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[[caption-width-right:256:"I'm sure he'd kick an ass or two / That's what Brian Boitano'd do!"]]

->''"Sir, look outside, do you see that man sitting in the green car? That's my dad. Let me tell you a story about a dream, a boy's dream: A man promised to buy his son a car if I brought up three A's and two thousand dollars. I already have the two thousand and two A's. Your B minus? Poof! Dream gone. Kaput. Now sir, ask yourself... what would Jesus do?"''
-->-- '''Sam Witwicky''' negotiates for an A- and a car, ''Film/{{Transformers}}''

When a character quotes someone's advice or asks what that person would do in a situation similar to theirs. That someone can be a religious figure of choice, {{mentors}}, or someone they idolize in general. Some characters have a tendency to do this all the time, as much as OnceAnEpisode. (TheLancer sometimes describes TheHero in this manner when he finally gets a shot with TheLeader ball.)

Because of the "What Would Jesus Do?" material in Christian homes, and other serious uses of the idea, this is an UndeadHorseTrope. [[InvertedTrope Opposite]] of HitlerAteSugar, when someone argues ([[LogicalFallacies fallaciously]]) that anything an evil person does is considered evil.

TheParagon, MentorArchetype, OldMaster, IdealHero, and anybody on the MentorIndex could potentially be the X in the equation. Of course, depending on [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter how good a person is at judging character]] and [[ShadesOfConflict what kind of values they have]], theoretically anyone could be the object of imitation. It's the SincerestFormOfFlattery, after all.

Even an AntiRoleModel could be invoked, in a bit of an inversion-- "What would that guy do? Go do the ''opposite'' of that!"

Compare JesusWasWayCool and RealMenLoveJesus for people who specifically admire [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} the Man himself]].

!!Serious Examples:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MaiOtome'':
** Arika, quoting her grandmother
** In ''Sifr'', Shirow, who is strongly implied to be [[GenerationXerox Arika's father]], does the same thing for his grandmother.
* Himawari from ''Anime/{{Himawari}}'', quoting Denzou from her favorite TV show.
* Tohru from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', quoting her mother
* The protagonist of ''Manga/{{Change 123}}'' always thinks of the advice of his favorite hero [[LawyerFriendlyCameo Kamen]] [[Franchise/KamenRider Raider]] when a tough situation (or temptation) comes up.
* In ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'', many decisions are influenced by what the characters believe Kamina would do in that situation.
** Admittedly, the first time this happened, the conclusion was "blunder into an incredibly obvious trap".
* Gaara wonders in Chapter 465, "What would Manga/{{Naruto}} do?" with regards to Sasuke; he has a desire to save him due to their being NotSoDifferent, but his duties as a Kage compel him to bring Sasuke to justice.
* Julian in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'' would often think of how Yang Wen-li, his guardian and role model, would solve the problems he was facing at the moment after [[spoiler: he took over command in the wake of Yang's death.]]
* Hikaru in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'' would think about how [[SpiritAdvisor Sai]] would play in his situation when he did not have a good move.
* Throughout the anime of ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'', Wolfwood watches Vash work through every situation in an idealistic cloud, naively trusting people he shouldn't and avoiding lethal attacks in gunfights, nearly getting killed consistently yet always solving the problem with a minimum of bloodshed. Near the end, facing his own deadly situation, Wolfwood decides to try this method of doing things. [[spoiler: He gets killed]].
* In ''Literature/{{Gate}}'', several JSDF members consider whether or not to assist the Dark Elves deal with the Flame Dragon ravaging their land, when assisting them would both violate their orders and possibly lead to a political disaster. They all ask, "What would Itami do?" Itami would say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight, which they eventually do.

* Creator/JeffDunham's puppet Walter hates his wife. So he said that one time he asked: "What would Jesus do?"
* When Creator/DanielTosh was dealing with a rude person talking on the cell phone in a movie theatre, he looked at his WWJD bracelet. [[spoiler: So he set him on fire and sent him to Hell.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Current ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' Jaime Reyes frequently tries to work out what the past Blue Beetles would do, to the point of having WWTKD (What Would Ted Kord Do?) on his bedroom wall. Jaime is kind of adorable.
* During Jonathan Hickman's run on ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'', Valeria discovered the existence of the Council of Reeds (KnightTemplar counterparts of Reed Richards who plotted to control the multiverse). Her reaction to this crisis: "I asked myself, 'What would [[ComicBook/DoctorDoom Uncle Doom]] do?'"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon gets his sister to go home by asking her, "What would a defender of justice do?". It actually works.
* In ''Fanfic/WinterWar'', Lieutenant Iba figures out how to defeat Rubadon by asking what his mom, [[RetiredBadass the former lieutenant of Third Division]], would have done about it: use [[FunctionalMagic kidou]].
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6183372/1/What-Would-Sue-Sylvester-Do this]] ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic, Kurt walks into the choir room only to find that Mr. Schue and a few of the glee club members have been taken hostage by a crazy kid with a gun who intends to play RussianRoulette with them. Kurt asks himself, "What would [[MemeticBadass Sue Sylvester]] do?", and then proceeds to snark and manipulate the kid into giving up the gun.
* In ''Fanfic/NotQuiteHeroes'', Shego is at a loss to track down Dr. Drakken after he gets kidnapped. She kidnaps Ron, and when Kim shows up to rescue him she asks her to explain how she found him.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'', Marlin and Nemo need to cross an open space at an aquarium. Marlin asks what Dory would do in such a situation, then starts going into an overly-detailed plan that Nemo immediately points out sounds more like something Marlin would do. Marlin then comes up with a new plan that relies more on luck and being CrazyEnoughToWork, which Nemo agrees sounds more like Dory.
* When Joy and Sadness get lost in the recesses of Riley's mind in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', the rest of Riley's emotions (Fear, Anger, and Disgust) try to control Riley as they think Joy would, with disastrous results: Disgust acts sarcastic, Fear expresses doubt and denial, and Anger just has a temper tantrum.
* In ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', Daffy Duck asks "What would I do? What would Damian Drake do? What would Duck Dodgers do?" before realizing that ''he'' was WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers.
* When Grug needs to get back to his family after being separated from them in ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' he asks himself "What would Guy do? What would Guy do?" Then he starts asking himself, "What would I do?"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The main character of Creator/WoodyAllen's film ''Film/PlayItAgainSam'' takes his life lessons from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''. Creator/HumphreyBogart's character from that movie appears as a SpiritAdvisor.
* Film/{{Maverick}} always quoted his Pappy. [[spoiler:And his Pappy calls him out at the end for the fact he didn't say half the stuff Maverick says he did.]]
* Captain Jack Sparrow in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd'' advises whelpish William Turner to think like him, Jack, in order to manipulate people and get his way. William does so to increasing degrees. Later, when Jack is in over his head, he mutters to himself, "Think like the whelp."
-->'''William:''' I told myself, "Think like Jack."\\
'''Jack:''' And ''this'' is what you came up with? ''[throwing corpses tied to barrels overboard to act as a breadcrumb trail]''
* A similar thing happens in the 1997 remake of ''Film/ThatDarnCat''. In order to rescue Patti, Kelso must follow DC's nightly route; hence, he must think like DC.
* In ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin wants to put the ship down after Padmé falls out instead of continuing to pursue Dooku and try to save the galaxy. Obi-Wan gets him to relent by asking him, "What would Padmé do were she in your position?"
* One of the taglines for ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'' is "What would [[Creator/NeilPatrickHarris NPH]] do?"
* From ''Film/ATimeToKill'':
-->'''Ellen:''' Buckley presents his shrink tomorrow and I need a way to bring him down. I keep asking myself "What would Jake do? What would my father do? What would Lucien do?"\\
'''Harry Rex:''' That's your problem right there. You ''should'' be asking yourself "What would Harry Rex do?"\\
'''Ellen:''' What would he do?\\
'''Harry Rex:''' Cheat. Cheat like crazy.
:: And it WORKS.
* Used dramatically in Creator/MartinScorsese's ''Film/{{Silence}}'' where Jesuit priests are forced by Feudal Japanese authorities to apostatize or be ForcedToWatch as they torture and kill Japanese converts. [[spoiler:The Apostate Ferreira (played by Creator/LiamNeeson) tells Fr. Rodrigues the protagonist, that even Jesus would apostatize and abjure God in order to spare his flock from undergoing suffering. When Rodrigues is about to step on the Fumie, the ritual act of apostasy in the film, he hears a voice that he believes to be from Jesus himself that it's okay, he can trample on the image of Christ]].
* At one point in ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Kirk is faced with the decision to either save Spock from a volcano or uphold the prime directive. He asks Bones what Spock would do.
-->'''Bones:''' He'd let you die.

