Forrr added emphasis in yourrr worrrds, speak with rrrolling R's to show yourrr contrrrol overrr yourrr dominion.
Usually the Hammy Evil Overlorrrd will constantly rrroll his tongue. Forrreign People will also speak like this. In some cases justified, as in severrral languages / dialects the R is prrronounced like this (Rrrussian, Italian, Dutch, Afrrrrikaans, most nordic countries, some Gerrrman and Trrransylvanian dialects, Scots, and some Spanish words), otherrr than in English. Also frrrequently employed when the speakerrr is rrrelated to felines in some way, imitating a cat's purrrring.
- "Rrrruffles have rrridges". You prrrobably have to be of a certain age to rrrremember that ad campaign.
- The Tim Horrrton's Donut/Coffee shop in Canada occasionaly has a contest called "Rrrrolll up the rrrim to win." Bonus points for those who can rrroll the R's.
- Rrrrolling Wrrrrriter!
- There was a great Taco Bell commercial where these two lions were talking about the latest roast beef burrito. The one said to the other, "No, say it like Ricardo Montalban." So the other lion says, "Okay. Carrrrne asada." It was funny.
- There's a Zaxby's commercial in which two ladies are engaging in increasingly over-the-top trilling in an effort to outdo one another. It culminates in "Have you met my friend, RrrrrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrRR... Ricardo?" note
- Soul Eater has Soul and Blackstar comically running to give each other a bro hug as they call "SSSOOORRRRRRRRRRRUUUUU!!!" "BUUURRRRRRRRRRRAAAKKUUSSSSTTTAAAAAAA!!!"
- Sgt. Frog. Noo prrrooblem!
- According to the editor's notes in the Dark Horse Comics translation, Reina Gorn from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service rolls her Rs to reflect her imperfect Japanese.
- Kamichama Karin gives us Student Council President of Love and Justice, Prince Kirrrrio!
- Scanty and Kneesocks from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt sure do love their
- To the point that the protagonists eventually mock their pronunciation.
- One of Happy's catchphrases in the Japanese version of the Fairy Tail anime: "De dekiteirrrru!" (literally, "I can see it how it is (there is love in the air)"). The manga and the English dub avert it, translating this catchphrase as "S/He liiiiikes you."
- It's not just Happy- whenever someone else (mostly Virgo) decides to ship two characters, they say the same thing, trilling included.
- Germany from Axis Powers Hetalia has a tendency to trill his r's, especially when he's singing.
- Franky from One Piece. "Good smell! Frrravor!"
- Onsokumaru from Ninin Ga Shinobuden usually tacks these in his lines - as if he wasn't hammy enough.
- Golden Time: Nana senpai roll the Rs as part of her rather rude speech pattern.
- The massively hammy introduction of Demon King Nobunaga, from Sengoku Basara. (It helps that he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto).
- Code Geass gives us "RRRUUUUURRRRUUUSSSHHUUU!!".
- Not to forget the empire's motto "All hail Buuurrrrrritaaaaniaaaa!" which packs so much ham, you can find the whole pig in there.
- A fairly mild example pops up a couple times in Michiko & Hatchin to rrrreflect the Porrrtugese language influence in the setting.
- Uta No Prince Sama gives us the GIGANTIKKU HYAMMU Prrrincipal 'Shining' Saotome who not only rrrolls his Rrrs but also strrrrrrrrrretches them to rrrrrrridiculous extrrrrremes and mixes it all up with a heavy dose of grrrrrrrratuitous ENGURRRRRRRRRRISSHU.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency: Rudolf von Stroheim says "Bakamono ga" (You utter fool) by inserting lots of R's in between, turning it into "BRRRRRRRRRAKAMONO GA!!!" (followed by the memetic "German Science is the best in the world!")
- Later in Stardust Crusaders, during the deadly poker game with Daniel J. D'arby, Jotaro plans to raise the pot once again despite seemingly having no more chips. Prompting D'arby to go "Rrrrrrrr-raise the pot?!"
