->''"You either have really good aim or really bad aim."''
-->-- '''Jack''', ''Series/{{Lost}}''

It's the middle ages. A group of bandits have tied up a [[DamselInDistress fair maiden]] and there's no telling what they're about to do as they [[EvilLaugh cackle evilly]]. Until an arrow zooms over head and embeds itself in a tree with a ''*twang*''. TheCavalry has arrived.

A group of characters are hiding from a SerialKiller. They try to figure out their next move. They're scared but [[RedShirt one poor soul]] says [[TemptingFate things can't get any worse]]. Uh-oh. A knife zooms by and hits that character in the chest. Enter the psychopathic KnifeNut.

A band of samurai are walking through the woods when a shuriken flies past them and hits a tree. Oh no! [[{{Ninja}} NINJAS!]]

You get the point (pun not intended). Who needs a battle cry when a clean, well-timed (in regards to dialogue) launch of an arrow, throwing knife, or any other throwing implement into a nearby wall, tree, or person is a far more loud, efficient and stylish way of announcing your presence to your enemies? Sure, a sneak attack would be far more practical, but that's not nearly as cool. Let's also forget the fact that the character just wasted ammo, and that in the middle ages, arrows, especially the quality ones demanded by experienced archers, were somewhat expensive as well (unless of course the arrow buried itself into one of the enemy characters in which case it was quite the efficient move).

See BlastingItOutOfTheirHands for a subtrope which helpfully disarms the opponent, and KnifeOutline if it [[ClothingDamage pins their shirt to the wall]]. Compare ClickHello, the gun version of this trope, though there's obviously some overlap; there's nothing to stop a character achieving this trope with a warning shot from a firearm, or performing a [[DramaticGunCock Dramatic Crossbow Cock]] to save on bolts.



* From a recent Priceline Negotiator ad: a group of martial artists were sitting at a desk looking for a good vacation deal online and William Shatner entered the scene by throwing a shuriken at their desk, with the martial artists doing that obligatory look-up that accompanies this trope.
* An Australian ad for Nicorette gum has a green clad ninja using a shuriken to knock a cigarette out of a smoker's hand and pin it to the wall (through his Employee of the Month photo).

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ikki from ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' does this all the time with the "feathers" from his armor. Notable in that he often ''hits'' people with these razor-sharp feathers, mostly because they were in the middle of attacking his younger brother.
* Mako from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Parodied in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
-->"[If you want to get my attention] just ask! Just say, 'Hey, Yugi, could you stay a little longer?' Don't lob a freakin' ''harpoon'' at me! Seriously, that's, like, the rudest thing ever!"
* Tuxedo Kamen/Mask in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' would always make his entrance by throwing a rose in the midst of a battle or conversation.
** He even does this to some kind of [[IndyEscape rolling boulder]] monster. Rose thrown, guitar chord, begins his rant... and is interrupted when the monster rolls over the rose and keeps rolling. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny The look on his face is priceless]].
* Osaka does this with a pinwheel of all things in one ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' episode.
* Guy from ''{{Naruto}}'' usually makes his DynamicEntry by throwing a kunai (before the kick to the face. Ouch.)
** Naruto himself does this at one point, when Orochimaru (the current BigBad) is about to attack one of his teammates, only to stop short as a hail of knives come down right where he was about to [[strike:step]] slither.
** Another example is right when Kisame [[spoiler: is about to cut the eight-tail host's legs off to prevent him from escaping. One of the host's students takes a throwing star, enhances it with lightning chakra, and slashes most of the blade off of the sword Kisame was holding. "Sorry we're late, Bee."]]
* Condor Joe from ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' also uses feather-shaped projectile weapons in this way.

* ComicBook/GreenArrow's normal method of announcing his presence to evildoers.
* ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} takes this up a notch. It doesn't matter if he actually ''hits'' the guy because [[StuffBlowingUp his arrows explode]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} has his Batarangs, although he's just as likely to use the HeyYouHaymaker. Really, any comics character who uses throwing weapons has probably done this at some point.
* Like most comic book archers, ComicBook/RobynHood has a fondness for this.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Eric o' the Green and his men greet the four and the Hunter this way in the Forest of Screams, which has the unintentional effect of triggering Ringo's “escape clause” teleport and sending him over a hundred miles away, which is mighty inconvenient.

* Used in most Robin Hood movies, most notably in 1938's ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood'' where several cackling Normans are on the receiving end of a twang hello in the form of Robin's black arrow.
* Used by the Pig Natives in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' with spears, in a failed BigDamnHeroes move.
--> '''Chief:''' Ah, we see you have Boom-boom sticks... Bye bye *all scarper*
* In ''Film/IBoughtAVampireMotorcycle'', the psychopathically violent outlaw biker Roach announces his arrival at a pub by firing a crossbow bolt into the top of the bar.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': Pintel and Ragetti are advancing, swords drawn, on the unarmed Elizabeth when a barnacle-encrusted boarding axe whirls past them and sticks in a tree. All three turn to see the ''Flying Dutchman'''s crew charging at them. Pintel and Ragetti hand the swords to Elizabeth and bugger off.
* ''Film/KnifeForTheLadies'': When Burns goes to search Nina's shack, Jarrod announces his presence by throwing a knife into the wall beside Burns' head.
* During his first meeting with Robin's band in ''Film/BeyondSherwoodForest'', Will makes a point by throwing a knife so it sticks into Little John's quarterstaff. While Little John is holding it.

