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Messenger: This is blasphemy! This is madness!

Leonidas: Madness?... This! Is! SPARTA!"
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LINES. DELIVERED. WITH. EXTREME! EMPHASIS! ON... EVERY! WORD! ESPECIALLY. THE. ENDING!!!!

This is Dialogue transformed into Spectacle. It is normally used in Chewing the Scenery and with accordance to the Rule of Cool. A person who does this often will come across as a Large Ham or just someone with No Indoor Voice. Done badly it can torpedo a dramatic scene. Done well, it can be part of a Moment of Awesome, although rarely the only component.

Many times, particularly for the former Trope Namer, invokes the Rule of Three. Sometimes a part of a Skyward Scream. If each word is accompanied with an attack then it's a Punctuated Pounding. If the delivery ends with a swear, then it's This Is for Emphasis, Bitch.


THESE! ARE! EXAMPLES!

Anime! and! MANGA![edit | hide | hide all]

That's the polite response. But just for today, I feel like showing off a little. I! AM! AN ALCHEMIST!!!

Vita: It. Doesn't. HURT! (I. Taku. NAI!)

    • Also Nanoha's memorable scene in StrikerS:

Nanoha: Blaster-3 ... Divine ... Buster!

  • Used in the finale of Death Note: Near, finally starting to sound bitter in his confrontation with Light, makes liberal use of periods to make his deduction nice and clear. "Light Yagami... You. Are. Kira."
    • I! AM! JUSTICE!
    • SAKUJO! SAKUJO! SAKUJO!
  • MACH GO! GO! GO! in the original Japanese version of Speed Racer.
  • Taken to extreme in Mahou Sensei Negima, due to Chamo's Large Ham tendencies. PAC!!!-TI!!!-OOOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • Bottle Fairy. New Year WILL! <sting> NEVER! <sting> COME! And it doesn't! Until the next episode.
  • Bleach subverts this. Most of the time, yelling "BANKAI!" does not come with emphasis. But Ichigo, in some medias, does put emphasis in form of "BAN! KAI!!"
    • Mayuri's release when fighting Uryru was a rather understated "Ban. Kai." This made it creepier.
    • Isshin likes to do this as well. "GOOOOOOOOD! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOORNING! IIIIIIIIIIICHIGOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"
    • In the dub of Episode 13, when Tatsuki attacks some Hollow-controlled students to protect Orihime, she yells "WHAT THE HELL- ARE YOU- PEOPLE- DOING?!"
      • Justified, since Tatsuki is fighting at the time, and making sure that even as she talks, she breaths properly for each hit.
    • Chapter 403 also gives us Ichigo's response to Aizen's new form. "What...the fuck...is that..."
    • Also, Ichigo's GETSUGA TENSHOUGHAHGHA!!!
  • Fushigi Yuugi also has examples of this.
    • "REKKA... SHIN-EN!"
      • Subverted when he needs to make a very small flame. "REKKA! SHIN! ...eeeeen."
    • "WHAT--DID YOU DO--TO--MIAKA?" and all other variations thereof. (Cue Tamahome's Crowning Moment of Awesome.)
    • "YUI! DON'T! SUMMON! SEIRYUU!"
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00. I. AM. GUNDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!!
  • From Pokémon Special: "All who stand in our way shall die... and die... and die! GO! TO! HELL!"
  • Naruto: U! ZU! MA! KI!
  • Actually, this can apply to a number of (but not all) situations that involve Calling Your Attacks (the same applies for video games).
  • I! AM! Devilman!
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Joseph Joestar's catchphrase in Part 3 is rendered as "Oh! My! God!" In the video game based on that arc, he screams it as his death cry but there are no audible pauses.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, there is "RUNNER UP! RUN! ER! UUUUP!"
    • "FIIIIIIIRRSSTTT...PLLLAAAAACCCEEE...VIIIICCTORRYY!!!!"
    • SA. TA. ANDAGI!
  • 20th Century Boys:
    • "I said I'm singing a song. And when someone's singing a song, YOU. DON'T. SHOOT. THEM."
  • Full Metal Panic!: Kaname let this out when Sousuke get his hand on her breast: "WHAT. IN. THE HELL!? Keep your hands off me, you PERVERT!!"
  • "MEEEEEEERRRRRRYYYYYYY... CHRISTMAAAAAAAASSSSSS !!!!!!", from Kyouran Kazoku Nikki.
  • Eureka Seven: I! CAAAAN! FLYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
  • Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko: I! CAAAAN'T! FLYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!
  • Kirby Right Back At Ya's "You're watching Channel D! D! D!"
  • This actually happens a lot in anime when a female character wants to sound as cute and/or girly as po...si...ble.
  • Greece of Axis Powers Hetalia actually says 'This...is...Sparta...' in one episode.
  • Ranma ½: Ranma is a boy. He does not like being called otherwise.

Kuno: Pig-tailed girl, I love you!
Ranma: I! AM! A! MAAAN!

  • Berserk: "THIS IS - A DECLARATION OF WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRR!!]]"
  • Can there be an example of This Is Sparta in one word instead of three? Well, if you're IIIIIIIIIIIZAAAAAAAAYAAAAAAAA-KUUUUUUUUUUUN from Durarara!!, then yes. Yes, there can.
  • Super Atragon: Captain Hayate is prone to saying his Catch Phrase this way, "UNDERSEA-BATTLESHIP RA, ENGAGE!!!"


Advertising! and! COMMERCIALS![edit | hide]

  • As is the case with many tropes, this one's even been used in advertising. Case in point? "Hot! Juicy! Burger!"
  • Used memorably in an ad for ADT Security Services, by a man who is very enthused that he can go on vacation! And finally! BE ABLE TO RELAX!!
  • My name is Joe, and I! AM! CANADIAN!!!
  • I'M PRINCIPAL WILSON! I'M PRINCIPAL WILSON!!!
  • Visually done with pretty much every action movie trailer in existence: HEADS (random trailer footage) WILL (more random trailer footage) ROLL (even more random trailer footage)
  • All. Senior. Citizens. Should. Have. Life Alert.
  • WETTER! IS! BETTER!!!
  • Wrangler: Real. Comfortable. Jeans.
  • TI...MO...TEI [1]
  • NOT! HAPPY! JAN! (fellow Australians will remember an ad for the yellow pages in which a company member forgot to put an ad in the aforementioned book and the manager/boss/whatever opens the window to see the member running away form the building and yelling out the line)
  • Joseph! A! Bank!

Fan! FICTION![edit | hide]

No! One! Speaks! To! Me! This! Way!

AND YOU! ARE UNDER! ARREST!

  • Fluttershy yells "Leave and NEVER! COME! BACK!" at the two griffins, scaring them away with The Stare.
  • Uninvited Guests. MY! NAME! ISN'T! SHIRO-CHAN! IT'S! CAPTAIN! HITSUGAYA! All the while beating the crap out of the assembled Espada.


Graphic! Novels! and! COMICS![edit | hide]

  • Sadly averted in the original 300 graphic novel, and former Trope Namer. No emphasis was placed on this sentence when Leonidas kicks the messenger into the well. Just, "This is Sparta."
  • In Alan Moore's Supreme, the unseen villain The End speaks everything like this, each word being afforded its own speech bubble. For example, when addressing some lesser rogues gallery members: "YOU." "ARE." "SPECKS." "GO." "AWAY." They promptly fled the room.
  • The climax of The Avengers Arc "Standoff" gives us this gem from Captain America (comics):

Captain America (comics): Stand. Your. Ground.

  • In #124 of The Avengers, Black Panther does one to an incarcerated supervillain when he needs instructions on how to use his weapon:

Black Panther: Van Lunt, I swear to you that lives of everyone on this planet are at stake! We -- Need -- This -- Weapon!
Van Lunt: Well--, when you put it like that--! I guess... I won't be needing it anyway.

  • The DCU supervillain Dr. Light delivers one in Identity Crisis when he realizes the full extent of the Cerebus Retcon.

Dr. Light: I-I remember. You. Took. My. Mind!

Bianca Reyes: Is that a giant green fist?
Guy Gardner: Um--
Bianca Reyes: Is. That. A. Giant. Green. Fist?

Deadpool: "Must…useShatner…voice…to…reach…STATUE!"

Empowered: Unlike you, _____, I do this stupid, stupid job because--
Empowered: BECAUSE
Empowered: THIS
Empowered: IS
Empowered: WHAT
Empowered: I
Empowered: AM!!!

Spider-Man: Dude, seriously. Do! Not! Throw! Cars! At! Me!

    • Later:

Peter Parker: I'd. Like. To. Have. A. Cup. Of. Coffee. Right. Now.

  • In one issue of Batman the Brave And The Bold, he gets a distress call from General Immortus. When he gets there, he finds Ancient Greek troops, with red capes, spears, and everything, have captured the General. They attack him.

Batman: THIS-IS-NOT-SPARTAAA! (chestkick)

  • The Flash villain the Turtle speaks like this. "I... heard... about... his... mother... in... the tabloids... Golden..." "Glider, Golden Glider! Cripes, old man, talk!"
  • Transmetropolitan: "My. Column. F!@#ing. Where. Is."
  • In Mighty Avengers #23, when Iron Man shows up to lead the new Mighty Avengers at Wundagore (which is being besie7ged by Chthon in Quicksilver's body), an upset Hank Pym (now the Wasp) demands a good reason to allow Tony Stark ("the man who fought Captain America in the Civil War. Who sent the Hulk to outer space and pitted him against the world. Who gave the Skrulls all they needed to invade the Earth") take over. His response:

Iron Man: Three words. You're. Hank. Pym.

