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"I am sensible. I am calm. I'll give you my answer calmly and sensibly, my final answer. My final answer is finally no. The answer is no! Absolutely and finally no! Finally and positively no! No! No! No! N - O!"
Leo Morse, Force of Evil (1948)
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Alice is about to do something by accident, or on purpose, that Bob and Charlie don't want her to do. Let's say "knocking over a priceless vase". If they use a Little "No", they run the risk of Alice not hearing them and knocking it over. If they use a Big "NO!", they might accidentally startle Alice and actually cause her to knock it over. So what do they do? They go "Nononononononononononononononononono..." until either she stops, or knocks it over, causing it to shatter into tiny pieces.

This is not usually effective, as half the time, Alice will ignore them. In Comedy, the instances in which it does work are generally a Set Up to have the vase get smashed anyway, just after they were relieved that it wasn't broken. In Action and Drama, however, Alice is more inclined to listen, but may sometimes choose to do it anyway.

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Essentially, this is to the Big "NO!" what the Cluster F-Bomb is to the Atomic F-Bomb. Contrast Rapid-Fire "Yes!".


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: Asuka combined this trope with Big "NO!" in chapter 5. When Asuka insists that she does not need anyone and she has an agreement, Daniel points out that she fears that it will not last... And then what? She will try to kill herself again?
    She hadn’t cried, not even the day they buried her Mama. She would not cry now. She would not. ‘Don’t take him away. I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to be alone.’ “I don’t... ...need anyone. My arrangement-“
    “Is a hollow shell, that you both fear and expect to collapse at some point. Then what? Water again? Or this time the barrel of a gun in your mouth?” Daniel said quietly, his words hitting Asuka harder than if he’d been shouting them. “Or a twist of hemp like your mother, feet in the air?”
    “NO! Nononononono! I...I...STOP IT!”
  • Advice and Trust: It happens several times, often done by Asuka:
    • In chapter 2 after getting together, Asuka wonders for an instant if Shinji will not abandon her eventually how everyone do. Panicked, she replies herself:
      "No! [...] No no no!"
    • In chapter 8, when Asuka realizes her mother is inside her giant robot Asuka says mentally a long string of noes as she tries not losing it:
      'No no no no do not start losing it, Soryu...
    • And then she lets out another when she is losing it:
      'Nonononononono I want Mama now now now now n- Stop.
    • And again at the end of chapter 10 after Rei's Heroic Sacrifice:
    "No. No. No. No. No. No," Asuka chanted. She bit down on her lip until she tasted blood. She was not going to cry. She was not going to cry because Rei was not dead. NO!
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • Dragon Ball Abridged: Happens often whenever a villain has an energy ball closing in on him. Vegeta pulls one of these when he realises that Goku is about to kick his ass.
    Vegeta: This is the end Kakarot! You don't stand a chance! I put all my power into this attack! Now perish... WITH THE REST OF YOUR PATHETIC WORLD!
    Goku: KAIOKEN...
    Vegeta: Noooo...
    Goku: ... TIMES...
    Vegeta: No, no, no...
    Goku: ... FOOOOUUUUR...
    Vegeta: Nononononononono-(gets carried away by the blast)-FUUUUUUUUUUU-
  • My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return: Nightmare Moon gives off a string of these when she realizes that she's about to lose.
  • Turnabout Storm:
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Case 5: Turnabout Substitution: Apollo gives one when Ema claims Rhea is Apollo's girlfriend.
  • In Ashes of the Past, an Absol does this upon seeing Ash. She also tries to run away through a closed window.
    Absol Nope! Nope nope nope nope nope!
  • In The Hill of Swords, this is Shirou's reaction to realizing he is about to go through an Unwanted Revival.
  • In the Miraculous Ladybug fic NOPE!, Marinette does this while using her sketchpad to beat the crap out of an Akuma that had just tried to possess her.
    Marinette: NOPE! NOPE! NOPE! NOPE! NOPE! NOPE! NOPE! I AM NOT LETTING CHLOÉ BOURGEOIS, LITTLE MISS "I ALWAYS GET MY WAY BECAUSE I'M SUCH A SPOILT BRAT", HAVE THE PLEASURE OF PISSING ME OFF TO THE POINT I AM MIND-INVADED BY AN EVIL BUTTERFLY! NOPE! NOT HAPPENING! KINDLY FUCK OFF, THANK YOU!
  • In This Bites!, Perona gives one, capped with a Big "NO!", when she hears that Chopper has got his hands on her real body.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Hisashi Midoriya does this while arguing with his wife about whether or not they should adopt the alien baby they found in a crashed spaceship, punctuated with a Big "NO!" and a stream of fire with his Quirk.
    Hisashi: No.
    Inko: [about the baby] He looks like a normal baby-
    Hisashi: No.
    Inko: -and everyone's probably looking for a big, green, monster man.
    Hisashi: No.
    Inko: It's hard to find something when it's hiding in plain sight-
    Hisashi: Nonononononononononono-
    Inko: -so if we don't want anyone to know we were involved in this, I was thinking that-
    Hisashi: NO! [stream of fire shoots out of his mouth]

