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A cousin to the Big "NO!", a Slow No is one that happens when Bullet Time is used at the same time as a character going into denial. Usually used in places of war, explosions, just after death...yeah, it tends to be morbid. And occasionally subverted. Using it as a parody or in Mundane Made Awesome sequences are becoming increasingly common than playing it straight however, making it a Dead Horse Trope. (It's a time-tested source of Narm, since it tends to make the screamer sound kind of like a Wookiee, which is why it's more often Played for Laughs these days than played straight.)


Not to be confused with Slow Mo. Can happen simultaneously with a Slow-Motion Fall.

Straight Examples:

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    Fan Works 
  • Happens in a dream sequence in the Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series "Bonds Beyond Time" movie.
    Yusei: I said, "Card games on motorcycles".
    Yusei: You're kidding, right?
    Crow: Can't say that I do.
    Yusei: But we ride them all the time!
    Jack: WHAT FOR?
    Yusei: To play card games on!
    Yusei: Jack, you're scaring me.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • At the climax of the first Austin Powers, he does this as he leaps to stop a bomb.
  • Accidentally done in the film preview in Singin' in the Rain, as the film got screwed up.
  • A Slow No occurs from Duke (Apollo's trainer) in Rocky III in which, near the end of the rematch, Balboa is making Clubber Lang angry enough to KO him; and another Slow No from Duke in Rocky IV after Apollo Creed was KO'ed by Ivan Drago in an exhibition match.
  • A non-death version happens in Star Trek: The Motion Picture as time distortion thanks to a failure in the warp drives means that Decker's words come out very slowly as he gets Kirk to not order the firing of the phasers (which he knows are offline) at an in-the-way asteroid.
    Decker: Nooooooooo! Beeeellllaaayyyy thhhhhhaaaaaatttt Phhhhaaaaasssseeeeeerrrrr ooooorrrrrrdddddeeeeerrrrr!
  • Played With in The Mask in an attempt to modernize it: when a bomb is about to go off, everything goes into slow-mo, but rather than anyone giving a protracted and warped, "Nooooo!" it's a weird, echoing, "Get it!"
  • When a military helicopter is shot down by the aliens in Skyline, Jarrod lets out a Slow No, complete with silly camera angle. It's almost the cheesiest thing in the movie, which is really saying something.
  • In the climax of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora screams this during Peter's Desperate Object Catch for the Infinity Stone that must not touch the ground.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: In the season one finale Sisko does this while charging towards an assassin. The scene is in slow motion, making his already deep voice hilariously deep.
  • Sydney to the Max: Sydney screams this in "I Know What You Did Last Sleepover" when Olive is about to dirty up her favorite shirt.


    Video Games 
  • Near the start of Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening, Sam trips on his cape and does this while flying through the air in slow motion, before landing on the Big Red Button

    Web Original 
  • In the Monster Island Buddies episode "Rebirth of Mothra", after Mothra is reborn in her larva form, Battra attempts to kill her with his Eye Beams and shoots them at her. Rodan jumps in front of Mothra and takes the bullet to protect her while yelling out a slow-motion "Noooo" in a low-pitched, distorted voice. He survives, thankfully, and his protective scales reflect Battra's beams back at him.
  • Done by The Hardcore Kid in his review of An Extremely Goofy Movie, upon learning that Pauly Shore is the voice of Bobby.

