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Psy-crow: Oh well. Here we go again!
Earthworm Jim: Hold it! We are not going to do a "Here we go again" ending on my show!
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The heroes just had the adventure of their lives and are finally relaxing after all perils they have faced. Suddenly, there's a knock on the door, or the phone rings or some indication of Here We Go Again! as they find themselves apparently about to find themselves in more adventure.

But in this Ending Trope, the tired or alarmed heroes respond, "Forget it! We are not going through that again!" as they slam the door on their visitor, or hang up or go back to bed or run away. They have had all the adventure they could want and now they just want some peace and quiet.

This is a variant of Refusal of the Call, but only when it is at the end of the story and the call is clearly repeating the adventure they just experienced. I'm Not Doing That Again is a smaller-scale version, in which the character refuses to repeat some incident within a story.

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Compare to Refusal of the Second Call, Oh, No... Not Again!, Trauma Button Ending. For the opposite, see Here We Go Again!, Wasn't That Fun?, or And the Adventure Continues.

Not to be confused with Let Us Never Speak of This Again, although they can overlap.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The end of Dragon Ball Super had the heroes come off the Tournament of Power which they barely won and are all set to go back home. The Zen-O's ask Goku if he has any more fun ideas for them. But before Goku can answer, Beerus quickly zips in, covers his mouth and drags him away since the last idea he gave them resulted in said tournament and nearly got their universe erased.

    Comic Books 
  • Firefly: The Sting: At the end, when Jayne asks if they can go back to the spa, the ladies all shout "NO!"
  • Played with in a The Smurfs comic: one of the Smurfs dreams of travelling to outer space in a spaceship he builds. Not wanting to disappoint him, Papa Smurf concocts a convoluted plan to drug him and make him think he's travelled to another planet populated by Smurflike humanoids called Swoofs. So convoluted, in fact, that after Astrosmurf "returns" (after drinking a similarly drugged beverage given to him by the Swoofs), another Smurf contemplates doing the same thing, only to be overridden by the rest of the village, who practically yell the trope name at him. They do go through it again, though, in the Animated Adaptation episode "Dreamy's Pen Pals".
  • In the second of the "Shadow Saga" (Issue #2) in Sonic Universe. Shadow requests Sonic's help in destroying a deadly cannon of Eggman's all the while we see a compressed rendition of Sonic Adventure 2 played side by side with the current timeline story. Eventually, that ends with Shadow plummeting to Earth after helping to stop the Biolizard as Sonic tries to reach out for him and presumed dead. While in the present Shadow has managed to use his powers to keep the cannon from firing and nearly drops to his death after exhausting it. This time, however, Sonic grabs him before he does citing "Yeah, we're not going through that again."
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    Fan Works 
  • At the end of the fanfic Fanfic Is Crapsack, the "trollfic," a diabolical entity embodying horrible fan fiction, tries to make a comeback as a minuscule, slowly-growing glob hiding in the cracks in the floorboards of the Ponyville Library. Twilight Sparkle drives it out of the floor by pouring boiling coffee on it, then destroys it by smacking it with a copy of Diana Hackney's Rules for Writers. It pops like a cyst, leaving behind a little spot of soot.
  • Not actually at the end, but in Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Dende cites this trope when he decides to nix immortality from the resurrected Shenron, not wanting another Freeza dropping in and causing trouble.