* The 1897 novel ''In His Steps: What Would Jesus Do?'' is mentioned in Wiki/TheOtherWiki as the source of the modern usage of the phrase. In the novel, the pastor of a church in the railroad town of Raymond challenges his congregation to stop and think [[TitleDrop "What would Jesus do?"]] before doing anything, for a full year.
** The song of this name by Big Tent Revival was the TropeCodifier for the revival of the phrase in the 90s.
* In ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'', Huck always gets down on himself, thinking that Literature/TomSawyer could do it better. However, once Tom arrives on the scene, his overcomplicated, grandiose plans just make the situation worse.
* In Creator/StephenKing's AfterTheEnd novel ''Literature/TheStand'' survivors are guided from all over the US to a gathering spot by prophetic dreams. Along the way one survivor, Larry, gets so used to following the signs and example of another survivor, Harold, who had passed along the route first (and come up with clever solutions to problems) that Larry later admitted that when he encountered obstacles he started wondering "What would Harold do?"
* ''Literature/{{Candide}}'': Candide frequently mulls over how "if Master Pangloss were alive, surely, he would find a reasonable explanation for this."
* History book ''The Mongol Art of War'' concludes with a chapter explaining how modern military has been influenced by the Mongols. The author suggests that modern military commanders should consider WWCD, or What Would Chinggis (Khan) Do? The fact that majority of the answers would constitute war crimes today doesn't make the advice any less applicable due to the brilliant tactics utilized by the Mongols.
* A chapter of the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel ''The Gallifrey Chronicles'', in which Trix finds herself facing an alien invasion on her own, is titled "WWDWD?"
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' - Creator/TerryGoodkind has stated he wants his readers to approach real world morality by considering what [[GodModeSue Richard]] would do. You can start [[FridgeHorror screaming now.]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', when trapped between angry hordes of [[ElvesVersusDwarves dwarfs and trolls]], Lance-Constables Detritus and Cuddy wonder what [[AllLovingHero Carrot]] would do. Unfortunately, they aren't him.
--->'''Cuddy:''' What would Corporal Carrot do at a time like this?\\
'''Detritus:''' He say, you bad people, make me angry, you stop toot sweet.\\
'''Cuddy:''' [[SarcasmMode And then they'd go away, right?]]\\
'''Detritus:''' [[SincerityMode Yeah.]]\\
'''Cuddy:''' What would happen if we tried that?\\
'''Detritus:''' We look in gutter for our heads.
** In ''Discworld/TheLastHero'', Ponder Stibbons has to come up with an emergency solution to an Airship flight problem. Problem is, [[PointyHairedBoss the senior wizards]] all want to help. To come up with a way to divert their attention, his line of thought went ''what would [[TheChessmaster Lord Vetinari]] do?'' And it works; he suggests they form a committee, and get back to him once they've decided something, which is how Vetinari got rid of people offering their opinions earlier.
** In ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'', Rincewind is stuck (again) and tries to think "what would Lavaeolus [[labelnote:*]]a CaptainErsatz of Odysseus, and possibly a distant ancestor of Rincewind given that the name means, more or less, "rinser of winds"[[/labelnote]]do?". And, once he has disposed of the reasonable objection that Lavaeolus would not have been in this situation in the first place, he manages to reason his way to a possible solution.
* In the Literature/LordPeterWimsey book ''Have His Carcase'', Harriet Vane discovers a dead body and thinks: What would Lord Peter, or Robert Templeton (the detective in the books she writes) do?
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', all the Lannister siblings have moments where they [[WellDoneSonGuy think back to their father, Tywin,]] and how he would handle the situation, usually acting accordingly. [[BloodKnight Jaime]] and [[GuileHero Tyrion]] occasionally think this way about each other as well, indicating both their closeness and how [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan their opposite skill sets complement each other.]]
* In the Literature/AmericanGirls book ''Felicity Saves the Day,'' the title character has to convince her father's runaway apprentice Ben to turn himself in. When her grandfather asks her how she managed it, she tells him, "I said what I thought you would say."
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's novel ''Literature/CitizenOfTheGalaxy'', a Colonel states a couple times that when faced with a difficult situation, he thinks of his former commander and asks himself "What would [[ColonelBadass Col.]] [[CoolOldGuy Baslim]] do?"
* [[PowerTrio Rand, Perrin, and Mat]] from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' are all of the opinion that they [[MarsAndVenusGenderContrast will never be able to understand women]], yet each one thinks that the other two understand women perfectly. It was a common thing in the earlier books especially for one of them to end up in an awkward and/or unpleasant situation with a woman and try to figure out what the other two would do if they were there.
* When faced with the prospect of breaking up with his pregnant, loveless girlfriend or aborting their would-be child, [[Literature/ThePaleKing Lane Dean]] wonders what Jesus would do.
* Late in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', Luke draws strength from considering how Obi-Wan would act in this situation.
* Will's mantra whenever he comes to a difficult decision in ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' is asking himself, "What would Halt do?"
* In ''Literature/RedDwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers'', Rimmer, on discovering he has minus twenty minutes to prepare for his exam, asks himself, as he always does in a crisis "What would Napoleon do?"
-->Something French, he decided. Probably munch on a croissant, and decide to invade Russia. Not strictly relevant in this situation.
* ''Literature/ThePrince'': Chapter XIV: To ensure his success, a prince must choose a model that he admires and follow his actions to be like him (but obviously, dont follow his errors).
-->''But to exercise the intellect the prince should read histories, and study there the actions of illustrious men, to see how they have borne themselves in war, to examine the causes of their victories and defeat, so as to avoid the latter and imitate the former; and above all do as an illustrious man did, who took as an exemplar one who had been praised and famous before him, and whose achievements and deeds he always kept in his mind, as it is said Alexander the Great imitated Achilles, Caesar Alexander, Scipio Cyrus. And whoever reads the life of Cyrus, written by Xenophon, will recognize afterwards in the life of Scipio how that imitation was his glory, and how in chastity, affability, humanity, and liberality Scipio conformed to those things which have been written of Cyrus by Xenophon.''
* In Creator/JohnHemry's ''Literature/TheLostStars'' novel ''Tarnished Knight'', Iceni, in the first space battle, thinks in frustration that Black Jack would have done something different -- then she realizes he would ''change the odds.''
* At one point in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' saga, Harry tells Ron that what they need to do is, "... think like Hermione."
* In the ''Literature/FactionParadox'' series, the tendency for people to think this is treated as invoking the people or characters they want to act like. As such, it's a key part of the Faction themselves and the Remote colonists.
* In the ''[[Literature/{{Nero Wolfe}} Death of a Dude]]'' Nero Wolfe's sidekick [[DeadpanSnarker Archie Goodwin]] encounters a redneck sheriff, who modelled himself basically upon Wyatt Earp, with a twist - when he confronted any problem, he asked himself "What J. Edgar Hoover would do?"
-->''The product was a personality mess that couldn't have been made any worse even by a [[HollywoodPsych trained psychoanalyst]].''
* In one of the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' books, Cain is getting an after-action report from Lieutenant Jenit Sulla, who hero-worships him and comments something along the lines of, "I just thought, 'What would the Commissar do?'" [[HeroicSelfDeprecation Cain promptly quips, "And then did the opposite, I hope."]]
* In a short story of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles,'' when by herself, Molly makes decisions by asking, "What Would Harry Do?" The answer, naturally, is to make lots of {{Shout Out}}s and kick open doors.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Tendou in ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' ("Grandmother said this...")
* Despite ''Series/TheMiddleman'' being almost entirely AffectionateParody, Lacey is sincere when she asks "WWWWD? What would Wendy Watson do?"
* There's a throwaway line like this in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' for the series' 15th anniversary ReunionShow, when Alpha Six wonders "What would Zordon do?!" (The answer is "Observe the viewing globe and let the Rangers figure it out," of course, but the whole reason Alpha is there is because the Rangers are absolutely useless in this situation.)
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' uses this with Gibbs a few times. Partly because most of the cast think of him as a PhysicalGod and partly because he's just about psychic.
* ''Series/{{Life}}''. At the end of one episode, [[spoiler:a young woman finds out her father killed the park ranger who was her mentor. She promptly aims a rifle at him. When Crews asks her "What would [mentor] do?" she promptly replies "Kill him." Crews then asks "What would he want ''you'' to do?" ({{Beat}}) She lowers the gun.]]
* One episode of ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has John Sheppard ask himself "What would [[InsufferableGenius [=McKay=] ]] do?"
* In one episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Salem got cat-napped by a little kid who wanted a pet. A couple scenes later, Salem is trying to figure out how to get back home.
-->'''Salem:''' What would Series/MacGyver do?
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfShirleyHolmes'', episode "The Case of the Mysterious Message," Shirley gets herself locked inside a safe while looking for her grandmother. Her friends Bo, Bart and Alicia think she's been kidnapped and set out to look for her, and to decide how to go about this, they wonder "What would Shirley do?"
* In the final episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'' outgoing Chief of Staff CJ gives her successor in the new administration, Josh, a post-it note with "WWLD?" on it: "What Would Leo Do?"
* In ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'', one scene has Amber asking "What would Victoria Beckham do?"
* In Part One of the ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' season one finale, Nate and Sophie know that Sterling has them figured out, and pull off the rescue by asking "What would Hardison/Parker do?" [[spoiler: They decide they would use electronics to blow out the mooks' eardrums and jump off a really tall building, which do seem like very Hardison and Parkerish plans.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "The Freshman":
-->'''Xander:''' When it's dark and I'm all alone and I'm scared or freaked out or whatever, I always think "What would Buffy do?" You're my hero. Okay, sometimes [[ADateWithRosiePalms when it's dark, and I'm all alone I think "What is Buffy wearing?"]]
** Became a MemeticMutation during and after the series run, many fans saw this as a popular philosophy, What Would Buffy Do?
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': "What would [[Series/TheShield Vic Mackey]] do?"
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'' frequently features Mike asking "what would Harvey do?"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "The Visitation", Tegan asks "What would The Doctor do?" to start the TARDIS. She pounds her fist on the console and the TARDIS starts up. Later, when the TARDIS is malfunctioning, The Doctor [[BrickJoke hits it in the same spot]].
** In "New Earth", the VillainOfTheWeek Cassandra has just [[GrandTheftMe possessed the Doctor's body]] when the MonsterOfTheWeek bursts into the room. She panics and demands to know what the Doctor would do (the answer of course is [[RunOrDie get the hell out of there]]). She then demonstrates what the Doctor would ''not'' do by shoving his companion out of the way [[ItsAllAboutMe so she can escape first]].
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** In the episode, "Pen Pals", Captain Picard places Wesley in charge of a routine geological survey as an educational experience for him. At one point, when Wesley's confidence in his ability to lead is down, Riker advises him, "In your position it's important to ask yourself one question: What would Picard do?"
** And then subverted in "The Best of Both Worlds". After Picard is captured and assimilated by the Borg, Riker is placed in command. One of the first things he does is walk into the now-his Ready Room, look at the chair and ask "What would you do?" Then walks in Guinan and tells Riker that he has to think for himself now, as the Borg now know all of Picard's tricks.
* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E02DevilMayCare "Devil May Care" (S09, Ep02)]], Dean asks, "What would Sam Winchester do?"
* An episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' has ''Moya'' being threatened. Only Rygel is small enough to fit through a hole and save the day. However, being former royalty, he is unwilling to risk his life. Then Zhaan asks him "What would Rygel I do?", referencing an earlier conversation in which Rygel was talking with pride about his distant ancestor. Without a word, Rygel walks into the hole.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Tracy realises that he dealing with an actress that is difficult to manage as he is in the "Game Over" episode and Grizz says that Liz manages to control him so Tracy asks himself "WWRXW [sic] - What would Liz Lemon Do?"
* This is a core concept of ''Series/SamuraiGourmet''. In his retirement, Takeshi Kasumi is determined not only to enjoy himself, but also to be more assertive in doing so (in accordance with his new social status as "the elder", though he doesn't put it that way). Whenever social stickiness gets in the way of this, there occurs an IndulgentFantasySegue where a Sengoku ronin demonstrates how ''he'' would handle the situation. This is sometimes preceded by the explicit question, "What would a samurai do?" Usually the answer is not violence, but just being [[CoolOldGuy really, really cool]].
* The ''Series/Sense8'' episode "W.W.N.Double.D.?", which stands for "What Would Literature/NancyDrew Do?" Said by Amanita to Nomi as they try to outsmart their pursuers.


