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Which basically means "Do not want."


McLeach: Your bird's dead. Someone shot her; shot her right out of the sky.

Cody: NO!!!

McLeach: What do you mean, "no?" You calling me a liar?

The moment when a character realizes that something awful has happened, or notices that something awful is about to happen, and screams "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" It can also be used when a character is angrily refusing to do something.

If the character is rushing to prevent the something-awful from happening, a slow-motion effect can be employed to draw out the tension of the moment, sometimes to the point of drawing out the "No" into a comical bass growl. This trope is very susceptible to becoming Narm, but does raise the question of exactly how a character should handle a crisis without coming off as a psychotic (by going catatonic), a monster (by cracking a grim joke), or a potty-mouth (by swearing one's head off).

Used both seriously and for comic effect. Very common on sitcoms. Sometimes the Big "NO!" ends the episode with a Cliff Hanger.

Nearing the point of becoming Narm and a Discredited Trope, though a good actor can still pull it off. Some variants still have credibility, including a shorter but still intense "No", and a panicked "No no no no no!" Or you can just go for the simpler Skyward Scream. Occasionally the character will shout something other than "No!"—usually shouting the name of the character that something bad is about to happen or has just happened to. This is slightly less discredited.

Language matters a lot. For example, Big "NO!" is commonly played straight in Japanese media, due to the equivalent iya's higher screamability.[1] But not very common in Russian, due to the equivalent nyet's very low screamability.

When a villain screams the Big "NO!", it's usually as his plans are crashing down around his ears. And also usually the last thing he ever says.

Often combined with a Futile Hand Reach.

Large Hams will pull one out a Giant "NO!" if given the opportunity.

A Sub-Trope of Big Word Shout.

Compare/contrast with Big Yes, Little No, Big "Never!" and Rapid-Fire "No". Has a Sub-Trope cousin, Slow No. See also Death Wail, Big OMG, and Howl of Sorrow. Not to be confused with a certain mecha series with a similar-sounding title.

See here for a side-by-side comparison of a LOT of No's. Here's two more with a ton more famous ones. And see here for a hilariously useful Instant-Noooo.

The thing that makes this trope so effective is the fact that most people identifying the word "no" with something going wrong. So when we hear a character screaming with a very loud "nooooooooo!", it really gets to us. People with different psychologies are not as affected by this and may view the scene as comical instead of as the emotional moment it may be intended as. When this shot of a character exclaiming negatively while in slow motion, the scene may be even more dramatic (although this is usually a sign that the character is dying).

A closely related trope is Say My Name, which is often substituted for this.

Examples of Big No include:


  • A tongue-in-cheek instance was used in commercials for the "Geek Squad" technical support service broadcast in late 2004.
  • A recent Snickers commercial had an interesting subversion: A Viking, after learning a store had no Snickers, initially does a Big No straight and while doing so, throws a garbage can at a car to get his point across. After learning that they had dark chocolate Snickers, however, he does the exact same thing as before... except with a "Big Yaaaaaaaay"!
  • A Geico caveman commercial has one of the cavemen giving a silent Big No after seeing the motto "so easy a caveman can do it" on a wall of televisions, shouting up at the sky as he finds Redemption in the Rain and then running through a flock of Disturbed Doves, while 3 Doors Down's "Let Me Be Myself" plays. This was all re-edited from the song's actual music video, which used the Geico caveman to Narmtastic effect, but the commercial's condensed version Crosses the Line Twice into hilarity.
  • There is a literal Big No for the Stop Sex Trafficking logo as seen on the side of this bag:
  • Parodied in an advertisement for the Samsung Epic 4G. An officer of a civil-war army receives a letter, and utters a Big No upon reading it. The parody is that the note is then shown to actually say "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" for an entire page.
  • An advertisement at a movie theater for related discounts has a Roman-looking soldier approach his general in a tent, handing him a letter. The general opens it and immediately yells "NOOOOOOOO...!" Cut to a view of the letter, which is just the word "Nooooooooooooooo" spread across the letter in cursive.
  • In the 1995 Cap'n Crunch Berries commercial, a teenager does one when he is told that the store is out of Crunch Berries.
  • A fat man inside a teenager's stomach screams "NOOOOOOOO! NOOOOO!" when his fridge is empty in the 1997 Taco Bell commercial.
  • JCPenney's newest advertisement which can be seen here on YouTube shows numerous shoppers yelling "NOOOOOOOO!!!!" upon seeing sale prices in other stores; the advertisements announce JCPenney's discontinuation of accepting coupons after February 1, 2012.

Anime & Manga

  • In any Hot Springs Episode, when the women have discovered the fact that they are being peeped on, they will do this in unison.
  • Pedro from Excel Saga is infamous for doing the Big No at least Once an Episode. And when I say a Big No, I mean it. It seems that every episode he was being given a larger chop of ham, until he got the whole frigging pig in episode 19 (AFROOO!! NOOOO!!!).
    • Wouldn't you? You die the first episode. You spend a number of episodes as a sex slave for a cosmic anomaly, and then you find out someone else is hitting on your sexy wife.
  • Mazinger Z: Kouji Kabuto, right after his grandfather dies on his arms: "GRANDPA! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
    • Great Mazinger: Tetsuya, after realizing his adoptive father had pulled out a kamikaze attack to save his life: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!"
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: Duke Fleed after watching several hundred of children being murdered by the Vegans: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
  • Used straight in Record of Lodoss War by two characters at the same time.
  • Used in Trinity Blood at the climax of episode 22.
  • Sonic X:
    • Used at the climax of episode 3 by Amy Rose, Sonic's self-appointed "girlfriend".
    • Shadow the Hedgehog does this in episode 61 while trying to defeat the Metarex ship.
  • Though the series engages in more and more towards the end, the biggest of Big Noes in Neon Genesis Evangelion are one by Asuka at the end of her Mind Rape, one by Shinji after realizing his Mecha has been used by his father to crush the Entry Plug loaded with his unconscious best friend, and one by Maya Ibuki (who spends most of End of Evangelion freaking out) after Giant Naked Rei's hand passes right through her entire body. Some of these were dubbed into English as inarticulate yells, probably to avoid being straight-up Narm.
    • Since the Japanese word usually used for the Big No, "iya," sounds like a scream anyway, it only makes sense to translate these as such.
  • Used in Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water by the title character, twice in the final episode first when Emperor Neo sacrifices his life to free her from Gargoyle's control, and, even more heartbreakingly, when Gargoyle kills Jean by making him fall to the floor. (Nadia eventually revives him with the Blue Water.)
  • In Digimon Adventure, Hikari does one when Wizardmon dies, leading to the activation of her crest. It was strangely cut from the dub. Equally as strange, the clip was shown in a brief flashback in a later episode, except during a voiceover narration, so her voice was not heard.
    • Also used in the episode "Ogremon's Honor" by Mimi when Leomon dies
  • Liar Game plays this straight with Ms. Kosaka upon her defeat.
  • Mai-HiME has more than a few instances of this happening. Of course, what with all that's going on in that series (especially later on), the characters can be forgiven for yelling Big Nos.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
    • Ill Girl Hayate has a huge, primal one near the end of the second season. Considering how it punctuates a particularly nasty Break the Cutie moment, the overall effect is quite chilling.
    • In the fourth Megami sound stage, Shamal gives one in a more light-hearted moment when Agito inadvertently shows Hayate a cake from Nanoha's parents' cafe that was supposed to be a surprise (as part of celebrating the tenth anniversary of Hayate recovering) due to being unable to read the kanji on the box.
    • Fate has one in the one-shot "Second Mother's Day," when she worries that when Vivio doesn't give her a gift for Mother's day, she will soon stop seeing her as a mother and eventually no longer recognize her.
    • Quattro gets one of these off just before Nanoha's Dungeon Bypass Wave Motion Gun gives Quattro the honor of being the face of the 'Oh, Crap' page.
  • In a mid-series episode of Gundam Wing, Duo gives one out when Trowa destroys his Gundam.[2] It's even bigger in the US dub; voice actor Scott McNeil has said in order to achieve this, he thought about the time his wife ran over his motorcycle with the family minivan. It's actually so famous that he's often asked to re-enact it at conventions.
  • In Robotech The Shadow Chronicles there are two moments - first when Commander Tailor dies and then when Alex Romero sacrifices himself. This one is especially strong.
  • Simon from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann performs a variation on this trope, instead shouting "ANIKI!!!" when he believes Kamina has been killed by Thymilph. Kamina, however, stays alive just long enough to make a Heroic Sacrifice in the form of the Giga Drill Breaker.
    • The king (or rather, queen) of this trope is - surprise, surprise - Kinon. When Rossiu is about to shoot himself in the head, Kinon screams out a teary DAAMEEEEEEEEEEE!!! which stops him dead in his tracks - just in time to receive a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! punch from Simon.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • The second Greed gets one of these in the manga and second anime after the revived and amnesiac Greed unknowingly kills the last living member of the former Greed's Quirky Miniboss Squad. Ling, who's body the current Greed is inhabiting, asks What The Hell Anti-Villain, causing the old Greed's memories to resurface, with the new one letting out a screen-filling, gut-wrenching, Big No.
    • Hohenheim pulls an inarticulate scream of despair and horror after he figures he's the Last of His Kind (The last human alive in Xerxes, his country, to be exact) and has become a living philosopher's stone.
    • In chapter 107, Ed lets out a Big No when he realizes Al is sacrificing his own soul to restore Ed's real arm and save him from Father.
    • Episode 45 of Brotherhood sees Large Ham Alex Armstrong giving big no after big no. He's fighting his sister, Four-Star Badass Oliver Armstrong.
  • Bleach
    • Kon does one in episode 15.
    • In anime episode 79 (the Bount arc), Uryu Ishida has one after Yoshino is killed.
    • Shinji does this in the flashback (Turn Back the Pendulum) arc.
    • In anime episode 217, Charlotte Cuuhlhourne does one just before he's killed by Yumichika's sword.
    • In Chapter 349, Orihime gets one that spans two pages after Ulquiorra uses his Cero to blow a hole in Ichigo's chest. Not only that, she even needs to take a breath before continuing with it.
    • Toshiro Hitsugaya in chapter 392 when he realizes he's stabbed Momo and not Aizen in the chest.
    • In manga chapter 459, Ichigo Kurosaki when Kūgo Ginjō steals his Fullbring.
    • An arrancar girl does this when Chizuru makes perverted advances towards her in the anime.
  • Sailor Moon. A lot, but particularly in the last episodes of the first and last seasons when all her friends seemingly die.
  • In Code Geass, Lelouch has one when he loses a life-or-death game of chess to Mao—and the life on the line was Nunnally. Though as it turns out, she was perfectly safe and he Geassed himself for some Enforced Method Acting.
  • Fushigi Yuugi makes use of this trope through Miaka, Tamahome, Miaka, Chichiri, Miaka, Yui, Miaka...
  • Dragonball Z
    • Super Buu's Big No rips a hole in a dimension.
    • Earlier in the same season (in the original and English dub), Bulma let out one upon learning that Vegeta had been killed by Buu.
    • Even earlier, in the dub only (he screams "Goku" in the original), Krillin uses one when it becomes clear that Goku is going to sacrifice himself to take Cell away.
    • In the dub, Trunks seemed to have mastered the Narm of the Big No, with lines like "If they let that android free, it will be the end of all of us! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (Lampshaded in this fanvid: and not too long after "FATHER! hurgh, NOOOOOO! FATH-ER!"
    • But Trunks also has a decidedly non-narmy Big No in the dub of his OVA when he finds Future Gohan dead. In the original Japanese, it's a simple Skyward Scream.
    • Earlier than the other times, Goku lets out one of the biggest Big Nos ever: after defeating Frieza on a crumbling Namek, Goku tries to escape on Frieza's ship, but unfortunately, the ship was damaged and plummets into a fissure to dissolve in lava, leaving our hero with no way to escape.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-sensei subverts this by having one of the girls peep on their (male) teacher, and when they knock over the privacy wall and each side gets a good eye-full of the other, only he Screams Like a Little Girl, much to his consternation.
  • Chitose utters these quite often when having to deal with his self-proclaimed mothers on Happy Lesson, but the entire Biology class gets one when the lesson of the day is: "Dissection - Live chicks".
  • Satoko plays this straightforward the anime-exclusive "Disaster Awakening" chapter of Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni Kai when she sees the bodies of her schoolmates in the aftermath of a disastrous toxic gas leak that wiped out virtually the entire population of 2,000 people in her village other than herself.
  • In the first Inuyasha movie (both the English and Japanese versions) Kagome lets out a rather chilling one after being forced to shoot Inuyasha by the Big Bad Complete with lack of BGM and echoes. It is used rather effectively though.
  • In History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi, during a financial crisis, Miu has the masters of Ryouzanpaku give lessons to small children. Kenichi is amused to see the straight-faced (but cruel) Akisame being run ragged by the hyperactive kiddies, but enacts this trope when he later sees what kind of effect his teachings have.
  • At the end of the first ep of Nyan Koi, Junpei lets out one in its full Engrish glory.
  • In the manga version of Prétear, Himeno lets out a Big No when she realizes that her carelessness has led to Shin's life being drained away.
  • In K-On!, Mio lets out one of these after her on stage... accident. Involving a "bowl of rice".
  • The sixth volume of the King of Thorn manga devotes a full page to a Big No by Shizuku when Kasumi dies.
  • Pokémon
    • Dawn does one after reliving her Pikari incident in the middle of a contest.
    • Pyramid King Brandon also does it whenever he disapproves of something.
    • Mars has one when Cyrus throws himself into the new universe Dialga and Palkia have created just as it's starting to disappear.
    • Nando (?!) gets one when Ash's Heracross knocks out his Kricketune with Megahorn.
  • In Transformers Armada, Optimus Prime lets out one when Smokescreen is killed.
  • S-Cry-ed has the main character, Kazuma, shouting this trope involving the death of a character.
  • In episode 11 of Ghost Stories Satsuki yells this when her brother says he put a Creepy Doll in the trash can and she remembers when the doll called her to say it's at the trash can.
  • School Days:
    • Sekai yells this in the last anime episode, when Kotonoha and Makoto kiss in front of her.
    • In episode 10 Nanami becomes extremely upset after the School Festival, when a sex tape of her and her boyfriend is shown to many classmates as a cruel joke from Otome's Girl Posse. She lets out one of these before collapsing to the ground in tears.
  • In season 2, episode 6 of Girls Bravo, a cross-dressing Yukinari screams this at one point.
  • Melfina of Outlaw Star screams "NO!" in episode 17 which stops Harry's hacking attempt on her.
  • In chapter 52 of Mirai Nikki Yukiteru does this when Yuno asks him to kill her.
  • In the final scene of the last episode of Monster we are treated to a flashback of Nina's and Johann's childhood where their mother is forced to give one of them up for an experiment. The two hold onto their mother's hand begging her not to let go, and their mother hesitates before handing over Nina who proceeds to scream "No!" in horror as tears spring from her eyes.
  • Gankutsuou: Victoria Danglars does this in the 8th episode before fainting.
  • Halo Legends: Specifically in The Duel Fal discovers the dead body of his wife and lets out his "NOOOOOOOOO".
    • His inflection makes it a bit difficult to tell, but it seems more like an inarticulate Skyward Scream.
  • Used in Karin (also called Chibi Vampire) in conjunction with Big OMG when Winner sees his most recent test score. Link
  • In Hidamari Sketch, Miyako seems to inspire a number of these.
  • Golden Gash/Zatch Bell has this.
  • Recently in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's there was Yusei's BRUNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    • Actually, he has two of them. In the same episode.
  • A majority of the regular cast in episode 10 in the Air Gear anime let out a huge "NOO!!!!" after Akito kisses Ikki.
  • Rosario Plus Vampire: Kurumu in chapter 41 of the second manga season. See it here and here.
  • In the first episode of Future GPX Cyber Formula ZERO, Asuka lets one out when she sees Hayato lying down on the ground with his car completely destroyed after his car crashed down from the track with him in it at the English Grand Prix.
  • In AIR when Misuzu dies, her mother figure shouts out her name in this fashion ("MISUZUUUUUUUU!").
  • In Kannazuki no Miko, Himeko releases two when Chikane rapes her. The English is even better.
  • Princess Princess: Sayaka in episode 7 after Yuujirou kisses Tooru.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia: Chibitalia when HRE tries to make him a part of the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Romeo X Juliet: Juliet when Romeo dies.
  • Reimei no Arcana: Nakaba wakes up screaming this when she has a dream foreseeing Caesar getting killed. She has another one when her hair is dyed black.
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys: Hidenori had one in his Inner Monologue when the literature girl is sitting next to him again. Why? She's projecting the image of her novel's male protagonist onto him, which weirded him out.
  • In Tokyo Mew Mew, Ichigo's boyfriend screams this when Ichigo is about to be kissed by Kisshu and Ichigo screams this as well before knocking Kisshu away.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: Princess Emeraude releases one when Zagato dies in a battle with the Magic Knights.
  • Happens in a couple of Hinako Takanaga's works:
    • In The Tyrant Falls in Love, the homophobic Hot Scientist Souichi does this whenever his lab assistant Morinaga comes onto him. Matters are confused because he doesn't want to face up to his potential homosexuality and so pretends to resist Morinaga to satisfy his own guilt even when he secretly wants to have sex - the Big No comes out when he really doesn't want it and needs to make that clear. And yes, that does have slightly Victim Falls For Rapist type Unfortunate Implications.
    • In Little Butterfly Kojima pushes his boyfriend Nakahara off with this whenever a makeout session gets too intense and it looks like sex might happen. Needless to say, this happens quite a lot.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Meiling lets out one when Syaoran is injured by The Shot, which she accidentally released.
  • In Narutaru Hiro understandably lets these out as she is raped with a test tube.
  • In Mawaru Penguindrum Ringo does this as a drugged up Tabuki chases her.