    Film — Animated 
  • The end of Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School had the girls finishing up their term at at the prep school and Ms. Grimwood asking Shaggy, Scooby and Scrappy to help with the next incoming batch. The three promptly decline...by jumping into their van and driving off as fast as they can.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • At the end of Kingdom of Heaven, Richard the Lionheart rides to greet Balian and tries to recruit him for another crusade. Balian simply responds: "I am the blacksmith".
  • Never Say Never Again Bond quits the service at the end of the film, though he does wink at the camera when he says it.
  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks had Earl act this way at the beginning. It didn't take.
  • In Freaky Friday (2003), the titular "Freaky Friday" Flip is caused when an older Chinese woman (the mother of the owner of a Chinese restaurant) gives the characters magic fortune cookies. At the end, the same Chinese restaurant is catering the big wedding, and the restaurant owner's grandma gives the grandpa and little brother the magic fortune cookies and the restaurant owner tackles them to prevent them from opening the cookie.
  • At the end of the Boris and Natasha movie, Boris blows up a crate of time travelling MacGuffins that individually reverse time for ten seconds when damaged. This causes time to reset to the beginning of the movie. Then they decide that they don't want to go through all the grief they went through over the course of the film a second time, so instead of delivering a priceless treasure to Fearless Leader and starting the plot, they sell the treasure and retire to Tahiti.
  • At the end of Strangers on a Train, the main character finds himself in a train carriage with a stranger who recognises him and tries to strike up a conversation. Having just gone through a hell of an ordeal resulting from someone else on a train recognising him and striking up a conversation, the main character gets up and goes to another compartment without saying a word.
  • Carry On Henry. Cardinal Wolsey and Cromwell call for the executioner to go ahead and chop their heads off rather than help King Henry VIII arrange yet another royal divorce.
  • In The Woman in the Window, after the protagonist Richard awakens in his chair at his club and realizes the majority of the film's events were All Just a Dream, he steps out on the street in front of the painting he saw in his dream, when a woman asks hims for a light in the same way another woman, Alice, did in his dream. Having just gone through a hell of an ordeal in his dream for socializing with Alice, he adamantly refuses and runs down the street.
  • Towards the end of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, after the kids have escaped Jumanji and adjusted to their Character Development, they hear Jumanji's drums again. They promptly crush the Jumanji console with a bowling ball and throw it into a dumpster. Though its beating drums during the end credits suggests it still exists somehow. Sure enough, they do have to go through that again in the sequel.