Pepper Potts: (throwing a fit in her office at Stark Enterprises) WHAT - DO - YOU - WANT - ME - TO - DO?! (tosses her chair on a control panel on a wall, which opens and reveals the Rescue armor)

  • Joss Whedon gave us this moment with Colossus in his run of Astonishing X-Men: "I am not made of steel. Rage! I am made! Of! RAGE!"
  • In Judge Dredd's "Judgement Day" arc, Johnny Alpha delivers this line to Sadu while blasting zombies:

Sadu, how many times do I have to tell you? I'm *blam!* on *blam!* your *blam!* side! *blam*.

  • This is how Swamp Thing's drawn out, slow speech pattern is represented.


Live! Action! MOVIES![edit | hide]

Giant: MANY... HAVE... ASKED...
Valentine: Many have asked where the Charm is, yes?
Giant: ... WHERE...
Valentine: The?
Giant: ... THE...
Valentine: Charm is?
Giant: ... CHARM...
Valentine: Is?
Giant: ... IS. BUT... WE... SADLY...
Valentine: No! Not sadly! Happily! As in, "We're gladly going to give it you really quickly"?
Giant: ... SOLEMNLY...
Valentine: No adjectives!
Giant: ... GUARD... THE...
Valentine: Charm?
Giant: ... BOX.

    • Valentine himself does this a few scenes later, but it's actually because he's struggling for the right word.

Valentine: STUPID... BUILDING!

      • This is justified, in that the giants, being so big, are slower, so their speech is slower too.
  • Gandalf: "YOU! SHALL NOT! PAAAAAAAASSSSSSS!"
    • LEAVE! NOW! AND NEVER...COME BACK!
  • "NOBODY. MESSES. WITH THE DO!!!"
  • "Punch -- that -- shit!" in Hot Fuzz. That coming from a model police officer on duty who has previously made a point of donating 50 pence to the swear box for every S-word used.
  • "Remember me, Eddie?! When I killed your brother, I talked... JUST... LIKE... THIIIIS!": Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, only his voice gets higher, not louder.
    • He may not have gotten louder, but it still makes for Nightmare Fuel.
    • "I. DONT. WORK. FOR. TOONS!"
    • "Oh. My. God. It's. DIIIIIIPPPP!!!!!"
    • "...shave...and a hair..cut..." *crash* TWOOOOO!!! BITS!!!!
  • The Jim Carrey version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has him shouting (several years pre-300) "THIS! IS! NUTS!"
  • From G.I. Jane: "SUCK... MY... DICK!" Made into a Crowning Moment of Awesome by the fact that a shorn-haired and yet STILL uber-beddable Demi Moore (yes, a woman) is shouting it—and into the face of a Badass, Super Soldier of a NAVY SEAL who's acting as The Obi-Wan (and just spent the last two minutes beating the shit out of her with her hands tied behind her back).
  • There Will Be Blood: "I. Drink. Your. MILKSHAKE!"
  • "Filthy! Slimy! Freaks!"
  • The Matrix - "My Name... is NEO!"
    • - "I remember that for 100 years we have fought these machines! I remember that for 100 years! they have sent their armies! to destroy us! and after a century of war I remember that which matters most... We are still here! ... .. THIS IS ZION! AND WE ARE NOT AFRAID!"
    • "THIS IS MY WORLD! MY WORLD!"
  • E.T.: "I'll. Be. Right. Here."
    • It should be noted that's how E.T. talked all the time.
  • Toy Story has the scene at the gas station with Woody shouting at Buzz, "You! Are! A! TOY!!!" (Toy Story 2 has Buzz saying the same thing to him.)
    • Parodied during the credits of Cars.
    • Done with the 300 line in the YouTube Poop "Toys Gone Wild".
      • Woody also does this when he rescues Buzz from Sid the toy-destroyer, completely freaking Sid out in the process.

"So. Play...Nice!"

"Don't. Interrupt. Me. Honey."

    • The third time is when he's flirting with Carolyn on the couch in the following dialogue:

Carolyn: You're gonna spill beer on the couch.
Lestor: (Gets up) So what? It's just a couch.
Carolyn: This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.
Lestor: (Whacking couch with a pillow) IT'S! JUST! A! COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living! And honey, that's just nuts. (Carolyn walks away) I'm trying to help you!

Silent Bob (oddly enough): THE SIGN! ON THE BACK OF THE CAR! SAID CRITTERS! OF HOLLYWOOD! YOU DUMB FUCK!!

"For a time... I considered sparing your wretched little planet, Cybertron. But now. You shall witness... Its DISMEMBERMENT."

Mudflap: I'm gonna bust...yo...face up!

Ben: (to Debbie) Look, Debbie. You are high off your ass if you think you're coming into that room. If you take one step towards that door, I will tell security there's a crazy chick in a pink dress snatching up babies, ok? So don't even try to come into that room, that's my room now. That little area with the Pepsi machine, that's your area. My room, your area, stay in your area, stay out of my room, back... the... fuck... off.

"YOU! DID! THIS!!!"
"YOUR NAIVE IDIOCY MAKES ME! VERY!! ANGRY!!! GO AWAY!!!"
"This universe is mine. I! AM! GOD! HERE!"
"So you've given me one final game to play... I find a way out OR I DIE! IN THIS! DISEASED! MAIN!! FRAME!!!"
"YOU! WILL! DIE! IN THE EXPLOSION!"
"Maintenance Line Access Granted." "A! BACK!! DOOR!!! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!"

Shere Khan: (to Kaa) "Now tell me where! HE! IS!!!"

  • In Ice Age, as Sid shoves a saber-toothed tiger into a tiny hole after saving the baby from him: "SURVIVAL! OF THE! FITTEST! I don't think so!"
  • Apollo 13 "FAILURE. IS NOT. AN OPTION!!!"
    • KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!!!

Literature! and! BOOKS![edit | hide]

  • Num8ers by Rachael Ward: A somewhat surreal (and early; it happens in chapter 1!) example, in that it was a mother talking to her child.

"I don't need it, so just...bloody...shut...up."

"You -- will -- never -- touch -- our -- children -- again!"
"NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!!"

    • And in the fourth book when Hermione starts a PETA-style organization for house-elves and Ron is trying to talk Hermione out of it

"They. Like. It. They like being enslaved!"

    • Hagrid yelling at Uncle Vernon, right before giving Dudley a pig's tail?

"NEVER -- INSULT -- ALBUS -- DUMBLEDORE -- IN -- FRONT -- OF -- ME!"

    • HE! IS! NOT! DEAD!
    • THIS- HAS- SOMETHING- TO- DO- WITH- POTTER!!
    • YOU - COMPLETE - ARSE - RONALD - WEASLEY! YOU - CRAWL - BACK - HERE - AFTER - WEEKS - AND - WEEKS--!"
    • “EXPECTO PATRONUM!”
  • Discworld examples:
    • That! Is!! Not!!! My!!!! Cow!!!!! Those who haven't read the book will probably snicker. Those who have read the book will shiver.
    • Also in opera, everyone!!!! Takes!!!! Such!!!! A!!!!! Long!!!!! Time!!!!! To!!!!!...
    • Unseen Academicals: "Now. Will. You. Trust. Me?" and "Just. Someone. Who. Made. Clothes."
    • Hogfather: And that leaves us with one final question. Have you been naughty... or... nice? Ho! Ho! HO!
    • Men At Arms: Silas Cumberbatch, a new recruit to the Watch, speaks this way. Justified in that he's a former town crier.
    • Although Not With The Same Intensity, All Of The Golems Of Discworld Are Implied To Speak Like This All The Time.
  • In The Dresden Files: I. Am Not. Yoda. Since the main character who was saying that had exploded a rubbish bin out of sheer rage at his stubborn, mouthy, disobedient and at risk of the dark side, apprentice, who had just complained about an assignment, saying that Yoda would never have made anyone do that.
    • "Fuego. Pyrofuego! Burn!"
    • Also seen in the final battle in Changes, in a duel of wills between Kukulcan, the Red King, and Harry.

Kukulcan: Bow. Down. Mortal.
Harry: Bite. Me. Asshole.

Death: Do. You. Want. A. Cookie?

Frank Stone: I - WROTE - NO - SUCH - THING!

    • In 1635: A Parcel of Rogues, a variant happens a few times where most of the sentence flows normally, and only the last few words are this way.

Alex's heart sank. They'd shot the puir bloody dug. There were some things that just were. Just. Not. On.

  • Happens a lot in Animorphs.
  • I-AM-THE-QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN!
  • Not with punctuation marks, but toward the end of the second book of Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series, the destroyer Walker tries towing a much larger ship to safety. That cuts their speed severely, the enemy's guns are getting the range, and they can't maneuver to dodge. The engineer tells the captain they don't have enough fuel, the Bosun tells the captain it's no use, and the captain says, "We Are Not Leaving Anyone Else Behind." Then the captain of the ship they're towing cuts the line to let Walker get away.
  • From Metro 2033, when Artyom doesn't understand about Che Guevara:

'"Comrade. Ernesto. Che. Guevara." The commissar rapped the seperate syllables. "The great. Cuban. Revolutionary."'

'"Don't. Ever. Do. That. Again."'

Live! Action! TV![edit | hide]

"I. Am. The Master."

    • And this one, which was just a bit louder: "HERE! COME! THE DRUMS!!!"
    • EX-TER-MI-NATE! The Daleks Turn It Up To Eleven by emphasizing every single syllable, and it's made them icons of British TV. And the Dalek Emperor says that yes, actually, this is blasphemy.

"THOSE. WORDS. ARE. BLASPHEMY!"

