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"C'mon guys, build... build... build... build... oh crap. (Olimar returns to ship with zero Pikmin) Whaaat?! WHAAAAT?! WHAAAAAAT?! NO! NO! NO! NO! ARE YOU KIDDING?!?! THEY ALL RESPONDED TO MY WHISTLE!"
Chuggaaconroy from his famous Pikmin freakout

This trope is about yelling a ridiculously long, loud "WHAAAAAT!?" Usually uttered when the character is confused, annoyed or just plain ol' shocked. May be used in the form of: "You WHAT?"

The Japanese equivalent is a Big "NANI?!" or Big "NANDA?!" / "NANDE?!" note often translated as "Say what?" or "What the-" to match the two-syllable format. However, it's also quite common to see it as a Big "EEEEH?!"

A variant appears where a character, in response to an ally's foolish or incredulous action, utters a "You WHAT?!/You did WHAT?!" such as when a villain finds out his top minion had the hero on the ropes, then let them get away.

If it gets cut off, it's more likely to be a Flat "What" for some reason. A Sub-Trope of Big Word Shout. Compare Flat "What", Defensive "What?", Big "NO!", Big "WHY?!".



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Asteroid in Love:
    • Mira gives out a loud "EHHHH?!" of shock when she learns that the "boy" she'd been daydreaming about for years is actually a girl.
    • Mai gives out one of these when Mari and Mikage step down as president and vice-president of the club at the end of the sixth episode and naming Mai as their successor.
  • In episode 14 of Azumanga Daioh, Nyamo's "What Did I Do Last Night?" ends with a big WHHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!?!?
  • Black Clover: The priest and orphans of the Hage Village church all go "WHAAT?!" when Sister Lily reads Asta's letter saying henote  was recruited as a Magic Knight.note 
  • Bleach has Shinji and Hachi. The latter pulls a big "WHAAAATTTT?!?!" (or, in Japanese, "EEEHHHHHH?!?!"), and Shinji replies with "Don't 'WHAAAATTTT?!?!' me! You're standing there with your mouth open, looking like you're trying to catch flies!" (or, in Japanese, "Don't say 'EEEHHHHHH?!?!'! It's not cute when an old fart like you whines like that!")
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard: Season 3 episode 2. Morikawa Katsumi was greatly surprised when being informed Tatsunagi Kourin transferred to Miyagi Academy, in fact as Aichi's classmate.
  • During the Cowboy Bebop finale, bimbo co-host Judy of the bounty-hunter reward-listings program Big Shot cuts loose with a very non-bimboish one of these when she learns, on-air, that said program has been abruptly cancelled.
  • In Episode 17 of Dragon Ball Super, Goku lets out one of these when he learns that Vegeta has been training with Whis for six months, all while bursting through the wall a la Kool-Aid Man.
  • A common stock phrase used by mooks after Kenshiro says his famous "Omae wa mou shindeiru." in Fist of the North Star.
    Zeed: NANI?!
  • In Higurashi: When They Cry's Meakashi arc, Shion lets out a rather unhinged one when Detective Ooishi informs her that Satoshi has "disappeared".
  • Inuyasha: Inu-Yasha has yelled this a few times. Memorable moments include one after being told by Kagome that she left their jewel shards in a demon-infested temple on the night of the new moon.
    Kagome: My bag! I left it at the temple!
    Inu-Yasha: So get a new one.
    Kagome: The things is... I left the jewel shards in it.
    Inu-Yasha: Wh... WHAT'D YOU SAY?!"
  • Meito Anizawa sometimes utters one of these whenever Konata bypasses something he's expecting her to buy.
  • In March Comes in Like a Lion, Rei is a professional shogi player who keeps his status as one a secret from two of his friends, Hina and Momo. They react with an echoing "EEEEHHH" after finding out about this secret through an accident involving a taped video recording of one of his matches.
  • Akira's response in the anime adaptation of Monochrome Factor when Shirogane cheerfully tells them that he's not longer human.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • In the first anime, upon being told that Negi had just depowered himself intentionally, thus becoming The Load, one female character bellows a loud "Naaaaniiii!!?"
    • Also from the manga:
      Chamo: Didn't I tell you? An Ermine Fairy has the happy blushy super ability to measure people's affections.
      Everyone: YOU WHAT!?
  • Nichijou:
  • Sanji does this in the Thriller Bark arc of One Piece once he finds out an invisible man saw Nami bathing. Then he goes Super Saiyan.
    • Hogback pulls this after hearing that Luffy curbstomped Moria, though that may be anime exclusive.
    • One of the earlier occurrences happens in the Baratie Arc, when Ghin reveals that Don Krieg's fleet of 50 ships was destroyed (save the flagship) by one man: hinting that the Grand Line is just that dangerous (it's soon revealed the culprit is "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk: one of the Shichibukai and one of the most dangerous people alive).
    • Sengoku literally pulls this after hearing that the Government wants to cover up the escape of countless dangerous wanted criminals from Impel Down
    • To some degree (a silent "what") this happened early on in the series a number of times when Luffy proclaimed that he will be the Pirate King someday. And more recently when Luffy said it straight to Whitebeard's face.
    • When Luffy uses Haki to knock people out (initially, without even knowing it)
    • Sanji lures a bunch of Marines and Agents aboard Puffing Tom to the back of the train, then locks the doors in front of them. When they realize he also detached their cars, leaving them stranded aboard the sea track, they let out a big "WHAT?!" Two episodes later, after Zoro slices these same cars in half as Rocketman passes with his Two Sword Style Rashomon technique, everyone in the Train cars, the entire Franky Family, Lulu and Tilestone, Chimney and Gonbe, and Chopper all pull a really big "WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTTT?!?!".
    • Probably one of the biggest what's of the series occurs after Monkey D. Garp announces who Luffy's father is, who just happens to be the leader of the revolutionary army, Monkey D. Dragon. Another smaller version of this follows when he casually asks everybody to forget everything he just said (but makes up for it with Mass Color Failure).
    • Another epic one in Chapter 903, after Luffy and his crew receive Luffy's latest bounty after his antics in Whole Cake Island. It was so big that everyone on the board freaked out, Luffy included. It is 1.5 Billion Berries, if you were wondering.
  • Reborn! (2004) chapter 381 has Mukuro, Reborn, and Verde saying "What!?" in response to seeing what Vindice looks like without their cloaks and hats.
  • In the second episode of Sakura Wars the Animation, Hatsuho Shinonome yells "What?!" after she learns about the White Cape's most recent whereabouts.
  • The Sands of Destruction manga loves reacting strongly to just about everything surprising. It could really be the manga's Catchphrase, as no one character says it particularly often, but it does end up said quite a lot. The anime and game versions (which came first) aren't quite so heavy on the whats.
  • In The Secret Agreement, Iori casually mentions in the middle of having sex that his wedding is the next day. "WHAAT!?" is probably the only response Yuuichi could articulate.
  • Something of a Catchphrase of Kawachi from Yakitate!! Japan is that he'd yell, "What'd you say?" in situations like this (The record was about 30 times in a single chapter of the manga).

