->''"Hey look, there's something moving in the forest about eight miles off! I'll go and check. And I'll take [[ImprovisedWeapon a thimble with me]]."''
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard''' on {{horror}} movies

A Stock Phrase where a character sees something strange or decides to go somewhere to investigate something.

It's usually a "[[FamousLastWords famous last words]]" situation as they immediately find themselves too close and getting in over their head with trouble.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis''. Boomers and helicopters don't mix.
* Junji Ito's ''Manga/{{The Enigma of Amigara Fault}}''. [[MemeticMutation DRR...DRR...DRR...]]
* A pair of doomed fighter pilots in Anime/FateZero go in for a closer look at the [[LovecraftLite Cthulhu-ish]] monster [[PsychoForHire Caster]] summoned. One of them gets swallowed by it; the other provides an opportunity for [[BlackKnight Berserker]] to demonstrate his ability to [[TheManMakesTheWeapon wield any weapon with perfect skill]]. Neither of them survives.

* ''Film/UnderSiege''. When a jet pilot is doing a flyover of the Missouri, he says "Going in for a closer look" just before being shot down by the bad guys.
* ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes''. While exploring the hidden temple: "Holmes: I'm going down for a closer look."
* ''Film/BeauGeste'' (1939): "I'm gonna take a closer look."
* ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut''
* ''Film/{{Alien}}''. Promptly followed by one of the most frightening moments in movies.
** Slightly justified in that investigating the derelict ship was company policy, and because [[spoiler: Ash was trying to trick them into bringing a living alien specimen aboard]].
* ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Luke tells Han he's going to check out a meteorite crater, and immediately gets attacked by an ice monster. Unusually for this trope, this is just a coincidence, not an ambush by the thing he went to investigate. Though conveniently for the Empire, if had had investigated, he would have discovered the probe droid.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}''. After crawling across the unconscious killer to get out of a wrecked car, Sidney goes back to see who it is. [[spoiler:Sidney is unharmed, but her genre-savvy friend who stays behind gets killed.]]
* Subverted by the protagonist in ''Film/TheresNothingOutThere''.

* ''Klystar'' by Leong Ying, page 230.
* Animal Rights and Pornography by J. Eric Miller on page 25.
* ''Megan's Mark'' by Lora Leigh on page 10.
* ''A Hero Betrayed'' by Jan Springer on page 111.
* ''Museum of Voices'' by Jay E. Valusek on page 142.
* ''Trapped in Time'' by Clifford B. Bowyer on page 52.

* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'', Hayata sees two strange meteors and says the phrase as he moves in to investigate. Sure enough, he gets so close that he collides with Ultraman's meteor and crashes.
* In the Creator/AdamWest ''{{Series/Batman}}'' this phrase is used when they decide to find a supervillain's hideout, only to get captured.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' fighter pilots who encounter Shadow warships can expect a very quick death if they say this. Results vary a bit more on random wrecks or [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Negative Space Wedgies]].
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Flesh and Stone", a blinded Amy and a group of soldiers who are standing guard in the woods[[note]] ...consisting of treeborgs, in a spaceship, being hunted by psychotic stone angels, but that's not important right now.[[/note]] spy a bright light in the distance. [[ProperlyParanoid Soldiers being soldiers]], some are sent off to investigate. [[spoiler: The catch being that the light will RetGone you out of existence, meaning more soldiers are soon sent to check out the mysterious white light, having ''no idea'' three of their former-comrades have already "gone for a closer look" before them...]]

* '''The Dingo Star'''
->'''Star Kitten:''' I'm going in for a closer look.

* Parodied in ''TheSimpsons'', where Rainier "[=McBain=]" Wolfcastle decides to go in for a closer look after being told ''his shoes are untied''. After staring at his feet for several hours, he declares that, upon closer inspection, he's wearing loafers.