Comic Books

  • In the series Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Big Bad Haazen has one of these right before getting annihilated by the combined firepower of an entire fleet of warships.
  • In a flashback in the Thunderbolts 1997 Annual, Melissa Gold (in her costumed persona of Screaming Mimi, possessing sonic powers) obliterates a portion of forest, liquefies the ground around herself, and destroys her vocal chords upon the death of her boyfriend Angar, by falling to her knees and screaming for 48 minutes straight, until she shreds her vocal cords and can't do it anymore.. She gets better.
  • In an issue of the Sonic the Hedgehog comic (#135), this is Sonic's reaction to the apparent (and brief) death of his father, represented by him screaming helplessly with a big "N" and "O" to either side. It... doesn't really work. Points for trying, though.
  • In the original Transformers Generation 1 comics, Prowl got a classic one in response to the second death of Optimus Prime.
  • Sillage: Nävis, at the end of the first book.
  • Batman's reaction to the death of Jason Todd.
  • In Batman: Year One, Gordon's reaction to his infant child being dropped from a high bridge. Luckily, Batman saves the day.
  • Inverted by Black Bolt. He may only whisper "no", but the extreme volume of his voice would make the whisper loud enough to blow up a planet.
  • In an issue of Valiant Comics' The Legend of Zelda, Zelda points out Link's defeating Ganon is pointless because "You don't have to join Ganon! You've become Ganon!" You can guess Link's response.
  • In The Darkness, Jackie Estacado when he learns that he Can't Have Sex Ever.
  • In Final Crisis, Overman's reaction to finding out his beloved cousin Kara Kant/Overgirl is dead. Since he's German, he goes "Neinnnnnn!"
  • When Jane Foster is killed (don't worry, she gets better) in The Mighty Thor #371, Thor spends an entire page smashing stuff up while shouting "NO!". He ends up kneeling in the wreckage, saying one final, very small, "No."
  • In Uncanny X-Men #300, Fabian Cortez is informed that he's no longer the top contender among the Upstarts.

 Cortez: How could I possibly lose the points for Magnus's death, unless…? (his eyes suddenly widen) NOOO!


Fan Works





 Goku: Kaioken...

Vegeta: Noooo!

Goku: ... times...

Vegeta: No no no no!

Goku: ... FOUR!

Vegeta: No no no no FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...!!!!!

    • Additionally, Vegeta's response to Ghost Nappa.
  • z3ll58 does a very good and long No in his "Let's Play Final Fantasy 6" when Leo dies.
  • The beginning of Christian Humber Reloaded, when the title hero sees his owners killed. He then follows this up with "WHOEVER DID THIS WILL PAY DEARLY, BECAUSE I LOVED THEM?"
  • Happens at least once per chapter in Light and Dark - The Adventures of Dark Yagami, since people are constantly "sexing" and dying and coming back to life and dying again.
  • Starkits Prophecy has one of these about once every other chapter later in the story. Or, due to Rouge Angles of Satin, a big "MOOOOO" or "OOOOOO." Or possibly "NOOOOOO999999999 OOOOOOOO".
  • In A Day in the Life of a Commissar, a Dawn of War Machinima, Commissar Steeve does this when he's told Galactic Starbucks is out of coffee. He stops to ask "Really? What kind?" once he's told that there is, in fact, some coffee left. And finishes when he's told it's decaf.
  • In Deserving, everyone has No Indoor Voice especially when uttering the word "no", which appears in ALLCAPS as often as not.
  • In Revenge Road, Kyosuke wakes up after realizing that the previous events, Hikaru killing him and Madoka was All Just a Dream. Madoka then gets up to answer the door, like she did before, and when Kyosuke realizes what time it is, he runs down the stairs yelling "Midnight? Oh no! Madoka! StOP! NOOOOooooooo!", only to find that he is too late as Madoka gets shot and the fic ends.
  • In Modurn Warfare 3 The Dead Rise, Qwaritch gets an extremely long one as he sees Jak die, and Ian Hawk gets one when he's decapitated and eaten by a fellow prisoner.
  • This is used quite frequently in Naruto Veangance Revelaitons, but it's seldom rendered as "NOOOOO!". For example, after seeing Naruto commit suicide out of jealousy toward Ronan, Sakura yells "MOOOOOO"!
    • Might Guy yells out "NOOOOOOOOOOO" when he learns that Rock Lee has slipped out of his hospital room.
  • This occurs twice in Oh God Not Again; once by Fred and George when they see the Quiddich field is now a hedge and again by Harry when he finds out Hermione won fifty points (again) after he dedicated himself to losing the House Cup.
  • Nyx's dramatic "No! No no no no no NOOOO!!!" in chapter 3 of Past Sins definitely qualifies, not to mention her many other Rapid Fire Nos.

Films — Animation

  • Disney Animated Canon movies, of course, often tend to have these.
    • Basil lets out one in The Great Mouse Detective when he discovers that the bullets don't match, meaning Ratigan has evaded him yet again.
    • The page quote refers to a more parodical approach to this; the bird McLeach was referring to was an eagle Cody befriended that McLeach was trying to capture. McLeach, after the above dialogue, adds "she could have been mine if it weren't for you," implying that the bird's death was Cody's fault for refusing to tell him where the bird was. It turns out that the bird was alive, but McLeach was just telling Cody the bird was dead to get Cody to go to its nest and, in turn, McLeach followed Cody there and waited for the bird's arrival.
    • The Disney English dub of Laputa: Castle in the Sky has one delivered by Mark Hamill: Muska, blinded by the Spell of Destruction, staggers through the now collapsing corridors of Laputa's underground labyrinth. This is the last thing he says.
    • The Lion King has several:
      • Simba screams it as Mufasa falls to his death in a well-done and dramatic way.
      • That Big No was overlapped with a second Big No with Simba's flashback in the same movie, right before adult Simba jumps back onto Pride Rock.
      • And again in the sequel, in which he has a flashback/dream sequence — two "Big No"s in a span of 11 seconds!
    • Peter Pan. Peter Pan uses the Big No when he yells at Smee, "UNDERSTAND!!!" while he imitates Captain Hook's voice.
    • Mulan. Shan-Yu yells "Nooooooooooooo!" when Mushu fires a big rocket at him.
    • Disney's Aladdin. Jafar, after he betrays Aladdin and realizes he doesn't have the lamp. Also, when he's sucked into a lamp in the ending.
    • In Disney's Hercules:
      • This is Zeus' reaction to learning his infant son has been kidnapped. Since he's Zeus, the skies erupt with thunderbolts.
      • Hercules himself does a particularly heart-wrenching one when Meg is crushed by a pillar that was about to crush him.
    • In Dinosaur, Aladar runs forward and rams into the stone barrier, smashing against it again and again, injuring himself both physically and mentally.
    • Pixar in particular sometimes uses this too.
    • WALL-E
      • Eve does this multiple times, once with her voice when WALL-E fires her laser arm by accident and a few times with a movie scream whenever something bad happens to WALL-E. May be Lampshade Hanging.
      • Auto manages a couple as well, despite being "played" by a voice synthesizer. Seems Macintalk puts a lot of emotion into that one word for some reason.
    • Toy Story 2
      • Parodied during the elevator fight when the Al's Toy Barn Buzz Lightyear gave one after Emperor Zurg told him he's his father.
      • Emperor Zurg does one as he falls down the elevator shaft.
    • Toy Story 3
      • Woody shouts this when he falls into the incinerator.
    • Cars 2: Rod "Torque" Redline shouts this when he is about to be killed by the Lemons' radiation cannon.
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade has one Big No by Fuse in a dream sequence.
  • In Spirited Away, Yubaba says this when she realizes that her baby is gone.
  • In Final Fantasy the Spirits Within, we get to see not one but two characters deliver the "Big No", combined with firing their weapons wildly, in very short succession.
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children gives Kadaj a good one (of the primal scream variety) when he realizes that Jenova's head has been shot. And stabbed. And generally mutilated.
  • Played for laughs in Mirror Mask: "NOOOOO! I DON'T WANT TO BE A WAITER!"
  • In the 2007 TMNT film, Raphael lets out a Big No after the bad guys have kidnapped Leonardo. In the original movie, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Raphael let one out as the Shredder is about to kill Leonardo.
  • Shrek 2: When Mongo, the giant gingerbread man, falls into the moat during the Storming the Castle sequence, both Shrek and Gingi do a slow-mo Big No.
  • Vakama does this twice in Bionicle: Legends of Metru Nui. First is when he sees Lhikan apprehended by the Dark Hunters, followed by It's All My Fault. Next is a shorter version after he sees a vision of the city being destroyed.
  • Done straight by the villain Zeebad in Doogal as he is pulled back into imprisonment.
  • Chuckie bursts into the chapel with one in Rugrats in Paris. Which just happens to be his first word ever.
  • In Help! I'm a Fish, Chuck lets out one of these when he thinks Fly is dead.
  • In Nine, 9 has a couple, complete with Futile Hand Reach, when 1 dies.
  • Rocky in Chicken Run does one when he thinks Ginger has been killed.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Tigress does this when Po gets shot out of the fireworks factory by Lord Shen's cannon.
  • Mikey does this in Recess: School's Out when T.J. tells him that Benedict is trying to get rid of summer vacation.
    • Then again in the cafeteria later in the movie.
  • Mother Gothel in Tangled. Followed by several Little Nos after Flynn/Eugene cuts Rapunzel's hair.
  • In The Swan Princess, Clavius yells in despair after realizing he was too late.

Films — Live Action

  • Star Wars is particularly famous for this. All the movies use the Big No at least once:
  • Virgil Brigman lets out a "NOOOOOOOO!" in The Abyss after Lindsey drowns herself so he can tow her back to the rig.
  • The Alien series:
    • In Aliens, when Ripley is dreaming that she has been impregnated by a facehugger Alien.
    • Alien 3: Bishop's "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!" when Ripley decides to kill herself.
  • Delivered to great comical effect near the end of the Alvinandthe Chipmunks movie.
  • Two in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
    • Parodied when Austin is driving a steamroller toward a guard. The guard has plenty of time to move out of the way—Powers even beckons him to do so—but just keeps screaming "No!" instead and doesn't move a muscle.
    • Austin does it just before leaping to push the underground drill's abort button.
  • In Back to The Future:
    • Marty does this when seeing Doc get shot by the Libyan terrorists. However, he adds on by saying "NOOOOOOO! BASTARDS!!!!" It then turns out at the end that Doc was wearing a bulletproof vest.
    • He does it again (without the "BASTARDS!!!!") in Part II, when he discovers that Biff Tannen has changed history and married his mother.
  • Mos Def does it in Be Kind Rewind when all of the video cassettes in his store were erased.
  • Ator from Cave Dwellers is mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 for shouting "No!" while helplessly tied to a stick.
  • Constantine. After Constantine makes an ash out of Balthazar, the mysterious Big Bad Gabriel appears. After Balthazar asks him to resurrect him, he instead uses a wind to blow him away. He yells "Noooooo!" just before his remains crumble to dust.
  • Said by Ralphie in A Christmas Story when the mall Santa tells Ralphie that he can't give him a Red Ryder BB Gun because "He'll shoot his eye out" and then kicks him down the slide.
  • Harvey Dent yelled it in The Dark Knight Saga.
  • In Dead Poets Society, Neil's father (played by Kurtwood Smith) gives an impressive Big No after finding the dead body of his son.
  • The Devil's Advocate: Al Pacino screams "NOOOOOOOOOO" when Kevin shoots himself. Great because it's delivered in the understated acting style Pacino uses for this type of movie.
  • In the Dungeons and Dragons movie, Riddley Freeborn's "NOOOOOOOOOO!" when Snails dies. The anguished slow-mo scream of the protagonist in the Dungeons & Dragons movie, upon seeing his Sidekick friend Snails stabbed to death (after heroically attacking a villain all by himself), drew involuntary laughter from a movie-going audience at a cinema in Germany. It didn't help that Snails the thief was clearly supposed to be the Plucky Comic Relief but failed miserably, except at becoming the proof that even in Fantasy, the Black Dude Dies First.
    • In American theaters, Snails' death brought applause, something that The Nostalgia Critic himself noted, wondering if it was appropriate to celebrate at that moment.
  • Used in Evil Dead 2, when Ash finds that the only bridge to escape the haunted forest is totally destroyed. "No... Oh, God no... No... NO! NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!" Of course, that's not the only example in the film.
    • Parodied in The Musical. Ash receives several bits of bad news, and with each bit he runs to a different part of the stage, drops to his knees and screams. The less "bad" the news gets, the funnier the scene becomes.
  • In many cases, it's the character's final line of the movie (there are even cases where it's the final line of the movie: here, Wesley Snipes' Jungle Fever, the telefilm Christmas Every Day...).
  • Some of the Star Trek movies use the Big No at least once:
    • Star Trek the Motion Picture: Decker gives a Big No as Captain Kirk gives the order to Chekov to fire phasers at the asteroid when the Enterprise is trapped in the wormhole. This one only sounds like a "Big No", but was really elongated by the time-warping effect of the wormhole.
    • Star Trek II the Wrath of Khan has a famous variant: KHAAAANNN!!! KHAAAANNN!!!
    • Star Trek First Contact: Captain Picard yells a Big No and smashes the glass cabinet with the models of the past Enterprises with a phaser rifle after Lily tells him to self-destruct the Enterprise after the ship is assimilated by the Borg. Lily makes it effective by a subdued reaction that contrasts his scream.

 Lily: (quietly) You broke your little ships. See you around, Ahab.

