Created By: FreakierThanThou on July 6, 2010 Last Edited By: Dacilriel on April 6, 2011
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Do You Trust Me?

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A Stock Phrase usually used by characters believing in The Power of Trust or The Power of Friendship to save the day.

This usually goes down one of two ways. In the first, Bob and Alice are in danger. Bob has a plan, but needs Alice to trust him in order for it to work. Perhaps she needs to jump a ravine and trust that he will catch her. Or perhaps he needs her to act as a distraction for the Big Bad and trust that he will take the Big Bad down before she's in serious trouble. He will ask, "Do you trust me?" and if she says yes she will immediately need to prove her trust.

The second scenario is usually romantic with little to no real danger involved. Alice may be a little nervous of something, and Bob uses the question to reassure her. She may be wary of stepping out on a high balcony to look at the view or dancing in front of other people. The question may also be asked before Their First Time. Be careful though, if the question is "Don't you trust me?" it may be a sign that the person is at the best Not Himself and at the worst The Casanova or The Vamp.

Common subversions will often either have Bob miss or Alice say that, no, she doesn't trust him.

This trope is about the truster confirming their faith in the trusted. Compare Remember That You Trust Me where the trusted reaffirms the faith of the truster.


Examples:

Film
  • Used repeatedly in Disney's Aladdin, first in the face of danger, and later romantically.
  • National Treasure includes Nicholas Cage saying this to his love interest.
  • Comes up in Twilight, ...Or So I Heard
  • Jack asks this of Rose in Titanic in the scene on the bow of the ship.
  • The Titanic example is lampshaded and subverted in Love Actually.
  • In Head Over Heels Freddie Prinze Jr.'s character doesn't ask the question, but simply says, "Trust me."
  • Blade Runner. Deckard must help the replicant Rachel escape or she'll be killed.
    Deckard: Do you love me?
    Rachael: I love you.
    Deckard: Do you trust me?
    Rachael: I trust you.
  • The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
    Maggie Barnes: You need to give me the Signs before it's too late. You need to trust me. Do you trust me?
    Will Stanton: Yeah, I trust you.
  • Inverted in Casino where Robert de Niro as Ace Rothstein asks his wife Ginger several times in one scene: "Can I trust you?" He can't.
  • Done in Despicable Me with Gru and the orphan girls. Margo trusts him enough to have Edith and Agnes jump over the gap to Gru, but Vector catches her before she can jump herself.

Literature
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Hermione asks Harry, "Do you trust me?" before pulling off a risky escape from Death Eaters at the Lovegood's house.
  • An unspoken variation occurs in The Princess Bride when Buttercup is afraid to go into the Fire Swamp.
    "Buttercup was searching somewhere for a suffiency of courage. Evidently, she found it in his eyes."
  • A slightly darker version of the question is given in the first book of The Unicorn Chronicles. Cara's grandmother asks, "Do you think I'm crazy?" before telling Cara she must jump from a church roof to escape a pursuer.

Live-Action Television
  • Repeatedly and hilariously subverted in an episode of The I Tcrowd:
    Roy: Do you trust me?
    Moss: *without any hesitation* No!
    Roy: (frustrated) C'mon, Moss! Do you trust me?
    Moss: No!
    Roy: (angry) Moss!
    Moss: I. Don't. Trust. You!
  • Scully and Mulder say that to each other regularly on The X Files, though it became less and less frequent as the series progressed.
  • Subverted in the Two and a Half Men episode "Walnuts and Demerol".
    Evelyn: Do you trust me?
    Alan Harper, Berta, Charlie Harper, Rose: No!
    Evelyn: Okay, but you know I have your best interest at heart. Don't you?
    Alan Harper, Berta, Charlie Harper, Rose: NO!
  • The Chuck episode "Chuck Versus the First Kill"
    Chuck Bartowski: How do I know I can trust them? The government wants to keep the Intersect in my head. My father's the only one who can get it out. It's not rocket science.
    Sarah Walker: Okay, I know that you don't trust them. But do you trust me?
    Chuck Bartowski: ...Yeah.
    Sarah Walker: Good. Then I promise you, we're going to find him.
  • In the Smallville episode "Doomsday" Clark has just admitted to Jimmy that he's the Red-Blue Blur.
    Clark Kent: Jimmy, do you trust me?
    Jimmy Olsen: Always, C.K.
    • And the episode "Reckoning"
      Clark: [Places the key into the pedestal and they are both surrounded by beams of light] It's okay.
      Lana: [Looks around in amazement as Clark reaches out to her]
      Clark: Do you trust me?
      Lana: [Grabs Clark's hand and they are instantly transported to the Fortress of Solitude]
  • The Dollhouse episode "The Target".
    Boyd Langton: You can't go after this guy. You don't have the right imprint. You don't have the right training. [snip]
    Jenny: Do you trust me? [snip]
    Boyd Langton: With my life.
    • And "Vows"
      Paul Ballard: Do you trust me?
      Echo: With my life.
  • Doctor Who: "The Time Of Angels". The Doctor and associates are surrounded by Weeping Angels, who are only prevented from attacking because someone can see them.
    Doctor: Do you trust me?
    Amy: Yeah.
    River: Always.
    Doctor: You lot, do you trust me?
    Bishop: We have faith, sir.
    Doctor: Then give me your gun. I'm about to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous. When I do ... jump.
    [He shoots out the only light source.]
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • March 29, 2011
    Dacilriel
    I was thinking of making a page for this trope when I did a search and found it here!

