Created By: SalFishFin on June 22, 2011 Last Edited By: SalFishFin on June 27, 2011

Telling the Dangler to Hang On.

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Milo: I'm coming down Audrey. Just stay where you are.

The Distressed Damsel is... in distress. She's hanging from a cliff, suspended over a Lava Pit, in a cage, what have you. And wouldn't you know it, The Hero shows up to rescue her. But he doesn't have the right tools for the job, so he goes off to get them. Of course, he can't leave her without some words of comfort, so he says the only thing he can: "Stay where you are," or "Hang on," or some equivalent phrase. As if she has a choice in the matter.

The irony/stupidity of his words is not lost on her, and she responds in kind. Usually with a sarcastic "What's it look like I'm doing?"

Related to Casual Danger Dialogue. The dangler may choose to do an Aside Glance.

Seen It a Million Times.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • This exchange from the Pokémon episode "No Big Woop":
    Ash: Misty, just hang on!
    Misty: Don't worry, I will!

Film
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy has just discovered that stepping on the wrong section of floor will cause a dart to fire from the wall.
Indiana: Stay here.
Satipo: If you insist, seņor.
Decker: Don't interfere with it!
Checkov: Absolutely I will not interfere!

Western Animation
  • Atlantis: Milo's Return brings us the page quote.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Toph is suspended off an Airship, the only thing stopping her from plummeting to her doom is Sokka's arm. Sokka tells her to hold on, and she responds with a simple "Aye-Aye Captain!"
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • June 22, 2011
    CaveCat
    • This exchange from the Pokemon episode "No Big Woop" (possibly a subversion):
      Ash: Misty, just hang on!
      Misty: Don't worry, I will!
  • June 22, 2011
    PaulA
    Also basically the same trope: Alice is trapped somewhere. Bob has to go and get help, and tells her "Just wait here".
  • June 23, 2011
    Arivne
    This may be part of a larger trope: Alice tells Bob to do (or not do) something. Bob agrees, because disobeying would be extremely dangerous.

    Some examples of the larger trope:

    Film
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy has just discovered that stepping on the wrong section of floor will cause a dart to fire from the wall.
    Indiana: Stay here.
    Satipo: If you insist, señor.
    • Star Trek The Motion Picture. V'Ger sends a plasma/energy probe onto the Enterprise bridge and it starts checking out Chekov's workstation.
    Decker: Don't interfere with it!
    Checkov: Absolutely I will not interfere!
  • June 23, 2011
    PaulA
  • June 24, 2011
    TonyG
    Ice Age The Meltdown. Ellie is trapped under fallen rocks as the valley starts to flood. The possums leave to find help and tell her to stay put. She responds with a pithy "Duh".
  • June 24, 2011
    SonicLover
    The "end conversation" dialogue near the end of Episode 4 of Telltale Games's Back To The Future series.
  • June 24, 2011
    hevendor717
  • June 24, 2011
    hevendor717
  • June 25, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
  • June 25, 2011
    blackadder98
    Don'tLookDown
  • June 25, 2011
    TonyG
    ^that is a different trope. They are related though.
  • June 25, 2011
    Koveras
    Have a link to Dont Look Down and Take My Hand in the write-up somewhere.
  • June 25, 2011
    FerdinandtheBull
    • In Donna's first episode as a proper Doctor Who companion, she's hanging from a cable on the outside of a tall building. The Doctor calls to her to hold on, and she simply yells back, "I AM!"
  • June 25, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    Hang In There has the benefit of providing a very obvious choice of page image.
  • June 27, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Used in Titanic, with Jack handcuffed to a pipe in a flooded room. He is too focused on the danger to notice the joke and thus doesn't respond.

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