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->''"[[TitleDrop Hello]]. {{My name is Inigo Montoya}}. {{You killed my father}}. {{Prepare to die}}."''
-->-- '''Film/ThePrincessBride'''

Trope Namer is RealLife. Obviously. [[note]]Though it's indirectly named by ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', to make Inigo Montoya's famous quote an AllBlueEntry.[[/note]]

Fun fact: "Hello" (or "hullo") used to be an expression of surprise or questioning (as in "Hullo, what's this?") until [[NewerThanTheyThink around the turn of the 20th century]] when it became the standard expression for answering the telephone. The modern use and spelling was "invented" by Thomas Edison; the first use of it with modern spelling was as a greeting in a letter from him to Alexander Graham Bell in 1887. [[note]] Hello, or rather "Hallu" from the hunting fields, was also the first recorded word, shouted by Edison to test Bell's prototype.[[/note]] (This would have been the rather nautical "Ahoy-hoy!" if Graham Bell had his way. [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Mr. Burns]] would approve.) From there it went on to become the catch-all greeting it is today. In French, "Bonjour"[[note]]Formal greeting[[/note]], "Salut"[[note]]Friendly/familiar greeting[[/note]] & "Allo"[[note]]Phone greeting[[/note]]. In Japan, they say "Konnichiwa" or (on the phone) "Moshi moshi" (which has a similar [[NoodleIncident quirky origin story]]). However, lots of countries do include some variant of "Hello" or "Allo" even if only for answering the phone. Interestingly, the German "Hallo" is still also used to express surprise or disbelief, but it's probably more likely in Austria than in Germany. The standard Spanish greeting, "Hola" (which comes from French via Old German, so it shares an origin with the English word "Hello") is also used to express surprise or disbelief (usually with a tinge of exasperation) when formulated as a question ("¿Hola?")

Related tropes include CrashIntoHello, HelloNurse, HelloSailor, StealthHiBye, ClickHello, TwangHello, AttackHello, IncomingHam, DoctorDoctorDoctor, and numerous others.

Contrast {{Goodbye}}.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Hello]], ladies. Look at me, now back to your monitor, now back to me, now ''back'' to your monitor. Sadly, I'm not on your monitor. Look down, back up. I'm on a webpage. [[note]]You just read this in my voice.[[/note]]
-->-- '''The man your man could smell like.'''
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''GaReiZero'' gives us this gem ([[ArtifactOfDeath no pun intended]]):
--> '''[[spoiler:Evil]] Yomi''': "[[{{Narm}} Yello]], Kagura~"
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
--> '''Chiyo's dad''': "[[GratuitousEnglish HALLO, EVERY-NYAN! HOW AH YUU?]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFBZBAbbKt8 FAIN SANKYUU!]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MW7HT0H-vpo Mr. Popo]]
* [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Zetsu]] [[GratuitousEnglish says]] "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnhNLP9WS78 HALLOOOOOO!!]]"
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Inverted by {{Superman}} foe Bizarro, who is the reverse Superman, and thus does everything backwards, greeting Superman with a hearty "Goodbye, Superman" and usually leaving with a "Hello".
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[[folder:Film]]
* Used in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
-->'' "[[TropeNamers Hello]]. MyNameIsInigoMontoya. YouKilledMyFather. PrepareToDie."''
* In ''Film/DayOfTheDead'', the group regularly fly out on a helicopter, set down and shout HELLO through a megaphone. Seems to be their whole search method for survivors. That and calling on the radio, but the ones they have are in poor condition and don't have the range.
* In ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' Jim wandered through the deserted London shouting hello and would say it whenever he entered a building, searching for survivors. It became his catchphrase as this situation became more apparent and his naiveté [[BreakTheCutie began to evaporate, fast.]] At the end of the film [[spoiler: the word 'hello' is incorporated into their signal to the outside world, spelled out on the grass on an idyllic [[GhibliHills Ghibli Hill]], and (implicitly) is what caught the notice of their rescuers.]]
