizing realizes the boys have escaped his carrier, leaving stuffed Chipmunk dolls in their stead
    • Alvin also does one, in the third movie, after being informed that he's starting to sound like Dave. Late at the climax, he does the slow motion version as he leaps to catch a pocket knife to free Jeanette from Zoe's rope.
  • Two in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
    • Parodied when Austin is driving a steamroller toward a guard. The guard has plenty of time to move out of the way—Powers even beckons him to do so—but just keeps screaming "No!" instead and doesn't move a muscle.
    • Austin does a slow motion version just before leaping to push the underground drill's abort button.
  • In Back to the Future, Marty does this when seeing Doc get shot by the Libyan terrorists. However, he adds on by saying "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! BASTARDS!!!" It then turns out at the end that Doc was wearing a bulletproof vest.
  • He does it again (without the "BASTARDS!!!") in Back to the Future Part II, when he discovers that Biff Tannen has changed history and married his mother.
  • Mike Sullivan does so in Road to Perdition when he returns home and goes upstairs to find his wife and son murdered.
  • Mos Def does it in Be Kind Rewind when all of the video cassettes in his store were erased.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula:
    • Vlad has a classic "NOOOOOOOOO!" in the prologue, as he realizes too late what his Rage Against the Heavens has turned him into — namely, Dracula.
    • Harker gets a downplayed (loud, but short and intense) "No!" when he learns that Dracula's successfully claimed Mina as his.
  • Bunni: Paige lets one loose when Chris takes his son.
  • Ator from Cave Dwellers is mocked on MST3K for shouting "No!" while helplessly tied to a stick.
  • Constantine. After Constantine makes an ash out of Balthazar, the mysterious Big Bad Gabriel appears. After Balthazar asks him to resurrect him, he instead uses a wind to blow him away. He yells "Noooooo!" just before his remains crumble to dust.
  • Said by Ralphie in A Christmas Story when the mall Santa tells Ralphie that he can't give him a Red Ryder BB Gun because "He'll shoot his eye out" and then kicks him down the slide.
  • Harvey Dent yelled it in The Dark Knight.
  • In Dead Poets Society, Neil's father (played by Kurtwood Smith) gives an impressive Big No after finding the dead body of his son.
  • Death Wish V: The Face of Death: This is the last thing that Freddie Flakes says before Paul Kersey kills him by blowing him up with a remote control soccer ball rigged with explosives:
    Paul Kersey: "Hey Freddie, I'm gonna take care of your dandruff problem for you." [Freddie just stands there looking confused when he realizes what this means]
    Freddie: "Noooooooooooooooooooo!" [Paul pushes a button on the remote control, detonating the ball]
    • At the end of the movie, Tommy O'Shea gives one just before Kersey knocks him into a vat of acid.
    Tommy O'Shea: "Wait, listen, whatever you want, whatever you need..."
    Paul Kersey: "I don't need anything, but need a bath." [Pushes O'Shea into the vat of acid]
    Tommy O'Shea: "No!"
  • The Devil's Advocate: The Devil screams "NOOOOOOOOOO" when Kevin shoots himself. Great because it's delivered in the understated acting style Pacino uses for this type of movie.
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons movie, Riddley Freeborn's "NOOOOOOOOOO!" when Snails dies. The anguished slow-mo scream of the protagonist in the Dungeons & Dragons movie, upon seeing his Sidekick friend Snails stabbed to death (after heroically attacking a villain all by himself), drew involuntary laughter from a movie-going audience at a cinema in Germany. It didn't help that Snails the thief was clearly supposed to be the Plucky Comic Relief but failed miserably, except at becoming the proof that even in Fantasy, the Black Dude Dies First.
  • Used in Evil Dead 2, when Ash finds that the only bridge to escape the haunted forest is destroyed. "No... Oh, God no... No... NO! NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!" That's not the only example in the film.
    • Parodied in The Musical. Ash receives several bits of bad news, and with each bit he runs to a different part of the stage, drops to his knees and screams. The less "bad" the news gets, the funnier the scene becomes.