    Comic Books 
  • Black Moon Chronicles: Haazheel Thorn is not happy after he learns that Wismerhill has betrayed him and closed the Hell Gate that he had opened to conquer the world.
    ''He did WHAAAAAT!?
  • Issue #12 of Goldie Vance ends with Goldie screaming an overjoyed WHAAAAAT that stretches for several panels when she learns that her former rival Sugar Maple left her a fancy new car as a going-away present for helping arrest her sister, who had sabotaged Sugar's race car and nearly killed her with a radio-controlled explosive.
  • Supergirl:
    • In Volume 5 Annual #2, Supergirl has this reaction when she finds out that Brainiac 5 accidentally created a super-bomb while analyzing a mystical statue.
      Brainiac 5: It's a ten-thousand-year-old Brocian hunting statue! Rumored by natives to have "magical" properties when struck by lightning, so I was analyzing its reception to other kinds of energy!
      Supergirl: Okay! So what did you hit it with?
      Brainiac-5: Uh, I opened the timestream and bombarded it with chronon energy.
      Supergirl: WHAT?
      Brainiac-5: Obviously that wasn't the best of my ideas!
      Supergirl: So what's it doing now?
      Brainiac-5: Based on my readings, I'm pretty sure I just created a magical time bomb. And if my calculations are correct, we've got less than four seconds to live.
    • In Bizarrogirl, Kara's reaction when Lana tells her about the Supergirl-looking Bizarro destroying the city.
      Lana: Where are you right now?
      Linda: I'm at the house. Why?
      Lana: Because a Bizarro with your face is tearing up the financial district!
      Linda: WHAT?!?
  • Ultimate Spider-Man
    • Kong could not believe it when Parker resigned from the basketball team.
    • Aunt May could not believe it when Peter got a job in the Daily Bugle.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Garfield, this is Jon's typical reaction whenever somebody — usually Ms. Feeny — calls to tell them that Garfield has done something.
  • In Peanuts, Charlie Brown kept asking, "You're what?" after Schroeder announced that he was quitting baseball.

    Fan Works 
  • Rainbow Dash lets out a few of these in Ace Combat: Equestria Chronicles.
  • In Always the Quiet Ones, Rarity lets out one when she learns that Rainbow wants the Rainbooms to clean her and Fluttershy's whole house for snooping around it.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: After Italy lied about being under attack by Russia, Japan revives instantly before giving one.
    "NNNNAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII?!" Back to life. In a flash. The Asian was practically frothing at the mouth as he frantically scanned his surroundings, an immeasurable fury possessing him completely. "KARE WA DOKO NI IMASU KA?! DOKO NI ROSHIA IMASU KA?!" No honorific?! Wah oh...
  • In Boys And Girls, Lori Loud says, "You WHAT?!" when she believes Lincoln is cheating on Ronnie Anne.
  • This is a very common reaction from Calvin (and sometimes other characters) in The Calvinverse.
  • Calvin does this in Camp Nightmare when he learns he'll be going to Hugs and Snuggles Day Camp for the summer.
  • In Cowboy Noir both Rattlesnake Jake and Dia do this when they're suddenly chosen for a singing contest when they meet up at the Gas Can Saloon. Hilarity ensues when they try and sing a duet that is totally off -key.
  • In Culture Shock, Megatron lets out one when he learns that he's just made an Accidental Proposal to Starscream.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • Vegeta has this reaction to finding out that Dodoria's a woman.
      Dodoria: I am a woman!
      Vegeta: ...What?
      Dodoria: I said I am a woman!
      Vegeta: ...WHAT?!
    • Also a minor case with Piccolo in the Lord Slug abridged version when he rips his own ears out so Gohan can whistle Slug into submission, and thus starts all of his sentences with one of these since he can't hear anyone (or himself).
  • In The End of All Things, Zach barks this at Midna when he finds out that she is not very skilled at teleporting other people.
  • Escape from the Hokage's Hat: Fresh from the Sasuke retrieval mission (a success in this case) Tsunade drops this bombshell on Naruto.
    Tsunade: The village council wants me to banish you.
    Naruto: '''WHHHHAAAAAT?!
  • Rin does this in Fate/Stay Night: Ultimate Master when she learns that Shirou allowed Ben to help him take Saber to the Emiya residence. (To explain, Rin doesn't really trust Ben and thinks he's just more competition for the Holy Grail.) Her "WHAT?!" is so loud that echoes throughout the neighborhood, waking several children and pets.
  • In For The Glory Of Irk, this is Dib's reaction when he finds out that the Syndicate — which he’d come to believe were evil and intending to Take Over the World — are actually the good guys.
  • In the end of Chapter 3 of The Fourth Apprentice, Sarutobi summons several monkeys for a final exercise. Sakura believes that he wants her to catch them. He then tells her the true purpose of the task
    Sarutobi: Actually I'm going to have them throw rocks and sticks at you, and you're going to have to dodge them.
    Sakura: WHAT?!
    Sarutobi: And start! [monkeys begin pelting her]
  • The Great Alicorn Hunt: Scootaloo has enlisted Sweetie Belle's help with Flute's mute issues. Sweetie Belle gives Flute an extremely unusual directive:
    Sweetie Belle: Now swallow it.
    [Flute lets out a mote that could best be described as "?"]
  • In Harry Crow Dumbledore yells one when he learns that Professor Binns is so anti-goblin that he gave aid to Voldemort.
  • In Hop to It Alya's reaction when Jack mentions her boyfriend back in Los Angeles. For context, Marinette and Alya have just spent the last several weeks treating Jack as a rival for Adrien's affections, which Jack was completely blind to.
  • In Infinity Train: Blossoming Trail, Goh has this when he learns that his friend Ash is the Alola League Championnote 
  • In Juxtapose, Class 1-A spends the Sports Festival wondering what Izuku's Quirk is. When they hear that it's the seemingly useless "Minor Banishment", they all scream "WHAT?!"
  • In The Legacy Preservation Act Harry and Dumbledore yell one when Minister Fudge states that he called a press conference to announce declaration of war against Voldemort.
  • In The Legend of Total Drama Island, Courtney reacts thusly when Chris awards a certain challenge to the Eagles after it appeared that he was going to disqualify them and should have disqualified them.
  • Loved and Lost: Twilight's denigrated and imprisoned loved ones have this reaction to Prince Jewelius announcing to them that Celestia has been sentenced to death and will be executed later that same night.
  • In Nails and Tails Hermione yells one when Harry mentions that he and Seamus Finnegan have been sharing a bed for the last two weeks.
  • In Ninja Wizard Book 5 Cedric yells one when his widowed mother mentions that she's started dating again.
  • Shining Armor's side story in the Pony POV Series reveals that this was his and Cadence's reactions to hearing about Twilight being the Element of Magic. The guards reporting this had prepared earplugs specifically for this.
  • In A Serving Extra Large Harry, Susan Bones and Hannah Abbott yell one when Neville mentions the time his uncle hung him out the window to see if he had magic.
  • In Sol Invictus, Nami and Usopp understandably react in surprise and disbelief when Luffy suddenly asks Sanji to be her chef. It is quickly followed by Zoro's deadpan delivery and Sanji's noticeably more calm, exact response in his mind.
  • In Susan Bones and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry yells one when Amelia Bones tells him that Lucius Malfoy has been misappropriating money Harry's ancestors donated to Hogwarts.
  • In This Bites! during the Omatsuri Island chapter this is Buggy's reaction to figuring out what island the Strawhats are on. This is noteworthy because Buggy does not like the Strawhats at all, and yet even he finds what's going to happen completely horrifying and wants to warn them.
    [...and then again]
  • Turnabout Storm has several of these. Most of them come from Phoenix Wright's reactions at really weird events, such as being greeted by a purple talking hors... pony, or his phone ringing in said pony's cellphone-less world.
  • In The Unabridged Memoirs of Darth Plagueis the Wise, this is Plagueis' mental reaction when Dooku nominates himself for Supreme Chancellor.
  • In The Witch of the Everfree, this is Sunset's response to Twilight saying she wants to visit her.
  • XCOM: Second Contact: Tevos' reaction upon learning that XCOM allied with the Geth almost immediately after declaring war on them. Pretty much all of the Citadel species have the same reaction.
  • In Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion, his niece Rivoche shouts "What the WHAT?!" when one of the Tusken Raiders she just shot at pulls out a lightsaber and deflects her shot in the sky.
  • In With this Ring... (Green Lantern), Hector Hammond is crushing Hal Jordan telekinetically without realizing he's broadcasting his thoughts telepathically, which is because he shouts a loud "What?" when he hears Hal's voice in his head.
    This time, the Lantern was doomed.
    <That's what you always think, Hammond.>
  • In Zim the Warlord: Irken Reversion, this is Gaz's reaction to Zim asking her if she's a virgin (as he's trying to determine why a unicorn doesn't like her).

