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You're imagining that laugh in your head now, aren't you?

"You put your whole self into that laugh, don't you?"
Marcia to Lonesome Rhodes, A Face in the Crowd

There are some unique laughs that, when imitated by anyone, immediately bring to mind a single person. It may be an Annoying Laugh or an Evil Laugh, it may be the sounds/words used, or the fact that it's at a terribly inappropriate time, but everyone knows who it's connected to. When this happens, this person has a Signature Laugh.

It doesn't count if it reminds you of a type of person (like the Noblewoman's Laugh), nor just a type of laugh (like The Hyena). It must be an individual who springs immediately to mind when it's heard. Can overlap somewhat with Verbal Tic.

Some of these sounds are difficult to translate onto a page, but when you hear them, you know.

Compare Annoying Laugh, Evil Laugh, Laughing Mad.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Goku's "hehehe" in the Japanese version. It becomes more pronounced in adulthood. In the English dub he's giving an unique 'Hahaha' laugh.
    • Master Roshi has a laugh that you can recognize from a mile away.
    • Frieza's distinctive "Oh,ho,ho,ho,ho!", closely resembling the Noblewoman's Laugh.
  • Almost every major character in One Piece has a unique laugh. Villains especially. Here is a list.
    • Giants in particular always seem to have some incredibly strange laughs.
  • Ryuk from Death Note: "Hyuk hyuk hyuk!" Light Yagami's typical Evil Laugh even became a Memetic Mutation.
  • Tsuruya from Haruhi Suzumiya.
  • Kinnikuman: Ashuraman's "Ka ka ka ka ka" laugh is so deeply associated with him that it's featured in his Villain Song.
  • Prussia from Axis Powers Hetalia has the rather unique "Kesesesesese".
    • In the dub, France has "onhonhonhon", the stereotypical French laugh.
    • Some fans use "kolkolkolkol" as Russia's laugh and "fusosososo" as Spain's laugh, but they are actually a Madness Mantra and a "cheer-up charm" respectively. Russia's actual "laugh" is "ufufufu~" (or "uhuhuhu")
    • America's "DDDDDDDD"... no, that's not how it's actually pronounced. The anime/drama CDs just go with a loud rhythmic "Ha ha ha ha!"
    • Poland has "WAHAHAHA!"
  • Kururu in Sgt. Frog.
    • Hell, all of the Keronians do: Keroro = "Kerokerokero!", Giroro = "Girogirogiro!", Tamama = "Tamatamatama!".
  • Ranma ½: Kodachi Kuno's (high pitched in the anime) "ohohohohohohohoho". Her appearance is always accompanied or heralded with that laugh.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Weevil Underwood/Insector Haga's laugh is written as "Hyo hyo hyo!" in the manga and the video games.
  • Bleach has Don Kanonji, whose signature is striking a pose and going, "BO-HA-HA-HA-HA!"
  • In Strike Witches, Sakamoto Mio had a signature laugh in the first season, when she was played by Chiba Saeko (Ha! Ha! Ha!). In the second season, Chiba was unavailable to play the character, so she was played by Seto Saori, who didn't use the laugh.
  • In Samurai 7 everytime Okara makes a snide comment she follows it with a SHSHSHSHSH hissing laugh
  • Kaname Madoka's Wehihihi is an onomatopoeia of that little giggle of hers. Japanese fanworks naturally follow this and literally write it as ウェヒヒヒヒ.
  • Kusukusu of Shugo Chara! has a distinctive laugh that sounds much like her Meaningful Name. In Japanese, kusukusu is onomatopoeia for giggling.
  • In Gintama, Sakamoto Tatsuma's laugh is very distinct, very frequent and (in-universe, at least) very, very annoying.
  • I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job: Fino. Her laugh is quite consistent too.
  • Assassination Classroom: Korosensei's amused, smug, or mocking chuckle is always rendereded as "Nurufufufufu~" and also appears in the anime, albeit sounding a bit more like "Nyeheheheheh~" due to his accent.
  • Kelly Yatsufusa from Etsusa Bridge, with her "Heehahahaha!".
  • Black Butler: Tanaka's meek "Ho ho ho" is the only sound he makes while in chibi mode.
  • Thanks to how Pokemon talk in the anime, Haunter has what sounds like a stereotypical nasal French laugh.
  • Aggressive Retsuko: Fenneko's extremely deadpan and bored-sounding "hahahahahahahahaha" is a notable one; something about how dead it sounds makes it a pretty good Troll laugh.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • This Bites!: It's a One Piece fanfic, so this trope is very common. Noteworthy, however, in that Cross has one:
    • As a Voice Changeling, Soundbite has a lot of laughing styles, but his most common is a combination of 'Hee's, 'Hoo's, and 'Ha's.
    • Lassoo's laugh is "Hweehweehwee", taken directly from Muttley of Wacky Races.
    • Su's laugh is "Tseeheeheehee".
    • Dragon's is "Shishishishi", just like his son.
    • Hancock's is "Snahahaha".
    • Monet's is "Yukeeheeheehee".
    • When she laughs genuinely, Robin laughs just like Saul.
      Robin: Dereshishishi!
  • Another One Piece fanfic, Twelve Red Lines, gives her self-insert one of those:
    Jones: Sesehihihi!
  • Persona: The Sougawa Files:
    • Tamiko Maeda, the group's Mission Control and resident Chuunibyou, has one: "Kuhuhuhuhuhu!"
    • Both Shadow Rina and Shadow Ryouichi share "Ohohohohohoho!"

