Trope Namer is Real Life
. Obviously. note
Fun fact: "Hello" (or "hullo") used to be an expression of surprise or questioning (as in "Hullo, what's this?") until around the turn of the 20th century
when it became the standard expression for answering the telephone. The modern use and spelling was "invented" by Thomas Edison; the first use of it with modern spelling was as a greeting in a letter from him to Alexander Graham Bell in 1887. note
(This would have been the rather nautical "Ahoy-hoy!" if Graham Bell had his way. Mr. Burns
would approve.) From there it went on to become the catch-all greeting it is today. In French, "Bonjour"note
. In Japan, they say "Konnichiwa" or (on the phone) "Moshi moshi" (which has a similar quirky origin story
). However, lots of countries do include some variant of "Hello" or "Allo" even if only for answering the phone. Interestingly, the German "Hallo" is still also used to express surprise or disbelief, but it's probably more likely in Austria than in Germany. The standard Spanish greeting, "Hola" (which comes from French via Old German, so it shares an origin with the English word "Hello") is also used to express surprise or disbelief (usually with a tinge of exasperation) when formulated as a question ("¿Hola?")
Related tropes include Crash-Into Hello
, Hello, Nurse!
, Hello, Sailor!
, Stealth Hi/Bye
, Click Hello
, Twang Hello
, Attack Hello
, Incoming Ham
, Doctor Doctor Doctor
, and numerous others.
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Anime & Manga
- Inverted by Superman foe Bizarro, who is the reverse Superman, and thus does everything backwards, greeting Superman with a hearty "Goodbye, Superman" and usually leaving with a "Hello".
- Used in The Princess Bride:
- In Day of the Dead, the group regularly fly out on a helicopter, set down and shout HELLO through a megaphone. Seems to be their whole search method for survivors. That and calling on the radio, but the ones they have are in poor condition and don't have the range.
- In 28 Days Later Jim wandered through the deserted London shouting hello and would say it whenever he entered a building, searching for survivors. It became his catchphrase as this situation became more apparent and his naiveté began to evaporate, fast. At the end of the film the word 'hello' is incorporated into their signal to the outside world, spelled out on the grass on an idyllic Ghibli Hill, and (implicitly) is what caught the notice of their rescuers.
- In 2009's Star Trek, after the USS Kelvin is overpowered and nearly destroyed by the mysterious black ship, Ayel hails them, calmly beginning the message with, "Hello..."
- Don't forget old Obi-Wan's "Hello there..." in A New Hope towards R2-D2. He did it before when he confronts General Grievous
- Tony Montana: "Say hello to my little friend!"
- The fact that "hello" can turn into "hell" crops up:
- Motel Hell is a comedy horror movie centering around Motel Hello, which has a faulty neon letter.
- In Batman Returns, Catwoman smashes her "Hello There" sign, removing the 'o' and 'T'.
- See: THEATRE below...
- "Hello. Do you have any idea, how I got here? Did you save me? Do, do you speak any English?"
- Played for Laughs in Monsters, Inc.:
- The memorable "Hello, Clarice" from The Silence of the Lambs.
- In Slaughterhouse-Five, the standard greeting among Tralfamdorians, who see all of time at once and as unchangeable, is "Goodbye. Hello. Goodbye. Hello."
- Another example from weird science fiction: In Philip K. Dick's Counter-Clock World, time is running backwards, so people say "Goodbye" when they meet and "Hello" when they part. This becomes sad and poignant when the protagonist gets a call from his wife, telling him she's leaving him. She ends the conversation by saying "Hello."
- Lord of the Rings: The standard Orcish greeting is "Ashdautas Vrasubatlat" — "Someday I will kill you", the usual reply is "Nar Udautas" — "Not today".
Live Action TV
- The Three Stooges would answer the phone as if they were a barbershop quartet.
- "Hello, Newman." "Hellooooo... Jerry."
- On a certain episode of Seinfeld entitled "The Voice", the titular character mocks his girlfriend's nighttime stomach gurgling with a loud, booming voice, bellowing "HELLOOOOO...la la laaaa"
- According to Look Around You's "Maths" episode, the numeral 3 equals "hello" in the "language of numbers." Also, on the show's periodic table, "Hello" (atomic symbol "Hi") can be found in place of selenium.
- In Doctor Who, after the Doctor recently regenerates into his eleventh incarnation, he drives away invading Atraxi with the following words in "The Eleventh Hour", after they discover that his previous incarnations are responsible for the defeat of hundreds of past Earth invaders.
- The Glee episode "Hell-O" covers this trope quite well. It even features several of the songs listed below and a reference to the origin of the term as described above.
- It also parodied the standard "hello" greeting used on the phone:
For example, what do you guys say when you pick up the phone?
"No, she's dead, this is her son."
- In an episode of Modern Family Cameron says that unlike his partner Mitchell who had to convince his parents that he was gay, his mother knew he was the minute he came out of the womb saying "He-lllllllooooo!"
- Allo, Allo, zis is Nighthawk...
