Acquainted with Emergency Services

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Not the best way to be remembered.

Arnold: (to Chocolate Boy) Go to the fire station, tell them we're stuck in a tree, and we need help getting down.
Eugene: Tell them Eugene sent you. They know me. They rescued me many times before.
Hey Arnold!, Season 5, "Stuck in a Tree"

A character that usually causes a lot of trouble, on purpose or accidentally, to themselves or others, will always get the attention of Emergency Services (ex. police, firefighters, paramedics, etc.). When they arrive to the scene and they see who caused it or if they get a call from the character, they might respond with a deadpan "What did you do this time?".

That's because the character has a reputation of causing trouble too many times to the point that the emergency workers knows who they are and are very familiar with their actions. They will usually have a Unusually Uninteresting Sight or Oh, No... Not Again! reaction or have a Casual Danger Dialog when they see the character again. They might casually greet each other by saying their names as if they're friends or if they're already friends, usually with a First-Name Basis. It's likely they might already know each other from a previous Noodle Incident they caused. This could also happen in the case of an individual who's a hypochondriac. They might also have an Instant Emergency Response if it constantly happens in the same area.

They don't necessary have to be emergency workers; they can also be doctors, nurses, security guards, judges, lawyers, or any profession where they are required to rescue, help, and/or punish people when they are in trouble or causing trouble.

This is very much Truth in Television, as members of emergency services will remember you really fast if you are in contact with them regularly, like as petty criminal, dialysis patient, etc.

This can also be used as a comedy gag, where a character will reveal how often they get visited by them or how often they contact them.

This may apply to a character who is a Bungling Inventor, The Chew Toy, Delinquents, The Jinx, The Klutz, Lethally Stupid, Too Dumb to Live, or a Walking Disaster Area.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga  
  • A Certain Magical Index: Touma is very well acquainted with the hospital staff in Academy City, given he usually ends up there after fights with espers or magicians. In particular, the "Frog-Faced Doctor" gets to know him pretty well. On at least one occasion Touma showed up at the hospital despite not being badly hurt in the incident just to say hi to the staff and brag that he didn't get hurt this time.

     Comic Books 
  • In Gaston Lagaffe, the firefighters are so used to Gaston's explosive experiments, floods, and noxious gasses they try to beat their own records for time taken to get to his office building. One strip has Fantasio calling them and saying "the usual address".
  • In Zbeng, the personal background book for Asher and Josepha has a document from a hospital about Asher being a model patient in the stomach pumping section - Josepha is a Lethal Chef, and the guy loves her too much to say "no" when offered her cooking.

    Comic Strips 
  • In one Baby Blues comic, Wanda and Darryl are rushing Zoe to the doctor after thinking she may have swallowed a battery. Wanda mentions how they were there just last week after Darryl stepped on Zoe's hand and says that if this continues, the staff will know them by name. Darryl dismisses this, but the next panel (focusing on the staff) shows she was right.
  • Crankshaft tends to go haywire with accelerant during barbecue season. As a result, the town's fire department has learned to check on him as soon as the spring weather turns nice.

     Film - Live-Action 
  • In Dirty Grandpa, the local drug dealer and surf shop owner Pam has a very buddy-buddy relationship with the police implying that he's had a great number of encounters with them. They imprison him for selling coke but let him go because he needs to open up his store even allowing him to take the drugs they confiscated with him.
  • John Wick: Befitting John's legendary status in the underworld, when the police roll up due to a "noise complaint" (caused by John dispatching a dozen assassins sent to ambush him), John is cordial to the police officer whom he's on a first-name basis with and in return, the officer knows enough not to bother doing anything even though he can plainly see a dead body in John's home.

     Film - Animated 
  • Rise of the Guardians: Jack Frost has become acquainted with the yetis guarding Santa's workshop. Just after saying he's been trying to get inside for years, he says "Hey, Phil" to one guard, who gives him an "I'm watching you" gesture.
  • Treasure Planet: Implied. Jim Hawkins has apparently violated a particular law about hoverboarding often enough that, when the robotic constables who are bringing him home forget what number the law has attached to it, he is able to finish the number from memory.