    • Star Trek Insurrection: Ru'afo shrieks it when the Starfleet Admiral tells him to have a private discussion with Picard. Ru'afo wails it again when Picard threatens to ignite the fumes on the collector.
      • Doesn't he also do it when he realises he's trapped in a holodesk simulation?
    • Star Trek Nemesis: Counsellor Troi screams a Big No when Shinzon invades her mind, the Reman Viceroy yells it when he falls to his death after being kicked by Commander Riker.
  • The Lord of the Rings films have a whole bunch of them, most of them reasonably done:
    • Gimli has a Big No when he discovers the tomb of Balin, which dissolves into mournful sobbing.
    • Frodo also has one that doubles as a Slow No upon Gandalf's "death".
    • Aragorn's scream upon thinking Merry and Pippin are dead in the second film (when he kicks the helmet) isn't quite distinct, but seems to be a Big No. Interestingly, Viggo Mortensen's tremendous howl of anguish here was actually because when he kicked the helmet, he broke his toe. They kept that take in because it was, as such, his best.
    • Right at the climax of the third film, when Frodo succumbs to the lure of the One Ring while standing on the edge of the Crack of Doom. It's actually two smaller "no"s, then followed by what might be the biggest "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" ever heard as Frodo puts on the Ring, alerting the Big Bad to his presence.
    • Another in the third film is screamed twice by Eomer upon the discovery of his uncle King Theoden dead and his sister Eowyn almost dead on the battlefield. Here it is one of the rare effective moments of Big No.
    • Treebeard yells a forest-shattering one upon the realization that Saruman has burned the forest of Fangorn.
    • Samwise also has one when Frodo gets spotted by Sauron's eye in Mordor.
    • Yet another in the third film is Legolas in the final battle when Aragorn's about to be killed by a troll. It's definitely in the extended cut and the trailers at least.
  • According to this, yelling "NOOOOOOO!" is the distinguishing characteristic of the hero from Battlefield Earth. His first Big No occurs less than two minutes into the movie, after he learns about his father's death.
  • The Mummy Returns:
    • Imhotep, the titular returning mummy, actually slides on his knees into the frame to deliver one (in ancient Egyptian, of course) when the other Big Bad for the film is defeated. To compound it all, he was kinda late, sliding into frame about a second and a half after the stabbing. So blatant, it has to be some self-aware parody.
    • Rick O'Connell delivers a much more believable one earlier in the film when Evy gets stabbed.
    • so does Evelyn when it looks like Rick is going to fall into a bottomless pit after stabbing the Scorpion King.
  • In the 1986 movie No Mercy, Eddie Jilette (played by Richard Gere) threatened to shoot Alan Deveneux's arm off, Alan screamed it at Eddie pleading to not shoot.
    • Michel (played by Kim Basinger) in the end of that same movie, delievers it when Eddie Jilette moves Losado's shotgun fire to the wall behind her.
  • Plays for laughs in The Burbs, in what may be the film's most famous scene when Art and Ray find a femur bone that they believe belongs to their missing neighbor in fact, it belongs to one of their former neighbors.
  • The Spider-Man series:
    • Yelled by Otto Octavius in Spider-Man 2 when he wakes up and finds that his tentacles—which have a mind of their own—killed all of the doctors who were about to operate on him while he was unconscious.
    • The third movie has it when Eddie Brock sees Spider-Man is throwing a bomb at the Venom symbiote.
  • Terminator 2 had the best Big No ever, when Sarah Connor sees the good terminator walk out of the elevator. Not knowing he's good, Sarah falls down, but first has a look of disbelief on her face. Then as she runs the other way, her screams build up in volume until she finally lets out her Big No.
  • The Harry Potter movies:
    • Delivered straight in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Sirius Black falls through the veil in the Department of Mysteries. Harry screams it. In a twist (one in very good taste), the scream is given silently, with the score playing over it.
    • This after, in the Goblet of Fire movie, Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort delivers a painfully straight (and unfortunately delivered) double threat of Big No and (apparently) Skyward Scream when Harry got away... again.
      • Cedric Diggory's father also does one of these upon realizing what's happened at the end of this film.
    • And he does it again in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 after Harry gets away from him by destroying Lucius Malfoy's wand.
    • Ginny does this twice in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 when she thinks Harry's dead.
  • Parodied in the endings of Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2. In the former, as the Final Girl screams, she is run over by a car. In the latter, the Final Girl meets the psycho again. She does the Big No, he does a Big Yes... and gets run over by a car.
  • Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders features a truly glorious NOOOOOOOOO!", complete with slow-motion running towards the camera.
  • In Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street there is a Big No issued by the title character after he is informed of his wife's rape. Rather effective due to it blending in with his wife's screams at the end of the musical number/flashback, "Poor Thing".
  • The infamous 1983 film The Lonely Lady seems to think this trope automatically equals brilliant writing. Roger Ebert probably said it best:

 The movie's whole plot hinges on Pia's ability to rewrite a scene better than her jealous writer-husband. When the star of her husband's movie weeps that she can't play a certain graveyard scene, Pia whips out the portable typewriter and writes brilliant new dialogue for the star. What, you may ask, does Pia write? Here's what: She has the grieving widow kneel by the side of the open grave and cry out (are you ready for this?) "Why? Why!!!" That's it. That's the brilliant dialogue. And it can be used for more than death scene, let me tell you. In fact, I walked out of this movie saying to myself, "Why? Why!!!"

  • The Kentucky Fried Movie has a random CIA mook shout this when the villain has him banished to... Detroit. '"NO! NO, NOT DETROIT! NO! NO, PLEASE! ANYTHING BUT THAT!! NO! NO!!"'
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. While the Nazis are sliding the stone block to seal off the Well of Souls (with Indy and Marion inside), Marion yells "Noooo!" The sound is abruptly cut off when the block slides into place.
  • Played straight with the end of Heavenly Creatures.
  • In Tropic Thunder Tugg Speedman lets out one of these after killing a panda in self defense, and it's hilarious.
  • In Se7en David Mills build up to one of these after being informed that it was his wife's head in the box. "What was in the boooox? You're a liar! No! NO!"
  • The Abbé Coulmier in Quills achieves a massive Big No, bordering perhaps on Huge status, upon the Marquis de Sade's suicide. The Abbé's No is so big that it in fact incites a chorus of Big Nos from the asylum's inmates, which echoes off the mildewed walls and bathes the watcher in the uncensored vocal epitaph of the Abbé's bitter moral defeat.
  • In Superman, Superman lets out a few quiet little nos, followed by a big scream of anguish, when Lois Lane dies in the earthquake. Toy Fare magazine's Geek 100 rated this #6, as "the most agonized scream ever recorded on film."
  • In The Godfather, Part 3 Al Pacino gives a huge "NO", complete with faded soundtrack when his daughter is shot.
  • When Art Lean is killed by Goro in the Mortal Kombat, the Big No is screamed by Sonya immediately upon his death, and then issued by Johnny Cage when Shang Tsung proceeds to consume the guy's soul.
  • Said by Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as he flees from a laser-wielding Riff Raff.
  • Parodied by William Shatner in Invasion Iowa, writing 13 O's on his cue card.
  • In the Watchmen movie Nite Owl lets out a classic Big No complete with falling to his knees upon seeing the disintegration of Rorschach.
  • In Zoolander, Derek Zoolander has one of these when he sees his (even more Too Dumb to Live than he is) friends die in a tragic gasoline fight accident, not very far into the movie. (The "no" starts a bit earlier, when he sees a cigarette arcing towards his friends in Slo Mo.)
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers has several, all said in a row when Loomis realizes Laurie's daughter (whom he's been trying to protect) has been corrupted by Michael and has murdered her foster mother with a pair of scissors at the end of the film.
  • Legend (1985). Darkness yells "Nooooooo!" when he's blasted out into space by the sunlight.
  • Used twice in the X Men Origins Wolverine, both times by Logan; first time after he kills his father and the second time when he finds the dead body of his girlfriend. In the regular X-Men trilogy, Wolverine does it after killing Jean Grey, and when Iceman freezes the hallway between Logan and William Stryker.
  • X Men First Class, young Eric Lehnsherr (Magneto), just after his mother is killed. In his anguished cry, he's actually screaming: "NEEEEEEEEEEIIIIIN", the German version of this trope.
  • Played for laughs by Will Arnett in Hot Rod. Must be seen to be believed.
  • Several characters in The Fall scream "NOOOOOOOOOO!" at one point—sometimes it's played for humor, sometimes it's played very, very straight.
  • Queen Penelope has one in the film The Oddyssey.
  • Lust in the Dust, after Abel Wood kills Bernardo's henchmen.

 Marguerita: Accident?

Abel: They moved.


Marguerita: Shut up, Bernardo.

  • Judge Dredd
    • The title character does this when former Chief Justice Fargo is mortally wounded by Junior.
    • Judge Griffin does it just before the ABC robot rips his arms and legs off.
  • A rare example of this being done well comes from The Elephant Man:

 "NO! I am NOT an ELEPHANT! I am NOT an ANIMAL! I am a human BEING! I am... a man."

  • In The Wicker Man (1973), this, along with a Big OMG, is Sgt. Howie's first reaction to seeing the titular edifice. The camera-work, buildup, and above all, Edward Woodward's believable delivery of the line removed any potential narm.
  • In The Matrix, Agent Smith gives a brief one after Neo dives into his body and before he explodes.
  • In Bridge to Silence, Marlee Matlin's character both screams and signs her Big No when told that her husband is dead. How to do a Big No in AMSLAN: Using your right hand, make a "bird's bill" with your thumb and pointer and middle fingers. Clap them together rapidly for as long as you want your Big No to last.
  • Horror movie Skinned Deep has an example, with the Final Girl screaming "NOOOOOOOO!" repeatedly throughout the entire end credits.
  • Freddy Krueger does a hilarious version of this in Freddy vs. Jason when he finds himself caught on a piece of construction equipment and being dragged straight into a thoroughly pissed-off Jason.
  • A Big No occurs from Brian when both Bull and Axe fell in the firefighting movie Backdraft.
  • One comes from Howard Payne when he finds out he was tricked by the relooping security camera set up by Jack Traven in the movie Speed.
  • Deep Blue Sea has one Big No from Susan McCalister (played by Saffron Burrows).
  • The movie Ricochet has several Big No's from Earl Talbot Blake (Played by John Lithgow) when Nick Styles (Played by Denzel Washington) goes crazy.
  • Point Break has this trope by Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves) when he sees Pappas (Gary Busey) gets shot in the back by a shotgun.
  • Shutter Island features one from the protagonist in a flashback near the end of the film, complete with overhead camera shot.
  • A Big No occurs from Duke (Apollo's trainer) in Rocky III, in which, near the end of the rematch, Balboa is making Clubber Lang angry enough to KO him; there's another Big No from Duke (in slow motion) in Rocky IV after Apollo Creed was KO'ed (killed) by Ivan Drago in an exhibition match.
  • Soapdish. Montana Moorehead's reaction to her high school yearbook showing that she was once Milton Moorehead, of Syosset, NJ.
  • Fatal Instinct. Ned Ravine after he thinks his skunk has been killed.
  • Diavolo in Corpo a.k.a. Devil in the flesh: Giulia (played by Maruschka Detmers) says this trope after a diary is read to her by someone.
  • Tombstone: Recently pointed out by The Nostalgia Critic, Kurt Russell's Big No is so Narmy it has to be seen to be believed. It comes with a cluster of Little Nos too.
    • Of note: According to witnesses, this actually happened, and this example is more out of defiance than anguish or despair. It's not "No, you killed my [insert relative/acquaintance]!" it's "No, you bastards ain't killing me!"
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: Ron Burgundy does this when a certain man punts Ron's dog Baxter over the bridge.
  • Spaceballs. Princess Vespa, when she's threatened with being given her old ugly nose back.
  • The Happening gives us a Big No courtesy of Mark Wahlberg, who screams it when someone he's known for an hour and a half gets shot.
  • In The Boondock Saints, Connor McManus gets one after Rocco gets shot and dies.
  • The Jensen Ackles flick Devour has got one in the end.
  • Scott in Eurotrip when he finds out that Mieke is a girl.
  • Potentially one of the more ridiculous examples occurs in the horrible Sleep Stalker, where the goatee-sporting lead character utters one with an ape-like inflection as he does it. It's worth seeing.
  • In the Atlas Shrugged movie, Dagny gives a reverberating one when she reaches the fire at the Wyatt oil fields.
  • Dr. Weir of Event Horizon gets one when Captain Miller activates the explosives of the bridge connecting the gravity chamber to the rest of the ship as it's about to go into the Cosmic Horror dimension that killed its last crew, sacrificing himself to save what's left of his own crew.
  • Undercover Brother. A Mook does this as Undercover Brother is about to stamp down on him. It then turns out that UB smashed a bag of potato chips instead.
  • Kei does this at the end of Moon Child, when Sho is dying in his arms.
  • Done hilariously in Silent Movie. Mel Funn, making the first silent movie in forty years, has the brainstorm of inviting reknowned mime Marcel Marceau. Calling France, he asks Marcel if he would to star in the picture. Marcel's response is the only audible line in the entire film; "NON!"
    • When Mel Brooks called Marcel Marceau to ask him to say the line, he originally pitched it as just "NO!" Marceau replied that he would only do it if it was "NON!" instead. Why? Because it would make more sense for him to say it in French.
  • Caesar gives a big one in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; also counts as a Wham! Line. Why? It was his first word.
  • In the beginning of Muppets from Space, Gonzo does this when he's excluded from Noah's Ark because he's the only one of his kind. Combines this with a Skyward Scream as the Great Flood begins.

 Gonzo: Nooo! Noooo! I don't want to be alone! Nooo!

  • Romeo in Romeo + Juliet, upon Mercutio's death.
  • Ever After (film): Danielle does one when Marguerite throws a book into the fire that was the last gift she ever got from her dead father.
  • A Dutch version of the trope occurs in De hel van '63, when Melle accidentally skates into a hole in the ice. He can't find back the hole and his girlfriend Annemiek can do nothing but watch him drown underneath her. She screams "NEE!" when he stops moving.
  • Subverted in Daredevil after Elektra dies. It looks like Matt Murdock is winding up for a NOOOOO! but doesn't do it.
  • In The Neverending Story, when Atreyu screams "ARTAX!!!"
  • In The Contender, Jeff Bridges as President Jackson Evans yells one in frustration.
  • In the remake of The Haunting, Eleanor shouts "NO! I will not let you hurt the children!" at a ghost.
  • In The Avengers, Thor shouts this when Loki mortally wounds Agent Coulson aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier.
  • Luther screams a classic Nooooooooo" in the climactic scene of "The Warriors" as badass gang The Riffs close in to (presumably) hack him and his gang to pieces.


  • An unintentionally hilarious example is seen at the end of Marianne Curley's The Key, where Ethan screams it after his true love Rochelle takes a magic arrow to the chest for him. Rochelle, who is narrating the story and using present tense, is able to tell us that the last thing she hears before she dies is Ethan screaming "Nooooo!"
  • In the first Wild Cards book (from 1986), Dr. Tachyon shrieks "Noooooooooooooooooo!" when he believes he has failed to prevent his friend Angelface from being shot.
  • In George R. R. Martin's A Clash of Kings ship-captain Davos Seaworth unleashes one of these during the bloody naval assault on King's Landing, when he realizes that one of the other attacking ships is about to set off a particularly nasty trap.
  • The Gaunt's Ghosts novel The Guns of Tanith uses this at the climax when Mkoll kills Sagittar Slaith.
  • This trope, among other things, robbed Oz's death in The Lake House of much of its impact.
  • To expand on the Harry Potter examples in the Film section:
    • Professor McGonagall gets a big "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" towards the end of The Deathly Hallows, when she sees Hagrid carrying what she thinks is Harry's lifeless body. But don't worry, he gets better.
    • Ron also gets an adorably melodramatic one in Harry Potter. Between that and the all-caps "AAAAAAARGH" he gets immediately preceding his Big No, the stretched-out drama takes up an entire line on the page.
    • Ron gets another one in Deathly Hallows after he hears Bellatrix give Greyback permission to kill Hermione.
  • Starcraft: Ghost: Nova. The title character does one of these every other page, just about. The other pages, somebody else fills in for her.
  • In Warrior Cats, Bluestar (then Bluepaw) bursts into one of these when her mother is killed in battle, complete with eight O's.
  • In The Hobbit, Gandalf tells Bilbo about Beorn and says that he is a 'skin-changer.' Bilbo expresses his thoughts by asking whether he meant 'furrier', to which Gandalf responds: 'Good gracious heavens, no, no, NO, NO!'
  • In The Belgariad, Ce'Nedra lets one out upon discovering that she has to marry Garion. Right in the middle of his Awesome Moment of Crowning.

