When a character (usually female) is captured by the BigBad or seen in a suspicious place by other characters. Also used as a (bad) pickup line.

The traditional wording is "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?"


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8794482/18/Snake-Whisper Snake Whisper]]'', Harry spots a short thirteen-year-old trying to reach one of the higher bookshelves in a mildly-dodgy section of Flourish and Blotts.
-->'''Harry:''' So... how is it that a girl like you finds herself in this part of the shop?
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11993578/12/The-Truth-Shall-Set-You-Free The Truth Shall Set You Free]]'' Fred and George bring [=McGonagall=] to their joke shop.
-->'''Harry:''' What is a nice professor like you doing in a place like this?


[[folder: Film - Animation ]]

* Creator/HannaBarbera's animated musical version of ''WesternAnimation/AliceInWonderland'', produced in 1966, was subtitled ''What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?'' (Which was also the title of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyFSHggHZME one of the songs.]])
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Bruce the shark asks Dory and Marlin, "What's a couple of bites like you doing in a zone like this?"
* In Disney's ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'':
-->'''Bull #1:''' What are a couple of ladies like you...
-->'''Bull #2:''' Doing on a drive like this?
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'', the Joker asks a variation of this:
-->'''The Joker''' So, what's an old-timer like you want with a two-timer like me?


[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' has Ape's book on "human courtship rituals" (''Coffee, Tea or Me'', a real-life book about two lusty young fictional stewardesses) offer this pickup line: "What's a nice girl like you doing in a plane like this?"
* A short by Creator/MartinScorsese is titled "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?"
* Evie from ''Film/TheMummy1999'' gets the line mixed up while drunk. "I know what you're thinking. What is a place like me doing in a girl like this?" Rick responds, "Something like that."
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Following}}'':
-->'''The young man:''' So what's a nice girl like you-\\
'''The blonde:''' Doing in a place like this?\\
'''The young man:''' -doing with a bald old cunt like that?
* In the dressing-room scene of ''Film/AHardDaysNight'', the Fab Four are quipping up a storm. Not to be outdone, their assistant Shake says this to a blank-faced mannequin, which being inanimate doesn't respond. [[ChirpingCrickets Tumbleweed ensues]].
* Happens in ''Film/RocketshipXM'', the place [[StayInTheKitchen being a rocketship in outer space]].
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' puts a negative spin on this trope:
-->'''Rick:''' Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world - she drops into mine!
* ''Film/Deadpool2016'' just HAS to put a spin on it: "What's a nice place like you doing in a girl like this?"
* ''Dr Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine'' (1965). "What's a rotten girl like you doing in a nice place like this?"


[[folder: Jokes ]]

* Two fish meet in a stomach:
--> What's a plaice like you doing in a girl like this?
* The orthopedic surgeon, looking down at the cheerleader's trick knee:
--> What's a joint like you doing in a nice girl like this?


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Inverted in the Creator/RobertAHeinlein novel ''Literature/TheNumberOfTheBeast'', when a dissection of a dead female alien who had been posing as a male human leads to the discovery that her legs each had two knees, one bending forward and one bending backwards. Cue the quip, "What's a nice joint like you doing in a girl like this?"


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]", someone asks a female scientist "What's a girl like you doing in a job like this?" She's not impressed.
--> ''Well, when I was a little girl I thought I'd like to be a scientist, so I'' became ''a scientist.''
* In ''Series/ThePretender'' episode ''A Stand-Up Guy'', Jarod strikes up a conversation with a woman whose restaurant has become a gang hangout, and asks her in a joking tone what a nice girl like her is doing in a place like this.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' first-season episode "11001001", said by Riker to a hologram: "What's a knockout brunette like you doing in a computer-generated gin joint like this?"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In a flashback scene showing how Angel was sired by Darla. Posing as an aristocratic lady out for illicit adventure, she lures drunken hedonist Liam into an alley to give him a KissOfTheVampire.
-->'''Liam:''' So, I'd ask myself... What's a lady of your station doing alone in an alley with the reputation that this one has?
* Fi from ''Series/BurnNotice'' tends to get this whenever she visits a seedy bar or hangout. It never ends well for the guy asking.
* Inverted on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'':
--> "What's a girl like you doing in a nice place like this?"


[[folder: Magazines ]]

* Parodied in "Movie Dialogue We'd Like To Hear" from ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'':
-->"Ever since I came in here tonight, somethin's been puzzlin' me... what's a crummy girl like you doin' in a nice place like this?"
* According to a piece in ''New Scientist'''s "Feedback" page, a lecturer talking about prosthetics once showed a picture of two ice dancers, one of whom had a fully articulated artificial limb. And speculated that the other was saying "What's a joint like this doing in a nice girl like you?"


[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/BobDylan: "What's a sweetheart like you doing in a dump like this?"
* The Spanish band Burning references the line in the song "¿Qué Hace Una Chica Como Tú En Un Lugar Como Éste?"
* Music/FrankZappa ''loved'' this line and used it in at least five different songs.
* John Schneider's "What's A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)"
* Music/BarryManilow inverted it to ask "''What's a nice boy like me/Doing in a place that never closes?''" Later performed (as "Nice [[TheCoverChangesTheGender Girl]] Like Me") by Creator/SandyDuncan on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''.
* Music/MarilynManson inverted it proper: "''So what's a nice place like this doing 'round people like us?''" in "We Know Where You Fucking Live".


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In a cartoon by Swedish artist Beverloo:
-->Girl at party: What a nice girl like me is doing at a place like this? I'm a hooker, of course!
* A ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} comic had this exchange:
-->'''Garfield''': What's a girl like you doing in a place like this?
-->'''Arlene''': But this is a nice place.
-->'''Garfield''': Like I said... What's a girl like '''YOU''' doing in a place like '''THIS'''?


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* There was a musical revue in the 1970s called "What's a Nice Country Like You Doing in a State Like This?"
* ''Theatre/CityOfAngels'':
-->'''Stone''' (to Bobbi): "Let me take you away from all this," is that the routine? "What's a nice kid like you, et cetera?" What ''is'' a nice kid like you, et cetera?


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Upon linking up with the mole in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'''s [[TheVeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon Final Dungeon]]:
-->“What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”\\
“Uh heh… [[IAlwaysWantedToSayThat Waiting desperately]] for someone to use that pathetic line on me.”
* Guybrush says this to De Singe in ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal'': "So, how'd a dazzling urbanite like yourself wind up in a sleepy pirate island like Flotsam?"
* In ''Another Case Solved'' a certain stage of the "Perky Promotion" case is called "What's a Pretty Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?"


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Used in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', in the virus episode.
** In season 4 a mook tries to hit on [[DarkActionGirl Asajj Ventress]] like this.
* Dick Dastardly in the ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines'' episode "Fly-By-Knights" laments "What's a nice guy like me doing in a cooped-up outfit like this?"