    Film — Animated 
  • Flik in A Bug's Life when the offering stone falls and spills its contents into the lake, and later when his bird inadvertently hits P.T. Flea's circus wagon, which leads to P.T. Flea incinerating the bird.
    • Also by Hopper when he finally meets his end by being Eaten Alive by a baby chick.
  • In Coraline, Coraline's father does this, punctuated by a Big "NO!", when Coraline accidentally fiddles with the house's electricity and his computer shuts down while he's working.
  • There are two instances of this in Inside Out.
    • Because she entrusted the core memories to Bing Bong earlier, Joy lets out one of these when Dream Productions' security takes Bing Bong to the Subconscious.
    • Fear does one to say he's not with Anger's plan to run back to Minnesota.
  • Shrek: Shrek himself does this when trying to stop Donkey from watching the DuLoc introductory animatronic again.
    Donkey: Let's do that again!
    Shrek: No! No! Nononono! [beat] No.
  • Anakin Skywalker does this when Ahsoka Tano brings down a wall on him in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Woody in Toy Story when the match he was going to use to light the rocket attached to Buzz is put out by a passing car.
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    Film — Live-Action 
  • Edward Nygma gives out one in Batman Forever after Two-Face busts up his big mind-melding party in an attempt to rob the patrons attending the party and kill Bruce Wayne.
  • In Cop Out, here.
  • Jordy Verrill does this in Creepshow, when he realizes he's growing. He follows it up with a really big screwdriver.
  • The Scorpio Killer does it in Dirty Harry, right before Callahan tortures him on the football field.
  • In The Fifth Element, Chris Tucker's Ruby Rhod fires off a "no" string when he finds out that what he's looking at is indeed a bomb. Predictably played for laughs.
  • Hitler does this in German in this clip of Inglourious Basterds.
  • Shia LaBeouf does this in almost every movie he is in: Transformers, Disturbia, Surf's Up. See here
    • The RiffTrax commentators call this "Shia LaBeouf-ing" when other actors do it in other movies.
  • In Repo! The Genetic Opera, Shilo goes through several nos when racing to her mother's grave to make it back home in time.
  • Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) in Sexy Beast: "No! No no no no no no no no! No!"
  • Singin' in the Rain has Lina exclaim this in the talkie The Dueling Cavalier, after her character becomes captured. Her captor responds with a Rapid-Fire "Yes!", and they proceed to exchange "No!"'s and "Yes!"'s for a seemingly endless amount of time. The Narm increases when a syncing error causes Lina's high, shrilly "No!"'s to come out of the villain's mouth, and his low, domineering "Yes!"'s to come out of hers.
  • Star Wars: In The Force Awakens, Finn rapid-fires a few no's followed by a Big "NO!" as he realizes that Rey has been kidnapped, feeling responsible for this.
  • In Sword Of Gideon (1986) the Mossad assassination team are confronting their first target.
    "[Are you] Wa'el Zwaiter?"
    "Ye— (realises something is wrong). No. (team draws their guns) No! No! No! (shoot him)
  • In The Terminal, Frank Dixon utters a subdued, disbelieving version of this when he realizes that Victor Navorski is finally being allowed past security into New York City after being held in the terminal for nine months.
  • Performed by Bit in the first TRON when Flynn is about to drive the Recognizer into a bridge with a Game Tank on it.
  • In Watchmen, Rorschach's Rapid-Fire "No!" when the police surround the recently-deceased Moloch's apartment.
  • This was a recurring gag in You Don't Mess with the Zohan.
  • Cop Out has Tracy Morgan deliver a cluster that went memetic.

