->Who are you? / Who, who, who, who / I really wanna know...
->-- The Who, ''Who Are You?''

TheHero has burst into the scene, has saved the girl, and is holding the villain at [[CoolSword sword]][=/=][[CoolGuns gun]]-point. The villain (or maybe some other bystander), bewildered, demands "Who are you?" The hero usually responds with a BadassBoast, although a big monologue is not necessary. Sufficiently awesome heroes can get away with just their name, which is especially effective if it's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment the first time the audience is hearing it]], or [[MeaningfulRename the first time the character has referred to himself by that name.]] A common subversion is when the boast is [[NegatedMomentOfAwesome interrupted]]. If the hero's actions are especially amazing, the villain may demand, "WhatAreYou?" instead.

PrecisionFStrike is sometimes employed when asking the question. Can also overlap with WhoDares.

Not to be confused with the [[AwesomeMusic ridiculously awesome]] song by TheWho.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' when a {{Mook}} asks Sosuke who he is, he replies in a cool voice:
-->"I'm the garbage man."
* Inverted or...something in ''GurrenLagann''. The hot-blooded heroes were rarely actually asked, but often answered their opponents preemptively [[LargeHam and at great length]], always ending with the series' CatchPhrase / ArcWords, "JUST WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK WE ARE!?"
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'''s resident ActionMom, Izumi, gave this repsonse:
-->"Normally, I'd say 'just a housewife', but today, I feel like showing off: '''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner I'm an alchemist.]]'''"
** Her normal (utterly terrifying) response to 'what are you' ''was'' "a housewife." And it's true. She's HappilyMarried to a strong, silent-type meat butcher and is great with the local kids (though horrifyingly abusive toward her students)...and everything else in the series that isn't an EldritchAbomination finds reason to fear her.
** Tragically, she never ''will'' be an ActionMom. Or any other kind of mom. Except potentially adoptive, but she doesn't seem interested in that.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' villains were fond of this one. The hero who got this the most was Tuxedo Mask.
* In ''MachineRoboRevengeOfChronos'', any villains that has just been lectured by Rom Stoll will often demand to know who the hell Rom is for lecturing them like that, in which Rom's reply would be "YOU DON'T DESERVE TO KNOW MY NAME!" before Rom began kicking ass. This also extends to anyone in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' that got speeched by Rom... even an [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Angel]].
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The first issue of ''ComicBook/AllStarBatmanAndRobinTheBoyWonder'' included this [[MemeticMutation memetic]] exchange (which, [[StealthParody for better]] [[InternetBacklash or for worse]], effectively set the tone for the series as a whole):
-->'''Dick Grayson, [[RunningGag Age 12]]:''' Who the hell are you anyway, giving out orders like this?\\
'''Batman:''' What are you, ''dense''? Are you ''retarded'' or something? Who the hell do you ''think'' I am? I'm the Goddamn ''Batman''.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' has this exchange just after Kyon [[DynamicEntry arrivies]] to save Tsuruya and her bodyguard from a dozen {{Yakuza}}:
-->'''Yakuza Mook:''' You've bought yourself ten seconds, and a one-way ticket to a world of hurt, kid. Who the hell do you think you are?
-->'''Kyon:''' Today, I'm a defender of justice, and that girl's guardian. Cliche though it may sound ... from this point on if you want to get to her, or him, you go through ''me''.
* From FanFic/AGrowingAffection:
--> '''Ninja!Reaper''': It is over, ninja. Give me your name, that I may remember it.
--> '''Naruto''': My name is Naruto Uzumaki. And there's no way I'm going to die here. I'm going to be the next Hokage.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has this, aimed at Will Turner. It features a mild subversion, with Jack trying very hard to keep Will from answering, since it will [[KansasCityShuffle derail his plans]].
-->'''Barbossa:''' Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Jack:''' Nobody! He's nobody! [[HurricaneOfExcuses Distant cousin of my aunt's nephew, twice removed]]. Wonderful singing voice, though. ''[[RunningGag Eunuch]]''.
* ''Film/KickAss'' has this a couple times. First when Kick-Ass saves the guy outside the store, and the guy with the camera phone says it:
-->'''Bystander:''' Dude, who are you?\\
'''Dave:''' I'm ''Kick-Ass''.