- The Japanese comedy group Rahmens, in the Italian version of their language-class skit. "Tokyo... Osaka... Ibarrraki!"
- Greg Behrendt once made a joke about how Jesus Christ is always depicted as having rock-hard abs, and he says that he wants to train every day so that he can be "rrrripped, like Jesus."
- This Ponyville strip.
- In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, there are characters from the barely-there but hinted at canonical region of Rimwards Howondaland. The convention evolved thet White Howondalandian cherecters spoke Morporkian in a way thet, on the page, comprissed their vowel sounds from "a" to "e". Just to emphasise their particular ethnic origin. Doing this consistently with every quirk of a South African accent would, as Pessimal points out, make their discourse hard to read, even if it was phonetically accurate. Of course, one quirk of South African English - and Afrikaans - is rhoticity - the Trilled R. This would elso be herrrrd to rrrrread if ixprrrrissed phoniticelly. Pessimal suggested it should be taken as read and the reader could infer the general concept from the "a - e" thing. This is lampshaded in a discussion about Rimwards Howondalandian Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes. One observer remarks about her magnificently rolling R's. Another, who was privileged to see her in a dress from behind, agrees. note
- A subtle one occurs in Team Four Star's DragonBallZAbridged episode 26. After transforming into his final form, Freeza, who up until now has spoken with a somewhat posh accent but not really rolled his R's, gets a brief trill down his tongue whilst showing his satisfaction at killing dende, the group's White Mage.
Freeza: Oh, I feel rrreal good about my life right now...
- Braveheart: Scottish rebels have rrrrouted one of my garrisons and murdered the noble lord.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: "What arrr ye doin'?"
- Superman Returns: Krrryptonite!
- Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. "You may fire when rrready," and "We will deal with yourrr rrrebel frrriends soon enough."
- Any character played by 1930's actor Herman Bing (who was usually typecast as a comic German foil).
- The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz does this.
- Street Fighter's M. Bison does this so hammily that it becomes delicious! I darrre you to watch this.
- Could be a drinking game in The Lord of the Rings. Sophisticated characters, like wizards and elves, will have a great go at this; more rustic folk like Hobbits just won't bother. "Morrrdorrr," "A Balrrog of Morrrgoth," "Isildurr's Heirr," etc.
- The Golden Compass: I am queen of the witches of Lake Enarra."
- In Cars 2, McQueen lampshades this trope when Sally pronounces Francesco Bernoulli's name:
McQueen: [frustrated] And don't say it like that. It's three syllables, not ten.
- The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland does this.
- In the Heralds of Valdemar series, gryphons both hissss their essess and trill their arrrs. Skandranon of the Mage Wars trilogy can and usually does speak carefully and deliberately to make his speech as articulate as any human's, but when he's tired or angry, or trying to convince someone that he's feeling that way, he reverts.
- Outcast of Redwall gives us the spy Wrrrraith.
- The Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Chronicles of Narnia gets as her introduction: "Good day, t-r-r-avellers," she cried out in a voice as sweet as the sweetest bird's song, trilling her R's delightfully.
- The Grand High Witch from The Witches, along with Vampire Vords; it's said to be derived from a Norwegian accent as witches originated in Norway.
- The Gonnagles of the Nac Mac Feegle tend to roll their Rs in their battle poetry, and even in casual converrrsation.
- The maid at one of the families Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle helps speaks like this.
- Cluny Morvish from Scrivener's Moon talks like this. Fever appreciates it.
- The Dresden Files: Warden Ramirez rolls his R's through a tongue-twister to show off in White Night.
- Our Miss Brooks: Osgood Conklin on occasion, just to be all the more pompous.
- Doctor Who:
- The Seventh Doctor turns this into an art form as a means of underlining Sylvester McCoy's status as the first Scottish Doctor, which leads to extreme Narm when he has to face Rrrrasillon and The Gods Of Rrrragnarrrok.