  • In many cases, it's the character's final line of the movie (there are even cases where it's the final line of the movie: here, Wesley Snipes' Jungle Fever, the telefilm Christmas Every Day...).
  • Some of the Star Trek movies use the Big No at least once:
    • Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Decker gives a Big No as Captain Kirk gives the order to Chekov to fire phasers at the asteroid when the Enterprise is trapped in the wormhole. This one only sounds like a "Big No", but was really elongated by the time-warping effect of the wormhole.
    • Notably averted in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan at the very end of the scene where Spock dies. Shatner, well known for being a Large Ham (and having shouted another, now-iconic word at the top of his lungs earlier in the same film), reacts with nothing more than a meek and subdued "no" - perfectly jarring for that character moment.
    • Star Trek: First Contact: Captain Picard yells a Big No and smashes the glass cabinet with the models of the past Enterprises with a phaser rifle after Lily tells him to self-destruct the Enterprise after the ship is assimilated by the Borg. Lily makes it effective by a subdued reaction that contrasts his scream.
      Lily: (quietly) You broke your little ships. See you around, Ahab.
    • Star Trek: Insurrection: Ru'afo shrieks it when the Starfleet Admiral tells him to have a private discussion with Picard. Ru'afo wails it again when Picard threatens to ignite the fumes on the collector.
      • Doesn't he also do it when he realises he's trapped in a holodesk simulation?
    • Star Trek: Nemesis: Counsellor Troi screams a Big No when Shinzon invades her mind, the Reman Viceroy yells it when he falls to his death after being kicked by Commander Riker.
    • Star Trek Into Darkness gives us a Big No from villain Harrison when torpedoes explode in the lower decks of the starship he's controlling, horribly crippling his ship, and leading him to believe that his entire crew, whom he thought were in the torpedoes were dead.
  • The Lord of the Rings films have a whole bunch of them, most of them reasonably done:
    • The Fellowship of the Ring:
      • Gimli has a Big No when he discovers the tomb of Balin, which dissolves into mournful sobbing.
      • Frodo also has one that doubles as a Slow "NO!" when Gandalf appears to die.
    • The Two Towers
      • Treebeard yells one upon the realization that Saruman has burned the forest of Fangorn.
    • The Return of the King
      • Sam has one right at the climax, when Frodo succumbs to the lure of the One Ring while standing on the edge of the Crack of Doom. It's actually two smaller "no"s, then followed by what might be the biggest "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" ever heard as Frodo puts on the Ring, alerting the Big Bad to his presence.
      • Samwise also has one when Frodo gets spotted by Sauron's eye in Mordor.
      • Another is screamed twice by Éomer upon the discovery of his uncle King Théoden dead and his sister Éowyn almost dead on the battlefield. Here it is one of the rare effective moments of Big No.
      • Yet another is Legolas in the final battle when Aragorn's about to be killed by a troll. It's definitely in the extended cut and the trailers at least.
    • Continues in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, with Thorin Oakenshield letting one rip on seeing his grandfather decapitated by Azog. Since this happens during the film's prologue, there's little point in hiding the previous sentence behind a spoiler. (Compare with the entry immediately following.)
      • Heck even Balin gets one during the climax when Thorin is at Azog's mercy. So yeah, the pale orc was responsible for both incidents.
  • According to this, yelling "NOOOOOOO!" is the distinguishing characteristic of the hero from Battlefield Earth. His first Big No occurs less than two minutes into the movie, after he learns about his father's death.
  • The Mummy Returns:
    • Imhotep, the titular returning mummy, actually slides on his knees into the frame to deliver one (in ancient Egyptian) when the other Big Bad for the film is defeated. To compound it all, he was kinda late, sliding into frame about a second and a half after the stabbing. So blatant, it has to be some self-aware parody.
    • Rick O'Connell delivers a much more believable one earlier in the film when Evy gets stabbed.
    • so does Evelyn when it looks like Rick is going to fall into a bottomless pit after stabbing the Scorpion King.
