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Hands Go Down
A character, usually a School Teacher, makes a comment or asks a question, prompting others to raise their hands. Someone (usually the original speaker) changes the question (" but without using your computer?") or adds a comment ("No, the answer isn't "cheese"), which causes the hands to go down, implying that the hand-raisers' next statements were very predictable. Usually Played for Laughs.


Examples

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     Comic Books  

  • During the time that Commissioner Gordon left the force to become a teacher, he frequently had to tell his students that he would not answer questions about Batman.

     Fan Fic  

  • Used twice in Ponies One Half, in chapter 14:
    Ryoga: Now before I get started does anyone have questions?
    (Everyone raised hands)
    Ryoga: "Besides asking how I know so much about Rhythmic Gymnastics.
    (all hands go down)
    • And chapter 27:
    Emi: This is a test to test your knowledge about anime! You need a 50 or higher to pass. Now any questions?
    (Several hands go up)
    Emi: Oh and before you ask, no this is not based on the first part of the Chunin exam from Naruto.
    (All hands go down)
  • From Calvin & Hobbes: The Series:
    "And here is our most popular attraction at Yellowstone, Old Faithful," he said, pointing at the geyser. "Now, who here has ever seen Old Faithful go off?"
    Several kids raised their hands.
    "Who here has actually been here when Old Faithful went off?"
    All hands went down.
    Uh huh.

     Film  

  • From Jurassic Park 3, when Dr. Grant is giving a lecture:
    Grant: Does anyone have a question?
    (all hands in the room go up)
    Grant: Does anyone have a question that does not relate to Jurassic Park?
    (most of the hands go down)
    Grant: Or the incident in San Diego, which I did not witness?
    (only one hand remains up)
  • In Night at the Museum Battle of the Smithsonian, Kah Mun Rah after being asked about his tunic (thinking it's a dress) by Al Capone and Ivan the Terrible.
    Kah Mun Rah: Are there any other questions?
    (Napoleon's hand goes up)
    Kah Mun Rah: Any questions not about the dress... tunic.
    (Napoleon's hand goes down)

     Live Action TV  

  • From an early 1990s Saturday Night Live sketch, a classroom full of not-so-bright students:
    Teacher: How many people here have seen Raiders of the Lost Ark?
    (virtually all students raise their hands)
    Teacher: Now in the movie, whom was Indiana Jones fighting?
    (one hand goes up)
    Teacher: Besides the snakes.
    (hand goes back down)
    • When Jason Priestley hosted, he opened his monologue up to questions from the audience. All anyone wanted to ask him about was costar Luke Perry. Priestley ended the session by asking for one more question. Hands go up. "... that's not about Luke Perry." Hands go down.
  • From Friends, when Ross has begun teaching his class in an English accent, then admitted he's not English:
    Ross: Are there any questions?
    (hands go up)
    Ross: About paleontology?
    (hands go down)
  • The kids in the Step by Step episode where Frank and Carol remarried after finding out they're not legally married.
    Preacher: If anyone rejects to this union, speak now or forever hold their peace.
    (The kids raise their hands up)
    Frank: (not even looking behind him) Hands down.
  • In the American version of The Office, the other students in Michael's improv class are happy to take part in a scene... until Michael is chosen to be in it.
  • Miles tries to invoke this trope on Murphy Brown when taking about civility:
    Miles: Who in here has been part of an actual fistfight?
    (Murphy raises hand)
    Miles: I meant as grown adults.
    (Murphy keeps her hand up)
    Miles: This week.
    (Murphy sighs and keeps it up)
  • The Big Bang Theory. In "The Plimpton Stimulation", Hot Scientist Dr. Plimpton wants to have a foursome with Raj, Leonard, and Howard.
    Leonard: Show of hands, who actually wants to do this?
    (Howard raises his hand.)
    Leonard: We'd all be naked. In front of each other.
    (Howard lowers his hand.)
  • Pixelface: In "Saving Private Romford", Claireparker has just finished using a blackboard to explain her plan to fix Romford and asks if there are any questions:
    Rex: Why is Romford so small?
    (Claireparker looks at the blackboard and then back at Rex)
    Claireparker: It's a drawing, Rex. Any other questions?
    (Rex's hand goes up)
    Claireparker: They're all drawings, Rex.
    (Rex's hand goes down)

     Machinima  

  • Red vs. Blue Reconstruction has this.
    Washington Any ideas on how to break into the base?
    Grif: I know
    Washington: "Let's not do it," is not an appropriate answer.
    Grif: Probably should've mentioned that before you started asking.

     Theatre  

  • Part of the intro for the stage show The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
    Daniel: "How many of you have seen or read a Shakespeare play?"
    (whole audience raises their hands)
    Daniel: "Oh, all right. How many of you have seen King John?"
    (everyone lowers their hands except for Adam, who is planted in the audience)
    Daniel: "Oh, yeah right."

