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NWA Leader: It's all for the greater good!
NWA members: [all together] The greater good.
Sgt Nicholas Angel: [incredulous] How can this be for the greater good?
NWA members: [all together] The greater good.
Sgt Nicholas Angel: SHUT IT!
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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 a well-known text like a Badass Creed or In the Name of the Moon speech, 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!"

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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, and Repeat After Me.


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    Advertising 
  • Speaking in unison is used in many, many Filipino TV or online commercials, particularly when showbiz loveteams are the endorsers. Kids are also recorded speaking or singing in unison in ads for kid-friendly products (usually processed and junk food).
  • In the Pace Picante Sauce commercials, the crowd/other characters will do this when one character reveals that the "leading brand" picante sauce they've been using was made in New York City.note 
    "NEW YORK CITY?!"note 

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
  • 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 A Certain Scientific Railgun, they switch off seamlessly mid-sentence.
  • 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!"
  • In D.Gray-Man the twins Devit and Jasdero speak simultaneously all the time.
  • 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.
  • Osomatsu-san combines this with Twin Telepathy and Hive Mind (among the Sextuplets, of course).
  • The twins Hikaru and Kaoru in Ouran High School Host Club often will speak in unison.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: 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 Twin Princess of Wonder Planet speak this way often and tend to complete each others sentences.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light, Kaiba's obsession with defeating Yugi gets him slowly possessed by Anubis just as he draws near to finishing Yugi off, speaking in unison as Anubis' control grows.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • 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.
  • Battlefield:
    Harry/Lucius: You are the stupidest man I have ever met.
  • 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 Birthday Breakfast, a fanfic of The Loud House, the twins say, "Good morning" in unison, then later, they say at once "Sure!" when told to eat their breakfast.
  • A Certain Holiday Season: Chapter 58:
    Across the world, they shouted together.
    "I don't need a reason to save someone!"
  • In The Difference a Good Solicitor Makes Hermione butts into Harry and Neville's conversation and criticizes their opinions.
    Harry: Is she always like that?
    Every Gryffindor first-year: YES!
  • 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!
  • In Oh Hell No Hermione asks how you shred your soul to make a Horcrux.
    Harry/Sirius: Cold blooded murder.
  • 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 amounts to completing several months of unfinished assignments in his stead.
      Ron: You said you'd help!
      Study group: And we said we're not doing it for you!
  • Lincoln's Memories:
    • "Horsey Ride" ends with Lincoln Loud and his older sisters cheering in unison because Pop-Pop gave them ice cream.
    • In "'Tis the Season to Be Loud", Lincoln and his older sisters say, "Yeah!" in unison when asked if they want to go to Candy Cane Palace.
    • In "Nighty Night, Lisa", Lincoln and Rita say the eponymous phrase in unison.
    • In "Lincoln's Sixth Birthday", Lincoln's family except the twins wish him happy birthday in unison.
    • In "Lincoln Chases the Rainbow", Lincoln and his family say, "Wow!", in unison, except for Lucy.
  • 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."
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness: Apoch and Astreal Ezrana often do this.
  • Sight: Ukitake's zanpakuto, Single-Minded Twins Sougyo no Kotowari speak like this.
  • 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!
  • 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 Friends fic "The One With the Butterfly Effect", Chandler and Monica by sheer chance proclaim that they're in love with the other at the same time when circumstances drive them both into the hall between their apartments (Chandler was trying to stop Kathy's attempts to seduce him and Monica was trying to explain to the others why Chandler can't have sex with Kathy).
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin:
    • Aladdin wonders what it would be like to live in a palace instead of on the streets, but Jasmine thinks it's not that great, leading to this exchange:
      Aladdin: It's better than here. You're always scraping for food and ducking the guards.
      Jasmine: You're not free to make your own choices.
      Aladdin: Sometimes you feel so...
      Jasmine: You're just...
      Aladdin and Jasmine: ...trapped.