  • At the beginning of The Hunger Games, Prim has several of these when Katniss volunteers in her place for the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
    • And again when she is shooed out of the "Final Goodbye" room.
  • In the 1986 movie No Mercy, Eddie Jilette (played by Richard Gere) threatened to shoot Alan Deveneux's arm off, Alan screamed it at Eddie pleading to not shoot.
    • Michel (played by Kim Basinger) in the end of that same movie, delievers it when Eddie Jilette moves Losado's shotgun fire to the wall behind her.
  • Plays for laughs in The 'Burbs, in what may be the film's most famous scene when Art and Ray find a femur bone that they believe belongs to their missing neighbor in fact, it belongs to one of their former neighbors.
  • Spider-Man Trilogy:
    • Yelled by Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 when he wakes up and finds that his tentacles — which have a mind of their own — killed all of the doctors who were about to operate on him while he was unconscious. Even better, the tentacles scream with him.
    • And later, Peter's reaction when a wall is about to flatten Mary Jane. Although, the sound he makes is more like a big "NAAAA-AAAUUUGH!!!"
    • The third movie has it when Eddie Brock sees Spider-Man is throwing a bomb at the Venom symbiote.
  • Played for laughs in Elf when Buddy is told by Santa Claus that his father is on the Naughty List.
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day had the best Big No ever, when Sarah Connor sees the good terminator walk out of the elevator. Not knowing he's good, Sarah falls down, but first has a look of disbelief on her face. Then as she runs the other way, her screams build up in volume until she finally lets out her Big No.
  • The Harry Potter movies:
    • Delivered straight in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Sirius Black falls through the veil in the Department of Mysteries. Harry screams it. In a twist (one in very good taste), the scream is given silently, with the score playing over it.
    • The rumor is that it originally was going to be heard.
    • This after, in the Goblet of Fire movie, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort delivers a painfully straight (and unfortunately delivered) double threat of Big No and (apparently) Skyward Scream when Harry got away... again.
      • Cedric Diggory's father also does one of these upon realizing what's happened at the end of this film.
    • And he does it again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 after Harry gets away from him by destroying Lucius Malfoy's wand.
    • Ginny does this twice in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 when she thinks Harry's dead.
  • Parodied in the endings of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2. In the former, as the Final Girl screams, she is run over by a car. In the latter, the Final Girl meets the psycho again. She does the Big No, he does a Big Yes... and gets run over by a car.
  • Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders features a truly glorious NOOOOOOOOO!", complete with slow-motion running towards the camera.
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street there is a Big No issued by the title character after he is informed of his wife's rape. Rather effective due to it blending in with his wife's screams at the end of the musical number/flashback, "Poor Thing".
    • There's also Johanna's terrified "NO!" when Beadle Bamford grabs her to drag her off for transport to Fogg's Asylum on Judge Turpin's orders.
  • The infamous 1983 film The Lonely Lady seems to think this trope automatically equals brilliant writing. Roger Ebert probably said it best:
    The movie's whole plot hinges on Pia's ability to rewrite a scene better than her jealous writer-husband. When the star of her husband's movie weeps that she can't play a certain graveyard scene, Pia whips out the portable typewriter and writes brilliant new dialogue for the star. What, you may ask, does Pia write? Here's what: She has the grieving widow kneel by the side of the open grave and cry out (are you ready for this?) "Why? Why!!!" That's it. That's the brilliant dialogue. And it can be used for more than death scene, let me tell you. In fact, I walked out of this movie saying to myself, "Why? Why!!!"
  • The Kentucky Fried Movie has a random CIA mook shout this when the villain has him banished to... Detroit. "NO! NO, NOT DETROIT! NO! NO, PLEASE! Anything but That!! NO! NO!!"
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the Nazis are sliding the stone block to seal off the Well of Souls (with Indy and Marion inside), Marion yells "Noooo!" The sound is abruptly cut off when the block slides into place.
  • Played straight with the end of Heavenly Creatures.
  • In Tropic Thunder Tugg Speedman lets out one of these after killing a panda in self defense, and it's hilarious.