Live Action TV

  • Played for laughs in the Britcom Coupling when Jane finds out her boyfriend is opposed to premarital sex.
  • Oz: Happens a few times.
    • The most notable one would be when Keller commits suicide and leaves Beecher thinking that he's the one who killed Keller.
    • Shirley Bellinger does this right before she's hanged.
  • From Scrubs,
  • Played straight (and generally approved of) near the end of Angel's Season Three. Possibly helped by the hero sobbing so hard he can barely get the word out.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Used non-ironically in "Age of Steel." By an ostensibly emotionless cyborg.
    • "The Fires of Pompeii" has at least two characters Big-Noing simultaneously at its climax.
    • And then there's Sutekh from The Pyramids of Mars, whose end is hilariously interspersed throughout this compilation.
    • One of the more effective uses of this in the old series was when Omega has only just realized that he is little more than a walking ghost—partly because his denial is also followed up by a very tortured primal scream that sounds disturbing realistic.
    • Used very effectively in the series 2 finale "Doomsday", though it isn't so much heard as conveyed though Ten's expression.
    • Used in the Sixth Doctor story, "The Ultimate Foe", the Sixth Doctor screams a Big No when he is slowly disappearing into sand when hands grabbing him.
    • In the TV movie by FOX, the Eighth Doctor yells it when the Master kills Chang Lee and again when the Master kills Grace Halloway.
    • The Tenth Doctor upon the Master's death. The last of his kind, again.
    • Used at least twice in "Voyage of the Damned" by... go on have a guess from the sacrifice made by Foon Van Hoff to stop one of the Host as well as Astrid when she takes Max Capicorn with her into the nuclear engine. The second was also unheard and accented with music just like "Doomsday".
    • Eleven actually shouts "Big no!" during The Lodger.
    • Yelled quite a few times by Rory, after Amy's death in The Pandorica Opens.
    • The Series 6 opener, The Impossible Astronaut, has not one, not two, but THREE Big Nos: the first from Amy as the Doctor is shot. The second, shortly after from River as the Doctor is shot mid-regeneration, killing him for real. The third, from the Doctor as Amy shoots the astronaut without realising who it is.
  • MacGyver:
    • In the episode "Flame's End", when MacGyver's New Old Flame's car blows up, the action slows down as MacGyver rushes toward the car, the soundtrack mutes, and MacGyver shouts her name.
    • When, in the Very Special Episode "Blood Brothers", Jason Priestly's character accidentally shot himself, things went slow-mo and MacGyver yelled not that character's name, but the name of his childhood friend who died after accidentally getting shot.
  • The X-Files ends a cliffhanger episode like this. Also, in "Monday" Scully and Mulder are doomed to endlessly repeat the Big No, as they are trapped in a Groundhog Day Loop which always results in their deaths.
    • "This is Not Happening" ends this way with Scully (of all people) invoking this trope after finding Mulder dead in a field. She ran to find the supernatural healer, only to find him nowhere in sight. She collapses on the floor and screams in anguish.
  • Used often on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, particularly the episode "Not Fade Away".
  • Supernatural
    • In "All Hell Breaks Loose", Dean lets out one when he just finally found Sam and seen him get stabbed in the back. Helped by the fact that the viewers are probably feeling the same thing and his look of complete panic and devastation at the sight of his little brother getting knifed.
    • Played absolutely hilariously when a wishing well turns a girl's teddy bear into a life-sized, sentient being. A very depressed, alcoholic, somewhat perverted, plushy sentient being. Eventually, he (it?) decides to end it all and sticks a shotgun in its mouth, graphically blowing a cloud of fluff across the room. Which doesn't kill it, as apparently cotton batting doesn't double for brains. Despairing, the teddy raises its paws to heaven and implores "WHHHYYYYYYY?!"
    • Sam also lets one out at the end of the pilot episode when Jessica dies.
    • This is Gordon's reaction in "Fresh Blood" as he's being turned into a vampire.
    • Dean reacts this way in "Swan Song" when Sam!Lucifer telepathically snaps Bobby Singer's neck.
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: "MAMA NOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Spaced:
    • Parodied when Tim screams "NOOOO!!!" at the top of his lungs when cradling the body of his fallen best friend Mike, who has just been shot whilst saving Tim from an ambush by a hated rival and has just given a moving eulogy. It's worth noting, however, that this is merely a paintball game, and Mike, having merely been shot by a gob of paint, is far from dead; indeed, the scene immediately cuts to the two of them leaving the paintball centre casually chatting about how much fun they had.
    • Later parodied again in the first episode of the second season, in which Tim, recounting events in voice-over, introduces Mike—who runs to the centre of the pavement, falls to his knees, and angstily screams "WHYYYYYYY?!?!?!" at the top of his lungs for absolutely no reason whatsoever. According to the Spaced Season 2 DVD'S Homage-o-meter, this moment is a reference to Platoon.
  • In the first episode of The Middleman, the Mad Scientist gives a Big No when Wendy and the Middleman thwart his plans.
  • Ned Bigby from Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide has used the Big No when things were going badly for him.
  • Used to great effect on The Daily Show during, of all things, the 2000 election aftermath. At the end of a long montage involving the host and correspondents working through 37 days of hell, during which they turn to cannibalism and Jon and Stephen apparently fall in love, Al Gore concedes and it looks like it's all over—when suddenly Stephen is shot dead. "NOOOOOOOO!!!!!"
    • The Even Stephven segments occasionally had these when Carell and Colbert were explaining their positions:


  • Parodied to the max in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace, in which practically every dramatic / tragic moment in the series will be punctuated by someone—usually Rick Daglass—screaming "Nooooooo!!!" at the top of his lungs, in slow motion, for at least a full minute. Usually more than once.
  • Miami Vice episode "Calderone's Demise" features a string of no less than eight successive iterations of the slow-motion Big No.
  • Stephen Colbert regularly uses them for comic effect. He is well known to be a huge fan of both Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, so it's obviously an homage. For example, in his "audition tape" for the post of White House press secretary, where Colbert repeatedly uses this as he is pursued by Helen Thomas.
  • Played straight in Primeval. In episode 4 of Season 2, Plucky Comic Relief Connor attempts to get around a particularly nasty creature to rescue his friend/crush Abby. The creature smacks him across the room, where he hits a wall and then drops out of sight, resulting in Abby uttering the Big No. While it was probably Narm to some viewers, actress Hannah Spearritt deserves serious credit here. The anguish on her face and in her voice actually makes the line work.
  • In the Big Time Rush 2-part special Big Time Concert, when Gustavo hears that James already left for LA with Hawk, he begins to scream a Big No, but briefly runs out of breath, stops, and takes some water from Kelly. Then, after he drinks it, he continues to scream so loud and the view shows that it can be heard from space.
  • Used as the season one cliffhanger of Sliders (when Quinn is shot and then cradled in Wade's arms — Sabrina Lloyd can scream), and again in season two (when Wade dreams of her past-life self being shot and cradled in her lover's arms).
  • In Friends, (Season 4 Episode 12), Monica, Rachel, Chandler, and Joey compete with each other to get to know each other. Chandler makes a bet with the women saying if the women won, the men would have to give up their pet duck, but if the men won, they would take over Monica's apartment. Upon losing to the men, the women all let scream, "NO!"
  • Big Wolf on Campus makes fun of it. When an attempt to save Merton's life seems to fail and Merton just lies still, everyone goes quiet... and then Merton goes "That's it? No tears? No wailing? No protracted moan of nooooooooooooooooooooooooo?"
  • Star Trek the Original Series:
    • In the season 1 episode "The Alternative Factor", Lazarus lets out a Big No when Kirk vanishes into a antimatter universe.
    • In the third season episode, "Whom Gods Destroy", Kirk does this three times after he is forbidden to beam aboard the Enterprise after Scotty tells him to answer the chess problem. Turns out it is actually Garth of Ivar in disguise.
  • Star Trek Deep Space Nine:
    • In the season one finale Sisko does this while charging towards an assassin. The scene is in slow motion, making his already deep voice hilariously deep.
    • Gul Dukat does this when his daughter was killed in the sixth season episode "Sacrifice of the Angels".
  • Star Trek the Next Generation:
    • In the Season 6 episode "Timescape", Picard succumbs to temporal narcosis after laughing, he repeatedly lets out a Big No.
    • In the 3rd season episode "Sarek", Picard yells it after the mind-meld with Sarek.
    • In the 6th season episode "Frame of Mind", Riker screams a Big No before waking up from a nightmare.
    • Counsellor Troi screams a Big No in her hallucination in the 5th season episode, "Violations" and again as an old woman when the alien ambassador heads for the transporter room in the 6th season episode "Man of the People" and once more, when Data stabs in her shoulder in the turbolift in the 7th season episode "Phantasms".
    • In the 1st season episode "Hide and Q", Q does this when he is called back to his people. Worf does it earlier in the episode when a Klingon woman appeared and wanted to have sex with him.
    • Picard gets another Big No moment in 4th season episode "Night Terrors," when he hallucinates that the turbolift ceiling is bearing down to crush him.
      • I'm actually QUITE sure that was from the 1st season episode "Where No One Has Gone Before"...
    • Data does it when he punched Picard in the 2nd season episode "The Schizoid Man."
    • In the 5th season episode "Darmok", Picard does this when the transporter snatched him away.
    • Wesley Crusher screams it in the climax of the 7th season episode "Journey's End".
    • Hugh does it at the climax of the 7th season premiere episode "Descent, part 2" when Lore is going to kill Data.
    • Worf gets a Big No in 1st season episode "The Last Outpost," and Riker does it a moment later.
  • Star Trek Voyager:
    • From the holoprogram The Adventures of Captain Proton!:

 Chaotica: Your once proud country will fall to its knees. How ironic that I am using your rocket ship to lead my space force into battle!

Kim: You're wrong, Chaotica. Before you came on board, someone pushed the self destruct button. In three minutes, we'll all be dead.

Chaotica: (with appropriate Large Ham body language) NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    • In "One", Seven screams "no" after the Doc goes offline, leaving her to deal with the hallucinations she's having, plus the fact that every system is failing by herself.
    • In "The Thaw", Kim screams "NOOOOOO!!!!" when the Clown proceed cut Harry open with a scalpel before being stopped by the Doctor.
  • In the Disney Channel tv movie, The Luck of The Irish, the villian has one when he's tricked into being banished to Cleveland. "OHIO?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!"
  • Pee-Wee Herman does it repeatedly in an episode of Pee-wee's Playhouse, after Jambi tells him that there is only one wish per show.
  • Babylon 5: In the Season 4 episode "The Face of the Enemy", an increasingly upsetting season long arc culminates in a brainwashed Mr. Garibaldi betraying his friends in a big public way, leading to the capture and torture of the captain. Guess what happens when Garibaldi snaps back and realizes that everything he loves is gone and all his friends believe he betrayed them?
    • Also, this exchange earlier in Season 4

 Mollari: Your ships are very impressive in the air, or in space, but right now they are on the ground.

Morden: So? They can sense an approaching ship from miles away. So what are you going to do, Mollari? Blow up the island?

Mollari: that you mention it...


(Londo presses a button on a small remote detonator he takes out of his pocket, and a distant explosion is heard)

  • In Battlestar Galactica Reimagined, Lee Adama gets a very effective one when Starbuck is apparently killed somewhat spoiled when they used it in recap clips for the rest of the season.
  • In the Sci Fi miniseries Tin Man, Wyatt Cain does a Big No during a Flashback Nightmare.
  • In The Office (USA), Michael has this reaction when he discovers Toby has returned from South America. The fact that it's interrupted by the opening credits makes it funnier. Behold.
    • Another classic one with Pam after discovering Michael is sleeping with her mother. Like the example above, made funnier by a break; in this case, she runs out of the office in a Big No, and the show soon cuts to a commercial break and upon return, she's still in the midst of her Big No in the parking lot.
    • Dwight gets a truly epic one when he gets the news that a billboard with himself and Andy in a rather unfortunate position has been defaced. In all it's glory.
  • Ashes to Ashes, when Alex fails to prevent her parents' death, compounded by the knowledge it was her father who had done the deed.
  • The cliffhanger ending of season 2 of Farscape has left Aeryn dead, John an unintelligible vegetable on an operating table, and Scorpius walking away having killed the doctor and recovered the neural chip from John's head. He tries to let out a big no. As his speech center has been carved out along with the chip it's more of a "FWWOOOOOOO", but the effort was there.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Disc One Final Boss Sokar does an inarticulate roar when he realizes that Apophis has outmaneuvered him, while making use of the Goa'uld "deep voice" effect. It comes off as pretty Badass.
    • Also done well when Anubis sees his fleet destroyed by Earth's Ancient defense weapon. He gets in one good big NO before his ship blows up. (Same actor, incidentally.)
  • In the season 3 finale of Heroes, Angela Petrelli gives a (possibly) frightening Big No upon seeing the bloody corpse of Nathan.
  • Parodied in The IT Crowd as part of The Fun in Funeral frolics surrounding Denholm's funeral; when his long-lost son Douglas turns up out of nowhere he bursts in the door, takes off his sunglasses and make sure he's got everyone's full attention before screaming out "Fath-EEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRR!"
  • Played for laughs in Frasier in Part Two of "Shut Out in Seattle"—and in slo-mo! — when Faye asks Cassandra's name, undoing Frasier's double-episode-long Snowball Lie that was keeping his relationship from exploding. He also dashes across Cafe Nervosa in slo-mo as he shouts it, scattering tables along the way, but doesn't get there in time to avoid disaster.
  • Played for laughs in Coupling when Patrick encounters 'The Melty Man'.
  • In Chuck, Sarah lets a loud one out when Michael Clark Duncan's character drops Chuck head-first off the roof of a building.
    • Chuck returns the favor in slow-mo as he takes a bullet meant for Sarah in the series's penultimate episode.
  • Community has several first-season "mini episodes" that take place during study breaks. In one, Abed asks Pierce, the creepy offensive member, to play Truth or Dare. When Pierce chooses Truth, Annie yells, NOOOO. She calms herself and apologizes. Then Abed asks Pierce what he's ever done that he's ashamed of and the whole group yells NOOOO.
  • Green Wing: Sue White's reaction to Mac withdrawing from the slave auction.
  • Jack Bauer does one in Season 4 of 24 when Marwan kills himself.
  • Done hilariously in this MadTV skit.
  • Parodied in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Storyteller". When Andrew is trying to convince Buffy—and himself—that his murder of Jonathan was actually accidental, or he was possessed both his imagine spots end with an over-the-top Big No.
  • This is the Catch Phrase of Saturday Night Live's Mr. Bill.
  • Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers: In the final episode of this arc, Billy shouts this trope when the command center is about to be blown up.
  • Merlin has one (well, two close together) at the very end of season 1, when he thinks Gaius is dead.
  • V-2009 has not one, but TWO of epic proportions when Anna experiences her first human emotion in the Season 1 finale.
  • Highlander the Series plays it straight with Duncan MacLeod shouting "DARIUS!" upon finding his dead body.
  • A Seinfeld episode ended with one from George when his plan to get his girlfriend to break up with him by suggesting a 'menage-a-trois' backfires.
  • Conan O'Brien let one out on his first show on TBS once he learns that he'll never work on Network TV again.
  • Parodied on Big Train when Chaka Khan has a western-style shootout with the Bee Gees - when Robin Gibb (1849-1880) is gunned down by Chaka Khan (1850-1920), Barry Gibb (1847-1880) gives one up that lasts nearly half a minute. Then he does a second one. (During that time, Robin takes upwards of 70 bullets from Chaka's six-shooter. Rule of Funny in full effect, of course.)
  • Played straight in Twin Peaks, when sheriff Truman breaks the sad news to Laura's parents.
  • Wilson does this in the episode "Out of the Chute" when he sees House jump off of a hotel balcony, thinking he's committing suicide. Turns out he was just jumping into a pool.
  • This moment on 3rd Rock from the Sun.

 Nina: You're taking it better than I thought you would.

  • Parodied in Hot in Cleveland when Victoria lets one out... after gaining one pound.
  • On Cheers as Rebecca goes into her office Woody is about to leave the bar and tells her he's going out to ask her boss' daughter out for a date. Rebecca not really listening says "Okay." and closes her door. Then a second later she runs out of her office and across the bar screaming "Nooooooooo!!!!" jumps on Woody's back and tackles him just before he reaches the door.
  • In Rizzoli and Isles Hoyt threatens to kill Jane leading Maura to scream Template:"No!" Big No
  • In the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode "The Tale Of The Renegade Virus" a virus attempts to enter Simon's brain via plugging in a serial port connector as his hand in the serial port embedded in Simon's hand leading Simon to scream "NO!" The virus also does this a few times after Simon defeats him by "pressing any key to escape".
    • One girl does this in "The Tale of the Many Faces" when she is threatened with the "Punishment Book".
  • In the last seconds of the Game of Thrones episode "A Man Without Honour", Maester Luwin upon seeing the charred corpses of Bran and Rickon Stark
  • In Shake It Up "Protest It Up", this was CeCe's reaction to the announcement of a Sudden School Uniform.