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    Western Animation 
  • Action Man (2000): This happens once when Action Man uses his AMP factor to obtain super speed.
  • Adventure Time: Finn's reaction to a water drop.
  • In an episode of The Amazing World of Gumball called "The Debt" Gumball jumps towards Mr. Robinson, trying to save his life from a falling light. During his jump he is yelling a long drawn out slow motion "NOOOOOOO."
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Zuko when Azula breaks the rules of their Agni Kai and aims a lightning shot at Katara, goading him into Taking the Bullet.
    • In The Ember Island Players, the actress playing Aang delivers one of the looooooooooooooooo(...)ongest dying screams. It goes "Nooooooooooooooooooo(...)ooo!" of course.
  • Big City Greens: In "Skunked", Cricket screams one when he is about to take the blow for the skunks' stink meant for Gloria.
  • On Butterbean's Cafe, Dazzle does it "Dazzle's Cake-tastrophe" when knocking down the box with the mayor's cake.
  • In Danny Phantom when Danny's family and friends (and teacher) were about to be blown up to their doom in an alternate timeline, Danny cries one out, complete with slow motion movement.
  • Almost every Big "NO!" that has ever occured in The Penguins of Madagascar — and there are several — has been a Slow No.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Eddy after Rolf smacks him with a fish in their duel in "Dueling Eds".
  • Hulk Vs.: Deadpool's reaction to getting his gun sliced in half by Wolverine in Slow Motion:
    Deadpool: No! That was my favorite gun!
  • The Loud House: In "Linc or Swim", Lincoln shouts one when he is about to destroy the deluxe swimming pool his sisters got.
  • On Pete the Cat, Gustavo gives one in "Callie vs. the Volcano" when Callie puts the mix for the lava into the volcano before they were ready for the volcano to go off.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • In "Mo Job", there is an ULTRA-slow motion sequence (the likes of which the series had never even done before) where Buttercup is about to be shot with a laser with an antidote for Chemical X stripping the Powerpuff Girls of all their powers. The sequence starts with Blossom yelling "NOOOOOOOOO! BUTTERCUP!"
      • Princess also gets two Slow "NO!" lines in this episode. The first is her reaction to Blossom saving Buttercup from losing her powers. She starts off by cheering in slow motion as she roots for the antidote beam to hit Buttercup but her reaction quickly turns to horror as she watches Blossom fly in for the save. "YEEEAAAAH!... NOOOOOOOOO!'".
      • Later, she lets out a serious Slow "NO!" shout of denial as the beam ricochets back at her and removes her own powers.
    • Bubbles gets one in "Sun Scream" as the villain of the episode flings a rubber band at her backside.
    Bubbles: [trying to get away] NOOO-OOOOO...[gets hit by rubber band] GYAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
  • The Simpsons:
    • Principal Skinner has done it more than once. Ex.: "Bart's Comet", "Lisa's Date With Destiny", "Duffless," "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em"...
    • Homer gets one in "Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodily" when Flanders is about to baptize Bart.
    • Apu gets one in "Homer and Apu" when some gun-wielding maniac is about to shoot James Woods. Apu takes the bullet. And lives.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The slow-mo sequence in "Company Picnic" ends with SpongeBob screaming this when Plankton's candy pen is about to hit the eye of one of his robots.
  • In Thunder Cats 2011 Lion-O performs a Downplayed one (with no pitch-lowering) that coincides with a Futile Hand Reach upon seeing his father King Claudus stabbed In the Back, before a Slow-Motion Fall.
  • In the Trolls: The Beat Goes On! episode "Prank Day", the Snack Pack say this when they warn Smidge about the water balloon that's going to fall on her.
  • Undergrads: Just before teetotaler Nitz is about to take his first sip of alcohol, Rocko, his alcoholic best-friend (who has been having hallucinations about a giant whiskey bottle and decided to abstain), lunges at him with a long, drawn out "Nooooo!" in slow motion.
  • Used in X-Men: Evolution when Nightcrawler witnesses Mystique, who's been turned to stone, get chucked off a cliff. Combined with his accent and relatively high-pitched voice, the effect is somewhat undramatic.
  • Wander over Yonder: Used in "The Nice Guy" at the end of an Overcrank of Wander running up to a store counter with his substitute Thunder Blazz only to spill it all by tripping over a lumpy mat.

Parodies, lampshade hangings etc.:

  • Parodied in a commercial for Corn Pops, we see a box sitting on a ledge overlooking the San Francisco skyline, someone knocks it over, and tries to grab it before it falls, in slow motion along with the obligatory "Noooo!!!", only he fails, and the camera pulls back to show us that the ledge was only 3 feet off the ground of a hill overlooking the skyline. The man reaches down and retrieves the box.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In the first episode of Great Teacher Onizuka, this is Onizuka's reaction when Nanako throws away a huge platter of sushi he wanted to eat.

    Films — Animation 
  • Megamind: The Button of Doom. Megamind sells his dehydration ray to some brat kids who use them to turn their parents into cubes so they can run rampant. Then Megamind and Minion barge in to get their ray gun back, announcing that while they could haul the kids off to jail, their parents will think up worse punishments. Cue slow motion Big "NO!" from the kids as Megamind dumps a glass of water on the cubes to restore said parents.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • A guy just arrived in States and phones late in the night to a hotel:
    "I want to know if there are any free rooms for one person, but my americano is very, very bad, so answer me very, very slow, okay?"
    "Nnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooo!" — the receptionist answered.

  • Mentioned in the book The Brain: The Story of You, a title written by a neuroscientist and a companion book to a PBS show. He talks about studies he's done in which despite proven fact, people still believe that an event which happened to them unfolded as if like a slow-motion movie, with time unfolding as if in Bullet Time. At this point, he will then ask them something like whether the person next to them in the car was screaming like they do in slow-motion movies, with a low-pitched "noooooooo!" At this point, they generally admit that, no, that didn't happen.