  • The Three Stooges: Curly's "Nyuk-Nyuk-Nyuk"
  • Maurice Chevalier's iconic "hon hon hon" laugh, which has become the standard way French Funny Foreigner people laugh in comedy.
  • Louis from Revenge of the Nerds.
  • Tommy's signature "haha" from The Room. Often used at inappropriate times.
  • Sid James's dirty laugh was a staple of the Carry On films.
  • John Wayne, in many of his roles. "Dah-Haa, dah-haaa, da-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
    • The Searchers also has Charlie McCorry and his drawn-out, derisive "haw-haw-haw".
  • Pee-wee Herman has a distinctive, loud, somewhat barking laugh. Sometimes it comes out as a quick giggle, like "Heh Heh!" and sometimes it's longer.
  • Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley has a distinctive laugh, to the point where it was featured in the promos.
  • Christopher Lambert seems to have a signature laugh across multiple characters. As Connor Macleod (of clan Macleod) from Highlander, he frequently used a dry, raspy "heheheh" sort of laugh, and then later used the same laugh as Lord Rayden in Mortal Kombat.
  • Dr. Evil from Austin Powers.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Annoying Laugh in Amadeus announces his presence whenever he's in the area.
  • Brought up in The Great Race when Professor Fate is told to change his laugh to match that of the prince he's impersonating.
  • In A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome Rhodes rides to fame on his signature "Haw. Haw. Haw." laugh.
  • Return of the Jedi: Jabba the Hutt's slow, low-pitched Evil Laugh. A blinded Han Solo easily recognizes it.
    • Emperor Palpatine's Evil Laugh is distinct enough that the first trailer for The Rise of Skywalker could end with it without showing Palpatine himself, and fans could still instantly recognize it as him.
  • Renfield, as played by Dwight Frye in Dracula (1931), has a distinctive slow, whining mad laugh. It introduces him from offscreen during his first mad scene, and then continues to reappear throughout the film.
  • In the Sky One adaptation of The Hogfather, when Death briefly takes the role of the absent Hogfather (the Disc's Santa Claus), he... it's from the book but instead of the novel's not-quite-getting-it deadpan (Ho. Ho. Ho.) he tries to play along with "Ho ho ho" but always delivers an oddly-stressed "HO hoho!" The scene is kept, like most of the book, when he surprises the Auditors from inside a snowman and, as the last thought in an ultimatum, he sarcastically ponders, "Have you been naughty... or nice? Ho. Ho. Ho."

  • Terry Pratchett seems to love these:
    • "Hat. Hat. Hat." from Mr. Cletes
    • Dragon-King-of-Arms and his "ah-ha".
    • The Death of Rats and his "Snh-Snh-Snh".
    • In Hogfather, Death tries to mimic The Hogfather's "Ho ho ho!", but despite his best confidences, it consistently comes out as Ho. Ho. Ho.
  • The Mental State has Zack State, who quietly chuckles to himself in private whenever one of his plans works, immediately followed by a serious scowl.
    Zack: Heh! Hih! Hih! [Scowl]
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Walder Frey always laughs with a nasal "heh." His grandson in a narration mentions how much he hates it.