- The number of r's he can put into a word such as "rrrrrule" is one of the hammier qualities of the Delgado incarnation of the Master. In The Daemons, the daemon he summons tries to do it too, but there's really no competition.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus: Gavin Millarrr.
- The Two Fat Ladies frequently do this. Lampshaded in the show's intro: "Grrrrab that crrrrab, Clarissa."
- Batman (1966):
- King Tut.
- The Joker, particularly when he enunciates "Batman and Robin."
- Both Catwomen, especially Eartha Kitt.
- Fez on That '70s Show: "You know how he rolls his Rs? He did that in my mouth!"
- In Greetings From Tuscon, a whole episode focuses primarily on the fact that one of the daughters can't roll her r's despite being Hispanic.
- Rico in Hannah Montana does this a lot. In one episode, he trills for so long that he actually passes out.
- Star Trek: Voyager: Dr. Chaotica in the holodeck program The Adventures of Captain Proton, as he's an Affectionate Parody of 1930's sci-fi Film Serial supervillains.
Dr. Chaotica: I'm afrrraid your SEC-cretarrry has alrrready been prrromised to Queen ArrrrACK-nia as a SUPrrreeeeme sACKrrrrifice!
- In El Chavo del ocho, Doña Clotilde ("La Bruja del 71") does this whenever she mentions "Don Rrrramón".
- In the Granada TV Sherlock Holmes series, Jeremy Brett, as Holmes, occasionally trills his Rs for emphasis.
- Square One TV: On their Dragnet parody, "Mathnet," one story has a character (played with an Orson Welles-like Large Hamminess), Mr. Stoutman, who once said, "If you had asked me yesterday, the answer would have been a rrresounding yes!"
- Stephen Fry does this on occasion when presenting QI. Brrrilliant!
- In The Office (US), Dwight does this when announcing the names of his garden party guests, ostensibly because he interprets this as a "fancy" way to say things:
Dwight: Misterrr Rrrrrrrrobert Califorrrrrrnia!
- Toei's Supaaaaaaa Heeeeeerrrrrrrroooooo Time prrrrograming block intros from Magirrrrrrrangerrrrrrr and Hibiki to Gekirrrrrrrrangerrrrrrrr and Kiva.
Supaaaaaaa Heeeeeerrrrrrrroooooo Time! Starts now.
- Castle: In "The Final Nail", Beckett interrogates a suspect with a thick Slavic accent (Beckett's response was unscripted; Stana Katic did it by accident, but the producers decided to Throw It In!):
Hasberg: Mrs. Westlake, she find ring. She call to me to come there. And then she say, "sorry to accuse." She crrry.Beckett: She crrryshe cried?
- On the British archaeology program Time Team, Dr. Jonathan Foyle occasionally did this when addressing Field Archaeologist Raksha Dave.
- Father Ted: Bishop Brennan had to be in Rrrome tomorrow for an audience with the Pope!
- Kamen Rider Build: The Sclash Driver gets this, courtesy of Norio Wakamoto providing the voice for it. Kamen Riders Cross-Z Charge and Grease's transformation calls end with "BURRRRRRRAH!!!" while Kamen Rider Rogue's ends with "ORRRRRRRAH!!!" Additionally, Cross-Z Charge's Finishing Move has "RRREADY GO! LLLET'S BRRREAK!/FINISH!"
- Todd Rivers in Garth Marenghis Darkplace.
"So, what happened between you and this Renwick customerrrrrrrrrrrrrr?"
- The Beatles rrroll up, roll up for the "Magical Mystery Tour".
- Rrrammstein. Even Germans make fun of Till Lindemann's use of overly theatrical rolling R's.
- Gorillaz bassist Murdoc tends to do this in interviews.
- John Lydon from the The Sex Pistols.
- "Anarchy In The UK".
- "God Save The Queen".
Lydon: They made you a MORRROOON.
- "Anarchy In The UK".
- Porcelain Black slightly rolls her R's in "arrest," on the second chorus in "Prisoner". You'll notice it if you listen closely.
- Porcelain: You can ARRRREST me, baby, I don't wanna leave!