* Music/AlanJackson's song "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The X here is Music/JimmyBuffett, who then joins in to sing the next refrain.
-->'''Buffett''': Funny you should ask, Al. I'd say, 'Pour me something tall and strong ...'
* Bruce Robison's song "What Would Willie Do" is both a parody of WWJD and a tribute to Music/WillieNelson. ("He loves all the people, no matter their races / Hell, he even made a hit country song with Julio Iglesias")
* Cult satire punk band The Causey Way with their album ''WWCD''. The C here stands for Causey.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Common in lay religion. Protestant Christians ask themselves what UsedulNotes/{{Jesus}} would do, Catholics ask themselves what Jesus or the appropriate saint would do, Buddhists ask themselves what Buddha or the appropriate Boddisatva would do, and so on.
** Although it was pointed out by Catholic apologist Jimmy Akin that the inverse question ("Would you want to do X in Jesus' presence?") is slightly irrelevant, as most devout Christians would want to do nothing other than fall on their knees and pray in Jesus's presence.
** The inverse question is also a bit of a moot point, as according to most orthodox Christian doctrine you're ''always'' in Jesus's presence. That's how omniscience and omnipresence work. Feel free to either rejoice or [[FridgeHorror shudder]] at the implications according to your preference.
* In Pastafarianism there's "What Would the Flying Spaghetti Monster Do" (and the less common "What Would a Pirate Do").