    Live-Action TV 
  • iCarly:
    • Spencer beautifully evokes a "Non-Lethal K.O." version in "iSaved Your Life" during a paintball assassin game sub-plot, complete with Slow-Motion Fall and distorted voice effects.
      Spencer: What's that, a lollipop?
      Delivery Man: Yeah, except from where I'm from, we don't call it a lollipop.
      Spencer: What do you call it?
      Delivery Man: SUCKER! (slaps Spencer and dives on the floor)
      (Sam hangs upside down from the doorbeam, blowtube in her mouth ready for the "kill")
      Spencer: NOOOOOOOOOOO! (attempts to draw his blowtube but Sam strikes him with a headshot, claiming victory)
    • Carly also evokes this in iBeat the Heat (again, with distorted vocal effects) when Sabrina blindly tramples on her model of an Utopian City ala Godzilla.
  • Parodied to the max in Garth Marenghis Darkplace, in which practically every dramatic / tragic moment in the series will be punctuated by someone — usually Rick Daglass — screaming "Nooooooo!!!" at the top of his lungs, in slow motion, for at least a full minute. Usually more than once.
  • Frasier: Frasier provides a hilarious slow-motion example when he tries to stop his girlfriend Faye—whom he's been accidentally calling by the name of his ex-girlfriend Cassandra, explaining it as the name of a favorite aunt—from meeting the real Cassandra, exposing his deception. Tables are overturned, dishes are dropped, people are knocked over, and, of course, it doesn't work.
  • A bit on Late Night with Conan O'Brien demonstrated what the show would look like as directed by an action movie veteran. Conan lets out one of these when Andy is shot.
  • Uttered by Howard on The Big Bang Theory, when he thought someone was about to kiss his girl. He dashed in to intervene, and ended up kissing Rajesh instead.
    • Also done on the spin-off series Young Sheldon when Sheldon gets a tiny splinter on his finger.
  • On the Mystery Science Theater 3000 skewering of Quest of the Delta Knights, the moppetlike hero yells in horror at the film's climax but is drowned out by the film score. Mike shouts "mmm-bop!" in a slowed-down-sounding voice.
  • Henry Danger: A lampshaded version in the beginning of the first part of "Indestructible Henry". While the entire scene in slow motion was done with a combination of comedy ad drama (Henry retrieving his phone from a shop with a bomb inside), the Slow "NO!" was done after Henry had survived and was outside, only to see his phone screen crack.
  • Done to comically melodramatic effect on numerous Key & Peele skits, such as "Slap-Ass: In Recovery" and "LA Vice", the latter case being lampshaded afterwards.
    Key: "Oh, I get it. When I say no, stuff blows up. Cool."

    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater: Red Mage does this by casting slow and feather fall on himself for dramatic effect when Thief and BM talk about burning the Rat Tail they need to complete their side-quest. He overdoes it and gets stuck in mid air for several hours.

    Western Animation 
  • In the Futurama episode "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", Fry does this when he sees a credit card fall on the dinner table. Fun fact: The "no" was not done in slow motion, Billy West actually made his voice sound like that.
  • Hulk Vs. Wolverine, when Wolverine just slices Deadpool's gun.
    Deadpool: NNNOOOOO!!! That Was My Favorite Guuunnn!!!
  • In the Johnny Bravo episode "Under The Big Flop", the female villain called "Vivian Vixen" reacts in slow motion to her mind control device dropping into a boiling pot of oil. After her prlonged Slow "NO!" and failing to catch the device, Johnny announces in full meta: "Man, I love slow motion."
  • A very funny Slow No occurs in Invader Zim when a time-affected Dib is about to strike a similarly affected explosion.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, the episode Canderemy makes fun of this trope. When the robotic dog gets shut down and drops the device that can return Candace and Jeremy to normal, the program goes into dramatic slow-mo and Phineas, Candace, Isabella and Bufford all yell "Nooo" frantically (save for Ferb, who blinks in slow motion), complete with loud distorted voices. The only exception is Baljeet, who merely stands in his place and does the lampshade by asking how they are all doing that.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Mayored to the Mob", Homer attends bodyguard school and is told that while his Diving Save is good, his Slow No needs work, since that's what'll get him his next job. The instructor then tells him "Drop and give me twenty!"; Homer lets out a Big "NO!", to which the instructor replies "Better!"
  • In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Bubble Buddy," SpongeBob does the Big No when Squidward is about to pop the bubble with a needle. It goes into ridiculously slow motion, and he starts randomly messing with the vowel, making this a spoof as well.
  • Thomas & Friends: In "A Cranky Christmas", Thomas shouts one as he sees the package flying through the air after slipping before breaking on the ground.


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Powerpuff Girls

A long example of a Slow No scene. Blossom yells it while warning Buttercup and Princess says it in different ways.

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