- Miss Lotte Lenya was famous for this.
- The singer from the Tiger Lillies does this very often in live performances.
- Two words: Nina Hagen. Then she goes and covers a Rammstein song, and turns the trilling Up to Eleven by rolling an R for an entire measure.
- Billy Stewart, in "Summertime".
- Japanese singer Shiina Ringo.
- Morrrrissey likes doing it on his live albums, even when there isn't an 'r' to begin with.
- "Shabondama" by Morning Musume.
- IAMX singer Chris Corner often rolls his R's in songs.
- Rin Kagamine. "Don't MyList Me!" It's really subtle, but once you can hear it, it's really awesome.
- Rrrroza Rrrrymbaeva will roll her Rrrrs a lot, as seen in "Love Has Come". Not that it's a bad thing in any way.
- Eartha Kitt.
- Kraftwerk: "Wirrr sind die Roboterrr" on The Man-Machine.
- The Comedian Harmonists, a German A Cappella band active during the 20's and 30's, because that's how people used to sing back in the time of the Weimar Republic.
- The Present Day singer Max Raabe, because he is basically a walking homage to the music of that era.
- Luke Spiller from The Struts loves to do this.
- In Merv Griffin's '40s novelty hit "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts", he does this on one of the choruses. ("Rrrroll or bowl a ball...")
- "Rubber Biscuit" (originally by The Chips, later covered by The Blues Brothers) has one of these at the end.
"What do you want for nothin'? Rrrubber biscuit?!!"
- Peter Steele does it very often.
- Christopher Lee doing the dramatic narrative parts for Rhapsody of Fire.
- A trademark of Édith Piaf when she sang.
- Cerys Matthews of Catatonia.
- BUTAOTOME vocalist Ranko used to roll her R's frequently, but has toned it down a lot after the release of Getsumen Tansa in December 2015. She still does it occasionally.
- Joakim Brodén of Sabaton does this a lot.
An offerrrrr of surrrrrenderrrrSaigo ignorrrrre contenderrrr("Shiroyama")
- The leaderrr of the Errrdman Gang in the Thunderrrbirrrds episode "Thirrrty Minutes Afterrr Noon".
- On Car Talk, the hosts once had a caller they referred to as "Rrroberrrt Burrrns!" (Probably no relation to the famous poet, but they joked about it a lot.)
- When the Reduced Shakespeare Company assumes fake Scottish accents to perform Macbeth, they inevitably fall back to simply trilling their R's. A lot.
- In the 1979 BBC productions of Richard II and Henry IV, Jon Finch did this all the time when playing a suprisingly hammy Bolingbroke/Henry IV.
- In The Soldiers Tale, the cadences of "The Devil's Song" have trilled R's coinciding with snare drum flourishes, though the effect is partly lost in the English translation.
- The Legend of Zelda CD-i Games: Join me, Link, and I will make your face the grrreatest in Koridai!note
- Zhang Jiao does it in Dynasty Warriors, and the effect is absolutely hilarious.
- And a certain E3 conference gave us Rrrriiidge Rrracer!
- Mithra in Final Fantasy XI do this for the most part. The Miqo'te, a similar cat-like race from Final Fantasy XIV, don't talk like this.
- Velo is particularly fond of doing this in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled.
(Upon winning a race): "I rrrrrrrrule!"(Upon losing a race): "Next time I'll beat you, wrrrrrrretched Earthling!"
- Team Fortress 2: "CRRRRY SOME MORE!! AAAAH-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAA!!!!! CRRRY SOME MORE!!!"
- 'MERRRRASMUS ARRIVES ON A TIDE OF BLOOD!'
- In The 7th Guest, Stage Magician Hamilton Temple came to Stauf Manor hoping its owner could teach him "Rrrreal magic!"
- Your yoo-ay-vee rrrecon is rrready for deployment. UAV online.
- The Great Mighty Poo from Conker's Bad Fur Day does this during his villain song.