    • Moments later, the aforementioned guards catch up with them:
      Aladdin and Jasmine: They're after me!
      [they look at each other]
      Aladdin and Jasmine: They're after you?!
  • The Adelita Twins in The Book of Life. At least when they aren't arguing.
  • In Frozen, on the day of Elsa's coronation, she and Anna catch a scent in the air and wonder what it is. The royal sisters then take a deeper whiff of the scent and are amazed at what it is...
    Elsa and Anna: [hushed] Chocolate...!
  • The CG film Ice Age had the dodos chanting "doom on you."
  • In The Incredibles, Bob and Helen both say "I love you" to each other at the same time while taking out Syndrome's mooks.
  • A variation occurs briefly in Inside Out: as Riley heads off to school and says goodbye to her parents, they affectionately call her "monkey" as they say goodbye. In response, Riley acts like a monkey briefly, making chattering noises and all, and her parents join in acting like monkeys as well. (As this happens, inside Riley's mind, Goofball Island is lit up.)
  • 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?"
  • In Pinocchio, when Pinocchio realizes he's been lying to the Blue Fairy, he and Jiminy Cricket both implore her to give Pinocchio another chance.
    Blue Fairy: I'll forgive you this once, but remember: a boy who won't be good, might just as well be made of wood.
    Pinocchio and Jiminy: We'll be good, won't we?
  • In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Dwarfs have a habit of doing this, particularly when they are in agreement on anything (which happens a lot).
  • Toy Story:
    • The Little Green Men from Toy Story 2.
      "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.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Crucible, just before they are hanged, John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey all recite the Lord's Prayer as one.
  • The cheerleaders in Fired Up repeat in unison the dialogues of Bring It On.
  • 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.
  • 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. It's repeated multiple times by the villains as justification for their wanton murdering of anyone who disrupts Sanford's façade as the perfectly quaint and rustic model village. Eventually, Sgt Angel has had enough of hearing it and orders them to shut up before trying to arrest them.
    NWA Leader: It's all for the greater good!
    NWA members: [all together] The greater good.
    Sgt Nicholas Angel: [incredulous] How can this be for the greater good?
    NWA members: [all together] The greater good.
    Sgt Nicholas Angel: SHUT IT!
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian: YES! WE'RE ALL INDIVIDUALS!note 
  • 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.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: "Part of the ship... part of the crew. Part of the ship... part of the crew."
  • In Unknown, 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 
  • Nancy Atherton's Aunt Dimity: 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."
  • Isaac Asimov and Janet Asimov's Norby's Other Secret: When Norby starts to get confused on how to describe when they are in chapter 8, Jeff and Fargo announce they understand what he means to say in unison.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass: Alice is 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).
  • Harry Potter: Fred and George often choose between saying the same thing at the same time, or taking turns with the conversation. One instance has the Weasley twins speaking in unison with the heroic trio when the two groups encounter each other at the Owlery late at night, managing three sentences in a row.
    Ron and Fred: What're you doing here?
    Harry and George: Sending a letter.
    Hermione and Fred: What, at this time?
  • 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.
  • Star Wars Legends: Spore of Galaxy of Fear takes people over and has them speak this way.
  • The Tenets of Futilism features two cults, Futilism and the Disciples of Waxing. Members of both have a tendency to talk 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.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor From Episode 3, along with Hand Gagging, to prevent Bianca from saying something that would get them in a fight, after she inquired about Rosina and Rosalind's similar names:
    Why do you ask?
    "No reason!" Flora and Gwen shouted in unison, their fingers firmly engaged around the witch's face.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • This happens several times on The Big Bang Theory:
    • In "The Countdown Reflection", at Howard and Bernadette's wedding, the rest of the Big Bang gang (Sheldon, Leonard, Amy, Penny and Raj) all perform the ceremony as newly-ordained ministers. After Howard and Bernadette exchange their vows, the rest of the gang all speak up as one...
