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Zoidberg: Forgive me, my friend.
Bender: NEVER!
Futurama, The Day the Earth Stood Stupid

Shouting the word "NEVER!" to show a character is determined not to do something, and will proclaim it, usually either angrily or proudly.

Note, without the determination being expressed, it's not this trope. It's just shouting a word that happens to be "NEVER!".

Here is a compilation with a lot of examples.

A Sub-Trope of Big Word Shout.

Compare Big "NO!" and Big "WHY?!".

Contrast Big "YES!".


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  • In One Piece when Kuma is about to finish off the whole crew on Thriller Bark, he offers them a chance if they give Luffy in. They all answer "NEVER!!" and get nuked by his attack.
  • In the final battle between Simon and the Anti-Spirals in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Simon shouts "Eat this!" with a huge "NEVER!" as a response.
  • In Trigun, Wolfwood lets out a rather epic "I won't let any more children suffer... NEVER AGAIN!!" in episode 10.
  • Played for laughs in Pokémon episode "Holy Matrimony" when Team Rocket burst in on the scene, fighting, trying to force a very reluctant James to get married so they can claim his inheritance.
    Brock: Stop it! James's parents just passed away!
    Ash: He's got to come to their funeral!
    James: NEVER!
    [awkward silence]
  • Kyuubimon says this in Digimon Tamers, when one of the Devas tries to coerce her into joining their ranks.

  • In The Smurfs comic book story "You Don't Smurf Progress", the waste disposal robot, who became the tyrant of the Smurf Village, shouts this when he tries to escape from the front door of his castle, but finds himself surrounded by the Smurfs that were once his captives, demanding for his surrender. He tries to use a secret escape hatch, only to be turned into furniture when Handy cuts off his escape with his furniture-making machine.
  • While it was written and not spoken, Rorschach's response to the Keene Act probably still qualifies.
  • This is Superman's defiant response to Asmodel, an angel, as he is wrestling him to a standstill.
    Asmodel: YIELD!!!
    Superman: NEVER!!!

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Vader is about to say he will take Leia to the dark side if Luke wouldn't turn, thus taking the last family Luke has. Luke shouts this before unleashing his Unstoppable Rage.
  • 1776:
    Congress: Would someone shut that man up?
    John Adams: NEVER!
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York:
    Kevin: You guys give up? Have you had enough pain?
    Marv: Nevah!
    Harry: (shakes head at Marv)
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie: This is the last word Shang Tsung utters during the final battle of the film, yelled in regards to Liu Kang's demand to give up his stolen souls and surrender.
  • Robin Hood's father shouts one of these at the beginning of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when the Sheriff of Nottingham and his lynch mob/cult asks him to join them.
  • Enchanted:
    Queen Narissa: So this is the forest rat who thinks she can claim my throne... NEVER!!!
  • In Oz the Great and Powerful, Oscar offers Theodora, the Wicked Witch of the West, a chance to return to Oz if she rejects the wickedness in her heart. Theodora shouts "NEVER!" and flies off laughing.
  • Man of Steel: Zod's Famous Last Words.
  • Appears in Excalibur as befits a World of Ham.
    Arthur holds Excalibur to the neck of rebelling knight Sir Uryens, demanding he swear fealty.
    Sir Uryens: A noble knight, swear faith to a squire?
    • Later, when Merlin refuses to use is magic to make Guinevere fall in love with Arthur:
      Merlin: Now look, I once stood exposed to the Dragon's Breath so that a man could lie one night with a woman. It took me nine moons to recover. And all for this lunacy called 'love', this mad distemper that strikes down both beggar and king. Never again! Never!
  • Midnight Madness: The Sorority Team has lost its transportation. The Motorcycle Geek Team has lost its clue. The Geeks propose cooperation. Two of the Sorority girls pause, look at each other, then shout "NEVER!" Followed by the Gilligan Cut of each Sorority girl on a motorcycle behind a Geek.
  • The final word in Colossus: The Forbin Project is a defiant "Never!" from the protagonist, after all their attempts to stop the Master Computer from taking over the world have failed, and Colossus says that humanity will one day accept its rule and even love him.
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop: Parodied.
    Veck Sims: When are you gonna give up, Blart?
    Paul Blart: How about now? I'll meet you on the corner of "NE" and "VER"! NEVER!

  • Joseph Lemaitre's French: How to Speak and Write It uses this trope in a comic illustration to make the introduction of the word "never" more memorable:
    Il: Embrassez-moi!
    Elle: Jamais!
  • In The Mark of Athena, when Annabeth is pulled to the edge of a pit leading directly to hell, Percy grabs her wrist, and she demands he let her go so he won't get pulled in. He responds with one of these.
  • In the Warrior Cats book Path of Stars, "Never!" is Violet's response to the villain Slash asking her to be his mate.