* In ''{{Mulan}}'', Mushu heads over to the fireworks area during the final battle, and is asked by the guards there, "Who are you?" He responds, "Your worst nightmare," and they flee.
* ''Film/LawrenceofArabia'' uses this far too many times to count. Once even before the film transitions into the extended flashback that makes up the vast majority of it.
* From ''RamboIII'':
-->'''Zaysen:''' Who are you?\\
'''Rambo:''' Your worst nightmare.
** Batman uses the same line [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDP8zru0FPE here]].
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
-->'''Inigo:''' Who ''are'' you?\\
'''Man in Black:''' I am no one of consequence.\\
'''Inigo:''' I must know.\\
'''Man in Black:''' Get used to disappointment.\\
'''Inigo:''' ''(shrugs)'' Okay.
* From ''SgtKabukimanNYPD'':
-->'''Mook:''' Who are you?\\
'''Kabukiman:''' ''*AsideGlance*'' I'm Kabukiman.
* At the beginning of the first ''[[Film/TheNakedGun Naked Gun]]'' movie after beating up the various Arab leaders, Idi Amin and UsefulNotes/MikhailGorbachev:
-->"I'm Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Police Squad. and don't ever let me catch you guys in America. ''(Drebin then falls out the window)''
* From ''Film/{{Hook}}'' while Peter Pan is swordfighting a pirate mook:
-->'''Pirate:''' Hang on now, ain't you-
-->'''Pan:''' Peter Pan.
-->'''Pirate:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere AHHHHHHHHHH]]! ([[DestinationDefenestration jumps out the window]]).
* ''HighPlainsDrifter''.
* Rafiki does this with Simba in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' in a non-evil variation.
-->'''Simba:''' Creepy little monkey. Who are you?
-->'''Rafiki:''' The question is, who are you?
* Both the 1989 ''Batman'' and ''Film/BatmanBegins'' feature the classic Batman introduction:
-->'''Crook:''' What are you?!
-->'''Batman:''' I'm Batman.
* ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'' features perhaps one of the lengthiest and floweriest examples of this trope:
-->'''Monk:''' Who are you?
-->'''Jen Yu:''' [while menacingly unsheathing her sword] You want to know who I am? I am... I am the Invincible Sword Goddess, armed with the Green Destiny that knows no equal! Be you Li or Southern Crane, bow your head and ask for mercy! I am the dragon from the desert! Who comes from nowhere and leaves no trace! Today I fly over Eu-Mei. Tomorrow... I topple Mount Wudan!
* ''{{Film/The Wizard Of Oz}}'' has it
-->'''Oz''' I am Oz. The great and powerful. Who are you?
-->'''Dorothy''': I'm Dorothy, the small and meek.
* ''{{Hoodwinked}}!'' has a variant in the form of Red Puckett's reaction to seeing the Wolf [[PaperThinDisguise impersonating Granny]]:
-->'''Red Puckett:''' What? Who are you?
-->'''The Wolf:''' I'm your grandma.
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Your face looks really weird, granny.
-->'''The Wolf:''' I've been sick, I... uh... ''[puts his hands over his chest]''
-->'''Red Puckett:''' Your mouth doesn't move when you talk.
* [[VforVendetta V's]] EstablishingCharacterMoment involves lampshading the FridgeLogic in play:
-->'''Evey:''' Who are you?
-->'''V:''' Who? "Who" is merely a form following the function of "what," and ''what'' I am is a man in a mask.
-->'''Evey:''' I can see that.
-->'''V:''' Of course you can. I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man ''who'' he is.
* Said by Tai Lung in ''Film/{{Kung Fu Panda}}'' when Po interrupts him while he's choking the life out of Master Shifu when he doesn't divulge the location of the Dragon Scroll.
-->'''Tai Lung:''' Who are you?
-->'''Po:''' Buddy, I... am the Dragon Warrior! ''[bows over, panting over from climbing the stairs]''
-->'''Tai Lung:''' ''[incredulous]'' You? ([[EvilLaugh laughs]]). He's a panda! You're a panda! What are you gonna do, big guy? Sit on me?
-->'''Po:''' [[InsultBackfire Don't tempt me.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The final chapter of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' does this with Ragnar Danneskj÷ld, who only has to say his name to inspire fear.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' gets this question [[PhraseCatcher a lot]] (usually preceded with a [[JapanesePronouns rude pronoun]]) when he finishes his KirkSummation. The correct answer is, "Just a passing-through Kamen Rider. Remember that!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor is another frequent recipient. How he replies depends on his personality at the time.