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has both Tali and Garrus drawing heavily on their experiences with Shepard, using his/her example to guide themselves in life during the two years [[spoiler: that (s)he's dead.]] Incidentally, by following Shepard's example, Tali decides to [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]], and Garrus builds a [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits team of experts]] and starts [[VigilanteMan shooting bad guys]] on his own. Shepard taught them well.
** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' you get several more like this: Jack, Tali (again), Garrus (also again), Jacob, and Kaidan/Ashley. To be more precise, anyone still alive from the first two games, if they weren't already leaders or important, has become a leader/important, because ''that's what Shepard would do.'' And because Krogan have to do it bigger than the other races, Grunt takes his cues from both Shepard and Urdnot Wrex (himself having taken Shepard's example to heart and begun trying to save his race).
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' would say this when activating her X-Factor:
-->'''X-23:''' What would {{Wolv|erine}}ie do?
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', after the Battle for the Undercity, with the Horde facing war with the Alliance, Thrall wonders what his old friend Grom Hellscream would do in that situation. Varok Saurfang, who had recently lost his son, approaches Thrall and tells him that Grom would tell him to lead his people, giving him some small measure of relief.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', Ramza, after killing some deserters who, while not necessarily evil, are intending to collect the bounty on his head and use it to gain a pardon, wonders what his father would have done in that situation.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': [[spoiler:When the Protagonist has to turn himself in so that the villainous politician driving TheConspiracy can be found guilty, the other Thieves imagine Morgana (who they believed to have disappeared with the other world) making fun of them for giving up too easily. This encourages them find a way to save the Protagonist.]]
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'': [[spoiler: Provided he survived the Prologue]] Wyatt at one point will admit at times he would ask himself what [[TheHero William Joseph Blazkowicz]] would do during those fourteen years spent keeping the TheResistance going. He still does.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''Franchise/AceAttorney [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', Edgeworth is able to put the final pieces of the puzzle in the last case together by thinking to himself (paraphrased) [[spoiler:'[[TheGhost That man]] who could turn around victories from the brink of defeat...what would he do?' This makes him realize that he needs to "turn around" his thinking, and thus that the blood on the Samurai Dogs pack might not be from the victim, but that it could be -- and is -- from the murderer.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GoGetARoomie'', during a [[ParlorGames Truth or Dare]] game, Lillian, a [[ParalyzingFearOfSexuality profoundly sheltered young woman]], [[http://www.gogetaroomie.com/index.php?id=172 is given a choice by Ramona: name her first sexual partner, if any, or make a sexual innuendo on the spot.]] She manages the latter by channeling [[LovableSexManiac Roomie]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' shows us Rogal Dorn's pain-love meditation room which has a W.W.T.E.O.M.D? (What Would the Emperor of Mankind Do?) poster on the wall.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', at one particularly critical juncture in [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/interlude-26b/ Interlude 26b]] the superhero [[spoiler:Golem]] asks himself what [[spoiler:Weaver]] does, though in this case its because her tactics are similar to those of the enemy he's fighting, and it gives him an insight into [[spoiler:what Jack's second power is]].
* "If anyone ever asks you, "What would Jesus do?" Remind them that [[TableFlip flipping over tables]] and [[WhipItGood chasing people with a whip]] is within the realm of possibilities."
* In ''WebVideo/TenLittleRoosters'', Miles asks the question "What would [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Ruby Rose]] do?" when he attempts to figure out how to survive being trapped with a killer. His answer? [[spoiler:Suit up in Lindsay's Ruby Rose costume]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In his ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version Jaime's hero worship is directed differently, so it's "What would Batman do?" instead.
** [[spoiler:That might change after he found out about Ted. He even ends the episode by saying he tries to do the right thing, just like Ted]].
* Sheen from ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' always asks "What Would Ultralord Do?"
-->'''Nick:''' I don't know, maybe he'd just sit on a shelf because he's a DOLL!\\
'''Sheen:''' [[InsistentTerminology He's not a doll, he's an action figure!]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has Captain Marvel admitting part of his crime-fighting style is based on asking himself, "What would Franchise/{{Superman}} do?"
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', the egotistical Sky Lynx suggests that others say this about ''him''. "Before you do anything, think, 'Is this what Sky Lynx would do in my position?', and you will not go far wrong."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** When Twilight Sparkle tries to distract a hydra in "Feeling Pinkie Keen", she wonders what a brave pony like Rainbow Dash would do. The answer she thinks of is to [[LeeroyJenkins directly charge at the hydra]].
** In another episode, this gets an IronicEcho when Rainbow Dash wonders what a smart pony like Twilight Sparkle would do.
** In "The Saddle Row Review", the other members of the Mane Six keep asking themselves "What would Rarity do?" when trying to help set up the grand opening of Rarity's new boutique. It keeps going badly until Twilight Sparkle realizes that what Rarity would really want is for each of her friends to use their own judgement.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E12DiscordantHarmony Discordant Harmony]]", Discord is starting to fade away from acting too "normal" rather than his usual chaotic self. This forces Fluttershy, in order to save him, to start pondering "What would Discord do?" and act accordingly.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': Project Cadmus makes a clone of Superman called Superboy. Though Superboy idolizes Superman, he starts out loyal to Cadmus due to psychic brainwashing. When Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad get captured, Aqualad gets Superboy to shake off the brainwashing and help them by asking him, "What would Superman do?"