  • In Se7en David Mills build up to one of these after being informed that it was his wife's head in the box. "What was in the boooox? You're a liar! No! NO!"
  • The Abbé Coulmier in Quills achieves a massive Big No, bordering perhaps on Huge status, upon the Marquis de Sade's suicide. The Abbé's No is so big that it in fact incites a chorus of Big Nos from the asylum's inmates, which echoes off the mildewed walls and bathes the watcher in the uncensored vocal epitaph of the Abbé's bitter moral defeat.
  • In Superman, Superman lets out a few quiet little nos, followed by a big scream of anguish, when Lois Lane dies in the earthquake. Toy Fare magazine's Geek 100 rated this #6, as "the most agonized scream ever recorded on film."
  • In The Godfather Part III Al Pacino gives a huge "NO", complete with faded soundtrack when his daughter is gunned down by an assassin trying to kill him.
  • When Art Lean is killed by Goro in Mortal Kombat: The Movie, the Big No is screamed by Sonya immediately upon his death, and then issued by Johnny Cage when Shang Tsung proceeds to consume the guy's soul.
  • Said by Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as he flees from a laser-wielding Riff Raff.
  • Parodied by William Shatner in Invasion Iowa, writing 13 O's on his cue card.
  • In the Watchmen movie Nite Owl lets out a classic Big No complete with falling to his knees upon seeing the disintegration of Rorschach.
  • In Zoolander, Derek Zoolander has one of these when he sees his (even more Too Dumb to Live than he is) friends die in a tragic gasoline fight accident, not very far into the movie. (The "no" starts a bit earlier, when he sees a cigarette arcing towards his friends in Slo Mo.)
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has several, all said in a row when Loomis realizes Laurie's daughter (whom he's been trying to protect) has been corrupted by Michael and has murdered her foster mother with a pair of scissors at the end of the film.
  • Legend (1985). Darkness yells "Nooooooo!" when he's blasted out into space by the sunlight.
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Doubles as a callback to original franchise's Big "NO!" by another Cesaer symbolically protesting human abuse of apes. Deliberately put after a well-recognized but more comedic callback for the added gut punch.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Wolverine does it three times: The Last Stand: After killing Jean. Origins: When his father dies, and later when his Temporary Love Interest dies.
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • When young Erik wrecks Schmidt's lab in the beginning of the film in anger and grief over the murder of his mother, he lets out an extremely long "Nein."
      • Xavier shouts this when Magneto pushes the coin through Sebastian Shaw's forehead and just before he tackles Magneto to the ground to try to stop him from committing mass murder against the American and Soviet fleets.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past: Past Charles directs this at Erik, who was at the time has started levitating metal kitchen utensils and cutleries in an attempt to kill the surrounding guards. Charles was even trying to hold him back physically.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse: Apocalypse exclaims this when he realizes that Charles had been freed before the Grand Theft Me procedure was completed.
  • Played for laughs by Will Arnett in Hot Rod. Must be seen to be believed.
  • Several characters in The Fall scream "NOOOOOOOOOO!" at one point — sometimes it's played for humor, sometimes it's played very, very straight.
  • Queen Penelope has one in the film The Oddyssey.
  • Lust in the Dust, after Abel Wood kills Bernardo's henchmen.
    Marguerita: Accident?
    Abel: They moved.
    Marguerita: Shut up, Bernardo.
  • Judge Dredd
    • The title character does this when former Chief Justice Fargo is mortally wounded by Junior.
    • Judge Griffin does it just before the ABC robot rips his arms and legs off.
  • A rare example of this being done well comes from The Elephant Man:
    "NO! I am NOT an ELEPHANT! I am NOT an ANIMAL! I am a human BEING! I am... a man."
  • In The Wicker Man (1973), this, along with a Big "OMG!", is Sgt. Howie's first reaction to seeing the titular edifice. The camera-work, buildup, and above all, Edward Woodward's believable delivery of the line removed any potential narm.
  • In The Matrix, Agent Smith gives a brief one after Neo dives into his body and before he explodes.