      Newly-ordained ministers: By the power invested in us by the state of California...
      Sheldon: [cutting in quickly] ...and the Klingon High Council...
      Ministers: ...we now pronounce you husband and wife!
    • In "The Love Spell Potential", there's this opening scene, as Penny, Amy and Bernadette all head off in a taxi for Las Vegas, while the guys all stay behind to play Dungeons & Dragons:
      Girls: [chanting] Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!
      Guys: [chanting] The Dungeon of Mofooskay-Heeko! The Dungeon of Mofooskay-Heeko! The Dungeon of Mofooskay-Heeko!
  • Happens in Blackadder, in the episode "Money" in series 2:
    Percy: By lucky hap, it is just over a thousand methinks, and has been hidden for years beyond the wit of any thief in an old sock...
    Percy and Blackadder: ... under the squeaky floorboard...
    Percy, Blackadder and Baldrick: ... behind the kitchen dresser.
    Percy: You've seen it?
    Blackadder: Seen it, pinched it, spent it.
  • A recurring bit on The Daily Show, where they point out the effect of mandated reporting being distributed to local news companies. They either do a montage of half a dozen news anchors reading the same lines or, on occassion, a tiled view of dozens reading in synch. The effect is remarkably creepy.
  • 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Impossible Planet"/"The Satan Pit": The Ood do this while possessed by Satan (or whatever it was), complete with glowing red Mind-Control Eyes.
    • "Planet of the Ood": 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.
      The Doctor: What is it? What is the circle?
      All of the Ood: The circle must be broken.
      The Doctor: Why?
      All of the Ood: So that we can sing!
    • "Midnight": The monster 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 Girl Who Waited": When Amy and her jaded future self end up in the same timestream, they start doing this, though not always perfectly in sync. Rory tries to suggest that "Amy 1" speak first.
      Both Amys: Which one's Amy 1?
      Rory: Well —
      Both Amys: I am. No, I am. Rory! Rory, just stop doing that —
    • 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 each other, looking very pleased with themselves]
    • "Fugitive of the Judoon": After Ruth Clayton reveals herself as a version of the Doctor, she and Thirteen do this when Thirteen reveals she is also the Doctor, and both of them react in disbelief. They take this as evidence that they must be the same person, despite neither of them ever remembering being the other.
  • iCarly:
    • In "What?! Why?", This happens twice between Sam and Freddie. 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."
    • Also played straight in the two-part episode "iStill Psycho", in which the unison being spoken channels a certain quote from The Shining: Nora and her parents continuously repeating to the iCarly gang after making it clear that they were keeping them there for Nora's birthday party that they would be staying, "forever... and ever... and ever... and ever... and ever..." in a creepy, monotonic unison. Adding to the creepy factor, they join in, one by one, with Nora's father speaking first, then Nora joining him, and finally her mother coming out to join them.
    • At the end of the same episode, this comes back as an Ironic Echo: after the iCarly gang gets saved, Nora comes to from being knocked out in the struggle and asks what's happening, to which Carly, Sam and Freddie all take this moment to tell her, in the same creepy, monotonic unison as Nora and her parents, that she and her parents are going to prison, "forever... and ever... and ever... and ever..."
      Nora: And ever?
      Carly, Sam and Freddie: Yes.
  • Kaamelott: Arthur and Léodagan end up doing this when chewing out Guenièvre and Séli for picknicking in the middle of a Crop Circle.
  • Little Britain: In series 1, motormouth "No but yeah" Vicky Pollard and one-off character Jackie Hayes are simultaneously gabbling to the governor of Borstal, suddenly finishing with a unison "Don't listen to her because she's gone all lezzy".
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happens in NCIS when McGee and Ziva accompany Gibbs to his hometown of Stillwater, Pennsylvania, and meet Gibbs' father for the first time. The team had already been surprised by the fact that Gibbs had parents, rather than just coming into being as a Silver Fox, and this exchange occurs when they call back to HQ:
    McGee and Ziva: GIBBS HAS A FATHER!
