Created By: Olsonist on September 15, 2012 Last Edited By: Olsonist on October 8, 2012

We Weren't Before But We Sure As Hell Are Now

We're in.

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Goodguy or badguy needs to hack into The System as part of The Caper. There is some buildup and some sweat will be involved. Often the gangleader will doubt the abilities of the hacker/cracker. This takes as long as it takes and then he announces with self satisfaction to his technologically challenged cohorts, "we're in."

In the old days, this would have been cracking a safe. Now some nerd is sitting at a keyboard.

  • Die Harder, Theo, "We're in" where the stock phrase earlier established Theo's Badass character.
  • Beautifully averted in Ocean's Eleven, "Ever been in love?"
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • September 15, 2012
    KarjamP
    The rule No New Stock Phrases still applies whenever this is a stock phrase or not, as it's dialog based.
  • September 15, 2012
    Olsonist
    Yes, but.

    In Die Harder, for example, there is considerable buildup to We're in. Theo first uses the Stock Phrase when he kills the security guard and they get into the building. Then he becomes the Badass Nerd. For most of the rest of the movie the tension is whether+when Theo can break into The System. After all, they didn't bring him along for his charming personality.
  • September 15, 2012
    Olsonist
    The Trope I'm identifying is more than just saying we're in. It's the whole buildup and then we're in.
  • September 16, 2012
    MorganWick
    So, this is the point at which the safe or network is cracked, they're out of danger of having the plot fall apart before it begins, and they can get to work carrying it out? Or is it the whole sequence showing the crack team cracking the safe or the 1337 hacker randomly dancing his fingers across a keyboard to make it look like he's doing computery stuff?
  • September 16, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    So, this includes a big build-up, probably a montage that they keep cutting into from other scenes and with a part where they think it's not going to work or it's impossible to get in or they're running out of time then suddenly, and with a flourish, they're in so it now just takes Captain Obvious to tell us?

    I think Hacking The Safe sounds good. It covers both hacking and cracking into a safe, and references the dramatic build up. I can see this being done for laughs and done for drama, depending on the situation.
  • September 16, 2012
    KarjamP
    No New Stock Phrases still applies anyway even if this trope is about the build up.

    If this trope were to launch, then it would be cutlisted by Fast Eddie for having a title that's dialog-based.

    Therefore, tagging "Better Name".
  • September 16, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
  • September 16, 2012
    KarjamP
    "They're In Now" sounds catchy.
  • September 16, 2012
    acrobox
    They're In and variations thereof still sounds like dialogue. just not dialogue anyone would actually ever say.
  • September 16, 2012
    acrobox
    Cracking The Code or Code Cracker or Cracked Code or something along those lines is more to the point. Can be used to cracking a computer code or cracking a physical lock or puzzle based code as well.
  • September 17, 2012
    Olsonist
    I kinda like We weren't before, but we sure as Hell are now as a name.

    This trope is a central element of a Heist plot. In Ocean's Eleven the stock phrase is beautifully averted, "Ever been in love?".

    Another part of the trope is that the gang leader has to doubt the cracker's abilities.

    The stock phrase itself is like a Big No. It's been used so many times it's better to down beat it and get it over with.
  • September 17, 2012
    LOAD
    ^No dialogue titles.
  • September 17, 2012
    Olsonist
    The trope name needs to reflect the whole trope. "We're in" is almost a ritual phrase but it only indicates the climax of the trope.
  • September 17, 2012
    LOAD
    I understand that, but if the title is even slightly dialogue-ish, the trope will be cutlisted.
  • September 17, 2012
    Olsonist
    Agreed. "We're in" can't be used as a title. I've changed the title to "We Weren't Before But We Sure As Hell Are Now." Of course, if someone can think of a better name, that's ok too.
  • September 18, 2012
    Xtifr
    It's still a dialog title. (And it makes little sense--I have no idea what it's trying to suggest. I barely figured out the trope after reading the description.) Also, the emphasis in the description needs to be placed on the event, not the exclamation. I might just drop the bit about saying "we're in".
  • September 18, 2012
    LOAD
    What about Hacked The Code for a title?
  • October 7, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Hacked The Code, Hacked The Safe, Cracked The Code etc. are all pretty good. Or maybe Not That Hard To Crack - or Not That Hard To Hack, seeing as its about the actual getting-in.
  • October 7, 2012
    Noaqiyeum
    All of the suggestions so far are a little misleading, especially Cracked The Code (the first thing to come to mind is the premise for a spy thriller - the agency has decoded enemy communications and has to spoil their plan without giving away the secret).

    Caper Entry Phase is the clearest title i can come up with, though.
  • October 8, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
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