    Live Action TV 
  • The Muppets have plenty:
    • Stadler and Waldorf use "DOH-ho-ho-ho-hoh!"
    • Fozzie Bear has "Aaaaaaaaah!" and also "Wocka wocka!"
    • Ernie's hissing "hee-hee-hee"
    • Bert's bleating "ahahahahahahahahahah!"
    • The Count's "ONE! Ah... ah...ah!" (often accompanied by thunder and lightning)
    • Elmo has one of the most distinctive laughs in children's television, as anyone who has ever owned a Tickle-Me-Elmo doll can attest to.
    • Cookie Monster's "Haw haw haw haw!"
    • Oscar the Grouch goes "Heh, heh, heh!" whenever something amuses only himself.
  • Pee-wee's Playhouse: Pee-Wee Herman
  • Arnold Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter had two signature lines: "Oooh, Oooh, Mr. Kotter," and his Signature Laugh.
  • Tim Allen's grunting laugh from Home Improvement, which came from his standup routine).
  • The Nanny: Fran Drescher's nasal, snorting laugh.
  • Myrna Turner (Penny Marshall), Oscar Madison's secretary in the original The Odd Couple series.
    • Speaking of Penny Marshall, Laverne De Fazio has a rather annoying nasal laugh, though it doesn't come out as often.
  • Kitty on That '70s Show. Both how she laughs, and how often she laughs.
  • Fawlty Towers: Sybil Fawlty
  • Janice from Friends, with her nasally "nghanghanghangha"
  • In an episode of Sister, Sister, Tia has a boyfriend whose laugh is very hard to miss, and it ends up being the way she finds out that he is on a date with another girl.
  • Moss uses this trope in The IT Crowd when acting as dungeon master for a game of Dungeons & Dragons. He announces that the players see a familiar face emerge from a crowd, then, as the character, gives a distinctive "Ho ho ho!" The players all recognize the laugh and shout the character's name.
  • Rik Mayall's characters all share the same over-the-top nervous laugh.
  • Steve Urkel in Family Matters snorted whenever he laughed.
  • Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. His very fake-seeming laugh is more of a brief bout of hyperventilation, and underscores his general lack of humor.
  • Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars has a distinctive staccato, wheezing laugh.
  • The Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who has a really distinctive, booming, rather sinister laugh that Who fans just love doing impressions of.
  • Batman (1966) featured notable ones from several villains:
    • Frank Gorshin's manic giggle as the Riddler is well known enough that it was one of the elements Jim Carey brought to his performance in Batman Forever.
    • Burgess Meredith's squawking "waugh waugh waugh" laugh as the Penguin was partially a case of Enforced Method Acting, as Meredith had quit smoking in real life, and the cigarettes he had to have with him as Penguin irritated his throat.
  • Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy had a very distinct, hardy (almost wheezing) laugh.
  • In an episode of Happy Days, Howard recognizes Fonzie's new girlfriend as a stripper he saw while at a convention. He remembers that she had a laugh "like a seal", and he tells her a joke in order to prove her identity.

  • French singer Henri Salvador had a very unique and amusing laugh. He even worked it into many of his musical singles.
  • Louie the Turkey on Frank Zappa's album Lumpy Gravy has a very eccentric laugh. Let us put it this way: there is a reason they called him "the turkey".
  • Flemish singer, TV presenter and politician Margriet Hermans has a very loud and instantly recognizable laugh.
  • The concept album Märchen by Sound Horizon has the Villain Protagonist's sidekick Elise, whose speaking voice actress Saki Fujita gives her a very distinctive Evil Laugh.

    Professional Wrestling 

  • Difficult to type, but the radio version of The Shadow had a very distinctive laugh, at least when Orson Welles was in the role.
  • Carolina Bermudez (of Elvis Duran and the Morning Zoo) has a quite a distinctive laugh, a "Ha ha ha ha!" that is almost like a fusion of an evil cackle and Elmo's laugh.
  • The Great Gildersleeve... Again, impossible to spell out. Also crosses over to Live-Action TV.
  • In the Archie Comics radio shows from the 1940s and 1950s, both Veronica and Archie had unique laughs they used a lot. Archie would make a sort of awkward, love-sick laugh especially when Veronica would greet him. Veronica had a similar sounding laugh that she would use frequently.
  • Sublieutenant Phillips' 'silly-ass' laugh in The Navy Lark (usually at his own jokes). Most of the other characters find it irritating, especially Captain Povey.
  • Elaine Paige presents a regular musical theatre show for BBC Radio Two. Her signature laugh is extremely distinctive indeed and unkind people have speculated that this may be the reason why Andrew Lloyd Webber divorced her.

