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Are We There Yet?

Pit: Sooo... Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?!
Viridi: You know that saying, "There are no bad questions"? Well, there are, and this is one of them! WE ARE NOT THERE YET!!!

Stock Phrase in comedy, usually repeated ad nauseam, usually by children or childish characters, much to the annoyance of the other passengers. The stock response is a "We'll get there when we get there!" in an annoyed voice, or "Don't make me turn this car around!" when the driver is getting fed up.

Occasionally said when the character has fallen asleep and is being woken up. It still prompts exasperation because the character only needed to look about.

Goes without saying that this is Truth in Television. If the characters are instead waiting for something, but not actually going anywhere, the phrase may become "Is it time yet?! Is it time yet?!" or "How about now?"

Not to be confused with the film of the same name, later adapted for television.


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • A car advertisement in Brazil featured a man and a boy on a road trip. The boy kept asking the question's Brazilian equivalent "Já chegamos?" (Have we already arrived?) until they finally arrived. The boy threw a small tantrum when the answer was yes.
  • A British radio commercial for a product we can't recall has a kid asking this with growing impatience before a GPS device shuts him up by telling that the destination is still several hundred miles away. Of note, the kid has a very shrill voice, the commercial most commonly airs on mornings and a lot of people use radio alarm clocks. Do the math.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Natsu of Fairy Tail will often feebly asks "Are... we still... not... there... yet...?" whenever on any kind of transport, but in his case it's because he suffers from extreme motion sickness and can't wait to get out. He's once so out of it that he keeps asking even after they've arrived at destination.
  • Said by Sora in the manga adaptation of Kingdom Hearts II. Even a 15-year-old with a legendary key-shaped sword can't be patient with train rides that are over two hours long.

    Comic Books 
  • As the "big kid" of the team, you can count on Johnny for this in Fantastic Four. The first issue of Mark Waid's run, is just one example.
  • In Marvel Zombies 2, after the zombified heroes ate just about everything in the universe, they decide to go back to Earth to find a way to make more food to satisfy their endless hunger. Along their journey, Spider-Man starts asking "So are we there yet?" while everyone else says "No." He continues asking until they finally get there, much to everyone's annoyance.
  • During the "Civil War" tie-in issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man realises that Spidey is feeling really out of it when he doesn't take the opportunity to do this.
  • The Flash and Nightwing one-shot opens with Wally West asking this. Given Dick is driving a guy with Super Speed, it makes sense he'd bore easily.
  • The Smurfs did this first in the comic book story The Astro Smurf, when they were carting Astro Smurf and his spaceship to the inside of an inactive volcano, which became a constant running gag.
    Smurf #1: Is it really that much further, Papa Smurf?
    Papa Smurf: Not far now.
    Smurf #2: Is it really that much further, Papa Smurf?
    Papa Smurf: Not far now.
    Smurf #3: Is it really that much further, Papa Smurf?
    Papa Smurf: YES, IT IS!!!
  • Issue 26 of The Ren & Stimpy Show comic book had a story with this title in which Ren has to drive Stimpy and Sven to Six Flags Over Jello.
  • Not in the Batman: Arkham series itself, but the prequel comics for each installment, one of which is also shown as the trope picture, has The Joker saying this to one of the characters, presumably to annoy them. The first prequel comic, detailing the events leading up to Batman: Arkham Asylum, he says it to Batman as he's driving him back to Arkham Asylum. Batman answers by punching him in the face without taking his eyes off the wheel. The second prequel comic, detailing the events of Batman: Arkham City, has him saying this to the security guard pushing his wheelchair, although the guard takes it in stride, most likely because he and his friends are planning to torture the Joker as revenge for the amount of people he killed during the takeover.

    Comic Strips 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin always does this before the camping trips from Hell.
  • Likewise in FoxTrot, though when they do arrive the kids immediately switch to asking, "Can we go home yet?"
  • In Prickly City, Carmen is following Kevin through the tunnel he's digging and finally asks this. Kevin asks whether it's Family Circus and threats to turn the tunnel around.

    Fan Works 
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged
    • Vegeta is constantly annoyed when Nappa does this routine (for an entire year) on their way to Earth. Then, when they finally reach Earth and begin waiting for Goku... "Is he here yet? Is he here yet? Is he here yet?"
    • The outtakes for the series contain two separate unused examples which play with an increasingly intense build-up of "are we there yet" and "no":
      (...)
      Nappa: Are we there yet?
      Vegeta: NO! SHUT THE FUCK UP, NAPPA!
      Nappa: Kay.
      (beat)
      Nappa: Hey, Vegeta?
      Vegeta: What?
      Nappa: Are we there yet?

