"Once I acquire the power of the sun, I — (to the cameraman) Down here, you fool."In a show with a comparatively small character, whether they be a gnome, a dwarf, a hobbit, or just very small, a common gag is to have the camera show some nice scenery, and then Tilt down to reveal the character standing there, possibly giving the camera a weary look. Expect Forced Perspective when these characters aren't actually played by actors with dwarfism.
— wannabe evil genius in an ad for Sunny Delight
- Used in a Sunny Delight ad involving a wannabe Evil Overlord trying to gain the power of the sun. Or something.
- Done constantly in Seitokai Yakuindomo with Suzu. Often lampshaded with an arrow labeled "Suzu is down here."
- The Lord of the Rings: in the town of Bree, regularly visited by both men and Halflings, this is institutionalised: the town gate has two looking holes on different heights and the bartender seems to be smart enough to know where these disembodied voices come from.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: the introduction of Tortuga's best and brightest in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl features one of these.
- VeggieTales. A chapter book based on Larry-Boy: The Cartoon Adventures features an evil emperor who is a cherry tomato. A Running Gag in this particular book is that nobody can see him when he talks, so he has to tell everyone "I'm down here!"
- When Poplock (toad) and Tobimar (human) first meet in Phoenix Rising, Poplock had gone through a number of opponents of Tobimar like a whirlwind, but Tobimar never manages to see him.
"Wh-what are you? Where are you? Show yourself!""No need to shout." The voice from down near his feet was the same, but somehow less frightening, almost comical.Nonetheless, he jumped back, startled, and looked down.A small brown ToadÃ¢â‚¬â€with, admittedly, a fair overlayer of red goreÃ¢â‚¬â€looked up at him and waved. "Hello!"
- A variant was done in one episode of the Canadian TV show You Can't Do That on Television when they spoofed fashions. At the end, two boys (one around 8 and one teenaged) came on-set pretending to be naked as the ultimate fashion. The younger boy started asking for the camera to pan down because it was only framing his head. The female host quickly calls out "run the credits" as she realises that panning down would expose a bit more of the older (taller) boy than would be "safe"...
- Recurring character Attorney Bethany Horowitz on Boston Legal was a dwarf (played by actress Meredith Eaton, who is 4 feet tall), and there are a few scenes where Denny Crane (who lusts after her) is talking about her, and then the camera pans down and he discovers she's standing right next to him—and not pleased.
- In a sketch on Monty Python's Flying Circus a sports commentator is talking to a bunch of horse jockeys and all we can see are the tops of their caps. Then another even more famous jockey comes over and we can't see him at all until he climbs on a Scully Box, at which time we can see his hat too.
- Playing as Oddjob in GoldenEye (1997) is generally considered cheating, as his shorter frame means you have to aim downwards to hit him.
- On the Goofy short Double Dribble, the camera holds on a shot of basketball players standing in line. As the line moves there is a gap, and the camera moves down to a ridiculously short player.
- In an episode of The Simpsons Moe is waiting for his computer-date to show up. She knocks and he opens the door to nothing and assumes he's been ding-dong-ditched, but she's a little person and has to get him to look down.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- At the start of "Crusaders of the Lost Mark", the shot move to the empty doorframe of the CMC's treehouse... before paning down to reveal Pipsqueak (which, as his name can hint, is the smallest pony around).
- In "The Hooffields and McColts", "Big Daddy" McColt is introduced this way, the shot at first only showing his very tall hat, before moving down, very deliberately pointy out his Ironic Name in the process.
- The Powerpuff Girls episode "I See a Funny Cartoon in Your Future" has the villainous medium Madame Argentina being introduced this way.
- In an episode of The Simpsons, Moe is waiting for his comptuer-date to show up. She knocks and he opens the door to nothing and assumes he's been ding-dong-ditched, but she's a little person and has to get him to look down.
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