Dated humor trope. Simply put, a rather innocent member of a usually monstrous species walks into the room. Everyone screams, points, and shouts "Monster!" Said character, not realizing that they ''are'' the monster, goes "Where?! Where?!" while looking around for it. These days if it's used at all in serious works, the monster is more likely to be [[DeadpanSnarker snarking.]]

Related to AnswersToTheNameOfGod, TomatoInTheMirror, and {{Duck}}.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Brook, the living skeleton in ''Manga/OnePiece'', does this if he is described as a ghost.
* Done non-humorously by the awakened Ophelia in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the famous "Laughing Fish" story in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' #475, [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]] (and 3 armed thugs) walk into a patent office. The first reaction of the clerk is "Good Lord!" To which the Joker responds "Where?" and looks behind him. Then he realizes it was a figure of speech and asks the clerk if he said it because he loves him. WordOfGod says that, in the case of Englehart and Rogers' version of the Joker, he's really that crazy.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Played with when Calvin yells "Look! A tiger!" and Hobbes is startled, crying out, "A tiger?" before realising Hobbes himself is the tiger.
** Another strip has Calvin play a joke on Hobbes by warning him that a big, ugly, fuzzy, caterpillar (Hobbes' tail) is about to chomp on his bottom.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[ Fun With Flying]]'', an ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' fanfic, Principal Kelly moans that he's trapped in China with a gargantuan idiot. Said idiot, Fred Dukes of the Brotherhood, promptly looks around in confusion.
* A variant in ''[[Fanfic/AVoiceAmongTheStrangers A Stranger Among the Voices]]'': While trying to get help for Jessica (the human who just saved her from a chimera and been injured in the process), Dinky overhears Lily starting a panic among the town about the "Foal-Hunter" (a supposed monster who she and others had seen in a travelling sideshow). This just increases her fear for Jessica's safety, until Starlight has to explain to her that Jessica ''is'' the "Foal-Hunter".
* ''FanFic/TheGreatAlicornHunt'': Several weeks (or even months) after ascending, Rainbow Dash still looks around for somepony else when she's addressed as "Princess". The gryphon prince Ajax tells her he does the same thing whenever he hears "Your majesty".
* ''[[ Identity]]'', a ''Franchise/StarWars'' fanfic, plays with this in chapter 29 when Wedge Antilles, who had been talking to Han Solo before, calls out to Luke as he's getting out of his cockpit that "The hero of the Battle of Yavin is here". Luke looks around innocently and then jokingly asks, "Chewbacca?" Han, despite not expecting the "quick wit", still manages to be amused by the remark.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' and its sequels, Tiger, the cat who doesn't eat red meat, often is surprised by mice's reaction to him. "Cat!" "Where!?... oh, right."
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', when Pacha finds Kuzco, [[BalefulPolymorph who has been turned into a llama]] (but doesn't yet realize this), he thinks he's a normal llama, until Kuzco says, [[HatesBeingTouched "No touchy"]]:
-->'''Pacha:''' AHHHH! Demon llama!\\
'''Kuzco:''' Demon llama?! Where?! ''[looks around and finds himself face-to-face with Pacha's llama Misty]'' AHHHHH!\\
'''Misty:''' [[ReactiveContinuousScream AHHHHH!]]
* In ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'', after screams of "Wild animal!" at [[BearyFunny Baloo]], Baloo goes "Wild animal?!? Where?!?"

[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Long before Roberto Benigni acted his way to an Oscar in ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful'', he was an unwitting rape suspect in ''Le Monstre'', and one scene features him doing the "Where? Where?" as people are trying to run away from the rapist.
* Played with from time to time in ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts; whenever someone would refer to the three as 'gentlemen' all three of them would turn around and say "Who came in?"

* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' book ''Literature/TheMonsterAtTheEndOfThisBook'' has this as its basic premise.
* Done even less humorously by Creator/HPLovecraft in "The Outsider", as part of the TomatoInTheMirror.
* The wizards of the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series are so used to the Librarian's new form (an orangutan) that if someone were to mention an orangutan in the library they'd ask the Librarian if he'd seen it.
* The main character of ''Literature/NeverNever'', after walking into a restaurant and freaking out the patrons... starts sniffing his underarms, as if trying to figure out the problem. The tension eases considerably.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'':
** Played with/parodied:
--->''' Inspector Tiger:''' Allow me to introduce myself, I am Inspector Tiger.\\
'''All:''' [[SayMyName Tiger!?]]\\
'''Inspector Tiger:''': Where?! Where?!
** They then repeat the gag with Inspector Lookout, Chief Constable Fire, and Assistant Chief Constable Theresamanbehindyer. Naturally, [[LookBehindYou Theresamanbehindyer doesn't fall for it]].
** A similar case in "The Cycling Tour" when Mr. Pither is arrested by the Russian Military. As he's being led to a firing squad we hear his narration.
--->'''Pither:''' I started to perceive a line of gentlemen with rifles. They were looking in my direction. I looked around, but could not see the target.
* From Creator/MorecambeAndWise:
-->'''Des O'Connor:''' Gentlemen...\\
'''Eric:''' Where?
* There was an episode of ''Series/TheMunsters'' where the family was worried about Herman going for late-night walks in the park because of monster sightings there. Nobody in the family ever realized that the monster everyone else was reporting was Herman.
* Inverted in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' (which has no shortage of monsters) but in "Spin the Bottle" the entirely human Gunn introduces himself, where upon the person he's talking to looks around in alarm for the gun, shouting "Where?!"

* In the radio/TV quiz show ''Series/YouBetYourLife'', when the announcer introduced [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Groucho Marx]], Groucho would come out on stage and innocently exclaim, "Oh, that's ''me''!"
* The entire plot of the comedy/music show ''Stick A Geranium In Your Hat'' revolves around R.P. Weston and Bert Lee messing with an interviewer just trying to get a coherent answer out of them.
-->'''Interviewer:''' ''[exasperated]'' Gentlemen, gentlemen!\\
'''Weston & Lee:''' Where? Where?
* In ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', which is populated almost entirely with {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s...
-->''[Henry Crun hangs up a phone call which we only heard his side of]''\\
'''Minnie:''' Who was that on the phone, Henry?\\
'''Henry Crun:''' It was me, Minnie.\\
'''Minnie:''' Oh! I thought I recognized the voice.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Turned on its head in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Defiance'':
-->'''Vampire Hunter #1''': Monster!\\
'''Vampire Hunter #2''': Where?!\\
'''Raziel''': Here!
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has a rather hilarious example: one of the standard "enemy spotted" responses by [=NPCs=] is "Over here!", followed by "Where?!" a few seconds later. If there's no one around, said NPC will ''respond to themself''!
-->'''Paladin:''' Over here!... where?
* Hydreigon of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fame is well known for being doom and destruction incarnate, demolishing and devouring anything in it's way. The Hydreigon in ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'' is... nothing like that, being polite, well-spoken, and a tiny bit of a CloudCuckooLander.
-->'''Partner:''' So this is THE Hydreigon?! The violent monster that devours all with its three heads and that no-one can stop?!\\
'''Hydreigon:''' Eek! Where?! That's really scary!

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle'', Yin (a panda) calls a psychic hotline, and the seer screams at her to get out because there's a tiger in the house. Yin calmly (albeit with aching ears) informs the hysterical woman that Tiffany is her roommate.
* [[ This]] ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'' strip, except there's an even worse monster.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Slimer from ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' did this quite a few times.
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
** An episode has the dead ancestors of the cast of "US Acres". Someone shouted, "Ghost!" and Not-Wade does the "Where? Where?"
** Garfield does this when he's pretending to be a dog and someone refers to him as a cat. He does something similar in another episode where he's had an unwitting FreakyFridayFlip with Odie.
* Occurred in old episodes of ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost''.
* Franchise/ScoobyDoo does this a lot in its later incarnations. "Rog? Rere?"
* Adam West, [[AdamWesting playing himself]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' runs this joke several times.
-->'''Hollywood visitors:''' TV's Adam West!\\
'''Adam West:''' Where?! HAH! That never gets old!
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack''
-->'''Samurai Jack:''' Talking Demon Dogs!\\
'''[[FunnyAnimal Rothchild]]:''' Good heavens, where!?
* The classic ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' episode "Cowabunga Shredhead" has Shredder, thinking he's Michelangelo, walk into the Turtles' lair, resulting in this exchange:
-->'''Leonardo:''' It's Shredder!\\
'''Shredder:''' Where!? Where!?
* This gag happens with Bushroot in the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' ChristmasEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
-->'''Katara:''' Sokka, you have an elbow-leech!\\
'''Sokka:''' Where!? Where!?
-->'''Katara:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Where do you think?]]\\