      • "DO! NOT! BLASPHEME! DO! NOT! BLASPHEME!"
      • E-LE-VATE.
    • The League did this they called it the Shiva Blast
    • Davros, the Daleks' creator, taught them how to talk this way, so naturally he does it himself. Big Finish Doctor Who has one of the more epic examples: "I! Will! Not! Cower! I! Will! Not! Die! I! Will! Not! Die! This! Is! Not! The end! This! Is! Only! THE BEGINNING!"
      • "YOU! WILL! TELL! ME!"
      • "I! WILL! SHOW! YOU! THE FOLLY OF YOUR WORDS! DOK-TOR!"
      • "YOU FOOLS! YOU! CANNOT! KILL! ME! I! AM! DAVROS!"
      • I! WILL! GO ON!
      • Or this exchange between Davros and the Seventh Doctor:

Davros: "THE DALEKS! SHALL! BECOME! LORDS! OF! TIME! WE! SHALL! BECOME! ALL-"
Seventh Doctor: (Interrupting him) "-POWERFUL! Conquer the galaxy! Crush! The lesser races! UNLIMITED! RICE! PUDDING! ETCETERA! ETCETERA!"

    • From the 2008 finale: "THIS! Is my ultimate victory, Doctor! THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!"
      • "DETONATE! THE REALITY! BOMB!"
      • "NOTHING! CAN! STOP! THE DETONATION! NOTHING! AND! NO ONE!"
      • "NEVER FORGET! DOCTOR! YOU! DID THIS! I! NAME! YOU! FOREVER! YOU ARE THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS! AAAAARRRGGGHHH!!"
    • The Dalek Emperor: "DO! NOT! FIGHT! IN! HEEERE!"
    • Seven in "Battlefield": "STOOOOOOOP! I COMMAND IT! THERE. WILL. BE. NO. BATTLE HERE!!!"
    • "The Doctor's Daughter" contains the line "I. Never. Would." Cranking that Tranquil Fury.
    • The Ninth Doctor in The Doctor Dances: "GO - TO - YOUR - ROOM!"
    • In "Father's Day": "Jackie Tyler, do as I say! GO! AND CHECK! THE DOORS!"
    • In "The Christmas Invasion", the Sycorax leader and the newly-regenerated Tenth Doctor both speak like this: "I DEMAND TO KNOW. WHO. YOU. ARE!" "I. DON'T. KNOW!"
    • Again from the 2008 finale, the absolutely epic Crowning Moment of Awesome from Dalek Caan, of all people, ends with:

"And I decreed: No! More!"

    • The 1996 Eighth Doctor TV Movie gave us "THIS! IS! AN! AMBULANCE!" from the Master.
      • WHO! AM! IIIIIIIIIIIIIIII??????????????????!!!!!!
      • The same film gave us "I! AM! THE DOCTOR!"
    • And who could forget - "THERE ARE! NO! MACRA!"
    • In the classic serial "The Three Doctors", Omega, who is one of the largest hams what ever hammed, even by Doctor Who standards, speaks pretty much all of his lines this way. "I. AM. THE. CREATOR. OF. TIME. LORD. SOCIETYYYYYYY!"
    • Donna pulled this off when she first saw the Doctor again in "Partners in Crime", although we only see her mouthing the words(through soundproof glass): "Oh! My! GOD!" followed by, "This! Is! BRILLIANT!"
    • The End of Time gives us this, combined with a Crowning Moment of Awesome AND a Heroic Sacrifice from the Master, of all people: "YOU DID THIS TO ME! ALL OF MY LIFE! YOU! MADE! ME!! ONE! TWO!! THREE!!! FOUR!!!!"
      • As he comes back to life: "NEVER! NEVER! NEVER DYING! NEVER DYING!"
      • Lucy Saxon gets hers in this dueling This Is Sparta with the resurrected Master:

Master: DON'T! YOU! DARE!
Lucy: TILL DEATH! DO US PART! HARRY!

      • Also from The End Of Time: "Worst! Rescue! EVER!"
      • FOR THE END! OF TIME! ITSELF!
      • Timothy Dalton's furious "I will NOT! DIE!!!!"
    • The Christmas Invasion:

"By the ancient rites of combat, I forbid you to scavenge here for the rest of time. And when you go back to the stars and tell others of this planet, when you tell them of its riches, its people, its potential, when you talk of the Earth, then make sure that you tell them this... IT! IS! DEFENDED!"

    • Flesh and Stone: "LIKE! ME! FOR! INSTANCE!" Matt Smith can yell with the best of them.
    • The Vampires Of Venice: "WE! ARE! VENETIANS!!!"
    • Amy's Choice: "THIS VILLAGE! IS SO! DULL!"
    • The Pandorica Opens: "Could you lot just stay still for a minute, 'cause III! AAAAM! TALLLLKIIING!"
    • Victory of the Daleks: "YOU! ARE! MY! ENEMY!" (each word punctuated by the Dalek in question being pummled by a big wrench) and later "I am the Doctor, and YOU ARE! THE! DALEKS!"
      • The Daleks in that episode as well: "WOULD! YOU! LIKE! SOME! TEA?!" "I! AM! YOUR! SOLDIER!" and "YOU! DO! NOT! REQUIRE! TEA?!"
    • Rory gets an excellent one in A Good Man Goes To War: Where.Is.My.Wife?!
      • Bonus points for this being delivered in Roman uniform.
    • I am The Last of the Timelords! The Laws of Time are mine! And They! Will! Obey me!
  • Tom Servo: "EACH! OF! YOU! WILL! ENTER! A! SPACE! CAPSULE!!!"
  • From Monty Python's Flying Circus: "I! HOPE! YOU'RE! EN! JOY! ING! THIS!"
    • "I! DON'T! LIKE! SPAM!"
    • "DOCTOR! DOCTOR! MY! BRAIN! HURTS!"
    • "This! Is an ex! PARROT!"
    • Anything said by a Gumby.
  • From "The Equalizer": LEAVE! THE LADY! ALONE! and YOU!.. ARE!!.. SCUMMM!!!
  • "WHEEL! OF! FORTUNE!" Somewhat less Badass than other examples, at least until someone spins $5000 or so.
  • Johnny Gilbert's announement of "THIS! IS! Jeopardy!"
    • Also, "And now, here is the host of 'Jeopardy'... ALEX! TREBEK!"
    • This came full circle on a February 2012 episode, where each clue had Johnny Gilbert reading a famous phrase beginning with "This is…" in the style of the intro. Naturally, one of them was indeed "This! IS! SPARTA!"
  • The Office: "I! DECLARE! BANKRUPTCY!"
    • Also from that season: "I! HAVE! HEMMORHOIDS!"
  • Adam Savage of MythBusters parodies it when naming the dump-ammo-into-fire robot: "THIS! IS! SPARKY!!"
  • Friends has Janice's Incoming Ham phrase "Oh! My! God!", that makes Chandler's balls "jump back up inside his body".
    • Ross does it twice in the same scene. An emphatic version of an infamous phrase ("We! Were! On! A! Break!") and "Front - and back!"
  • Freddie's countdown in iCarly: "In Five. Four. Three. Two..."
    • And in some episodes when Carly and Sam describe the sketch they're about to do. ex: "MESSING! WITH! LEWBERT!"
  • "MY! NAME! IS! SYLAR!"
  • Merritt Rook in the Law and Order SVU episode "Authority": "PUSH! THE! BUTTON!"
  • Tsch, where is your history? Who can forget Higgins's perfect enunciation of "Oh. My. GOD!" in Magnum, P.I.?
  • Stilgar in the Children of Dune miniseries, in response to being told that Alia has placed a bounty on his head: Well I say unto you! Send. Men. To summon. WOOOOOoooooorrrrrmmmmssssss. And we shall go to Arrakeen. To collect it. Also, in response to Muad'dib relaying an alliance offer from the spacing guild: "We haven't forgotten about the Guild...how they BLACKMAILED us for SPICE!". In fact, Stilgar's actor in the 'Children' series (different from his actor in the first miniseries) delivers enough of these lines to qualify as a Large Ham.
  • "HUMANS! ARE! SUPERIOOOOORRR!"
  • I. Owe. You. Pain.

Oz: Buffy, it makes sense to...
Buffy: Have. A nice. Time.

AT! THE! 'LAAAAKE!

Mark: What's the next class?
Sid: Drama.
Mark: Right. Drama. Coursework. Fucking perfection. Or else!
Sid: Why are you talking in very short sentences?
Mark: EMPHASIS! Drama! Fuck off.

Bismark: This is blasphemy! Okay! This is madness!
Fargo: This! Is! EUREKA!'

They killed him. Because Matthew Shepard was gay. They killed him! Because he was gay? They killed him.

  • On Sherlock.

- "I am not GAY!" this is followed closely by Irene's comment "Well I AM!"

Father Jack: NUNS! NUNS! REVERSE! REVERSE!

  • Red Dwarf, the episode "Rimmer World"... "I! AM! HE!"
  • Even Sesame Street, when Telly Monster is struggling to use a bubble wand for the first time: "I will blow a bubble! I have to! For this! Is! Bubble-Fest!"
    • In "The Monster's Three Wishes", after Cookie Monsters wastes his wishes on "big, bigger, and biggest" trucks, he's left without his desired million cookies. That leaves him with only one option... "EAT! TRUCK!"
  • I! AM! SPARTACUS!!!!!
  • Jack Horkheimer would like to remind everyone to "keep...looking...up!"[3]


Music! and! SONGS![edit | hide]

There's enough for a whole page, but some notable examples below.

