Created By: LancelotG on June 9, 2011 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on June 17, 2012

Back Away Slowly

...when someone just said or did something completely insane.

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Maybe it's the local Cloud Cuckoolander on his game--or maybe It Makes Sense in Context, but either way, someone just crossed the bounds of sanity, and the only way to react is to stare into the person's eyes, and Back Away Slowly.

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Examples:
  • Gaz in Invader Zim after Dib yells "Gaz! Taste me--I'M DELICIOUS!"
    • And again in the episode "Bestest Friend" Zim goes up to a kid and says he's looking to see if he's interested in being his friend and the kid says "I was born with webbed fish toes, like some kind of horrible fish boy. Wanna see?" and Zim quickly backs away with a disturbed look on his face.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Link's response to Darunia dancing to Saria's song is to back away slowly.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 9, 2011
    noitsnot
    Does it count if they're all sitting down and they just shimmy away slightly? Like when someone farted?
  • June 9, 2011
    GuesssWho
    Sometimes used with angry wild animals, as well.
  • June 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Is this about the action, or telling them to "Put down the ______ and back away slowly!"
  • June 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Walking Backwards. Or at least it's related.
  • August 15, 2011
    TBeholder
    Or when someone is royally cheesed off.

  • September 1, 2011
    Twiddler
    Here's an example from xkcd.

    And here's one from Murphys Law.
  • September 2, 2011
    TonyG
    A chipmunk says it to his friend in Brother Bear when Kenai starts taking to them.
  • September 2, 2011
    azul120
    Done with Peter at least once on Family Guy.
  • September 8, 2011
    Kattie
    • In the episode "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad Hotel" of The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody, everyone, including hotel staff, was trying to find the secret treasure hidden somewhere in the Tipton. They start to bicker and Arwin randomly shouts, "DOGS HAVE CLEANER TONGUES THAN PEOPLE!" Everyone slowly backs away.
    • In the episode "Arrgh!" of Sponge Bob Square Pants:
      Patrick: I'm so loyal, I haven't bathed in weeks!
      Spongebob: But we've only been gone a few hours.
      Patrick: I know!
      *Spongebob slides away*

    I think if this trope is done, it should include sliding or shimmying away. The main idea of this trope should be people getting weirded or grossed out and moving away because of that, since Walking Backwards is more about people getting frightened and moving away in terror.

  • September 9, 2011
    Antigone3
    Invoked by Jamie Hyneman as he and Adam replace a flat tire with a chunk of tree trunk.
  • January 10, 2012
    Won7on
    Just saw this in Lost, S 06 E 05, "Sundown". The Temple is being attacked by the smoke monster. Sayid's just killed Dogen and Lennon and Ben comes in to say "Come on, I know a way out of here. There's still time." In response to this, Sayid smiles like a madman and says "Not for me." Ben then quietly backs out of the room without a word.
  • January 11, 2012
    AP
    • In an episode of Samantha Who, Samantha finds the women responsible for hitting her with a car: a jealous former lover of her then-current boyfriend. After confronting her, she turns to leave only to be told, "You shouldn't turn your back on me again." Sam scoffs, fails at pretending to be fearless, and then backs away slowly.
  • January 22, 2012
    TBeholder
    obviously, related to Oh Crap
  • March 5, 2012
    raan
    I always thought of this kind of thing as a mix between Screw This Im Outta Here and I Have Nothing To Say To That. With that definition in mind:

  • March 6, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
    • And again in the episode "Bestest Friend" Zim goes up to a kid and says he's looking to see if he's interested in being his friend and the kid says "I was born with webbed fish toes, like some kind of horrible fish boy. Wanna see?" and Zim quickly backs away with a disturbed look on his face.
  • March 7, 2012
    TooBah
    A Budweiser television commercial (when they were pushing their "Born on" dating system) had the "beer police" on a bullhorn advising someone with bad beer, "Sir, put down the skanky beer and back slowly away!"
  • March 7, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^Skunky beer, not skanky.
  • March 7, 2012
    TooBah
    Eh, I've heard it both ways. :-)
  • June 17, 2012
    TBeholder
    What's with ykttw? Did everyone just back away slowly? :]
  • June 17, 2012
    NimmerStill
    Played Up To Eleven in The Simpsons episode "The Sweetest Apu" when Homer catches Apu cheating with the Squishi girl.
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