     Live-Action TV  
  • In Seinfeld, Kramer has a jacket which used to belong to his mother's ex-boyfriend, and is refusing to give it back to him. Later, the boyfriend turns up pounding at Jerry's door demanding the jacket. Kramer responds with an over-dramatic "Never!"
  • The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Dramatis Personae" has the following dialogue (for context, the characters are Not Themselves):
    Sisko: What can we do?
    O'Brien: Leave the station.
    Sisko: NEVER!! Get me a phaser, and I'll get rid of Kira.
    O'Brien: Hear me out, sir. We leave the station, raise a Federation attack force and return. And on that day, you should get rid of all your enemies.
  • In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Errand of Mercy", the Organians predict that eventually humans and Klingons will become friends and work together, to which Kor responds, "Never!". This becomes Hilarious in Hindsight with the Federation-Klingon rapprochement in later years.
  • Colin Baker's incarnation of Doctor Who did this in the episode "Timelash, Part II":
    Tekker: Admit defeat, Doctor.
    The Doctor: Never!
  • In VR Troopers there was a plant monster named Chlorophoid fighting JB and Kaitlin, when JB cut the ropes and turned the tables he told the monster to give up, who replied "NEVER!" In response, JB summoned the laser lance, only upon being impaled did Chlorophoid finally surrender. JB then finished him off anyway.

  • Done repeatedly and with... erm, the ending of "Day Sixteen: Loser" from Ayreon.
  • The English version of Rammstein's Du Hast uses one of these in place of the original version's nein, which just means "no" in German.
    Will you until death does sever
    Be upright to her forever?

  • In Assassins' "Ballad of Booth," this (and a racial slur) form the song's climax.
  • In Kiss Me, Kate, Kate has a wild coloratura cadenza in the first-act finale whose words are "Never!" repeated nineteen times.
  • In The Musical On the 20th Century, Lily has an entire song called "Never" (about how she won't go back to her controlling ex-lover), which culminates in a shouted "Never!".
  • In The Lion King stage musical, Nala typically responds to Scar's propositioning with: "Never, Scar. NEVER."
  • 1776
    Extra: Will someone shut that man up?!
    John Adams: NEVER!!! NEVER!!!
  • In H.M.S. Pinafore, we have a rare non-defiant example of a Big Never during the song "I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore":
    Captain: ...I am never known to quail At the fury of a gale, And I'm never, never sick at sea!
    Crew: What, never?
    Captain: No, never!
    Crew: What, neverrrr?
  • In Jekyll and Hyde, the Eleven O'Clock Number "Confrontation" ends with one.
  • Chess gets a rather notable one- "Endgame" culminates in a shouting match between Anatoly and his estranged wife Svetlana, with a series of "Liar!", "Never!", "LIAR!", "NEVER!", "LIAR!", finally ending with Anatoly belting a long sustained G# NEVER!. Chess being what it is, this ending has been rewritten and reset many times, with the other common version being between Anatoly and his opponent Freddie, with "Check!", "Never!". Depending on the version, either Freddie or Anatoly end up with the long belted G#.

     Theme Parks  
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Lord Darkenon does this when the title character of Poseidon's Fury demands that he surrender.
    • This is Fiona's response to Lord Farquaad in Shrek 4-D after he says, "See you on the other side, princess!"
    • Optimus Prime does one in Transformers: The Ride when Megatron lands in front of the riders, telling them to "beg for mercy!".

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     Web Comics  
  • This Order of the Stick strip, where the party’s wizard emphatically rejects the idea of renouncing their current deity in favour of worshiping a puppet with a big "Never!".
  • This Sinfest strip has Slick do this when an Illuminati drone demands "Please hand in your testicles." It was really Monique and Green Devil Girl pranking Slick through the drone.
  • This El Goonish Shive strip, where Tedd shouts "Never!" in response to his dad saying magic will never enter public use.

