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Say My Name taken to the limit. A scene consisting entirely (or almost entirely) of characters saying other characters' names. This tends to occur when four or more characters happen to cross paths unexpectedly, often under very awkward circumstances. Usually ends when a character, not wanting to feel left out, says their own name or something entirely unrelated. When done right, the result is an instant Crowning Moment of Funny.
Anime and Manga
- "Sensei! Ninomiya-kun! Sensei! Ninomiya-kun! Sensei! Ninomiya-kun!" **Ninomiya is run over by a car** "NINOMIYA-KUUUUN!!!"
- Stan Freberg has a comedy routine called "John and Marsha" that consists of nothing but the names John and Marsha repeated with different intonations. And it's hilarious!
Comics -- Books
- In J. Michael Straczynski's run on Amazing Spider-Man, there's a story-line where a new villain steals Dr. Octopus's technology and builds himself a new, improved Octopus suit. He then takes a group of people, including Aunt May and Mary Jane, hostage:
- One of the old Archie Comics features a story in which the only dialogue was the words "Archie" and "Veronica", said in different intonations each time. Archie and Veronica were on a date, Archie flirted with another girl, Veronica got mad at him and broke up with him, Betty and Reggie plotted to steal their respective objects of affection away, Archie and Veronica got back together, and Betty and Reggie pined. All with only two words.
- In most incarnations of Transformers, there will be a scene early-on where the characters just happen to call each others names in quick succession. Presumably, this is so the kids know which toys to buy.
- In the deception campaign of War for Cybertron, Megatron, Barricade, and Brawl happen to call each others' names in three consecutive lines, along with Starscream's. When they meet Starscream's hologram a few minutes later, his first words are to introduce himself and say that he's been guarding the MacGuffin. In the Autobot campaign, Bumblebee introduces himself, the big red guy who just saved him tells his partner Ratchet to heal the damaged 'Bee, and 'Bee says he doesn't have time for that, as he's looking for Optimus to deliver a message to him. Guess who the big guy is?
Films -- Animation
- The table scene in Shrek 2.
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs takes this Up to Eleven, dragging it even longer and including a monkey wearing a speech-translation invention that often defaults to the monkey's own name.
- Happened in The Lion King II. Concluded with Timon sarcastically introducing himself and Pumbaa. "Great! Now that we all know each other..."
Films -- Live-Action
- The Dick Van Dyke Show, with Mel compalining to Rob about Buddy's insults. I don't remember the exact order, but we got a couple of rounds of "Rob!" "Buddy!" "Sally!" "Mel!" and then Buddy said "Your turn" to Mel.
- The "Chief?" "McCloud!" running gag from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 show "Pod People" grows longer throughout the episode.
- A Stargate Atlantis scene involves various characters acknowledging each other using their joint title -- "Colonel". McKay follows the introductions with "Seriously?"
- From an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Mr. Moseby: London!
Woody: Woody! Sorry, I wanted to play.
- Similar in form but different in purpose turns up in The Big Bang Theory:
Sheldon: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Cooper.
Leonard: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Hofstader.
Raj: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Doctor Koothrapali.
Howard: Doctor Gablehauser.
Doctor Gablehauser: Mister Wolowitz.
- Used as a Running Gag:
(Cue Dave looking smug as the audience laughs)
- Lampshaded in an earlier episode:
Dave: Don't yell at me, this is your deal, Titus.
Erin: Guys! This never goes anywhere!
Titus: Because you always interrupt it.
Dr. Cox: KELSO!
Danni: Oh, Danni!
Dr. Cox: Kelso!
J.D.: Not here.
- Happens in the Seinfeld episode "The Virgin":
Jerry: Hi, Marla.
Jerry: George, Marla
Marla: George. Jerry, Stacey.
Jerry: George, Stacey.
Jerry: (hinting) George.
George: (getting the hint) Jerry. Marla... Stacey!
- In Ned's Guide to School Carwashes, Moze and her rival-turned-friend Crabgrass confront Meaney:
Moze: (menacingly) Meaney.
Meaney: (menacingly) Mosely. Crabgrass.
Crabgrass: (menacingly) Meaney. Mosely.
Moze: (hurt) Crabgrass!
Crabgrass: (apologetic) Mosely!
Meany: (taunting) Crabgrass... I mean, Mosely!
Moze and Crabgrass: (menacingly) Meaney.
Margaret: Colonel Blake...
Henry Blake: Oh, uh, Major Houlihan, Major Stoner.
Maj. Stoner: Major.
Henry Blake: Major. Major Burns, Major Stoner.
Frank Burns: Major.
Maj. Stoner: Major, Major.
Hawkeye: Major Pierce.
Henry Blake: Major.
Hawkeye: Well, I think we've made a major breakthrough here.
- From How I Met Your Mother episode "The Wedding Bride":
(Barney slurps his drink)
- Knights of the Old Republic: There's a Romeo and Juliet quest (Sandral-Matale Feud), when the lovers and their fathers have a confrontation (apparently in homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show):
(Rahesi's father shows up)
Shen: Mr. Matale!
Mr. Matale: Rahasia!
(Shen's father shows up)
Rahesia: Mr. Sandral!
- From Tales of Monkey Island:
LeChuck: LECHUCK! Arr, this name shoutin' be fun!
- One mission in City of Heroes has you rescuing Dr. Frank N. Scott and references The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
First Enemy: Dr. Scott! Hero Name!
Dr. Frank N. Scott: Hero Name!
Second Enemy: Hero Name! Dr. Scott!
- Done in Punch an Pie (with a Rocky Horror reference) here.
- Order of the Stick, last panel of this strip.
Sam's father: Samantha!
Belkar: Hot chick!
- In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: "Masterful Series of Tiny 3-dimensional Klips"
- Looking for Group: Richard is upset that he wasn't included.
Mr. Krabs: Plankton!
Mr. Krabs' Mom: Eugene!
Mr. Krabs: Mommy?!
- Here's a delightful exchange from an episode of DuckTales:
- Family Guy, between Quagmire, Cleveland, Loretta, Lois, Peter and Bonny. Which finishes off with Loretta angrily prodding Cleveland to say her name as she had been left out.
- The Penguins of Madagascar has one with the 2010 Christmas Special "The All-Nighter Before Christmas." The Crowning Moment of Funny was Mort finishing the roll call with the non-sequitur "Potato!"
- Dexter's Laboratory: "Dexter!" "Mandark!" "DeeDee!"
- While they do it a lot in general, the science fair episode took it up to eleven where the entire conclusion (Dexter and Mandark having to rescue Deedee from a monster using their giant robots) has them communicating in nothing but their three names.
- Space Ghost Coast to Coast, during an interview with Kevin Smith:
Kevin Smith: Zorak.
Kevin Smith: (throws horns) Zorak!
Kevin Smith: ZORAAAK!
Space Ghost: SPAAAAAAACE GHOOOOOOOOST!