- Resident Evil 5: Wesker does this a bit when saying "Urrroborrros", but not so much the rest of the time. The voice actor, D.C. Douglas, even mentioned he enjoyed saying the name because of this trope.
- Rask from Atlas Reactor. Being a Russian cat-bear-man leaves him with a lot of these, both in trilling and snarling form.
- Tisiphone from Hades tends to roll her 'R's when saying murder. Which is all she ever says.
- Homestar Runner: Subverted in Limozeen's hair metal cover of sloshy's emo hit song "We Don't Really Even Care About You." At one point, Larry Palaroncini sings "We don't rrreally even care," but a minute later changes it to the tongue-twisting "Rrre rrron't rrreally rrreven care!"
- "Rrraquelle", being who she is, sometimes does this in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.
- Cruddy Cat Food in The Grossery Gang webseries trills to sound like a cat purring.
- Grim-Eyes in Digger used to do this, especially when dealing with that pesky Earrrrth Rrrrat.
- Sir Ron Lion Heart: Rrrrupees!
- Jill Whelan's character in The Brian & Jill Show "Shakespearean Actor" sketches (in which Shakespearean actors re-enact celebrity arguments) does this. Brian does this to a far lesser extent.
- Caddicarus sometimes does this when he's emphasizing a word for effect.
- Antfish's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged gives Dio Brando an exaggerated British Trrrilling Rrrs accent. Will A. Zeppeli also talks like like, having an equally exaggarated Scottish accent, but he's not evil.
- Marvin the Martian does this in the Looney Tunes webtoon "Who Wants To Be a Martian-aire?" (Marvin normally doesn't do this when he speaks.)
- Analyst Bronies React: Thespio has tons of fun with how Chinch says "reputation", and takes it Up to Eleven.
- Alfred's Eggman from Real-Time Fandub doesn't do this often, but when he does it's glorious. Most famously is of course him announcinghe pissed on the moon, and that the piss drrrroplets were going to hit the Earth in 23 hours. However, one of the most impressive rrrr's of this dub is during his drunken rant at the end of the Last Story, where he manages to extend the r in a word that doesn't even have any r's in it!
Eggman: SHE HAD TO HO HERSELF OUT AND BE THE BIGGEST THHRRRRROT THAT YOU'VE EVER SEEN!
- Many of Jim Cummings' characters do this.
- Dr. Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog does this all the time:
Robotnik: Sonic fell for it! Tails is ours! I'll have to give myself a PRRROMOTION!
- In Disney's Lady and the Tramp, Jock the Scottish terrier does this (among other times) while he's singing a song: "forrr me own", "back yarrrd".
- Scrooge McDuck, another Scottish character, often does this on DuckTales (1987).
- In an effort to show how perfect her Spanish is, Peggy Hill does this way too much.
- Principal Luna from Class of 3000 does this, but then again, he's Latino.
- The early Looney Tunes short Daffy Duck in Hollywood features a pig movie director with a thick German accent named von Hemberger, a parody of Josef von Sternberg voiced by Herman Bing (see "Film" above), who keeps doing this.
- Bugs Bunny imitates an elderly Scotsman: "Poachin' rrrrrabbits on m' prrrroperty! I'm displeased, Mac Rrrrrrrary!"
- Groundskeeper Willie from The Simpsons:
Willie: Bonjourrr ... ya cheese eatin' surrender monkeys!
- Sideshow Mel fits this trope to a tee.
- The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan and Basil.
- The old goosenote in Charlotte's Web (the animated 1973 film), especially noticable in her part during the "Veritable Smorgasbord" number.
- The "Grrreat and Powerful Trrrixie" from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law has a trilling R and a trilling M:
Phil Ken Sebben: And as a reward for hard work people get-Harvey Birdman: Promotions!Phil Ken Sebben: Prrrromotions!Harvey Birdman: And raises![awkward pause]Harvey Birdman: Uh, promotions!Phil Ken Sebben: Prommmmotions!
- This is all Phineas and Ferb's pet platypus Perry can do.