    Film — Animation 
  • Aladdin:
    • Jafar uses this after Iago suggests he marry Princess Jasmine. That reaction probably has more to do with the way in which he initially worded it, though:
      Iago: Oh! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Jafar? What if YOU were the chump husband?
      Jafar: WHAT?
      Iago: Okay, okay, you marry the princess, all right? And... and uh, then you become the sultan!
      Jafar: Marry the shrew? I become sultan? The idea has merit...
    • Played straight once Jafar is tricked into Becoming the Genie by Aladdin:
      Jafar: Yes! YES!! The power! The ABSOLUTE Power! (...) The universe is mine to command! TO CONTROL!!
      Aladdin: Not so fast Jafar! Aren't you forgetting something?
      Jafar: Huh?
      Aladdin: You wanna be a Genie? You got it!
      Jafar: [metal cuffs appear on his wrists, bounding his powers and himself to his newly-formed lamp] WHAT?!!
      Aladdin: —And everything that goes with it!
      Jafar: NOOO!!! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!--
    • And in Aladdin: The Return of Jafar:
      Iago: You know something? You're nothing without me!
      Jafar: WHAT?!
  • Alice in Wonderland: Alice becomes trapped in the White Rabbit's house after eating a size-altering cookie that turns her into a giant. The Dodo comes by and offers this suggestion to the White Rabbit:
    Dodo: We'll burn the house down!
    White Rabbit: Yes, burn the house— WHAAT!?
  • Beauty and the Beast: Three of them: when the Beast learns Belle isn't coming to dinner (as ordered), Cogsworth's reaction when the Beast releases Belle to go find her father, and the enchanted objects' reaction when Cogsworth tells them.
  • In The Book of Life, one of Chakal's bandits reacts like this to Chuy's pig army.
  • The Brave Little Toaster:
    • "Why, if we were all wiener dogs, our problems would be solved!" [PAUSE] "WHAAAAAAT????"
    • Kirby (the vacuum cleaner), does it later on on the movie when they're in the forest:
      Toaster: You guys, we are going to need some kind of shelter.
      Kirby: Yeah, shelter from the likes of them (points to Lampy and the Radio).
      Radio: Come on over here and say that, chrome dome!
      Kirby: WHAT?!
      Radio: Oh, sorry about that. I meant to say "vacuous vacuum"!
  • Cinderella has an exchange that takes place between the King and the Grand Duke after the ball ends and the Duke retrieves the glass slipper that Cinderella lost. The Duke has trouble getting a word in, because the King is ecstatic about the prospect of the prince marrying the beautiful woman who captured his heart. But when the Duke drops to his knees to explain himself and the King takes a sword and touches him with it to knight him, this little bit of dialog takes place:
    King: I hereby dub you Sir... uh, hmm... Oh, by the way, what title would you like?
    Duke: Sire, she got away.
    King: Sir "She Got Away"? A peculiar title, but if that's what you— She 'WHAT?!' Why, you... you traitor!! [uses sword to try and attack the Duke]
  • Used in the Family Guy The Empire Strikes Back parody, Something Something Something Dark Side, when Stewie declares that he is Chris' father.
  • In Frozen II, when Olaf recaps the first movie, Mattias does one when Olaf reveals that Prince Hans is the villain.
  • Hercules: Hades does this twice; the first when Pain and Panic tell him he's late for his meeting with the Fates and again later, once he finds out that Hercules will stop his plans.
    Hades: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!!! [instantly cools down] Okay, fine. Fine. I'm cool. I'm fine.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • When Po first gets chosen as the Dragon Warrior. It's followed with a Flat "What" from Po, then a bigger "WHAT?!" as the reactions get bigger from the Furious Five, Shifu, and Mr. Ping.
      Oogway: The universe has brought us the Dragon Warrior!
      Po: What?
      Furious Five: WHAT?!
      Shifu: WHAT?!
      Mr. Ping: WHAT?!
    • Po gets an even bigger one in Kung Fu Panda 3 when Shifu tells him that he will be the new teacher of the Five. The force of the "what" pushes Shifu back at least a foot.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Jumba does this when Stitch asks him to help rescue Lilo from Captain Gantu.
    Jumba: WHAAAAAT?! After all you put me through, you expect me to help you, just like that?! JUST LIKE THAT?! (Stitch nods affirmatively) Fine!
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Human Pinkie Pie gets three in a row, first upon learning that the Fall Formal has been pushed back a day, then again when she learns that this is because the decorations she put up got ruined. Her third one, in response to Twilight saying they need to get the Fall Formal back on schedule, is interrupted by Applejack slapping a hand over Pinkie's mouth.
  • The Sword in the Stone has this exchange:
    Merlin: Madam, I have not disappeared. I'm very tiny. I'm a germ, a rare disease, I'm called malagolintomontorosis. AND YOU CAUGHT ME, MIM!
    Mim: WHAT?!
  • Yellow Submarine:
    • The Chief Blue Meanie after the Flying Glove misses at clobbering Old Fred:
      Chief: What? What?? WHAAAAT??! The glove is losing his touch!!
    • And before that, when Max says "yes":
      Chief: WHAAAAT??! [lifts Max up by his ears] We Meanies only take "NO" for an answer!

    Film — Live-Action 
  • This exchange from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen:
    Sally: [a bit spitefully] The Baron's kissing your wife.
    Vulcan: [steam blowing out his ears] WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?!
    [Sally starts back in fear]
    Vulcan: [much more quietly] I mean, what?
  • In Ali, this is Cassius Clay Sr.'s reaction when his namesake son informs him that he'll no longer be known by his father's name.
    Elijah Mohammad: [to the man previously known as Cassius Clay, and later, Cassius X] From this day forward, you shall be known as Muhammad Ali.
    [cut to the next scene at the front yard of Cassius Sr.'s home, where a visibly shocked father turns around to face his son]
    Cassius Clay Sr.: What? WHAT?!?
  • At the beginning of Sanjuro, when Sanjuro finds out that the guy he pegged as the villain knows about the younger samurai's secret meeting place, he utters the Japanese equivalent: "NANIIIIIII?!"
  • The restored version of The Blues Brothers when Curtis tells the band why their performance is important.
    Curtis: Jake and Elwood are donating the band's share of the door money to pay the taxes on the St. Helen's orphanage in Calumet City.
    Band: WHAT!?
  • In A Christmas Story, Ralphie's mom asks him where he learned the word "fuck". He decides it's a bad idea to truthfully say his dad, so he says his friend. Ralphie's mom calls the friend's mom and notifies her. She screams "WHAAAAAAAAAAT?" and proceeds to beat the shit out of him without even hanging up.
  • Near the end of Harold and Maude, Maude tells Harold she took pills and will be dead in a matter of hours. There is a long pause from Harold before he says "WHAT?!"
  • In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Peter has one when he discovers Kevin did not accompany the family to Miami.
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: When Jay and Silent Bob discover that they're to be played by Ben Affleck & Matt Damon in the unauthorized movie based on their lives, Jay gives a "Say WHAAAAAA?"
  • Happens in King Kong (2005) after Ann and Jack escape the jungle and the crew prepares to leave the island.
    Denham: Wait — what about Kong?
    Jack: What about him?
    Denham: We came here to make a moving picture, and we found something worth more than all the movies in the world!
    Englehorn: What?!
  • Star Wars:
    • A New Hope:
      • Leia's reaction to Tarkin revealing that he is going ahead with the destruction of Alderaan.
      • Darth Vader does this when one of his TIE Fighter escorts is destroyed by Han Solo, preventing him from shooting Luke's X-Wing.
    • There's an urban legend that Harrison Ford had pretty much this reaction at the Hollywood premiere of The Empire Strikes Back at the Big Reveal about Darth Vader. When filming the movie, the line that David Prowse delivered was that Ben Kenobi killed Luke's father; the real line was concealed from all but a handful of people to best preserve the surprise.
  • In the comedy Clean Slate, the hero lost his memory of his testimony for the mob, but taped what he could remember before he forgot the rest of it. Then he found his girlfriend accidentally taped over it, and did this trope.
  • During the Final Battle in Top Gun:
    Merlin: What are you doing? You're slowing down, you're slowing down!
    Maverick: I'm bringing him in closer, Merlin.
    Merlin: You're gonna do WHAT!?
  • In the first Underworld (2003) movie, Kraven does this when he finds out that "Selene's pet" (Michael) was bitten by a werewolf. His use of this has the unfortunate side effect of waking up Viktor.
  • In The World's End, that's Gary's reaction to Andy ordering a tap water at the pub crawl.