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Common in Moral Philosophy. Many thought-experiments are based on some variant of "What would TheOmniscient do?" or "What would a totally impartial person choose?"
* Probably common way of analyzing various conundrums among anyone with a bit of imagination. Pick your favorite idol or fictional character (from published works, or the MarySue of your own FanFic) and ask yourself what she would do. The problem there, of course is "What if your favorite character is ComicBook/TheJoker or TheMaster or someone?"
* There was a canonical movement involving bracelets with the shield, inviting teenagers to ask "What would Franchise/{{Superman}} do?"
* Many alleged journalists covering Apple claim that whatever the company is doing is not what Creator/SteveJobs would have done. This is especially baseless because Steve Jobs not only groomed his successors specifically for their current positions but also [[http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-25/apple-s-jobs-told-successor-cook-not-to-ask-what-would-steve-do-tech.html specifically instructed them not to waste time wondering what he would do]].
** Part of this is to specifically avoid the problems that Creator/{{Disney}} had after Creator/WaltDisney's death. His successors got caught in the trap of 'What Would Walt Do?' and the company stagnated for almost 20 years. It was on the verge of being bought and broken up for parts when Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Frank Wells were brought in to lead the company, bringing about the [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation Disney Renaissance]].

!!Parodies and Subversions

* And, of course, one of the ballsiest parodies was a reasonably successful series of commercials for Subway: What Would Jared Do? (This is made even funnier by the fact that Jared is Jewish, and something of a FunnyAneurysmMoment considering his child-porn scandal.)
* Another Jewish variant: there are "WWJD?" T-shirts where the J stands for Jon. [[Series/TheDailyShowWithJonStewart Jon Stewart]].
* A spot for ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' had SG in line to renew his superhero license and his talk show host license. As he ponders which of the two separate lines to get into first, he wonders "What would Burt Ward do?"

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has a conversation between Revy and Eda about what gun Jesus would use "as he walked through the valley of the shadow of death".
-->'''Eda:''' Alright, the GoodShepherd. What's his weapon of choice?\\
'''Revy:''' Huh?\\
'''Eda:''' Psalm 23 verse 4, "Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death." But what I wanna know is, what would you take with you, you know, if you were him.\\
'''Revy:''' Hmm, I'd say a Jericho, 941 FBL.\\
'''Eda:''' That's a pretty limp-dick gun for ''Jesus''...\\
'''Revy:''' You're the nun. What's your fuckin' answer?\\
'''Eda:''' ''[holding up her Glock 17L by its holster]'' Isn't it obvious? This guy here.\\
'''Revy:''' You're full of shit. I mean he was Jewish, right? Of course he'd have an Israeli-made gun.\\
'''Eda:''' Goddamn heathen. You're out of your league when it comes to this shit.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' there's a point where [[BloodKnight Kenpachi]] is in trouble [[spoiler:fighting Tōsen]] and tries to imagine what his three main minions would do in this situation:
-->'''[[TokenMiniMoe Yachiru's]] advice:''' Cut with your instinct!\\
'''Kenpachi:''' I tried that already.\\
'''[[BaldOfAwesome Ikkaku's]] advice:''' You could try that "see with your mind's eye"-thing.\\
'''Kenpachi:''' If I could do something like that, I wouldn't need you to tell me about it, stupid!\\
'''[[AgentPeacock Yumichika's]] advice:''' If it was me, I'd probably... give up... in a beautiful way!\\
'''Kenpachi:''' Go die.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* From issue #1 of the ''Roger Rabbit'' comic book, when Roger thinks his new neighbor, [[WickedWeasel who's a weasel]], is out to get him:
-->'''Roger:''' What would Eddie Valiant do?\\
''[an hour later...]''\\
'''Roger:''' ...And then he'd have another cuppa coffee and look at the sports page again! Gosh, Eddie's brave--
* While it's debatable whether he was being serious or not, ComicBook/TheQuestion once asked himself, "[[MythologyGag What would]] [[Comicbook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]] do?" (Kill anyone who annoyed him, duh.) There ''is'' an issue where the Question decides to take the Rorschach approach to crime fighting. He concludes that the Rorschach approach ''sucks.''