    Tony and Abby: TELL ME EVERYTHING!
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "The Grid", the computer takes over two young boys and speaks through them simultaneously.
  • Star Trek
    • The Borg are a collective of cyborgs whose minds are all linked together into a single Hive Mind. So whenever they speak over comms or through an announcement system, they speak as one in a chorus of voices. This does not extend to speaking aloud, though; if any individual drone speaks, it is only their voice that's heard, and none of the other drones speak in unison with them.
  • Star Trek: Picard: In "Maps and Legends", a dozen android workers at the Utopia Planitia Shipyards simultaneously greet their human supervisor with "Good morning, Mr. Pincus."
  • Supernatural:
    • This trope is something the Winchesters do on occasion just as a result of being brothers. It started in the pilot.
    • In the episode "Mystery Spot", Sam is trying to convince Dean that he's stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, leading to this:
      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!
  • 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.
  • Torchwood: Children of Earth:
    • We! Are! Coming! Coupled with Evil Sounds Deep, as some of the children's voices have an unnaturally-low pitch.
    • "We want a pony."
  • 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.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway? has a whole game involving this, aptly titled All In One Voice.
  • In one episode of Blossom, appropriately titled "You Did What?", when their father, Nick, tells them he sold his piano to assuage financial difficulties, Blossom, Joey and Tony all ask him the titular question in this way in a shocked manner, since they know the piano is a part of his life.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Some passages in The Bible come across as this, due to the style in which it is written. Notable is the crowd responding to the apostles speaking in tongues, in which an entire crowd, all with different first languages, all manage to recite a long list of their nationalities as one. As this is not remarked upon, it's evident that this is a stylistic representation of a big messy conversation for clarity's sake. The Monty Python's Life of Brian example above may be a reference to this.

    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 
  • In The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals the alien spores have a Hive Mind and cause everyone to perform musical numbers, but apparently has trouble doing it outside this context. When three of the assimilated speak to Paul instead of singing at him they mess up, don't say the same word, and have to harmonize with each other to get back in sync.
    We have traveled across seas of stars, bending/conquering... bending/conquering... wait what are we saying? We all have to say the same thing. Let's get on the same page.
  • 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 
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Mortal Kombat: The elder gods speak in unison when they tell Raiden they are unable to intervene against Shao Kahn's invasion of Earthrealm in this installment's Story Mode.
  • A brief moment in Saints Row 2:
    Aisha: And that can't wait until after dinner?
    The Protagonist and Johnny Gat: No.
  • In Highway Blossoms, a Running Gag has Amber and Mariah, two people who can't stand each other, repeatedly saying the same thing at the same time.
  • Late in Heart of the Woods, after Madison comes back to life and meets up with Tara for the first time since her death, the moment Tara and Madison are alone, they both blurt out, "I'M SORRY!" together, finally ending a long feud caused by Madison deciding to quit Taranormal.
  • This Starry Midnight We Make: After the third quest for her, learning about Yi Xinghua's missing brother, Yi Xingli:
    Hamomoru & Shingoh: *gasp!*

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • On the miniseries Teen Girl Squad, this happens as the titular characters habitually say, "SO GOOD!"
    • In one episode, The Ugly One invites her friends to her sweet someteenth birthday party. They are reluctant to go at first, until they learn...
      The Ugly One: It's a boy/girl party.
      Cheerleader and So and So: (both looking crazed) A B'GRL PRTY?!?
      What's Her Face: Taking the vowels out of words doesn't always make them cool.
      So and So: 'm srry.
  • The Champions (2018): When Dejan Lovren stumbles across Liverpool's secret cloning laboratory full of Virgil Van Dijk clones, he's confronted by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, who speak in unison in a Creepy Monotone, telling him he shouldn't be there because he was transferred. Later on, when he goes back to get evidence to show his Zenit teammates, they tell him that the clone he took doesn't belong to him. Lovren threatens to expose them, to which they respond "You shouldn't have said that, now we can't let you leave. Flank him." All the Virgil Van Dijk clones are activated and along with Alexander-Arnold and Roberson surround Lovren while saying in unison, "You'll never walk alone", monotonously and repetitively.
