Created By: Jaycatt on May 8, 2012

Is Anyone There?

Requesting intruder to show themselves

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When a person enters a room they suspect to be occupied by a villain, and ask "Hello? Is anyone there?" (as if the villain would actually respond, and not remain in hiding).
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  • May 9, 2012
    Needs A Better Name. And isn't it way too prevalent a trope (especially in horror and action) to actually list here?
  • May 9, 2012
    • In Portal, the turrets wil say this when they gain sight of the player.
  • October 3, 2012
    The more prevalent it is, the more it *is* a trope, so the more it should be listed. IMHO, anyway. And there's a great lampshade at the start of "Criminal Minds" episode "Exit Wounds" (5x21) where the girl says it and then chides herself, because "Right, because the homicidal maniac hiding in the shadows is really going to answer you." And she doesn't make it to the opening music.
  • October 3, 2012
    "And isn't it way too prevalent a trope"

    No Trope Is Too Common.
  • October 3, 2012
    This trope is common enough but does need a better description. Here's something can be added:

    One of the silliest aspects of this trope is that, if there were an intruder in the area, they will be unlikely to announce their presence. It is Played For Drama, letting the audience know the character is nervous, increasing the intensity of the scene and implying that at any moment, there will likely be a Jump Scare.
  • October 3, 2012


    • In the first Gorillaz album, just before their song Dracula, there is a track featuring a man shouting "Hello, is anyone there?" over and over again, setting a very somber tone for the next track.
  • October 3, 2012
    The greater issue is if this is about a phrase, or a common form of dialog. The latter is okay. The former will get cut.
  • January 30, 2013
    Joke, later a song:
    One night farmer Brown was takin' the air
    Locked up the barnyard with the greatest of care
    Down in the hen house something stirred
    When he shouted, "Who's there?"
    This is what he heard
    "There ain't nobody here but us chickens..."
  • January 30, 2013
    Happens in pretty much every game that has a certain stealth aspect to it, with the guards typically taunting the unseen player a few times until they decide that it was just their imagination playing tricks on them, and they resume their guard duties.
  • January 30, 2013
    Sounds like people sitting on chairs, unless you can point out a specific way it's used dramatically.
  • August 13, 2016
  • August 13, 2016
    <Mod Hat ON>

    We got chairs and a stock phrase title. And with such an anemic description, there's hardly anything to salvage. Discarding.