* In 2009's ''Film/StarTrek'', after the ''USS Kelvin'' is overpowered and nearly destroyed by the mysterious [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience black]] ship, Ayel hails them, [[DissonantSerenity calmly]] beginning the message with, "Hello..."
** Ayel's captain is similarly friendly and informal when hailing the ''Enterprise'':
---> "Hi, Christopher, I'm Nero."
* Don't forget [[TheObiWan old]] [[Franchise/StarWars Obi-Wan's]] "Hello there..." in ''Film/ANewHope'' towards R2-D2. He [[AnachronicOrder did it before]] when he [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments confronts General Grievous]]
* [[Film/{{Scarface 1983}} Tony Montana]]: "Say hello to my little friend!"
* The fact that "hello" [[SignsOfDisrepair can turn into]] "hell" crops up:
** ''Film/MotelHell'' is a comedy horror movie centering around Motel Hello, which has a faulty neon letter.
** In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Catwoman smashes her "Hello There" sign, removing the 'o' and 'T'.
** See: '''THEATRE''' below...
* [[Film/{{Splash}} "Hello. Do you have any idea, how I got here? Did you save me? Do, do you speak any English?"]]
* PlayedForLaughs in WesternAnimation/MonstersInc:
--> '''Randall:''' Say hello to the [[ColdBloodedTorture [=ScreamExtractor=]]]!
--> '''Mike:''' ...hello.
* The memorable "Hello, Clarice" from ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''[[SlaughterhouseFive Slaughterhouse-Five]]'', the standard greeting among Tralfamdorians, who see all of time at once and as unchangeable, is "Goodbye. Hello. Goodbye. Hello."
* Another example from weird science fiction: In Philip K. Dick's ''Counter-Clock World,'' time is running backwards, so people say "Goodbye" when they meet and "Hello" when they part. This becomes sad and poignant when the protagonist gets a call from [[spoiler: his wife, telling him she's leaving him. She]] ends the conversation by saying "Hello."
* LordOfTheRings: The standard Orcish greeting is "Ashdautas Vrasubatlat" -- "Someday I will kill you", the usual reply is "Nar Udautas" -- "Not today".
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Film/TheThreeStooges would answer the phone as if they were a barbershop quartet.
* [[Series/{{Seinfeld}} "Hello, Newman." "Hellooooo... Jerry."]]
** On a certain episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' entitled "The Voice", the titular character mocks his girlfriend's nighttime stomach gurgling with a loud, booming voice, bellowing "HELLOOOOO...la la laaaa"
* According to ''LookAroundYou'''s "Maths" episode, the numeral 3 equals "hello" in the "language of numbers." Also, on the show's periodic table, "Hello" (atomic symbol "Hi") can be found in place of selenium.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', after the Doctor recently regenerates into his eleventh incarnation, he drives away invading Atraxi with the following words in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E1TheEleventhHour "The Eleventh Hour"]], after they discover that his [[TheNthDoctor previous incarnations]] are responsible for the defeat of ''hundreds'' of past Earth invaders.
-->'''The Doctor:''' Hello. [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I'm the Doctor.]] [[PrepareToDie Basically... run.]]
* The ''Series/{{Glee}}'' episode "Hell-O" covers this trope quite well. It even features several of the songs listed below and a reference to the origin of the term as described above.
** It also parodied the standard "hello" greeting used on the phone:
-->'''[[TeamDad Will]]:''' For example, what do you guys say when you pick up the phone?
-->'''[[SassyBlackWoman Mercedes]]:''' "What up?"
-->'''[[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Artie]]:''' "Who 'dis be?"
-->'''[[CampGay Kurt]]:''' "No, she's dead, this is her son."
* In an episode of ''Series/ModernFamily'' Cameron says that unlike his partner Mitchell who had to convince his parents that he was gay, his mother knew he was the minute he came out of the womb saying "He-lllllllooooo!"
* [[Series/AlloAllo Allo, Allo, zis is Nighthawk...]]
* Tommy Cockles's catchphrase on ''TheFastShow''. Unfortunate when he was cast as 'Third Nazi' (a "role I made my own incidentally") in a wartime propaganda film: First Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Second Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Third Nazi: "Hello there!"