  • The Most Popular Girls in School: Thanks to Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, Brittnay and Mackenzie do this whenever they're both pissed enough at somebody (not at each other). The Trishas also do this often, albeit much cheerier.

    Web Comics 
  • In Erfworld, Charlie's Angels stewardesses flight attendants... ahem... Archons, in a fight.
  • 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.
    • In Master Payne's new Heterodyne play, the actors for Gil and Tarvek tend to speak simultaneously. After watching it, the real Gil and Tarvek catch themselves doing the same ("I need... a drink."), to their dismay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Corrick and Magnus: Vesper, watch your mouth.
  • Emily and Pierrot in this page of Spacetrawler.
  • Unity from Terror Island is prone to two or more of their components speaking at once.
  • Sequential Art features the Think Tank, four squirrel girls who apart are ditzy and excitable, but when together in the same room can synchronize their thoughts into a bio-supercomputer. As a side effect, they often speak in unison when this happens, especially when there's exposition to be had.
  • Strange School: From ">Be pulled in front of the class", when the entire class of what seem to be basically identical students, greet "Error":
Ms. Board: Alright kids, settle down! We have a new student today!
Entire Class: IT IS NICE TO MEET YOU.
Pink Girl: (Why..they all look…oh god)
Ms. Board: I guess I’ll address the obvious, she’s a bit…. different!
Pink Girl: (Please let go of my arm)
Ms. Board: But we should all love our factory error classmate all the same, right, kids?
Entire Class: WE LOVE YOU, ERROR!

    Web Videos 
  • This sketch by Ryan Long uses the trope several times to illustrate perceived similarities in the beliefs of white supremacists and "woke" anti-racist progressives.
  • In the Smosh video "STOP COPYING ME!", Ian and Anthony have spent so much time together that they both wind up saying the same things in unison. While amused and a little creeped out at first, they then spend the rest of the video trying and failing to break the chain. They try having the other talk first, then they try saying nonsense words, they even try texting nonsense words to no avail. Eventually their efforts ends with Anthony accidentally killing Ian, Sgt. Anoose breaking in to arrest him only to wind up trapped in the same unison-speak with Anthony. This also extends to the video's ending narrators.

    Western Animation 
  • 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...
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Li and Lo, the Fire Nation Creepy Twins, make a habit of this.
    • Aang also does this while under the Avatar State in the final episode, speaking in unison with all the other Avatars of the past to condemn Firelord Ozai for his crimes.
  • 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 the Bob's Burgers episode "Ambergris", when Gene, Louise and Tina first discover a chunk of whale excrement, they all take a whiff of the stuff and alternately exclaim "Gross!" and "Great!" with each sniff.
  • Some episodes of Code Lyoko have the group 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, Jérémie, and Aelita: [all together] But he would rather not talk about it.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The Delightful Children from Down the Lane 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 very rare occasions, 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: D.A.T.E." also speak in unison, but they can only say "JOIN US!!!!"
    • Also, the Interesting Twins from Beneath the Mountain have a habit of doing this when they aren't Finishing Each Other's Sentences.
  • In Danny Phantom, Danny and Sam often have a moment where they not only speak in unison, but act the same way as well.
  • While DuckTales (2017) usually averts this, giving the triplets individual personalities, they do indulge in this in "The Beagle Birthday Massacre!":
    Lena: That's cute, with the names and the color-coded outfits... is that your thing, you're all exactly the same?
    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!
  • On Family Guy, this happens 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.
  • 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.
  • In Infinity Train, One-One's unusual obsession to "fix" the broken world in "The Unfinished Car" is so different from normal that Tulip is eventually disturbed. This is particularly noticeable when his two personalities speak in unison, something they've never done before.