    Literature 
  • At the end of Bored of the Rings, Frito, having returned to his digs, is visited by a mysterious stranger who thinks he's the kind of person that takes quests. He slams the door, locks it and swallows the key.
  • In the final Harry Potter book, Harry gets the Elder Wand and has the opportunity to keep it (leading to a possible Here We Go Again! ending), but decides to put it back in Dumbledore's grave to end the cycle of violence after using it to repair his old wand. Ron asks if he's sure and Harry tells him "That wand's more trouble than it's worth. And quite frankly, I've had enough trouble for a lifetime."
    • In the film he goes further; he snaps the wand in two and throws it into an abyss.
  • In the short story "Chivalry" by Neil Gaiman, a little old lady finds the Holy Grail going cheap in a second-hand shop, and buys it because she thinks it'll look nice on her mantelpiece. Much excitement ensues. At the end of the story, she's back in the same shop, and finds an exotic oil lamp but decides, on reflection, to leave it where it is.
  • During Galaxy of Fear, DV-9 goes on several adventures but ultimately puts himself on a bus, tired of the constant danger and excitement. He reappears in the last book and helps the others, for a moment, but declines to leave with them for this reason.
  • In the epilogue of John Dies at the End, John and Dave are trying to have a game of basketball when they are drawn into another parallel Earth and asked to save it from a monster invasion. They find an excuse to leave, and let some teenagers with attitude handle it instead.
  • —And He Built a Crooked House— ends with John Teal proposing an idea for another house after they escaped from the tesseract, but stops when he ducks Homer Bailey's punch.
  • At the end of Ellis Parker Butler's Pigs is Pigs, a railroad agent's strict adherence to the rules over a shipping rate dispute leads to a bureaucratic delay and a pair of guinea pigs breeding into the thousands. By the time he's shipped every last guinea pig to the head office warehouse, he's had a change of heart in this regard.
    "Wan wagonload more an, I’ll be quit of thim, an’ niver will ye catch Flannery wid no more foreign pigs on his hands. No, sur! They near was the death o’ me. Nixt toime I’ll know that pigs of whaiver nationality is domistic pets—an’ go at the lowest rate."
    He began shoveling again rapidly, speaking quickly between breaths.
    "Rules may be rules, but you can’t fool Mike Flannery twice wid the same thrick—whin ut comes to live stock, dang the rules. So long as Flannery runs this expriss office-pigs is pets—an’ cows is pets—an’ horses is pets—an’ lions an’ tigers an’ Rocky Mountain goats is pets—an’ the rate on thim is twinty-foive cints."
  • At the end of the first book of Watchers of the Throne, Guilliman offers Tieron the position of his personal remembrancer - essentially a biographer and propagandist - as a reward for his service on Terra. Tieron turns it down, having decided that after the terrors of the past few months, he feels just about ready to retire. He sticks to it, too, to the point where he's no longer a point-of-view character in the sequel.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of A.N.T. Farm, the A.N.T.s plan a heist to steal a painting that Fletcher made and some guy is claiming credit for. The heist is a success; however, Fletcher had put an exact replica of the painting in its place, rendering the whole thing pointless. When he tries to reform the group and give a rundown of their roles again, Chyna stops him.
  • Done repeatedly in a single episode of The Cosby Show. It's Thanksgiving and there's a huge storm raging outside. Despite that, Clair keeps sending Cliff to get stuff that she'd forgotten to get ahead of time. Each time he returns from the store, the first thing he says is "I'm not going back out there". He keeps going back out there. Incidentally, the final store run ends up being superfluous as Clair manages to get what she needs from a neighbor while Cliff was out, and the rain stops the moment he gets back.
  • In one episode of Drake & Josh, after taking the fall for helping Megan hide a goat from their parents, the boys decide against doing the same when she brings home a zebra.
  • The Flash (2014): At the start of season 3, Barry messes up the timeline by going back in time. He goes back in time again to fix what he did. This results in a timeline that is mostly fixed, but not quite the same as his original. He goes back in time to fix it as well... only for Jay Garrick to smack him out of the Speed Force and give him a stern talking-to on the consequences of repeated time travel.
  • In The Monkees episode "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth", the band, having just finished ensuring that a horse that they were stuck with by a kid got a good home, are approached on the beach by another kid who just happened to be looking to get rid of a camel. The instant they see this, the Monkees run away as fast as they can before the kid can say anything and given that the show cuts to a music sequence with them on a dune buggy and motorcycles, they are apparently really serious about avoiding getting stuck with another beast of burden.
  • In Season 4 of Person of Interest, Harold Finch tries to invoke this on the rest of Team Machine, but they all slowly work on him to bring him around.
  • By the end of the sixth episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017), the Baudelaires have realized that Mr. Poe is and always shall be completely and utterly useless, so rather than go with him and be dumped God-knows-where and go through the same bullshit once more, they choose to take control of their fate and stow away in a truck to the Lucky Smells lumber mill.
  • The Suite Life on Deck episode "Maddie On Deck" is about Maddie catching the attention of a prince, who turns out to be an eight-year-old boy. The prince proceeds to attempt to force her into marriage. In the end, she has caught the attentions of the prince's brother, Timmy, and has a We Are Not Going Through That Again moment. As it turns out, Timmy was actually a hot guy around the same age as her.
  • The Twilight Zone (2019): In "Try Try" by the next time loop Mark decides not to interfere with Claudia and leaves her alone.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: In "Harperella", Harper reads the story of Cinderella to a group of children. However, since it is a magical book as Alex attempted to warn her, Harper gets sucked into the book and becomes Cinderella. It gets out of control when the pages get stuck together mixing the story between Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs with special guest appearance David Blaine. After the story is finally finished and Harper is freed back to the real world, a little girl asks her to read the story again. Unable to handle reliving everything she went through, Harper panics and yells at the kids to Get Out!.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series. Used after the Downer Ending of "City on the Edge of Forever". After being Forced to Watch Edith Keeler die to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, the Guardian of Forever offers to send them on more Time Travel adventures. Captain Kirk's only response is a curt, "Let's get the hell out of here."
  • Odd Squad:
    • In "By the Book", Otto remarks that he doesn't want to revisit the events of the episode, where the two criminals that he was interrogating got luxury privileges (spa treatments, reservations for the best chairs in Precinct 13579, trick-or-treating, a Staring Contest) due to the mandatory rules stated in the Odd Squad rulebook.
    • In "Swamps N' Gators", once Olive and Otto escape the titular game, Bradley holds up another game and asks them if they want to be zapped into it. Both agents rightfully answer with a unisonant "No!"
    • At the end of "Otis's Day", Owen comes up and explains that he found a mansion for the Noisemaker to live in following his exit from the Odd Squad Villain Protection Program. However, since the Noisemaker decides to not pull a Heel–Face Turn after all, the mansion is up for grabs, leading Otis to suggest that it be split among other agents. Olympia, who had already gone through the harrowing ordeal of sharing a single room in the previous episode, promptly shuts him down.
    Otis: But this is huge. We should share it with other agents-
    Olympia: Noooooo!!
    • In "Dr. O: Party Time, Excellent", after Dr. O's goodbye party turns disastrous, Olympia suggests that she, Oprah, Otis and Oona throw Dr. O's replacement a welcome party. Their collective response is to walk away from her, and she misconstrues it as them being on board with the idea and starting to plan for the new party.

    Magazines 
  • In Amiga Power, Stuart Campbell's review of the Hit Squad rerelease of SimCity just said: "Look, I'm not reviewing Sim City again. No way. Forget it."

