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Telling the Dangler to Hang On.


(permanent link) added: 2011-06-22 19:38:29 sponsor: SalFishFin (last reply: 2011-06-27 09:56:38)

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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, seńor.
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!"
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