  • Veronica from Heathers has an incredibly infectious, distinctive laugh.
  • After getting slapped by Glinda, Elphaba from Wicked often lets out a cackle. Bonus points if it's an impression of Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West from the movie.
    • Willemijn Verkaik always ends the cackle with a high, whistling noise.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 
  • Katawa Shoujo has Misha's "Wahahahaha~!" Yes, the tilde is mandatory!
  • Umineko: When They Cry has quite a few of these.
    • Ihhihihihi! (Battler)
    • Hohohohoho… (Kumasawa)
    • Wahahaha! (Hideyoshi)
    • Kihihihihihihi… (Maria)
    • Kukkukuku… uhyahyahyahyahya!!! (Beatrice)
    • EVA-Beatrice in the PS3 version has a high-pitched laugh that is… hard to describe. It has to be heard.
    • And the sound novels themselves have their signature laugh.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has Monokuma with his "Upupupupu..." and Genocider Shou/Genocide Jack's "GYAHAHAHAHAHAHA!" which she tends to introduce herself with. The English translation changed Monokuma's laugh to "Puhuhuhu..." ("Nyek Nyek Nyek Nyek!" in The Anime of the Game) and Jack's to "Kyeehahahaha!"
    • In New Danganronpa V3, the Ultimate Supreme Leader Kokichi Oma has "Nishishi" and Ultimate Anthropologist Korekiyo Shinguiji has "Kukuku". Again, the English localization changed Kokichi's laugh to "Nee-heehee" and Korekiyo's to "Kehehehe".
  • Haruka from Little Busters! has a nervous "yahaha."


    Web Original 
  • Rich Evans from RedLetterMedia has an amazing laugh.
  • raocow has a distinctive laugh that crops up rather often due to his easily amused nature.
  • The Annoying Orange: Nyehhehehehehehe
  • PewDiePie's laugh sounds like he's gasping for breath every few seconds.
  • In the Thrilling Adventure Hour, Woodrow "Woodpecker" Wilson of the Algonquin Four laughs with Woody Woodpecker's signature laugh.
  • Vinny and Joel both have distinct laughs. Vinny can go from a calm, stoic voice to hysterical giggling in a matter of seconds. Joel's laughter, however, defies basic human description.
  • NicoB's laugh always sounds like he's rolling on the floor, unable to contain his glee.

    Western Animation 
  • Scooby-Doo has his "heHeHEHeHehe" chortle, often followed by, "Rooby Roo!"
  • The Simpsons:
    • Nelson's distinctive mocking laugh is his catchphrase.
    • Also, Ms. Krabapple's single "HA!"
    • And Krusty's "HoohoohoohooHAHA!"
    • And also, Dr. Hibbert's various "Eh-HEH-HEH-HEH!"
    • Marge's giggle and Patty and Selma's cackle
  • In Futurama, Fry will often go "Heh-heh-heh-heh..." in an evil sort of way, whether or not he intends to act evil.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Toph's laugh was what tipped Aang off that she was the girl from his vision.
  • The Proud Family has Papi's nigh-irreproducible laugh. It was a plot point once, when an imposter actually managed to get it down perfectly.
  • In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Scratch's "Bwah-HA-ha-HAAAAA!"
  • The distinctive throaty snickering of Dick Dastardly's canine sidekick, Muttley, in The Wacky Races and Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. Pioneered by a wiseguy dog in a Huckleberry Hound cartoon, then perfected later by Precious Pupp on The Atom Ant Show. Used later by Muttley expy Mumbly.
  • Several The Batman villains:
  • Young Justice gives us Robin's (Dick Grayson's) signature cross between giggling and a maniacal cackle that is often heard right before he appears on-screen from wherever he had ninja-d off too. It has to be heard to be believed
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: HA-HA! Phil Ken Sebben!
  • Goofy's distinctive "Ah-Hyuk!"
    • Which has passed onto his son, Max Goof.
  • Looney Tunes: Elmer Fudd's "Huhuhuhuh".
  • Mickey Mouse's high-pitched giggle from when Walt Disney was voicing him. Wayne Allwine's short "Ha-ha!" from more recent times is almost as memorable.
  • Most SpongeBob SquarePants characters have distinctive laughs:
    • SpongeBob's dolphin giggle. "Baa-haa-haa-haa-haa!"
    • Patrick's moron laugh. "Uh-huh-huh-huh-huh!"
    • Squidward's nasal chortle. "Hack-hack-hack-hack!"
    • Mr. Krabs' pirate-accented "Ar-ar-ar-ar-ar!" or "Arg-arg-arg-arg-arg!"
    • Plankton's Evil Laugh.
      • Some of the laughs are distinctive in German, too. Spongebob got an impish giggle, while Squidward's voice was low and rough.
  • Dishonest John's "Nya-ha-HAH!" from Beany and Cecil.
  • Popeye: "Ug-ug-ug-ug-ug!"
    • In at least one early cartoon he actually vocalizes "Arf! Arf! Arf!" as per his comic-strip self.
  • Mandark from Dexter's Laboratory has his "HA haHA! HA haHA haHA!" In fact, one episode has no dialogue apart from this and a few other sounds (all of which followed the laugh's rhythm).
  • Woody Woodpecker's "Ha-ha-ha-HAAAAA HA!"
  • The titular characters of Beavis and Butt-Head were practically defined by their signature laughs, "Ehhhehehe" and "Uhhhhuhuhu" respectively. One episode is dedicated to their inability to cease this laughter.
  • Roger Klotz from Doug: "HUH HEH HEH HEH HEH HEH!"
  • June's cute high-pitched laughter in KaBlam!.
  • Theodore's "huhuhuhuhuhuh!" giggle in The Alvin Show.
  • Yak-Yak on The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Laughs at everything, even if he's on the receiving end of pain. And the Hooded Claw as well.
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack: Flapjack's laugh.
  • Candace from Phineas and Ferb often goes "Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe..." whenever she believes she's close to busting the title characters.
  • South Park: Eric Cartman's "nyeh nyeh nyeh nyeh nyehhh nyeh, heh heh heh heh heh hehhh!"
  • Family Guy: Peter Griffin's "Heheheheheheheheheh!"
    • In "Stewie Loves Lois," Peter does a crying version of his signature laugh after thinking Dr. Hartman "violated" him (it was really a prostate exam.)
  • Ren Hoek's insane laughter from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh's innocent hum-chuckle, and Tigger's "Hoo-hoo-hoo-HOO!"
  • Beast Wars has Tarantulas and his maniacal cackling—he'll often go on for seconds at end if allowed to. A sampling, alongside a disturbingly good case for his Memetic Molester credentials.
  • Dragon Tales has Wheezie's signature "Hee-he-he-ha-ha-ha! (snort-snort-snort)".
  • Ready Jet Go!: Jet Propulsion's signature "HA-HA-HA-ha-HA!"
  • Bozo the Clown ended each of his cartoons with an extended belly laugh. He'd use the laugh in the cartoon itself when he cracked a joke, usually the result of his antagonist's failures.
  • Steven Universe has Peridot's "Nyeheheheh!" and Sardonyx's Noblewoman's Laugh.