    Newspaper Comics 
  • In Peanuts, Charlie Brown is returning home from the best summer camp visit of his life helping and gaining a new friend. As his bus pulls out, he sees a new crop of kids who could use some help, but he sits back with a satisfied smile and says "Let them go, I've done my hitch."

    Radio 
  • Our Miss Brooks: "Exchanging Gifts" involves the re-gifting and exchanging of a tie and a handkerchief with the loud design of "a big yellow tree on a cliff by the ocean with a purple owl on top of it playing a bugle. Both presents are for Mr. Boynton, who had just returned to Madison from a biologists' convention. The confusion is sorted out by the end (Miss Brooks never missing an opportunity to snark over the ridiculousness of the design) , only for Mrs. Davis to ask Miss Brooks an important favor at episode's end:
    Mrs. Davis: Just a minute, Connie. I have a little favor to ask of you. You know, everyone gave Mr. Boynton a welcome home gift today except me. Unfortunately, I'm a little short of funds so I can't buy him anything. But if you don't mind, I'd like to iron that muffler you gave me last Christmas, and give it to him in the morning.
    Miss Brooks: Please, Mrs. Davis. I've just had . . . .
    Mrs. Davis: You know the one I mean, Connie. The one with the yellow tree on the cliff by the ocean with the purple owl . . . .

    Video Games 
  • The ending of Telltale Games' Back to the Future: The Game. Upon finally arriving home, Doc and Marty are visited by Marty's future self in an inverted homage to the first movie's Sequel Hook. Then two more future Martys show up. They all insist they come back with them into the future to fix the timeline. Doc and Marty simply get back into their own DeLorean and drive away, leaving the three alternates to fight amongst themselves.
  • When ToeJam & Earl are leaving Earth in two-player mode, Earl asks, "Can I drive?" ToeJam, knowing how that got them into the accident that led them to be stranded on Earth in the first place, responds, "No!"

    Visual Novels 
  • At the end of Spirit Hunter: NG, when Kaoru floats the idea of getting back into the supernatural, Akira rebuffs her. After all the danger that the occult put him and his companions through, he's done with it.

