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Multiple characters say the same thing at the same time.

The Creepy Monotone this naturally creates make this a favorite characteristic of the Hive Mind (especially ones linked psychically), Creepy Twins and people under Mass Hypnosis. It also turns up when reciting Badass Boasts or other well-known texts, where it's intended to show unity, strength in numbers, and discipline. A common enough joke is mixing this with an Expospeak Gag (especially coincidentally).

Comics demonstrate this by drawing a Speech Bubble with two or more tails leading to the speakers.

Taken for granted in musicals, where it happens constantly during Crowd Songs and duets.

Two characters with Belligerent Sexual Tension will sometimes do this and unwittingly demonstrate that they're Not So Different. If another character lampshades this expect them to invoke this trope again as they both shout "We're not dating!"

Also common is the comedic subversion; two characters attempt to do this, but fall out of sync or mess up their lines. Bonus points if they then argue about who was supposed to say what, or about how one isn't sticking to the plan, or if they lampshade that speaking in unison is more trouble than it's worth. This particular variant also can show up with Finishing Each Other's Sentences and similar tropes.

Compare Voice of the Legion, where one character speaks with the voice of many, and I Say What I Say, where two people say the same thing because they're the same person (transplanted in time or from alternate universes). See also Finishing Each Other's Sentences, Finish Dialogue in Unison.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Osomatsu-san combines this with Twin Telepathy and Hive Mind (among the Sextuplets, of course).
  • Isaac and Miria occasionally do this in Baccano!, though a lot of the time it involves Isaac saying something then Miria repeating it for emphasis.
  • Happens frequently for comedic effect in various series where multiple individuals react to something going on; One Piece is a repeat offender in this department.
  • The twins Hikaru and Kaoru in Ouran High School Host Club often will speak in unison.
  • Lampshaded humorously in Death Note's dub, when L suggests a rather... questionably ethical plan for their next move, everyone around him screams "Ryuuzaki!" to which he replies "What? There's no need to shout in unison!"
  • The Sisters in A Certain Magical Index employ a variant. Only one of them speaks at a time, but each sentence is spoken by a new one. In Railgun, they switch off seamlessly mid-sentence.
  • Team Dai-Gurren are fond of doing this, particularly toward the end of the anime when their Hot Blood really gets going.
  • Fine and Rein from Fushigiboshi No Futagohime speak this way often and tend to complete each others sentences.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Fiction 
  • Classical Power :Zhuge Liang and Wu Yong do this.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Apoch and Astreal Ezrana often do this.
  • Sight: Ukitake's zanpakuto, Single-Minded Twins Sougyo no Kotowari speak like this.
  • Battlefield:
    Harry/Lucius: You are the stupidest man I have ever met.
  • In 3 Slytherin Marauders the third year Gryffindor boys say "Ewwwww!" all at once after Draco points out that they've been undressing in front of Peter Pettigrew's Animagus form.
  • In Split Second, there are two timelines that can interact with one another. When the timelines merge together, both versions of a pony will speak in unison until otherwise halted, and even then may start speaking in unison again at a later time without being prompted. There's nothing magical about it; it's just two ponies so close in thought processes that they happen to react exactly the same way at the same time to the same situations.
  • In The Better Man a cornered Peter Pettigrew accuses Sirius and a Dark Mark-free Snape of being accomplices as an act of desperation.
    Sirius/Snape: Me, work for Voldemort?
  • In Riddled Marcus Flint asks if Dumbledore is senile after learning about the Philosopher's Stone incident and everyone at the Slytherin table within earshot says "Yes."
  • In Oh Hell No Hermione asks how you shred your soul to make a Horcrux.
    Harry/Sirius: Cold blooded murder.
  • In Spiral of Trust a Mind Healer holding a group session suggests Obliviating Charity Burbage's son after Draco describes her torture and death in detail in front of the kid.
    Harry/Snape: He's not to be Obliviated!
  • A Certain Holiday Season: Chapter 58:
    Across the world, they shouted together.
    "I don't need a reason to save someone!"
  • In This Gonna Be Good Harriet Potter mentions an alternate-universe male version of herself who was the son of Sirius and Remus.
    Remus/Sirius: But he's my brother?!
  • In Whispers in the Night during a New Year's Eve party Harry dances with Theo and Blaise with Neville, as a joke. Then Tracey wonders how much money it would take for the four to kiss.
    Harry/Blaise: Never going to happen, ladies.
  • Harry Potter and the Quantum Leap:
    • After visiting Hagrid and seeing the dragon egg:
    Harry: Anyway... we need to a way to help Hagrid get rid of an illegal dragon. Who do we know who is devious, evil, twisted, and capable of getting away with murder, mayhem and destruction?
    Hermione/Padma/Susan: Weasleys!
    • Harry and five of his friends are studying for end-of-year finals when Ron asks for "help" which essentially amounts to completing several months of unfinished assignments in his stead.
    Ron: You said you'd help!
    Group: And we said we're not doing it for you!