  • Most songs here.
  • A particularly hilarious one happened in the song "MacArthur Park". The man is lamenting a cake:

 "And I'll never have that recipe again. Oh NOOOOOOOOOO!"

    • Admittedly he is not lamenting a literal cake. He's lamenting losing a lover who was perfect for him. It's a metaphor, but as Dave Barry put it, "It's still a really stupid metaphor."
    • "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Jurassic Park", being a parody of "MacArthur Park", also has the NOOOOOOOOOO! In the' video, a T-Rex is about to eat Weird Al, so it fits.
  • A Preposterone-fueled one is found in the song "BEER!" by Psychostick.
  • In the Lemonheads' song "The Great Big No", one would expect an uncommonly large "No", but there is only a moderately drawn-out "No".
  • Don't Forget The Lyrics featured The Tide Is High by Blondie, seven missing lyrics:

  "I'm not the kind of girl/ Who gives up just like that/ Oh noooooooo "

  • The Pink Floyd Rock Opera The Wall has one of these in "Another Brick in the Wall Part 3".
  • "Cassie" by Flyleaf starts with one. It's actually a Big Yes, although on the album version its only in the bridge of the song.
  • The video to Disturbed's "Inside the Fire" starts out with one of these.
  • Ozzy gets a couple of these in Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath."
  • Linkin Park's song "Blackout" contains several big nos along with a couple of surprise f-bombs.
    • "Faint" has Chester roaring "no" to kick off the bridge.
  • The Body Count song "The Winner Loses" has Ice T telling the story of a friend who was addicted to cocaine. The friend's life was lost. Noooooooo! 2:45

New Media

  • When Wookieepedia, the official unofficial Star Wars Wiki, was going for their first Featured Wikia of the month on the Wikia main site, there was some consternation when they discovered they were losing to WikiFur, the Furry Fandom's Wikia. This sent them on a wild scramble for more votes. The furries, to their credit, played up their role of villain with the following message on the Wikia boards. "Join us, and together we can rule the Internet as Wookie Fur!" Wookieepedia made the only appropriate response. If only Chewie, rather than Vader, had delivered the last Big No of the saga....
  • The website helpfully provides a Big No button for use "in dire situations".
  • The reaction of manga-addicts everywhere when Onemanga announced it was going down.

Professional Wrestling

  • Almost parallel to the rise in popularity of Daniel Bryan's YES! mantra, the fans began chanting NO! every time they saw something they didn't like, and alternated between YES! and NO! when a face and a heel (respectively) traded blows in a slugfest.

Puppet Shows

  • A few of these come from the main female character from Team America: World Police when her fiancé is shot by a terrorist about five minutes in.


  • Among fans of the Minnesota Vikings, KFAN radio announcer Paul Allen's painful cry of "NOOOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOO!"[3] as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Nate Poole caught a pass from Josh McCown to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs, will forever live in infamy. Along with many, many other disappointing moments in the history of the franchise. Making it even worse, the Cardinals were 3 and 12 before that game, and the Vikings started the year with a 6-0 record on the way to a 3-7 finish the rest of the way. Nowadays, all you need to do to relive PA's Big No is listen to KFAN for long enough; they have it on their soundboard and use it on a semi-regular basis.
  • Game 5 of the 2010 NBA Western Conference Finals. Series tied 2-2. Lakers up by 3 over the Suns with a minute to go. Every possession at this point is crucial. After a missed shot, Pau Gasol grabs the rebound from four Phoenix Suns players and manages to throw the ball out to a wide open Ron Artest. Instead of using up some clock, Ron chocks up and fires off a three-pointer that clangs off the rim. Not only was the crowd at Staples Center audibly crying out "NOOOOOOOO", so were the radio announcers.
  • The late Chicago Cubs radio commentator Ron Santo was known for unleashing these when, as was often the case, things went badly for the team. Perhaps the most famous example of this took place during a 1998 game against the Milwaukee Brewers, when Cubs left fielder Brant Brown caught and then dropped a fly ball on what would have been the final out of the game, allowing the Brewers to score three runs and win 8-7. Santo's agonized "NOOOOOOOO!" can be heard here.

Tabletop Games

  • The Mystara supplement The Five Shires actually turns this trope into a defensive weapon for classic D&D halflings. Within the boundaries of their homeland, halflings threatened by spells can cry "No!" once a day, sacrificing some of their life force in the process, and potentially negate the impending spell's effects. Things like this happen when Ed Greenwood writes your gaming material....
  • Every gamer ever after a high level, carefully munchkined, self inserted, or valued for some other reason character dies. For best results, have them role a one, resulting in falling on their own sword. Or quarterstaff.


  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? features one of the best Big Nos of all time, when Martha cries out "Nooooooooo!" after George finally announces their fictional son is dead. Elizabeth Taylor in the film version makes a magnificent cry that has to be seen to be believed.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera, it is fairly common to hear one when the Phantom snaps during the "All I Ask of You" reprise. Depending on the actor, this can be a literal Big No, several small ones, and/or an inarticulate cry of rage.
  • When Mimi dies of consumption at the end of La Boheme, her boyfriend Rodolfo rushes to her side sobbing and crying her name.
  • At the end of Rent, when it appears that Mimi is dying, Roger sings out a rather long "NOOOOOOOO!" to segue into "Your Eyes". Thus adding insult to injury.
  • Bill Francouer's Babes in Toyland gives the Big No to Barnaby and his henchmen, the villains of the show, shortly after their defeat sequence.
  • In the musical version of Ragtime, Coalhouse Walker does a ridiculous big NOOOOOOO! when he finds out Sarah died, followed by a nice long angry reprise.
  • Some versions of Miss Saigon actually go out on this trope, with Chris cradling Kim's corpse and letting out a great big "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" which continues for a few seconds after the curtain falls. Other versions thankfully replace this with an actual closing number.
  • In the version of Hamlet in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, the scene where Hamlet kills Polonius involves Polonious, in 'slow motion', saying, "NOOOOOOO, iiiit wiiiill huuuurt, ow, Iiiii toooold yoooou."
  • In Parade, in "That's What he Said," in which a man makes a vivid (and false) testimony about the lead raping and murdering a 13-year-old girl.

 Conley: He said no, no, and his eyes were wild and his face was red he said NOOOOOOOO!"


  • Lucy has one of these in 13 when Brett asks Kendra out.
  • Parodied in Urinetown.
  • Also parodied in Bat Boy the Musical.
  • In Spring Awakening some Melchiors have been known to pull out this trope in the graveyard upon finding Wendla's grave, and off-Broadway Melchior used to have one in the reformatory after learning that Wendla is pregnant.

Video Games

  • Larry DaVinci does this after the Negativitron kidnaps Avalon in Little Big Planet 2.
  • Happens to Pinky in Little Big Planet 3 when Newton sends Sackboy FALLING.

Newton in the Sackboy: A Big Adventure DLC "The Return of Vex" does this in the post-level cutscent where Sackboy gets blasted by the Pumpinator and later when he is about to get gulped down by Vex (whose now Sackboy's dad and still the God of Nightmares) in the pre-level boss-fight cutscene...


Newton: The Pumpinator can generalate powerful wind and suciation.

(Sackboy presses the sucking button, and his face gets sucked into the pumpinator)


(Sackboy presses the blow button)

Newton: NONONONO! TURN IT OFF! Turn it off NOW! PLEASE!!!

(Sackboy turns the Pumpinator off and got dizzy afterwards)

Newton: (sighs) We got a lot of things to do with this, don't we now?Quote-left-cs.svg

  • Bob Page lets one off in the New Dark Age ending of Deus Ex.
  • In Baldurs Gate, if you have Khalid and Jaheira in your party, Khalid will yell one of these if Jaheira is killed.

 Khalid: Ja-Jaheira! No! Noooooooo!

  • Breakers Revenge: Condor's KO scream. "NUUUUUUUU!!!"
  • Cammy's KO scream in Street Fighter Zero 3 and Street Fighter IV — "NOOOOOOOOO!!"
  • Gilgamesh lets out one of these when he's banished into the void by his Bad Boss in Final Fantasy V. More seriously, Krile delivers one when her grandfather Galuf dies.
  • Cecil lets out a big WHY? in the DS version of Final Fantasy IV after he destroys the Village of Mist. It's followed a few lines later by a nicely dramatic "No".
  • Celes does one of these in Final Fantasy VI if Cid dies.
  • Montblanc in Final Fantasy Tactics Advance had this moment after fulfilling the request involving a townsgirl wanting to confess her true feelings, who actually doesn't exist, and in turn were a whole Moogle clan out to defeat him waiting in Materiwood. Only in the English version, though. The Japanese equivalent to this Big "NO!" is "?????Gethbot (talk)!!" (reads "Hidoikupo!!") which means TERRIBLE, KUPOOOOOO! with an addition of a This Cannot Be! before that.
  • Auron in Final Fantasy X let howl one when he finds that the sacrifice of his friends, Braska and Jecht, was for absolutely nothing and tries to unleash his fury on Yunalesca. Just to get beat, literally, to death. A "remembrance" echo as soon he saw Tidus having the same reaction over it he remembered what happened that time.
  • Eliwood does this twice in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword, first when his father dies and later when he realizes the dragon he just killed was Ninian.
  • Frequent in Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney. Villains are particularly prone to breaking into a Big "NO!" when Phoenix destroys their alibis.
    • Damon Gant does it twice—and that's before he actually slips into a Motive Rant.
    • Actually parodied at one point when The Judge does the Big "NO!"—and then stops and wonders why, since he's not the one in trouble.
    • Another particularly amusing one is when Matt Engarde shouts something to the like of "No!!!GuiltygUilTYGUILTYguiLTYgUiLty!!!" complete with alternating caps while ripping his face off.
    • In the same case, Phoenix lets out a Big "NO!" if you present to the judge at one point a piece of cloth with Ema Skye's fingerprints on it too soon. This makes everyone believe Ema really did accidentally kill the victim in the incident two years ago, making the trial impossible to win and you're notified that you eventually lost.
      • Ema herself let's off one when it is implied that She inadvertantly killed the very person she was trying to help.
      • So does Edgeworth, when he finds out he has unintentionally used forged evidence.
    • In Trials and Tribulations, when Edgeworth, who immediately caught on to how terrible being a defense attorney really is, just got through breaking three of Larry Butz's phsyche-lockes, being miserable the entire time through. It seemed he was about to get to the bottom of what Butz was hiding when suddenly he's encountered by five more! Cue the Big No. At that point, he decided to just take Butz as a witness.
    • Godot does such a moment in Case 2 of Trials and Tribulations WHILE DRINKING COFFEE. (This was notably not a Spit Take; he did this while chugging the coffee as fast as he could.)
    • Also, he also does the same thing in Case 3.
  • Stages in Elite Beat Agents and Osu Tatakae Ouendan are touched off with the rescuee screaming in anguish (with the Big "HEEAALLLLLP!"/"OOOUUU-EENNN-DAAAAAN!", respectively), prompting an arrival and a dramatic entrance from the titular Big Damn Heroes.
  • Marcus Fenix in Gears of War 3 when he realises that Dom Santiago is about to sacrifice himself in order to assist his team's escape from the pipeline. Cue the sounds of the battle fading away to reveal an instrumental of Gary Jules' "Mad World".

 Marcus: "Dom! What the fuck are you doing?!"

Dom: "Pullin' the plug on 'em, Marcus! Jump, will you?! Do it!"

Marcus: *realises what Dom is about to do* "DOM!! NO!!"

  • Max Payne breaks into the Big No right at the end of the opening level when he finds out that he was too late to save his wife.
    • This was parodied, along with everything else concerning the first Max Payne, in the Show Within A Show "Dick Justice" in Max Payne 2.
  • Seiken Densetsu 3: Angela finds out her mother wants to sacrifice her to unseal some magical stones. She shouts this at the top of her lungs, and manages to finally release her power, teleporting outside the castle.
  • Star Fox:
    • When Fox gets killed in Star Fox 64. Peppy and Falco don't use the Big No to a huge effect like everyone else does, but Slippy lets out a normal Big No.
    • One of the bosses does it too.
    • Subverted in Star Fox Assault by Wolf in Mission 7, where Fox rides Wolf's Wolfen. When Fox fails to protect the Wolfen, Wolf utters a soft, short "Curses." as his ship explodes, while Fox falls down screaming.
  • Snake shouts a Big "NO!" in Super Smash Bros Brawl if he's knocked out of the stage as a twinkle in the sky.
    • Peach goes "Noooo!" when she turns into a star too.
    • As does Sonic. In both the Japanese and English versions.
  • In Dynasty Warriors, Sun Ce can die in Da Qiao's DW4XL stage. Right after he dies in her arms, she throws her head back and gives a really big NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!, complete with 360 camera action above her. Cue Roaring Rampage of Revenge.[4]
  • Several variants of this trope in Dynasty Warriors 6, most in response to the same character's death. Your choice of player character determines exactly who is around to witness said death and shout their particular version of the Big No.
  • No slow motion but a really big NOOOOOO! can be seen from Garrett in Thief 2 (of Thief series) when Viktoria sacrifices herself in Soul Forge.
  • Sam and Max Freelance Police:
    • In the final episode of Season One, Sam lets out a normal Big No when Hugh Bliss separates Max's bliss and renders him kind and passive (the horror!), not to mention totally useless in helping to thwart Hugh's brainwashing plot.
    • Sam has two more in Season Three. The first is when Max's brain is stolen, and the second is just before Max transforms into an Eldritch Abomination.
  • In Heavenly Sword, Nariko yells this as Flying Fox throws Kai down with a noose around her neck, apparently killing her instantly. Although as it turns out Kai wasn't dead and eventually recovered.
  • Near the end of Myst III: Exile, Woobie Saavedro does a less drawn-out version of this trope when you trap him behind the ice shields on Narayan. Repeatedly. In a dramatic, tormented, heart-wrenching manner. He does it again when you go to retrieve the MacGuffin from him, only this time, it's even more of a Tear Jerker.
  • Half-Life 2: Alyx has a big one at the end of Episode Two when she sees her father horribly killed in front of her.
  • Super Mario RPG: A disproportionate amount of Smithy's dialogue is either a Big No or a Written Roar. I believe at one point he exclaimed something that was a mix of both.
  • Francis has one in Super Paper Mario after Peach nukes his laptop. "NOOOOOO! MY GRAPHICS CAAAAARD!"
  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Sahori says this when she realizes that the evil demon Lahmu is kidnapping her. It reflects the horror of the scene, as she had snapped and murdered her two bullies in cold blood just prior.
  • Some of the characters in the Mario Kart series let out a Big No if they fall off the track.
  • Averted in Tomb Raider Underworld, when Lara's Doppleganger shoots Alister, Lara goes over to him, when he actually dies, Lara just utters a sharp 'Dammit!', then carries his body out of Croft Manor, now on fire.
  • Star Ocean Till the End of Time: rather often. Fayt pulls at least two, when Ameena dies and when his father dies. There are undoubtedly more, as well as Albel's particularly memorable example of the Written Roar.
  • Folklore. Within the first two minutes of the opening clip. By the boat driver.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Sora's going to do his Heroic Sacrifice. And everyone around him goes "NOOOOOOOOOOO! SOOOOOOOOOORA!!!"
    • In Chain of Memories: Reverse Rebirth, the Riku Replica gives one it's decided to have Naminé give him a false set of memories and make him forget that he's not the real Riku.
    • Demyx gives one of these when you beat him. "Nooooo waaaaayyyy!"
  • The good ending of Disgaea 3 Absence of Justice: After the final battle, Mao puts up with Aurum's speech before pulling out his sword and preparing to behead the Super Hero... before deciding that he'd be better served as a research specimen. Aurum is naturally distraught at this last-minute rejection of the death he always wanted.