* '''''[+HELLO!!+]''''' '''[+...WHAT?? ...NAH, I'M JUST EXPLAINING THAT THIS TROPE WAS USED BY THE "ANNOYING PHONE GUY" IN TriggerHappyTV. ...NAH, IT'S RUBBISH.+]''' '''''[+CIAO!!!+]'''''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' had [[RunningGag Annyong]]. Which becomes even funnier when in the last episode we learn his real name is [[spoiler: Hel-loh]].
* Only [[Series/TopGear James May]] could make this one word [[ItMakesSenseInContext the funniest thing ever.]]
* They covered the origin story of the word in one episode of ''{{QI}}'', in which StephenFry was mocked for still using it in the surprised sense of "Hello, what's this?"
-->'''Alan:''' Stephen, what was the last thing that made you go "Hel''lo?''"
-->'''Stephen:''' It was a genital wart.
* [[Series/{{Dexter}} "Hello, Dexter Morgan."]]
* Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'' has a ... complex theory about how aliens might say this.
-->[[spoiler:(referring to Lister and the Cat and their broken feet) 'It hurts like HELL, right? And it's beLOW the knees. They did it twice--TO. And (the recently completed) jigsaw must mean "you". "Hello to you"!']]
* The final challenge of the 21st season of the U.S. version of ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' was for the racers to identify the phrases for hello and goodbye used by the Pit Stop greeters at each country they visited. They all took a long time because this was the one thing they didn't pay attention to.
* Every short from Series/DrunkHistory begins with the narrator visibly gathering their alcohol-addled wits, focusing on the camera and intoning, "Hello."
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[Music/TheWall Hello, is there anybody in there?]] ([[Music/PinkFloyd Just nod if you can hear me...]])
* Marc Almond's "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye."
* Music/EricClapton's "Hello Old Friend."
* "Hello, Ma Baby," the ragtime telephone song. Most people nowadays know this as the song of a [[WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening dancing frog]] and/or a [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} ChestBurster]].
* [[Music/TheBeatles "Hello Goodbye"]]
* [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Hello, Darkness, my old friend.]]
* Both Music/TheDoors and [[Music/PinkFloyd Roger Waters]] had songs called, "Hello, I Love You."
** Waters is also co-writer of "Comfortably Numb", referenced atop this page.
* [[Music/LionelRichie "Hello, is it me you're looking for?"]]
** And then he was [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty run over by a tank]].
* [[Music/ToddRundgren Hello, it's me. I've thought about us for a long, long time.]]
* [[Music/AliceCooper Hello! HOORAY!]]
* [[Music/{{Nirvana}} Hello, hello, hello, how low?]]
* How the Music/PublicImageLtd song "Public Image" begins, with the echoing "Hello, Hello, Hello hello, Hello, Hello, ha ha ha!"
* [[Music/{{U2}} Hello, hello (HOLA!) I'm at a place called Vertigo!]]
* [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} Hello? Helloooo? Is anybody out there? HELLLOOOO!?!]]
** [Cough] Should be noted that's a soundclip from ''Film/DayOfTheDead'' at the beginning of "M1 A1". Then the actual music proper kicks in. It's scary first, and then unmitigated awesome.
* [[Music/CheapTrick Hello there, ladies and gentlemen/Hello there, ladies and gents]] / [[HeavyMeta Are you ready to rock?/Are you ready or not?]]
* [[Music/LupeFiasco "Hello Darkness...Hello Sunshine...Hello Not-at-all...Hello All-the-time...Hello Nowhere...Hello Oblivion, Hello Goodbye..."]]
** From the same song: "Hello end of the world! How are you? I'm fine."
* [[Music/LadyGaga Hello, hello, baby, you called, I can't hear a thing. I have got no service in the club, you see.]]
* [[Music/{{Nightwish}} Hello, how are you? Let me explain one thing...]] (From "Master Passion Greed")
* [[Music/AsianKungFuGeneration Hello.]]