  • Adam and the Ants' "Physical (You're So)": "You're! So! Phy-! Si-! Cal!"
  • All. My. Friends. Know the Lowrider. (From "Low Rider" by War).
    • The Low. Ri. Der. Is a little higher.
  • Nightwish has I! Truly! HATE! YOU! ALL! in "Slaying the Dreamer".
  • "Please give a warm, friendly hand to THEY! MIGHT! BE! GIANTS!"
    • THE ALPHABET! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF! NAAAAAAAAAAAAATIOOOOOOOOOOOONS! (From "Alphabet of Nations").
    • Make! A! Hole! With! The! Gun! Per! Pen! Dic! U...lar! To! The! Name! Of! This! Town! In a desktop... Globe! (From "Ana Ng").
    • I know! I know! I said that! I! Would! Quuuiiit! All! Right! I promise! No more! After Thiiis! (From "Thunderbird").
  • Big! Bad! VOOOOOOOO-DOOOOOOOO! DAAA-DAAYYYY!
  • Judas Priest: "HE! IS! THE! PAINKILLER! THIS! IS! THE! PAINKILLER!" (From, well, "Painkiller").
  • "I! AM! IRON MAN!" (From, of course, "Iron Man").
  • Lordi: "HARD! ROCK! HALLELUJAH!" (Yes, from "Hard Rock Hallelujah").
  • HE! BELIEVES! IN! A BEAUTY! He's Venus as a Boy." (From "Venus as a Boy").
  • Zlad: Electronik. Supersonik. Supersonik. Electronik. (From "Elektronik Supersonik").
  • Alice in Chains: IF! I! WOULD! COULD! YOU!? (From "Would?").
    • When Rock Band charted the song, every single word was counted as its own phrase/section.
  • Metallica's James Hetfield, boldly pushing back the frontiers of science, has managed to pronounce every syllable of a word as its own sentence. A word with one syllable. "YEE-EEE-EEE-AAA-AAA-YYY-AAA-UUH!"
    • In addition, "Enter Sandman":

Hetfield: Ehhhcks! Iiiit! LAH-HIGHT!
Everyone: Ehhhn! Tuuuhr! NAH-HIGHT!

    • And how about "BLOOD! WILL! FOLL-LOW! BLOOD! DY! ING! TIME! IS! HERE!" (From "Damage, Inc.").
    • Hell, he manages to make a one-syllable word into two sentences:

CREEEEEEEEPING! DEEEAAAATH-AH! (Not surprisingly, from "Creeping Death").

    • Also, the expansion of the word "empty" in "Cyanide", and "Shape-shiiii-fttttt" in "Of Wolf and Man".
      • Related: The very end of Tool's "Eulogy": "GOOD! BYYYYY....YYYY...YYYY...YYYYE!!!"
  • THIS! MEANS! WAR! ("This Means War!" by Petra), also the name of the album.
  • Megadeth: "PPEEEEAAAACCCCCE... SEEEEEELLLLS..." (From "Peace Sells").
  • Tool also has a more typical example with "Disgustipated", which also counts as Nightmare Fuel:

"THIS. IS. NECESSARY! THIS. IS NECESSARY! LIFE! FEEDS ON LIFE! FEEDS ON LIFE!..."

    • PRY-ING O-PEN MY THIRD EYE! PRY-ING O-PEN MY THIRD EYE! PRY-ING O-PEN MY THIRD EYE! (From "Third Eye").
  • The character of Me (played by James LaBrie) does it awesomely at the end of "Day Eighteen: Realization" on Ayreon's The Human Equation album. "LET! ME! OOOUUUT!!!" Rage (played by Devin Townsend) also does a similar thing at the end of "Day Sixteen: Loser". "NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER! NEVER!"
  • Ronnie James Dio, at the end of Rainbow's classic "Kill the King". "OH! KILL! OH! KILL! OH, OH!"
  • Stravovarius's "Freedom Call": "So you will hear! My! Freedom! Call!"
  • The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets in "Flee!": PAIN! DEATH! INSANITY! DEATH!"
  • WE BUILT! THIS! CITY! WE BUILT! THIS! CITY! ON ROCK! AND! ROLL! (From "We Built This City" by Starship).
  • Dream Theater examples: "As I Am" ("Take! Me! As! I am!"), "A Change of Seasons" ("I! WILL! LIVE ON! LIVE ON!", also the live version has James shouting "PLEASE! DON'T! GO!"), "The Test That Stumped Them All" ("Hoping to find the answers to the test that stumped! Them! All!"), "Octavarium" ("TRAPPED! INSIDE! THIS! OC-TA-VA-RI-UM!"). James LaBrie really likes doing this. Also from "The Dark Eternal Night": I! Am! The! LAST!
  • Queensrÿche, "Eyes of a Stranger": "Why am I here? And FOR! HOW LONG!?"
  • Enter Shikari: "SO! RRY! YOU'RE! NOT! A winner..." "WHAT! HAVE! YOU! GOT? To lose..." (From "Sorry, You're Not a Winner")
    • "GO! TELL! ALL! YOUR FRIENDS!" "THAT THIS IS! THE END!" (From "Mothership").
    • "YOU'RE NOT! GETTING ANY! SLEEP! TONIGHT!" (From "No Sleep Tonight").
    • "THOU! SHALL! NOT! PASS!" (From "Juggernauts").
  • Four Year Strong might as well be called FOUR! YEAR! STROOONG!
    • "CAN YOU! PROVE TO ME! THAT YOU'RE NOT DEAD! AND! GONE!" (From "Nineteen with Neck Tatz"), "RISE! OR! DIE! HERE AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD!" (From "Maniac (R.O.D.)"), "SO LISTEN UP! IF YOU STILL FEEL! AND I STILL FEEL! THEN RISE UP! AND O! VER! COME!" (From "What The Hell Is a Gigawatt?" featuring Jay Pepito of Reign Supreme), "I! STILL! ALWAYS! LOOK UP TO YOU!" (From "One Step at a Time"), etc. etc.
  • Iron Maiden, "The Prisoner": "Run! Fight! To leave! It's tough!"
    • "RUN! TO! THE! HILLS! / RUN! FOR! YOUR! LI-I-IVES!" (From "Run to the Hills").
    • "TWO! MINUTES! TO MID - NIIIIIIIIIGHT!" (From "2 Minutes to Midnight").
    • "CAUGHT - SOME-WHERE - IN - TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!" (From "Caught Somewhere in Time").
    • "YOUR - TIME - WILL - COME!" (From "The Wicker Man").
  • Rhapsody of Fire, "The March of the Swordmaster": "Hail! Hail! Great swordmaster! March! March! Brave swordmaster!" And a spoken version in "The Dark Tower of Abyss": "This... Is... HELL!!!" And in Italian, from "Bloody Red Dungeons": "Luna! Rossa! Pianti! Paure! Rabbia! Ira! Urla! Torture!"
  • Scooter: "Move! Your! ASS!" (From "Move Your Ass!")
    • And "Gothic... doesn't... exist." (From "Fuck the Millennium").
    • HY-PAH HY-PAH! (From "Hyper Hyper").
    • HOW! MUCH! IS! THE! FISH?! (From "How Much Is the Fish?", strangely enough).
  • Stratovarius: "At! The! Speed! Of! Liiight...!" (From "Speed of Light") and "ZERO! THREE! ZERO! THREE! SIX! SIX!" (From "030366").
  • Sublime's "Date Rape":

That's. When. Things. Got. Out. Of. Control.
She. Didn't. Want. To. He. Had. His. Way.
She. Said. "Let's. Go."
He. Said. "No! Way!"
That's. When. Things. Got. Out. Of. Control.
The moral. Of. The. Date. Rape. Story.
It. Does not pay. To Be. Drunk. And. Horny.

  • Sum 41, "Fat Lip": "I don't wanna waste! My! Time! Become another casualty of society! I'll never fall! In! Line!"
    • "In Too Deep": "It seems that SOME! THING'S! TELLING ME!"
  • I! CAN'T! GO! ON! LI-VING! THIS! WAY! (From "Last Resort").

HATE! WAR! AND TER-ROR! MUR-DER! DI-SAS-TER! RAPE! DRUGS! AND VIO-LENCE! LOST! IN! OUR! FAIL-URE!

  • Viking metallers Amon Amarth make use of this more than once, with the song Twighlight of the Thunder God providing a particularly fitting example:

"Twighlight! Of! The Thunger God! Twighlight! Of! The Thunder God!
Twighlight! Of! The Thunder God! Twighlight! Of! The Thun! Der!! God!!!"

  • Death frontman Chuck Schuldiner loved this trope. His performance in "The Philosopher" turned the word "lies" into a metalhead in-joke.
    • YOU PATHETIC! EX-CUSE! FOR A HUMAN BEING!
  • Sinergy provided us with: "Listen up everybody! Because THE BITCH! IS! BACK! "
  • Nile Uses this all the time, such as:

BLACK!! SEEDS!! OF VENGEANCE!! BLACK!!! SEEDS!!! OF VENGEANCE!!!

    • "LASHED! TO! THE SLAVE STICK!!"
    • "CAAAST!! DOOWN!! THE!!! HERETIC!!!!!"
    • However, the most spectacularly over the top (and awesome) example is "Von Unaussprechlichen Kulten:"

"AND THOSE!!!! Who slither and crawl! SHAAALL RIIIIIIISE!! Again! Once mooore!! TO INHERIT! THEEEE!!!! EEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRTH!!!!!!"

I. hate. this. city.
Fuck. my. mind.

  • Lich King are fond of this.
    • CAN! NOT STOP! THE HORDES! OF GHOULS! WORLD! GONE DEAD! SO FIRE! YOUR MISSILES AND ROCKETS AND LASERS AND RAILGUNS BUT NOTHING WILL SHORTEN HIS RULE!
    • THE ONLY WAY TO EVER BEAT IT IS JUST! TO! TAKE! THE! STAAAAAAAAIRS!
    • HUMAN HISTORY DIDN'T NEED YOU! YOU AREN'T WANTED! AND! ARE! DISMIIIIIIISED!
  • The Thrash Metal band Forbidden does an especially spectacular version in "March into Fire":
    • WE ALL! MARCH! INTO! FIIIIRRRRRRRRRREEEE!!!
  • I just listened to The Lonely Island and I JIZZED! IN! MY PANTS!
  • IT'S ALRIGHT! TO COMPLAIN! IT'S ALRIGHT! TO FEEL PAIN! IT'S ALRIGHT!
  • From Ex Deo's "Storm the Gates of Alesia": I DECLARE! GAUL! A PROVINCE OF ROME!
    • And debatably the following chant of "Veni!! Vidi!!! Vici!!" would count as well
  • D! M! X! uses this trope frequently in his raps, especially in his single "WHAT'S! MY! NAME?!".
  • A few examples off the top of my head from this one band.
    • "Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! SHUUUT! UUUUUUUUUP!"[4]
    • "I'll MAAAAAKE! YOU! FAAAAAACE! THIIIIIIIS! NOOOOOOOW![5]
    • "I'VE! BECOME! SO NUMB! I CAN'T FEEL! YOU! THERE!"[6]
    • "YOOOOOOOOUUU! TRY TO TAKE THE BEST OF ME! GO AWAY! YOU! TRY TO TAKE THE BEST OF ME! GO AWAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!"[7]
    • "PUT ME OUT OF MY MI! SER! RYYYYYYY! PUT ME OUT OF MY... PUT ME OUT OF MY FUC! KING! MI! SER! RRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!"[8]
  • Rapper The Game has been known to start live performances of "How We Do" by repeatedly chanting "(Insert rapper here) can SUCK! MY! DICK!".