      (...)
      Nappa: Are we there yet?
      Vegeta: No! NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
      (beat)
      Vegeta: (suddenly calm) No, Nappa, we are not there yet.
  • Fanfic example: this is the Catchphrase of Final Fantasy Legacy's child alchemist Mika Gilchrist, who uses it knowingly to get a rise out of the adults, and to blow off some steam when under severe stress.
  • In 1KidsEntertainment's Death Note: The Abridged Series:
    Rem: Is Misa saved yet?
    Light: ... It's going to take time.
    Rem: Oh okay... is she saved yet?
    Light: No!
    Rem: Okay, I understand... How about now?
    Light: I hereby relinquish ownership of this Death Note, now shoo! Get out of here!
  • In An Entry With A Bang, when the pirate alliance is on its way to C-Earth, one of the pirate captains calls the guy leading the way after every FTL jump to ask this question.
  • Examples from the Calvinverse:
  • Chapter 20 of Paper Luigi X opens with Blooey giving out one of these.

    Films — Animation 
  • Shrek 2: Donkey, on the way to Far Far Away.
    Donkey: Are we there yet?
    Shrek: No.
    Donkey: Are we there yet?
    Shrek: No!
    Donkey: Are we there yet?
    Shrek: Yes.
    Donkey: Really?
    Shrek: NO!
    (after Donkey annoys Shrek with his mouth)
    Shrek: UGH! ARE WE THERE YET?
    Fiona: Yes!
    Donkey: Finally!
  • The Incredibles. You've got a superhero family in full coordinated costumes in a camper suspended under a rocket platform, and the kid still has to say it because he is a kid and not an adult in a kid's body. Mr. Incredible returns the stock response.
  • The Brave Little Toaster: Blanky.
  • An American Tail
    • Fievel asks "Are we there yet?" as the ship they're on crosses the Atlantic for America.
    • He asks it again in the sequel Fievel Goes West when they're traveling by train to the Wild West.
  • In Brother Bear, when a V-shaped flock of geese fly by:
    Goose 1: Are we there yet?
    Goose 2: Don't make me turn this formation around.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Mummy Returns: Done intentionally by Alex to annoy the kidnappers.
  • The family comedy Are We There Yet?, as you would expect. Summary: Family road trip, Hilarity Ensues. Followed by an In Name Only series which seems to follow the plot of its sequel Are We Done Yet? more.
  • Flight of the Navigator (spaceship): Max.
  • Galaxy Quest (shuttle ride): Sir Alexander Dane. Of course, this is a rare case of this phrase being invoked as a response to an annoyance, rather than being the annoyance itself. Basically, Dane was getting annoyed at being holed up in the cramped shuttle with Guy, who wouldn't stop whining about his perceived role as a Red Shirt.
  • The Haunted Mansion: Michael.
  • RocketMan: Fred Randall.
  • Tears of the Sun: Michael "Slo" Slowenski.
  • Kel in Two Heads are Better than None.
  • The background of the opening credits of Carpool is, rather than music, the typical morning carpool conversation. Naturally, the kids start up a chant of "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" When the driver yells at them to "stop saying that", they change the chant to "When will we get there? When will we get there? When will we get there?
  • Race to Witch Mountain: "Good in any universe."
  • The Wizard features a variant of this... "CAHLEEFORNYAH!"
  • The World's End has the protagonists all sitting in a car arguing with Gary's spotty knowledge of classical literature up until Andy asks "Are we there yet?" in a bored tone to remind everyone they were supposed to be going somewhere.
  • "Elementary physics: a beam of energy can be diverted. Are we there yet, mommy?"