 Mao: (evil laugh) Have you forgotten? I am a demon! Your logic won't work on me! TO MY LAB! (guess what Aurum says next)

  • Video games in general often use either this trope or Say My Name in place of the player-character's death scream. This is especially apparent in Sonic the Hedgehog games.
    • For example, in Sonic the Hedgehog 2006, Sonic and Shadow both yell "No!" (the latter much more dramatically) upon dying, while Silver cries "No... not now..."
    • In Sonic and the Black Knight, Sonic lets out a Big No when his sword Caliburn is destroyed by the Dark Queen.
    • In the same game, he also lets off a half-big No in the opening when Merlina warps them away before Sonic gets the chance to recover his second Chili Dog, however the subtitle is more shaped to that of a Big No.
    • Not to mention Elise's literally explosive Big No when Sonic is killed.
    • In Sonic Adventure 2, in the Dark Side story, Sonic busted the Restraining Bolt on the Egg Golem boss. After throwing a small fit, the Golem turned to Eggman and attacked him in dramatic slow-mo, accompanied by Eggman shouting in a deep voice, "NOOOO...!!!"
    • In Sonic Rush Adventure, when your craft takes on damage, Tails says "NO!"
  • Used during several points in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, when Gabriel first meets Tetelo in the Bayou, when Wolfgang rips out his own heart so Gabriel can get the talisman, and after Malia sacrifices herself to finish Tetelo.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • One of the achievements is titled "Dr. Nooooo". To accomplish it, you have to backstab a Medic who's about to deploy an Ubercharge; as that takes time to build up and would have rendered the medic invulnerable if he'd pulled it off, they probably would let out a Big No at their monitor.
    • Ironically, the Spy sometimes screams ""Jarate? NOOOOOOOOOO!", when he's hit by the stuff.
    • "OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!" - Courtesy of the Heavy.
  • King's Quest:
    • Interesting variation in King's Quest VI Heir Today Gone Tomorrow: "That's odd. Where did she..." (The floor drops out from under Alexander's feet.) "...GOOOOOOOOOO?!?!" Played straight later on by Cassima, who gives an anguished "Alexander, noooooooooooo!" if Alexander is killed by Shamir Shamazel in the endgame confrontation.
    • In King's Quest VII the Princeless Bride Rosella screams "Noooo!" after being trapped in a coffin underground. (And apparently yells loudly enough to be heard above ground.)
    • In the second episode of the Fan Sequel The Silver Lining, Alexander lets out a Big "NO!" just before being energy zapped by Manannan in a vision Graham experiences.
  • The Commodore 64 port of 1984's Impossible Mission rewards the player who completed the game by revealing the villain, accompanied by a digitized, plaintive "No. No. NO! The ZX Spectrum version (when it allowed the player to reach the ending, without tripping over the Game Breaking Bug) has the picture of the villain screaming "NOOOOOOOOO!" (in the image), accompanied by a shaking screen, white noise and stripy border. You can go to Speccy Spoilers and grab a copy of this ending to see it for yourself (for an emulator on which to run that file, just visit the base of that URL)...
  • The original Neverwinter Nights has Fenthick utter a beautiful exemplar at the end of the first chapter: "Desther! NOOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • The girls of Persona 4 are known for their terrible cooking skills; the boys called anything they cook Mystery Food X ever since their first taste. The boys were terrified to learn that the girls baked a Christmas cake to celebrate little Nanako recovering after getting sick from being kidnapped into the Midnight Channel. Kanji lets out a NOOOOOOO! when she tries the cake before they could. The cake was delicious.
    • You also encounter one in text form upon reaching a certain floor of the Void Quest dungeon.
  • Tatsuya does it at the end of Innocent Sin/in the flashback of Eternal Punishment (although it's never seen in Innocent Sin, it's shown in the flashback) in Persona 2. It sort of turns a really emotional scene into a big Narm moment due to the bad English voice acting.
  • Plants vs. Zombies uses this in the Game Over screen, which says "The Zombies Ate Your Brains".
  • In World of Warcraft:
    • Kil'jaeden says Noooooooooo! when defeated.
    • There is also a black dragon named Nihil the Banished that may spawn randomly during a quest involving warping nether dragon eggs. When he spawns right before the player, he will say something about world domination, but if the player uses the device again on him, he will be banished again while yelling NOOOOOooooo....
    • Archimonde's Last Words as wisps envelopes him as shown in Cavern of Time.



 "NOOOO!!! A curse upon you, interlopers! The armies of the Lich King will hunt you down. You will not escape your fate..."

    • Interestingly enough, the second-to-last boss in the Nexus yells "Nooo!" when he's engaged, rather than when he's killed.
  • Because it's basically a requisite for Star Wars, The Force Unleashed has Starkiller let one out during his Heroic Sacrifice in the good ending. He also does it twice in the bad ending (one when he sees all his friends are dead and one when he gets crushed by a space ship).
    • Before that, Kota lets one out when he realizes that Palpatine is trying to turn Starkiller to the Dark Side.
    • In The Force Unleashed II, Starkiller lets one out when he fails to stop Boba Fett's ship, which has Juno Eclipse captive, from taking off and escaping.
  • In Zork: Grand Inquisitor, when the player puts a Zorkmid in a vending machine, the snacks inside inch forward but don't come out, prompting a Big No from Dalboz (though he's a lantern now, so even if they did come out he couldn't actually eat them).
  • In Dark Forces Saga, General Rom Mohc gives a really good one upon his defeat.
  • If you manage to get a mod that changes all zombies in Left 4 Dead 2 to Jimmy Gibbs Jr, or manage to find a way to spawn him, Ellis shouts NNNNOOOOOOOO! when he sees his hero zombified. Its funnier that the other survivors don't care, like Coach saying sorry about the car and Rochelle saying Dibs on Gibbs or HOLY SHIT whats that.
    • Also, any time a Smoker grabs you in the first Left 4 Dead.
  • Homeworld: Cataclysm contains a particularly entertaining variation at the very end of the last mission, when the Naggarok, big bad and 'parent' of the game's nightmare fuel main enemy (aptly named the Beast), is destroyed. The "Nooooooooooo!" goes on for a good long while, even after the boss itself has been reduced to cosmic dust.
  • In Master of Orion II: Battle at Antares, you hear this when a ship bearing a leader is killed in battle, and the dead ship's owner hasn't researched Survival Pods tech, which allows you to retrieve a leader as long as at least one ship survives the battle.
  • Oddly enough subverted in Sega Rally Championship: When you lose, it's "GAME OVER YEEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!"
  • Kilrathi pilots in Wing Commander II sometimes do this when they get shot down. So do some of the hostile human pilots in Wing Commander IV.
  • In the Quake series whenever you fall into an instant death pit.
  • Armed Police Batrider's announcer shouts "NOOO!" if you get a Game Over or miss a 10,000-point medal.
  • In The Godfather game, Monk Malone yells one after a string of smaller "no"s when Frankie Malone dies after being abducted by Tattaglia goons, even hurling a church pew by himself in his rage and sorrow.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, Zelda gets a pretty BIG one, after Anjean reveals to her what exactly the Big Bad is planning to do to her. Complete with a loud "IIIIIIIIIIIIIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!", the only spoken word in the whole game's bank of voice-clips. (And, yes, "Iya" means "No" in Japanese)
  • Happens fairly often in Supreme Commander when you kill an enemy commander. The most memorable is certainly Marxon's at the end of the Aeon campaign.
  • Spyro the Dragon has one of these in A New Beginning, when Sparx is about to be stepped on ("NOOOOOO--AAAAHHHHHHHH!", he was breathing fire for the first time), and in Dawn of the Dragon when Ignitus dies.
  • Master of Magic intro movie ends with this.
  • Dark Messiah of Might and Magic includes a pretty corny one in the most illogical of the game's possible endings. If you cleanse yourself of Xana's demonic possession, then go ahead and decide to free Daddy Archdemon at the end of the game, Leanna responds to this with a big no.
  • In Chrono Cross, Radius screams an all-caps Big "NO!" after the evil power of the Masamune causes him to kill his best friend Garai.
  • Ace Dixon gets a few of these in Crimson Skies. The second and fourth times you shoot him down, you'll be thanked over the radio with this:
  • This scene, at 2:40 from Bioshock.
  • In Luminous Arc 2, Rina gave a big one after Steiner died in her arms.
  • In SNK Gals' Fighters, this is one of Yuki's moves. Very useful for offense and defense.
  • Sieg from Suikoden Tierkreis gives this on a few occasions, but a really big one comes out right after Dirk's death.
  • In the endgame of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Guybrush and LeChuck do a nearly word-for-word recital of the classic scene from The Empire Strikes Back, which, naturally, includes the Big "NO!" It's every better in the Special Edition version, where Dominic Armato (as Guybrush) performs his lines exactly the same way as Mark Hamill did in Empire, up to and including the Big "NO!"
  • Resident Evil 2: "ADAAAAAAAA!" (Leon after Ada's Disney Death).
  • In Rosenkreuzstilette, if Spiritia loses a life while using Lilli, Lilli will scream "TIAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" in horror as Tia suffers an explosion-styled Critical Existence Failure. Since Lilli is friends with Tia, it's kind of in a "We Cannot Go on Without You" fashion, if you ask us.
  • Blaz Blue: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I won't lose!" (Bang Shishigami at the end of the second-to-last episode of Teach Me, Miss Litchi! in Calamity Trigger)
    • Noel Vermillion is quite fond of doing these as well, especially in her win quote against Arakune in Calamity Trigger.

 Noel: B-B-Bugs! Noooo! P-Please, don't come any closer!

      • She even lets one out in Rachel's Continuum Shift gag ending when she sees that Nirvana destroyed her marriage registration.

 Noel: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! My marriage registration!

        • Don't forget a rather chilling one at the end of Tsubaki's bad ending when Tsubaki dies
      • And one more for the road, courtesy of Makoto Nanaya after prolonged torture by Relius Clover.
  • A lot of Artix Entertainment villains tend to use these often when they're defeated, like Ledgermayne when it's being converted back into the raw mana from which it was made by the Supreme Arcane Staff and Kitsune when he ends up being sucked into and sealed away in a rift leading him back to the Yokai world, that while saying a variation of "This Cannot Be!" in the process.

 Kitsune: (as he is about to run into the rift) No! Not like this! It can't end like this! I won't go back to the Yokai world! NOOO Ooooooooooooo! (gets sucked into the rift)

    • Even Dr. Voltabolt in the Adventure Quest Worlds Mogloween events has one as well after his Dental Driller is destroyed.

 Dr. Voltabolt: Nooo! My beautiful machines! You haf ruined my planz!

Hero: Serves you right! You were trying to ruin Mogloween for everyone!

    • Blizzy lets out one after Lionfang performs his Kick the Dog moment of burning the gifts, and another one after he shatters the snow globe containing the Spirit of Frostval and lays bare his intent to make the world suffer for "surrendering to evil" by destroying Frostval (which, fortunately, can't happen so easily, as the Spirit returns to Lionfang's shock and disbelief to set things right again).
    • In the finale of the Doomwood saga, Vordred uses his dreaded Voiduminance Necrot-Morph spell, the same spell that he used to turn the Paladins of Doomwood undead, on Artix. Cue the Big "NO!" from the Hero. Fortunately, the spell has no effect on Artix — but that's because Artix is the Champion of Darkness.
  • Portal 2: During the core transfer, GLaDOS yells probably the most epic autotuned NOOOOO ever.
  • Dragon Age 2: In Act 3, when Anders blows up the chantry, Sebastian lets out a narmy "MAKER NOOOO!"
  • Putt-Putt Travels Through Time: After Pep gets sucked into the time machine and gets lost: "Pep! NOOOOOOO!"
  • In the first Pajama Sam game, Otto lets one out as he goes down a waterfall.
  • Double Switch: Eddie yells this a few times when you trap him at the end of the game.
  • Klogg from The Neverhood utters a Big No TWICE during the good ending. First, he yells it when Klaymen is about to put the crown back on Hoborg's head:



 Klogg: "Son of a-! (gets knocked out of the castle by the cannonball and falls off The Neverhood) NOOOOO!!!


  Fiona: No-! No-! NOOOOOOO!

  • In one of Wario-Man's comics in Wario Ware DIY Showcase, the pudding says, "Who says pudding can't be cool?" And then, after realizing that pudding cannot be cool, the pudding lets out a Big "NO!"
  • Achaea has quite a verbose one when you get afflicted with Whispering Madness. "No! It cannot be true! I cannot accept it! I beg of you to make it stop!"
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2: Noel lets one off when he realises Serah is about to die from her seeress powers:

  Noel: No... Serah - not now, please! Serah, snap out of it! NO!


Web Animation

  • Grif of Red vs. Blue spends the last moments of the third season screaming "No-!" (seemingly for hours, as said by Donut.), after the Red Team returns to Blood Gulch after an endevour with O'Mally. This extends to the the entire first episode of the fourth season, with lots of ridiculous plans (devised by Sarge, who else?) that attempt to force him off the cliff he's perched on. The plans are, in order, allowing him to scream until he passes out.

 Grif: NOOOOO!

Sarge: Simmons! Find a way to get Grif back down here right now!



Simmons: I don't think he's listening, sir.


Sarge: That does it, Simmons, go get him down now.

Donut: Sarge, if he keeps screaming like that, he'll pass out, and fall off the cliff!

Sarge: Cancel that order Simmons!


Sarge: (sighing) Donut, get me a sniper rifle.

  • Strong Mad gets one of these in an encounter with Senor Cardgage on Homestar Runner.
    • Marzipan gets to say one after being forced to become Coach Z's girlfriend in a Halloween special. Since she read the cue card incorrectly, her first attempt sounds more like, "moo," with an "n," than, "no!"

Web Comics


 Elan: Hey, did someone in here just drop to their knees and scream, "Noooooo"? I got a feeling....

    • Durkon gets one of these in On the Origine of PCs after tasting what is allegedly the "finest beer brewed in all the human lands."
    • And the intermission comic, where... well just see for yourself.
    • V does it again after an as-of-yet unnamed dragon swears to kill V's kids.
    • Xykon, of all people, does it when his phylactery is nearly lost to the Snarl.

 Xykon: No no no no no no NO!


Xykon: YES!


 Professor Utonium: What's that you got there? Is that a... Wh--Th--P...P....

Buttercup: Parent-Teacher Conference...



Web Original

  • Necro Critic did this when he found out there was more to Ehrgeiz than just the terrible fighting game. This one lasted past his 30-second long end screen and continued even after stopping for air.
  • The end of the season 3 finale of AH Dot Com the Series: after it's revealed that they inadvertently overwrote the location of the Planet of the Nymphomaniacs in the ship's memory banks, the entire crew lets out a Big No so loud it literally echoes off distant galaxies and is heard in other dimensions.
  • A popular internet meme is RAEG, where a template comic strip is drawn on, with the ending of a grotesque face shouting "FFFFUUUU--" in situations like a no smoking sign, being caught watching porn, etc.
  • The Leet World's Chet usually greets the death of his drinking buddy Player with a cry of "Player, NOOOOO!" However, since the show is set inside a Video Game, dead characters are usually back in action next round. A notable exception is when Player is injured by Ahmad's grenade, as this took place outside the challenge levels where death is permanent. Lampshaded in the episode "Thunderhead" when Player breaks cover runs into the line of fire. Westheimer shouts "Player, No!" and Chet comments that it sounds better when he says it.
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd: In the "Christmas Carol" episode: "NOOOOOOO! NO! NO! NO!", when the Ghost of Christmas Future shows him his tombstone, in the style of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest.
  • In the Zero Punctuation review of Spore, Yahtzee delivers a deadpan Big No. Twice. Both times in his inimitably snarky manner.

 "So can his new game Spore possibly live up to that legacy? In short, no. In long, noooooooooooooo..."(total length: 17 seconds)"

So I guess what I'm asking is, 'Can brightly coloured monstrosities really compare to Batman?' Short answer, Nooooooooo..." (interrupted by closing music)


 Nostalgia Critic: No... it's not true... it's impossible!!!

Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you know it to be true!





 "Unfortunately for Junior, he's getting shipped to St. Understated, Thoughtful Conclusions Academy. Life's gonna be rough."