THEATRE![edit | hide]

  • Les Misérables:
    • One more dawn! One more day! ONE! DAY! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORE!!!!!
    • Both Colm Wilkinson and Gary Morris tended to deliver their lines in Les Misérables this way: "MY NAME IS JEAN! VAL! JEAN!"
    • TWO! FOUR! SIX! OH! OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!
  • Elphaba does this at the end of Act 2 of Wicked when confronted by Glinda and told she can't go on behaving like this.

Elphaba: I can do anything I want. I am. The. Wicked Witch. Of. The West.

    • Earlier, Galinda said to Elphaba, "You. will. be. POPULAR!"
  • SO!!! IT IS TO BE WAR!!! BETWEEN US!!!
    • And then there's Raoul with his Call Back to that line: "...but this time, clever friend, the disaster--WILL! BE!! YOURS!!!" Phantom contains relatively few spoken lines, but its melodramatic roots mean an unusual proportion of those that exist can be delivered in this fashion.
  • Anyone Can Whistle: "NOW -- POINT -- ONE!" This and several similar exclamations include the same musical Stings and vamp to fade.
  • Carrie the Musical: "He! Will! Burn! You!"
  • The Fantasticks: "You're...standing...in...my...KUMQUAT!" ("SORRY!")
  • Li'l Abner has this in the speech leading into "Oh, Happy Day":

"Think of the unbounded horizons of science, when we can make all mankind look!" (Sforzando) "Act!" (Sforzando) "Think!" (Sforzando) "Feel!" (Sforzando) "Hope, desire, dream!" (Sforzando) "Buy, sell!" (Tremolo) "Inhale, exhale!" (Sforzando) "Exactly like those specimens over there!" (Fast segue)


Professional! WRESTLING![edit | hide]

  • Being filled with barely-dressed super-manly-men, Professional Wrestling has a number of examples:
    • Whenever DX is together, Triple H is bound to ask the crowd if they're ready. Then, he'll clarify for them that he did, in fact, ask "ARE?! YOU?! REEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAADY?!?!"
    • After the requisite Michael Buffer schtick was concluded, Shawn Michaels would without fail conclude with this exchange.

Shawn: "And if you're not down with that, then we got TWO! WORDS! FOR YAAAAAAA!!"
Crowd: "SUUUCK IIIIIIT!!!!"

      • I!! AM!! THE GAME!!
        • And I AM! THAT! DAMN!! GOOD!!!
    • "THE HEART! BREAK! KID! SHAWN! MICHAELS! LAYS DOWN! FOR ABSOLUTELY! NOBODY!!!"
    • Diamond Dallas Page's catchphrase back in WCW: "You will FEEL! THE! BANG!"
    • Used by Pro Wrestler The Undertaker, though he doesn't shout each word so much as he treats each one like its own sentence. Oh, and he draws the last one. "Rest. In. Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeace."
    • Stone Cold Steve Austin: "OH! HELL! YEAH!"
    • "RAW! IS! JERICHO!"
    • I'M The Miz! AND I'M! AWESOME!!!!!!
    • "ROB! VAN! DAM!"
      • He punctuates this by pointing both of his thumbs at himself.
    • Randy Orton will. Do. This. Quite. OFTEN~!
    • MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... Kennedy. Kennedy.
      • He's now MISTERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR... Anderson
    • Kane during The Undertaker's (Kayfabe) funeral in 2010: "THERE! WILL! BE! VENGEANCE!"
    • Booker T: FIVE TIME!! FIVE TIME!! FIVE TIME!! WCW CHAMPION BOOKER T!!
    • Batista couldn't believe John Cena would STOOP! THAT! LOW! and resort to duct tape to win their Last Man Standing match.
    • Two examples from Michael Cole: "NOT! THIS! WAAAAY! NOT! THIS! WAAAAY! DAMMIT!!!" And of course, to our collective chagrin, "AND! I! QUOTE!"
    • IF! YOU! SMEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL... WHAT THE ROCK! IS! COOKIN'!!!


RADIO![edit | hide]

  • Bob & Ray's "Slow Talkers of America" skit works similarly to the Mirror Mask example above. Albeit in this one, in a nifty subversion of the trope, it's the relentless lack of drama that eventually sends the interviewer over the edge:

Bob: (as president Harlow P. Whitcomb) ... the STOA... the Slow...
Ray: Talkers of America, right. Now, you--
Bob: ... Talkers...
Ray: Of America!
Bob: ... of...
Ray: America! Of AMERICA!!
Bob: ... America.

  • From Adventures in Odyssey: During the "Darkness Before Dawn" arc, Richard Maxwell crosses paths with middle-management villain "Jellyfish". After being kept in jail about half a year longer than his sentence should have lasted, he isn't happy. As such, he informs him that apart from cleaning up his act, one thing hasn't changed:

"I. Never. Forget."

  • "X! MINUS! ONE!"
  • Lights Out: "It...is...later...than...you...think!"
  • From the classic Barbara Frum interview on the CBC Radio show As It Happens: "WHAT! DID! YOU! FEED! THE! GODDAMN! CABBAGE?!?!"
  • NPR's On The Media with Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield always ends with:

Bob Garfield: "And edited...by...Brooke"


Theatre! and! PLAYS![edit | hide]

  • Averted in Calderon's Life is a Dream.

Clotaldo: Why, this is madness!
Rosaura: Yes it is.


VIDEO! GAMES![edit | hide]

  • In Deus Ex Human Revolution, a forgetful guard gets his dormitory code shouted at him via email... after it's repeated in numeric form.

REMEMBER. THE DAMN. CODE.
ONE.
THREE.
EIGHT.
FIVE.

  • Street Fighter 3 3rd Strike: Online Edition
    • From the end of the chorus of the menu/attract mode screen. "Don't think that I can't KNOCK! YOU! OUT!"
  • METAL...GEAR?
    • "Snake? Snake?! SNAAAAAAKE!"
    • BROTHER! IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME BROTHER! HAVE AT YOU SNAKE! IT'S NOT OVER YET SNAKE!
    • MAKE ME FEEL ALIVE AGAIN!
    • THE PAIN! THE FEAR! THE FURY!
    • I. CAME. BACK. FROM. SPACE.
    • NO! THAT IS NOT SOLID SNAKE!
    • LAUGH AND GROW FAT!
    • YOU'RE A SOLDIER! FINISH YOUR MISSION! SHOW YOU LOYALTY! FACE ME.
    • World of Ham doesn't even begin to cover it.
  • From BlazBlue, Noel Vermillion gets on while facing Iron Tager:

"This. Is a. MAJOR VIOLATION!!"

    • And speaking of Tager...

"GENESIC! EMERALD!! TAGER!!! BUSTER!!!!"

"To rid this world of evil! I. WILL BECOME A HAMMER! OF! JUSTICE!"

  • City of Heroes: "I. AM. NICTUS!"
    • The last word of which is not just the only time NPC chat is increased in font size, but also increased in font size to eight times normal size and red.
      • It was also bugged for a long time, causing some raw code to appear as well, thus taking up far too much space. It rather ruined the dramatic effect of the line in question.
  • "WHERE?!! IS?!! MY?!! MOTHER?!!" from Tomb Raider: Legend, punctuated by a gunshot between each word. Also a Moment of Awesome, as the target of the murderous rage happens to be both an old friend, and the source of the Eldritch Abomination you just spent the last 5–10 minutes killing. Then you get the answer and pistol whip Amanda before delivering this line:

Lara: From this moment, your every breath is a gift from me.