    Literature 
  • A scene in Darth Vader and Son, a non-canon Star Wars picture book, depicts little Luke Skywalker asking this of Darth Vader as they fly through space.
  • In Amelia Bedelia Road Trip!, one of the Young Amelia Bedelia books, when Amelia tries to take charge of the planning of the trip she's told that this is the parents' job and it's the kid's job to ask "Are we there yet?" Later, when she does this, she is told yes, because the trip is an adventure road trip to nowhere in particular, so anywhere they go is there.
  • In Junie B. Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy, Junie B. asks her dad "Are we there yet? Why aren't we there?" as they travel to the barbershop for her dad to get a haircut. It's kind of justified in this case, though, as Junie B. is confused because they're not going to their normal barber shop, but instead a beauty shop that was recommended to her father by one of his friends.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In The Wrong Door, this is one of the catchphrases of the most annoying creature ever created.
  • In the season five episode "Spiral" of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Scoobies are on the run from Glory in a stolen RV, and while they're on the road, Anya decides after some inquiries that it is traditional — and, indeed, required — that someone ask this. So she does.
  • British Tropers of a certain age may remember Timmy Mallett's early morning childrens' TV show the Wide Awake Club (Later Wacaday). Mallett encouraged children to continually whine "Arrrre wwweeeeee neeeaaarrrrly thereeeee yeeeet?" as a great way to annoy adults and fellow travellers. It works.
  • In Rome, one of Timon's children jokingly says this on their way to Jerusalem from Rome, while they're still in the city.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had a variation with Crow continually asking Mike if it was 11:30 yet. "So when will it be 11:30 again, Mike?"
  • Trombley in Generation Kill asks this while waiting to invade Iraq.
  • Amy asks this in the Doctor Who episode "The Time of Angels".
  • One episode of Power Rangers Zeo features Rito Revolto annoying Rita and Zedd with the question. Rita even threatens to throw Rito from the mobile base. While one can't tell exactly how many times Rito asked the question, as he probably started before the scene, he apparently asked too many times as the last time he asked before Rita's threat resulted in Zedd's Big "NO!". And it didn't take long after Rita's threat before he asked again.
  • One episode of Crash And Bernstein had Crash say this while playing a motorcycle game.
  • In the Johnny and the Sprites short "Waiting for the Stars," Johnny sings A trip can seem a whole lot longer / If the moment you begin it / You're asking "are we there yet?" every other minute. Ginger then comments "I hate that!"

    Music 
  • To the tune of "Frère Jacques":
    Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
    No we're not! No we're not!
    Keep your hands on your side. Keep your hands on your side.
    Mum, I'm sick. Mum, I'm sick.

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
    Not far now! Not far now!
    How long till we get there? How long till we get there?
    Who did THAT?! Who did THAT?!
And so on for four hundred kilometres...
  • The children's channel Noggin had a summer song called "Are We There Yet?" And it was about a vacation, of course.
  • Joe Scruggs also has a song by this title.

    Pinballs 
  • Said word-for-word in White Water right before reaching Wet Willie's Ranch.

    Theater 
  • In the children's play How to Eat Like a Child, the sequence on "How to Ride in a Car" includes one child who only says, repeatedly, "Ask if you're almost there yet!"

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy
    • Final Fantasy VII: Barret, while he, Cloud and Tifa are climbing the stairs to Shinra Tower. At one point, he gets fed up with how long it's taken so far, and says he's going back down, at which point Tifa points out it'll be just as far down as it was up.
    • In Final Fantasy X, you're given the option to rent a Chocobo for use along Mi'hen Highroad, or walk, where walking also causes encounters with enemies. The choice is apparently lost on Tidus, who asks this if a Chocobo isn't rented, despite him being the one who decided to not rent a Chocobo, as he is the player character.
  • Mr. Little from Cave Story will utter this phrase when you keep him in your inventory.
  • In Kingdom Hearts Re:coded, Data-Sora asks this after hitting layer 20 of Olympus Coliseum (in a possible third [or higher-numbered] playthrough of the world).
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Pit asks this several times while climbing the Lightning Chariot Master's tower, much to Viridi's annoyance.
    Viridi: I have some good news for the both of us. The Chariot Master is just ahead. So you can finally stop asking me if we're there yet!

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Bree does this in the lonelygirl15 episode "Swimming!"
  • Emily does this in the Look a Vlog Ep. 11.
  • Ultra Fast Pony uses it twice.
    • As the ponies are approaching the castle in the Everfree Forest:
      Pinkie: Are we there yet?
      Twilight: No, we're not there!
      Rainbow Dash: Look guys, we're here.
      Twilight: It's just a coincidence. We're not really here.
    • As they're climbing the mountain to face the dragon:
      Rarity: Are we there yet?
      Twilight: No!
      Rarity: How about now?
      Twilight: Yes!