    Literature 
  • In horror series Escape from Furnace, this tends to be the only sound that pierces the silence of a Blood Watch, the ritual where the wheezers mark up an inmate's cell to be dragged down into the infirmary, never to be seen again.
  • Hollow Places features this trope when, upon Austin's final trip to the cave, he finds that the anomaly within no longer works.
  • In the novelization of Superman Returns, Lex Luthor of all people does this when he discovers Superman is pushing his island into space.
  • In Will Grayson, Will Grayson when the second Will Grayson found out Maura was posing as his online crush Isaac.
    Will: no. no no no no no no no no no no no no no no. no please no what no no please no fuck no NO.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who: This is one of the Tenth Doctor's catchphrases.
    • The Second Doctor does it in "The War Games" right before he's forcibly regenerated.
  • In Drake & Josh, Josh dishes this out during a massive breakdown in the middle of a classroom:
    Josh: No. NO! NO NO NO NO- YOU! *points at Drake*
    Drake: *shrugs* What?
  • Practically ubiquitous in Friends. Every one of the main characters has done it at least once, and many of them multiple times.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Robin does this frequently. She keeps repeating no-no-no-no-no when she learns that her baby sister, now in her teens, plans to lose her virginity. To a jerk, but even if he was a super sweet young boy, she would have freaked out just because, as it is her baby sister.
    • Robin answers the suggestion that she's dating Barney with sixteen nos. (In the Gag Reel, it is Thirty Two nos in a row.)
      Blah Blah: Robin, how did you and Barney meet?
      Robin: No, no no no no. No no no no no no no no no. Barney and I are not together. No. No.
      Barney: Really, sixteen nos? Really?
    • When Ted tells Lily that he thinks they were kissing at their freshmen's welcoming party, Lily is horrified and does the multiplied no routine.
  • When the MythBusters took on claims that a tattoo would explode in an MRI, Kari and Tory suggested that Scottie should get some super-metallic ink added to her arm before going into the machine, Scottie delivered one of these.
    • Later, when they're attempting to re-test the Compact Compact myth, one of the semis they'd acquired for the test went off course:
      Jamie: [singsong] It's gonna go into the waaaater...
      Adam: Oh! Nononononononononononono...
      [slow-rolling semi collides with barrier]
      Adam: Yes!
  • Michael on The Office (US) when Toby returns. Combined with a Big "NO!" for maximum effect.
    Toby: Uh-
    Michael: NOO, GOD! NO GOD PLEASE NO. NO. NOOOOOOOOO- (cuts to opening theme)
  • Dr. Cox on Scrubs has done this multiple times, out of anger.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, Rodney once does this while high as a kite on Wraith serum.
  • Jim, from the The Vicar of Dibley, has a Verbal Tic where he goes "Nonononononononononono..." He only ever means the last word he says, which can be either no or yes.

    Music 
  • In Billy Joel's "Big Shot":
    No, no, no, no, no, no, you have to be a big shot, didn't you?
  • Repeatedly in the choruses of Dance Gavin Dance's "Buffalo!".