    • Also a quieter-than-usual (but angry) example as an opinion on planking.
  • The Annoying Orange: Orange at the end of More Annoying Orange and Cheese at the end of A Cheesy Episode.
  • Spoony reacts this way in the "Party Mania" review first to suffer an eternity of a party in Canada and the second time when he will lose his 'wiener'.
    • He mocks the use of one in Tekken: Blood Vengeance, arguing that they hadn't really reached the Noooooo! stage of a relationship given their three minutes of screentime.
  • Two in Water Human, both very dramatic and ending abruptly. First, the Water-Human cries out over David Hasselhoff's corpse, before realizing that it's weird to angst so much over a guy he knew for less than a minute. Later on Water-Human and a prison warden cry over the Large Beetle, who claims to have a heart attack, but then reveals he was just kidding.
  • Chad Vader does this when he finds out that his girlfriend Libby has been deported, only for the Marshmallow Bandito to harass him.

 Chad: You picked the wrong day to mess with me, nerd! (beats him up)


 Marik: I'll just work on my tan. Wait. I'm a vampire. I no longer have a tan. NOOOOOOOO!

  • The end of the "Sloppy Roethlisberger" episode of EPICMEALTIME has Harley accidentally breaking and spilling an entire bottle of Jack Daniels, with this being the appropriate response from someone in the background.
  • A couple of times throughout Nakar's Let's Play Ultima series, but most memorably right at the end of Ultima VI.

 Beh Lem: "To be saying nooooooooooooo in slow motion!"

Death Cannon: *BOOM*

  • Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl: After Lenore dies, Ragamuffin shouts one while he begs to Lenore's corpse to not leave him.
    • The Ladybug from Last Dance of Ladybug also gives one after she was injured by a kid.
  • Twice in Two Best Friends Play. One was Pat's response to the thought of paying for all of Vampire Rain, and the other is when Matt found out they were going to play Shaq Fu.
  • Gronkh often shows this reaction, for example on various occasions when being killed in Minecraft, (most often by a creeper, for example here).
  • Shiny Objects Videos: In "Fishsticks", being the World of Ham that it is, a Big No was all but inevitable.
  • In the Eddsworld episode "Zanta Claws II", Tom has only recently gotten a present of reality eyes. Zanta however is about to kill the real Santa. Tom takes the shot while letting off one of these. The shot hits his eyes, reflects off them and hits a chandelier, crushing Zanta at the cost of his eyes.

  Tom: I hate Christmas...





Western Animation

  • Used in the Teen Titans episode "Birthmark" by Raven when Slade shows her a vision of a destroyed world that she's going to create. Also used by Raven in the same episode when she refuses for a final time the party the others have planned for her birthday and destroys everything with her powers.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar are in love with this trope. Most come from Skipper.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:

 Patrick: Maybe it's just because you're ugly.

SpongeBob: Ugly?! (sticks finger in mouth, slides it across his eyebrows) You gotta be kiddin' meh.

Patrick: Let us try the reflection test. (holds up a mirror in front of SpongeBob)

SpongeBob: (to reflection) Hi! (SpongeBob's reflection grabs a hammer and breaks itself after smelling SpongeBob's breath)

Patrick: Uuuuuuglyyyyyyy....



 (Homer gives a running dive with an unenthusiastic Big No)

Instructor: Well, your lunge was good, but I just couldn't believe your 'NOOOOOO'! You gotta sell it! Remember, your 'NOOOOOO' is what gets you paid! Now drop and give me 20!


Instructor: Better.

    • Used straight in episode "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson", when Barney discovers he holds the black pickled egg that means he's today's designated driver.

 Barney: (after noticing the others have normal eggs and slowly seeing he got the black one) NOOOOOO! (crushes the egg in his hand and holds his head)

Homer: (coming up to him) You got the black one.

    • Also used straight by Bart in "Black Widower".
    • Seymour Skinner does three in a row in the episode "Bart's Comet", each with increased intensity; firstly, when he discovers that Bart has managed to discover a comet, something Skinner has dreamed of for years, when he briefly left Bart in charge of his telescope whilst trying to capture a less-than-complementary hot-air-balloon depicting Skinner with a giant rear that Bart earlier released ("Noooo!"). Then, he realises that in his earlier grief he's released the hot-air-balloon, letting it float free to humiliate him further ("Noooo!"). Then, a paperboy drops the morning paper in front of him, with a headline reading "PREZ SEZ: SCHOOL IS FOR LOSERS": ("NOOOOOOOOOOOO!").
    • Skinner pulls a similiar one season 4's "Duffless".
    • Done yet again in "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words". Homer makes Lisa so angry that she tells him that she's going to use Marge's maiden name (Bouvier) instead of Simpson. Homer drops to his knees and screams "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" Then another girl walks buy and asks if he wants to buy some Band Candy. Homer's reply: "YEEEEEEEEEEEES!"
    • And then there's the episode where the Flanders's get Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as foster children.

 Ned: Do you reject Satan, and all his empty promises?

Homer: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! (skin burns on contact with holy water)

    • "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?":

 Lisa: Dad, no! [The poisoned eclair] is going to kill you!

Homer: Eh, I've had a good run. (prepares to take a bite)

Lisa: No! (thinks) It's low-fat!


    • And parodied yet again in an episode where Grandpa is a Sprawl-Mart greeter, and gets knocked onto an out-of-control shopping buggy.

 Grandpa: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO-- (cut to show that he's headed for a stack of lawn gnomes) --OOOOOOMES!

    • In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", Chief Wiggum lets out one that gets twisted into a wolf-type howl at the moon.
    • In the beginning of the episode where Bart made a new friend who was the daughter of Wolfcastle, Marge threw the Olympic Torch to the police and the police helicopter crashed and...

 Policeman 1: Are you okay?


    • In the "138th Episode Spectacular", alternate clips are shown including another ending as to who shot Mr. Burns. When he fingers Smithers as the culprit, Smithers gives a big no then adds, "Wait a minute. Yes."
    • Played for Laughs in the episode where Marge gets a job at the Power Plant. Smithers is finished cleaning the unirals until...

 (Homer bursts in)

Homer: Oh, man! I really gotta-- (unzips fly)


  • Many in Futurama. In particular, being a parody of melodramatic acting, Calculon the robotic soap-opera star is prone to do this sort of thing a lot.
    • "Bend Her" has two in one episode. Calculon is being interviewed on a talk show with Coilette as another guest (who is Bender who changed his robotic sex and invented his own country to win multiple fembot Olympic medals). When asked to set the audience up for the clip they are about to show from a new episode, Calculon responds "No, I think it's self-explanatory." The clip shows Calculon screaming "NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!" (while a Pirate inexplicably cooks burgers on a barbecue behind him). After the clip, Calculon nonchalantly replies, "Funny story: The script called for me to say 'yes' but I gave it a little twist." Afterwards, "Coilette" ends up engaged to Calculon but has to call the wedding off before the sex change becomes permanent. After... she fakes her death of at what would have been her wedding to Calculon...

 Dr. Zoidberg: (in the middle of eating and nonchalantly) I'm a doctor. He's dead.


    • Done again by Calculon in "That's Lobstertainment!", when Harold Zoid (Zoidberg's over-the-hill celebrity uncle) is trying to make a movie that will guarantee him an Oscar.
    • In "Mars University", Gunther the genius monkey decides to get a degree in business with his now only decent intelligence. causing Professor Farnsworth to shout a big no.
    • In "Love and Rocket", Bender dumps the crazy Planet Express ship while she, and the main cast inside her, are being chased by a large fleet from Omicron Persei 8. Cue big, shrieking no.
    • "When Aliens Attack": Fry gets one off after a ship from Omicron Persei 8 blows up his sand castle, immediately after the Omnicronians blew up many world monuments gathered in the same part of New New York.
    • And Fry again in Into the Wild Green Yonder when Bender gives him back his game (he was playing Tetris) and Bender tell him he missed up the "L" formation he was making with the blocks.
    • Fry again in "Fry and the Slurm Factory", when Leela dumps the trough of pure Slurm he'd been eating from into the sewers.
    • Fry again in the episode "Time Keeps On Slippin'" when his love letter to Leela ends up being destroyed.
    • Fry yet again in "Benderama" when the "disfigured" giant, pushed over the edge by having his mother insulted and his therapist putting him on hold, defeats the giant nano-Bender facsimile and sends him crashing to the ground.
    • Bender in the episode Lethal Inspection when he learns he wasn't built with a back-up unit
    • In "Benderama", during an episode of the Show Within a Show "The Scary Door". A scientist builds a robot that does everything for him, including shouting "NOOOO!" when the irony of the Karmic Twist Ending sinks in.
    • In "The Duh-Vinci Code" when Fry accidentally destroys The Professor's Beard of Leonardo Da Vinchi only for him to find a hidden scroll in it a second later.

 Professor: No! Noooooo! But possibly yes.

    • Played with by Bender in "Silence of the Clamps" where, after delivering a Big No as he witnesses Calculon getting clamped into a misshapen mess in front of the Robot Mafia, describes the scene in hilariously full detail in front of the chief of police, complete with imitation of said Big No. When required to testify before a grand jury, he repeats his bit-by-bit exposition of the Robot Mafia's act, only to have the Big No reproduction interrupted by the prosecutor. He asks to let him finish, then lets out a brief "o" representing the end of the Big No, then says that he is, in fact, finished.
  • In a Robot Chicken sketch involving Archie and his friends dealing with deaths plaguing everyone, Moose lets out a Big Duh when Ms. Grundy is crushed by a car.
    • In the Star Wars Robot Chicken Special (3rd one), Vader slips on something, and falls. His hand gets stuck in the toilet, and the toilet flushes. Cue the: "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
  • Jackie Chan Adventures:
    • Shendu yells this after ending up possessing Valmont, instead of Jackie, which was what he intended. Almost all of the Demon Sorcerers scream this when they are banished back to the Netherworld through their portals. When they banish the Earth Demon, Jade hangs a lantern on it: "Here comes my favourite part. "NOOO!""
    • Uncle is also fond of the Chinese version "Iyaaaa!"—usually just before smacking Jackie around the head for doing something stupid.
  • Parodied throughout the Drawn Together episode "Terms of Endearment", in which Captain Hero screams "Nnnooooooo!!" at least 7 or 8 times. At one point (as the camera pulls back... and back... and then back some more, to reveal just how big a problem he's facing) Hero screams the Big No three times in a row, with dramatic pauses in between.
  • Often used by Swat Kats villains such as Dark Kat and The Pastmaster when the heroes defeat them.
  • Done straight on a fairly regular basis in Re Boot. Bob, being shot into the Web at the end of season two, Enzo, after learning about Bob's fate, Dot in "Game Over" when it appeared that Enzo had been nullified (that scene, coupled with Megabyte's calm laughter, still gives this editor chills), and said twice by Megabyte in two episodes toward the end. This YTMND does a rather good job of pointing out just how often this trope is played.
    • Lampshaded in the musical recap at the end of the third season:

 Singer: But Megabyte betrayed Bob and

He threw him deep inside the pit.

The pit was closed,

and Bob was hosed,

and all that he could say was-

Actor Bob: Noooo!

  • The X-Men animated series:
    • A wonderful Big No can be found in episode 4 of season 2, "One Man's Worth part 1". The first occurrence is when Bishop shouts it as Professor X is assassinated in the '50s before he can found the X-Men, followed quickly by an epic Big No from Prof. X when he vanishes from the present. The episode ends with a repeat of the opening scene—but this time, it's in slow motion for the last few lines of dialogue, including Bishop's Big No. Behold.
    • Also there's a Big No from Apocalypse at the end of the four part "Beyond Good and Evil".
    • As well as one from Wolverine in "Out of the Past: Part 2" when Yuriko was touched by the M'Kraan Spirit Drinker.
    • In addition, there's one from Cyclops in "Reunion, Part 1" when Sinister and his gang kidnaps Jean.
  • Another Big No scene sadly fails in X-Men: Evolution, when Nightcrawler reacts too slow to stop an angry Rogue from pushing Mystique's petrified body off a cliff and has to see it shatter into a thousand shards right in front of him, shortly after finding out that Mystique was his mother. Again, the scene would have been so much better without the slow-motion yell. When recapping that episode in the introductions to later ones, they put the "NOOOO" back at normal speed. It's much more effective.
  • Transformers
    • Optimus Primal gets quite a few in Beast Wars, most notably in the cliffhanger of the first season finale, and when the Axalon is destroyed in season 3.
      • Inverted with Megatron, as he usually says "Yesssssssssssssss."
      • Last episode of Beast Machines. Megatron's final word? "NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
    • And in Armada, Optimus Prime gets one of these when Smokescreen dies.
    • Parodied in the "Bee in the City" script reading of Transformers Animated, with David Kaye using his Beast Wars Megatron voice (to enthusiastic approval from the crowd). Upon his defeat, he vows to return, ending with a Big Yes "YEEESSS!"
    • In Animated, the Autobots discuss having to leave, and Bulkhead wonders how Sari (human sidekick) will take it. Bumblebee says she's a big girl and can handle it. Cut to Sari screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! at the top of her lungs.
    • Not to mention the episode "Nature Calling" when Prowl smashes Bumblebee's only battery, rendering him unable to see movies in the middle of nature. His "NOOOO!" was truly epic.
  • In The Spectacular Spider-Man, the Sandman gets one of these after seeing the results of his Transformation Trauma into a living sand being.
  • Littlefoot gets one of these in The Land Before Time IX: Journey to Big Water, as he watches Mo lead the swimming sharptooth away.
  • Used in American Dad by either Stan, Francine or Hayley when they believe Steve and Roger were killed by a lightning-struck treehouse. Rather effective due to how strangled and broken it sounded. Steve also gets a particularly good one.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • There's a slow-motion one from Zuko in the Grand Finale when Taking the Bullet for Katara. Cue "must run in the family" jokes...
    • It really does; Iroh has a (much less dramatic) one when he sees June get hit with her Shirshu's paralyzing tongue.
    • There's also one in the desert episode, right before Aang creates a giant mushroom cloud.
    • Parodied in the Who Would Want to Watch Us?}}? episode when Actress Aang lets out a nice 9 second "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" as she "dies".
    • Katara has one in the Puppetmaster when Hama nearly forces Sokka and Aang to kill each other using Bloodbending.
  • Danny Phantom
    • When Danny's family and friends (and teacher) are about to be blown up to their doom in an alternate timeline, Danny cries one out, complete with slow motion movement.
    • Vlad later gets one in another episode when his perfect clone is destroyed by Danny and his Opposite Sex Clone. For just one word, it's brilliantly acted.
  • In one episode of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 series, Baxter Stockman lets out a big "WHY?" after Bishop brought him back from the brink of death (as a result of the events in "Insane in the Membrane"), which robbed him of finally resting in peace after everything he lived through in the series. It...comes across a bit narm-y.
  • Kim Possible
    • In "Stop Team Go", after using hundreds of mooks to destroy the gurken jar, Dr. Drakken puts the jar under a big laser beam, and he fires it. The result was a big crater on the floor, and the jar was unharmed. Cue Big No.
    • In another episode, upon learning that her very annoying younger twins have been skipped ahead and are now in the same high-school as her, Kim lets out a big no powerful enough to knock letters of the school sign out front, while she's indoors.
  • The Powerpuff Girls
    • Captain Righteous and Lefty confront the Ministry of Pain in "Fallen Arches". The Captain lets out a big no as he runs towards Lefty who just hurt his hip. However, he hasn't reached his sidekick yet so he shouts it again.
  • Parodied in the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "Boo Boo Kitty", when Space Ghost's pet cat, actually a large balloon, slowly drifts towards a large safety pin. He screams NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!, runs out of breath, inhales, and starts again. After the balloon deflates, he promptly ignores the others when they suggest he could have easily saved Boo Boo Kitty from its untimely death.
  • Played for laughs in Metalocalypse, where Big Nos are Nathan's catchphrase, and he lets them out quite regularly. They are usually accompanied by the camera flying down Nathan's throat. One example comes when Nathan lets out a NOOOOOOOOOO! upon Nick Ibsen revealing Dethklok's parents.

 Nick Ibsen: You are all going to be reunited with your families.

(a panel opens up, revealing the families of each of the five band members)

Nathan Explosion: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! You're going to pay for this!

Nick Ibsen: Pay for what? Journalistic integrity?