  • "WHERE?! IS?! MY?! BROTHER?!" by Alex in Silent Hill Homecoming
  • The first time Henry drops his Catch Phrase, the captions see fit to put ellipses between each word, but the voice actor speaks the line without any such pauses.
  • Everything that comes out of Illidan's mouth in World of Warcraft. YOU! ARE NOT! PREPARED!
    • ...Yet all throughout, my own heart, devoid of emotion, of empathy. I. HAVE. FELT. NOTHING.
      • If you keep clicking on the Dwarven Rifleman, one of his quotes is "This! Is! Mah! BOOMSTICK!"
      • And after that same boss delivers his deathbed speech he tells you to: SAVE. YOUR. WORLD.
    • Some of Malygos' lines as well "YOU WILL NOT SUCCEED WHILE I DRAW BREATH!", "TEN! TIMES! OVER!", and "I AM UNSTOPPABLE!".
  • In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Resident scrappy "Warchief" Garrosh Hellscream gets one of these that acts as a Moment of Awesome that rescues him from the Scrappy Heap at the end of the main quest chain in Stonetalon.
    • Garrosh: I sent you to Stonetalon Mountains with an army. Your orders were to secure this land for the Horde. Instead, you laid waste to the land. Murdered innocents, children even... I spent a very long time in Northrend, Krom'gar. I learned much about the Horde at that time. While there, a wise old war hero told me something that I would carry with me forever... "Honor," Krom'gar, "No matter how dire the battle... Never forsake it." Overlord Krom'gar, you have disgraced the Horde. You have brought shame to us as a people. By my right as Warchief, I hereby relieve you of duty... * Garrosh Hellscream grabs Overlord Krom'gar.* YOU ARE DISMISSED! * Garrosh Hellscream throws Overlord Krom'gar off the ledge.*
    • The trope namer is parodied in the introduction quest to the Twilight Highlands zone, in which the player is asked to escort a (literal) red shirt Horde Negotiator to meet with the fel orc leader of the Dragonmaw clan. When the negotiator meets with the Dragonmaw warchief, the warchief rebukes him, leading to this exchange:

Negotiator: This is madness!
Dragonmaw Warchief: Madness? This. Is. DRAGONMAW!!! *kicks the Negotiator into the bonfire behind him*

    • "I am... Deathwing. The Destroyer. The end of all things. Inevitable! Indomitable! I! AM! THE CATACLYSM!"
  • Baldur's Gate 2 gives Minsc the classic line "Evil, meet my sword. SWORD! MEET! EVIIIIIIL!" and a line from the villain Irenicus: "Once my thirst for power was everything, and now I hunger only for revenge. And. I. WILL. HAVE IT!!"
  • OSU! TATAKAE! OUENDAN!!, as well as OUEN! DAI-SEI-KOU!
    • And EBA has, "Agents...are...GO!!!"
  • Call of Duty 4: "WE! ARE! LEAVING!"
    • "Soap! GET! OFF! THE MINIGUN! WE'RE! FALLING! BAAAAAAAAAACK!"
      • ENOUGH BLOODY SNIPING! WHERE IS THE INFORMANT?! WHERE! IS! HE!
    • World At War: "DROP! THE RAMP!" and "WE! MUST! NOT! FALTER!"
    • Call of Duty 2: "FOR THE SOVIET UNION, AND! YOUR! GLORIOUS! MOTHERLAND!"
    • Modern Warfare 2: "We. Will. Kill him.
    • Black Ops: "I DO! NOT! CARE! ABOUT! NOVA! MY NAME! IS VICTOR! REZNOV! AND I WILL HAVE! MY! REVENGE!!"
  • "A MAN....CHOOSES! A SLAVE....OBEYS! OBEY!"
    • She WONT! STAY! STILL!
    • What's this, goddess? AN INTRUDER! He's ugly! Ugly! UGLY! UGLYYYYYYYYYY! Look at you, HIDEOUS!
  • "KANE! LIVES!"
  • Iron Man in Marvel Nemesis: I. Am. Ironman.
  • The text equivalent (no voice acting in the series) can be seen in the ending to The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.

Ganondorf: CURSE YOU SAGES! CURSE YOU ZELDA! CURSE! YOU! LINK!

Obey! Conform! Abstain! Ignore! Deny! Refrain! Cease! Appease! Shun! ... Avoid new sensations. Avoid all sensations! Avoid any sensation! Avoid unnecessary pleasantries! Avoid necessary pleasantries! Avoid libation! Avoid fermentation! Avoid all these in combinations. Save often! Floss regularly! Floss meaningfully! Floss athletically! Think happy thoughts! And above all, never forget: who is the boss of you! Me! I. Am. The boss. Of you! I. Am.' The boss. Of you! I. Am. The boss. Of you!

Rikku: Think we need a password?
Paine: How about "kick... its... ass"?

Maya: Umm, would you mind taking a look at this?
Basil: I'm sorry. That data is SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected.
Maya: SuPer-Admin Restricted Desktop Access password-protected!? What? This is madness!
Phoenix: No, Maya, that is SPARDA.

    • The courthouse! (whipping) Must be! (whipping) Kept clean! (more whipping)
  • At the end of Perfect Dark, Elvis is looking for Joanna so they can evacuate the Skedar planet before his buddies come to bomb it. He finds her with one of her feet trapped under rubble, and asks him to lend her his Phoenix handgun.

Joanna: WILL - YOU - JUST... (shoots under the rubble at the unseen Skedar leader, who was holding on to her leg) ...let go?

  • Super Macho Man of Punch-Out!! fame seems prone to this in the Wii version.

WHY! DON'T YOU! LOVE ME!?!
SUPEEEER! MACHOOOO! MAAAAAN!

Elaine: THAT spineless goody-two-boots? Let! Him! Rot!

    • At the beginning of Chapter 1, when Guybrush talks to Elaine and asks, "Are you hungry?":

Guybrush: Want me to get anything from the hold? I've brought some pot stickers!
Elaine: [screams in annoyance] No! Finish! The! Recipe!

Enemy Soldier: "How did you...?! This... this is madness!"
Denz: "No... This...is..the curse!" (Kicks enemy soldier down a burning well)
Esteban: "I've never seen you so angry, Denz! That was downright spartan of you!"
Denz: "Spartan...? Bah, you'll have to tell me about it later."

  • Xenoblade: "BORN IN A WORLD OF STRIFE! AGAINST THE ODDS! WE CHOOSE... ...TO FIGHT! BLOSSOM! DANCE!"
  • This conversation from the last level of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2.

Gabriel: Hey Bishop, what do you get when you mix a bullet with a pretty little intelligence officer?
Bishop: Fuck. You.

  • In Tropico 4, in your election speech, El Presente sometimes speaks about how production has increased by 25% in some areas. This! Is! Progress!.
  • Everyone, say it with me: FUS! RO! DAH!!!

Web! ANIMATION![edit | hide]

  • Homestar Runner: Strong Bad's "sage advice" to Homestar in email 130: "DON'T! EVER! DRESS! UP! As The CHEAT! AGAIN! PARSLEY! SAGE! ROSEMARY! And THYME!"
    • This could also be a Punctuated Pounding, given that he's hitting Homestar over the head with a keyboard while he says it.
    • "CHANT! WORDS! TOGETHER!"
    • "BA! LO! NEYYYYYYY!" A rare example of this being successfully accomplished within a single word.
      • Your Mileage May Vary, but I don't think that counts, since it's more legato than staccato (it sounds more like "BAAALOOONEEEEYYY" than "BA! LO! NEEEYYY!" to me).
    • "Don't! Eat! Mah! CHICKEN WIIIIIINGS!"
    • The Horrible Painting, to Strong Bad: "Come. On. In here!!"
    • On the original Podstar Runner animation, showing an i Pod menu, at the end, Strong Bad finds himself inside the menu and pounds against the screen to get out, "LET me! OUTTA the! TINY! BOX!", then suddenly shatters the screen.
  • WHERE'S!! MY!! WIFE!?
  • There's this episode of Sailor Moon Abridged. I'm. Not. USELESS!
  • Red vs. Blue had Grif do this when he was out of breath, causing him to put emphisis on every word while he was sucking wind.
    • "Sir! We! Are going! To DIE here!"
    • "My name is Michael J. Caboose and I! Hate! BABIES!"
    • "My name is Leonard Church, and you will FEAR! MY! LASER FACE!"
  • From the beginning of Lazer Collection 3: Just. Pure. ENERGY.
  • This Eight Bit Theater animation: "HA... DO... KEN!"


Web! COMICS![edit | hide]

Dr. McNinja: I DON'T! EVEN! Think his work after Ghostbusters was that good anyway! Do you?

  • I... SHALL NOT... CRUMBLE!!
  • From Digger:
    • "That. Ain't. Right." The statement was made in response to the heart of a dead god, forced to beat.
    • Also, the cold servants speak exclusively like this; each word gets its own bubble with them.
    • "Has a name! NAME- IS- ED!"
  • Mike from Sexy Losers: I...AM NO...ORDINARY...MAN! His delivery of this line was what elevated him from simple comedy to being actually sort of awesome. That is, if you look past the fact that he's masturbating and just see it from his own artistic perspective.
  • From Eversummer Eve:

Alasdair: That! Is! Not! A! Mage!! That! Is! A! Freaking! Dragon!!
Amadan: Did I forget to mention that?

Titus: That many periods in one sentence can't be good for your brain.
Helen: Nor yours. Sorry, Titus.

Gemini: You have the right to remain silent, you have-
Platinum: Dozens of civilian hostages, why do you think I travel coach?
Gemini: We will still bring you in-
Platinum: Over a pile of corpses? Do it! Show you mother that no matter what you claim to be, You. Are. Just. Like. Me.

That. Was so. Screwed. Up.

"This! Is! SODA!"

Skärva: Let's. Just. Move. On.

Web! ORIGINAL![edit | hide]

Nostalgia Critic (through a voicebox): You're. An. Idiot.

  • Riff Trax makes fun of this trope, especially while riffing 300.

Bill Corbett: Well, I think he certainly proved that THIS! IS! SPARTA!
Mike Nelson: Yeah, his kids make fun of him cause when he's handing out stuff on the 4th of July he insists on saying, "THIS! IS! A SPARKLER!"
Kevin Murphy: Or, when he's giving his car a tune-up and his kid asks, "Hey Dad, what's that small white thing with the metal at each end?" he always replies "THIS! IS! A SPARKPLUG!"
Bill Corbett: Or, when he sits down to a meal of juice, toast, milk, and Trix cereal...
Mike Nelson: Uh-oh, where's he going with this?
Bill Corbett: And he looks at his bowl of Trix and he says, "THIS! IS! SPART OF A BALANCED BREAKFAST!"
Kevin Murphy: Wow!
Mike Nelson: You pulled it off; nicely done!
Bill Corbett: Thank you very much.

GM: (to a wild Geodude that Adam has just encountered) Go. The hell. Away.