     Literature  
  • In Harry Potter, the Hit Wizards (the Harry Potter equivalent of a SWAT team) have reserved beds at St. Mungo's hospital.
  • Honor Harrington:
    • Alluded in "Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington", when some of the ship's officers learn that Honor has had regular full-contact training bouts with one of the ship's Marine sergeants, their first reaction is to ask how well she's gotten to know the ship's medical officer.
    • In Honor Among Enemies, it's implied that Aubrey Wanderman's training in hand to hand combat with SMAJ Hallowell (the senior enlisted marine aboard the Wayfarer) and Horace Harkness has made Wanderman quite familiar with the ship's doctor, to the point where a later conversation involving Honor includes Wanderman saying in unison with Hallowell, at the end of the conversation, "this ship has a fine doctor!"

     Live Action TV 
  • Tim from Home Improvement. One episode has his son get injured. When Tim takes him to the hospital, it turns out he's on a first name basis with the staff (who are quite surprised to see him walk in under his own power). He even has his own coffee mug there. Naturally, he ends up suffering an injury while musing about how he's never been there without being hurt.
  • Malcolm in the Middle:
    • In one episode, Reese comes home pursued by the police. When his parents notice the sirens, Lois decides to start making coffee. Then Hal notes that the policeman is a guy called Hank, who only drinks decaffeinated coffee.
    • In one episode, Malcolm is taken to the hospital to treat a serious head injury; the hospital is already familiar with Malcolm and all his brothers, as they have a history with getting head injuries.

     Video Games 
  • In Grand Theft Auto V if Trevor is pursued by the police of Blane Country, they will call him out by name over speaker, implying that they already know him really well.
  • In The Sims 2 you can engage in relationships with policemen, firefighters or other emergency staff. You can befriend them, or even marry them and have them move in your household, making them a playable sim.
  • In inFAMOUS: Second Son Delsin calls the DUP hotline to phone in a tip about a 'bio-terrist' and trigger a shootout with the paramilitary unit in order to free the zone of its occupying force. Initially, the operator treats Delsin like any other citizen. With each additional call and shootout, the operator gets more upset and is quicker to recognize that Delsin is the caller. In the final call, the operator angrily calls Delsin by his formal name (Mr. Rowe!) and promises to send the full wrath of the DUP to his location.

     Webcomics 
  • In Chicken Wings, Legend In His Own Mind Chuck has become sufficiently infamous that in any situation where things have started to go pear-shaped, the first guess of whoever he calls up is that it's him. Again.
    Chuck: [Describes situation]
  • The Monday 7 December 1998 update of Mark Stanley's Freefall has Sam Starfall phone emergency services when the flatbed he's driving goes airborne from a rocket motor. Sam says only, "Uhm, hello?" yet the operator instantly recognizes the voice, and asks, "What have you done now, Sam?"
  • In The Whiteboard, Doc has the emergency services, National Guard, and window replacement guys on speed dial. Another comic showed that the fire department has a switchboard indicating what emergency he needs them for now (many of them explosions of some sort).
  • In Scalie Schoolie, Grizzelda tends to call the police for things she doesn't understand, like walking around puddles.
    Grizzelda: (on the phone) Hello, the police? It's me, Grizzelda. (beat) Yes, it happened again.

    Web Original 
  • What If?: One of the "Weird and Worrying Questions" from someone named Brittany is how many cats it would take to bring down an airliner by meowing at the right frequency. The illustration is Randall calling the FAA.
    Is there a "Brittany" on the no-fly list? ... Yes, with cats. That sounds like her. OK, just making sure you were aware.