** The Doctor also asks this of River Song several times, until he finds out in series 6.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Rex Matheson asks, "Who the hell are you people?!," before Gwen shoots down a hostile helicopter. Gwen nonchalantly answers, "Torchwood."
* Yelled by BillOReilly to StephenColbert during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QquTUR9nbC4 his interview]] in ''TheOReillyFactor''.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. In "Soul Purpose" Spike saves a couple from vampires.
-->'''Woman:''' Wait. Who are you?
-->'''Spike:''' (without turning to face them, hangs his head, then softly) I'm TheHero.
* One of the sets of ArcWords on ''Series/BabylonFive'', along with "[[DealWithTheDevil What Do You Want?]]" and "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion Why Are You Here?]]" In contrast to its typical usage, giving your name or title is highlighted as being the wrong answer to the question.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'', the episode "Center of the Storm"
-->'''The Client:''' Who are you?
-->'''Michael Westin:''' I'm Michael Westin, and I'm here to save you people.
-->'''Hitman:''' [=WHO=] ''[=ARE=]'' [=YOU=]?!
-->'''Michael Westin:''' ''*sigh*'' I'm Michael Westin, and I'm here to save these people.

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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Variant: [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]] would often act nonplussed when being addressed by someone he viewed as inconsequential (which was pretty much everybody), waiting until they were finished before asking them, "Who in the blue hell are ''you''?", then interrupting them after a couple of syllables with, "IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* WABC-TV Consumer Reporter Nina Pineda was asked this when she tried to get back money owed to a swindled customer. Her reply was "Channel 7!" This was included in a commericial for her, with Aretha Franklin's "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" as the soundtrack.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/StarFox64'':
-->'''Cornerian Boss:''' Who are you guys?\\
'''Fox:''' We're [=StarFox=]!\\
'''Cornerian Boss:''' [[{{Narm}} YOU'LL NEVER DEFEAT ANDROSS!!!!!!]]
* The end of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D'' (LA Meltdown), the defeated boss asks, "Who the hell are you?"
* From the ''[[VideoGame/WingCommander Privateer]]'' intro:
-->'''SpacePirate:''' Who are you that flies so good? Are you insane?!\\
'''[[PlayerCharacter Grayson Burrows]]:''': No, it's just got a load of cargo in the back, and a load of bills to pay at home.\\
'''Pirate:''' And I the same! You shouldn't kill me just for attacking you!\\
'''Burrows:''' I don't mind that you tried to kill me, but protecting myself against your kind gets to be expensive, and I'm on a budget! [missile to the pirate's face]
''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII]]'' features one when the heroes finally do battle with the BigBad: Vayne asks who Ashe is, an angel of vengeance or of mercy. Ashe replies that she comes as herself, and nothing more.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Zuko of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' gets such a scene after he defeats a group of thugs in his DayInTheLimelight:
-->'''Gao:''' Who... who are you?
-->'''Zuko:''' [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya My name is Zuko!]] Son of Ursa and Fire Lord Ozai! Prince of the Fire Nation and heir to the throne!
* DaffyDuck demands this of the unseen animator at the end of ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck''.
* Evil Lawyer Goodwill gets clocked by a chair at the end of 1938's ''The Case Of The Stuttering Pig.''
-->'''Porky and family:''' Who did that?
-->'''Unseen Man:''' Me!
-->'''Goodwill:''' Who are ''you''?
-->'''Unseen Man''': I'm da guy in the third row...ya big sourpuss!
* Megatron meets Optimus Prime this way in the time-travel episode "War Dawn" from ''TheTransformers''.
-->'''Optimus''': You've caused enough destruction for one day, Megatron!
-->'''Megatron''': I haven't even ''started''.
--> ''Megatron blasts Prime, but it glances off his armor.''
-->'''Megatron''': You! Who are you?!
-->'''Optimus''': Your worst nightmare!
--> ''Prime starts blowing away Megatron's army, single-handedly turning the tide.''
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', {{Superman}} asks this to {{Darkseid}} when the latter banishes his son Kalibak back to Apokolips. Darkseid blasts Superman with his [[EyeBeams Omega Beams]], [[KneelBeforeZod forcing him to kneel]], and answers "That is who I am."
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