  • This little gem from Animorphs: The team is on their way to plant a nuclear explosive so as to open a space-time rift to get out of the Cretaceous (It Makes Sense in Context). Ax, the local genius aliennote , is in charge of placing it.
    Ax: Prince Jake, you do realize I have no idea as to where to place the explosive or when to set it off?
    Jake: WHAT!? WHAT!? WHAAAAAT!?
  • Somewhither: Abby goes "Whaaat?!" when she hears that God in human form was tortured and killed on Earth. The word in her language for "what" is "ayyu", which, as the narrator points out, is highly convenient for shouting in a drawn-out way.
  • There's one of these in basically every one of the Froggy children's book series.
    Mom or Dad: Froggy!
    Froggy: Whaaaat?

    Live-Action TV 
  • An episode of Babylon 5 had this when Londo and Lennier are involved in a brawl in the Zocalo. Garibaldi hears about the fight and goes to his office. As the door closes, he hears who took ultimate responsibility for the fight (Lennier, to help Londo save face). Considering that Lennier is a Warrior Poet—and that before this episode, his fighting ability had not been shown or even hinted at — Garibaldi's reaction is understandable.
  • Barry has an episode literally titled "What?!" Barry screams the title line at the end of the episode when he discovers that Loach doesn't want revenge for Barry killing his partner, he was just using it as leverage to get him to kill his ex-wife's new boyfriend.
  • Battlestar Galactica's Cavil says this, once he realizes that his disagreement with the Sixes has escalated into a full-blown Enemy Civil War. "Say WHAT?"
  • In The Big Bang Theory, after a Flat "What", Leonard yells this spectacularly at Sheldon, after Sheldon tells him that there was no need to suffer through wearing his itchy sweater.
  • On Boy Meets World, Eric lets out an epically huge "what" after he learns that Mr. Feeny is retiring.
  • In the pilot episode of The Boys (2019), Billy Butcher convinces Hughie Campbell to help him by pretending to be an FBI agent. It's only after they've knocked out Translucent, one of the most famous superheroes in the country, that he reveals the truth. It's the high pitch of Hughie's voice that really sells it.
    Butcher: Yeah, o-okay, so, look, technically, I'm not a Fed.
    Hughie: WHAT?! Then who the fuck are you?!
  • Community: When Joshua (played by Matt Walsh) deadpans that he should never have trusted the location of the trampoline to a black person, Troy smiles in agreement for a second before it clicks, "Wait, WHAT?"
  • Diff'rent Strokes: "WHATCHUTALKINBOUT, WILLIS?!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Five Doctors":
      Borusa: Commander, you are authorized to use the Mind Probe.
      Castellan: WHAT? No, not the mind probe.
    • The Tenth Doctor has several times used the phrase "What. What? WHAT?!" — starting from a Flat "What" and working his way up to a Big What. And the other way around. See "Voyage of the Damned".
    • "The Sound of Drums": The Doctor's reaction when "Harold Saxon" (actually the Master) announces on TV First Contact with the Toclafane. It's revealed later that this is because that's the name of a Time Lord boogeyman.
    • "The Eleventh Hour": The Doctor says "what" several times with increasing volume when he learns that Amy is in fact Amelia, the little girl he met a little while ago, all grown up via The Slow Path.
    • "The Timeless Children": The Thirteenth Doctor ends the episode giving a Ten-style triple "WHAT?!" when she gets back to her own TARDIS only to be abruptly arrested by a Judoon "cold case" squad and teleported to an asteroid prison.
  • ER.
    Carol: I'm three days late.
    Doug: Uh huh (Double Take) What? WHAT?!
  • Jack from Father Ted has No Indoor Voice so any use of the word "What?" by him is this by default. He does seem to play it up when pretending to be deaf, though.
  • Fawlty Towers: The "Gourmet Night" episode featured a truly magnificent "WHAT??!!"
  • In Friends, Joey's roommate Janine dislike Chandler and Monica. The latter pressed Joey for the reasons why:
    Joey: She said you were loud.
    Monica: WHAAAT?!
    Monica: What?
  • An episode of The Golden Girls uses a different word, but has the same effect. The ladies are listening to a woman give a eulogy at a funeral. The woman's mentioning all the wonderful things the deceased has done (which shocks them, because they all knew the woman as a total witch). Then they realize she went into the wrong funeral: Bea Arthur's delivery is what makes it funny (at 1:15).
    Woman: Yes. Celia Rubenstein loved all mankind. She was—
    Dorothy: WHO!?
  • The "Say What?" Mad Libs Catchphrase of Hannah Montana. It was always said very specifically, "[General Description] say whaat?"
  • Hogan's Heroes: Colonel Klink gives one that can shake the windows when Hogan tells him that no, he's not nuts, there really is a chimpanzee working in the garden outside his window. In a German POW camp in the middle of World War II. Wearing fatigues from the French military.
  • The first episode of How I Met Your Mother has three of these in a row after Ted blurts out to Robin that he loves her... after their first date. Smash Cut to his friends at the bar going "What!?", followed by his kids listening to the story in the future doing the same and then finally Robin herself.
  • iCarly: Carly shouts two of these in "iWin a Date" when she realizes Gibby chose her instead of Shannon.
  • One The Kids in the Hall sketch featured a husband (Scott) who could apparently only say "What?"; as his wife (Bruce) kept looking at him without an answer while dusting, the husband quickly invoked this trope.
  • In the famous Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch about a horribly translated and sexually-charged English-to-Hungarian book, the responding constable to the Hungarian's "you have beautiful thighs" is to look at his own thighs and scream WHAT?
  • From New Girl:
    Cece: [opens door] ...Jess?
    Jess: Nick kissed me!
    Cece: ...Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
    Opening Credits
  • The New Normal: Goldie does this when she hears that Shania has taken a marker to Brian's couch.
  • Dana Carvey as the title character in the Saturday Night Live skit "Lyle, The Effeminate Heterosexual" would say this whenever anyone would accuse him of being gay.
  • Schitt's Creek: Alexis Rose says this when she figures out that her boyfriend Ted's friends might not like her/resent her over the little fact that she broke off two engagements with Ted and cheated on him during their first romance.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Here is a collection of all the times someone said "What." From this to Flat "What" to all the whats in between.
  • Star Trek: Picard: In "Maps and Legends", Laris exclaims this after Picard announces that he's going to try to rescue Dahj's "sister" from the Zhat Vash and the Tal Shiar.
  • A Running Gag across the seasons of Super Sentai will involve a large group (if not all) of the Rangers all shoving their faces into the camera and yelling "EEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHH?!"
  • Both forms are running gags on Titus; the big what is often used by Christopher as a reaction to the crazy thought patterns of those around him.
  • In True Jackson, VP the title character is prone to say "YOU SAY WHAT NOW?!"

