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->''"In America, you can always find a party.\\
In Russia, the Party always finds YOU!!"''
-->-- '''Yakov Smirnoff, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbP1DVeJCT0 Miller Lite Commercial, 1985]]'''

[[DescribeTopicHere In Soviet Russia, Russian Reversal Describes You.]]

The Russian Reversal, more technically called the transpositional pun, is a type of joke popularized by Ukrainian comedian Yakov Smirnoff. It is based on taking a statement about capitalist United States and inverting it to describe the then-communist Russia as an [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Orwellian]] hellhole. Smirnoff later added the prefix "UsefulNotes/{{Soviet|RussiaUkraineAndSoOn}}" to indicate the jokes were meant to target the past regime, as opposed to UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia. For instance:
->''"In America, you watch Television.''\\
''"In Soviet Russia, [[SinisterSurveillance television watches YOU]]!!"''

At its most basic, the Russian Reversal takes a situation where a noun normally does something to another noun, and flips it in dialogue to where the second noun acts on the first. For instance, a murder mystery that had a butler as the BodyOfTheWeek could be described in a QuipToBlack as "It Did the Butler" or the equivalent instead of "TheButlerDidIt."

Can cause an InvertedTrope rather easily, if the starting trope can be described as "X verbs Y." If in this instance, "Y verbs X," it is both this trope and an inversion of the other trope.

It's also the source of many trope names:

[[folder:Russian Reversals with a Trope Name]]
* AdventureRebuff (alternately: "[[CallToAdventure The Call]] [[RefusalOfTheCall Refuses You]]")
* AffablyEvil (alternately: "[[GoodIsNotNice Nice Is Not Good]]")
* AssKicksYou
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning (from CrowningMomentOfAwesome)
* BulletDodgesYou
* TheCanKickedHim
* CallASmeerpARabbit (from CallARabbitASmeerp)
* ChildrenRaiseYou
* CoolOfRule (from RuleOfCool)
* CopKiller (from KillerCop)
* DogWalksYou
* TheDoorSlamsYou
* DumbIsGood (from GoodIsDumb)
* FauxAffablyEvil (alternately: "[[AffablyEvil Evilly Affable]]")
* FoodEatsYou
* TheGamePlaysYou
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil (from EvilCannotComprehendGood)
* HellIsWar (from WarIsHell)
* IntendedAudienceReaction (alternately: "[[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot They Plotted a Perfectly Good Waste]]")
* LadyLooksLikeADude (from DudeLooksLikeALady)
* LukeYouAreMyFather (from LukeIAmYourFather)
* OverdosedTropes (from TropeOverdosed)
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules (from ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney)
* SheepInWolfsClothing (from WolfInSheepsClothing)
* ShootTheDog (alternately: "[[HonorBeforeReason Reason Before Honor]]")
* ThisLoserIsYou (alternately: "[[Administrivia/ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontLike Shows Complaining About You]]")
* Administrivia/TooRareToTrope (alternately: "[[Administrivia/PeopleSitOnChairs Chairs Sit on People]]")
* WeaponWieldsYou
* AWeightyAesop (alternately: "[[IfItTastesBadItMustBeGoodForYou If It Tastes Good, It Must Be Bad for You]]")
* YouHateWhatYouAre (from YouAreWhatYouHate)

See also GloriousMotherRussia for the HollywoodAtlas version of Soviet Russia that inspired the jokes, and {{Spoonerism}} for the same thing done on a smaller scale with syllables within a single word. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with TheBackwardsR.


* A while back there was an anti-smoking ad campaign proclaiming "Tobacco smokes you!"
* A NoTalkingOrPhonesWarning was based on the idea of not interrupting the movie because "movies don't interrupt ''you,''" and showing people whose lives ''were'' being interrupted by movie characters.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', when Elfman grows tired of Natsu's ever-lasting motion sickness.
--> '''Elfman''': Vehicles shouldn't make a man sick. A man should make vehicles sick.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'': According to Haré, some RPG are so linear that it feels as if not you're playing the character, but the character is playing you.
* One of Team Rocket's motto openings, from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} XY: Kalos Quest'' episode "A Not-So-Flying Start!":
-->'''Ash''': I know that balloon!\\
'''Jessie''': Prepare for trouble, the balloon knows ''you''!\\
'''James''': And make it double, [[LampshadeHanging it's silly but true!]]
* Farnese nearly becomes the victim of a horrific variant of this in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' when she orders the horse Guts kidnapped her on to let her mount it so she can escape, only to find that it's been possessed by one of the demons after Guts and [[AttemptedRape intends to "mount" HER instead]]. She is only saved when Guts [[FlashbackEcho flashbacks to a certain horrific moment from the Eclipse]], goes berserk and kills the horse.

* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Yakov Smirnoff, who made jokes about how the U.S.S.R. had a BigBrotherIsWatching regime. It's also a case of BeamMeUpScotty; his most famous line was simply "In Russia...", not "In Soviet Russia..."[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke 'Russia' at the time, though not a country alone, all but answered for the whole Soviet Union.]][[/note]] He shifted his comedy after starting his theater in Branson back in 1992 (where he is still playing), which means he quit using this joke long before it became an internet meme.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho5T1zYccU8 In Soviet Russia, the war begins you!]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pickton In Port Coquitlam, pork eats you!]]
* Subverted by writer Emil Vrabie: ''"Don't you know the difference between the two economic systems? Under capitalism man exploits man. But, under communism, it's just [[DistinctionWithoutADifference the other way around]]."''
* During his stand-up comedy days, Creator/WoodyAllen used to tell a joke about his carrying a bullet in his breast pocket; once someone threw a Bible at him and [[PocketProtector the bullet saved his life]].
* In a federal society, it's your vote that counts. In a feudal society, it's your Count that votes.
* An old one liner from a stand up routine: Our house is so messy, the cockroaches tried to have us exterminated.
* With all the "Soviet Russia" jokes, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would reciprocate with a "Capitalist America" joke:
--> "In Soviet Russia, you rob bank. In capitalist America, bank robs you."
--> "In Soviet Russia, government controls corporations. In capitalist America, corporations control government."
* Creator/RalphieMay argues against the border wall between Mexico and the United States by saying that the Mexicans who were around when the US won Mexico's territory were never quite given notice that they didn't belong there anymore - in other words, they were ''already there'' when the northernmost regions of Mexico became the US. As a result, they didn't cross the border - "the border crossed ''them''."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', a PlayedForDrama example when Rorshach dumps a pot of bubbling-hot fry fat over a fellow inmate's head when the man tries to pick a fight with him in the chow line, mortally wounding his would-be attacker:
--> '''Rorshach:''' None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with you. You're locked up in here with ME
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} is not alone in the multiverse, there are several others, of all types and kinds. Lady Deadpool, Dogpool, Kidpool, Iron Pool, Captain Poolmerica, whatever. And one of them is... PANDAPOOL! The species that endangers YOU!
* This is ''SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}'''s entire shtick - he does the opposite of what Superman does, due to belief in BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4531912/4/ "Hero of the Soviet Union"]] spends several pages detailing the operation of a Soviet-run SGC, [[OverlyPrePreparedGag all to set up the punchline]] when a KGB major mocks a captured Goa'uld: "In Soviet Russia, Gods bow to you!"
* From the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fic "It's a small world after all": the characters get kidnapped by fangirls. [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Russia]] responds "In Russia, fangirls don't kidnap chibis, chibis kidnap them, da?"
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2565609/130/Odd-Ideas ''Ambition,'']] a short ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fic by Rorschach's Blot, references the ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' line above. The speaker, in this case, is Harry himself. A pack of Ravenclaws lived to regret it.
* In ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'' [[spoiler:[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Benjamin Sisko]]]] mildly chides Eleya for her derisive attitude towards the Bajoran prophecies.[[labelnote:*]]She worships the Prophets, but she doesn't pay much attention to the prophecies due to their tendency towards {{Prophecy Twist}}s.[[/labelnote]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Sisko]]:''' You may not put much stock in the prophecies but the prophecies put stock in ''you''.
* ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection'' has a chapter titled "Storm Before the Calm" rather than "Calm Before the Storm".
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8636728/ Keibatsu]] by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/1634435/brown-phantom brown phantom]], the Suna ninjas' attitude towards Gaara is described by the following Russian Reversal:
--->[...] in Suna you don't go looking for Gaara. Gaara goes looking for you. And if he does, you just pray he finds someone else first.
* ''Fanfic/TopDog'':
-->'''Harry Johnson:''' [N]o plan ever survives contact with the enemy, as the saying goes. Well, [[BadassBoast no enemy is going to survive contact with this plan.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheWarOfTheMasters'': One incident had an upper-class Earth woman (an admiral's wife) be introduced to a Denali officer. The Denali mentions God while greeting her, and the woman comments, [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions "We don't believe in God on Earth in the 25th century."]] The Denali cheerfully replies, "That's okay, He believes in you."

