Created By: PapercutChainsaw on January 18, 2011 Last Edited By: PapercutChainsaw on January 31, 2011
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I Knew There Was Something About You

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This is a Stock Phrase said by a character upon discovering an important new piece of information about another. There may have been an actual buildup of the first character's suspicions, or it may be a case of hindsight being 20/20.

Common variants are "I knew there was something fishy/odd about you" or "I knew there was something about you that I liked/didn't like".

When the fandom says this about a character, it's I Knew It.

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Examples

Film
  • In Toy Story 2, the toys are trying to find out who took Woody when Buzz recognizes the thief as Al of Al's Toy Barn, who appears in his commericals as "The Chicken Man", which the other toys dislike. Hamm says "I knew there was something I didn't like about that chicken."
  • In Reservoir Dogs, during the final standoff, Joe tells everyone that Mr. Orange was the one guy that he wasn't 100% on.

Live-Action TV
  • Dexter:
    Sergeant James Doakes: [about Dexter using drugs] I knew there was something wrong with you. The secrets, the sneaking around... Now it all makes sense. A lot of cops have been where you are. The booze, the drugs... makes the job go down easier. Stay clean and stay out of my way, we won't have a problem.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place:
    Alex Russo: I knew there was something I liked about you, but this... this is genius. You are my new role model.
    Stevie: Please, Alex. I'm sure this is something you would have eventually come up with yourself.
    Alex Russo: Yeah, now that's true. I take it back; I'm my own role model again.

Toys
  • BIONICLE:
    Vezon: Who are you, and why are you here?
    Mazeka: I'm here to kill you!
    Vezon:Oh. I knew there was something about you that I liked.

Video Games
  • When Max Payne busts down the door to face Vinnie Gognitti, Gognitti tells him "I knew from day one there was something screwy about you!"

Western Animation
  • In the sequel to Disney's The Little Mermaid, Ariel's daughter tells her new fish friends that she's really a human. One of them responds with: "I knew there was something un-fishy about you!"
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • January 19, 2011
    Prophet
    Do you think you could add a little more context to the examples? Just quotes alone don't explain much, except that the phrase was used.
  • January 28, 2011
    krssven
    Definately a trope, agree about tightening up the examples with a bit of context though.

    My personal favourite was in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Willow (upon finding out that Xander and Cordelia have hooked up despite professing their hatred for each other on multiple occasions) said:

    'I knew it! I knew it!! Well, not so much 'knew' as 'didn't have the slightest idea', but I knew there was something I didn't know!'
  • January 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    That's more an In Universe I Knew It, isn't it?
  • January 29, 2011
    TwoGunAngel
    Often used in fiction when an undercover cop is outed to the crooks that he's infiltrated.
    • In Reservoir Dogs, during the final standoff, Joe tells everyone that Mr. Orange was the one guy that he wasn't 100% on.
    • When Max Payne busts down the door to face Vinnie Gognitti, Gognitti tells him "I knew from day one there was something screwy about you!"
  • January 29, 2011
    TonyG
    In Toy Story 2, the toys are trying to find out who took Woody when Buzz recognizes the thief as Al of Al's Toy Barn, who appears in his commericals as "The Chicken Man", which the other toys dislike. Hamm says "I knew there was something I didn't like about that chicken."
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