* [[Music/{{Evanescence}} Hello, I'm still here...]]
* [[Music/TheDoors Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?]]
* [[Film/TheLastMimzy Helloooooo, I love you... Is there anybody in there?]]
* [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hello, how are you? How have you been?]]
* [[Music/UtadaHikaru Hello, how are you lately? If you're ok, that's fine.]]
* Ferry Corsten's ''Passport United States of America'' mix features a track called "Hello (Original Mix)" by Poison Pro. Appropriately enough, it's the first track on the mix.
* [[Music/TheRunaways "Hello, Dad. Hello, Mom. I'm a Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB!"]]
* 'Hello, again, hello. Just called to say "Hello".' --NeilDiamond, 'Hello Again'
* "[[Music/JohnnyCash Hello, I'm Johnny Cash"]].
** Also, "MY NAME IS [[UnfortunateNames SUE!]] HOW DO YOU DO?! ''NOW YER GOINNA'' '''DIE!!!'''"
* "Hello" by Australian group The Potbelleez.
* Music/{{Devo}}'s album "Oh No! It's Devo" begins with a simple sequencer line, then: "Hello...this is...Devo." Then "Time Out for Fun" starts.
* "[[EarWorm I just came to say hello.]]" Martin Solveig & Dragonette
* "[[Music/CheapTrick Hello./It's me again./Plain to see again./Please, can I see you every day?]]"
* "[[Music/{{Roxette}} Hello, you fool, I love you. Come on, join the joyriiiiiiiiide...]]"
* "[[Music/{{Metric}} Hello again, friend of a friend, I knew you when our common goal was waitining for the world to end.]]"
* Sometimes averted by LauraMarling, sometimes played straight... she introduces herself a lot of the time (even at concerts) by saying either "Hi, I'm Laura," or "Hello, my name's Laura."
* "[[Music/{{ElectricLightOrchestra}} Hello. How are you? Have you been alright? Through all those lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely nights...]]"
* "[[Music/{{SHINEE}} Hello, hello!]]"
** In that same [[KoreanPopMusic vein]], we mustn't forget the faster-paced "[[Music/FTIsland Hello Hello]]."
* The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" starts, "Hellooo, baby!"
* ''[[Music/{{GWAR}} HELL-O!]]''
* [[Music/TroutMaskReplica "Now here she comes walkin look like uh zoo Hello Moon Hello Moon Hi Ella Hi Ella Guru"]]
* [[Music/{{Jay Z}} "Hello Brooklyn"]]
* [[Music/{{Falco}} "Hello, Vienna calling."]]
* [[Music/{{Eminem}} "Hi my name is what/My name is who/My name is (chicka-chicka) Slim Shady."]]
* [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants "Hello Radio"]]
* [[Music/TheWhiteStripes "Hello operator/Can you get me number 9?/Can I see you later?/Will you give me back my dime?"]]
* The famous "Hi there!" at the top of Music/PeterGabriel's "Big Time", actually spoken by guest drummer [[Music/ThePolice Stewart Copeland]].
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[[folder:Other]]
* The ever-popular "Hello, World!" program, often considered a newbie's introduction to serious scripting.
* Virgin Mobile cell phones, whenever you turn them on, print to the screen, 'Hello' in a style appropriate to the phone before showing the Virgin Mobile logo, from the same font as they have on their website on higher-end Android phones, to Impact-Bold all-caps display on their low-end Kyocera Jax model.
** When the LG Aloha starts up, it doesn't say HELLO; it says ALOHA.
* Some CD and DVD players display "Hello" or "hEllO" on their displays when powered on.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]
* [[Characters/WWEAttitude Val Venis]]. '''[[TheCasanova Hello]]''' Ladies
* [[Wrestling/MickFoley "Say hello to Mr. Socko!"]]
* [[Wrestling/ScottHall "Say hello to the Bad Guy."]]
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[[folder:Radio]]
* CatchPhrase of Clyde Gilmour, late host of the [=CBC=] classical radio show ''Gilmour's Albums'' - a warm, avuncular "Hello!" at the beginning of each broadcast. A parody show portrayed him singing Music/TheBeatles' "Hello Goodbye."