- Tommy Cockles's catchphrase on The Fast Show. Unfortunate when he was cast as 'Third Nazi' (a "role I made my own incidentally") in a wartime propaganda film: First Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Second Nazi: "Sieg heil!" Third Nazi: "Hello there!"
- HELLO!! ...WHAT?? ...NAH, I'M JUST EXPLAINING THAT THIS TROPE WAS USED BY THE "ANNOYING PHONE GUY" IN Trigger Happy TV. ...NAH, IT'S RUBBISH. CIAO!!!
- Arrested Development had Annyong. Which becomes even funnier when in the last episode we learn his real name is Hel-loh.
- Top Gear: Only James May could make this one word the funniest thing ever. Especially when addressing a pretty woman in front of his co-presenters. note
- They covered the origin story of the word in one episode of QI, in which Stephen Fry was mocked for still using it in the surprised sense of "Hello, what's this?"
Alan: Stephen, what was the last thing that made you go "Hello?"
Stephen: It was a genital wart.
- "Hello, Dexter Morgan."
- Rimmer in Red Dwarf has a ... complex theory about how aliens might say this.
(referring to Lister and the Cat and their broken feet) 'It hurts like HELL, right? And it's beLOW the knees. They did it twice—TO. And (the recently completed) jigsaw must mean "you". "Hello to you"!'
- The final challenge of the 21st season of the U.S. version of The Amazing Race was for the racers to identify the phrases for hello and goodbye used by the Pit Stop greeters at each country they visited. They all took a long time because this was the one thing they didn't pay attention to.
- Every short from Drunk History begins with the narrator visibly gathering their alcohol-addled wits, focusing on the camera and intoning, "Hello."
- Hello, is there anybody in there? (Just nod if you can hear me...)
- Marc Almond's "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye."
- Eric Clapton's "Hello Old Friend."
- "Hello, Ma Baby," the ragtime telephone song. Most people nowadays know this as the song of a dancing frog and/or a ChestBurster.
- "Hello Goodbye"
- Hello, Darkness, my old friend.
- Both The Doors and Roger Waters had songs called, "Hello, I Love You."
- Waters is also co-writer of "Comfortably Numb", referenced atop this page.
- "Hello, is it me you're looking for?"
- Hello, it's me. I've thought about us for a long, long time.
- Hello! HOORAY!
- Hello, hello, hello, how low?
- How the Public Image Ltd. song "Public Image" begins, with the echoing "Hello, Hello, Hello hello, Hello, Hello, ha ha ha!"
- Hello, hello (HOLA!) I'm at a place called Vertigo!
- Hello? Helloooo? Is anybody out there? HELLLOOOO!?!
- [Cough] Should be noted that's a soundclip from Day of the Dead at the beginning of "M1 A1". Then the actual music proper kicks in. It's scary first, and then unmitigated awesome.
- Hello there, ladies and gentlemen/Hello there, ladies and gents / Are you ready to rock?/Are you ready or not?
- "Hello Darkness...Hello Sunshine...Hello Not-at-all...Hello All-the-time...Hello Nowhere...Hello Oblivion, Hello Goodbye..."
- From the same song: "Hello end of the world! How are you? I'm fine."
- Hello, hello, baby, you called, I can't hear a thing. I have got no service in the club, you see.
- Hello, how are you? Let me explain one thing... (From "Master Passion Greed")
- Hello, I'm still here...
- Hello, I love you, won't you tell me your name?
- Helloooooo, I love you... Is there anybody in there?
- Hello, how are you? How have you been?
- Hello, how are you lately? If you're ok, that's fine.
- Ferry Corsten's Passport United States of America mix features a track called "Hello (Original Mix)" by Poison Pro. Appropriately enough, it's the first track on the mix.
- "Hello, Dad. Hello, Mom. I'm a Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-CHERRY BOMB!"
- 'Hello, again, hello. Just called to say "Hello".' —Neil Diamond, 'Hello Again'
- "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash".
- Also, "MY NAME IS SUE! HOW DO YOU DO?! NOW YER GOINNA DIE!!!"
- "Hello" by Australian group The Potbelleez.
- Devo's album "Oh No! It's Devo" begins with a simple sequencer line, then: "Hello...this is...Devo." Then "Time Out for Fun" starts.
- "I just came to say hello." Martin Solveig & Dragonette
- "Hello./It's me again./Plain to see again./Please, can I see you every day?"
- "Hello, you fool, I love you. Come on, join the joyriiiiiiiiide..."
- "Hello again, friend of a friend, I knew you when our common goal was waitining for the world to end."
- Sometimes averted by Laura Marling, sometimes played straight... she introduces herself a lot of the time (even at concerts) by saying either "Hi, I'm Laura," or "Hello, my name's Laura."
- "Hello. How are you? Have you been alright? Through all those lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely nights..."
- "Hello, hello!"
- The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" starts, "Hellooo, baby!"