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     Western Animation  

  • From the "Band Geeks" episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants:
    Patrick: Is mayonnaise an instrument?
    Squidward: No, Patrick. Mayonnaise is not an instrument.
    (Patrick raises his hand)
    Squidward: Horseradish is not an instrument either.
    (Patrick puts his hand down)
  • The Simpsons used this a lot.
    • One example from a parenting seminar Homer and Marge are forced to attend:
      Instructor: Now, who here can think of a way to resolve the Skinners' problem?
      (Everyone raises their hands)
      Instructor: Without resorting to violence?
      (All hands go down except Kearney's)
      Instructor: Or childish name-calling?
      (Kearney lowers his hand)
    • Done again on The Simpsons when Bart and Homer glue a rainbow wig onto George H. W. Bush's head before his speech to the Elk's club.
      Bush: Any questions?
      (all reporters put their hands up)
      Bush: Keeping in mind that I already explained about my hair.
      (reporters put their hands down)
    • They really do love this one. When trying to find Springfield's oldest citizen at an award ceremony for the oldest citizen (the original candidate having died on stage upon receiving the award):
      "Anyone over sixty, please stand up."
      (Several people, including Ned, Abe and Jasper, stand up)
      "Anyone over seventy."
      (Many sit down, including Abe Simpson)
      "Eighty."
      (Some sit down, Abe stands back up again)
      "Ninety?"
      (Abe sits down again, followed by Homer (who was just that desperate to take home an award) and the award goes to Mr. Burns)
    • Used again in "Deep Space Homer".
      Scientist: Ladies and gentlemen and members of the press. I'd like to present the new generation of NASA astronauts: the average American. *Homer and Barney appear*
      Reporter: Jim Wallace, Associated Press. Is this a joke?
      Scientist: Far from it, Jim. One of these men will prove space travel is within the reach of the common man.
      Reporter #2: Toby Hunter, Minneapolis Star. No really, is this a joke?
      Scientist: No, Toby, and no more questions about whether this is a joke. *Everyone disappointedly lowers theirs hands*
  • The Penguins of Madagascar, "Launchtime": Skipper wants to go on vacation and Private suggests going to a zoo (which is shot down because they already live in one). Later...
    Skipper: Gentlemen, we are going to the moon!
    (Private raises his hand)
    Skipper: And no, there's no zoo on the moon.
    (Private's hand goes down)
    • And in "Snakehead!" when the penguins are trying to get rid of a particularly nasty fish
    Skipper: I need options, let's hear 'em!
    (Private raises his hand)
    Skipper: No, we're not running away.
    (Private's hand goes down)
    • And a longer one in "The falcon and the snow job"
    Skipper: Come on, who hasn't gone nuts for a girl?
    (Kowalski and Rico raises their hands)
    Skipper: Doris the Dolphin.
    (Kowalski's hand goes down)
    Skipper: Guatemala
    (Rico keeps his hand up)
    Skipper: Don't make me show them the photos.
    (Rico finally brings his hand down)
  • Family Guy. When Brian and Stewie are searching for Mort at a Jewish wedding:
    Stewie: Uh, excuse me. We're looking for a Mr. Goldman.
    (Every man raises their hand)
    Brian: Mr. Mort Goldman.
    (Half the men lower their hands)
    Stewie: He's a small business owner. Tends to whine a lot. Kind of a hypochondriac.
    (The half that lowered their hands raise them again)
    Stewie: No, no! You can't put your hand back up after you've put it down...You know what, never mind.
  • This Robot Chicken sketch involving Saved by the Bell and Saw: the cast can escape if they press a button that will torture Screech. They refuse to do so, until they are told they will receive free corvettes. When Belding explains that it was just a trust exercise, the cast beats up Screech and end up in detention.
    Slater: So we really don't get Corvettes?
    Belding: No. Are there any other questions?
    (hands go up)
    Kelly: Me! Me! Me!
    Belding: Are there any other questions not pertaining to Corvettes?
    (hands go down)
    Everyone: Aww, man!
  • Turtles Forever had this exchange:
    2003 Leonardo: Any idea what we should do next?
    1987 Turtles: Ooh! Ooh! I know! I know!
    2003 Leonardo:...other than going out for a slice?
  • Class of 3000:
    Sunny: Who knows what we need to beat Easley in the band competition?
    (hands go up)
    Sunny: And do not say 'musical ability'.
    (all hands go down except Tamika and Madison)
    Sunny: Or wedgies.
    (Tamika's hand goes down)
    Sunny: Or dolphins.
    (Madison's hand goes down)
  • My Gym Partners A Monkey:
    Mr. Hornbill: (explaining an assignment involving eggs) Any questions?
    [a girl Badger happily raises her hand.]
    Mr. Hornbill: No, Lacey, you may not eat the eggs.
    [Her hand goes down after turning her smile into a frown.]
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated:
    "Can anybody tell me what photosynthesis is? ... And PLEASE don't say plant farts."
  • Not the standard, but there's still an amusing one from Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
    Phineas: Has anyone else here been leading a bizarre double-life? (Beat, without looking) Put your hand down, Ferb.
  • In Recess before a vocabulary test.
    Ms. Grotke: Does anyone have any questions?
    almost all students raise their hand
    Student: Does spelling count?
    Ms. Grotke: Yes.
    all other hands go down
  • Happens to Bruce Banner at the beginning of Ultimate Avengers: "Any questions not about the Hulk?"


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