* ''[[Series.DeadRingers Dead Ringers]]'': "HELLO! I'M {{BRIAN BLESSED}}! WITH AN APPEAL! ON BEHALF! '''OF ''THE DEAF''!!!'''"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The title song of ''HelloDolly'' (obviously).
* In ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging'', Ella starts introducing NewYorkSubway riders to each other, and the CrowdSong "Hello, Hello There" ensues.
* Averted in [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]]'s ''{{Hamlet}}'', where the first line of the play ''could'' have been "Hello?" but instead was "Who's there?"
* "Please Hello" from ''PacificOvertures''.
* In ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'', the opening song titled "Hello", presents the main theme of peaceful Missionaries that use by-the-book introductions.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* VideoGame/{{Portal}}: "Hello, and again, welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center."
** The turrets are also adorably polite, even while trying to murder you: "Hello? Is anyone there? There you are. I don't hate you."
** "Oh, Hey! You're the lady from the test! Hi!"
*** Both times, GLaDOS wasn't happy.
** "[[foldercontrol]]

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** In the second game as well, Wheatley pulls this right after [[spoiler: [=GLaDOS=] reactivates.]]
* In [[VideoGame/RomeTotalWar Rome: Total War]], the content of your general's pre-battle speech is influenced by his reputation. Most of the speeches of [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking Roman generals]] are strings of [[NoIndoorVoice loud]], [[DareToBeBadass gung-ho]] [[RousingSpeech rallying cries]]. However, if your general is known as a tedious public speaker, there's a chance you will be treated to an almost inaudibly soft-spoken [[CrowningMomentOfFunny speech]] that goes something like this:
--> Hello. [[CaptainObvious We are gathered here today to do battle]]. Regrettable, isn't it? I didn't want to be here myself, but my grandmother told me that I better make a good show out of it. So here it goes.
* The Imperial Guard Ogryn in ''DawnOfWar'' will sometimes say "Hull-lo!" when clicking on them, rather than the myriad permutations of "Yes sir!" that the normal Guardsmen use.
* In ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead''
-->'''Lee''': "Hello".
-->'''Stranger''': ''(Pointing a gun at Lee while Clementine is locked in a room nearby)'' "Okay, th--this is civil."
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Used in the ''[[Webcomic/CopperCopper Copper Copper]]'' webcomic [http://www.boltcity.com/copper/copper_002_bigrobot.htm Big Robot] as a generic greeting.
* Also used in the ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' parody of the phrase. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0348.html Check out panel five]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Hello.jpg was the name of the [[NauseaFuel infamous]] image from [[ShockSite goatse.cx.]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' does this in a ShoutOut to ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' in "The Search for the Yellow Dello:"
--> '''Homestar''': "Hello! Yellow! Dello!"
* "Oh, hello [[[LampshadeHanging in some foreign language you don't know and won't bother to look up]]] , didn't hear you come in. Greetings and welcome to WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses."
** "Hello, I'm WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic. [[CatchPhrase I remember it so you don't have to]]."
** "Hello and welcome to WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, [[CatchPhrase where bad comics burn]]."
* '''"[[SensoryAbuse HELLO THERE!]]''' [[YoutubePoop I am Doctor Rabbit!]]"
* [[StuartAshen bebeep; bebeep; beboop; hello!]]
* This is what [[{{asdfmovie}} Mine Turtle]] says. Typically [[ForegoneConclusion right before]] [[MadeOfExplodium exploding]].
* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/yes-this-is-dog HELLO? YES, THIS IS DOG]]
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[[folder:Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' "Hello. Zuko here."
** Even cuter [[http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs23/f/2007/359/4/5/Zuko_Here_by_Meowgir47.png version]].
* ''DragonTales'' has a Dragon Tune song called "Hello" encouraging viewers to "Get up off your feet and to everyone you meet say hello, hello, hello!"