    Pro Wrestling 

    Video Games 
  • Whenever you fail a mission in the first Destroy All Humans!:
    Pox: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO. Krypto, you incompetent buffoon.
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, Veronica says this when you return to the Followers Outpost to find the staff wiped out by rogue Brotherhood Paladins. "Oh no, nonononononono".
  • Mass Effect 3: in the Citadel DLC, if a female Shepard is romancing Garrus, you can end up being dragged onto the dance floor. Since Shepard is famously terrible at dancing, she responds by repeating the word "no" multiple times. The resultant tango is actually pretty good, incidentally.
  • In Myst III: Exile, this is Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds Saavedro's Madness Mantra. It gets worse as the game progresses.
  • Torbjorn in Overwatch lets this off in the prepare phase on Numbani, a city where humans and Omnics — whom he harbors great resentment for — live peacefully:
    "No no no! N-O NO!"
  • Persona 4: Chie has more than a few when Yukiko is up to something.
  • In Pikmin Alph will let out rapid fire noes when he's getting chased or hurt by enemies.
  • Portal 2
    • GLaDOS reacts this way when Wheatley attempts to initiate a core transfer.
    Announcer: Substitute core, are you ready to start the procedure.
    Wheatley: Yes!
    Announcer: Corrupted core, are you ready to start the procedure?
    GLaDOS: NO!
    Wheatley: Ooh, yes she is!
    GLaDOS: Nonononononono!
  • In Slender, one of the pages has this written on it and a drawing of Slender.
  • In There Is No Game, the narrator goes "no, no, no, no, no, no" when you type in "GAME" in the "THERE IS A" screen.
  • Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series is prone to doing this.
  • Simone begins screaming "NO NO NO NO NOOOOOO!" during her boss fight in NieR: Automata as she gets low on health, foreshadowing that she's going to start jumping around the arena.
  • In Undertale, the human child can find one of these during the Pacifist path in an Apocalyptic Log. In the True Lab, after the entry about revived monsters, entry #16 reads "no no no NO NO NO NO NO". The monsters eventually melted together from an overdose of determination.
  • In Need for Speed, Darius (the leader of the Stacked Deck crew and the main antagonist of Need for Speed: Carbon) screams this during the first race against him in the city. When the player is leading on the second (final) lap and approaching the finish line, an in-car camera shot appears with Darius driving his Audi Le Mans quattro and screaming "No no no no NO NO NO! NO!" as he tries to overtake the player and win.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner: In "Strong Bad Is in Jail Cartoon", The Cheat (apparently) asks why he and Strong Bad have to do One Last Job when Strong Bad had previously bragged they could "retire to the moon" with the money from hocking the King of Town's crown. Strong Bad lets out a string of "no"s before explaining his plan.
    Strong Bad: Nononono, nononono! It's like this: the ransom money becomes the new retirement money. And the retirement money becomes the new college fund. And the college fund... eh, we blow on a really tricked-out van.
  • Used for comedy in Red vs. Blue. Upon realizing that he is actually the one responsible for a lot of the screwups in Blood Gulch, Church ends up doing this while continually attempting to correct his mistakes, chasing after Sheila while Caboose is piloting in his rescue attempt from way back in Episode 8. This is after Church accidentally enables Sheila's ability to target friendlies. We are treated to a humorous scene of Church in a futile run across Blood Gulch in a desperate attempt to avert two seasons' worth of suffering and failure, going "No no no no no" the entire time.
  • Commonly occurs in GoAnimate "Grounded" videos, as well, most commonly when a person (or several people) is about to have something terrible happen to them by way of the troublemaker of the day. The troublemakers have been known to use this trope themselves when they get busted, sent to their rooms after being grounded, or during "Punishment Days}".
  • Team Four Star does it in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged episode 8, when Anderson reveals he's going to use Helena's Nail on himself. Starts at about 14m7s.
  • The Emperor delivers one in episode 23 of If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device in response to requesting that anyone save him from a dull conversation, only to have Karstodes respond to his call for aid.
    The Emperor: NO NO NO NO NO NO anyone but the strippers!

    Web Comics 
  • Played straight and then defied in The Legend of Maxx, after Cyril dies:
    Cyril: ...Oh no. Oh NO. No, no, no, NO, NOOOO!!!
    Angel: Sorry, in this situation you're only allowed a maximum of 3 horrified 'no's.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Xykon does this when V's explosive runes explode on his phylactery.
      Xykon: No no no no no no—NO!
      [phylactery misses the rift]
      Xykon: YES!
    • Nale, when he learns that his Gate is in another pyramid.
      Nale: Is this — what is — ? What am I looking at?
      Malack: Hrrm. It seems fairly straightforward to me.
      Nale: No no no no no no NO! Scan it! SCAN IT!
  • Girl Genius: Tarvek's horrified response to being told that he's being returned to his Big, Screwed-Up Family. His grandmother's agent eventually knocks him out to make him shut up and stop fighting back.
    • Moloch starts repeating the word no when he realizes that he just asked Agatha how they were going to fix the castle and caught himself implying that he was going to help her, of course he does in the end but he never stops complaining about it:
      Moloch: Wait—"We?" Oh, no way what am I saying? You listen to me. I am not your minion. Forget it. No no no no no no no!

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy features a Running Gag through a few episodes where Cleveland is taking a bath, only to have his bathtub fall out of whatever structure it's in while he shouts "No, no, no, no, no, NOOOOO!" At one point, he even lampshades that he needs to stop taking baths whenever wacky hi-jinks are going on around Quahog.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Starlight Glimmer utters a string of "no" twice in the episode "All Bottled Up":
    • First in anxious worry, right after Trixie made the Cutie Map table disappear.
    • And then, when it is recovered at the spa, she frantically says this while tackling Trixie to stop her from attempting to teleport the table again.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In an episode where Patrick goes to SpongeBob's school, SpongeBob is accused for disturbing the class and writing down "Big Fat Meanie" at Mrs. Puff, which was actually Patrick's doing. And so, as punishment, Mrs. Puff removes one star from the merit board, all the while SpongeBob painfully pleading not to remove it and simultaneously spins his head around and muttering the trope.
  • Star Wars Rebels:
    • Ezra has a tendency to do this.
    • "The Honourable Ones": Agent Kallus' reaction when the pike holding him to the ceiling of the ice cave, and thus away from the Immune to Bullets lizards below, starts to slip. Did we mention the pike is from his bo-rifle, which is also currently serving as a splint for his broken leg?


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