- Rose in the remake of Bill & Ben, The Flowerpot Men.
- Lokar does this in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
- The weak English "r" sound is actually quite rare among languages. The "r" is trilled in Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Polish, Greek, and certain dialects of Norwegian and Swedish. Spanish, Italian, Hungarian and some Portuguese dialects have both a tapped "r" and a trilled "rr". The trilled "r" appears in dialects of other languages, such as Scottish English. French and German speakers don't normally trill the "r", but instead pronounce it at the back of the throat.
- Proto-Germanic and Old Latin evidently had trilled "r"'s, as in Classical Latin and the northern and western branches of Germanic, Z merged with R. That's why we say to hear rather than to heaz, and talk of honor rather than honoz.
- In Old and Middle English, the "r" was invariably trilled, but come Shakespeare's time the trill had largely disappeared and today only survives in a few dialects of Modern English, most notably Scots as mentioned below.
- Esperanto, the Universal Language is meant to be pronounced with trilled R's, but native English speakers usually omit them.
- Norio Wakamoto really loves doing this when he's voice acting ... and even when he's not voice acting.
- Adolf Hitler often did it. Justified since he was Austrian - rolling Rrrrs is quite common among Austrians, Bavarians and Swissmen. But outside those places, you can't roll Rrrrs while speaking German anymore without reminding everyone of him, as the Reichstropen page points out.
- South African comic Trevor Noah also pointed out the unfortunate consequence that, if your first language is Afrikaans which has heavily sounded R's, when you learn to speak German, all Germans from outside Austria perceive you as not just Austrian but doing an extremely unsettling Hitler impersonation. German-speaking South Africans sound like demagogues addressing a massed rally. Even if all they are asking you to is to pass the salt down the table.
- Jon Gaunt.
- Patrrrrick Stewart.
- Brazilian sportscaster Galvão Bueno (yeah, that Galvão) is a great fan of Ronaldo, I mean, RRRONALDINHO! (Anyone who parodies him turns his "Rs" Up to Eleven).
- Mexican sportscaster José Ramón Jiménez also used to signal the beginning of a match with "¡ARRRRRANCA la primera mitad!"
- This is reflected in the Spanish language alphabet, which has a few consonants alien to English. "R" is almost always read like "tidal", in most (all?) American accents. Nobody feverr errs in rreading "Rr".
- The rules are actually pretty simple: If it's a single "r" in the middle of a word, it's the weak pronunciation. If it's a double r ("rr"), or a single r at the beginning of the word, then it's the trilled one.
- Not so fast, buddy! It's actually not so simple. A "r" letter immediately after a "l", "n", "s" letter or a "sub-" prefix, has a triggered pronunciation too. For instance: the words "alrededor" ("around"), "honrar" ("to honor"), "Israel" and "subrayar" ("to underline").
- The rules are actually pretty simple: If it's a single "r" in the middle of a word, it's the weak pronunciation. If it's a double r ("rr"), or a single r at the beginning of the word, then it's the trilled one.
- One possible way to identify someone from El Salvador is whether or not they roll their "r"s exaggeratedly at the end of sentences that end with words that end in an r. A longer trill correlates with high Salvadoran-ness.
- Jack Black. Through the skies, he flies, he doesn't know the RRREASON why, but he flies... so high... you'll know that it's TRUE!
- Everyone's favorite dirty old little lady, Dr. Rrrrruth Westheimer is known particularly well for this.
- Christopher Lee was famous for this, along with his baritone and cool British accent.
- Mixed Martial Arts announcer Lenne Hardt's signature announcing style involves rolling every R in each fighter's name, often holding them for several seconds. They didn't call her "PRIDE Crazy Lady" for nothing.
- Cats have these in almost all of their extended vocalizations.
- Averted with people who are tongue tied. Their frenulum linguae (the thing connecting your tongue to the floor of your mouth) is too short to vibrate that quickly.
- Tim Cur-r-r-ry
- Megatron as voiced by Earl Hammond in the Transformers book and record sets by Kid Stuff Records.