    Films — Animated 
  • The CG film Ice Age had the dodos chanting "doom on you."
  • The Adelita Twins in The Book of Life. At least when they aren't arguing.
  • Toy Story:
    "You have saved our lives! We are eternally grateful!"
    • In Toy Story 3, during their Love at First Sight encounter, Barbie and Ken finish the sentence "...made for each other." together which they take as a confirmation of that line.
  • In Leafie, a Hen into the Wild, Greenie is bullied by two sets of identical twin ducklings (one pair female and the other pair male). The siblings speak in unison with each other.
  • In The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Ariel finally finds Melody under the sea and both mother and daughter, shocked at each other's forms, exclaim "You're a mermaid?".

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Played for laughs in Airplane!.
    Ted Striker: It's an entirely different kind of flying, altogether!
    Other cast members: [All together] It's an entirely different kind of flying.
  • The 1932 movie Freaks features the chant "One of us." It has embedded itself so deeply in popular culture that many other works use it without even knowing the original reference.
  • The badass version appears in The Boondock Saints.
  • The cheerleaders in Fired Up repeat in unison the dialogues of Bring It On.
  • Whole crowds often do this (like the Anime instance, for comedic effect) in various Mel Brooks films; for instance, "You bet your ass!" in Blazing Saddles and "Bullshit!" in History of the World Part I.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: "Part of the crew... part of the ship. Part of the crew... part of the ship."
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian: YES! WE'RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!note 
  • In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, a nice bit of this with the multiple employees repeating "I love you" to the imaginary bandit.
  • Hot Fuzz: THE GREATER GOOD.
  • In Murder!, the other eleven jurors say "Any answer to that, Sir John?", as they badger Sir John, the last holdout, to change his vote to Guilty.
  • In Unknown (2011), the two Martin Harrises find themselves in a Spot the Imposter situation, start to reiterate private information about Martin Harris, and end up doing so in unison. In the end it makes perfect sense: Both of them are fakes and have rehearsed all the personal facts about Martin Harris in exactly the same way.

    Literature 
  • Alice Through the Looking Glass has Alice boarding a train whose passengers, apart from Alice herself and the character she was conversing with, all keep remarking on the subject of the conversation in unison (and, at one point, thinking in unison).
  • In the Warrior Cats series, StarClan is described as sounding like every cat Firestar has ever known, all speaking at once in one clear voice.
  • Spore of Galaxy of Fear takes people over and has them speak this way.
  • In John W. Campbell's story "The Brain Stealers of Mars", Ted Penton and Rod Blake encounter shapeshifting aliens who impersonate them, and they have to spot the imposters. Because the aliens can read minds, they can flawlessly imitate what Penton or Blake would say, and it's not long before all twelve Pentons start speaking and acting in unison. (Blake, on the other hand, is more uncertain, and the Blakes argue with and contradict one another despite all having access to the same mind.)
  • One Harry Potter book has Harry and his friends encounter the Weasley twins at the Owlery and do three sentences two at a time.
    Ron and Fred: What're you doing here?
    Harry and George: Sending a letter.
    Hermione and Fred: What, at this time?
  • The Tenets of Futilism features two cults, Futilism and the Disciples of Waxing. Members of both have a tendency to talk in unison.
  • Second Apocalypse:
    • During the first apocalypse, Mog-Pharau, the No-God, appeared as a black whirlwind and spoke through the voices of an enormous host of sranc. Achamian witnesses through the memories of Seswatha one million throats all demanding as one, "WHAT DO YOU SEE? I MUST KNOW WHAT YOU SEE. TELL ME. WHAT AM I?"
    • When the Skin Eaters are in Cil-Aujas, the undead king of the Nonman mansion appears and speaks through the throats of two unconscious members of the party.
  • Late in Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure, the residents of Finch are viewing a display cabinet in the village hall. Peggy Taxman had been persuaded to donate an antique cabinet to house the items the villagers found with Mr. Hobson's metal detector, but in the end that cabinet was literally falling apart. The vicar's wife says, "I never thought I'd say it, but thank God for woodworm," and extols the modern virtues of the newly-purchased replacement. In response, Bill and Lori chorus, "Thank God for woodworm."
  • In Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who Painted Like Mondrian Bernie decides that he needs a fake Mondrian to use in his scheme to steal a real one. He and Carolyn wonder where they can locate a trustworthy artist capable of forging it.
    Bernie/Carolyn: Denise.