  • In Bridge to Silence, Marlee Matlin's character both screams and signs her Big No when told that her husband is dead. How to do a Big No in AMSLAN: Using your right hand, make a "bird's bill" with your thumb and pointer and middle fingers. Clap them together rapidly for as long as you want your Big No to last.
  • Horror movie Skinned Deep has an example, with the Final Girl screaming "NOOOOOOOO!" repeatedly throughout the entire end credits.
  • Freddy Krueger does a hilarious version of this in Freddy vs. Jason when he finds himself caught on a piece of construction equipment and being dragged straight toward a thoroughly pissed-off Jason.
  • A Big No occurs from Brian when both Bull and Axe fell in the firefighting movie Backdraft.
  • One comes from Howard Payne when he finds out he was tricked by the relooping security camera set up by Jack Traven in the movie Speed.
  • Deep Blue Sea has one Big No from Susan McCalister (played by Saffron Burrows).
  • The movie Ricochet has several Big No's from Earl Talbot Blake (Played by John Lithgow) when Nick Styles (Played by Denzel Washington) goes crazy.
  • Point Break (1991) has this trope by Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) when he sees Pappas (Gary Busey) gets shot in the back by a shotgun.
  • Shutter Island features one from the protagonist in a flashback near the end of the film, complete with overhead camera shot.
  • Rocky
    • A Big 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.
    • There's another Big No from Duke (in slow motion) in Rocky IV after Apollo Creed was KO'ed (killed) by Ivan Drago in an exhibition match.
  • Soapdish. Montana Moorehead's reaction to her high school yearbook showing that she was once Milton Moorehead, of Syosset, NJ.
  • Fatal Instinct. Ned Ravine after he thinks his skunk has been killed.
  • Diavolo in Corpo a.k.a. Devil in the flesh: Giulia (played by Maruschka Detmers) says this trope after a diary is read to her by someone.
  • Tombstone: Kurt Russell's Big No is so Narmy it has to be seen to be believed. It comes with a cluster of Little Nos too.
    • According to witnesses, this actually happened, and this example is more out of defiance than anguish or despair. It's not "No, you killed my [insert relative/acquaintance]!" it's "No, you bastards ain't killing me!"
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ron Burgundy does this when a certain man punts Ron's dog Baxter over the bridge.
  • Spaceballs. Princess Vespa, when she's threatened with being given her old ugly nose back.
    • Turns into a Funny Moment when she adds "Where did you get that picture?"
  • The Happening gives us a Big No courtesy of Mark Wahlberg, who screams it when someone he's known for an hour and a half gets shot.
  • In The Boondock Saints, Connor McManus gets one after Rocco gets shot and dies.
  • The Jensen Ackles flick Devour has got one in the end when he see his parents killed by Satan.
  • Scott in EuroTrip when he finds out that Mieke is a girl.
  • Potentially one of the more ridiculous examples occurs in the horrible Sleep Stalker, where the goatee-sporting lead character utters one with an ape-like inflection as he does it. It's worth seeing.
  • In Atlas Shrugged, Dagny gives a reverberating one when she reaches the fire at the Wyatt oil fields.
  • Dr. Weir of Event Horizon gets one when Captain Miller activates the explosives of the bridge connecting the gravity chamber to the rest of the ship as it's about to go into the Cosmic Horror dimension that killed its last crew, sacrificing himself to save what's left of his own crew.
  • Undercover Brother. A mook does this as Undercover Brother is about to stamp down on him. It then turns out that UB smashed a bag of potato chips instead.
  • Shaun of the Dead, when Shaun sees Ed getting mauled by zombies.
  • Kei does this at the end of Moon Child, when Sho is dying in his arms.
  • Done hilariously in Silent Movie. Mel Funn, making the first silent movie in forty years, has the brainstorm of inviting reknowned mime Marcel Marceau. Calling France, he asks Marcel if he would to star in the picture. Marcel's response is the only audible line in the entire film; "NON!"
