You criticise the sentence, "No he isn't," because of the missing comma. As this is within quotation marks, my view is that the comma suggest a thinkg response; the absence of a comma suggests a swift emotional, possibly unreasoned response.
What context is the phrase being used in? In precise, academic English, a comma would be required between the words "no" and "he", as they are two different statements (one is a negation of a previously stated fact, and the other is a descriptive statement). However, you'll often find the comma dropped in colloquial usage, even when published, for the reasons you stated in your original post.
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