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* One of the first examples, and a contemporary with Yakov Smirnoff's standup comedy, comes from the movie ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', when the henchman of galactic gangster "Pizza the Hut" warns Lone Starr about what will happen if he and Barf don't pay a million spacebucks:
-->"...or else ''Pizza'' is gonna send out for ''you!''"
* ''Film/{{Heist}}'' has this particular gem:
--> '''Jimmy:''' So, is he going to be cool?\\
'''Pinky:''' My motherfucker is so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him.
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Jay imagines a ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes''-style dystopian world where "[[ADateWithRosiePalms we will not spank the monkey]]; the monkey will spank us!"
* In ''Film/VanHelsing'', [[TheIgor Igor]] says this, when the hot female ally and the Q of the hero try to force Igor into giving them the Werewolf antidote:
-->"You try to get Igor. Igor get you!"
* ''Film/TheBigLebowski'': "Sometimes you eat the b'ar and sometimes the b'ar, well, he eats ''you''."
* The 4th theme of the ''Film/MissionImpossibleGhostProtocol'' soundtrack is named "In Russia, phone dials you".
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'':
--> '''Kirk Lazarus''' : I don't read the script. The script '''reads me'''.
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' gives us this gem:
--> '''Nick:''' Hammond's cheque cleared or I wouldn't be going on this wild goose chase.\\
'''[[DeadpanSnarker Ian:]]''' Ah, where you're going is the only place in the world where [[RaptorAttack the geese chase you!]]
* ''Film/MalcolmX'' has the memetic line, "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock! Plymouth Rock landed on us!'''
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' spoofs ''Malcolm X'' with the line: "We didn't land in Sherwood Forest! Sherwood Forest landed on us!"
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' has the following exchange after Quatermain and Sawyer capture Mr. Hyde:
--> '''Skinner:''' Hullo, Dorian. The {{great white hunter}}'s bagged his prize.\\
''(One of Captain Nemo's {{redshirt}}s goes flying across the corridor in front of them.)''\\
'''Dorian:''' Or the prize bagged ''him''.
* Played with in the ''Film/TheCrow''
-->'''Cop:''' ''(pointing gun at title character)'' You move and you're dead!\\
'''Crow:''' I ''am'' dead, and yet I move!
* This BondOneLiner from Franz Sanchez in ''Film/LicenceToKill'' (borrowed from the novel ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie''), after feeding Felix Leiter to a shark:
--> "He disagreed with something that ate him."
* ArcWords from ''Film/VForVendetta'': "People shouldn't be afraid of their government, governments should be afraid of their people."
* Rocket Raccoon in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': "You want him, you have to go through us! Or more accurately, we go through you!"
* ''{{Film/Machete}}'': "We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us!"
* This example, from ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'':
--> '''Renfield:''' You have 30 seconds to tell me where Miss Sondheim is, or...\\
''(Opens his lunch pail)''\\
'''Cindy's Modeling Agent:''' Or what? You'll eat your lunch in my office?\\
'''Renfield:''' No, my lunch will eat ''you''.\\
''(Snake comes out)''
* OlderThanYouThink: In the Creator/MarxBrothers movie ''Film/DuckSoup'', Rufus T. Firefly tells dancer Vera Marquette, "Why, I could dance with you 'til the cows come home! On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows 'til you come home!"
* ''Film/LandOfTheBlind'': Joe acidly remarks to Thorne: "Under the old regime, man exploited man, but since the revolution [[DistinctionWithoutADifference it's the other way around]]."
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'': Actually a plot point: [[spoiler:Uhura's CunningLinguist ears are able to recognize the similarity in Krall's line to a recording of USS ''Franklin'''s missing CO, Captain Balthazar Edison, cluing her in that they're the same person.]]
-->'''Krall:''' The Federation has pushed the frontier for centuries. But no longer. This is where it begins, Lieutenant [Uhura]. This is where the frontier pushes ''back''.
* ''Film/Deadpool'': Ajax turns it into a threat.
-->'''Ajax/[[RunningGag Francis:]]''' You grow back body parts now, Wade... When I'm finished, [[LudicrousGibs parts will have to grow back you]].
-->'''Deadpool:''' Good one. ''(beat, then [[AsideGlance faces audience]])'' [[ActuallyPrettyFunny Yep, that's a good one.]]

* Any number of jokes about supporting the [[BearsAreBadNews right to arm bears]] (as opposed to the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics right to bear arms]]). [[https://boardgamegeek.com/camo/91562c4e22098f58b1876d7d3534a642a0c28f3c/687474703a2f2f73746f72652e6166612d6f6e6c696e652e6f72672f696d616765732f502f737469636b725f31373233302e6a7067]]

* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche: "If you gaze for long enough into the abyss, the abyss gazes back [into you]."
* From ''Ye Gods!'' by Tom Holt:
-->When Jason opened his eyes, all he could see was a perfectly ordinary Underground carriage, and Virgil sitting on one of the seats, meditatively stirring a large pile of ash and charred bones. Jason winced.\\
"Let me guess," he said, "this is a No Smoking carriage."\\
"On the contrary," Virgil replied. "Only here, the train smokes the people."
* Magazine/{{MAD}} in an 1962 issue: "Russian politics can best be understood by comparing them with American politics. For instance, in America, politicians have to kiss babies, and if they don't, the mothers can take their offices away from them. In Russia, the system is somewhat different. To get food, mothers have to kiss politicians and if they don't, the politicians can take their babies away from them."
* Subverted in the philosophy book ''Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar'', when describing the difference between capitalism and communism.
--> Under capitalism, man exploits his fellow man. Under communism, the opposite is true.
** This is a pretty common joke in the old Eastern Bloc. It's also been used as an UsefulNotes/{{East German|y}} "[[GermanHumour Fritzchen]]" joke, although it's been told as a Russian/Soviet "Vovochka" joke, as well.
** Mike Myers parodies this on a behind-the-scenes feature on the DVD for ''The Cat In The Hat'', combining it with a running joke. "Under capitalism, man exploits his fellow man. Under communism, it's the complete opposite. *pause* Because of the sand which is there."
* ''Literature/CityOfThieves'' mentions this:
--> "We couldn't feed our pets, so our pets fed us."
* In ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Mid-Flinx]]'', Teal warns Aimee about the flower in her hair: "You do not wear the cristif, the cristif wears you." Unfortunately for Aimee, Teal's not making a Yakov Smirnoff reference: [[spoiler: The "flower" is an invasive parasite, which sends its tendrils fatally bursting from Aimee's flesh seconds later.]]
* In nonfiction text ''The Steampunk Bible'', a troper is quoted about whether the Steampunk movement has jumped the shark:
-->'''Creator/JessGulbranson''': In alternate timeline Czarist Russia, clockwork shark jumps you.
* In Mark Coggins' novel ''[[Literature/AugustRiordan Candy from Strangers]]'', PrivateDetective August Riordan is talking to a disdainful police detective.
--> '''Det. Calhoun:''' Do you have a problem with authority, Mr. Riordan?\\
'''August:''' Not really. It may be that authority occasionally has a problem with me.
* In ''Literature/HowToSurviveAHorrorMovie'', discussing the HauntedHouse trope: You don't gut the interior, the interior guts you.
* Common in ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'' because the viewpoint character likes them. He uses the original "party finds you" one when describing a plan to find the eponymous SecretPolice force's hidden base by using a copyrighted [[WordsCanBreakMyBones name]] then tailing whoever comes to investigate. He also coins several new ones, such as "In Soviet Russia, drugs get addicted to you." to describe the situation of an EldritchAbomination that can only possess people while they are high.
* In R Scott Bakker's ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' the Skin Eaters' Banter suggests that in Zeüm the beggars give ''you'' money.
* In one of the short stories for the ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' books, Jolly Yon asks Whirrun of Bligh if he ever sharpens the Father of Swords. Whirrun replies, "It sharpens me."
* In ''Piglet to the Rescue'', a ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'' book from the ''Disney's Pooh and Friends'' picture book series, Piglet is upset about being small after being blown away in the wind on his kite. When he's back on the ground, he throws a fit and says that he's so small, he can't even fly a kite. Pooh comments that he was just flying one and he replies "No, the kite was flying me."
* OlderThanTheyThink: ''The World Turned Upside Down or The Folly of Man, Exemplified in Twelve Comical Relations Upon Uncommon Subjects'' is an eighteenth-century chapbook (available online [[https://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-world-turned-upside-down-18th-century/ here]]) that uses non-sequitur reversals to satirize the then-current group of political revolutions. The illustrations show such reversals as [[ChildrenRaiseYou children raising parents]], chickens roasting people, horses riding people, and fish catching people.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The compare-one-country-to-another form is OlderThanTheyThink, first appearing on ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' where Creator/ArteJohnson's [[NonSpecificallyForeign ambiguously]] [[{{Ruritania}} Eastern European]] character Rosmenko simply refers to "[[TheOldCountry Old Country]]."
--> "Here in America, is very good, everyone watch television. In Old Country, television watches you!"
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has a Yakov Smirnoff [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed knockoff]] saying: "In your country, you watch movie ''Film/TheRock''. In my country, we break rock in Gulag!"
* Used in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. As the Blutbad (werewolf) Monroe explains to Nick, the Grimm, while human children are told stories of all the different monsters who make up the Wesen world who will come to get them if they are bad, Wesen children are told the same kind of stories about the Grimms.
* The Creator/TomBaker era ''Series/DoctorWho'' arc "The Seeds of Doom" featured a plant-monster called a Krynoid. At one point the Doctor observes, "Well, on most planets, the animals eat the vegetation. On planets where the Krynoid gets established, the vegetation eats the animals."
** A particularly memorable example in ''Parting of The Ways'': "I looked into the TARDIS, and the TARDIS looked into me."
* Since it ''was'' the Cold War, no Soviet reference is made, but the original intro of ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' ends with "...and there in this house, the girl in the bottle plays spin the astronaut."
* In the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "The Gamekeeper," SG-1's Planet of the Week has a deserted but apparently well-tended garden, and an overgrown greenhouse in the center of it.
--> '''Daniel:''' I love what they've done with the place.\\
'''Jack:''' ''(seeing several people plugged into chairs in suspended animation)'' I love what the place has done with ''them''.
* In ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', when Leonard and Sheldon argue in the episode "The Staircase Implementation":
--> '''Leonard:''' Aw, screw the roommate agreement!\\
'''Sheldon:''' No, ''you'' don't screw the roommate agreement, the roommate agreement screws ''you''!
* In ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'', after someone says "Fuck the future," the county commissioner replies, "You can't fuck the future, sir, the future fucks you."
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', when River starts "correcting" the scientific inaccuracies in Book's bible, Book gently tells her, "You don't fix faith, River. It fixes you."
* "The Van Buren Boys," ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. "I had a dream last night that a hamburger was eating ''me''!" says Jerry.