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     Western Animation  
  • American Dad!
    • Hayley about being told to drop being angry about Bush.
    • In the episode Stannie Get Your Gun, the mascot upon learning that he is fired and will have to relinquish his costume. A beautifully rendered "NEVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!" coupled with a fantastic dive through a plate glass window.
  • Futurama had a few.
    • This exchange from Bender's Big Score
      Nudar: So what'll it be, unconditional surrender -
      Leela: Never!
      Nudar: - Or total destruction?
      Leela: Also never!
      Nudar: You have thirty seconds - make up your minds!
      Leela: NEVER!
    • From "The Day the Earth Stood Stupid":
      Zoidberg: Forgive me, my friend!
      Bender: NEVER!
  • The Simpsons
    • Spoofed in a scene where Homer is asked to do something that is only reasonable and not a big deal and then snaps "Never!".
      Bart: As long as you're doing things for me, would you tie up your bath robe when you walk around the house?
      Homer: Never!
    • "I Love Lisa": Springfield Elementary's President's Day pageant involves George Washington (played unusually competently by Ralph Wiggum) responding to Lisa's (playing Martha Washington) "couldn't we just give in to the British?" question with a big "NEVER!"
  • The Fairly OddParents: The dialogue of the first few minutes of the TV movie Abra-Catastrophe goes more or less like this:
    Disguised Cosmo or Wanda: Tell me your secret, Timmy!
    Timmy: NEVER!!!
  • Done twice in SpongeBob SquarePants in which SpongeBob inflates Bubble Buddy like a balloon to escape the crowd trying to pop Bubble Buddy and another where he "refuses" to never play on the hooks again after promising Mr. Krabs.
    SpongeBob: "You'll never catch us now! Never! Haha! Never! *Suddenly starts descending* Never..."
    • There also The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. During the battle on David Hasselhoff's back, Dennis states to Spongebob that he "always gets his man", prompting the latter to jump out of the way just as Dennis is about to grab him, letting out a very long, epic "NEVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!" as he jumps across to Hasselhoff's other leg in slow-motion.
  • Adventure Time:
    • In the original pilot, Pen (later Finn) shouts this while freeing himself from the Ice King's ice.
      Abraham Lincoln: You need to believe in yourself!
      Pen: NEVER!!!
    • In "The Enchiridion!", an evil lich-like guardian tried to make Finn slay an unaligned ant, and this was his response, followed by kicking the guardian in the junk. Then Finn got carried away and punched the Key-per in the gut while continuing to shout "NEVER!".
  • Rocko's Modern Life, "I Have No Son": Ralph Bighead shouts "NEVER!!!" several times, very loudly, at the prospect of seeing his parents again.
    • Fun fact: The "NEVER!" monologue was creator Joe Murray's audition for the role of Ralph. The writers put that joke in because they'd never heard Murray scream like that.
  • Dan Vs. "Baseball":
    (Dan's arm is on fire)
    Chris: Dan, stop, drop, and roll!
    Dan: *runs off* Never!
  • Happens once in Danny Phantom.
    "Now will you be my frieeeeend?"
  • Optimus Prime delivers a defiant "NEVER!" to Megatron in The Transformers: The Movie in response to him saying "It's over, Prime!" before smacking him right in the face.
    Miko: YOU doublecross ANYONE — MINE is the face you'll never forget! NEVERRRRR!
  • During the climax of Dexter's Laboratory: Ego Trip, when present Dexter asks for the MacGuffin back, Future Mandark replies with "NEVEERRR!".
  • Even though she's being viciously tortured, Daphne shouts "NEVER!" to the Tritannus and Trix after they demand to know the secret of Dark Sirenix in Winx Club.
  • El Tigre in "Puma Licito".
    Rodolfo: Papi, take it back now!
    Puma Loco: NEVER!!
  • Happens in Regular Show, after Rigby calls out his brother, Don, on ruining his life because he was born. Plus he wouldn't give sugar (a hug):
    Mordecai: Rigby blew it! He wouldn't give Don sugar.
    Rigby: NEVER!!! (runs away panting)
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Boy Wander", this is Dr. Screwball's response when Wander tells him to let Sylvia go.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Luna Eclipsed", Twilight Sparkle observes that Pinkie Pie might be a little too old for trick-or-treating on Nightmare Night.
    Pinkie Pie: Too old for free candy?! Never!
  • The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Ghost of the Red Baron" had the Three Stooges enlisted as cropdusters. They resign after the Baron threatens them and the gang:
    Velma: (disappointedly) You sure you won't change your mind?
    Moe: Positive. Neither rain or snow or gloom of night could keep us from our mission...
    Larry: Or thunder and lightning and hail. But ghosts??
    Curly Joe: NEVER!!
  • The Adventures of Lariat Sam: In "The Great Race for Office Space," Sam and his horse Tippytoes learn that Badlands Meeney is running for sheriff of Bent Saddle.
    Tippytoes: Badlands sheriff??! NEVER! N-E-V-E-R! If he gets elected, Bent Saddle won't be fit for a strawberry festival!

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