    • When Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to ask him to say the line, he originally pitched it as just "NO!" Marceau replied that he would only do it if it was "NON!" instead. Why? Because it would make more sense for him to say it in French. As it happened, it inspired a great follow-up gag where the caller admitted he didn't understand Marceau because he doesn't speak French, despite the fact that "No" and "Non" sound practically the same.
  • Caesar gives a big one in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; also counts as a Wham Line. Why? It was his first word.
    • Also because HE'S A CHIMPANZEE.
    • Koba, in the sequel, let's out one as he plunges to his death.
  • During the scene in The Muppet Movie, When Kermit was in the construction area, Max warned Kermit to watch out for bulldozers that crushed his bicycle.
    * Sees the bicycle get crushed and Kermit jumps to the bulldozers!*
    Kermit the Frog: That's certainly dangerous building a road in the middle of the street!
  • In the beginning of Muppets from Space, Gonzo does this when he's excluded from Noah's Ark because he's the only one of his kind. Combines this with a Skyward Scream as the Great Flood begins.
    Gonzo: Nooo! Noooo! I don't want to be alone! Nooo!
  • Romeo in Romeo + Juliet, upon Mercutio's death.
  • Ever After: Danielle does one when Marguerite throws a book into the fire that was the last gift she ever got from her dead father.
  • A Dutch version of the trope occurs in De hel van '63, when Melle accidentally skates into a hole in the ice. He can't find back the hole and his girlfriend Annemiek can do nothing but watch him drown underneath her. She screams "NEE!" when he stops moving.
  • Subverted in Daredevil after Elektra dies. It looks like Matt Murdock is winding up for a NOOOOO! but doesn't do it.
    Rifftrax: He's warming up for a big "Nooo!" Ready, he's got his face clenched, 'kay, good, teeth, now his head goes up and Nnnnn...hey! Where's our "No"? I feel cheated!
  • In The NeverEnding Story, when Atreyu screams "ARTAX!!!"
  • In The Contender, Jeff Bridges as President Jackson Evans yells one in frustration.
  • In the remake of The Haunting (1999), Eleanor shouts "NO! I will not let you hurt the children!" at a ghost.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • In Thor, Thor has one when Loki lets go of Odin's spear, Gungnir, and falls into the abyss below the broken Bifrost. Odin has a Little "No" to underscore this moment.
    • In The Avengers, Thor shouts this when Loki mortally wounds Agent Coulson aboard the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
    • In Iron Man 3, Killian performs this when Tony uses the Mark 42 armor to trap him and blow him up. The armor's faceplate cuts off the Big No when it covers Killian's face. He performs it again just before an Extremis-enhanced Pepper detonates a missile in his face.
    • In Thor: The Dark World, Thor gets three Big Nos when Frigga is killed, when Kurse stabs Loki, and when Loki apparently dies in his arms. He really does this trope a lot, being Shakespeareesque and all.
    • In Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch does this when Quicksilver is shot by Ultron.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:
      • Star-Lord yells several grief-stricken "NO!"s when watching his father figure Yondu die in the vacuum of space after saving him from the planet Ego's destruction.
      • Just before that, Ego's humanoid body screams a despair-filled "NO!" to Peter as a bomb planted in his planetary body's core explodes, causing the former to disintegrate into ash.
    • Thor: Ragnarok: The film has a Show Within a Show version of Loki's "death" from The Dark World, where the Asgardian actor portraying Thor (portrayed by Chris Hemsworth's own brother) shouts an over-the-top Big "NO!" regarding said death.
    • In Black Panther (2018) T'Challa lets one out when Killmonger kills Zuri.
    • Scarlet Witch does this again in Avengers: Infinity War as Thanos brings Vision back to life, only to kill him again by ripping the Mind Stone out of him. It's also the last thing she says before she dies along with half the universe. Thor also has three more, namely when Thanos kills first Heimdall and then Loki while Thor is Forced to Watch, and when Thanos snaps his fingers, killing half the universe.
  • Luther screams a classic "Nooooooooo" in the climactic scene of The Warriors as badass gang The Riffs close in to (presumably) hack him and his gang to pieces.