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    Western Animation 
  • Danger Mouse on the Orient Express has DM and Penfold in Venice museum where they are reunited after escaping from Greenback and Penfold lost a document in his care to a fish in the Grand Canal:
    DM: So you gave them the slip, eh?
    Penfold: Yes chief, but the fish...
    DM: Not "fish." "Slip."
    Penfold: "Chip?"
    DM: For the fish.
    Penfold: (after a beat) Can we start again?
    DM: Hardly, Penfold. We've been through it fourteen times already.
    • In "The Statue of Liberty Caper," DM and Greenback go through a series of "I guessed your guess would be the guess I guessed you guessed" sessions. When Greenback splutters "What?!" at DM's recent go, DM replies "I'm not saying it again, Greenback. I can't!" Greenback and Stiletto sigh in relief.
  • In an episode of Dave the Barbarian, the gang are visited by Lula's sister Molly, who is actually Thor's hammer Mjolnir. After they get them back together, they're visited by Neptune's trident and immediately shut the door.
  • The Earthworm Jim episode "Hyper Psy-Crow" almost has a Here We Go Again ending, but when Jim comes in and complains about it (even using this exact term), they decide to Drop the Cow instead. The dialog:
    Psy-crow: Oh well. Here we go again!
    EJ: Hold it! We are not going to do a "Here we go again" ending on my show!
    (after Psy-crow asks what they'll do instead)
    EJ: Take a guess.
    Psy-crow: Uh... The cow thing?
    (a cow falls on Psy-crow)
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Love, Blactually", Stewie and Brian have lied to Loretta, saying that Cleveland wants to get back together with her, in order to allow Brian a chance with his ex (Cleveland's then-current girlfriend.) Loretta comes to Cleveland, saying that she's sorry she cheated on him and does want them to be a family again... and he considers it, though he doesn't want to give up Carolyn. When he finally does talk to Loretta, he tells her that the time they shared was special and he does care about her, but also that he's moved onto a new chapter of his life and that she should do so too.
    • In "Thanksgiving", where Joe's son Kevin comes to Thanksgiving after faking his death in Iraq, the episode ends with another Kevin saying the first one is an impostor. Peter lampshades this saying that there's no more time left in the episode.
  • The Flintstones episode "Dr. Sinister" where Fred and Barney just come back after being shanghaied into a terrifying James Bond-like adventure with Madame Yes. When Yes appears on their front door at the end, they slam the door and begin boarding it up in fright.
  • One incident in Freaky Stories was a film noir story set during a Used Future, about a private detective who came across a mysterious hitchhiking young lady and picked her up while he was driving on the road one night, helping to return to her residence. He eventually investigates into her background, so he arrives at her residence (a swanky mansion guarded by a robot butler), and meets an old woman...who happens to the same lady. The guy was traumatized enough that the next time he saw a young lady hitchhiking, he floored it.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar, "Treasure of the Golden Squirrel". After the penguins had been involved in an exciting treasure hunt involving a cursed artifact, a pigeon gives them a silver feather and instruct them to guard it with their lives. Skipper is excited at the prospect of a second adventure, but when he turns around he finds that the others have left, wanting no part in it.
  • Popeye: At the end of one episode of the treasure seekers segment, a descendant of Joan D'Arc wants to hire Popeye and Olive to seek one of her artifacts. They refuse.
  • Regular Show:
    • In "Eggscellent", Rigby is put in a coma trying to eat a giant omelette, which triggered his egg allergy, and the only thing that can wake him up is winning the net hat given as a prize to anyone who can successfully eat the whole thing. After Mordecai eats the omelette and gets the hat, they see an advertisement for a restaurant that will give free T-shirts to anyone that can eat a giant steak. Rigby suggests they attempt that challenge as well, and in response the rest of the staff try to remove his hat to put him back in his coma.
    • In "Sleep Cycle", Mordecai and Rigby get no sleep after watching a marathon that ran for an entire weekend and have to fix their sleep cycles by going through a magical life-or-death challenge (again). When they see a commercial for another marathon and are prepared to do it again, Skips punches out the TV and orders them to go to sleep.
    • In "Gamers Never Die", Mordecai and Rigby find a secret map on one of their video games and go to follow it. Though to do so, they had to steal Benson's car battery to keep the TV and game console powered, which he's mighty pissed off about and tracks them down. After going through an underground area and dodging traps, they find the secret room of the developer and get gold badges for their trouble before Benson activates another trap and causes the room to fly off. Just as it does, the spirit of said game developer congratulates the two on their find and offers another hunt via another map. Benson will have none of it, pushes the two into Skips' van, and drives off.
  • The Secret Saturdays: Happens at the end of "Once More the Nightmare Factory" after the team has escaped from Argost's cryptid-infested mansion:
    Doc: It's over. We won.
    [Drew, Doyle, and Zak motion to warn Doc of the large seagoing cryptid behind him]
    Doc: No. We won. I'm not turning around and looking at it. We won.
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  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Visions and Voices", after getting possessed by a Nightsister ghost as a result of going along with Maul's demands by letting Ezra go to Dathomir with him, as this is only the latest in a string of bad things to happen to him when they've worked with Maul before, Kanan declares that he doesn't care what Maul is holding over their heads next time, they are not working with him again.
  • In the World's Greatest Super Friends episode "Lord of Middle Earth", Gleek realizes his fantastic adventure was just a dream. But just as he relaxes, he sees a shadowy figure that looks like the same kind of Troll that was in his dream adventure. Rather than investigate, Gleek simply shrugs and goes back to sleep.
  • An episode of TaleSpin begins as Baloo and Louie were being chased by a giant walrus after being talked into a treasure hunt by a girl. After escaping, they vowed not to get involved with an adventurous woman again, only to spend the episode helping a female archaeologist look for treasure. Once that's over, a woman on the streets shows them a map and asks if they're interested in looking for some treasure. The two exchange glances and then promptly rip the map over her head, and leave.
    "...Was it something I said?"
  • In the Teen Titans Go! episode "Kicking a Ball & Pretending to Be Hurt", it turns out that the only reason the Titans were so interested in soccer was that all soccer balls in the world were filled with soccer trolls that gave people an overwhelming love for the sport. At the end of the episode, the same happens when they decide to take up bowling and crack the ball open to find that it's filled with a bowling turkey, but Cyborg immediately blows it up with his Arm Cannon.
  • In the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Duel Personality", Jerry is fed up with being chased by Tom and challenges him to duel (with the traditional ritual of a Glove Slap followed by My Card) to settle things. After a series of disastrous duels that kept ending in draw, the episode ends with Tom chasing Jerry again. However, when Jerry tries to challenge Tom to a duel again, Tom tears up his card and uses the glove to slap him around.


 
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