    • From the same playthrough, except in a much later part:
    • And from MobiusZero4's Devil May Cry 3 playthrough, with commentary by both himself and the aforementioned Adam Schwartze (see it with commentary on ArcadiaComms and without commentary on the provided link to his channel):

Adam: "Crowning! Moment! Of! Awesome!
Mobius: "Aaaaand... Funny!

Kaiba: "Are you trying to tell me that Yugi and I are destined to play card games with each other for eternity?"
Ishizu: "Yes."
Kaiba: "BEST. DESTINY. EVER."

    • Crump gets in on it, too:

Crump: "I. F*cking. Love. Penguins."

Death: Your wits! Are! Not enough!!!

Anonymous13: EARTH!
hentaiboy2: FIRE!
Anonymous14: WIND!
Anonymous15: WATER!
Anonymous16: HEART!
Anonymous17: LEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEROY JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEENKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous18: GO PLANET!

  • This entry from passiveaggressivenotes.com seems to have this.


Western! ANIMATION![edit | hide]

  • Mojo Jojo of The Powerpuff Girls has a couple.
    • From "Forced Kin": YOU'VE! RUINED! MY! DREEEEEEEEEEEAM!!!!!!!!!
    • Another one from "Meet the Beat-Alls": THE LOUDER YOU YELL, THE MORE PAIN IT CAUSES THE LISTENER! AND! THEIR! PAIN! IS! OUR! PLEASURE!!!
    • Yet another one from "Los Dos Mojos": And being the only Mojo Jojo in the world, I shall rule this world in which there is ONLY! ONE! MOJO JOJO!!!!
    • Even Bubbles has one in "Bubblevicious": I'M! HARDCORE! NOW!
  • What a Cartoon Show: WHAT! A! CARTOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!
  • Teen Titans: YOU! RUINED! MY! DRESS!!!!!!!!
  • Let's not forget Eric Cartman of South Park. "YOU WILL RESPECT! MAH! AUTHORITAH!"
    • "I did it. I. AM. GOOOOD!"
      • Kyle, when he finds out: "You. Fucking. FATASS."
    • "THIS! IS! LESBOS!" Cue Slow Motion Groin Attack from Ms. Garrison.
    • "I warned her. DON'T...FUCK...WITH...WENDY...TESTABURGER!" (Scare Chord)
    • III'M! NOOOT! YOOOUUURR! FRIEEENND! BUDDYYYY!
    • "I....AM....SO....PISSED...OFF....RIGHT...NOWW!" From when Cartman sees that Stan and Kyle submitted a video of him having a tea party with his plush toys to a 'Funniest Home Videos' show. Followed with "I...AM...GOING...TO...* BEEP* ING...KILL...YOU...GUYS....SERIOUSLY!" and "HATE YOU GUYS...HATE...YOU...GUYS!!!"
    • Dey! Tuk! Er! Jeorbs!
    • I. Can't. Die.
  • Batman the Animated Series: "I am vengeance! I am the night! I! AM! BATMAN!"
    • And The Batman gives us Joker's complaints with Gotham food: "Too. Many. Nuts."
  • Catscratch: "THAT'S! NOT! NICE!"
  • Arguably the most famous scene from The Maxx: "You killed my hostage... you killed my hostage... YOU -- KILLED -- MY -- HOSTAGE!!"
  • The Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons is fond of saying "Worst/Best. [Noun]. Everrrr.".
    • The nurse from the episode of The Simpsons with the Hellfish treasure (punctuated with shotgun blasts:) THE RESIDENTS! ARE TRYING! TO NAP!!!
    • And Mr. Burns in a Treehouse of Horrors: "Bad corpse! Stop -- scaring -- Smithers!"
    • When Abe goes on a death race after promising not to, Homer: "Abraham J. Simpson......... You are never! driving! again! EVER!!!"
    • In another episode, Homer wouldn't let Grampa make a pit stop because he wanted to catch a TV special on F. Murray Abraham. When Grampa protested, Homer emphasized, "F! MURRAY! ABRAHAM!"
  • Chowder: "I'M -- GOING -- HOME!"
    • "Glove Slap/Tomacco episode" In-show Zorro movie-line by the Scarlet Pimpernel: "I...am A COWARD!!!
  • From The Venture Brothers' "I Know Why The Caged Bird Kills":

Number 21: I know I'm not Doctor Girlf...
The Monarch: DO! NOT! SAY! HER! NAME!

Hunter: You! Don't! Know! Dick!

  • From the Phineas and Ferb episode "The Chronicles of Meap: More than Meaps the Eye":

Mitch: I mean, seriously. Seriously! You're still not getting this! You're all trapped! On my ship! Forever!

  • Mister Miracle gets a good one when he, as a child, escapes from the X-Pit in Justice League Unlimited.

Granny Goodness: You think you're so special, Scott. That you're different from Granny's other children. But you're not. If anything, you're just a little.. slower. You see, they learned years ago that their lives are meaningless, that hope is a lie. And you just figured it out.
Scott: No. You're the liar. There's always hope.
Granny Goodness: You'll never escape.
Scott: Yes. I. Will!

Batman: Well?
J'onn: I have no idea how to fly this vehicle.
Flash: What's this do?
Frickin' Laser Beams make wall go boom, nearly killing Alfred.
Batman: THAT'S. NOT. HELPING.

Cody: YOU! HURT! MAH! JESSICAAAAAAR!!!

Ron Stoppable: SAY. MY. NAME! SAY IT!

  • Transformers: The Movie: "DESTINY. YOU. CANNOT. DESTROY. MY. DEST-inyyyy!!!"
  • Beast Wars: After Rattrap spends most of the two-part opener complaining, snarking at Optimus Primal, and outright refusing to obey orders, Optimus finally loses patience when Rattrap tries to shoot Dinobot for "attacking" Rhinox:

Optimus: Ease off, Rattrap. It was an accident.
Rattrap: Says you!
Optimus: That's right, says me! You wanna question my orders (jabs his finger into Rattrap's chest with each word) ONE. MORE. TIME?!

    • Later on at the end of Season II:

Optimus: "TIME! ITSELF! IS ALL! BEING! DESTROYED!"
Megatron: "YES! The Decepticons win! Evil triumphs! And you! YOU! NO LONGER! EXIST!!"

    • After Inferno sets some plants on fire, Tigatron freaks the heck out and screams "YOU. WILL. LEAVE. THE WILD. ALONE!" and punctuates each word with a gunshot.
  • Beast Machines: "I. Am. Transformed."
  • Transformers Animated: Starscream to Megatron: "THIS. IS. ALL. YOUR. FAAAAULT!!!"
    • "Give. Me. Yoketron's. Hemet."
  • In Transformers Prime, we get this line from a souped-up and crazy Ratchet: "I won't ask you a second time. Where. Is. Megatron?!"
  • Bluestone from Gargoyles has a moment like this when he's determined to learn about the title characters from Elisa:

Elisa: You okay? Our shift's almost up and you haven't said three words all night.
Matt: Let. Me. Drive.

Penn: Why are you always stealing ladies?
Ice King: I'm going to make one marry me!
Penn: That's. Stupid!
Ice King: Your HAT. Is stupid!
Penn: My hat! Is! AWESOME!

Vlad: You! Exist! To serve! ME! JUST! DO IT!

    • In "My Brother's Keeper":

Bertrand: *Pinning Danny* Aw look, the little loser ghost has a few baby helpers.
Danny: *Eye twitches* Do! Not! Call! Me! A loser! *Kicks Betrand off*

    • From "King Tuck": "Woman. You. Will. Be. Silent!"
  • In DFE's The Ant and the Aardvark short "From Bed to Worse", the aardvark says while whacking with his cane on the dog's leg cast: "DON'T! BE! A! WISE! GUY!"
  • The detention officer from Dexter's Laboratory: "I... am... a... CRIMINAL!"
  • "I WANT MY SLAW!" "YOU HAVE YOUR SLAW SIR!" I WANT MY SLAW!" "YOU HAVE YOUR SLAW SIR!"
    • "Not now son, I'M. MAKING. TOAST!"
      • Dib drank the last soda. HE. WILL. PAY.
    • "WHO ARE YOU?" "I'm--" "WHO ARE YOU?"
    • "ARMS. LIKE. NOODLES!!"
  • Veggie Tales: "I! Am! That! HERO!"
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: "I! HAVE! THE POWERRRRRRR!"
  • In the Futurama episode "Jurassic Bark", after two humans, and a very lucky robot, all try to dive into lava against Professor Farnsworth's advice, he finally just yells "Professor! Lava! HOT!"
    • "TALES! OF! INTEREST!!"
    • "Because I! don't! like! being! used!"
  • Arthur's mom has a comedic one in the "Grandma Thora Appreciation Day" episode: "KIDS!! GRANDMA'S CAR BROKE DOWN!! AND SHE'S COMING!! IN!! THE HOUSE!!!"
    • "I TOLD YOU... NOT! TO! TOUCH IT!!!"
  • In World of Quest, the titular Quest has used it a few times. On the other hand, the villain Lord Spite has OVERused it to the point of hilariousness as he tends to make his "scary speeches" too long.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: "WHERE?! IS?! SUKI?!?!"
    • "Where. Is. My mother?"
    • "Don't ever. Break up with me. AGAIN."
    • "We're finally leaving Ba Sing Se! Worst! City! EVER!"
  • The Legend of Korra: "THE REVOLUTION! HAS! BEGUN!"
  • Winnie the Pooh: DON'T! FEED! THE! BEAR!
  • In an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants revolving around Pearl's birthday, Pearl gives her father Mr. Krabs a list of what she wants, but as expected, Mr. Krabs is too cheap to get any of it. Pearl winds up humiliated and yells at her dad:

"Daddy, how could you?! I! GAVE! YOU! A LIST!!!"