    Western Animation 
  • The Smurfs did this a few times in their Animated Adaptation as well. Sometimes, though, Papa Smurf would go, "Let's not smurf this again" or "Oh, smurf up!"
  • The Simpsons
    • Homer, of course:
      Homer: Are we in India yet?
      Apu: No.
      Homer: Are we in India yet?
      Apu: No.
      Homer: Are we in India yet?
      Apu: No... Wait... Now we are.
    • They also subverted it when the family was forced to hike through an African jungle:
      Bart and Lisa: Are we insane yet? Are we insane yet? Are we insane yet?
      Homer: I already told you, yes.
    • This also happens in a commercial for Universal Orlando's The Simpsons Ride, where Bart and Lisa keep on asking "Are We There Yet?" over and over. Years earlier, the Simpsons advertised Ramada Inns, where they did the same thing.
      • They also did this in one of the pre-ride clips at the early stages of the queue line. In response to this, Homer sarcastically says that they are here and this is the thing that they are waiting for, at the middle of the line. It doesn't work.
    • Also happened in an episode of the show where Bart and Lisa spent most of a long car trip continuously asking "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" and Homer countering just as continuously "Just a little further. Just a little further. Just a little further."
    • Still another example is between Bart and Homer when they're lost in the woods.
    • A while ago, McDonald's had a selection of Simpsons watches as toys for their happy meals. One of the watches consisted of Bart and Lisa doing this to a very notably annoyed Homer while he's driving.
      Bart and Lisa: Are we there yet?
      Homer: No.
      Bart and Lisa: Are we there yet?
      Homer: No.
  • Family Guy
    • Chris Griffin, of course.
      Chris: Are we there yet?
      Lois: No.
      Chris: Are we there yet?
      Lois: No.
      Chris: Are we there yet?
      Lois: Yes, Chris. We're here.
      Chris: LIAR!!!
    • In a Flashback Twist from another episode, a slave on a ship heading for America keeps whining "Are we there yet?" to the captain.
      Captain: Damn it! I swear to God I will turn this ship around.
      Slaves: That works. Okay. That'll teach us a lesson. Yeah, that's even better.
      Captain: All right, if that's what you... waaait a minute.
  • American Dad! has fun with this, too.
    Stan Are we there yet?
    Francine No.
    Stan Are we there yet?
    Francine No.
    Stan Are we there yet?
    Francine Stan, you're driving.
  • Animaniacs did a whole musical number on this.
    Are we there yet?
    I'm tired.
    I'm hungry.
    How far?
    My nose is snotty
    Need to move my body
    Gotta use the potty
    Better stop the car.
  • José Carioca keeps asking this on his way to the World Cup. The truck driver he's hitched a ride with is nice enough to keep taking him there, but not enough to put up with the constant questioning, so he gags and ties up Joe for the rest of the trip.
  • In one episode of Bobby's World, Bobby and family are moving. Within five seconds of their departure, Bobby asks "Are we there yet?" and to his surprise, the answer is yes (they were only moving across the street).
  • Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths: Done by the Flash as an Orphaned Punchline. More than 15 times, as stated by Green Lantern, who was not amused.
  • Justice League Unlimited gives us Green Arrow, with the "Are we dead yet" variant, while on a motorcycle with Black Canary. Given that they are on a railroad track, it sounds more like "A-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-are we-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e de-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-ead ye-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-et?". Eventually, Black Canary responds, "Look, if we die, I promise I'll let you know."
  • Teen Titans, "Car Trouble" - Having just finished his pride-and-joy Cool Car, Cyborg immediately takes the team out for a spin. Raven doesn't see what the fuss is about. "Are we there yet?" "NO!"
  • Used in more than one episode of Caillou, though Caillou usually (though not always) refrains from asking more than once.
  • The title card for the Danny Phantom two-part episode "Reality Trip" features the phrase "Are we there yet?"
  • In The Legend of Korra, the introduction of Tenzin and his family has his daughter Ikki saying this over, and over, and over...
    Tenzin: (as his son gums his head) Yes, Ikki. As I've been telling you for the last fifteen minutes, We are. Finally. Here.
  • The teaser of "Baby Steps" on Arthur reveals that when D.W. Read goes on her car trip with her family, it's a constant litany of "Are we there yet?" and when she bakes cookies with them, it's "Are they done yet?"
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Sleepless in Ponyville" has Rarity doing this while heading for the first campsite, though we only hear the last one.
    Applejack: The last thousand times you asked that, the answer was "no". This time, it's actually "yes".
  • Franklin has a variant when Mr. Turtle whines "This car trip is sooooooo long! When will we get there?!" and Mrs. Turtle comments that that it's Franklin's job to say that.
  • In "Doc to the Rescue" on Doc McStuffins, Stuffy asks this as he and Lambie travel with Doc to a neighboring house to help a toy stuck in a tree. The first two times he asks the question, the answer from Lambie is "no." The third time, the answer is "yes." The fourth time, Stuffy starts to ask the question, only to stop when he realizes he got a "yes" to the last one.
  • In Sofia the First: The Floating Palace, James asks this right around the beginning of the special. The answer is "yes" because the floating palace has in fact arrived at Merroway Cove.


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