  • Inverted in Identity: Paris goes for a quiet, dread-filled "No..." when Timmy, the little boy who turned out to be the killer of all the other personalities inside Malcolm's head, arrives with a rake and says his only line in the movie - "Whores don't deserve a second chance."
  • Done by Fallon in Jack the Giant Slayer after the beanstalk is chopped down. Fortunately for him, he finds the rest of the beans.
  • Cathy does this when the grandmother breaks her music box in Flowers in the Attic.
  • Pruniprismia, Miraz's wife in the 20o8 movie "Prince Caspian", does this in the scuffle in her bedroom after shooting Caspian in the shoulder with a crossbow.
  • Man of Steel:
    • Near the end of the movie, when Clark is forced to kill Zod with his bare hands. The Great Hall of Union Station gives it a nice echo.
    • Zod lets one out when he sees that the ship containing Kal-El has been launched.
  • Ghost Ship ends with this being Epps' final word when she sees that the villain is alive and well, and starting his plan all over again.
  • Dame Vaako in The Chronicles of Riddick When Riddick, not her husband, kills the Lord Marshall. Overlaps heavily with Narm.
  • Jim Carrey delivers one in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! when he realizes the presents are about to go over the edge.
  • In The Star Chamber, Dr. Lewin quietly says a few Little "No"'s when Hardin dismisses the charges against Monk and Cooms, then yells "Goddammit, NOOOOO! NOOOOO!" when he pulls out the gun and tries to shoot them.
  • In A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, after being mute up until this point, Joey discovers his dream power through this trope when all his friends are all being dragged into mirrors by Freddy who has managed to duplicate himself enough times to be able to do this.
  • Bray in Robot Holocaust lets one out when Haim is killed by the mutants.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • After Harry's death, it's no surprise that Eggsy lets out one of these.
    • Valentine also lets out one when he realizes his plan has failed.
  • In the 1990 film adaptation of Lord of the Flies, when Piggy is about to die to a rock dropped by Roger when Piggy tries to tell Jack's tribe that they have to be sensible and make things work, Ralph responds by yelling one out.
  • In Summer School, Chainsaw delivers one just before the class is supposed to take the all-important end-of-term exam.
    Chainsaw: Tension breaker. Had to be done.
    Mr. Shoop: Anyone else?
  • In the screen version of If I Stay, Mia gives vent to one when she learns that her brother, who survived the accident that killed their parents and put Mia in a coma, succumbed to a brain haemorrhage.
  • Harry in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York just before Kevin throws a rock at the toy store's window, tripping the alarm and exposing the Sticky Bandits.
  • Raleigh Becket from Pacific Rim, when his brother Yancy is killed.
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman lets out a big No in his "Knightmare" vision when his fellow La Résistance members are gunned down by Superman's soldiers.
  • Belle in Beauty and the Beast when Gaston plays a dirty trick on Beast and near fatally stabs him.
  • Scanners: Cameron loudly rejects Revok's offer to build an empire together with a Big "No!" after Revok has murdered so many scanners, punctuated by hitting him in the face with a desk ornament.
  • Nimue in Hellboy (2019), when Hellboy drops her decapitated head into hell.
  • Howard Clifford in Pokémon Detective Pikachu while in Mewtwo's body when Tim rips the Neural Link off his head, sending his mind out of the body of the world's most powerful Pokemon and back into his powerless, wheelchair-bound human body.
  • Lady and the Tramp: Elliot panics when Lady steps in front of his carriage and causes him to crash.
  • Wild in the Streets: When the voting age is lowered to 14, an LSD-addled Fergus yells "NOOOOO!" over and over again.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): Diana and other Amazons scream "NO!" when Antiope dies.
  • In Breaking Point (1976), Ted Buchanan yells "Noooo!" as he falls off a bridge after getting shot.
  • Jack of the Red Hearts: As Jack leaves the house after her cover is blown, Glory runs after her screaming "NO!" repeatedly.

NOOOOOOOOO longer sounds like a word.


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