    Is generally played one of two ways. First is when Alice and Bob are in genuine danger. Bob has a plan but needs Alice to trust him, possibly putting herself in danger, in order for it to work.

    The second situation is usually romantic and it's unlikely that actual danger is involved. May occur when Alice is nervous of trying something new and Bob asks that she trust him. May also be said before Their First Time.

    Related to Remember That You Trust Me.

    • The Titanic example is lampshaded and subverted in Love Actually.
    • In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Hermione asks Harry, "Do you trust me?" before pulling off a risky escape from Death Eaters at the Lovegood's house.
    • In Head Over Heels Freddie Prinze Jr.'s character doesn't ask the question, but simply says, "Trust me."
    • An unspoken variation occurs in The Princess Bride when Buttercup is afraid to go into the Fire Swamp.
      "Buttercup was searching somewhere for a suffiency of courage. Evidently, she found it in his eyes."
  • March 29, 2011
    Duncan
    Used in Aladdin as a Meaningful Echo that clues Jasmine in to Aladdin's Prince Ali disguise.
  • March 29, 2011
    Shnakepup
    Repeatedly and hilariously subverted in an episode of The I Tcrowd:

    Roy: Do you trust me? Moss: *without any hesitation* No! Roy: (frustrated) C'mon, Moss! Do you trust me? Moss: No! Roy: (angry) Moss! Moss: I. Don't. Trust. You!
  • March 30, 2011
    Koveras
    Scully and Mulder say that to each other regularly on The X Files, though it became less and less frequent as the series progressed.
  • March 30, 2011
    Ripsaw
    Doesn't this come up in Dollhouse?
  • March 30, 2011
    Arivne
    IMDb Search Quotes for "Do you trust me?"

    Film
    • Blade Runner. Deckard must help the replicant Rachel escape or she'll be killed.
    Deckard: Do you love me?
    Rachael: I love you.
    Deckard: Do you trust me?
    Rachael: I trust you.
    Maggie Barnes: You need to give me the Signs before it's too late. You need to trust me. Do you trust me?
    Will Stanton: Yeah, I trust you.

    Live Action Television
    Evelyn: Do you trust me?
    Alan Harper, Berta, Charlie Harper, Rose: No!
    Evelyn: Okay, but you know I have your best interest at heart. Don't you?
    Alan Harper, Berta, Charlie Harper, Rose: NO!
    • Chuck
      • "Chuck Versus the First Kill"
      Chuck Bartowski: How do I know I can trust them? The government wants to keep the Intersect in my head. My father's the only one who can get it out. It's not rocket science.
      Sarah Walker: Okay, I know that you don't trust them. But do you trust me?
      Chuck Bartowski: ...Yeah.
      Sarah Walker: Good. Then I promise you, we're going to find him.
    • Smallville
      • "Doomsday". Clark has just admitted to Jimmy that he's the Red-Blue Blur.
      Clark Kent: Jimmy, do you trust me?
      Jimmy Olsen: Always, C.K.
      • "Reckoning"
      Clark: [Places the key into the pedestal and they are both surrounded by beams of light] It's okay.
      Lana: [Looks around in amazement as Clark reaches out to her]
      Clark: Do you trust me?
      Lana: [Grabs Clark's hand and they are instantly transported to the Fortress of Solitude]
    • Dollhouse
      • "The Target".
      Boyd Langton: You can't go after this guy. You don't have the right imprint. You don't have the right training. [snip]
      Jenny: Do you trust me? [snip]
      Boyd Langton: With my life.
      • "Vows"
      Paul Ballard: Do you trust me?
      Echo: With my life.
  • March 30, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • Doctor Who: "The Time Of Angels". The Doctor and associates are surrounded by Weeping Angels, who are only prevented from attacking because someone can see them.
      Doctor: Do you trust me?
      Amy: Yeah.
      River: Always.
      Doctor: You lot, do you trust me?
      Bishop: We have faith, sir.
      Doctor: Then give me your gun. I'm about to do something incredibly stupid and dangerous. When I do ... jump.
      [He shoots out the only light source.]
  • March 30, 2011
    captainbrass2
    Inverted in Casino where Robert de Niro as Ace Rothstein asks his wife Ginger several times in one scene: "Can I trust you?" He can't.
  • March 30, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Be warned, if the question is "Don't you trust me?", that may be a sign that the person asking it is Not Himself.
  • April 2, 2011
    Dacilriel
    A slightly darker version of the question is given in the first book of The Unicorn Chronicles. Cara's grandmother asks, "Do you think I'm crazy?" before telling Cara she must jump from a church roof to escape a pursuer.
  • April 3, 2011
    Windsong12
    • Done in Despicable Me with Gru and the orphan girls. Margo trusts him enough to have Edith and Agnes jump over the gap to Gru, but Vector catches her before she can jump herself.
  • April 5, 2011
    Dacilriel
    Since the OP apparently hasn't been around could this be considered Up For Grabs?
  • April 6, 2011
    Arivne
    ^ It's been on YKTTW for 7 months and the OP hasn't added to it since it was launched. This is definitely Up For Grabs.
  • April 6, 2011
    vijeno
    ^ Launched? ... okay, you mean created, right. Because I never thought of looking into the discussions after the launch.
  • April 6, 2011
    Dacilriel
    I'll grab and start Rolling Updates then.
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