One of the Stock Phrases
most often used in a Dom Com
when a kid acts up. A milder version of You Are Grounded
. Often followed with "to think about what you've done."
This actually isn't much of a punishment, since many kids' rooms have all their toys and games inside.
The trope is often subverted when parents realize this.
Truth in Television
; lots of people can recall having heard this spoken to them when they were children.
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- One 1990s Crayola commercial for a "cool room" sweepstakes had a kid sent to his, unbeknownst to him that it's chock full of brand new toys. The next time his parents send him off, he cheers.
- One of the Fritos commercials Jay Leno made before he took over the Tonight Show had him talk to parents about kids misbehaving. "Don't send them to their room," he tells parents. "They got everything in there. Send them to your room! There's nothing going on in there!"
Live Action Television
- In Doctor Who, the Doctor tries to escape the gas mask zombies in "The Doctor Dances" by ordering them to go to their room. It works. Turns out the person controlling them is a four-year-old boy.
: I'm really glad that worked, Those would have been terrible last words
- In Married... with Children, after Bud fails an exam because (unbeknownst to Al) his hot new neighbour April keeps sneaking in through his bedroom window to have sex with him:
- Not so much a parody, but Uther does give Morgana a version of it in Merlin "You will go to your chambers!"
- Occurs in an episode of Power Rangers S.P.D., during a scene where Mora ticks off Emperor Gruumm.
Gruumm: Mora, go to your room!
Mora: But this is my room!
Gruumm: Then go to my room!
Mora: But you told me never to go in your room...
- Game of Thrones: Tywin Lannister, being very much the Dragon-in-Chief, orders King Joffrey to bed after Joffrey implies that Tywin is a coward.
- One sketch in The Whitest Kids U Know features a kid on the first day of home-schooling. His mother (the teacher) runs into some problem when she has to give him detention, and so must tell the kid which room is detention hall (she doesn't want to send him to his room, as that would be too little like school). Her first try is the washing room, which falls down she has to wash clothes. Then she suggests the garage, followed by outside (both of which fails because the kids mentions things he could do there). Finally she just gives up and tells him to go to his room, which quite obviously it what he wanted all along.
Stand Up Comedy
- Bill Cosby's famous stand-up act: "And my wife sent me to my room... which is where I wanted to go in the first place."
- To clarify, the point of the sketch was that he was supposed to cook breakfast for his children, while all he wanted to do was get some more sleep; so when his outraged wife sent him back, he was happy about it. "It takes great thinking and work to keep from working."
- Denis Leary inverts this: "We [the parents] go to their rooms' when they're grounded."
- Parodied in Sam & Max: Freelance Police: "Chariots of the Dogs", when, after Sam and Max cause a catastrophic temporal anomaly, the spaceship's computer AI orders them to go back to the spaceship "To think about what you've done."
- Parodied in Mass Effect 2, if Anderson has been made the human leader/represenative of the Council. Udina, his assistant, will walk in and berate him for what he perceives as a mistake, at which point Anderson will tell him that he is in charge, and to "Go to your office, and think about that for a while."
- This is Strago's order to Relm in Final Fantasy VI after she calls Shadow's dog Interceptor a "cute doggy" and Shadow replies that "he bites." Relm's response? "I will not! What a fussy old man!"
- In Katamari, the King of All Cosmos starts to send the Prince to his room after he breaks a lamp. However, he rethinks this and sends him to Earth instead.
- Tourettes Guy did this to his son in one video.
Danny: Aw, fuck you! You're grounded!
Son: What for?
Danny: 'Cause you don't think the garbage disposal sounds like Chewbacca taking a shit, that's why! Now go to your room!
- Used frequently on The Simpsons ("Bart Vs. Thanksgiving", "Bart the Daredevil", "Bart Gets an Elephant", "Homer Vs. the Eighteenth Amendment", etc.) with an interesting inversion in "Lisa the Vegetarian":
Lisa: If you'll excuse me, I'm going to my room.
Homer: That's it, go to your room!
- There's also used to end an argument about Stampy the elephant.
Lisa: All of you are missing the point: it's wrong to have such an animal in captivity!
- The Simpsons also had a time when Homer said Bart shouldn't go to his room since all of his toys are in there. He instead tells him to go into the garage. A few moments later Bart passes by the window on a lawnmower with several police cars chasing him.
- Kirk Van Houten says this to his son Milhouse after trying to translate a writing on the wall that he wrote on (Trab Pu Kcip) in "Brother from the Same Planet":
Kirk: What did we tell you about writing on the walls. Go to your room!
- Early episodes of Family Guy had a Running Gag where Peter would send Chris to his room (said in a very bored tone of voice) for some minor reason.
- Made funnier by the fact that there is an "Evil Monkey" in Chris's closet. This becomes a bit of a running gag, the series even going to far as to explain WHY the monkey is evil.
- Lois herself has done this. When she had to home school the kids, Chris tried to pass a note to Meg saying "I think Mrs. Griffin's hot". Lois immediately tells him to go to his room in the same bored tone Peter uses.
- Used in an episode of Dexter's Laboratory ("The Old Switcharooms"), with the twist that the kids were sent to each other's rooms in order to learn respect for other peoples' property. Dexter assumes Dee Dee is trashing his lab, and makes a stealth suit to investigate. Of course, it turns out that Dee Dee hadn't done anything, and when she and Dad see how badly Dexter savaged her room (in the process of making the suit), he gets sent to the doghouse...while the dog runs wild through the lab, wrecking it.
- In Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Headband", Sokka snaps this at Aang after pretending to be his dad when Aang suggested throwing a dance party for the kids at the Fire Nation school.
- Used in Lilo & Stitch:
Nani: GO TO YOUR ROOOOOOOOOM!
Lilo: I'M ALREADY IN MY ROOM!
- Rugrats: After Angelica destroys her dad's study and fax machine, Drew finally actually tells her "You're gonna stay in your room and think about what you've done!" He then goes downstairs musing, "Well, I did it. I actually did it! I disciplined Angelica."
- The main theme of an entire episode of Arthur, "Go to Your Room, D.W.!", which was also adapted as a book. D.W. is sent to her room after she pinches Baby Kate.
- In King of the Hill, this is the standard punishment Hank gives to Bobby. When the Souphanousinphones move in next door, Hank finds nothing in common with his Laotian neighbor, until the two get angry at their kids and scream "go to your room" at the same time, and they realize they're Not So Different.
- Happens in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "Little Muriel", where Muriel is de-aged into a bratty three-year-old. After Courage finally has enough, he shouts, "That does it! Go to your room!" (made even funnier that the farmhouse is completely in shambles from the tornado that caused all this) which makes Muriel cry, "I don't wanna go to my room!" and throw a temper tantrum. Courage immediately feels guilty about this and tries to calm her down.