     Western Animation 
  • In Family Guy, Season 3 "Lethal Weapons", while a naked Quagmire watches Lois chase away the New Yorkers on her lawn from his window, his window slams down shut on his penis. Unable to get the window up, Quagmire calls 911:
    Quagmire: Hello, 911? It's Quagmire. Yeah... Yeah, yeah, it's in a window this time.
  • In Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Season 2, "My So Called Wife", Mac, Bloo, Coco, Mr. Herriman, and several other people are thrown in jail for a night after a phony benefactor threw a fake gala in someone's mansion without permission and the owner has everyone arrested for trespassing. Everyone was released from jail in the morning leading to Bloo saying goodbye to the police officer.
    Mac: What a crazy night.
    Bloo: Eh. I had worse. (to a police officer) Good seeing you again, Charles. Say hi to the kids for me.
    Charles: Will do, Bloo.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • In Season 2 "Educating Grim", when Billy tries to race Grim and Mandy to school, he immediately runs into the school's front sign. Cue Nurse Penbroke walking outside hold first-aid kits looking annoyed. After Billy and Mandy leave school, Billy is already covered in bandages and walking with a crutch. When Nurse Penbroke happily waits outside for Billy, he tells her he's done for today and then she releases an exhausted sigh.
    Nurse Penbroke: Oh, Billy.
    Billy: (cheerfully) Hi, Nurse Penbroke. I can't feel my legs.
    • Grim has this relationship with the nursing staffs at the retirement homes when he comes for the elderly residents, as shown in Season 5 "Home of the Ancients".
    Gloria: Hi, Grim.
    Grim: S'up, Gloria.
    Gloria: Aw. Are you here for Mr. Silverman?
    Grim: No. That's next week.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Season 5, "Stuck in a Tree", when Arnold, Eugene, and Harold are stuck in a tree, they see Chocolate Boy and tell him to get help from the fire department. Eugene tells Chocolate Boy to mention him to the firefighters because they know him from previous rescues. Arnold has a "Why am I not surprised?" reaction to what Eugene said.
    Arnold: (to Chocolate Boy) Go to the fire station, tell them we're stuck in a tree, and we need help getting down.
    Eugene: Tell them Eugene sent you. They know me. They rescued me many times before.
  • In Milo Murphy's Law, because the titular character is Born Unlucky and a Walking Disaster Area, the firefighters and police know him to the point that he keeps a framed photograph of them in his room.
    • In "Rooting for the Enemy", it's revealed that his family, mainly Milo and his father, Martin, have their own hospital suite called the "Murphy Suite".
    • In "The Note", the government is fully aware of the Murphy's luck that they dubbed their neighborhood as "The Murphy Sector".
    • In "Worked Day", when Milo's class is having a career day, they meet Melissa's father, who's a firefighter, whose squad just put out a fire at a fish hatchery:
      Mr. Chase: Milo, you weren't here at the fish hatchery this morning, were you?
      Melissa: Dad!
      Mr. Chase: Ha! I kid!... But seriously, you weren't here, right?
      Milo: (cheerfully) Why Mr. Chase, I'm flattered! (suddenly deadpan, visibly irritated) But no.
  • In The Simpsons, the Simpson family, mainly Homer and Bart, are prone to this.
    • In Season 5, "Homer Goes to College", after Homer causes a meltdown in class when the professor asks him to demonstrate how a proton accelerator works. The clean-up crew arrives to stop the problem:
      Homer: (glowing green, gesturing over shoulder) In there, guys.
      Crew: Thanks, Homer.
    • In Season 12 "Worst Episode Ever", Bart makes a bet with Homer to eat spoonful of rotten baking soda which he agrees to:
      Lisa: (dialing Poison Control) I'll call Poison Control. (talking on the phone) Fran, it's me. Just a heads-up.
    • In Season 13, "The Parent Rap", the Simpsons go to court when Bart and Milhouse get in trouble for stealing Chief Wiggum's squad car. Judge Roy Snyder is shown to know Bart already pretty well when he is brought to court. Bart knows him pretty well too, since he knows that he will let him of the hook, since "boys will be boys".
      Marge: I love our court days. It's about the only thing we do as a family anymore.
      (the Simpsons walk past a bailiff)
      Lisa: (to the bailiff) Hey, Karie.
      Karie: Hey, Lisa.
  • When Carl calls 911 in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Rubberman", he's presented with a chain of different emergencies and sub-numbers to call. For the emergency of having a gerbil up your ass, the recording just asks "Richard" to call the hospital directly.

     Real Life 
  • No insurance agency on the planet will cover Jackie Chan, who had, for the longest time, insisted on performing all of his own acrobatic stunts in his movies.
  • This happens with Cuban immigrants attempting to get to America and Coast Guard crews attempting to stop them. After a few attempts, the immigrants get very good at recognizing individual cutters and know the crewmembers by name. There have been instances of Cubans successfully getting to the US and gaining legal residency under the "Wet Feet, Dry Feet" policy hanging out outside of Coast Guard stations to catch aforementioned crewmembers leaving base and let them know that they safely made it.
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