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Arya Stark is introduced this way to the Archer of the Brotherhood Without Banners -- a RobinHood-homaging merry band of anarcho-communist guerrilla fighters.
** Theon Greyjoy did this to save Bran from bandits, and was very annoyed about getting yelled at for it, because the guy might have been wearing armor, or lived long enough to kill Bran.
* Jiriki's first lines in ''[[Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn The Dragonbone Chair]]'' are accompanied by him shooting an arrow into a tree in front of the hero. Unusual because the hero had just saved his life and the arrow was actually a sacred artifact used to signify a life debt, and also because it occurred during his exit
* ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' - Taishi Ci decides to Twang Hello at a bunch of uppity officials standing atop of the gate of a city he was helping to besiege, and unlike most examples, '''impales the man's hand''' with the shot. (Which was called, by the way.)
* In ''Literature/TheWitcher'' novels it is mentioned that the Dryads used to warn humans who wandered into their domain this way. The problem was that a panicking peasant (especially children) was just as likely to run deeper into the forest as he was to run away. Geralt notes that they recently mostly abandoned this in favor of a simple sneak attack.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/RobinHood'' loves to do this. Common in many Robin Hood series, including ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' such as the pre-credit sequence of "The Power of Albion".
* Locke from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] after throwing a knife into an airplane seat while the group of Losties were talking about how they were going to get food. Locke's response after was "We hunt." Jack's quote at the top of the page was his response to that.
* Black Canary gets the drop on Chloe by throwing a knife at her desk in ''Series/{{Smallville}}''.
** Like his comic book incarnation, Green Arrow does this a lot, as well.
* Almost subverted in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonVIEmohawkPolymorphII Emohawk Polymorph II]]": from a GELF, an arrow twanging into a tree (and not into you) is really considered a very warm greeting.
* ''Series/MissionImpossible'': In "The Cattle King", Jim Phelps goes to meet a native tribe. He knows he's arrived when a spear embeds itself in a tree next to his head.
* Happens several times on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', when a vampire would suddenly get dusted, to reveal the Slayer standing in his place holding a stake. There were also examples with actual arrows in "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E8Pangs}} Pangs]]" and "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E20Spiral}} Spiral]]", when Buffy is up against AnachronismStew villains.
-->'''Dawn:''' At least things can't get any crazier. Right?\\
''(an arrow flies through the window and hits the wall right next to Buffy)''\\
'''Buffy:''' [[TemptingFate You]] ''[[TemptingFate know]]'' [[TemptingFate this is your fault for saying that]].
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. The episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS1E11HeroesAndDemons}} Heroes and Demons]]" has a holodeck program of the saga ''Beowulf''. Every time someone new enters the program, they're greeted by shieldmaiden Freya throwing her spear past their face into a tree.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'':
** Done by a bow-wielding villain to announce his presence to Purdey in "Faces".
** In "Dirtier by the Dozen", Gambit is unlocking Purdey's cell when a knife embeds itself in the door beside his head.
* This is how Robin Hood makes his entrance in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E3RobotOfSherwood Robot of Sherwood]]". [[TemptingFate Right after the Doctor says there's no such person as Robin Hood.]]
* This is Oliver's preferred way of entering a fight scene in ''Series/{{Arrow}}''. In the first season, The Hood would announce his presence by shooting out all the lights. Over time, Oliver has amassed quite a few trick arrows that explode or emit knockout gas following the initial one.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Blood Wedding" one of the suspects puts a longbow arrow into a tree next to Barnaby's head. He claims it was an accident, but there is every indication it was intended as a warning.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'', Zero introduces himself by firing a buster shot from off-screen, blowing the arm off Vile's ride armor.
* At the climax of the prologue of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel III'' before the HowWeGotHere settles in, this is how [[TheHero Rean Schwarzer]] introduces himself in the game as he rescues his students from the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Stahlritter]], by firing a flaming SwordBeam at the latter.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* An ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/08/27/episode-591-hypothetically-speaking-again/ strip]] has Black Mage being pinned to a tree by an off-screen Ranger ([[TemptingFate just because]] he was arguing that "[[ImprobableAimingSkills shooting several arrows precisely at once]]" was impossible).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Opens [[spoiler:Mai's]] BigDamnHeroes moment in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Boiling Rock".

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/{{Survival of the Fittest}}'', the duel between Jacob Starr and David Jackson starts with Jacob throwing his knife at David, only for it to miss and hit the tree David was standing in front of.