    Live Action TV 
  • Star Trek: Quoth the franchise's famous Hive Mind bad guys: "WE ARE THE BORG. YOU WILL BE ASSIMILATED. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE."
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? has a whole game involving this, aptly titled All In One Voice.
  • Torchwood:
    • We! Are! Coming! Coupled with Evil Sounds Deep, as some of the children's voices have an unnaturally-low pitch.
    • "We want a pony."
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Ood do this in the two-parter "The Impossible Planet" and "The Satan Pit", while possessed by Satan (or whatever it was), complete with glowing red Mind-Control Eyes.
    • Also the monster in "Midnight", which possesses a woman, starts repeating everything the other characters say, catches up and speaks in unison with them for the bulk of the episode, before eventually picking only the Doctor and forcing him to repeat after her, giving the impression that he's now the monster and goading the other characters to kill him.
    • The Doctor meets the Ood again, this time accompanied by Donna Noble, and they encounter a number of Ood in a shipping container. At first, just one Ood responds to them verbally, but when they ask what "the circle" is:
      All of the Ood: The circle must be broken.
      Donna: Oh, that's creepy.
      Doctor: What is it? What is the circle?
      All of the Ood: The circle must be broken.
      Doctor: Why?
      All of the Ood: So that we can sing!
    • The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors accidentally do this a few times in "The Day of the Doctor". Justified in that they're two incarnations of the same person.
      Clara: Who are you talking to?
      Ten and Eleven: Myself!
      (they grin at eachother, looking very pleased with themselves)
  • Most often Played for Laughs in Murdoch Mysteries, though a notable serious example comes in "Crime and Punishment" when Dr. Grace raises the possibility that Dr. Ogden may have shot her estranged husband. Murdoch, Brackenreid and Crabtree all reject the idea in unison and quite loudly.
  • In The Twilight Zone episode "The Obsolete Man," a man condemned to death for holding an outlawed vocation (librarian) and prohibited beliefs (religion) is met with the chant "Obsolete!" at his sentencing; in the end, so is the judge who sentenced him.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers have its heroes doing this a lot. In Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle, about half of Luka and Moune's lines in the film are spoken in perfect unison. It's a combination of Not So Different and (when they're fighting early on) a verbal form of Perfectly Symmetrical Violence.
  • Subverted on one occasion on the Japanese game show Dasshutsu Game DERO!—after a team of 4 players was presented with a multiple choice question with 4 choices, the team leader suggested that everyone should, on his mark, say the answer they think is correct at the same time (so as to avoid having the first person to speak influence everyone else). At the exact same time, all 4 members each said a different answer. The show had to add simultaneous subtitles for all 4 members in post-production.
  • Babylon 5 has John Sheridan and Susan Ivanova do this on occasion. In their case, it's a demonstration of the fact that the two are old and close friends.
  • Supernatural: In the episode "Mystery Spot" (S03, E11), Sam is trying to convince Dean that he's stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, leading to this Crowning Moment of Funny:
    Dean: You don't know everything.
    Sam: Yeah, I do.
    Dean & Sam: Yeah, right. [beat] Nice guess.
    Sam: It wasn't a guess.
    Dean & Sam: Right, you're a mind reader.
    Dean & Sam: Cut it out, Sam!
    Dean & Sam: Sam!
    Dean & Sam: You think you're being funny, but you're being really, really childish!
    Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester wears makeup!
    Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester cries his way through sex!
    Dean & Sam: Sam Winchester keeps a ruler by the bed and every morning when he wakes up...okay, enough!
    • This trope is something they do on occasion just as a result of being brothers. It started in the pilot.
  • iCarly in the episode "What?! Why?". This happens twice between Sam and Freddy. The first time resulted in a random double slap between the two of them, the second time Sam simply said, "Dude, we gotta stop doing that."
  • Frequently comes up in classroom scenes of older television shows such as Leave It to Beaver. The teacher says, "Good morning, class," and the students chorus back in unison, "Good morning, Mrs. Canfield." Formerly Truth in Television, but now rare in Real Life.
  • Kaamelott: Arthur and Leodagan end up doing this when chewing out Guenievre and Seli for picknicking in the middle of a Crop Circle.