* Music/OfMontreal has a song titled ''The Party's Crashing Us''.
* A line in the Music/{{Muse}} song "Knights of Cydonia" goes, "Don't waste your time or time will waste you".
* From Music/BrokenSocialScene's "7/4 (Shoreline)": "If you try to steal the beat, the beat will steal you."
* Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's "Someone's In The Wolf" has the line "You don't find your way, the way finds you."
* Music/{{Halestorm}}'s "Daughters of Darkness": "We can turn you on / Or we can turn on you"

* ''Radio/WaitWaitDontTellMe'' had Yakov Smirnoff himself call in to give the answer in [[http://www.npr.org/2017/02/11/514683508/bluff-the-listener "Bluff the Listener" on the 02/11/17 show]], prompting this comment from Peter Sagal:
-->"That was, yes, comedian Yakov Smirnoff talking about Soviet jokes. Remember, in Soviet Russia, listener bluffs you."
* TheStinger to one episode of ''Radio/JohnFinnemoresSouvenirProgramme'' was "For more information about the BBC website, just listen to BBC radio. We bang on about it constantly." -- both a reversal of, and a reference to, continuity announcers always saying "For more information about BBC radio..."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One collection of epic monsters for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' introduces the junkyard golem with the line, "On the world of the Sklavadok, the trash takes you out!"

* The title song of ''Theatre/AnythingGoes'' (1934), making this trope OlderThanTelevision:
-->Times have changed\\
And we've often rewound the clock\\
Since the Puritans got a shock\\
When they landed on Plymouth Rock.\\
If today any shock they should try to stem\\
'Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock\\
Plymouth Rock would land on them.
* In the musical ''Leave It to Me!'' (1938), set largely in Soviet Russia, journalist Buck Thomas is handed a telegram by a messenger. He reaches in his pocket for a tip, but the messenger tells him:
-->'''Graustein''': No tipping. In Soviet Russia, messenger tips you.\\
'''Thomas''': Propaganda.\\
'''Graustein''': Correct.
* In "Monica" from ''ILoveMyWife'', the effects the eponymous girl has on people include "Men go ape/Apes go man."
* JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples even applies to this one: in ''Theatre/RichardII'' the title character, reflecting on his reign, laments that "I wasted time, and now doth time waste me."
* ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'' has this in the PrivateEyeMonologue for the scene where Stone returns home after his unsuccessful dame-hunt:
-->"The one advantage to living alone was you never had to lie to anyone about what a great day you'd had. Looking for Mallory Kingsley was about as refreshing as a quick dip in a cesspool. And just as rewarding. For now, it was time to hit the sack."\\
''(After a sudden movement under the bedsheet:)''\\
"Living in earthquake country, sometimes the sack hits you."\\
''(He draws his gun, whips the sheet aside to reveal a naked, cheerful Mallory Kingsley)''
* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', after the Wizard declares Elphaba to be an enemy of Oz, Glinda tells her, "Don't be afraid." Elphaba answers, "I'm not. [[BadassBoast It's the Wizard who should be afraid of me.]]"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'': The Heavy will speak in this manner on occasion.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has this trope between two ghosts the player encounters:
-->'''Ghost 1:''' Fuck Fontaine!\\
'''Ghost 2:''' You don't fuck Fontaine. Fontaine fucks you!
* From ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Imperishable Night'':
-->'''Marisa:''' Move and I'll shoot! ... I messed up. I mean, shoot and I'll move. [[SuperSpeed In a flash.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', when you attack a monster named Lurk, he says "In Nagrand, food hunt ogre!"
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', as part of the symbolism the game is steeped in there are three agents associated with the Virtuous Mission: Snake, and two spies codenamed Adam and Eve. By WordOfGod this a StealthPun Russian Reversal: it is not [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Snake who tempts Eve]]; rather, Eve tempts him.
** In most ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games, [[StealthBasedGame you hide from your enemies]]. In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', your enemies ([[OneManArmy try to]]) hide from you. Almost every enemy encounter is an ambush of some kind, and a few [[EasterEgg hidden]] enemies even try [[SignatureMove hiding in cardboard boxes]].
* In ''VideoGame/MarioGivesUp'', the BonusBoss is introduced with a screen that states, "In Soviet Russia, [[spoiler:key uses]] you!"
* The contrast between the two big [[TheReveal plot twists]] of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' is a classic example. In ''Arkham City'', [[spoiler: someone else is [[BodyDouble impersonating]] SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker]]. In ''Arkham Origins'', [[spoiler: The Joker is [[DeadPersonImpersonation impersonating]] someone else]].
* ''VideoGame/TheEscapists'' has a reversal of the FlyInTheSoup joke: "There's a meal in my fly!"
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''' Paragon Chat, trying to enter a nonfunctional door might give you the message: "In Soviet Russia, the door cannot enter YOU."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', one of the unlockable voice lines for Zarya the HuskyRusskie is: "In Russia, game plays you." And in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', she has another one, which happens if [[StopPokingMe she gets poked a lot]]: "In Mother Russia, this joke is tired of you."
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'': Dr. Snoozemore is a researcher of sleep who is also prone to the SeniorSleepCycle.
-->'''Dr. Snoozemore:''' As you may know, I research sleep... Clearly sleep also researches me...
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesHeroes'': The flavor text for the [[DepravedDwarf Imp]]-Throwing [[GiantMook Gargantuar]] is "Much more successful than the Gargantuar-Throwing Imp." [[note]]The latter was {{Defictionalized}} for the [[MilestoneCelebration 8th Birthdayz]] event.[[/note]]
* In ''VideoGame/MedievalCop 8: [=DeathWish=]'' Amber is chased by chickens. The chicken leader, who's accompanied by a bear, complains that the heretic is getting away.
-->'''Soviet Bear:''' In old country, heretics chase you...