  • Happens a lot in Kim Possible. Afterwards, someone usually calls "Jynx!", mostly Kim.
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Bewitched Bunny", Bugs Bunny manages to alert Hansel and Gretel to the fact that the nice old lady feeding them sweets is a witch (Witch Hazel) who plans on eating them for dinner. They run off, but not before delivering the witch this parting shot...
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • "The Best Night Ever":
      Spike: That sounds like the worst night ever.
      Twilight and Friends: It WAS! [laughter]
    • In "The Last Roundup", Applejack has just driven her stagecoach past a train, just barely beating it.
      Coach pullers: Lady, you're trouble. [exeunt]
    • Also, in "Fall Weather Friends", Applejack and Rainbow Dashnote  become so extremely competitive with each other that they both end up tied...
      Applejack and Rainbow Dash: Tied?!
      [...for last]
      Applejack: Last?
      Rainbow Dash: Then who won?
      [they see Twilight Sparkle at the finish line]
      Applejack and Rainbow Dash: You?!
    • At the end of "Parental Glideance", Scootaloo gives her class report on Rainbow Dash and receives a passing grade for it. In response, Rainbow Dash and her parents appear at the school window and cheer for Scootaloo by chanting her name in unison, which frustrates the teacher, Miss Cheerilee.
      Cheerilee: Keep it down! This is not a rock-n-roll concert! Please!
  • This was used on occasion in some Peanuts specials. One of the most iconic is the iconic ending to A Charlie Brown Christmas...
    Peanuts gang: MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!
  • 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 Clams from Salty's Lighthouse almost always speak this way.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • All 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!
      Villain: Yes, it's me! And I would have gotten away with it, if it weren't for those meddling kids!
    • At least once the gang interrupts the bad guy to say "Us meddling kids" with good-humored eye-rolls.
    • Throughout A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Daphne insists that she doesn't believe in monsters, and neither do her parents, as the three of them all loudly declare together in one episode. For good measure, as mother, father and daughter speak together, their mouths all become enormous briefly. At the end of that same episode, when they hear of the idea of a pretzel-and-whipped-cream pizza, Daphne and her parents are all visibly grossed out and exclaim, again together as one, "Eww! Gross!" (As if to complete this unison (although it was probably just coincidence), whereas Daphne's parents wore different clothes and had different hair colors than their daughter in a different episode, in this episode, they wear the same color (pinkish) and have the same hair color (red) as her.)
  • The Simpsons:
    • Mass Hypnosis example: "You are watching FOX!" "We are watching FOX."
    • Another Mass Hypnosis from "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!
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • In the opening of an episode, Marco and his parents all wish Star a happy 47th day on Earth as one.
    • After Star and Marco dance under the blood moon, they have a conversation where they suddenly say the same thing in unison, then point out how weird it was... in unison. This continues until they get so startled that they back away and Star defensively pulls out her wand, but the tense moment ends when they both start laughing.
  • The Twins in Superjail! do this most of the time.
  • In the Tex Avery short "Who Killed Who?", when the detective pushes a button that brings up potential murder suspects, the murder victim's butler, maid and chauffeur appear, and they all respond in unison when the detective interrogates them.
    Detective: Which one of you bumped off the old man?! Whodunit?!
    Suspects: Awwwwww, wouldn't you like to know!
  • In Total Drama World Tour, 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.
  • 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.
  • Played for Drama and Played for Laughs at various points in Wander over Yonder, often to highlight unlikely similarities between the good and bad guys. A variation occurs throughout "The Rival," in which Lord Hater and Commander Peepers each are concerned about different, directly opposing outcomes to a situation and take everything that happens as evidence toward their respective conclusions:
    Hater and Peepers: This confirms my worst fears! Wait, what?!

    Real Life 
  • Any time you have a large crowd reciting a well-known text: In church, with prayers; 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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