* When Eddy reluctantly lets {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ed advertise En-O-Gee drinks in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', the following occurs:
-->'''Eddy''': ''(under his breath, telling Ed what he's supposed to say)'' Ladies and gentlemen...
-->'''Ed''': [[NoIndoorVoice LADIES AND GENTLE-HEADS!]]
-->'''Eddy''': ...come buy a delicious...
-->'''Ed''': COME BUY A DECIDUOUS... uh...
-->'''Eddy''': ...En-O-Gee Drink.
-->'''Ed''': HELLO!
** In a later episode of ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' Rolf is showing off with a soccer ball while repeatedly saying, "Hello, goodbye."
* Elmer Fudd says 'Hewwo' in a few ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons.
* In the 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon ''Little Red Walking Hood'', the Wolf, in an attempt to gather the attention of Red Riding Hood behind him, pulls the "Automatic Wink" button on his car he's driving, turning the license plate that says "07734" upside down so that it says "hELL0".
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'': "Ollo?"
* ''OneFroggyEveningCartoon'': "Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal..."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Homer Simpson pronounces it "Y'ello". On one episode set in France, he answers the phone "Ye-bonjour".
*** TruthInTelevision. "Y'ello" is a common phone greeting. It's a contraction of "Yes?" and "Hello", the 2 most common phone greetings.
** As mentioned above, Mr. Burns uses the more [[AntiquatedLinguistics antiquated]] "Ahoy-hoy".
** [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} "HELLO, ST LOUIS!"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Chef's CatchPhrase is is a jolly "Hello there, children!"
* ''TeamAmericaWorldPolice'': Kim Jong-Il would like to say "Herro."
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic "Hello, everypony. Did I miss anything?"]]
* Governor Kevin in TeamoSupremo. "H'yello, you got yer guv."
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* RealLife {{Aversion}}: there are actually people out there who shun the word "Hello" [[ScunthorpeProblem because of the "Hell" part]], and say "[[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/HeavenO Heaveno]]" instead.
** Some alternative alternatives:
*** Hey and Hey Hey! (not to be confused with [[FatAlbert "Hey, hey, hey!"]].)
*** Hi
*** Hola
*** G'day
*** Hey There
*** Yo
*** Howdy
*** 'Sup?
*** (People who think they are important) Yes?
*** And many more...
* {{Pun}}: Hell-low. Yeah, it's lame.
** Used in the ''Music/{{Nirvana}}'' song ''Smells Like Teen Spirit'', to represent moral decadance. "How low" is substituted in in some verses.
* Averted in Italian, where people say "Pronto!" ("Ready!") at the telephone.
** A number of languages have special greetings just for the phone.
*** Mexicans say "Bueno", which was used in the early years of phone to signal that the connection was good.
*** The rest of Spanish-speaking South America says "Aló".
*** That's not true, in Argentina we say Hola, or "Buenos Días/Tardes/Noches", or alternativatelly, "¿Qué contás?"(What can you tell?).
*** And in Spain, if the speaker doesn't know who's on the other line, they often say "Díme" or "Dígame" literally "tell me" or "say it to me."
*** The Japanese seem to use "moshi moshi" exclusively for telephones.
*** The Chinese say "喂(weí)?" on the phone.
*** While in Poland "Halo" is an acceptable way of answering a phone, "Słucham" (meaning "I listen") is much more common.
** German speakers sometimes say "Tag!", which translates to "day". The reason for this is that it's short for "Guten Tag!" which means "Good day!"
*** "Hello" is sometimes used by Germans to mean "Duh!" (semantically equivalent to knocking on someone's head and saying "Is there anybody in here?")
**** Then again, Americans and British do that, too.
----> '''[[Film/BackToTheFuture Biff Tannen]]:''' Helloooooooo? [=McFly=]?
*** However in Germany most people answer their phone with their last name to tell people which family they have reached.
* Live in Scotland? The typical greeting to someone you consider a best friend might be [[VitriolicBestBuds "Awrite bawbag?!"]] [[note]]or "Alright Ballbag?!" if you can't understand Scottish slang.[[/note]]
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