* ''Webcomic/GorgeousPrincessCreamyBeamy'': "In Russian East Stereotypia, prostitute pays YOU! ... Why did I ever leave Russian East Stereotypia?"
* ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'' has the Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' saying "In America, spy sap sentry. In Russia, sentry sap spy!"
* ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'': When the title character and her friends visit Russia in one comic, Jack claims to have trouble believing they're really there, since "the movies aren't watching people, the hamburgers aren't eating people, [and] the pants aren't wearing people". Mulberry explains that things have changed since the Soviets lost power. [[spoiler: However, [[BrickJoke a later panel shows an anthropomorphic burger threatening to eat a Russian.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'' has its resident Badass Russian say a version of [[http://deadwinter.cc/page/338.htm this]]:
--> '''Yuri:''' Bah! Yuri does not need God. It is God who needs Yuri instead!
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' had the eponymous amorph remind local frat boys that [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2003-04-07 "Sometimes you have fun, and sometimes the fun has you."]]
* A wordless strip of ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' shows a bunch of people in what's evidently Soviet Russia, standing side by side at a bus stop. When enough people arrive to completely fill the panel, [[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/376 their lower bodies bloodily vanish]]. According to TheRant, "... ''Tetris'' plays you."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-10-18 In Soviet America Comic Strip Laugh At You!]]
* In [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=586#comic this]] ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' comic, the absurdity of this trope has lethal consequences.
--> '''Cowboy:''' Sonny, 'fore you hop in that saddle, there's somethin' you oughta understand -- when you're a cowboy, you don't ride the horse. The horse ... ride's you.
* Some characters in ''Webcomic/{{Mezzacotta}}'' try to make these jokes. One character states something, and [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/archive.php?date=-271828-04-01 the other character reverses it]]. Because of DadaComics, the reversal tends to be as nonsensical as the original statement.
--> "In Soviet Russia, you make no sense to this joke!"
* The ''Webcomic/MonsterOfTheWeek'' version of ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Tunguska" has the EitherOrTitle [[http://www.shaenon.com/monsteroftheweek/2014/02/28/02282014/ "Tunguska, or In Russia, Oil Lightly Seasons YOU"]]
* ''Rock Paper Cynic'' reversed the reversal, to give us ''In Capitalist America, Hope Loses You''. [[RunningJoke Next]] ''In Capitalist America, Money Makes You''. [[UpToEleven Next, they]] [[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=664 made a contest about it!]]
** [[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/index.php?date=2010-05-24 One of the contest winners.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Fans}}'', Rikk combines this trope with ShutUpHannibal:
-->"I... hate... ''Film/SilenceOfTheLambs''. Every time I try to treat prisoners as people I have to sit through another variation of...'HELLOOOOO CLARICE! AM I TRAPPED IN HERE WITH YOU OR ARE YOU TRAPPED IN HERE WITH MEEEE?'"
* Strip no. 542 of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0542.html In Azure City, shark jumps YOU!]]''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Yakov Smirnoff's "In Soviet Russia" version went memetic long after the fall of communism. The Internet being what it is, these jokes ignored any attempts to make it seem Orwellian in favour of non-sequiturs like "In Soviet Russia, motorcycle rides YOU''!!''"
* In the middle of a [[http://funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/3007083/In/ serious discussion]] about a guy getting his arms blown off by a bomb, some dipshit drops in with, "In Soviet Russia, bomb disarms you!!" This got a well-deserved DudeNotFunny reaction.
* Despair.inc advertised a t-shirt which mocked the bail-out General Motors received with the text: 'In Soviet America, the car drives you... bankrupt'
* During WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara's]] joint review of ''Film/{{Superman}} IV'', the two of them are stunned when Superman talks to some Russian astronauts...while still in [[SpaceIsNoisy the vacuum of space]]. "In Soviet Russia, physics breaks you!"
* Used in the Podcast/RiffTrax of ''Film/SpiderMan3'' when Spidey nearly gets hit by a subway car: "In Soviet Russia train misses you!"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick: "In Soviet Russia, Chick remembers you!" C'mon, she was reviewing ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', she had to.
* In the second season of ''Game Dogs'' they're called "game makes you" when they meet the new Russian owners.
* Website/DeviantArt:
** [[http://fav.me/d27uwij]]: In Soviet Russia, [[BlackComedyRape Tentacle Monster gets raped...by you]].
** [[http://rainbowjerk.deviantart.com/art/In-Soviet-Russia-48462156 In America, You Break Law. In Soviet Russia, Law Breaks You!]]
* From ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' episode 52: In Soviet Cyber World [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney rules screw you.]]