    • The bit on flying down the throat comes from the episode "Murdering Outside the Box". When Nathan learns that someone is embezzling from the band, he suddenly goes into the Big No sequence, and from the "down the throat" bit the show goes into the opening.
    • It also happens when Nathan, after having death-growled the entire works of Shakespeare to sell as an audiobook, learns that an extremely-inebriated Pickles "like...TOTALLY forgot to hit record, man." The strain of recording the growled version of "Hamlet" having taken its toll on Nathan's larynx, the Big No was rasped rather than screamed.
  • The Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode "Plasma Monster" has Booster react this way when Plasma Boy's girlfriend tells him they can still be Just Friends.
  • Ace Lightning: The characters in this mixed media show are based on superhero stereotypes, so this was going to show up sooner or later—except that it's not one of the CGI characters that do it—it's a human, in the last episode, when he thinks Ace has been shot.
  • In Street Fighter, Guile gives one when Cammy defected to Shadaloo and gives Bison a big kiss. Note the Soundtrack Dissonance.
  • In Freakazoid episode "House of Freakazoid", Freakazoid is pressured to pursue a villainess through a sewer, but repeatedly refuses because he hates the smell of poo gas.

 Freakazoid: NO! A big N, followed by a little O: no!

  • Parodied in The Fairly Odd Parents "Wishology: The Exciting Middle Part", which ends with a big "Dagnabit!"
    • Played straight in the Fairly Oddparents: Shadow Showdown video game; Timmy shouts it after his TV breaks in the introduction, and again upon seeing he's missed the Crash Nebula season finale at the end.
    • And parodied in "Pixies Inc", where, after being foiled, the Pixies let out a big no--with no emotion.
  • Cow of Cow and Chicken did it in an episode while jumping to catch a coin. In slo-mo. With the entire world slowed down as well.
  • In the last episode of the third season of The Venture Brothers, Henchman 21 indulges in a Big No when the Monarchmobile explodes with Henchman 24 trapped inside, but is interrupted when 24's severed head hits him in the chest.
  • In Brother Bear, Kenai lets out the distant, bird-disturbing version of a Big No when he discovers he's been transformed into a bear.
  • In Batman Beyond, Derek Powers accidentally inhales a big gulp of his own nerve gas, and in the same second it takes him to realize what has happened to him, makes an appropriately horrified scream to this effect.
  • An episode of Family Guy has Peter be really upset over the loss of his pet parrot.
  • The Donkey Kong Country episode "Buried Treasure" contains this exchange when Klump's video conference interrupts K. Rool's computer game:

 Klump: General Klump reporting, King K. Rool sir! Y'read me, your high 'n mightyness?... Looking a little pale there, chief!

K. Rool: NNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (smashes the computer)

Klump: (calling on the phone) Chief? You there, chief? Seems we had some sort of interference.

  • In an episode of Flap Jack, The Real Adventurer has the reaction to Bubbie telling him K'Nuckles is not a pregnant woman.
  • Invader Zim just loves to scream. The Big No is his favourite.
    • From the same show we also have the most epic Big No of all time as delivered by a random guy at a park bench who's soda can is being crushed by Mars.
    • And then there's two Big No's in the episode "Zim Eats Waffles".
  • South Park:
    • The episode "Jewbilie" does it four times in a row: First Kyle when Kenny makes a Heroic Sacrifice to stop Haman, then Haman when Moses escapes the conch shell, then anti-semetic Rabbi Garth screams it twice when he realizes his plans have been foiled.
    • The Movie:

 Kyle: (long speech) I don't want a fighter. I want my mom.

Soldier: (moved, sniffs) Poor little fella.

Sheila: NOOOOOOOOO! (wrestles rifle out of the general's hands and shoots Terrance and Phillip)


 Mormon: We were just about to do a play about how much stealing hurts you deep inside. Come join us. (the Mormons lift Saddam over their heads and carry him off)

Saddam: No! NOOOOOO!

    • "Something You Can Do With Your Finger" parodies the Star Trek First Contact example above, when Randy prevents Stan from being in his boy band. Incidentally, they actually use the sound clip of Picard's breakdown from the movie for that scene.

 Stan: Why can't I be in a boy band?

Randy: (firmly) Because I Said So.

Stan: Cartman said we're going to perform at the mall at three o'clock! My friends are gonna be pissed off at me!

Randy: (still pretty controlled) Let them be pissed off.

Stan: Dad, I don't understand. Just let me do this one thing and then I'll...

Randy: (inexplicably losing it) Noooo! NOOOOOOO! (smashes a glass dresser with his head)

    • In "The Last of the Meheecans", Randy does it again when he's confronted with what happens when Mexican immigrants performing menial labor all decide to move back to their birth country in a fit of nostalgia, using the same Darth Vader soundclip from Revenge of the Sith.
    • In "Marjorine" Linda Stotch lets out several blood-curling screams of "NO" when she thinks her son Butters has committed suicide by jumping off a building. She does it again at his funeral while throwing herself on his casket.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Rocko and Heffer are on a bus tour of Paris with a bus driver who is determined to keep his passengers on the bus at all costs, so much so that he chases them around the city after they escape. By the time the two board a plane home, the bus driver delivers an epic BIG NO as the two fly off into the sunset.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: Blade lets out a particularly narmtastic one of these in the season four episode, The Vampire Queen. And Spider-Man gives a particularly haunting one upon the death of the Mary Jane Clone.
  • Total Drama Island
    • Owen says a big no when a box of chocolates gets knocked into the water.
    • Also, Alejandro in the finale of the 3rd season gives out a Big No after he is put in a robot suit because he was burned by lava and trampled by most of the contestants. Al lets it out when he asks Chris if the prize money is safe, only to find out it was burned in the volcano. It's hilarious because it parodies the cheesiest moments in Star Wars history (which is seen in the picture above).
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Parodied in the Musical Episode of Daria. Daria gives a Big No as Kevin accidentally locks the four of them out on the roof.
  • In one episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Robotnik lets out a Big No which is used extremely often in Youtube Poop. This video is also an Overly Long Gag.
  • Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic - Dante lets out a pained and enraged (and kinda narmy) big no as he beats on the Gates of Hell that separate him and his wife's soul.
  • This has happened more than once in Winx Club.
  • Mung Daal lets one out during an episode of Chowder.
  • Batman the Animated Series
    • Episodes "Pretty Poison" and "Eternal Youth", each near the end, have the villainess Poison Ivy saying this trope.
    • The episode "His Silicon Soul", near the end, has the cyborg Batman saying it after the real Batman fell to his death before Cyborg Batman committed suicide. Then it's revealed that Robin and Alfred see a light below which is Batman himself, who survived.
    • Used in the episode "Mad Love" by Harleen Quinzel after The Joker gets captured again and taken away from her which helps to show us her Sanity Slippage.
  • A few Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons have this:

 Daffy Duck: All right. Let's get this picture started.

(Iris Out and THE END appears)

Daffy: Nooooo! Nooooo!

    • The Friz Freleng cartoon Bucaneer Bunny has Yosemite Sam (a.k.a. Pirate Sam) say a couple of Big No's when Bugs attempts to throw a matchstick inside his pirate ship which is filled with gunpowder.
    • Also one near the end of the McKimson short "Sleepy Time Possum" in which Paw Possum, disguised as a dog, gets catapulted by his son.
  • The Bonkers episode "In the Bag" has Lucky Piquel say this trope when both Bonkers and Lucky are chasing the bag in his police car only to find that the brakes are missing.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Beezy lets out one as Heloise beats him in a staring eyes competition.
  • Eek the Cat lets one out in the episode "Cape Fur", when he's being dragged off by JB for punishment after he hears about the Killer Rabbit on the news.
  • Happy Tree Friends, while not exactly a "No!", has the very drawn-out "Yarr!" in the episode Sea What I Found. Given the circumstances, it's obvious that he means no.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Jimmy gets one when he travels to the future and he discovers that his future self married Cindy. And when it comes back from commercial, we discover that he screamed for four minutes.
    • Sheen lets out one in the interstitial shorts after his Ultralord action figure gets stuck in a tree. Also lets one out in Ultra Sheen when he witnesses Ultra Lord's defeat at the hands of Robo-Fiend inside the the video game
    • Hugh does this in "Attack of the Twonkies" when Judy takes Flippy from him and throws him to Jimmy so he can power up his rocket and send the giant Twonkie back into space.
  • A Tom and Jerry short revolved around a duckling imprinting on Tom and Tom taking advantage of this to attempt to cook the duckling. Near the end, the duckling realizes that Tom intends to eat him and prepares to take a long walk off a soup spoon into a bubbling pot, "If my nice mommy wants a duck dinner..." Tom utters a Big No as he catches the duckling. A "No!" made all the more impressive by the fact that Tom & Jerry usually don't have speaking voices....
  • Happens in an episode of Nightmare Ned by the Tooth Fairy when Ned wins a game of checkers against a giant tooth for ownership of his teeth.
  • Little Dog in the Two Stupid Dogs episode "Cat!" after Big Dog goes back to sleep without scaring the cat.
  • This is Johnny Bravo's reaction to finding out the Easter Bunny isn't real.
  • Wakfu
    • Adamaï lets out a Big No (with Skyward Scream) at the end of episode 16, after Grougaloragran teleports the heroes away to fight Nox alone.
    • Nox, as part of his Villainous Breakdown in the season 1 finale, when he realizes that his attempted Time Travel only brought him back twenty frigging minutes in the past.
  • Happens quite often in Dexter's Laboratory. One time in particular, when Mandark forces Dexter to shut down his laboratory.
  • The Death Kwon Do instructor in Regular Show gets three rather nice ones. First when he discovers Rigby stole the instructions to learn the Death Punch of Death, only to be interrupted by a student explaining the toilet was 'Death Kwon clogged', leading to another Big No. Then finally, when he discovers that Mordicai stole the Death Jump and Death Dump instructions, he lets out another Big No.
  • Scaredy Bat lets one out in an episode of Ruby Gloom.
  • Spike does this twice in the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic episode "A Dog and Pony Show", both times coupled with Skyward Scream: the first when Rarity is kidnapped, and another when he realizes he and the other ponies have gotten themselves lost in the Diamond Dogs' mine.
    • Nightmare Moon does it in "Friendship is Magic, Part 2" when the Mane Six activate the Elements of Harmony and blast her with them.
    • Likewise, Discord does it in "Return of Harmony, Part 2", when the Mane Six use the Elements to turn him back into stone.
    • It seems to be tradition for the big baddies to give one upon defeat, as the Big Bad of the second Season Finale, Queen Chrysalis lets off a very nice one just before being blasted clean out of Equestria by Shining Armor and Princess Cadence hitting her with a Heart Beat-Down. Her Voice of the Legion makes it especially nice.
    • In "Stare Master", Fluttershy's reaction to Applebloom suggesting the Cutie Mark Crusaders try to get coal-mining cutie marks is a very emphatic (especially for her) "NO!"
    • Scootaloo does this in "Cutie Mark Chronicles", when Fluttershy suggests singing another (cutesy) song.
    • The Cutie Mark Crusaders do this at the end of "Hearts and Hooves Day" when Big Macintosh and Cheerliee make the Crusaders think the two of them are still under the influence of the love poison.
  • In Veggie Tales, Larry the Cucumber did this when Archibald inserted "His Cheeseburger" in the jukebox. "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."
  • Johnny delivers one in Johnny Test. And then the ground shakes.
  • Richard in The Amazing World of Gumball, when told he has to get a job.
  • Princess Sally yells it in Sonic's bad dream when she is roboticized in Sonic the Hedgehog, episode "Sonic's Nightmare".
  • Utterd by Kabuto at the end of Tokyo Mater as a result of him losing to Mater in a drift race and is about to have all of his modifications pulled off his body by all of the other cars in Tokyo, who then laugh at him when Kabuto is finally naked.
  • Recess uses this a number of times, a few being "!!!!!":
    • "The Break In": Towards the end, by T.J. when he just broke himself out of detention and onto the playground, just as recess ended for the day.
    • "The New Kid": By Gus when his name is taken away and must be refered to as "New Kid"
    • "The Experiment": By T.J. and Spinelli when they find out they have to kiss each other to see what the effects were on the opposite sex.
    • "The Legend of the Big Kid": By Vince when he and the gang are looking for T.J.
    • "Mama's Girl": By Spinelli when no one will stop taunting her after she accidentaly called Miss Grotke "mama".
  • In Thundercats 2011 Lion-O performs one that overlaps with a Slow No and a Futile Hand Reach upon seeing his father King Claudus stabbed In the Back.
  • Green Lantern pulls off a gloriously hammy one when he's trapped inside a yellow smiley face time bomb in DC Super Friends.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Vexus at the end of Escape From Cluster Prime, when Vega and her friends give Cluster Prime back their golden chips. Also, used in "Puppet Bride" by Mrs. Wakeman (along with a flying tackle) during a wedding between Little Acorn and Jenny.
  • Happens quite a lot on Adventure Time. In one episode, the Kid Hero Finn has to win a contest in order to win a kiss from his love interest, Princess Bubblegum. When one of the other contestants almost wins, he lets out a big no that reaches the level of a Sonic Scream.
    • Also lets one out in Mystery Train when Finn sees that Jake has been killed by the Conductor.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Meatwad gives one when he finds out Shake ate Inside-Out Boy.
  • Transformers Prime has Knock Out doing one when Starscream punishes him in "Speed Metal".
    • Miko does one when Bulkhead almost gets beheaded in "I.M.I.".
    • Arcee yells out a "No!" when a replication of Unicorn was about to kill Optimus.
    • Megatron gets a magnificent one during "Orion Pax Part 3" when Jack restores Optimus's memories and the Autobots escape.
  • The Ren and Stimpy Show: In "Sven Hoek" Ren lets out a Big No after he sees that Sven and Stimpy ruined his collection of rare incurable diseases.

Real Life

  • Team Liquid when Savior's possible retirement was announced: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..."
  • A viral video showed a guy spoiling Harry Potter to a bunch of Harry Potter fans waiting outside a bookstore for the novel. One fan's reaction: "NOOOOOOOOOO! You Bitch! YOU BITCH!!".
  • In a video featured on many cop shows, a man being arrested for possession of marijuana screams "NOOOOOOOOO! Please! God Almighty!" etc., a.k.a. the Crybaby Criminal.
  • This will happen quite a lot during hot blooded Left 4 Dead expert campaigns whenever the last player left alive after the second Tank dies gets tackled by a hunter feet away from the rescue vehicle.
    • Or when a user gets his righteous Karmic Retribution in the form of a Karma Charger or Karma Tank. This troper's ears are still ringing
  • In 2004, a woman at a Dick Cheney rally was arrested and nearly charged for shouting five Big Nos in a row.
  • Youtube video: When a man finds out his cat's arms are missing — "Egon? What happened to your arms Egon? Egooooooooonnn! Noooooooooooooooo!"
  • American senator Larry Craig shouted "NNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!" when the man he was propositioning for anonymous gay sex (by tapping his toes) in a Minneapolis airport bathroom revealed that he was a police officer. Later, he tried to claim that while he had been tapping his toes in the bathroom stall, he wasn't cruising—he simply had a "wide stance" while using the toilet. This created one of the world's most epic political memes, but convinced nobody—if his taps were completely innocent, why the Big No?
  • This girl's reaction to her boyfriend's prank of tampering with her shampoo.
  • This trope is particularly popular with children about eight or under who aren't getting their way.
  • More interestingly than some of the above, the recent political unrest in Syria has lead for the Syrian Branch of the Muslim Brotherhood to call for you to shout a Big No?”
  • These young girls' reactions upon seeing David Cook win American Idol.
  • This man watching his football team losing a game that will result in the team falling out of the "A" league, big no is at 2:48 but you want to watch it all, it's hilarious. (it's in spanish unfortunately, there are subtitles that kind of suck but get the message across. Also, VERY NSFW, a lot of swearing and such). 3 JVW Dw 4 I
  • The youtube user Hamster Alliance let's out a hilarious (and completely understandable) one during his playthrough of Super Meat Boy. He also tends to degenerate into sad "I want to give up" laughter and random bouts of frustrated gibberish.
  • The shirt of ultimate disambiguation.

TV Tropes Has Already Ruined My Life? NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  1. It literally means "unpleasant"... but is usually translated "no" when in line with this trope.
  2. As part of an If You're So Evil Eat This Kitten situation
  3. It's a video game recreation of the play, with Paul Allen's commentary added in. Apparently, the original video was taken down.
  4. This is only in the Japanese version, though. The English version messed it up; even though the 360 camera action exists, the voice actress only gives a short "No...!"