    • "MY NAME'S! NOT! RIIIICK!!!"
    • "Is this the Krust Krab?" "No. This is Patrick." Another call "Is this the Krusty Krab?" "No This is Patrick!" Another Call "Is this the Krusty Krab?" "NO! THIS IS PATRICK!!!"
    • "What I learned in Boating school IS... BLANKETY. BLANKETY. BLANK!"
      • "YOU ONLY NEED THREE! MORE! WOOOOOORDS!"
    • And probably the best one, in "A Life in a Day". Spongebob: "THIS! IS! LIIIFE!"
    • OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHO LIVES IN A PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEEEEA? SPONGE!! BOB!! SQUARE!! PANTS!!
    • WHOOOOO! TOUUUUCHED! MEEEE! THERMOSTAAAAAAT?!
      • DON'T! TOUCH! THE THERMOSTAAAAT!
    • BIG! MEATY! CLAWS!
    • WHY! CAN'T! I! STOP! BREA! KING! SHEEEELLLLLLLLS?!?!?!
    • Hi! Sponge! Bob! My! Name! Is! Pat! Back!
  • Misery: BEWARE!!!....of the cupboard!
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Prom-ise Her Anything", Elmyra fails to grasp what Montana Max is saying with his "The Reason You Suck" Speech, so he simply screams, "I DON'T LIKE YOU! READ MY LIPS: I. DON'T. LIKE. YOU!!!!"
    • Also by the end of the short, 'A Walk on the Flip Side':
      • Monty: I! HATE! RABBITS!
  • Ren and Stimpy: POWDERED! TOAST! MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN! Complete with flashing background and dramatic pose.
    • From "Insomniac Ren":"For the last time! I! Want You! To Be! QUIET!"
    • SHAMPOOOOOOOO! MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNN! with Stimpy as shampoo man.
    • IIII!!! HAAATTTTE!!! LIIIINNNTLOOOAAAFFF!!!
    • From Stimpy's "I Like Darren!" rant in "Mad Dog Höek". "HE... IS... NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!"
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: IIIIIIIII! HAAAATE! THAAAAT! HEEEEEDGEHOOOOG!!
  • In one episode of Aardman's Rex the Runt:

Constable Funnyname: "I'm not even fit to wear this uniform! I'M! A! DIS-! GRACE!"

Skipper: The Clock. Is. Ticking.
Kowalski: So... Were the dramatic pauses really necessary then?
Skipper: (camera zooms in closer still) Yes.

"Get. A. Grip."

  • Rarity of My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, twice when challenges become personal, replies: "Ooh... It. Is. On!"
    • "Look upon me, Equestria! For I! AM! RARITY!
      • "Of all the terrible things to happen, this is the worst! Possible! Thing!!
    • One pony has her beaten, though:

Fluttershy: How dare you? How. DARE! YOU?! ... You may have huge teeth and sharp scales and snore smoke and breathe fire... but you do not -- I repeat -- you do NOT. HURT. MY. FRIENDS!

    • The "300 Ponies" parody trailer has her saying the former trope namer line in place of the above. It works perfectly.
    • Another gem from Fluttershy:

Fluttershy: YOU'RE! GOING! TO LOVE ME!

Fluttershy: That. Big. Dumb! MEANIE!

Real! LIFE![edit | hide]

  • "Ladies and gentlemen! START! YOUR! ENGINES!"
  • Most. Overused. Emphasis. Technique. Ever.
  • BACK! OF! STEEL! SHOULDER! OF! STEEL! TRANSVESTITE! OF! STEEL! SET! OF! CARDBOARD!--Courtesy of The Rocky Horror Picture Show audiences.
  • Gordon Ramsay, a British TV chef, has pretty much his whole screen image built on this sort of thing—he gets quite passionate about food (and irritated by idiots...). Just like the Hell's Kitchen example in Live Action TV.
  • Nearly... Everything that... William... Shatner... Ever said. I... Can't... Stress this enough... He... Speaks... in a... very... Staccato manner.
    • Lampshaded by himself in a onstage at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, when he said (punctuated by the words appearing on a screen behind him) - "And I don't talk like EVERY! WORD! IS! ITS! OWN! SENTENCE!"
  • "I'm...a generic politician...and I...don't know how...to string...more than...three words...together..."
    • Quick guideline: If you ever hear a politician not talking like this, he's using a Teleprompter.
    • Sadly, they're taught to orate like this, apparently because pollsters believe that Voters Are Morons. It's also a great way to avoid messing up, or saying the wrong thing. Such slip-ups can be disastrous, thanks to stupid media standards.
    • Back before Teleprompters were common, P J O'Rourke observed that politicians would read out their prepared speeches this way, interrupted by page-turning at the most inconvenient possible moment: "We are in a position! To mandate large expenditures! By both state and local governments! But we are not!" rustlerustlerustle "Giving them financial aid!"
  • Sometimes happens in various chatrooms only to be kicked out for flooding if entered word per word.
  • Many people recite prayers in this manner. "For the kingdom! and the power! and the glory! are yours! now! and forever! A!-men!
    • Oh yes. Some people say the Hail Mary with a noticeable pause. where. it. doesn't. belong. "Hail Mary. Full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou..."
    • Similarly, some Southern Gospel preachers. "And the LORD! SAID! that you will be SANCTIFIED! by the BLOOD! of JAY-ZUZZ!"
  • Seriously, how many people's school songs have this? Taken directly from my school rouser: Let's go! Team! Win! Team! RAH! RAH! YEA! ROYALS! RAH! RAH! FIGHT!
    • This seems to be a very American thing. Most British school songs are interminably legato- think of Eddie Izzard's rendition of 'Hallelujah', but longer and with more 'loooooyaltyyyyy...'
  • "JAN! KEN! PON!" ("Rock! Paper! Scissors!", and even other three-syllable phrases)
  • The traditional way to start a race or other competition: "READY! SET! GO!".
  • Said in countless variations when a movie begins filming a take: LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
    • A common misconception, actually (or, at the very least, a very outdated one). It generally goes something like this: "Rolling." "Sound speed." "ACTION!"
  • "On the count of three: ONE! TWO! THREE!"
  • "FIVE! FOUR! THREE! TWO! ONE! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!" ("Should auld acquaintance be forgot...", etc)
  • Yes! We! Can!
  • For American Football, as popularized by Howard Cosell and Chris Berman: "He could! Go! All! The! Way!"
  • A famous quote made by this editor's old GM. Now seen in various forms through the internet: "The. Bear. Eats. You."
  • Don't! Buy! Thai! was a grass-roots boycott organized in part by Andrew Vachss in the 1990s, encouraging people to boycott products that are made in Thailand in protest of the spread of child prostitution in that country. The boycott lost steam around 2000.
  • Satoru Iwata introducing the Nintendo 3DS at the Nintendo E3 2010 conference:

Iwata: Everyone. This. Is. Nintendo. 3. D. S.

  • Disney Theme Parks: The Back. Side. Of. Water!
  • How can anyone forgot about Itschriscrocker video on YouTube: LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!
  • Félix Rodriguez de la Fuente spoke like this too (At least on El Hombre Y La Tierra).
  • There is George H.W. Bush's most famous broken promise, using this trope twice "Read. My. Lips." "No. New. Taxes."
    • Technically speaking he just raised the old taxes - the letter of the promise was obeyed, while the spirit was cheerfully forgotten.
      • Not just technically speaking, but intentional. Bush and many other politicans use this technique all the time to fool people into believing the politican in question promised them something they didnt actually promised.
      • While those kind of deceptions are very common with politicians, it wasn't exactly what happened with Bush. Bush meant it at the time he said it, and after he won the election, he kept that promise for two years. However, political realities caught up with him. Bush's promise was based on continuing economic expansion which didn't happen, and the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Balanced Budget Act mandated either new taxes or sweeping budget cuts across the board. Neither party wanted the sweeping cuts, and the Democrats controlled congress, and wanted a tax hike. Facing the threat of a total government shutdown, Bush entered several meetings with friends he had in the Democratic leadership, and cut a deal. He thought it would be a gentleman's agreement, and they would support him in the media. Unfortunately, they didn't, they turned against him, and publicly lambasted him for breaking his famous oath. His decision also infuriated Republicans, and they lambasted him in the press just as much, and he lost support from his own party. Combined with papers like the New York Times running banner headlines of "Read My Lips: I Lied" it torpedoed any chance of re-election. Bush hasn't spoken to his former friends since. In short, fate, a plummeting economy and politics as usual put him in a situation with no good decision available.
  • Bill Clinton Did not. Have. Sexual. Relations. With. That. Woman.
  • Peter Dickson, the Voiceover Man of E4 and The X Factor, among others: IT'S TIME. TO TASTE. THE MUESLI!
  • Beliefnet: Never. Ever. Give. Up.
  • You'll find this done quite a bit by members in This Very Wiki, which are Potholed to this very page.
  • The advertisting slogan for California Pistachios: "Big. Open. Pistachios."
  • In a well known, nasally, British accent, Robin Leach of "Lifestyles... of the Rich. And. Famous."
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner during an incensed and impassioned speech ended with saying his opponent, "Instead of [...] defending [his] colleagues in voting no on this humane bill, [...] should urge them to vote yes, something the gentleman HAS! NOT! DONE!"
  • Back in May 2011, the United States Secret Service tweeted: had to monitor Fox for a story. Can’t. Deal. With. The. Blathering.
  • Done to an obnoxious customer in (The Customer is) Not Always Right.
  • Some poets have hit upon using commas for emphasis. In, some, cases, after, every, word.
    • Others - like - to - use - dashes.



THESE! ARE! TROPES! *kick*

  1. Timotei is a European shampoo brand that was also sold in Japan. The now-famous scene from Lucky Star (which itself spawned an equally famous meme) has Konata copying the Japanese commercials.
  2. Blasphemy? Madness?
  3. He didn't say it this way exclusively however. This mainly occured in the early 1990s.
  4. One Step Closer
  5. Bleed it Out
  6. Numb
  7. Place for My Head
  8. Given Up