  • Occurs at the end of Alice Cooper's "Department Of Youth"; "Who's got the power?" "We have!" "And who gave it to you?" "Donny Osmond!" "WHAT?!"
  • The B-52s' "Love Shack". "You're what?" "Tin roof, rusted!"
  • This trope has been associated with rapper Lil Jon (along with the Big "YES!"), even before Chappelle's Show spoofed it.
  • In Taylor Swift's video for "You Belong With Me," as the boy brushes off the Alpha Bitch cheerleader (played by Taylor) for the sweet Girl Next Door (also played by Taylor), you can almost hear the AB scream "What!!"
  • The last verse of "Thinking Machine" by They Might Be Giants has John Linnell reacting to John Flansburgh's increasingly bizarre Word Salad Lyrics first with a Flat "What", then a big "Whaaat?", then a "what" so big it overlaps with Flansburgh's last line.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • CM Punk tried to do this when Vince McMahon apologized to him. However even after several invites the crowd didn't bite.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin invoked this trope (WHAT?) as a heel in 2001, when he was acting strangely, saying "what?" during promos in order to repeat what he had just said. He first did this in real life, when he was leaving a bored answerphone message (see this video on its origins). Later he used it as an intimidation tactic, it caught on with the fans (WHAT?) and quickly became so popular (WHAT?) that they chanted "WHAT?" during the National Anthem (WHAT?) and made Austin a face in the process (WHAT?). It quickly became an Overly Long Gag (WHAT?) and would be used on other wrestlers (WHAT?), particularly Kurt Angle. (WHAT?)
    • The Undertaker was able to counter the "WHAT?" chant on a 2002 episode of Raw:
      Crowd: WHAT?
      Undertaker: I'll tell you what, why don't you say "what" again if you like to sleep with your own sister.
      Crowd: WHA...BOOOOOOOOOO
    • As did Hulk Hogan:
      Crowd: WHAT?
      Hulk Hogan: —cha gonna do, brother, when Hulkamania runs wild on you?
    • As did Roddy Piper, who reacted as if the audience was asking him a question, every time.
      Roddy: [WHAT?] Keep up with me, people. [WHAT?] I'm not doing all that again. [WHAT?] Can you not hear me out there?
    • We had The Miz:
      The Miz: (dripping with menace) Nobody compares to me, in the WWE.
      Audience: [WHAT?]
      The Miz: NOBODY. Compares to me. In the W. W. E. Do you understand that now?
      Later in the same promo:
      And in the same promo:
      The Miz: Are we gonna do this ALL day?
      Audience: [WHAT?]
      The Miz: REALLY?
      Audience: [WHAT?]
      The Miz: REALLY?
      Audience: [WHAT?]
      The Miz: REALLY?
      Audience: [WHAT?]
    • And when teaming with R-Truth, he gave us this gem.
      R-Truth: Air Boom is as bad as a sneaky fart.
      [the Miz stops the crowd from saying the usual What]
      The Miz: I got this. [looks at R-Truth, completely dumbfounded] What?
    • And Vince McMahon:
      Vince McMahon: And next week, in spite of your insidious and stupid "What?"s— [WHAT?] Thank you. And, if you're an imbecile and you're from Hartford, you'll say— [WHAT?] That's my point.
    • R-Truth encouraged it, first as a heel ("Don't What me!") and then as a face. ("...okay, What me!")
    • JBL:
      JBL: This is not 'Sing-Along With JBL' time. You will be quiet.
  • In a case of a Big "WHAT?!" that isn't part of the above, there was the time that The New Day and Dwayne Johnson met one another. For context, the New Day were wearing unicorn horns on their heads.
    The Rock: "The Rock knows exactly who you are. You are the WWE Tag Team Champions. You are obviously extremely entertaining. But here's what's amazing. What's amazing is you are that entertaining when you are still wearing llama penises strapped to your head."

  • On I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, one of the rounds revolves around the panelists singing along to a record. The volume of the record is then turned down so that the panelist is singing solo. Points are awarded (allegedly) depending on how close the panelist is to the song when the record is turned back on, and whenever Barry Cryer gets the rhythm wrong (quite often), he tends to give a loud and shocked "What!?"

  • Was famously then-ABC commentator Al Michaels' dumbfounded reaction to the astonishing catch (and subsequent winning touchdown) made by Green Bay Packers wide receiver Antonio Freeman during the overtime of a November 2000 NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.
    "...HE DID WHAT?!!"
  • This bit from the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix between Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen and his race engineer in the paddock:
    Alfa Romeo Paddock: OK Kimi, we have now 5-second time penalty that we will serve after the race.
    Raikkonen: For what?
    ARP: So they will add 5 seconds to your time after the race-
    Raikkonen: FOR WHAT?!

  • In Show Within a Show of The Drowsy Chaperone, this is Funny Foreigner Aldolfo's reaction to the slightest inconvenience or unexpected answer. It appears to be a trademark of his fictional actor, the Large Ham Roman Bartelli, as he is heard to do the same in the massively racist other show, Message From a Nightingale.
  • In the musical adaptation of Legally Blonde, we get this in the opening number:
    Chorus: Oh my god, omigod you g—
    Serena: [slams door] Guys, she's not here.
    Chorus: [in unison] WHAT?!
    • Then in the following number:
      Warner: That's why you and I... should break up.
      Elle: Yes, baby, I'll give you my hand, we — WHAT?!
  • This is a Running Gag in Urinetown, used possibly to greatest affect in this reveal...
    Ms. Pennywise: Hope is my daughter!
    The Poor: [all gasp in shock]
    Ms. Pennywise: And I... AM HER MOTHER!