    Real Life 
  • Drew Carey, mostly in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, whenever the laughs got out of hand.
  • Tom Hiddleston's laugh. Ehehehehe!
  • Ed McMahon from The Tonight Show had a distinctive, deep belly laugh.
  • Peter Lorre's "A-henh" laugh is a standard part of any impression done of him.
  • Bela Lugosi had a distinctive "Heh. Heh. Heh" slow laugh. When Martin Landau played him in Ed Wood he described the laugh as a line of dialogue in itself.
  • Renard Queenston of Lapfox Trax has an unspellable laugh that has become famous among those of their fans who watch their livestreams. Really, it's indescribable.
  • Iron Chef Michael Symon's hysterical laugh sounds somewhat like the laughter of a hyena.
  • French cartoonist Roland Topor had a very loud and haunting laugh, which can be heard in Werner Herzog's adaptation of "Nosferatu" (1979), in which Topor plays Dracula's assistant.
  • Craig Charles has a distinctive and recognizable laugh, which he, of course, passed over to his characters.
  • There are few who can laugh as loud as Ricky Gervais when Karl Pilkington is around.
  • Jimmy Carr has an unusual, gasping laugh that is often mocked on panel shows. He says it sounds like a dying seal.
  • Sidney James has a leering greedy-sounding laugh, that often crops up in his characters in the Carry On movies, usually after he makes a dirty joke.
  • Christopher Lambert has a kind of choked, throaty laugh, as seen in this video.
  • Burt Reynolds had a distinctive laugh that was a bit higher than his speaking voice. It can be heard in several of his movies.
  • Seth Rogen has a very deep, gravelly sounding laugh.
  • Similar to Louis from Revenge of the Nerds and Arnold Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter listed above, comedian Yakov Smirnoff has a deep, wheezing laugh once described in one of his appearances on Night Court, as being like "a seal in heat".
  • Tex Avery had a very distinctive belly laugh that showed up in several of his cartoons (this one is from Bad Luck Blackie).

  • Santa Claus, in all his incarnations, is thought to give a jolly "Ho Ho Ho!" which often indicates his presence when he's not visible.


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