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', Dogbert advises Ratbert to live by the philosophy "What would Dogbert do?"
* ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'':
** In a couple of strips, the Dog is trying to take care of the farm while Wal is away and whenever something goes wrong he asks himself what Wal would do.
--->'''The Dog:''' Oh no! A weta snatched a baby duckling! Wal's not here. What would he do?" '''''"YA &#^%@& WETA!!!"'''''
** Another one, involving large numbers of stinging insects, had him conclude that Wal would... hide in the outhouse with the newspaper.
--->''[[KnowWhenToFoldEm Wal's no fool]].''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix]] gets summoned to and is asked to take a case in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. At one point he wonders what would his FriendlyRival, [[TheStoic Miles]] [[ClosetGeek Edgeworth]], do in his place. Let's just say that [[ImagineSpot the mental image]] of "Gleefuly riding and playing with the ponies through the land" isn't exactly the kind of mental support he was looking for.
* Another example from a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic: In ''Fanfic/{{Flutterspy}}'', Fluttershy is trapped in a theater's storage room with evil ninja Yellow Viper. She imagines how the rest of the Mane Six would react, and realizes that most of their solutions wouldn't work for her. Desperate, she uses Pinkie Pie's method--dressing up in the old costumes and [[ScoobyDooHoax pretending to be a hostile ghost]]--because it's CrazyEnoughToWork. However, Yellow Viper is [[NoSell not convinced]], and Fluttershy has to fight her way out.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Marionettes}}'', Trixie is fighting Masquerade and asks herself what Twilight Sparkle would do. She ultimately decides she can't imitate Twilight as she lacks Twilight's smarts and level of power. She instead sticks to her own talents of illusions and trickery, which works.
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'':
** Episode 38 has Jean-Claude Magnum, who is a member of the "Church"-whose-name-shall-not-be-typed who tries to kidnap Mai after she beats him in a card game. This ends with Mai dangling from a flagpole with Magnum crying "She's going to fall to her untimely death! What would L. Ron Hubbard do?"
** Much earlier Yugi asks Mokuba what his brother would say about him stealing things. He has to amend this to what he would ay "if he wasn't a complete douchebag" after Mokuba imagines that Seto would tell him to steal something from Joey too.
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
** Parodied and then played straight in Goku's fight with Frieza.
--->'''Goku:''' What would Yamcha do? \\
''[clip of Yamcha dying]''\\
'''Goku:''' Um, um, what would Tien do?\\
''[uses [[BlindedByTheLight Solar Flare]]]''
** Gohan at one point tries to consider what his father would do. Cut to a clip of Goku:
--->'''Goku:''' [[ParentalNeglect Bye, son!]]\\
'''Gohan:''' I think I have some issues.
* In one episode of ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'', everyone, even the villain, starts asking, "What would DJ 3-Pones do?", followed by a second-long or so ImagineSpot of her telling what she would do. Her advice starts relatively reasonable before turning into non-sequiturs (telling a dying Celestia "Be sure to eat your fruits and vegetables!") and she eventually talks to Shining Armor directly.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'', one of the men at the conference, after the robot lands, literally says "It's times like this when we ask ourselves, 'What would Oprah do?'"

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* From ''Film/TheWaterboy'', Henry frequently quotes his mother's inaccurate information or bad advice.

* There's also "What Would [[{{Literature/Dragaera}} Sethra]] Do?" and "What ''Wouldn't'' [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Zeus]] Do?"
* ''IsItJustMeOrIsEverythingShit?'' has a chapter for Homophobic Christians, which suggests that if Jesus were alive today, what he would in fact do is walk up and down the high street carrying a placard that says "GOD HATES FAGS".
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Sarek'', Peter Kirk is kidnapped by the Klingon Ambassador, who had a grudge against his uncle Jim Kirk. While locked up, Peter tries to think of what his famous uncle would do in this situation. The notion he comes up with (And dismisses scornfully) is to seduce his jailer, the ambassador's niece. Amusingly, he eventually ends up doing this for totally different reasons, and this ''does'' help him escape.
* Literature/DonQuixote: Parodied when Don Quixote invokes AchillesInHisTent in the Sierra Morena, he asks himself What would two [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights in Shining Armor]] do? The catch is that being a deconstruction, Don Quixote must choose between the KnightInShiningArmor played straight (Amadis [[{{Wangst}} cries and prays for days]] because his lady Oriana doesnt want to see him anymore) and the KnightInShiningArmor deconstruction ([[UnstoppableRage Roland went mad]] [[OmnicidalManiac and killed humans, animals and plants]] when he discovered princess Angelica slept with Medoro).
* In ''Literature/TheApocalypseCodex'' by Creator/CharlesStross, Persephone has a "WWLJD" bracelet. The fundamentalist Christian cultists she's infiltrating naturally assume it stands for "What would Lord Jesus do?" Actually, it's "What would ''LeeroyJenkins'' do?"

