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Zoidberg: Forgive me, my friend.
Bender: NEVER!

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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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: In the final battle, 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.
  • Pokémon: The Original Series: Played for laughs in "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]

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • JLA (1997): This is Superman's defiant response to Asmodel, an angel, as he is wrestling him to a standstill.
    Asmodel: YIELD!!!
    Superman: NEVER!!!

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, after Cody says he'll never tell McLeach where Marahoute the eagle is, he uses the Big Never twice in a row.
  • In the original ending of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, this is uttered by Zira at the end of just right after refusing to accept Kiara's offer to rescue her and falls to her doom in the river below. This was cut for being too dark; the final cut only involves Zira struggling for Kiara's paw before screaming as she falls into the giant-log-filled river. She does still get one just before that, though, telling Simba “I’ll NEVER let it go!” before trying to attack him and being knocked over the cliff above the river by Kiara’s blocking move.
  • Toy Story 2:
    Stinky Pete: Your choice, Woody: you can go to Japan together or in pieces. If he fixed you once, he can fix you again. Now get in the box!
    Woody: NEVER!
  • Beauty and the Beast: Belle says this after Gaston says he'll save her father from getting thrown into the asylum if she agrees to marry him.
  • Seen in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, during the battle with Dennis the assassin on David Hasselhoff's back. Dennis states to SpongeBob that he "always gets his man", prompting the latter to let out a very long, epic "NEVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!" as he jumps across to Hasselhoff's other leg in slow-motion.
  • Toward the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2:
    Hiccup: Now do you see? This is what it means to win a dragon's loyalty! Let this end now!
    Drago: NEVER!
  • Aladdin: Jafar proposes to Jasmine to make her his queen, and she shouts "Never" while throwing a glass of wine at his face, angering him.
  • The conclusion to Optimus Prime and Megatron's fight in The Transformers: The Movie, when it looks like Megatron would be the winner:
    Megatron: I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over, Prime.
    Optimus Prime: (throwing a two-handed punch) NEVER!!

    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.
    Darth Vader: So, you have a twin sister? Your feelings have now betrayed her too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me; now his failure is complete. If you will not turn to the dark side, then perhaps she will!
    Luke: NEVER!
  • 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 last words when Superman begs him to stop trying to kill an innocent family. Superman is forced to kill him to make him stop.
  • 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!
  • When Jake Sully tells the truth to the Na'vi of his true mission in Avatar, Neytiri feels betrayed and cries. Jake Sully tries to tell her to trust him, but Neytiri shouts "Never" at her in her Na'vi language.

  • 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, right after the opening song where John Adams' insistence on independence for the American colonies pisses off the rest of Congress once again.
    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 4D 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!".

    Video Games 
  • In Freedom Planet 2, Milla screams this and opens fire on Syntax when Serpentine tries to brainwash her into attacking her friends.
  • In Knack, Knack bellows this in response to Gundahar's offer to join him.
  • Mortal Kombat
    • Scorpion does this in his ending from Mortal Kombat 4 when he drags Quan Chi back to the Netherrealm with him, right after Quan Chi reveals that he killed Scorpion's family and clan to set him up against Sub-Zero. Leads to a Big "NO!" from Quan Chi.
    • Jarek also said the same when Sonya was trying to re-capture him after their Enemy Mine deal is over. He ends up falling to his death until it's confirmed in Armageddon that he narrowly survived the fall.
    • Ditto for Kitana in her Gold ending, when she activates a trap door under Mileena's feet to send the latter falling to her death after denying Mileena the Edenian throne.
  • In World of Warcraft, early on in Icecrown Citadel, Arthas reveals that he had once considered making Tirion Fordring his greatest champion, but now is planning on doing the same to Bolvar Fordragon, who screams "NEVER! I will never serve you!" in response.

  • 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 he needs to accept that magic will never enter public use.
    Mr Verres: See, this is the opposite of what needs to happen.

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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, screams "NEVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEER!" and dives 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..."
    • Before that, there was also when Plankton took over SpongeBob's brain.
      SpongeBob: Get out of my head! Leave my brain alone!
      Plankton: Never! NEVER! (laughs evilly as he continues to make SpongeBob walk away)
    • 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.
    • In "I Had An Accident" when SpongeBob refuses to leave his home:
    SpongeBob: Listen, I've told you, but I'm never leaving my house again.
    Patrick: Never ever?
    SpongeBob: Never ever ever!
    Patrick: Never ever ever ever ever for never ever?!
    SpongeBob: Never ever never never ever ever never!
    Patrick: Never ever ever ever ever ever ever ever?!
    SpongeBob: (sighs exasperatedly) Never ever...
    SpongeBob: Alright, Patrick, that is enough!
  • 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?"
  • During the season finale of Transformers: Prime, Miko uses one to threaten Megatron of all bots.
    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!
  • Hercules: The Animated Series: At one point, Hercules and Icarus try to convince the Fates to change their tapestry so that they can get tickets to a concert. Icarus assures Hercules that the worst they can say is "no", only for the Fates to scream "NEVER!" in their faces in response to the request.
    Icarus: Is that worse than a "no"? I can't tell…

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