- "Now here she comes walkin look like uh zoo Hello Moon Hello Moon Hi Ella Hi Ella Guru"
- "Hello Brooklyn"
- "Hello, Vienna calling."
- "Hi my name is what/My name is who/My name is (chicka-chicka) Slim Shady."
- "Hello Radio"
- "Hello operator/Can you get me number 9?/Can I see you later?/Will you give me back my dime?"
- The famous "Hi there!" at the top of Peter Gabriel's "Big Time", actually spoken by guest drummer Stewart Copeland.
- The ever-popular "Hello, World!" program, often considered a newbie's introduction to serious scripting.
- Virgin Mobile cell phones, whenever you turn them on, print to the screen, 'Hello' in a style appropriate to the phone before showing the Virgin Mobile logo, from the same font as they have on their website on higher-end Android phones, to Impact-Bold all-caps display on their low-end Kyocera Jax model.
- When the LG Aloha starts up, it doesn't say HELLO; it says ALOHA.
- Some CD and DVD players display "Hello" or "hEllO" on their displays when powered on.
- Catch Phrase of Clyde Gilmour, late host of the CBC classical radio show Gilmour's Albums - a warm, avuncular "Hello!" at the beginning of each broadcast. A parody show portrayed him singing The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye."
- Dead Ringers: "HELLO! I'M BRIAN BLESSED! WITH AN APPEAL! ON BEHALF! OF THE DEAF!!!"
- Avatar: The Last Airbender "Hello. Zuko here."
- Dragon Tales has a Dragon Tune song called "Hello" encouraging viewers to "Get up off your feet and to everyone you meet say hello, hello, hello!"
- When Eddy reluctantly lets Cloudcuckoolander Ed advertise En-O-Gee drinks in Ed, Edd n Eddy, the following occurs:
Eddy: (under his breath, telling Ed what he's supposed to say) Ladies and gentlemen...
Eddy: ...come buy a delicious...
Ed: COME BUY A DECIDUOUS... uh...
Eddy: ...En-O-Gee Drink.
- In a later episode of Ed, Edd n Eddy Rolf is showing off with a soccer ball while repeatedly saying, "Hello, goodbye."
- Elmer Fudd says 'Hewwo' in a few Looney Tunes cartoons.
- In the 1937 Merrie Melodies cartoon Little Red Walking Hood, the Wolf, in an attempt to gather the attention of Red Riding Hood behind him, pulls the "Automatic Wink" button on his car he's driving, turning the license plate that says "07734" upside down so that it says "hELL0".
- Megamind: "Ollo?"
- One Froggy Evening Cartoon: "Hello my baby, hello my honey, hello my ragtime gal..."
- The Simpsons
- Homer Simpson pronounces it "Y'ello". On one episode set in France, he answers the phone "Ye-bonjour".
- Truth in Television. "Y'ello" is a common phone greeting. It's a contraction of "Yes?" and "Hello", the 2 most common phone greetings.
- As mentioned above, Mr. Burns uses the more antiquated "Ahoy-hoy".
- "HELLO, ST LOUIS!"
- In South Park, Chef's Catch Phrase is is a jolly "Hello there, children!"
- Team America: World Police: Kim Jong-Il would like to say "Herro."
- "Hello, everypony. Did I miss anything?"
- Governor Kevin in Teamo Supremo. "H'yello, you got yer guv."
- Real Life Aversion: there are actually people out there who shun the word "Hello" because of the "Hell" part, and say "Heaveno" instead.
- Some alternative alternatives:
- Hey and Hey Hey! (not to be confused with "Hey, hey, hey!".)
- Hey There
- (People who think they are important) Yes?
- And many more...
- Pun: Hell-low. Yeah, it's lame.
- Used in the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit, to represent moral decadance. "How low" is substituted in in some verses.
- Averted in Italian, where people say "Pronto!" ("Ready!") at the telephone.
- A number of languages have special greetings just for the phone.
- Mexicans say "Bueno", which was used in the early years of phone to signal that the connection was good.
- The rest of Spanish-speaking South America says "Aló".
- That's not true, in Argentina we say Hola, or "Buenos Días/Tardes/Noches", or alternativatelly, "¿Qué contás?"(What can you tell?).
- And in Spain, if the speaker doesn't know who's on the other line, they often say "Díme" or "Dígame" literally "tell me" or "say it to me."
- The Japanese seem to use "moshi moshi" exclusively for telephones.
- The Chinese say "喂(weí)?" on the phone.
- While in Poland "Halo" is an acceptable way of answering a phone, "Słucham" (meaning "I listen") is much more common.
- German speakers sometimes say "Tag!", which translates to "day". The reason for this is that it's short for "Guten Tag!" which means "Good day!"
- "Hello" is sometimes used by Germans to mean "Duh!" (semantically equivalent to knocking on someone's head and saying "Is there anybody in here?")
- Then again, Americans and British do that, too.
- However in Germany most people answer their phone with their last name to tell people which family they have reached.
- Live in Scotland? The typical greeting to someone you consider a best friend might be "Awrite bawbag?!" note