    Video Games 
  • In Ace Attorney, when the trials get high-paced, someone shouts it every couple of seconds.
  • ARMS: Every fighter has a different reaction to seeing Dr. Coyle curb-stomping Max Brass in Grand Prix mode at level 6 or 7. Spring Man's is this trope.
  • BlazBlue: Ragna the Bloodedge drops these a LOT in gag endings, with the English voice-actor's delivery being especially priceless. Case in point:
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night features Alucard, who does this in gameplay a lot, when he's turned to stone, or untransforms in a tight passageway. For Dracula in the prologue, it's more like "big WHAT IS A MAN?!"
  • In Dawn of War 2: Retribution, it's one of the responses of Noise Marines to you clicking on them. Justified because they likely have trouble hearing you given that the majority of their weaponry is based entirely on the loudest, most discordant sounds that can possibly be produced by 40th millennium technology.
  • At the end of Dead Space 2 Nicole tells Isaac "Thank you Isaac. Now, time to die". He has just enough time to blurt out "WHAT?" before being pulled into a mental boss battle.
  • Almaz from Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice uses it multiple times, the biggest one being in the ending you get if he solos the last boss, where he's forced to become the overlord instead of Mao.
  • In Dragon Age II, it's possible to get one out of Fenris by agreeing to give him back to Danarius.
    Hawke (to Danarius): If you want him, he's yours.
    Fenris: What!?
  • Used gratuitously in Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit, 'WHAT!?' is the response from almost every character in the game, to almost every event that occurs in the game
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Jaffar has one at the end of chapter 25E/27H. It's particularly notable because he's been an Emotionless Boy up until now and the order he's just been given is the last straw for him before a full Heel–Face Turn.
    Sonia: Once you've killed the prince, kill Nino too.
    Jaffar: What!?
  • The Reveal right before the Final Boss of I Wanna Be the Guy. It really has to be heard for the full effect:
    The Guy: No. Not The Guy!... THE FATHER!
    The Kid: WHAT
  • In Kingdom Hearts II, this is how Sora, Donald, and Goofy react to two major revelations, both one after the other: first when they learn that Ansem, the Big Bad of the first game, was in fact the Heartless of a man posing as an entirely different character named Ansem; and again when they learn that the fake Ansem's Nobody is the current Big Bad.
    • They do it again (this time with backing from Riku, Mickey, and even Yen Sid) in KH3D in response to Lea nonchalantly summoning a Keyblade (and only giving a bemused "Oh" as a response) at the end of the game. Suffice to say, the collective fandom was pretty much doing the same.
    • There also in Kingdom Hearts III. A bit of funny dialogue between Riku and Mickey in the Dark World. Riku is reluctant to leave while Aqua is still trapped somewhere in that world, but Mickey tries to reassure him, only for Riku to get the wrong idea about who Aqua really is.
    Mickey: But Aqua... she's like Sora.
    Riku: [completely horrified] Whaaat?!
    Mickey: No, no, no... Strong like Sora.
    [Riku gives a sigh of relief]
  • The King of Fighters:
    • Nanakase Yashiro's Death Cry Echo is an over-the-top "NANI?!"
    • K' belts out a "Nandato!" as his K.O. cry in The King of Fighters XI.
    • Kensou has one in The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match, screaming out "NANI YA?!"
    • Sylvie Paula Paula's Death Cry Echo on the final round is a Cute, but Cacophonic "NANDESUTO?!" (a more formal variant of "NANDATO?!")
  • In Mario Superstar Baseball, this is Bowser's reaction when Mario enters Bowser's stadium.
    Bowser: Hmm... I'm over here and... Mario's team is over there... Huh? I........................ ....................... lost............ stadium. WAIT JUST A MINUTE! WHAAAAT?! Why?! How?! What's going on?!
  • Memoria Freese: During an outfit story, the 2000-year old High Elf Archer delivers one upon finding out Ryu Lion, another elf, is 21 years old and not around her(Archer's) age.
  • In Metal Gear Solid 2, in the last hour or so of the game, this basically becomes Solidus' catchphrase. Probably the player's as well.
  • Revolver Ocelot utters a hilarious, surprised and hamatic "WHAAAAAAT?!" when Cyborg Ninja cuts off his hand in Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes.
  • In chapter 22 of Onmyōji, Ibaraki-dōji lets out one of these after his friend Shuten-dōji refuses to defeat him.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, this is Professor Frankly's catchphrase. Usually given after the events of the last chapter were explained to him so he can act as Mr. Exposition for the next. It's delivered from outside his house in the form of a speech bubble that fills half the screen.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity uses this trope A LOT!!! Even with the player himself. The player even lets out one after Hydreigon tells the player that Kyurem stands in Hydreigon's way of destroying the Bittercold.
    Hydreigon: But there's something standing in my way. The one who stands guard over the Bittercold. Kyurem.
    Player Character: (Wh... WHAAAT?! K-Kyurem?!)
    Flashback plays. At the end, it cuts back to the player and Hydreigon.
    Player Character: (THAT Kyurem... is protecting the Bittercold?!)
  • "An early preview" of Portal 2 used a placeholder voice actor (one of the programmers) for new sidekick character Wheatley, who added a particularly amusing emphasis on the phrase "You did WHAT?!"
  • Resident Evil (the first game, to be exact, courtesy of Barry Burton):
    WHAT!?! What is this?
  • In Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage, this is Jin-Emon Hanafusa's standard death cry. However, due to his age, he speaks it in typical "old-man" Japanese.
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Sam does this in episode 205: "What's New, Beelzebub?" when they discover that Brady Culture likes Hell, but prefaces it with "Forgive me, my mouth is too parched for a Spit Take".
  • In Shadowverse, the standard response on the surprised emote is for the character to proclaim a loud what. Though there are some exceptions, the collaboration leader Saber Alter for instance will just produce a smug "Oh?".
  • The last screen you see in Star Fox 64's ending is the team's bill to General Pepper for their services; do sufficiently well (i.e. score enough kills) and the sight of this prompts General Pepper to say "Wha?" in a tone of utter shock.
  • Courtesy of Lord Wakamoto, M. Bison's Japanese Death Cry Echo in Street Fighter IV is the What to end all Whats.
  • Ann Takamaki unleashes one when it's revealed that the treasure Joker infiltrated The Game Awards 2018 to steal was an invitation to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This one is an instance of Enforced Method Acting, as it was the exact reaction of Erika Harlacher, Ann's voice actor.
  • In Virtue's Last Reward, Sigma lets out a Flat "What" that escalates into this upon seeing the Old Lady's corpse:
    Sigma: ...What. ...What? ...What?! What the hell!
  • In When Tails Gets Bored, this is Sonic's reaction to finding out he must find more Tails clones.
  • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, during the final boss fight against Ripto, Ripto shouts "What!" every time Spyro collects three orbs.

    Web Animation 
  • Awesome Center, from the always over-the-top Egoraptor.
  • Keela has one in Dreamscape when Kaila tells her she is also from the Unworld. Its not as big as other examples, but for Keela, its big for her.
    • The Overlord of Evil has one when he sees his Mooks destroying his base in the flashback in "Over and Under".
  • DSBT InsaniT: 'The Party': Said by Killer when Andy (and later, Fire Guy) tricks him.
    • 'Beach Brawl': Said by Cell before Martha freezes him, and Kerry when Lisa makes a snide comment about Asia and Shawn.
    • 'The Camping Webisode': There are a lot of instances here, but the biggest one is said by Andy when Koden reveals that Killer Monster was his pet.
  • Kotomaru uses this several times in the second episode of Girl Chan In Paradise.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • Done completely out of place in the April Fools' Day cartoon "Under Construction".
      Stinkoman: Heeeey. Sticklyman. WHAAAAAAAAAAT are you doing?"
    • According to the 100th email, Homestar beat Strong Bad in their first competition to see who gets an egg. But:
      Prince of Town: And the Duckie-man is the winner! Loser gets the egg!
      Homestar: WHAAAAT??!!?&,:;%${}
    • Also happens in Teen Girl Squad Issue 12, themed to Valentine's Day:
      Cheerleader: Valentimes is serious times!
      So and So: [annoyed] —tines.
      Cheerleader: [glaring angrily] What?
      So and So: [shouting] VALENTINES!
  • A trio of these are done before a Fake-Out Fade-Out in the Matt 'n' Dusty episode "Flipper's Revenge". A character that died earlier in the episode came back to life briefly just to give the third "WHAT?!".
  • The Most Epic Story Ever Told in All of Human History: Epic-Man lets out an exasperated “wait WHAT?!” upon getting Epic Fail assigned as his sidekick.
  • Red vs. Blue: Simmons, repeatedly.
    Donut: You guys seemed like you knew each other. I thought you were just catching up.
    Simmons: He was firing grenades at me!
    Donut: Yeah? So? I thought that was an inside joke between the two of you.
    Simmons: What? What kinda joke would that be?
    Donut: Well how do I know? I've been gone a long time, Simmons.
    Simmons: What?
    Donut: In fact, it was clear that I didn't know the guy. So shame on you for not introducing us. And quite frankly, I found the whole thing a bit rude.
    Donut: Ruh-de.
  • The volume 3 finale of RWBY gives us an immensely satisfying one from Cinder due to Ruby triggering her new Silver-Eyed Warrior Powers. Part of what makes it so satisfying to watch is that it's the first time we have seen her lose her composure.
  • This spoiler-laden Undertale fan parody video by Senior Pelo features a very loud and understandably confused "WHAT?" as his understandable response to getting utterly wrecked at the very start of the Genocide Ending's final boss fight. No doubt this was the reaction of many other players when they got destroyed by Sans' first blue attack, represented here as a massive sucker punch to the face.

  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has this when Mike rejects Lucy's Anguished Declaration of Love.
  • Apparently Bruno the Bandit used to do this so often that the author started to put "too surprised to yell the obligatory what" at the end of the strips when they didn't for a while.
    • In one strip after quite a few occurrences he suggested turning it into a drinking game.
  • In Godslave, this is the museum custodian's reaction to finding out that a two-thousand-year-old locked-up canopic jar has a live fennec fox inside.
  • El Goonish Shive provides a double example here. And an even bigger one here.
  • Homestuck: Doc Scratch is not amused when he finds out that Vriska has a magic cue ball that she's been using to gain an advantage against him. SHE HAS WHAT?.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Jean has a very big one here.
  • The Order of the Stick, from Eugene.
    Roy: Wait, what? What about the Blood Oath of Vengeance?
    Case Worker: It's not a problem for us. Go on up.
    Eugene: WHAT?!?!?!
    Roy: In lieu of Paradise, can I just get a picture of the exact expression on his face?
  • In Outsiders, Siobhan does this when she reads a response to one of her job applications. It is later revealed that she'd been asked for an interview at the World Trade Center in New York.
  • Romantically Apocalyptic's Snippy has the catchphrase BWAH??

