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Basic Trope: A character screams the word "No!" at length when faced with a crisis or tragedy.

  • Played Straight:
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob runs towards Alice in slow-motion, arm outstretched, with his yell of "Nooo!" both artificially deepened and lengthened for dramatic effect.
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    • Optionally coupled with weird facial contortions. Huge potential for Squick (or Narm) here.
    • The scream last for several scenes!
    • The camera jumps out to a far distance above Bob's Skyward Scream of "NOOOOOO!" (Mostly used in parody these days.)
    • Or he says it multiple times like a Madness Mantra.
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob utters a intense, but shorter "NO!" when he sees Alice get stabbed.
    • Bob gives a quiet Little "No" in despair and disbelief after Alice dies.
    • Bob screams into a pillow.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is shocked and wants to do something, but can't.
    • Bob is over-dramatic.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob says "No, no, no, no, on, no, no, no, no, no, no."
    • Big "YES!"
  • Subverted:
    • Bob looks like he's about shout "No!", but gets cut-off before he can.
    • Bob yells No, but ends in -pe, thereby making it, Nope.
    • Bob is about to shout "OH NO!", but he lowers his voice mid-sentence, so it comes out as "OH... no."
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  • Double Subverted: Once the distraction is dealt with, Bob is free to shout "No!"
  • Parodied:
    • Bob's yell of "Nooo!" is so long, he's obligated to take a deep breath during it before continuing.
    • Bob stares blankly for ten seconds before suddenly shouting "Nooo!!!"
    • Bob is prompted to scream "Nooo!" by the most minor and trivial of problems.
      Bob: "Well, I sure am looking forward to my pizza rolls, I- wait, is that burning I smell? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
    • Bob starts screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO" to the sky. A few seconds after he starts, a choir shows up out of nowhere and joins him.
    • The screen splits into ten panes, each of which has Bob screaming "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!" in unison.
  • Zig Zagged: Some of the characters get a Heroic BSoD when something bad happens, others scream the Big "NO!". Naturally, if there is more than one battle, the people will switch which reaction they have.
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  • Averted: Bob says nothing during moments of tragedy and crisis.
  • Enforced:
    • "This is a dramatic moment, people! Bob, I want you to yell "No!" as loud and as long as you can!"
    • A Large Ham is hired to play the part of Bob.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "... that was the biggest 'No' I ever heard."
    • "You sound like a character from a crappy B-movie with that 'NOOOOO!!!'"
  • Invoked:
  • Exploited: Bob purposely yells loudly to distract the guards.
  • Defied:
    • Danny punches Bob out if it even looks like he's going to scream "Nooo!"
    • Bob realizes that the circumstances would make shouting dangerous. So instead he uses body language to convey his feelings.
  • Discussed: Danny demands why Bob had to go and shout something stupid sounding like that, this isn't some TV Drama. Bob retorts that it certainly was dramatic enough to be in a TV show.
  • Conversed: Danny says "Oh my god, that sounded like that one scene from that show I was watching!"
  • Implied: In a silent film, Bob reacts to Alice's shanking with a Skyward Scream. The villain responds by stabbing Alice again.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's Big "NO!" blows his cover, sending the villain and possibly passer-by Danny straight for him. Bob may also become hoarse from shouting.
    • Everyone looks at Bob, who now feels incredibly awkward.
  • Reconstructed: Bob's Big "NO!" causes him to be spotted by the villain, but Bob still manages to escape.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob gives a Big "NO!" when he finds out that there are no more snacks in his pantry.
  • Played For Drama: Bob gives a Big "NO!" when he learns that all his friends are dead.


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