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In one episode, an inept wannabe ghost hunter says "What would [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] do?"
** Later Sam motivates a reluctant hacker to go through a dangerous mission by asking her what [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione]] would do.
** After he becomes TheSoulless Donatello Redfield resolves moral dilemmas by asking "What would Series/MisterRogers do?"
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when the gang finds out that they're gonna have to keep Rachel's mom and dad from discovering the other one at Rachel's party:
-->'''Chandler:''' Okay, think. What would [[Series/ThreesCompany Jack and Crissy]] do?
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'':
** One episode has Crow wearing a "What Would Buffy St. Marie Do?" bracelet... followed by a bracelet with a ''lot'' of Ws that stands for, well, [[http://www.mst3kinfo.com/ward_e/bit1002a.html a lot of names with two Ws]]: "What Would the World Wrestling Federation, Woodrow Wilson, Wet Willie, Music/WesleyWillis, [[{{Deadpool}} Wade Wilson]], William Wyler, Wendy Waserstein, Creator/WaltWhitman, Willy Wonka, Wim Wender..." (gets interrupted).
** In another episode, Mike (speaking for a struggling song writer) asks "What would Liberace do? ...Hmm, better not do [[CampGay that]]."
* In one of the breather episodes of ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'', Gabrielle is thrown into a prison cell by Joxer to protect her from Joxer's evil brother Jet. Gabrielle tries to think of a way out and asks herself "What would Xena do?" She then suddenly has a revelation, picks up a round plate, and tosses the round plate at the cell door Xena-style...only for the plate to ricochet off the prison cell door and hit Gabrielle square in the face, knocking her out.
* [[Series/{{Heroes}} "I don't know. What would Bennet do?"]]
* [[Series/{{Glee}} "What does your bracelet say?" "WWMD." "What would Madonna do. Outstanding."]]
* In the episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Guinan points out to Riker that he can't follow his natural inclination to think like Picard. Indeed, since Picard has been assimilated by the Borg, the Borg could easily repel any plan that Picard could devise.
* From ''Series/TheOfficeUS'':
--> '''Dwight''': "Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?', and if they would, I do not do that thing..."
* From the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "Our Role Models", Turk gives a pep talk to JD:
-->'''Turk''': You are John Damn Dorian, so ask youself, "What would John Damn Dorian do?" W.W.J.D.D.D.D?
-->'''Surgery patient''': Too many "D"s.
-->'''Turk''': ''Why are you still awake?''
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E12ComparativeReligion Comparative Religion]] Jeff eventually asks himself "What would Shirley do?" when confronting Mike. He initially reasons that she'd seek a peaceful resolution. However, when Mike throws this peaceful approach back in his face, he receives confirmation of what Shirley would ''actually'' do from the source herself:
-->'''Shirley:''' Jeffrey, ''kick his ass''!
** Earlier in the same episode, Shirley hands out bracelets with the letters WWBJD ("What Would Baby Jesus Do?") to the whole group.
-->'''Annie:''' WWBJD?
-->'''Pierce:''' If this stands for "What Would Music/BillyJoel Do?", I'll tell you right now; he'd write another crappy song.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
-->'''Music/QueenLatifah as Gwen Ifill''': How will you solve the financial crisis by being a maverick?\\
'''Creator/TinaFey as UsefulNotes/SarahPalin''': You know, we're gonna take every aspect of the crisis and look at it and then we're gonna ask ourselves, "What would a maverick do in this situation?" And then, you know, we'll do that!
* In ventriloquist Creator/JeffDunham's Creator/ComedyCentral special ''Spark of Insanity'', he and his GrumpyOldMan puppet Walter talk for a couple minutes about an argument Walter had with his wife.
--> '''Walter:''' I thought to myself, "What would Jesus do?" So I tried to turn her into a fish. ''({{beat}})'' Begone, ''Sataaaan!'' Hello, [[SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying Shamu]].
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. A corrupt prison guard coerces one of the born-again Christian inmates into committing arson. "Now is not the time to ask, what would Jesus do."
* When Brian Potter is stuck on his stairlift in a powercut in ''Series/PhoenixNights'', he asks himself 'What would ThoraHird do?'
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Harold Finch is trying to educate Sameen Shaw, the latest member of their RagtagBunchOfMisfits, on how Team Machine do things.
-->'''Finch:''' I urge you to consider what Mr. Reese would do.
-->'''Shaw:''' [[PerpetualFrowner Brood?]]
* In a parody of WWJD an episode of ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'' is called "What Would Lucifer Do?"
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' occasionally plays this as a joke.
** In "Team Cockroach", Chidi is discomfited by them talking about him like he isn't there.
--->'''Eleanor:''' Because that's what Chidi would do. That's what Chidi would do for me or for any of us.\\
'''Chidi:''' It's what I ''am'' doing.\\
'''Eleanor:''' I know.\\
'''Chidi:''' It's just you're talking about me like I'm not here or something and that just makes me feel weird.
** In "The Burrito", when trying to philosophically wrestle her way out of a moral dilemma, Eleanor asks herself "what would Franchise/{{Superman}} do", and "what would Music/{{Rihanna}}" do.
* ''Series/JaneTheVirgin'' parodies this with Magda's vaguely Slavic/Eastern European accent when she asks herself "What would real Petra do", which the [[FunWithSubtitles chyrons]] type out as "V.V.R.P.D."[[note]]"[[FunetikAksent Vat Vould Real Petra Do]]"[[/note]].


* According to Music/MitchBenn:
-->If you got a problem,\\
And you don't know where to turn,\\
And nobody's advice is helping you,\\
Don't run round like a chicken,\\
Don't fall into despair,\\
Just ask yourself:\\
What would [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]] do?
* TheAxisOfAwesome wrote a song called "What Would Jesus Do?" making fun of this trope - it points out that most people CAN'T do whatever it is that Jesus would do.