    Web Original 
  • This Let's Play of Super Mario Bros. 3. The LPer delivers one in World 8 after Yet Another Stupid Death when something unusual happens with Mario's death animation...
    BohepansTheThird: ... WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT? Did you just see Mario go way high in the air? How the fuck did that happen?
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • Linkara responds to one of the more severe biology fails in Marville with "I...I don't... WHAT?!"
    • Done to, rather than by, Linkara by Jaeris when he proclaims that to amuse himself while doing boring circuitry work, he will review a crappy comic book.
      [first few bars of theme song]
      Jaeris: WHAT?!
  • Bennett the Sage has one at the end of his review of Ninja Resurrection due to its Bolivian Army Ending.
  • In Courier's Mind: Rise of New Vegas, through some clever editing, four different companions do this, after The Courier reveals that he is going to a meeting with Ceaser
  • Practically Chip Cheezum's Catchphrase.
  • The page quote comes from episode ten of Chuggaaconroy's Pikmin let's play, where he thought he left behind 98 blue pikmin due a glitch not making them show up at sundown, massive freakout ensues.
  • As noted above in the quote, Chuggaaconroy is prone to reactions like these, particularly when something really bad or ridiculous happens.
  • Vicas has a few of these in DazzlingAddar's Let's Play of Donkey Kong 64, including in Gloomy Galleon where the LPer pushes a button and it goes out.
  • Dream High School has several:
    • Micah when you claim that somebody from your dream called you in real life.
    • You when your brother wants to join Dream High School.
    • You when Corliss mentions the flowers she gave you as a kid.
    • You when Nara states that she thought you'd become a doctor because of what you said in first grade.
    • Aidan when you make an offer for Embarrassing Nickname exchange.
  • Dzwiedz24 tends to utter one (or several) of those when he manages to survive or defeat an enemy against the odds.
    Dzwiedz: WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?! I just fucking shanked a guy who had a fucking ulti running! The Golden Gun! That's taking the piss! We're playing against fucking vegetables!
  • In the "Tetris Smackdown" video done by the Freelance Astronauts. Maxwell and pipes! are playing, and pipes! fires off four in a row when Maxwell drops a train on him:
    Ferr: More lines than a Kevin Smith movie, son!
    pipes!: you're just reaching.
    Ferr: That was good!
    [Maxwell scores a Tetris, the garbage lines pushing pipes!'s stack to the very top of his screen]
    pipes!: WHAT? WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?!
    [pipes! loses; the other three burst out laughing]
  • The Game Grumps play of Pokémon FireRed has Danny, who's rather unfamiliar with the series, have some rather "spirited" reaction to some of the stranger Mons that pop up on screen.
    Danny: OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT?! I'm still embarrassed by getting Maurette's name wrong and now I have to deal with this?! What the fuck is it?!
    Arin: It's Jynx.
    Dannny: It looks like a bird that wants to be an opera singer and it also mutated.
  • The Happy Video Game Nerd:
    HVGN: "Until next time, gang, remember: good games are great because they're good."
    Nightshade: *Beat* "WHAT!"
  • All the main characters of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device get at least one:
    • The Emperor is visibly shocked when he learns about partition of Legions into much smaller Chapters.
    • Kitten nearly freaks out when the Emperor lets it slip that he was building Human Webwey to access Eldar prostitutes.
    • Magnus doesn't appreciate the Emperor's pastimes:
      Emperor: This put me more into balance than the time I surfed a space hulk right into one of Tzeentch's crystal garden planets.
      Magnus: You did WHAT?!
  • JonTron yelps this out in "Anti Drug Games" when a black drug dealer turns into a snake man. "WHAT?! WHAT THE FUCK?!"
    • From his review of Monster Party:
  • ProtonJonSA's reaction to the infamous Kaizo Trap in Kaizo Mario World Special World 2. That is all.
  • AttackingTucans had one in his Let's Play of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, after finding out that you don't get a Big Wallet if you complete the Oceanside Spider House on the second or third day.
  • Mario Party TV: Holms' reaction to stumbling across the Game-Breaking Bug in Crazy Cutters. The clip of this moment became part of Season 3's intro.