    Radio 
  • The trademark of Bob & Ray's characters the McBeeBee Twins was to always say the same thing just slightly out of sync with each other, creating an echo effect.

    Theatre 
  • Lampshaded in The Importance of Being Earnest. To show their solidarity, Gwendolen and Cecily decide to voice their displeasure with their fiancés in unison. Gwendolen even keeps time with her finger to make sure that they stay in sync with each other. Then Jack and Algernon reply in perfect unison, completely unrehearsed.
  • In The Pirates of Penzance, the policemen chant in monotone during their conversation with Mabel after Frederick's Face–Heel Turn.

    Video Games 
  • The Japanese audio for Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories comically subverts this with the Prism Rangers' battle cry, where all 7 of them shout the same cry but completely out of sync. Prism Orange in particular finishes about half a second after everyone else.
  • Rose's twin daughters in Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst and Escape from Ravenhearst speak in unison. Justified in that the twins are played by a single person, duplicated in post-production.
  • A brief moment in Saints Row 2:
    Aisha: And that can't wait until after dinner?
    The Protagonist and Johnny Gat: No.
  • When Ragna and Hazama face off at the end of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, they both active their Azure Grimoires, resulting in them speaking their Invocations in unison.
    Ragna and Hazama: Restriction 666 released! Dimensional interface forcefield deployed! ... 'BlazBlue', ACTIVATE!!
  • Delicious:
    • In Delicious 4: Emily's Taste of Fame Emily receives a call from her future boss (Ludwig) and her current boss (Charles) insists that she get off the phone. When Ludwig yells at her for not paying attention she comments that the two of them would really like each other.
    Charles/Ludwig: I HEARD THAT!
    • In Delicious 10: Emily's New Beginning Emily complains that all her carolers are sick with flu.
    Evelyn/Brigid: I could sing!
    Evelyn/Brigid: You sing?
    • In Delicious 11: Emily's Home Sweet Home Emily is working at Happy Funtime Land while Patrick is trying to obtain petition signatures to save their house.
    Emily/Patrick: I had the WORST day!

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Image from Terror Island.
  • Emily and Pierrot in this page of Spacetrawler.
  • In Erfworld, Charlie's Angels stewardesses flight attendants Archons, in a fight.
  • In these strips of Loserz.
  • In Plume, Corrick and Magnus have the same reaction to their charge cursing alound. In the middle of a heavy gunfight, no less.
    Vesper, watch your mouth.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Gil and Tarvek both end up finishing each other's sentences and speaking in unison when they're both in The Madness Place and working towards the same goal, especially after they're synced to try and save Tarvek's life. At one point in Castle Heterodyne they start speaking in unison even though they're each talking about a different occasion:
      Gil & Tarvek: I though you were dead! After losing you like that once, I'm going to make sure you're safe if it's the last thing I do!
    • One of Captain Hawkins' crew and the Smoke Knight she's fighting say "Oooh - You are so lucky" to each other in unison when Hawkins calls a truce upon realizing they've got a bigger concern than the Smoke Knights incoming fast.
  • Dota 2 comic The Last Castle: Mogul(Axe) fights in a castle and meets the unstoppable Zongom warriors. After their introduction speech his bard Goodkind makes a note of Mogul's rare hesitation. But he denies it and says he was just weirded out by them speaking all at once. Trying to imagine them rehearsing the speech in advance.

    Web Video 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: After Goku decides to surrender instead of fighting Cell despite not being particularly wounded, both Cell and Vegeta yell at him in unison, realize what they're doing, and add that to their grievances.
    Vegeta/Cell: Every word you just spoke has made me violently angry! Oh great, now I'm agreeing with Cell/Vegeta! Look what you made me do!