* Website/SFDebris:
** ''Twice'' in Chuck's review of the [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ST:TNG]] episode "The Naked Now", referring to the Soviet-built ship ''Tsiolkovsky'':
--->'''Chuck (as Picard):''' You know, number one, in your country, you send ships into space, but in Soviet Russia, ship sends YOU into space!\\
'''Chuck:''' Well, looks like they're screwed; unable to muck with the tractor beam that can only pull things...it looks like that ship seeking boulder is going to take out the ''Enterprise'' and ''Tsiolkovsky'', which won't make them happy back in Soviet Russia. Wait, that's it! In Soviet Russia, tractor beam will PUSH!
** Chuck explains how they got the idea for ''Franchise/RoboCop'':
-->"Edward Neumeier happened to walk past a poster for ''Film/BladeRunner'' and asked what it was about. And his friend told him it was about a cop who catches robots. So, Neumeier had an idea. In ''Blade Runner'', human cop catches robot. But in ''his'' movie, robot cop catches human. [[LampshadeHanging And Yakov Smirnoff says, 'Hey, that's my routine! You go find your own!']]"
* Weebl's "WebAnimation/RussianDancingMen" has an image of a Whac-a-Mole machine with the caption, "Do not whack Russian, Russian whaks [sic] you."
* The internet short paying tribute to ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o52X9xXs3g8 Tomatoes Eat You]].
* In Russia you rob bank. [[http://imgace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/in-kapitalist-amerika-bank-robs-you.jpg In Capitalist America bank robs you.]]
* [[http://imgur.com/gJODXj5 In Soviet Russia, English learns YOU!!]]
* [[http://www.motifake.com/in-soviet-russia-soviet-russia-sins-sin-commit-tattoo-prison-demotivational-posters-72384.html In Soviet Russia, sin commits YOU!!]]
* [[http://shirtoid.com/17180/in-soviet-russia-zero-divides-by-you/ This t-shirt.]] In Soviet Russia, zero divides by you! [[http://rainbowjerk.deviantart.com/art/ISR-Dividing-by-zero-48613176 But it's bad for your health.]]
* [[http://www.glarkware.com/adult/in-soviet-russia In Soviet Russia, shirt wears YOU!]]
* Seen on the Website/GameFAQs forum [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/616012-tales-of-xillia/66464488 here]], and then {{lampshaded}} by the next poster.
--> '''darkzero16:''' [A moderator or administrator was deleted at the request of this message]
* One of the comments on [[http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/09/the-life-and-death-of-buran-the-ussr-shuttle-built-on-faulty-assumptions/ this article]] about the Soviet-made ''Buran'' space shuttle, which had a fully-functional autopilot system:
-->'''Kassad''': "In America, you fly shuttles. In Soviet Russia, the shuttles fly you."
* [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showpost.php?p=13201841&postcount=5808 A post]] in a "forumites being silly" thread on the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums:
--> '''centersolace:''' Post 404: Error not found.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiPIY9yHCsg this video]] spoofing the ''Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld'' ad campaign with ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rainbow Dash is described in the following way: "Her childhood fantasies dreamt about being her when they grow up".
* In your typical Wizard of Oz logic, you follow the Yellow Brick Road. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/697717-tumblr In this partial screencap from Tumblr]], said yellow brick road starts following ''you''.
* This is everywhere on Wiki/{{Uncyclopedia}}.
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro:
** In ''20 Valentines Day facts'', Matt says that many countries celebrate Valentine's Day, including European and Asian countries, with the exception being Russia: "Because in Russia, Valentine's Day celebrate you."
** In ''The 10 WEIRDEST Superstitions in the World!'', Matt says, "In Soviet Russia, web gets posted on the cat."
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'': From the intro to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19142_5-soviet-space-programs-that-prove-russia-was-insane.html 5 Soviet Space Programs that Prove Russia Was Insane]]: "Here are five spectacularly audacious Soviet space programs that prove that in Soviet Russia, ''space goes into you''."
* ''Literature/{{Unsong}}'' parodies this with: "In America, Mohammed goes to mountain. In Soviet Russia, mountain comes to ''you''."
* One episode of ''PBS Space Time'' mentioned the Chelyabinsk meteor. The host couldn't resist quipping "In post-Soviet Russia, space explore you."
* A few ''Website/ChuckNorrisFacts'' are like this.
** When Chuck Norris goes swimming, he doesn't get wet. Water gets Chuck Norris.
** My dog house has a sign on it saying "Beware of Chuck".
** Physics is bound by the laws of Chuck Norris.
** Chuck Norris doesn't want to be cool. Cool wants to be Chuck Norris.
** Chuck Norris doesn't get sunburned. The sun gets Chuck Norris-burned.
** One of them references and inverts the trope with "In Soviet Russia, Chuck Norris still kicks your ass".
** Chuck Norris was bitten by a werewolf. When the full moon came, the werewolf turned into Chuck Norris.
** You can't spell Chuck Norris. Chuck Norris spells you.
* In his review of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]] says that Creator/TomHardy as ComicBook/{{Bane}} sounds like a mix between [[Film/StarWars Darth Vader]] and "every Russian comedian you've ever heard", and then imitates Bane by saying: "In my country, fingerprints search for you!"