    Western Animation 
  • Carl Wheezer from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius yells this in the episode "Jimmy for President" after the umpteenth time someone knocks on his door to ask him to vote for them.
  • Adventure Time:
    • This exchange when Jake rejects the rather Volatile Flame Princess.
      Jake (pretending to be Finn): [after learning she's evil and psycho] Y'know, On Second Thought, we're not really each other's types...
      Flame Princess: ...We're... what?
      Jake (pretending to be Finn): I changed my mind. I don't like you.
      Flame Princess: You..... WHAT?!?!?!
    • Also Jake's reaction to the news that she's evil.
    • From "Too Young":
      Princess Bubblegum: Yo, EARL!
      Lemongrab: WHAAAT?!
      Princess Bubblegum: HEY- you're FIRED, 'ya BUTT!
      Lemongrab: HHHHRRRRGGRGGGHH!
  • Played with in the third episode of Clone High. Donald Faison's character, a clone of George Washington Carver, is in a cop movie called Black & Tan with a clone of Gandhi, played by Michael McDonald. The script calls for Carver to recite the line "Say WHAAAT?!" This unfolds:
    Carver: [flatly] Say what.
    Gandhi: Cut! No, no, no, man! You're makin' me fall asleep! To death, bro! Okay, the line is: [high pitched, manner similar to Chris Tucker] "Say WHAAAT?!"
    Carver: [flatly, again] Say what.
    Gandhi: Say WHAAAT?!
    Carver: [flatly, once again] Say what.
    Gandhi: Say...
    Carver: Say.
    Gandhi: ...WHAAAT?!
    Carver: What.
    Gandhi: Say WHAAAT?!
    Carver: Gandhi! This character is not me!
    Gandhi: Say WHAAAT?!
    Carver: STOP IT!
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: From "Cajun Granny Stew", when Cajun Fox is reading the ingredient list for said episode's titular stew:
Cajun Fox: ...and one cute little old Granny...WHAAAAAAT?!? I ain't got one of them!
  • In The Dragon Prince, an innocenct Ezran gets a little confused after Callum kisses Rayla after he used a breathing spell.
    Ezran: (confused) Hey, that isn't part of the spell!
    Callum: Oh... Uh, yeah. So you've been gone for a while, and uh now this is a thing. So... (smiles awkwardly while Rayla hides her face in embarressment)
  • The Dreamstone:
    • One episode features the main villain, Zordrak, going to renew his evil powers, but on his way back to his lair, an incident occurs which results in him becoming good. Needless to say whilst he is in this good state and Urpgor tells him they have stolen the Dreamstone, Zordrak makes him return it 'with flowers and an apology'. A little later, a piece of rock falls on his head, and returns him to his normal state of mind. At the same time, Urpgor tells him that he returned the Dreamstone to the heroes. Which results in:
    • Another version occurs in the episode "Blob's Incredible Plan", when Zordrak finds out that Blob, Frizz and Nug stole Urpgor's Mole-Mobile:
      Zordrak: They did WWWWWWWWWHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT????????!!!!!!!!
  • Family Guy:
    • This seems to be Chris's catchphrase: "UH-WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!?"
    • In one episode, he and Peter are having a conversation in Spanish, which ends with him letting out a Big "QUE?!" instead.
    • Also, Meg in the episode "Dial Meg for Murder", when Joe arrests her fugitive boyfriend:
      Meg: If you take him to jail, you have to take me too!
      Joe: I know, that's the plan. You're under arrest for harboring an escaped convict.
      Meg: Oh, well, that's only fair, because, after all, I did hide him from the WHAAAA?
    • Stewie's response to the announcement of a new baby brother in "Emission Impossible":
      Stewie: A new baby? How wonderful. Call me when Kojak starts. (beat) WHAT?!?!
  • Futurama:
    • One episode features a Cartridge Unit, a robot who communicates by sticking labelled cartridges in a slot and spewing a prerecorded message. One of them is a "What?!" cartridge:
      Bender: The whole world must learn of our peaceful ways... by force!
      Cartridge Unit: [puts in "What?!" cartridge] What?!
      Bender: We're going back to civilization to wage war on technology!
      Cartridge Unit: [pulls out then re-inserts the cartridge] What?!
    • During the episode Insane in the Mainframe Fry meets Malfunctioning Eddy when he's admitted to the robot insane asylum who explodes when he's surprised by something.
      Malfunctioning Eddy: Pleased to meet you.
      Fry: Actually we've met once before.
      Malfunctioning Eddy: WHAT? (explosion).
    • "Crimes of the Hot" had a microphone robot exclaim this when Bender tells his pet turtle that the robot party they're at is actually a ruse by Nixon to destroy all robots when they are all one place. Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!"
  • In an episode of Gargoyles, Lexington is trying to figure out where the sword Excalibur is hidden. The clan is in Manhattan, and Lex suddenly figures out "Brooklyn!" His clanmate with the exact same name blurts out an annoyed, "WHAAAAT?!"
  • Gravity Falls gives us an epic one in "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape from Reality", delivered by Bill Cipher upon noticing that Gravity Falls is surrounded by a force field bubble that prevents him and his hench-maniacs from leaving the area and going out into the world they aim to conquer.
    • Again in the following episode (and Grand Finale), when Bill realizes he's been duped and trapped inside of Stan's mind while Ford erases him (and Stan's memories), thereby killing him.
  • Hey Arnold!: In "Spelling Bee", Big Bob reacts this way when Helga deliberately misspells a word she knew by heart, in order to spite her dad for trying to bribe Arnold.
  • The Jetsons:
    • In Jetsons: The Movie, George does this when his family asks him to close down the orbiting asteroid plant. Bonus points for having it echo.
      George: You want me to do WHAT??
    • Happens again a little later when George actually refuses an order from Mr. Spacely.
      Spacely: Stay away from this button! That's an order!
      George: NO... SIR... MR.... SPACELY!
      Spacely: WHAT?!
      George: I said, "No sir, Mr. Spacely!" Boy, that felt good.
  • In the Looney Tunes short High Diving Hare, Yosemite Sam reacts this way while attending a high-diving act, as Bugs informs the audience that the main star of said act can't make it due to a storm.
  • The Magic School Bus: In "The Magic School Bus for Lunch", the class gives this reaction when Ms. Frizzle suggests that the class—inside of Arnold's large intestine—"join the rest of the waste products and finish the trip". Considering what this entails, their reaction is completely justified.
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, Adrien is Playing Cyrano for Nino, who is smitten with Marinette, but Cannot Spit It Out, and Alya is doing the same for Marinette, who believes that she is about to date Adrien. When Adrien pushes Nino to tell Marinette about his crush on her, he panics and blurts out Alya's name instead, prompting a three-way one of these.
    Marinette: Uhh, can't wait to hear a-about this lucky girl! Heh.
    Nino: Oh... yeah!
    Adrien: [via earpiece] Tell her 'it's you'!
    Nino: It's yoooouuuuuuuuuuuu-r best friend, Alya!
    Adrien: [confused] What?!
    Alya: [shocked] WHAT?!
    Marinette: [elated] WHAT?!
  • Sherman from Mr. Peabody & Sherman delivers this when Penny calls King Tut her boyfriend.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Three in quick succession from "Boast Busters". The first comes from Twilight when Snips tells her that he and Snails brought an Ursa to Ponyville. Seconds later, Snips and Snails each have one when Trixie confesses that she never defeated an Ursa Major.
    • Twilight Sparkle has one of these near the end of "Feeling Pinkie Keen", on finding out an attack by a hydra wasn't the "doozy" predicted by Pinkie Pie's "Pinkie Sense".
      Twilight: Uh... but I... WHAT?! The hydra wasn't the doozy? How could it not be the doozy? What could be doozier than that?!
    • In "Sisterhooves Social", Rarity, Applejack, and Apple Bloom all let out Big Whats in quick succession when Sweetie Belle disowns Rarity as her sister in favor of Applejack.
  • Blossom utters a loud, angry "WHAT??!" in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Him Diddle Riddle" when her SAT score comes up a measly 10. At the end of the episode, the girls manage a weak "Say what?" when they find out that as a penalty for not solving all of Him's riddles, the Professor has to pay... full price for a pancake breakfast.
  • In ReBoot, Al of Al's Diner is never seen onscreen, and is heard only when other people talk to him. The only thing he ever responds with is "WHAT?"
  • The Simpsons:
    • Subverted when Bart wants to divorce his parents. Upon hearing what Bart wants, the Blue Haired Lawyer exclaims, "You whaaaaaa?" when in fact he was calling for his secretary, Uwa.
    • Also subverted in this scene, where Marge has just accepted a job with the police. Cut to the exterior of the Simpsons' house:
      Homer: You did WHAT?!
      [beat, cut to inside house]
      Bart: I borrowed your nail clippers. What's the big deal?
      Homer: Nothing. I'm just a bit edgy since your mother became a cop.
    • Frequently played straight with Moe, who says it in a way similar to Chris of Family Guy.
  • South Park:
    • Kyle's mom, when outraged, uses the catch phrase "What What WHAAAAT?"
    • And Ms. Crabtree, the cranky bus driver, will scream "WHAT DID YOU SAY?!" when one of the boys makes fun of her.
    • In "Pre-School", Kenny has one of these when Stan tells him that a bully from preschool is being released from juvenile hall.
    • The Mayor once manages a both flat and big What:
      Stan: Dude, why should we want gay people to get out of town?
      Cartman: Oh... They think they meant gay fags.
      Kyle: Oh... That's not really nice mayor. Just because a person is gay doesn't mean he's a fag!
      Mayor: ... What?!
    • Stan in "The Return of Chef" when a Brainwashed and Crazy Chef asks the boys to make sweet love to him.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton, disguised as Mr. Krabs, does this when attempting to get the Krabby Patty secret formula. He has to go through a tedious ritual, but Spongebob tells him that it's against the rules to tell anyone the formula. Bizarrely enough, this also doubles as a Flat "What"; Plankton's disguise is that of a robot with a very monotonous voice. In another episode, Plankton is trying to get robot Spongebob to make him a Krabby Patty, but Spongebob refuses, causing Plankton to let out an enraged, "What? WHAAATTT?!?!"
  • At the end of the first season of Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star and Marco both have this reaction to Toffee's demand that Star destroy her wand in exchange for Marco's life.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • "Carnage of Krell": Rex and Dogma both have this reaction (though not at the same time) after discovering that the "disguised Umbarans" they've been fighting are actually other clones.
    • "The Bad Batch": Admiral Trench has this form of Oh, Crap! reaction when told that the clone strike team who breached the Separatists' cyber center on Anaxes made a transmission to Skako Minor, which is where the thought-dead ARC trooper Echo is being held as a stolen Republic strategy algorithm is being extracted from him.
  • Steven Universe:
    • "A Single Pale Rose" ends on Amethyst letting out a huge one when she, Garnet, and Steven discover that Rose Quartz and Pink Diamond were the same person.
    • "Escapism": Bismuth has a silent one when she sees the Watermelon Steven being controlled by Steven. Obviously, no one had yet told her that Steven can do that.
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Staff Meeting", when Starfire blurts out that she and the other Titans broke Robin's staff, he lets one of these out as his mouth flips open, then a giant "WHAT" drops down between the halves of his head and he crushes it as they snap shut.
  • Two Pepe Le Pew Warner Brothers cartoons, 'Past Perfumance' and 'Who Scent You?', has this trope in the form of "Le What?!".

Chuggaaconroy: (Sees Pikmin were saved after all) Oh.


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The Jerk's reaction, to Escape from Tomorrow's ending. A reaction, which lasts for several years.

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