    Western Animation 
  • Mass Hypnosis example from The Simpsons: "You are watching FOX!" "We are watching FOX."
    • Another Mass Hypnosis example from the Simpsons, 8F13, "Homer at the Bat" (parodying The Natural):
      Hypnotist: You are all very good players.
      Team: We are all very good players.
      Hypnotist: You will beat Shelbyville.
      Team: We will beat Shelbyville.
      Hypnotist: You will give 110 percent.
      Team: That's impossible. No one can give more than 100 percent. By definition, that is the most anyone can give.
    • "Don't push your luck! Don't push your luck!"
    • "Someone else, someone else!" "I'm someone else!" "Hey he's right!"
    • After Lisa convinces the town to recycle in "The Old Man and The Lisa" only to stop them later on as they're helping Mr. Burns.
    Townspeople: Stop. You can't mix plastic with paper!
  • Phineas and Ferb: Dr.Doof's Hypno Fools talk like this.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: The Aesop of one episode is, "Do not believe everything that you see on TV". Realizing that they are in a TV show, the characters quickly switch to chanting the opposite in a brainwashed voice.
  • The Delightful Children from Down the Lane from Codename: Kids Next Door take this to the extreme. In addition to speaking and even moving in perfect unison, they are also always bunched up together in the exact same positions all the time. On a very rare occasion, they will even say "I" instead of "we". The only noted cases of them not speaking in unison is when Lenny temporarily left the group to spy on Sector V, and when they are terrified out of their minds by Father berating them. They were brainwashed into being the way they are, though; not only that, but the brainwashing process was fantastically intensified due to a lab accident.
    • Their Mirror Universe counterparts, The Little Traitor Dudes For Children's Defense, behave in the exact same manner except that they speak in surfer accents instead of monotones.
    • And the children they had delightfulized in Operation DATE also speak in unision, but they can only say "JOIN US!!!!"
  • The Twins in Superjail! do this most of the time.
  • Home Movies:
    Mr. Lynch: Who are we going to beat?
    Class: The fourth graders.
    Mr. Lynch: That's good, and it's good to speak in unison. What are we speaking in?
    Class: Unison.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    Spike: That sounded like the worst night ever.
    Twilight and Friends: It WAS! *laughs*
    • And in The Last Roundup, Applejack has just driven her stagecoach past a train, just barely beating it.
      Coach pullers: Lady, you're trouble. *exeunt*
  • Scooby-Doo shows are fond of this formula:
    Mystery Inc. captures the Monster of the Week, followed by a Dramatic Unmask.
    All: *GASP* Name of the villain!
    • At least once the gang interrupts the bad guy to say "Us meddling kids" with good-humored eye-rolls.
  • On Family Guy, when Lois tells the family that it's time for spring cleaning.
  • In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Strings", the Puppet Master has the people he brainwashed do this to taunt Susan, Johnny, and Ben.
  • The Hector Heathcote Show had an episode titled "Pig In A Poke," where he and his dog Winston are to meet Lewis and Clark and assist in facilitating the Louisiana Purchase. The real Lewis and Clark (whom the evil Benedict and his stooge who posed as in an attempt to thwart the Purchase) show up, and they both speak in unison.
  • Played with in Adventure Time in the episode "Wizard" with Boofo, a wizard who are/is nine tadpoles residing in the necksac of a toad. The trope is played straight through the remainder of the episode but for Boofo's introduction...
    (Leonard, one of Boofo's number is one second delayed from the group)
    Boofo: So, you wish to be inducted into the ancient order of...
    Singular Unnamed Tadpole: DANG IT LEONARD! If we don't talk at the same time nobody can understand us!
    Leonard: Sorry, yeesh...
  • Happens a lot in Kim Possible. Afterwards, someone usually calls "Jynx!", mostly Kim.
  • In Danny Phantom, Danny and Sam often have a moment where they not only speak in unison, but act the same way as well.
  • In Total Drama World Tour, the third season of the Total Drama series, Heather and Alejandro started doing this during the episode "African Lying Safari," much to the amusement of the Chris and Duncan as it only reaffirmed the belief that the two were meant for each other.
  • Played for laughs in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Night of the Huntress", when Helena Bertinelli and Jaime Reyes see a news story about a prison break and simultaneously say "I have to go to the bathroom" as an excuse to break away and get into costume.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Li and Lo, the Fire Nation Creepy Twins, make a habit of this.
  • Some episodes have The Lyoko Warriors say a phrase, answer, or a sentence together. One example: in Season 3's "Straight to Heart:"
    Ulrich: Jim wants to start up a basketball team this year. Seems he played pro-ball...
    Yumi, Ulrich, Jeremie, and Aelita: (all together) But he would rather not talk about it.
  • While DuckTales (2017) usually averts this, giving the triplets individual personalities, they do indulge in this in "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!":
    Huey, Dewey, & Louie: Ha, no way! We're all unique snowflakes... Well, this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! (beat) Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! GAH!
  • Reflector in The Transformers is comprised of three different robots (or possibly one robot with three bodies). They always speak in perfect unison in a Creepy Monotone.

    Real Life 
  • Any time you have a large crowd reciting a well-known text: In church, with prayers; any time Americans swear the Pledge of Allegiance; the national anthem of any country; rock concerts, war cries, etc.
  • Game of Thrones is making one of these of the Oath of the Night's Watch as promo for the Season 2 DVD set. You can add your voice here

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