Created By: witchdoctor on January 5, 2010
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I Have My Ways

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Seen It a Million Times. Do We Have This? Should We Have This??

So, wait. You're telling me you managed to find out where the biggest crime boss in the city is having a meeting with the rest of the criminal underworld? A meeting so secret that no one besides him knows where it's going to be before they actually get there? How the hell could you possibly know that?

This is a Stock Phrase uttered when someone is questioned on how they know something or how they are going to get something done. Generally used in one of three cases:

1) The person being asked doesn't want to tell how they did it so they utter this phrase

2) The answer is so disturbing that the person asking REALLY doesn't want to know.

3) The person being asked is just going to make it up as they go along.

Examples:

Film

Live-Action TV
Amanda: How did you find me?
Lee: We have our ways.

  • The old SF/Spy show Probe. The Big Bad had Our Hero isolated from his friends, taunting him through his radio implant (long story). Suddenly, the friends break in on the frequency.
Big Bad: "Who is this?
Friends: "Probe Control"
Big Bad: "How did you find me?"
Friends: "We have our ways."

Western Animation
  • Family Guy- Lois hints at her wily, secretive ways of obtaining a map of her neighbor's house. Cut to a scene of her walking into City Hall and asking for a map.
  • In the Avatar episode "The Blind Bandit" Katara is asked how she got information from two uncooperative boys and replies suggestively "a women has her ways". Cut to the two boys covered up to the neck in ice.

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Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • December 1, 2009
    SmallTownHick
    The old SF/Spy show Probe had this one. The Big Bad had Our Hero isolated from his friends, taunting him through his radio implant (long story). Suddenly, the friends break in on the frequency.

    Big Bad: "Who is this?

    Friends: "Probe Control"

    "How did you find me?"

    "We have our ways."
  • December 2, 2009
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    Amanda: How did you find me?
    Lee: We have our ways.
  • December 9, 2009
    random surfer
    Stock Phrase of Nazi and other Big Bads: "We have ways of making you talk."
  • December 11, 2009
    Shrikesnest
    Happened in an early episode of Family Guy, wherein Lois hints at her wily, secretive ways of obtaining a map of her neighbor's house. Cut to a scene of her walking into City Hall and asking for a map.
  • December 12, 2009
    Lee M
    Live Action TV: There was a 1968 British sketch show called We Have Ways of Making You Laugh. Not sure if it counts, because they really did.
  • December 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Avatar episode "The Blind Bandit" Katara is asked how she got information from two uncooperative boys and replies suggestively "a women has her ways". Cut to the two boys covered up to the neck in ice.
  • December 21, 2009
    Premonition_45
    Meet The Parents: When Pam shows her parents Greg's MCAT scores. (note: quotes are paraphrased)
    Jack: Where did you get this?
    Pam: You have your sources, Dad, and I have mine.
  • December 21, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Spoofed in a Muppet Show skit with Ruth Buzzi, where she gives her captors too much information and they respond with "We have ways of making you stop talking."
  • December 22, 2009
    Arivne
    I think "We have ways of making you talk" is a separate trope from "I/We have our ways". It's much more aggressive and hostile, as well as being used in different situations - for example, it might be used toward someone who said "I have my ways".
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