* 'In a list asking "Can You lick the science?" this was the response listed for Zoology.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' involved a car with a GPS system, and one of its voice settings was "Yakov Smirnoff".
-->'''GPS:''' Turn left at the fork in the road. In Soviet Russia, road forks you!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** "That's Lobstertainment!": Zoidberg's brief career as a stand-up comedian consisted solely of this type of joke.
-->'''Zoidberg:''' Earth! What a planet! On Earth, you enjoy eating a tasty clam. On my planet, clams enjoy eating a tasty you!\\
''([[ChirpingCrickets glass clinking]])''
** Used and lampshaded in "Crimes Of The Hot":
-->'''Fry:''' That ice dispenser is so big, the ice crushes you! *laughs to self* Yakov Smirnoff said that.\\
'''Leela:''' No he didn't.
* There was ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode with a revue of stars of TheEighties in a song "Ode To Branson". There is the line "So sit back, relax, and watch our revue," and Yakov slides in and says with a homophone pun, "In Soviet Union, review watches you!" This probably had a hand in revitalizing the meme for the Internet crowd.
** After Grandpa causes his mischief on stage, Smirnoff subverts this trope by commenting "In Russia, stage is for performers only."
** "Sorry, Lis - I no longer control the hand. The hand controls ''me''!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode guest starring Smirnoff has him buying one of these jokes from Bobby, despite the comedian's protestations that he has abandoned this type of material in favor of relationship humor. But give Bobby credit, at least he plays with the trope. "In America, you put 'In God We Trust' on the money. In Russia, we ''have'' no money!" Yakov pays for the joke and says keep 'em coming.
** A later episode has a broader example when Hank and Dale need to catch a runaway snake:
-->'''Dale:''' I got a hold of [the snake]! It's trying to wrap itself around me, but it didn't count on my strategy of ''me'' wrapping around ''it''!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' had this line in the episode "The Girl with the Googily Goop":
-->'''Dot:''' You don't need to go to the potty!\\
'''Wakko:''' Oh, yes, I do!\\
'''Dot:''' Nah! In these cartoons, the potty comes to you!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' has a serious example, when Donkey asks Shrek what his problem with the whole world is, and Shrek says "Look, I'm not the one with the problem, okay? It's the world that seems to have a problem with me!"
* On ''Literature/CuriousGeorge'', most mornings, George goes out on the porch to find the paper. In the opening of "Curious George Rides a Bike," the narration states that "the paper found George," when the paperboy accidentally hits him with it.
* In "Franklin's Backwards Day" from ''Literature/{{Franklin}} and Friends'', Rabbit puts a chair on his back, saying that in honor of Backwards Day, he thought that his chair should sit on him.
* The pirates in the ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'' short "WesternAnimation/TheGooseThatLaidTheGoldenEgg" take what they want and want what they take.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBossBaby'', the Boss Baby tells Tim that "Either you run the day, or the day runs you."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/HGWells is quoted as saying, "If we don't end war, war will end us."
* During the investigation of the sinking of UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic, one of the few surviving officers was questioned about when he left the ship. His answer was: "'''I didn't'''. The ship left me", which meant that he stayed on the ship until the deck was swallowed by the sea, leaving him treading water.
* Quote attributed to UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan: "I did not leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party left me."
* The reason why one's lips and tongue often sting a little while eating pineapples is that pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down meat proteins. To put it simply, ''food eats you''.
* Music/TupacShakur famously declared: "[[MemeticMutation I didn't choose the thug life; the thug life chose me.]]"
* In his famous "The Ballot or the Bullet" speech, UsefulNotes/MalcolmX took a page from the Anything Goes song above by saying "We didn't land on Plymouth Rock -- the rock was landed on us", describing the disenfranchisement of the black community stemming from the fact that their ancestors were not brought to America to be citizens.
* Some BlackHumor was applied in the fatal 2011 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indiana_State_Fair_stage_collapse Indiana State Fair stage collapse]], with a meme saying "In Soviet Indiana, show catches YOU!"
* Mexican Americans descended from ancestors who lived in what is now the American southwest (which used to be part of Mexico before UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates annexed it during the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar) sometimes say: "We didn't cross the border; the border crossed us."