* In addition to the semi-serious "What would Harry do?", ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' also has, "What would Zac Efron say at a time like this?"
-->"[[Film/HighSchoolMusical We're aaaaaaall in thiiiiiiis]] [[ThePowerOfFriendship tooooooogether!]]"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', if you're in a clan with a "Mr. Klaw" crane game in their clan hall, you can win a "What Would [[BigBad The Naughty Sorceress]] Do?" bracelet, along with similar bracelets for the three patron heroes of [=KoL=]: "What Would [[BoisterousBruiser Boris]] Do?", "What Would [[LoveableRogue Sneaky Pete]] Do?", and "What Would [[SquishyWizard Jarlsberg]] Do?"
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' pulls this off in The Passing when Ellis is nervous about meeting Zoey again later on. Rochelle tries to be helpful but since she forgets Ellis goes on a long winded conversation anytime he mentions Keith, it wouldn't end well if Coach hadn't stepped in:
-->'''Rochelle:''' Ask yourself, what would Keith do?\\
'''Ellis:''' Oh! That reminds me of the time Keith--\\
'''Coach:''' Girl, what are you doing?\\
'''Rochelle:''' I-I wasn't thinking!\\
'''Coach:''' ''[sigh]'' Look. Let your guard down for a minute and we all pay the price.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "A Dumpy Tale", Coach Z tries to insert characters called "The Dancing Brothers" into Strong Sad's story unsuccessfully. Later, when he (falsely) believes he's killed Strong Sad, he starts to panic and wonders what the Dancing Brothers would do. After thinking for a moment, he does exactly what the Dancing Brothers would do: sing a cheerful song and dance away from the scene.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Durkon is left to reflect "What would Thor do?" when alone and energy-drained. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0073.html What Thor would do]] isn't generally applicable to mortals. In the coloring book Rich put out, one of the answers to the puzzles is Thor's answer: [[spoiler:I don't know what I would do either.]]
** Also, when [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Elan's]] in a tight spot, he sometimes asks himself, "What Would [[TheHero Roy]] Do?". [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0388.html The first time this comes up]], it's PlayedForLaughs (of course), but [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0598.html later]] it's used more seriously; Elan has to be TheHero while Roy is [[spoiler:dead]], but he [[TheDitz doesn't have Roy's Wisdom]].
* Parodied in [[http://home.att.net/~miller.daniel.r/comic204.htm#title this]] episode of ''Webcomic/KidRadd''.
* In the webcomic ''WebComic/{{Marilith}}'', the eponymous assassin's favorite tee shirt has the slogan W.W.C.Y.F.D, or "What Would Chow Yun Fat Do?". It's often hard to read, being distorted by her [[{{Fanservice}} giant breasts]].
* Dr. [=McNinja=] of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' regularly asks "What Would Batman Do?"
* A recurring joke in one ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' storyline has various characters asking "[[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090404.html What]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090411.html Would]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090418.html Schlock]] [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090425.html Do]][[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20090722.html ?]]". And the final payoff (probably), [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2010-11-10 here]].
* The webcomic ''WebComic/NothingNiceToSay'' parodied the obsession HardcorePunk fans have with Henry Rollins with a t-shirt saying "What would Henry Rollins do?".
* In ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'', Rayne's secondary question in these situations is "What would Zombie Hitler do?". You don't want to know about the first.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1115.html Daryl asks himself what Doc would do]] when on the field. However, given Daryl isn't a rather large polar bear who runs a paintball shop, the possible answers don't do him much good.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'':
-->'''Reginald:''' How long has ''this'' been in the fridge? Should I eat it? I wonder what Beartato would say.\\
'''[[ImagineSpot Imaginary Beartato holding a gun:]]''' Give me the diamonds!\\
'''Reginald:''' ''''NEVER''''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The scabrous and comically macho celebrity news site [[http://wwtdd.com/ What Would Tyler Durden Do?]]
* WTFWSLJDMF, or What Would Creator/SamuelLJackson Do?
* There's a Website/LiveJournal user icon that asks [[Franchise/StarWars WWR2D2D?]]
* [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/162515.html This]]. Probably not ''meant'' to be hilarious, but it [[HoYay so]] [[AttractiveBentGender is]].
* The Daily Victim gives us [[http://archive.gamespy.com/dailyvictim/index.asp?id=331 What would Solid Snake do?]]
* Appears adorably in ''WebVideo/{{Awkward}}'':
--> '''Lester:''' When times get tough and I don't know what to do, I think to myself... what would [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Link]] do?
* ''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon'''s merch includes "[[http://joshreads.com/?p=4528 What Would Margo Do?]]" wristbands.
* [[http://roodiedoodie.wordpress.com/2008/11/06/ninjas-wwcd/ What Would Chuck Do?]] (it's rather obvious)
* Fred "Slacktivist" Clark's ''Literature/LeftBehind'' takedowns is built around a similar construction applied to the character of Rayford Steele. Given that Captain Steele can most politely be described as a {{Jerkass}}, the advice he gives is, of course, [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2013/08/09/nra-what-would-rayford-do-do-the-opposite/ "What Would Rayford Do? (Do the opposite)"]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* What would [[ScoobyDoo Scooby do]]?
* In the "Jesus vs Santa" short, the prototype of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the children ask "What would Brian Boitano do?" and fail to come up with an answer. In the WesternAnimation/SouthPark feature film, they [[MythologyGag sing a song about the subject]], listing the feats of Brian Boitano, which lie on the absurd level of a MemeticBadass.
** Speaking of Brian Boitano, he now has a show on Food Network called "What Would Brian Boitano Make?". It's exactly what it says on the tin.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer is fleeing a duel with a southern colonel. He wonders "What would Zorro do?" and pictures the swashbuckler [[CombatPragmatist being shot by the colonel]] a la Franchise/IndianaJones. Cue Homer's anguished cry, "Zorro!!!"
** In "Barting Over", Homer had a bracelet that said "WWJD", but when Lisa told him what it meant, Homer complained he thought it meant "What Would [[Literature/{{Pinocchio}} Geppetto]] Do?".
** Rod and Todd's film choices are influenced by the [[MoralGuardians church movie guide]] "What Would Jesus View?"
** In "Dumbbell Indemnity", Homer imagines what Marge would say about getting involved with Moe's car insurance scam:
--->'''Marge:''' Homer, I ''insist'' you steal that car!
*** In another episode, Moe tries to convince Homer to give him money. Homer imagines what Marge would say, giving us an ImagineSpot of Moe ''dressed as'' Marge, encouraging him to give Moe the money. Then the real Marge enters the bubble and asks what's going on, causing Marge-Moe to hurriedly pull the bubble closed.
** In "Wedding For Disaster", when the top church minister comes to Springfield, Moe sells buttons and other trinkets with suggestive, (sac)religious messages like "Who Would Jesus Do". Yeah, he's uncouth like that.
** In "Hungry Hungry Homer", when Homer exposes the Springfield Isotopes' owner's plot to move the team out of Springfield, the owner sics Duffman on him. Homer tells Duffman that this is his chance to do the right thing and fight for the little guys. Duffman feels conflicted and asks himself "What would Jesus do?" A second later Duffman beats the crap out of the Isotopes' owner.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': When Zuko wonders what his uncle [[CoolOldGuy Iroh]] would do, it results in an IceCreamKoan even he can't figure out. He also once wondered what his sister, [[MagnificentBastard Azula]], would do, apparently just to be contrary with himself. ''Her'' methods probably would have gotten him blown off a cliff.
* Lucky from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', an avid nature show watcher, has a simple philosophy: "What Would a Monkey Do?"
** From another episode, where Luanne takes up boxing:
-->'''Peggy:''' She's not gonna show tonight. She asked herself, "what would Jesus do if he were a lady boxer?" The answer: not show.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', when they find the trailer of ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist 2: Crucify This'' (a mix of Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist and Film/RushHour) in the house of Mel Gibson, we see that Jesus' car license plate is WWID ([[spoiler: [[DontExplainTheJoke What Would I Do]]]]).
** Given the potential mashup with another well known parody, it could just as easily be [[spoiler:What Would I Drive]].
* Omi's advice in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': asking people to think at what he'd do.
* In "Call of the Primitives", an episode of the original ''{{Transformers}}'' cartoon, famed Autobot Sky Lynx once said, "Now remember, before you do anything, think, 'Is this what Sky Lynx would do in my position?', and you will not go far wrong." Sound advice.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has Donnie infiltrating a Kraang base while separated from the others. At one point he gets past a door by using one of the Kraang's robot bodies on a scanner. The others eventually come to the same door with the robot body still there and they ask themselves "What would Donnie do?" Cut to them using the body as a battering ram instead. When that fails to work, Mikey cries out "Donnie's idea was terrible!"

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Chinese Cookie asks WWCS? or What would Creator/{{Confucius}} say?
* A joke: A man walks into a store selling WWJD hats for $30. He asks what WWJD stands for, and is told it means "What Would Jesus Do?" To which he answers, "Well, he certainly wouldn't have paid $30 for that hat!"
* [[http://shop.cafepress.com/design/21532319 What Would]] [[Manga/DeathNote Kira]] Do?
* There was a fairly thriving Browncoat fandom thing of having bracelets which said 'WWMRD' or, 'What would Malcolm Reynolds Do' (be awesome, and shoot people mostly)
** Fans at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7iE2_Vdxng Dragon-Con]] loved it when Jewel Staite gave that advice to Nathan Fillion.
* WWJD: Who wants Jack Daniels?
* If anyone ever asks you 'What would Jesus do?' remind them that [[http://biblehub.com/john/2-15.htm flipping over tables and chasing people with a whip]] is [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer within the realm of possibility]].
* At a condominium management meeting when one unit owner was droning on and on about a trivial issue of no importance to anybody but himself, the Association President leaned back in his seat and asked the ceiling "What Would [[Manga/BlackLagoon Revy]] Do?"
* An American Civil War general noted that his fellow officers were always discussing what would Napoleon do. The enemy, having never read Napoleon, would inevitably spoil their plans.